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The Seed

They come, these beings of light's creation; for, darkness stays them not as they have seen the truth of it. Nothing brings the chains of doubt to one whose power rests within the knowledge of that tiny seed of knowing that it is so. The mountains flee away and all the barriers are laid low before the feet of those who know it.

The man within his desperate place of hopelessness calls for that small token of the power of the one who made it all. This speck of seed does grow and then this tree does make the birds to rest upon its fair branches; and so it is. For, all that is was once a seed of mustard.

Power And Dominion

CHAPTER 15

Everyone has dominion: some give it away. Everyone has power: some use it against themselves.

Thought: The one who abides can do anything Jesus can do.

Word: John 14:12: "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."

Conclusion: If a man cannot do what he needs to do, he is not believing.

In life we can get things done or not get things done. When we get things done we usually feel gratified and fulfilled. Our day has been a good one. When we do not get things done, we go into a state of story-telling as to why we didn't. The enemy of man has a little box filled with excuses and when one doesn't work, he just pulls out another. We hungrily snatch at any excuse that sounds reasonable to those expecting something from us. Most of the time the truth is that we just did not want to do it and the remainder of the time we just didn't believe that we could.

God has given man dominion of this world. He is not the owner of it, but he is the caretaker. All things are under his governing power. Satan is quite successful in convincing man he has lost his dominion, so man does Satan's will instead of God's will. Jesus came to prove to us that Satan's claim to dominion was a lie. Let us read the truth of the matter, "And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." Gen. 1:28.

Webster defines "dominion" as: "the power or right of governing and controlling; sovereign authority." There are some who believe the devil has dominion on the earth. If that were so, we would all be dead. There are some who believe God controls everything. If that were so, there would be no starving children. Let's face it, we're it. God has said, here is your earth, take care of it for me; I give you dominion. So we make wars, starve children and rape the land and, to make matters worse, we blame God for the mess we made. That is just as foolish as our young children making a mess of their rooms, then blaming us for the mess. Our young children don't even do that, but we do. If the world is ever going to get better, it is the human being who will make it better. There is no other caretaker of this planet.

Again, Jesus has given us an example of how much dominion we have. "Behold, I give you power to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you." Luke 10:19. We must now come to a question: did Jesus lie? Did Jesus tell the truth? If He lied, then all the uproar about salvation and "getting saved" is just so much wasted effort. If He told the truth, then we have some very serious thinking to do. Indeed, serious thinking is what we theologians have been paid to do, but what we usually do is describe "pretty" ways in which the Bible does not mean what it says. If we don't happen to be tuned-in to a theologian at the moment, we do our own theologizing. We think, "But what about sister Susie, she was a good Christian and...." On we go looking to see how Jesus must have been mistaken. If we don't want such an obvious question in our mind, we just remain satisfied that it is just a mystery and when Jesus comes, we will find out what it meant. The truth is, Jesus has come and He showed us what it meant. The problem is, we just don't believe it.

Let's look at another. "If you abide in me and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will and it shall be done unto you." John 15:7. Now we say, "Well I asked for something once and I didn't get it." It never seems to enter our mind that we are a non-abider. That might just be the problem. We are also basically such stupid creatures that we ask for things we really do not desire having and we don't know it. God gives us the desires we are truly asking for. In receiving our desires God will use process, not magic. As our desire is put before Him, the process begins for its fulfillment. From time to time we lose our patience and decide it is not God's will, so the faith ceases and the process stops. We usually quit about one minute before we were going to receive it. Don't worry though, the Lord will find someone else to give it to. Nothing is wasted.

"If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." Matt. 17:20. We soon will begin to think that this must be some other religion. Whatever it is, know that it was Jesus' religion; this is what He taught. Most of us are quite satisfied to be religious; we don't know about all "this power stuff!" I would like to suggest that "Christians" without power are simply religious but they are not Christians. 2 Tim. 3:5 describes these powerless ones: "Having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."

Jesus' life was one of the Christian. What power has been given, what dominion over evil! "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give." Matt. 10:8-10.

So far, what we have discovered is what the Christian life is like. First of all, "nothing shall hurt you." Secondly, "you will receive whatever you ask for," and thirdly, "nothing shall be impossible for you." Now, does that sound like the Christianity you are used to? How are some of these things shown to us by example? That seems to be the real teacher. Let's see how it works. In the Bible there are numerous accounts of having what one wants and, in Joshua the tenth chapter, we can read one of the classics. Beginning with verse twelve, "Then spake Joshua to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed...." This is one example of how it works in real life. Jesus said we could move a mountain. It may be He didn't want to give too big an example or we would have trouble believing it. What He could have said is, "You can stop a world for a day or so." In the fourteenth chapter of Exodus we can read how Moses parted the Red Sea by stretching out his hand over the sea. Moses also spoke to a rock and water came out. We might say, "Yes, but Moses was a prophet." I would like to point out that Jesus' words were not words directed at a prophet, but at men.

