Dominion: origin – middle English via Old French from medieval Latin – ‘lord, master’
…let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth Genesis 1:26
God created everything beautiful. There was nothing that He created that was not perfect. After everything was created, the hills and mountains, the valleys covered with flowers, the trees, and the animals, He created us.
He gave everything to us. Everything that He created He told us to enjoy and have dominion. We controlled everything.
The lions would come up just to have a scratch behind the ears. Wolf pups played with each other within our reach. The eagles would rest from their soaring just above our heads in a tree and watch us. Alligators would come up and warm themselves in the sun in our front yard. Wilibeasts, and polar bears, and hyenas, and elephants, and meerkats, all played around us and would line up just for us to touch them, stroke their fur or get a scratch so they would know their master was delighted with them.
This is what God had created us for. To live in harmony with every living thing. Then came the liar. We lost it all.
In the place of dominion, we were now dominated. In place of peace and harmony there was strife and fear. Not at all what the God of heaven had planned, but in all of it, He had a plan, Jesus.
Who was Jesus? “the Word, and the Word was with God and the word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life…” John 1:1-4
Jesus spoke, and the worlds came into being. Jesus spoke and the earth bloomed. Jesus spoke and gave us breath.
Jesus knew the plan to give us back dominion it would cost Him his life. And He chose to do that. What happened when He gave His all?
He restored us to our rightly inherited dominion when we live in Him and He in us, through our words.
Our words can give comfort. Our words can pray for healing. Our words can encourage. Our words can create hope. Our words have authority over the liar. Our words can move mountains. Our words can calm the roaring noises of this world. Our words can create an atmosphere of peace in our homes, our neighborhoods, our cities, our states and our governments. Our words have dominion.
Our words can also be used for hate and hurt. They can cause loss of peace and loss of hope. They can give the liar power over us, over our homes over our situations, over our neighborhoods, over our states, over our governments. The power of our words can cause pain, suffering and loss of life.
This power frightens me.
When we pray in His name, believing, our words are taken up into heaven and laid at the throne of the Most High God. God the Father takes notice of these words, our words, and when He sees and hears them, miracles happen.
Yes, this power frightens me.
For what comes out of my mouth will cause me to be blessed or cursed, loved or hated. What I say shows my heart. What am I showing to the world?
Well sometimes I do show the love of God, and there are the times that out of my mouth comes junk. I get irritated at work and speak before I think. I hate gossip but sometimes I am the one talking about other people, as if I know them intimately. I know that if I have nothing good to say I should not speak, when lo and behold out comes negative thoughts, even if they are just about me. This post started out about dominion and I thought it was going one way, then it led straight to here. It has made me uncomfortable. It has humbled my soul. It has made me re-evaluate the words that do come out of my mouth.
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45 NIV
Oh Jesus, that I would show Your love and grace. That people, when they meet me would feel peace all around me. I want the reflection of my life to be You. I know that does not always happen. I know I have missed it when I am not so good with my words. I have caused pain. I don’t always show who Your love. Out of my mouth comes both praise for You and foolish words. Forgive me when my words overrun my heart. Keep Your hand over my mouth if it starts to blabber on like a fool. Guard my mouth.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23
For Christ’s love I write – Kathy
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