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His Only Gift

The Gift Of His Dominion

CHAPTER NINE

"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." (Gen. 1:27, 28.) When Jesus came to show us what life was like, He also gave us a view of human dominion. We have looked at how He fed the multitudes. He walked on water and, on one occasion recorded, He had dominion over the fish of the sea. In Luke, chapter 5, the story is told how Peter had toiled all night and caught no fish. Jesus asked him to go out and let out his net. He did this and caught so many fish his net was breaking. This is the Christian dominion. The gift of dominion is not given as magic but, rather, the fulfillment of righteousness. Peter first followed after the kingdom of heaven by yielding his ship for the Master's use. After that the great provision was granted. In righteousness, dominion is exercised. The sons of God have been given this only gift. This is not only a gift, but a position God has designed us to fill. Dominion is our place on earth. It is intended that we exercise it in righteousness. The mystery is that men are sometimes willing to take dominion, but these same men are unwilling to take responsibility for it.

If You Abide In Me

"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." (John 15:7.) The entire Christian religion is based on the notion that Jesus is Lord. Millions say they worship Jesus. Millions say they are saved through faith in Him. Why do they believe this? These say this because the Word of God says it. The Word of God also says that we will receive whatever we ask for. In fact, these are Jesus' own words. If a man does not have the faith to believe this promise, he does not have the faith to believe unto salvation, for the word of God is the word of God.

Scriptures are full of the miracles of God. Israel was fed with manna in the wilderness. These also walked through the Red Sea. In the ministry of Jesus it was common to see the symbols of dominion. Disease, storm and suffering could not exist in His presence. It was said, "...What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!" (Matt. 8:27.) "Jesus revealed no qualities, and exercised no powers, that men may not have through faith in Him." (DA 664.) It is not uncommon to read of grand experiences had by missionaries, but those in ordinary walks of life seldom expect such revelations.

Why is it today that men have little or no realization of this gift? Why is it there is such an abundance of the idea that we are victims of our environment? It is because man has traded the word of God for the desire of his own corrupt nature. When one makes his object of adoration those things which he can touch and feel, he loses the sense of the spirit of God and the wealth God gives us through the Spirit.

Not Satan's World

Satan claims this world. His converts also give him dominion. You have heard, "Well, it's just the Devil's world, so he gets you from time to time." The truth of this was given in the life of Jesus. Jesus came to show that the Devil had lied. He came to show "The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein." (Ps. 24:1.) The Devil can only gain dominion by convincing you to give it to him. He was not given dominion over this world, man was. As with any gift, you may give it to another. This can be done by outright gift or where you have been convinced it belongs to another. If you can be convinced of that, then you will give it over.

It is a sad thing to see that in the pulpits of the land today are mostly converts of the lie. Men everywhere sympathize with poor victimized humanity. That bad old Devil got them. These have not understood the scriptures that show that bad old Devil can only get those who consent to that by overt action or mental agreement. "While we should be keenly alive to our exposure to the assaults of unseen and invisible foes, we are to be sure that they cannot harm us without gaining our consent." (AH 405.) In yielding consent to this idea that circumstances control us, we are placed in circumstances that always control us. It is seen that we have lost our dominion and that loss was according to our consent.

Only A Little Faith

"...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." (Matt. 17:20.) All Christians believe this because it is the word of their Lord. Those who believe in impossibilities believe and consent to the evil one. Jesus was heard on occasion saying to His disciples, "...0 faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you?" (Matt. 17:17.) The disciples asked how it was that they could not cast out the Devil and they were told, "Because of your unbelief." As it happened, the disciples could not exercise dominion because they were fighting amongst themselves. They were wondering who would be the greatest and they were harboring resentment because it was not they who Jesus took up on the mountain the night before. Their thoughts were, "I am as good as the others, why didn't Jesus take me?" "The others always get the best and first." This spirit needed to be yielded up with fasting and prayer before the power of God could work in them.

"...As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word." (1 Kings. 17:1.) Elijah had prayed and the rain ceased for a long period. Drought came to the land. Jesus caused the storm to cease. Joshua stopped the sun. "...Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed...." (Joshua 10:12-13.) Are these stories of dominion made up? If they are, then the stories of Jesus are made up. If the stories of Jesus are made up, then all hope of salvation is made up. Indeed, if these testimonies are not true, the Christian religion is in vain.

I remember how one winter we had been having an abundance of snow. My wife was somewhat cast down because we had day after day of snow. I shoveled our 90-foot walk daily and the snow continued to dump. By the first of January we had over 8 feet of snow. I desired that my wife have a break from this continued onslaught, so as we were entering our home I raised my hands to the snowy sky and said, "Snow stop." I felt within myself it was appropriate and right. I felt the witness that it was God's will. That night the snow did stop. In fact, the month of January was the driest January in Idaho history. I have roofer friends in Washington who said it was a good month for roofing since all of the usual storms did not come through. February came and I felt it was appropriate to have the storms come again. Once more at my wife's side I raised my hands and spoke to the storms. "Continue on your path." That night it snowed 6 inches.

