We Should Dominate

Let me start by briefly discussing meditation. I'm simply can't overstate the importance of meditating God's Word. Read Joshua 1 and Psalm 1. Meditation is about repeating the scripture to yourself, focusing on different parts of it, and visualizing the words and images in your mind. Sure there may be other parts, but those are the basics. You can do this any time, but it really helps to do so in an atmosphere of quiet prayer and focus on God. Meditation opens the scripture to you in a supernatural way. Somehow your brain is triggered and influenced by the Holy Spirit to make associations and expand your understanding of the text. If you never meditate God's Word, I promise you are missing out. Meditating God's Word also opens you to the leading and voice of God's Spirit. Meditation leads to revelation.

I was recently meditating the general themes of my last post, God's Amazing Goodness. I thought about all God has done for us. He has given us His Spirit, the Name of Jesus, His love, faith, grace, His joy, His peace, the list goes on and on. I believe that while meditating God's Spirit spoke to me by way of revelation. Let me also note that when I say I received a revelation, that doesn't mean it's new or outside of scripture, it's simply a truth that has now been revealed to my spirit beyond the means of my physical senses. What is revealed to me today may be old news for you. But I do believe I'm supposed to share the revelation God gives me (and I would like to hear what God reveals to you).

I believe God said to me that, given everything He has done for us, we are equipped and empowered and we should dominate this life on the earth. That's right, I believe that by using the principles and realities of God and His Word we can dominate this life and every situation that comes our way. I don't mean that we dominate so we can be great; I mean we dominate so God's will can be done on the earth, as we are His ambassadors and the carriers of Jesus' ministry today.

I'm sure some of you are already rejecting this, but that's o.k. One time I heard Dr. Christian Harfouche, a minister I greatly respect, say something similar to the following, "I would rather raise up ten champions than thousands or ordinary, do nothing Christians." I'm determined to be a champion. I'm determined to do exploits for God. I hope you are too.

What more could we possibly need. Time would fail me to write of all God has done for us, to write of all God has promised us. As I mentioned earlier, another Dr. Harfouche quote, "We are not called to lay down and die, but to rise up and shine!" I'm not simply waiting for Heaven; I'm determined to use everything God has given me to see His will furthered on the earth.

You get the point. We have the Holy Spirit that will give us power and wisdom for every situation. If we will determine to walk according to His leading 100% of the time then there are simply no limits to what we could accomplish for God. I'm ready to put that statement into action, and I admit that has not been my life. But it will be now. That's a hard commitment, and I'm sure from time to time I will miss the mark, but I'm going to keep trying and I will get better at it by God's grace (favor and empowerment).

I had this revelation of domination several days ago, and then in Church on Sunday I considered it again. I thought to myself how this is sort of an ultimate revelation, that if Christians would take this we could change the world, and what further could we learn. But I knew that was wrong, even in my mind. I believe that is wrong because I think we could study the Bible for a million years and never learn all that is contained within, and thoughts on dominating this life are just the surface. Then God spoke to me again. He said, "If you simply grasped that, where you could succeed in every endeavor and not constantly focus on your own situations, just think of what I could then show you."


God's Amazing Goodness

This morning I compiled a list of many wonderful things God has done for us and some of the wonderful realities of our Christianity. God is so awesome, marvelous, loving, I could go on and on. Take time to reflect and meditate on this list. It will stir your faith. If this doesn't get you excited, man you need to check your salvation or decide whether you believe the Bible. I also invite you to add to this list, if we really could see clearly, without the blinders of the flesh, we would see that this list would never end.

God loves us so much that He personally came, in the person of His perfect and only son Jesus Christ, to die for us, and because we believe in Jesus Christ we will never die and we have everlasting life (John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:19).

When we accept Jesus Christ we are born again spiritually, directly from God who becomes our literal father, and God’s seed is in us (John 3, Romans 8, 1 John 3:9).

When we are born again we exchange our sin for Jesus’ righteousness, and we become the very righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).

We are placed in Christ and we are seated together with Christ at the right hand of God (Ephesians 2:6).

We therefore have full access to the presence of God now and can come boldly before Him, and we can always have confidence of our righteousness before Him (Hebrews 4:16, 1 John 4:17).

In addition to His righteousness, Jesus also gives us His joy and peace to help us in this world (John 15:11, John 14:27).

Jesus also gives us the right to use His Name, which is above every other name that is named, so that we stand in His place now, and have access to His full authority (John 14, Mark 16:17, Philippians 2:9).

Moreover God blesses us with every spiritual blessing that exists (Ephesians 1:3).

God also gives us the blessing of Abraham, and makes us heirs of the entire world (Galatians 3:14, Romans 4:13).

Even more, we are joint heirs with Christ of everything that belongs to God (Romans 8:17).

Because of Christ’ sacrifice for us, we have full access to the complete manifestation of all God’s promises now (2 Corinthians 1:20).

Every curse is removed from us, as is all the power of darkness, so that all God’s blessings might produce in our lives (Galatians 3:13, Colossians 1:13).

Specifically, because of what Christ did for us we can experience financial prosperity (2 Corinthians 8:9).

Christ also provided for our perfect physical health in this life (1 Peter 2:24).

God will give us everything because of His love and grace towards us (Romans 8:32).

God will even cover us with His favor and cause us to have favor with all people (Psalms 5:12).

Because we are righteous before God now, He can dwell inside us and He does so by His Spirit (John 14:26).

God’s Holy Spirit is inside us to give us Divine instruction, guidance and knowledge (John 14:26, John 16:13, Romans 8:14).

