Summary: This sermon is intended to help you realize who we are in Christ, what we have through Christ and how to obtain the blessings of God.
Arise and Take Dominion
Dominion is a topic that many of us talk about but few of us really possess.
Dominion in its simplest form is power, authority or control over something or someone. It is the ability to request or command and expect a fulfillment of that appeal. To have dominion is to rule, to be in charge.
For a saint of God understanding dominion is crucial to his walk with God.
A lack of understanding in this area could cost him spiritually and naturally so.
Spiritual dominion is not arbitrary ruler ship. It is not about going around commanding a demanding at your own discretion. It is not about brow beating anybody into subjection to your whims and irrational desires.
Spiritual dominion falls under the auspices of God. It is only effective and effectual when it submits totally to the will of God.
Dominion is about knowing who you are in Christ and understanding that in you, through Him is the power to lay hold onto the promises of God and possess them until the day of Christ. (this is key)
Dominion is understanding that you can do what God said you can do,
have what God said you can have
and be what God said you can be regardless to what things looks like, seems like, sounds or appear like.
Spiritual dominion begins in you. You will never be able to exercise power or authority over anything until you have first conquered self.
Flesh is our greatest enemy.
The church today appears to be on fire with spiritual warfare.
Going against demonic activities, battling demons and rebuking the forces of evil, but until you conquer your flesh you are no match for the enemy.
The bible clearly states:
“Present your bodies a living sacrifice holy and acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service and be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
The word of God has not changed!
Except we first take dominion over ourselves, over habits and desires and unbridled lusts and passions that are in us we can never expect to have dominion over anything else.!
We must crucify, dominate and control flesh and make it bow to the dictates of God.
In the word of God today we find the story of a man by the name of Caleb. A man who the bible claims was a man of great faith and courage.
A man who was not born a full-fledged Israelite but accepted and received as one because of his acceptance and continuance in the laws of God
Six different times in scripture you will find that the word described him as a man who fully followed after the Lord.
He accepted God’s laws, he submitted his judgments and he believed in his promises.
This man was born and raised during Israel’s last years of bondage in Egypt. So, he suffered some of the same things they suffered while in slavery.
He came out of Egypt with them and he stood with Joshua against the evil report of the spies.
He wasn’t moved by popular opinion or circumstances that appeared out of control.
Even when confronted with the possibility of death.
When a mob of his own brethren threatened to stone him and Joshua
He stood firm on the word of God convincing them that
“If the Lord delights in us He will give us the Land!”
You have got to believe God. Stand on his word of promise. You can’t afford to be intimidated by what things appear to be or had bad things seem to get
This man was not like others
He didn’t think like others
He didn’t act like others
“He had another spirit in him”
You have to choose to be different
Choose to walk to the beat of another drummer
People who take dominion are leaders not followers
They learn through their test and trial
They learn through their experiences and they believe God to the fulfilling of his promises
As Joshua began to reiterate the division of the land
Caleb stepped forward and declared give me this mountain
Give me what God said belongs to me
Give me my place of dominion
Give me my land, my space, my territory
His concern was not about what others wanted, what they possessed or what they would have.
He wasn’t concerned about the problems he would face
Or the battles that he would have to fight
He knew there were giants
He had seen them,
By now, 45 years later, he had probably dreamed about them
Prayed about them and most likely planned a strategy to defeat them
He didn’t discount God
God had kept him