As these thoughts begin to make a path into our thinking we now may think, "Well, if this is true I think I will try it out." Sorry, folks; if you "try it out" it won't work. Can you see Jesus before the tomb of Lazarus thinking, "Well, I'm going to try this; I sure hope it works." If you have to try it out, you don't believe. When you know it will work, it will work because the "knowing" comes from God. All the rest is just presumption. Presumption insists upon results without putting that kind of effort into the conditions. When we claim a promise to be kept free of disease, yet eat in a way that causes disease, that is presumption. Jesus said the condition to His power was abiding. When we claim that power, yet we will not abide, that's presumption. Presumption equals zero.

Faith will work on the condition as intensely as it works on the promise itself. Since the universe is made up of laws, these "miracles" are not magic. They are the cause and effect relationship within law. If a miracle was magic, then we might expect to receive without meeting the conditions. Now that we know it is not magic, but cause and effect, we know that God will surely answer the desire as we abide in the cause of the effect we want. God is not arbitrary and He is not a respecter of persons. Look at our every day life. When we get up in the morning we start setting up conditions to our expectations. If we drive to work, we go to the car, open the door and put the key in the ignition. If we have gas in the tank and all mechanical conditions are met, it will start and we will drive it to work. We do not complain that the universe is unfair; if the car doesn't start, we simply find out why. When the car doesn't start do you often say, "Well, it just must be God's will," or do you go about finding out why it doesn't start? When our prayers are not answered, do we say, "It must be God's will," or do we go about finding out why they weren't answered? Only you know the answer to that one. Most of those individuals who do not receive what they ask for, however, are those who attribute the failure to God's "will" rather than their own lack of condition preparation. Faith and answered prayers in the spiritual are just like starting the car in the physical with only one difference: you can see the car. The laws are just the same. In fact, the truth is that the physical world is set up to show us exactly how the spiritual world works.

Again, Jesus did not come to show us what a God could do, but what a man could do who abides in God. The disciples one day had an angry, stormy attitude and with this proceeded to create space for a storm at sea. Jesus arrived walking on the water with a peaceful attitude and the storm was stilled. On another occasion, the disciples set up conditions for catching no fish and Jesus came by to tell them to place the nets on the other side of the boat. The disciples submitted to that suggestion rather than resist it, and they had more fish than they could bring in. The list goes on and on. The Bible was not intended as a book of religious good deeds to do so you can go to heaven some day. It is a book of experience to show how men have experienced God. The not-so-beautiful experiences in the Bible are there equally as lessons on how it all works. The Old Testament and the New Testament are not different as some Christians imagine. They both serve to illustrate how life has always worked. God and His laws are the same "yesterday, today, and forever." If you ever hear a pious soul say the law has been done away with, you might mention to him that it appears gravity is still holding him down. The problem with us theologians is that we complicate things. If you are having trouble understanding what the Bible says, for your own good, don't go to a theologian. Read that difficult text to a five-year old, you know, the one that says: "If you have faith you can move mountains." The five-year old will tell you what that means. The theologian may spend an hour or so explaining that it doesn't mean that.

Always remember God did not stutter. He said what He meant and He meant what He said. Remember how we instruct our little ones in their little jobs around the house. When we ask them to do a job, sometimes they don't do it. We ask them, "Why didn't you take out the trash as I asked you?" And they say, "Oh, I thought you meant have a glass of lemonade." We might say, "Let me explain it again," and in some cases, we may use other methods of persuasion depending on the case at hand. God does that too. God calls it the "curse." Look out upon our world today and observe the curse. The six o'clock news reports mostly "curse." These are the results of broken commandments and laws. So, do we want blessings and success? Believe and act upon what is so. The words of Jesus are those things which are so. Abide and believe and you will receive your heart's desire and nothing shall hurt you or be impossible for you. No curse will come to your house if you are within law. The curse will always come if you are not. Isn't it wonderful that the universe is not set up as a magic show or a club for certain favorites? Everything is fair and as it should be. In all this God has given His children the secrets of peace and joy. He offers His elixir of power and His panacea of all life's ills. Follow the rules. Believe what is so. Abide. Through cooperation with Christ, we are made complete in Him and in our human weakness are enabled to do the deeds of omnipotence.

At this point, some begin to wonder if there is any love in all this. The truth is, that is all there is in it. The law is the perfect expression of God's love. 1 John 5:3 gives us the clue: "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." Would your child think you loved him if every day when you got home from work you changed the rules? Would it be that he would learn to love and respect you if you were always the same and consistent with him and that it was always clear what was expected of him? I would like to suggest the latter. Our Lord is fair, consistent and reliable and with Him there is no shadow of turning, never a mistake or slip-up, but always absolutely perfect in all His judgments. Now that is love, my friends, and if we are one to know Him, we will know His law and we will discover and trust in His promises.