God’s Spirit reminds us of God’s Word and always points us to Jesus (John 14:26, John 15:26).

God’s Spirit will also conform us to the image of Christ, which is our destiny (2 Corinthians 3:18, Romans 8:29).

God’s Spirit also helps us pray correctly so that we get results (Romans 8:26).

God’s Spirit even gives life and power to our physical bodies (Romans 8:11).

God gave us His Spirit even to help us see clearly those things God wants us to have and do (1 Corinthians 2:9).

Because the Holy Spirit is in us, God is always with us, and we will never be alone or without God (John 14:18, Hebrews 13:5).

God’s Spirit even gives us God’s love, so that we can love others and be a blessing to the world (Romans 5:5).

We can also be baptized into the Holy Spirit, so that we can receive a perfect prayer language and God’s miracle working power to bless the lives of others (Acts 1:8, Acts 2).

God even gives us His glory (John 17:22, Romans 9:23)! What God has done for us is the greatest expression of God’s wisdom (Ephesians 3:10).

What God has done for us is the greatest expression of God’s love (Romans 5:8).

We couldn’t earn one bit of what God has done for us, all is a gift of His grace (Ephesians 2:5,8).

As the ages pile themselves one upon another, we will still be marveling at the never ceasing, limitless quality of God’s grace and kindness towards us (Ephesians 2:7).

And we will live forever with God in paradise (John 14:2, Luke 23:43).



Rise and Shine to Good Works

We've probably all heard the famous passage from Isaiah 60:1, "Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee." What a wonderful passage of exhortation. We Christians know that Jesus Christ is The Light that has been given to us and has risen on us (John 1). Jesus said that God never lights a candle to keep it hidden, but puts it on display so that it gives light to everyone (Matthew 5:15). But we also know we have a choice. We must choose whether we will rise and shine. Jesus exhorted all of us by saying, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven." (Matthew 5:16)

Ephesians 2:11 tells us that we were created in Christ unto good works which God has prepared for us. We now see, when taking the verses together, that we were created for good works which were meant for others to see so that they would glorify God. When we were born again into Christ we were empowered to do good works. Not just any good works, but good works God specifically prepared with us individually in mind. I can boldly say that it's the greatest desire of my life to do all the good works God has prepared for me. My destiny is to be conformed to the image of Christ and to do these good works, and in Jesus' Name when I get to Heaven I will hear "well done good and faithful servant."

So my greatest desire is to see and do these good works. And by looking at 1 Corinthians 2 we see that our relationship with the Holy Spirit and our level of spiritual discernment are keys to seeing and doing these good works. I really love some of Joel Osteen's teachings in "Your Best Life Now" on this subject. I believe he rightly points out that God doesn't tell you to do things you can do in your own strength. God calls you up higher. God gives you assignments that you can't do without Him. God tells you to do things that will require supernatural wisdom and ability. The good works you are supposed to do require God's help, it's just that simple. You can't even recognize the works without the Holy Spirit, let alone do them without God!

But now I want to talk about boldness. I want to talk about rising up and shining before men. Proverbs 28:1 says that the righteous are bold as a lion. Glory to God! When you know who you are and Who is with you, then you aren't afraid of anything. Think about David as a young man. He knew God was with him, and that God was not with the uncircumcised Philistine Goliath. Therefore David knew he would have the victory. That's called righteous boldness my friends, and it's time we all started walking in it.

God showed me another example of this that absolutely strengthened my faith and resolve. In 2 Kings 5 we hear about an honorable man called Naaman. He was a Syrian warrior, but the Bible says that by Naaman God had protected Syria. Naaman was a leper and he heard that a prophet in Israel could heal him. So Syria's king writes a letter to Israel's king asking Israel's king to heal Naaman. Let's read from the text what happened:

"And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, 'Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? Wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me.' And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? Let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel." (2 Kings 5:7-8)

Do you see that? Look at the anointing with power and boldness that was on Elisha's life. "Bring me the Leper, he's going to know that God is alive and someone on earth operates in His wisdom and power." That's boldness. Elisha knew that God was with him and that God's power would be displayed on this leper through a miracle of healing.

I believe that's the anointing we need today. Does someone have a sickness, bring them to me and I will lay hands on them and see them recover. Do you have a difficult business situation, bring it to me and God's wisdom will come forth with guidance. What do you need, don't worry, I know God is with me and He will provide.

The end of the story is even more exciting. After Naaman is healed he is converted. He returns to Elisha, says that there is no God other than the God of Israel, and renounces any service to other gods. That's how it's supposed to work!

We must rise and shine so that men will see our good works (given to us by God for the blessing of others) and then men will glorify our Father in Heaven. They will come to us saying surely God is in us and there is no other God (Isaiah 45). This anointing with boldness and power will release God's power in the earth and men will come to His Light.

So develop your relationship with the Holy Spirit. Do that so you can clearly discern the good works God has prepared for you. Don't be afraid when you see them, God is with you to guide and empower you. Run to the battle like David. Do you see a friend or leader with a problem, that may be a good work God has prepared for you. As Elisha helped the king, so did Daniel rise and shine when the Babylonian King needed a dream interpreted. Daniel didn't say "I can't interpret dreams, let the people die." No, Daniel said give me a little bit of time, and I will show the king the interpretation.

Our Light has come, you know it and I know it. It's time to rise up boldly, with confidence in God, and do the good works God has prepared for us. This will bring glory to God, this will bring people to Christ.