Another time when we were busy in construction and we had been having an abundance of rain, I spoke to the storm and it ceased. This may not have been unusual, but the town to the north of us and to the south of us continued to have an abundance of rain while we did not have a cloud. But is this any great thing? No. It is just a law. All Christians have dominion. In fact, a man can have this faith and not even be a Christian. "...And though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing." (1 Cor. 13:2.) If a man boasts of the great miracles that attend him, he boasts of nothing. This dominion can only be of use to us if we have the love of God. When we have this love of God, our dominion will be exercised to man's good and his uplifting rather than in his amazement.

The Promises Are For Everyone

I share this testimony so that the reader can forget that these promises are for Bible characters only. These promises have been fulfilled in my life and the lives of countless others. These things do not make us great, but grateful to a God who has given us all things. Our dominion is a fact of the Word of God. It may be said that all Christians have miracles attend them, but not all those who have miracles attend them are Christians. Signs and wonders follow the believers, but not all those who have signs and wonders follow them are believers. Apples are red but not everything that is red is an apple. God has given dominion to all His sons and daughters.

Is it arrogance to claim that one has something? It would be arrogance if one were arrogant. When one knows the source of his power and trusts in that source, then saying one has something is only a statement of fact and that fact is based on the Word of God. Peter had no earthly goods, but he did have the power of God. Upon approaching the temple he noticed a poor lame man. This poor man asked the passers-by for alms each day. He saw Peter and John going into the temple. He asked for alms, but Peter desired this man receive more than mere money. "And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk." (Acts 3:4-6.) The man did walk and all looked in wonder at the miracle these men wrought. "Such as I have I will give you." He had something and he knew he had something. He also told another he had something. When everyone wondered Peter said to them, "...Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus...And his name, by faith in his name, has made this man strong whom you see and know; and the faith which is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all." (Acts 3:12, 13, 16.)

Not Of Ourselves

We do not have dominion by our own power. The world only uses its own power, so it assumes immediately that Christians use their own power. When one says, "I have received the gift of God," the world assumes they are bragging. "O, you are saying you are perfect?" Peter was not saying he was perfect. He was only saying he had something. The world is perplexed at the gift of God. Dominion leaves the world without reason, for this gift does away with all the play earthlings do in war and want. The only hope the world has is that "nobody's perfect." When they see the power of God in the believer they are confused. Is it a trick? The worldly mind would much rather call an ambulance than tell a man to take up his bed and walk. Dominion has been given to the believer. When one realizes he has been given the power of dominion, the tempter then comes to tempt that one. As Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, so is the Christian. "And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread." (Matt. 4:3.) Satan comes to the Christian and says, "If you are a Christian and believe God's promises then let me see you turn that water into wine." "Let me see you move that mountain over there." "Let me see you heal that person over there." Some fall for the trap. Jesus gave us the example of His healing. He did not raise everyone. He did not heal everyone. When Jesus left this earth there were still many dead. John the Baptist was not raised by His hand. There is not a record of a single martyr being raised. There were still some sick when Jesus returned to heaven. So it is now. It is not appropriate to raise all the dead. It is not appropriate to make the weather sunny and 80 degrees each day. It is not appropriate to heal every disease. The Spirit speaks to the believer and gives him the unction to do these great things in Jesus' name. The Father looks at the causes and the faith of one who asks for healing. The Christian is then to know what he should do. The sons of God listen to His voice.

Not Christian Magic

Dominion is not Christian magic. It is Christian obedience. We don't command God to do something. He leads us to do something. We do not command Him to raise the dead; He commands us to raise the dead. We do not command Him to heal the sick; He commands us to heal the sick. "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give." (Matt. 10:8.) Christ Jesus is our Master and we listen to His voice. When we listen to His voice, then, "...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.)

My first experience with this came as I first entered the ministry. We had a young boy in the church who had been throwing sticks at butterflies with one of his friends. In the excitement of the moment his friend threw a stick into the air and it hit him square in the eye. I visited him in the hospital and was assured by the doctor that his eye had been destroyed and they were trying to save the undamaged eye from infection. I called the elders together and we had an anointing for the young man's eye. I felt the presence of God and desired greatly to save this young man's eye. My feeling was that I could not let this boy be blind. I had sympathy for him and my soul pled with the Lord for his healing. A few days later, the bandage was removed and the mother reported to me that the injured eye had better sight than the one with no injury.

Nothing Wavering

There is a condition for this great gift. "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." (James 1:6-7.) One must believe. If one does not believe in the truth, he can only believe in the lie. The question I would have is, why not use your dominion for the blessings God intended would come into the world, rather than give that dominion over to Satan so that he might destroy you with it? Millions use their faith to believe in things that will destroy them. So many fear loss and disaster. So many believe someone out there is going to hurt them. O foolish generation, who hath bewitched you. God has given us such a great gift. But multitudes see it as a threat.

Dominion is God's only gift. He does not give anything else. The joy of God is found in the life His children live. The children are like God. Their characters reflect the brightness of His shining. Would you like to have His very own life? Would you like to ride upon the high places of the earth? This is His will. This is what He wants for you. He withholds nothing good from you. The life that Jesus lived is now offered to you as a gift. You need not work real hard to be perfect. What you need to do is believe His word and let it be true for you. "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus...."


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