Dominion is interpreted and lived through our image which depends on who we are in God. We are created in the image of God and we carry in us the ability to dominate. Through father Abraham, God made a covenant for a new people who would carry his image. Because of what we carry and the dominion effect, we have an impact. This is not being arrogant and controlling, but quietly and with humility, having an impact. The kingdom of darkness knows who we are and sometimes we don’t know who we are and can allow false images and assumptions to be put on us. Our dominion is expressed through our identity and knowing who we are in Christ.
“And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar” (Genesis 26:1). God was telling Isaac not to repeat the same thing that his father did by going down to Egypt. He told Isaac to remain in the land of famine, which does not make sense to the human mind. God told him to remain and he would bless him and his descendants as he had promised his father Abraham. Isaac had opposition and the way that he handled them, helped him to dominate. There is an abundance of knowledge that exists, but it is the knowledge of the world. We have to ask God for direction and once we do what we need to do, then no one can stop us from occupying.
Our image also determine how we behave and operate. We are royalty and we don’t have to announce that, but shine as light in a dark world. Isaac sowed in the land and the Lord blessed him and he had great possession. His enemies were jealous over his success and sabotaged him. “And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we”(Genesis 26:16). Despite the opposition, Isaac was fruitful and his enemies conceded that God was with him. “And they said, We saw certainly that the LORD was with thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee” (Genesis 26:28).
They made a covenant with Isaac that he would not harm them and declared him blessed of the Lord. “And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink”
(Genesis 26:30). Many relationship problems stem from envy and jealousy, which ignites opposition. Wrong image can prevent someone from dominating. False images and narratives can cause some people to look down on others who are different from them. Many cultures and civilisations have been distorted by wrong images. God gave us prophets and people with knowledge in order to make us aware. Jealousy can be subtle and envy brings strife, contention and division.
“Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet” (Psalm 8:6). There are some false ideologies that exists, which suggests an air of superiority of some people over the other. These are social constructs which are false and were not created by God. God created everyone equal and did not create systems to segregate people by colour or class. What the devil stole will be restored by God. Liberation is coming and false images are being removed and changed. Moses was a deliverer of the children of Isreal and he told them that the Egyptians that they saw, would be no more. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
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