Apostle Grace Lubega
Genesis 1:26-27(KJV); And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
When God created man in Genesis 1:26, He created a man in spirit. That is why this man carried the image and likeness of God. Understand that when the Bible speaks of image and likeness, it does not mean image and likeness in body or flesh. It was a likeness in spirit. The man with a body came later in Genesis 2:7.
It was the spirit man of Genesis 1:26 that was given dominion over the fish of the sea, the fowl of the air and over everything upon the earth.
What does this teach us about dominion?
True dominion can only begin from the spirit realm. We conquer on the earth what we have tamed in the spirit. We influence in the physical realm, what we have influenced in the spirit.
Like Christ said in Matthew 18:18(AMP); “Truly I tell you, whatever you forbid and declare to be improper and unlawful on earth must be what is ALREADY forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit and declare proper and lawful on earth must be what is ALREADY permitted in heaven.”
Often times, the Church of Christ teaches dominion without understanding the primary place of dominion. Christians are being taught how to win in the marketplace through hard work and diligence(which are very important principles) but they are not reminded of where winning starts from.
The mountains of influence that many seek to conquer are first conquered in the realm of spirits.
You are a spirit man and win like a spirit man. The winning of a spirit man is vastly different from that of a soulish man. The victory of the spirit man is a past tense affair. The victory of a man of the soul is futuristic. Let this understanding dictate your quest for success. Let this consciousness be the cornerstone of your ambition.
FURTHER STUDY: John 4:24, Matthew 18:18
GOLDEN NUGGET: True dominion can only begin from the spirit realm. We conquer on the earth what we have tamed in the spirit. We influence on the earth, what we have influenced in the spirit.
PRAYER: Father, I am grateful for this Word. I know who I am and what You have made me to be. I am deeply acquainted with the realm of God because it is where I live, move and exist. My victories are guaranteed because I am exercised in this understanding. To the glory of Your name, Amen.