Authority – Who Has It? – and What’s it For?

There is a wealthy household on a sprawling estate which employs many servants. Among them is a girl who works as a maid.  She hears a knock at the door and opens to greet an important-looking man on the front step.  The little maid has the authority to let the man in or to turn him away according to the will of the householder.  Whatever this girl tells the man, he must do.  She bears the full authority of the head of that wealthy household, because she is under authority and in her rightful place.

Every man, woman, and child has the same authority that belongs to the maid.  Each in his rightful place carries the full authority of the Creator within his own domain.

Another term for this authority of which we speak is dominion.  God has put Man, male and female, in the earth to have dominion in it. If we are in our proper place in God’s order, even demons must obey us.  Our actions are not our own, but his that sent us.  Under God we have authority over all things, and as the psalmist, we are inspired to cry out, “What is man, that thou art mindful of him?![1]

Our own lives and our families, our communities, and our nation are in serious trouble.  Yet we are not without a lifeline.  The Great Creator has offered us hope from the beginning.  The hope starts in our own hearts as we learn to love and obey God and to love our fellowman.  Only unselfish love can fulfill God’s dominion mandate.

In repentance let us all send up this cry to heaven, “Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them.”  God will hear.  The Logos-Word by which he created all things shall one day fill all the earth.   The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.[2]  God desires his kingdom to fill the earth.  It is not his will that men be persecuted and oppressed by antichrist powers.  Yes, we are warned that the spirit of antichrist will wear out the saints,[3] but the very next verses promise that the saints will take away antichrist’s dominion.  Then, the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.[4]

Our outlook is not one of defeat.  Our motivating hope is that God will empower a holy people by his Spirit to overcome the spirit of antichrist.  They will overcome him personally by fully yielding to the dominion of the Creator.  They will overcome antichrist oppression in the lives of others by compassionate deeds laying down their own lives in following their Savior.  They will overcome antichrist nationally by restoring true justice.  These are a people living in dominion covenant with God.

Each one of us can affect this world for God.  Our sphere of influence grows as we are found faithful in each domain that God has given us.  We must give ourselves fully to the work, realizing that the work is only ours as God’s ambassadors.  The goal toward which we aim is that God’s kingdom will fully come in our own hearts and lives and that his kingdom will spread to include our families, our communities, our nation and finally fill the whole earth.

And the LORD said …As truly as I live,

all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.[5]

[1] Psalm 8:4

[2] Revelation 11:15  This prophecy shows God’s plan for the kingdoms of this world.

[3] Daniel 7:25

[4] Daniel 7:26-27

[5] Numbers 14:20-21

The preceding post is the final chapter of my publication Womanhood and God’s Dominion Call which is now available on this site as a free e-booklet download.