Power And Dominion - Bible Study

1. God gave man dominion.

Gen. 1:27,28: "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth."

2. To the believer all things are possible.

Mark 9:23: "Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth."

3. Jesus said believers cannot be hurt.

Luke 10:19: "Behold, I give unto you power to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you."

4. Believers have power over all things.

Mark 16:18: "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."

5. The one who abides can ask anything and it will be done.

John 15:7: "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."

6. The believer obeys this command.

Matt. 10:8-10: "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give."

7. The one with dominion receives obedience from trees.

Luke 17:6: "And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you."

8. The mountains also obey.

Matt. 17:20: "...For verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you."

9. Your dominion is conditional.

James 1:6,7: "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord."

10. Jesus has restored dominion.

Ps. 8:5,6: "For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou has put all things under his feet..."

Dominion - E.G. White

"Through co-operation with Christ, they are made complete in Him, and in their human weakness they are enabled to do the deeds of Omnipotence." GW 112-113.

"Satan, by means of his success in turning man aside from the path of obedience, became 'the god of this world.' [2 Cor. 4:4] The dominion that once was Adam's, passed to the usurper. But the Son of God proposed to come to this earth to pay the penalty of sin, and thus not only redeem man, but recover the dominion forfeited. It is of this restoration that Micah prophesied when he said, '0 Tower of the flock, the stronghold of the daughter of Zion, unto Thee shall it come, even the first dominion'." [Micah 4:8] PK 682.

"I am the Lord's. In His strength I am invincible." MS 42 Oct., 1890 Diary.

"Through his control of men, he held dominion over the world. Christ had come to disprove Satan's claim....Thus it would be shown...that his claim to the world was false. All who desired deliverance from his power would be set free. The dominion that Adam had lost through sin would be recovered." DA 114-115.

"Jesus revealed no qualities, and exercised no powers, that men may not have through faith in Him." DA 664.

"These things [the account of Paul's trust in God] were not written merely that we might read and wonder, but that the same faith which wrought in God's servants of old might work in us. In no less marked a manner than He wrought then will He work now wherever there are hearts of faith to be channels of His power." ED 256.

"How to exercise faith should be made very plain. To every promise of God there are conditions. If we are willing to do His will, all His strength is ours. Whatever gift He promises is in the promise itself." ED 253.

"To him who learns thus to interpret its teachings, all nature becomes illuminated; the world is a lesson book, life a school. The unity of man with nature and with God, the universal dominion of law, the results of transgression, cannot fail of impressing the mind and molding the character." ED 100.

"The will of man is aggressive and is constantly striving to bend all things to its purposes. If it is enlisted on the side of God and right, the fruits of the Spirit will appear in the life; and God has appointed glory, honor, and peace to every man that works good." RH Aug 25, 1896.

"When the will is placed on the Lord's side, the Holy Spirit takes that will and makes it one with the divine will." Lt. 44, 1899.

"Faith is simple in its operation and powerful in its results. Many professed Christians, who have a knowledge of the sacred Word and believe its truth, fail in the childlike trust that is essential to the religion of Jesus." 6 BC 1074.

"Those who make it their object to so educate their pupils that they may see and feel that the power lies in themselves...are the most useful and permanently successful teachers." 3T 134.

"Every human being, created in the image of God, is endowed with a power akin to that of the Creator; individuality, power to think and to do." ED 17.

"The obstacles that are piled by Satan across your path, though apparently as insurmountable as the eternal hills, shall disappear before the demand of faith. 'Nothing shall be impossible unto you'." DA 431.

"When we come into right relation with Him, and give ourselves wholly to Him, we shall see the miracle-working power of God in word and deed." 3SM 38.

Self-Knowledge Resumé

  1. Do I understand that I have dominion?
  2. Do I ever decide not to do something I should because I believe I can't or that it would be too hard?
  3. Do I ever believe something could hurt me?
  4. Am I ever afraid?
  5. Do I ever doubt that God will give me what I pray for?
  6. Do I ever seek assistance from the world rather than ask God to work for me?
  7. When I pray, do I ever have a secondary plan lined out just in case God does not answer me?
  8. Do I ever believe that someone can steal from me?
  9. Do I ever do anything that is slightly covert so that I may gain an objective or so that I might get someone to do something I want them to do?
  10. Do I ever consign myself to some wrong act, such as satisfy the world in some area, because I believe that under the circumstances nowadays it seems necessary?
  11. Do I ever do anything in private that I would hide from fellow church members?
  12. Do I ever show lack of power in my life? How do I do this?

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