The Glory of Our Dominion
Yahweh said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:
and let him have dominion,” Genesis 1:26.
Many Christians feel that Yahweh changed his original plan when Adam transgressed; therefore, he withdrew his commandment for Adam to be fruitful and multiply and replenish (fill) the earth and subdue it and have “dominion,” but that is not the truth. The Psalms were written hundreds of years after creation and Adam’s transgression, yet we find David proclaiming the dominion of man in Psalm 8:3-6: “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with ‘glory and honor.’ You have made him to have ‘dominion’ over the works of Your hands; you have put all things under his feet,” (NKJ).
In his determination to cause people to identify with him, the Savior sometimes addressed himself as the “Son of man,” but many ministers think the phrase isolates him from mankind and they proceed to teach that Psalms 8: 4-6 refers only to the Savior. Again, I say, this is not true. This chapter was originally written in Hebrew, and the Hebrew people often made statements in their writings and then paraphrased them. The complete book of Psalms follows this style. The Hebrew text reads, “What is Enowsh (mortal) that you remember him, the son of Adam that you visit him. You made him lack a little from Elohiym. ‘Glory and honor’ have ‘crowned’ him, ‘dominion‘ over the works of your hands. You have put all under his feet.” We ask, Is Christ a mortal?
The author of the book of Hebrews quotes this chapter and adds a word that makes it impossible for us to justly apply the eighth chapter of Psalm to Christ alone.
“You have put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that ‘is’ not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him (we are still too blind to see, that is, believe our way into the glory and honor that was originally given to the adamic creation). But we see Yasha, who was made a little lower than Elohiym (this verse did not say the angels) for the suffering of death, crowned with ‘glory and honor;’ that He by the grace of Yahweh should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory,” to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings,” Hebrews 2:8-10.
Now it is pretty obvious that verses 6-8 (“But one in a certain place (Ps. 8) testified, saying, What is man, that you are mindful of him? or the son of man, that you visited him? You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor, and did set him over the works of your hands: You have put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.”) is speaking of mankind, who has not yet taken his dominion.
Verse nine brings Christ into the picture with the conjunction, “But,” we see Yasha, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of Yahweh should taste death for every man.” This reminds us that one man believed the Word and accepted the position, and was crowned with glory and honor. Through his dedication and sacrifice, he made a way for the rest of mankind to enter into that original glory and honor that was rejected by first Adam.
Now if both verses, eight and nine, refer to our Savior, it should be okay to arrange the words to clarify that fact. In that case, Hebrews 2:8-9 would read, “Yahweh has put all things in subjection under Yasha’s feet. For in that Yahweh put all in subjection under Yasha, Yahweh left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under Yasha. But we see Yasha, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of Yahweh should taste death for every man.” Can you see a contradiction here?
Now let us read verses eight and nine of Hebrews 2: “You (Yahweh) have put all things in subjection under man’s feet. For in that Yahweh put all in subjection under man, Yahweh left nothing that is not put under man. But now we see not yet all things put under man. But we see Yasha, who was made a little lower than the angels (Elohiym) for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he (Yasha) by the grace of Yahweh should taste death for every man.” Does not this make much more sense?
Could this be why things look so dismal and seem to be getting worse? Is Yahweh saying to his creation, You were made to have dominion, so if you want out of this mess start demonstrating the authority and power that is in the Living Word (Anointed Truth) and grow up and take the dominion and quit creating your own chaos? I feel certain that this is the case, but how do we take dominion if we expect our Lord to do all the thinking and doing?
Christ came to bring many sons into the original place of glory and honor. He not only gave us the Holy Spirit to guide our footsteps and comfort us through our desert experience, but he was careful to detail our dominion, power, and authority.
We have been given the authority to come boldly before the throne of grace to let our request be known. But few do, because they are too confused, and confusion in prayer produces negative results. It is hard to believe that loving our enemy will destroy all opposition and render to us our full potential of power and authority.
Although there are various methods of communication with the Father and many ways to demonstrate the glory of our dominion, most people lump our full relationship with the Father into one category—“prayer”—while, sometimes, pondering on the correct position to sit or stand while in prayer. But it is not position, but condition that matters. There are many expressions of communication and actions in our relationship with our heavenly Father and there are legitimate reasons for them.
Mark 9:17-29, “And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto you my son, which has a dumb spirit; And where so ever he takes him, he tears him: and he foams, and gnashes with his teeth, and pines away: and I spoke to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
“Yasha answered him, and said, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him?”
The father answered, “From childhood. And oft times it has cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if you can do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.
“Yasha said unto him, if you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; ‘help thou mine unbelief.’
“When Yasha saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge you, come out of him, and enter no more into him. And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. But Yasha took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.
“And when Yasha was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.”
Think on this for a moment. Read it over again. How did the man go about his petition (prayer)?
Here, our Savior addressed more than just the father of the afflicted man. He also addressed the people and Yasha’s disciples with this statement, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.”
Prayer is involved here, but fasting is the lack. Prayer and fasting were both needed to generate the faith that it took to come against the force that bound the man’s son.
To face the same force that is yet in the world today, we must believe we have the power, authority, and responsibility of delivering these possessed people. But we should never attempt to lay hands on any person if we do not believe our prayer will be effective. We might feel it is the friendly and loving thing to do, even though we feel no prayer-power energy, but we transgress when we do it. All that is not of faith is sin.
Someone might ask, “Why would it be wrong to lay hands on our loved ones when our heart is faithless? ”They are reaching out, just as the father of the afflicted man was in the above scriptures. They are depending on the faith in the Church body. If our hands are empty, they will receive nothing from our prayer. We will have let one more person down; we have brought about one more disappointment. Our victims very seldom ever associate their disappointment and lack with us but with Yahweh. They usually take it to mean Yahweh did not love them enough. He did not care. But remember, he said, “Let them have dominion.” Church, raise up and take the dominion.
“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he said shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he said. Therefore I say unto you, What things so ever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.
“And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses,” Matthew 11:23-26.
This Kingdom power is released through one principle, which is unadulterated Love, complete and unrestrained. It will not work any other way. Any emotion you experience that does not find its root in unadulterated Love is of the carnal realm.
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover,” Mark 16:17-18.
“Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwells in me, “He doeth the works.” Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. (Believe me because your eyes see what I am doing. Believe me because you can do the things I am doing). Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father,” John 14:10-15.
The above statement is a pointblank statement: “greater works than these shall he do.” If we are not doing these works, it is because we are lacking in faith.
Remember, the disciples did not know why they were lacking in faith. They felt condemnation until their lack was unveiled when Christ said, “And whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If you love me, keep my commandments.”
“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love,” St John 15:7-9.
Do you want to glorify the Father, that is, bring glory to his Name? Then rise up and function in the authority he has handed to you, and take dominion over your carnal thinking and believe his Words.
“And in that day you shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have you asked nothing in my name: ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full,” John 16:23-24.
When you pray, go directly to the Father. Do not petition the Son—pray directly to the Father. Yasha Christ plainly states, “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing.” He says, “Whatsoever you shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.”
If we do not get our request granted, we should examine it. Was our motive fully grounded in love? If it was correct and reasonable, we should seek the reason for the failure. We should not blame the Father, but should look inward for the lack.
If we blame Yahweh every time we fail, we will never excel. Remember, Christ said, “Whatsoever you shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you,”
“Herein is my Father glorified.” And again, “Let them have dominion.”
Notice, in the above incident there were two different approaches at work. First, the afflicted man’s father simply approached Yasha’s disciples with a need—he did not go directly to the Father, but sought the Father through a mediator feeling no responsibility for his own lack. Yasha openly rebuked him for his faithlessness, yet his request was met. But Yasha did not justify the disciples in their inability to supply what the other man lacked. He told them why they were limited in their performance and held them responsible for failure to make up for the lack in the other man’s faithlessness.
Some of us know too much to be unaccountable for our shabby performances. Those we must make intercession for, are definitely responsible for their faithlessness. But those of us who have received greater knowledge, have a responsibility to make up for their lack. We must sustain them until they can muster the faith to sustain themselves.
Please notice; though Christ was nearby, he did not apologize to the disciples for not answering their prayer when they tried to cast the spirit out of this afflicted person. Why? The spoken and written Word had given them the power. He wanted them to exercise the power that was given them. It was time to take the authority.
In the above incidents, there were also two different realms that were being dealt with. The father of the afflicted man was too blind to grasp his full potential, but the disciples knew enough about the Kingdom-powers and that they were responsible for their lack and inability to stand in the gap and make up the hedge. Where do we stand?
I have quoted many positive scriptures concerning man’s dominion rules, but I purposely left one out, though it is a wonderful scripture, it is often used by the carnal mind as a prayer blocker. Please read it carefully.
“And this is the confidence that we have in him (Yahweh), that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us: And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him,” 1 John 5:14-15.
This scripture is one of the most powerful scriptures in the Bible, but most people will read it with the carnal mind and instantly pick up on the “if we ask any thing according to his will” and then stop dead in their tracks because they are unable to read Yahweh’s mind. They tag every prayer with an “if.” The moment the “if” goes in, positive faith goes out.
Yahweh said, “Let them have dominion.” He gave creation the power to have dominion for better or for worse. But he did it with omniscient wisdom and a living hope of positive results.
Someone might ask, Then why does he say, “according to his will”?
What is Yahweh’s will concerning us? Could it be that the Father granted us dominion that would work under one condition or principle only, and this principle or rule is the will that John referred to?
Think, if you have dominion as the Bible clearly says, then how can it be that you must first have complete understanding of the Father’s omniscient intellect before you start the operation of carrying out His will (not yours)? If we only operate according to Yahweh’s will, we have no dominion. If this is so, this statement contradicts itself. If we must operate in a capacity that is far above our comprehension, we have absolutely no dominion. If it cannot mean that Yahweh will not answer our prayer unless our prayer lines up exactly with his secret will, then let us consider what this scripture is referring to as “His revealed will.”
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of Yahweh, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from Yahweh; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways,” James 1:2-8.
Now that you have looked at this scripture, can you see what John meant when he said, “according to his will”?
Look again at the other faith scriptures. Do they require an “if”? Notice how they operate according to Yahweh’s will. They operate by positive thinking, by man taking dominion.
The operating part is dealt with here. He is not dealing with the things you are asking for, but how you go about asking for it. Pray with positive faith, nothing doubting. Positive faith produces positive results. A creative effort that is tagged with “if” is an unstable request. “If” is a faith stopper, even if the “if” is “if it is the Lord’s will.” “If” is “if” and it stops your creative power even when it is all decked out in its best religious garment.
I hope you are always governed by your best understanding of Yahweh’s will. Being a minister, it would be foolish for me to pray for something that would conflict with the call on my life. So, we should get to the root of any problem before we pray.
Keep Yahweh’s commandments. Line up in your mind with commandment keeping. Don’t pray for a Sabbath job that will put you under condemnation for breaking the Sabbath. You can ask anything, even a Sabbath job. But everything comes with a responsibility and obligation.
If you should ask for a drug operation business, expect your sense of right and wrong to take over and produce faith-killing condemnation and guilt. If you could conger up positive faith to receive it, cause and effect will take over and work against you. It could never produce happiness, which is, of course, the desired results. In fact, it would produce much evil or even death for you. A guilt-ridden person is never a happy creative person.
The Spirit of righteousness should always govern us, whether we are praying or working, or whatever else we do. The Holy Spirit is present in the dedicated Christian’s life to protect him/her from excessive and carnal desires. Yahweh wants us to be adventurous, bold, and aggressive toward our goals.
Yahweh is allowing us to grow up by making choices and exercising our ability to create. We must learn to have confidence in our ability in him. And we often learn by the mistakes we make. Remember, if you pray for an expensive house and an expensive car, you must be ready to pay more money for taxes and upkeep. Every thing we ask for comes with an obligation and responsibility. We must accept the responsibility that comes with it if we plan to keep it very long.
If you ask for a home in North Dakota, you must accept the responsibility of winterizing it. You better include a shovel in your prayer and expect to use it. You would also need a good warm coat. In other words, think ahead before you leap.
But when you ask, always ask in faith, nothing wavering. It is not Yahweh’s will for you to waver. Everything that is not of faith is sin. Yasha said this is the condition you must meet to get your prayers answered: believe that you will get what you ask for. That is the “will” he spoke of. Do not deal with the “ifs”. Don’t even make a place for them.
Do not pray for Yahweh to do something and then start planning and worrying about how to do it yourself. Put it in his hands and follow the course of action he inspires you to take and leave the rest to him.
When a situation looks impossible, trust that Yahweh is tying all the loose ends together to work it out. But do not be selfish. Remember every action produces a reaction that you will have to deal with. If you desire to become a successful evangelist, be ready to sacrifice the comforts of a wonderful home life. Be ready to face the rejection, persecution, and discomfort which accompanies the rewards. Counter balance everything to the best of your ability before you pray. Then pray in faith, nothing wavering.
Settle down to a single course of action. Do not pray for a new home one day, then the next day decide you had rather make do with your old house so you can take a nice long vacation in Alaska.
Do you understand what the will of Yahweh is that you must line up with?
Last, but not least, analyze your spirit’s image of Yahweh. This alone can and often does defeat prayer power. For a moment think deep. Do not deal with your head knowledge; go deeper, because that is where the root of our real self-life dwells. We can feel one way with our head knowledge and another way in our spirit.
Are you sure in your spirit that the Father loves you with an unconditional love?
Do you feel that those who perform well before an audience make a better impression on the Father?
Do you feel that your religious contributions are so shabby that they are hardly worth offering to the Father?
If you deal only with your head knowledge when you view these questions, you will feel insulted that anyone would ask such foolish questions. Nevertheless, these opinions are subconsciously felt by more Christians than some may suspect, especially if they were rejected by a parent figure when they were small. It takes wisdom from above to thoroughly convince these folks that the Father genuinely loves them.
Do you harbor doubts concerning Yahweh’s love for you?
Does the slightest delay in answer to your prayer spell out rejection to you?
Do you compare your ministry, or Christian walk, with other ministries and then judge yourself unworthy of the grace that you see manifested through their lives and then feel cheated?
If this is so, there is only one solution to your problem. You must receive a revelation of Yahweh’s love. We have read, even memorized, John 3:16-17: “For Yahweh so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For Yahweh sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
But our spirit must be awakened to the reality that we are included in the world that Yahweh so loved. We are each an object of His love. We are the works of His hands.
Reprogramming your thinking can be achieved by repeating scriptures such as John 1:29: “The next day John saw Yasha coming unto him, and said, Behold the Lamb of Yahweh, which takes away the sin of the world.” John 12:32: “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”
There are many scriptures that reveal the equality of Yahweh’s love.
Learning to appreciate your blessings, worshiping, Bible studying and researching, witnessing, fasting, singing, and playing Christian music, obedience, confession, repentance, all of these are forms of prayer and they will help build faith. But do not forget to have a two-way conversation with Yahweh regularly. It is essential.
Look about you; bring to mind the prayers that have been answered. Ask yourself, Did they all have positive results? They would have had if they had been in the Father’s will in the first place. But in a limited way, they were Yahweh’s will. It was Yahweh’s will for the person that prayed in positive faith to exercise his intellect and responsibility for his spiritual growth.