DOMINION IN YOUR FAMILY LIFE (1)
Happy New Month and welcome to another fulfilling edition of Family Life. Our focus for this month shall be on “Dominion in Your Family Life”. I will like to start by saying that dominion in your family life is absolutely possible. Every child of God has a heritage of dominion in life and that includes you. The Bible says: And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion… (Genesis 1:28). God gave man the power to dominate from the beginning; this shows that dominion is God’s will for you in your family life. There is so much good for us all in our marriages, families, spouses, children, businesses, finance, careers, etc., but the Bible says it is only for the obedient. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land (Isaiah 1:19). Whatever the Word of God tells you to do, do it! There is a reward in obedience. My prayer is that as you purpose in your heart to obey God, you will see His outstretched arm in every aspect of your family, giving you dominion, in Jesus’ name!
What is Dominion?
Dominion means being in charge, in control, and in command. As you are created for dominion, so also is your family. To have dominion in your family means being in control, in charge and in command of all that the environment, society, economy, etc., have to offer. How then can I be in charge you may ask? The Bible says in Isaiah 60:1: Arise, shine; for thy light has come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. God says, “Arise”. It is a commandment. It does not depend on your feeling or ability. God is telling you to arise from the previous failures and woes in your family. Shake your feet from the dust. As a family, put an end to recounting your losses in the past years. Arise in obedience. Rise up from within you and God shall strengthen you.
In Genesis 26:12: Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year a hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him. It was a time of famine, hardship, woes, and economic recession. However, the Word of God came to Isaac and he arose and took action. You can see the results he obtained.
How do you arise or exercise dominion?
It takes light to shine, and light comes by the Word of God (Psalm 119:130). It is what you do with His Word in your family that will determine how much dominion your family will exercise. Husbands, you are the head of the home; sit down with the Word this year, and give meaningful direction to your household. Don’t go about like a mule and horse without understanding. Enough of foolishness! Your family must become an envy of everyone around you this year. Locate the direction for your family in the Word and no devil can stop your family from exercising dominion. Arise, don’t starve spiritually. Until you arise, there can’t be a lifting up and without a lifting up, there is no dominion.
- Arise in your prayer life to live an overcomer’s life (James 5:16)
- Arise in the study of the Word to avoid shame (2 Timothy 2:15)
- Arise and Christ shall give you light
Remember, obedience is the master key to dominion. Your level of obedience and dedication to God and His Word will determine how much you will enjoy dominion. Wife, arise from your downcast position. The Bible says: Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth (Micah 4:13). Don’t let spiritual laziness destroy or rob you of what God has in store for your life and family. Turn to the substance of the Word and stop chasing after shadows. You are born to shine; don’t die a shadow! Make God your focus; make His Word your priority.
The Lord wants to do a new thing in your life. Therefore, destroy the spirit of heaviness. Look straight ahead and see that glorious family God intend for you. The Bible says: Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert (Isaiah 43:1). Arise! That business deal that didn’t come through last year, that plan that never worked out last year, that thing you couldn’t do last year because of financial constraints, the Lord says ‘Arise!’, and see a better one done this year. Begin to make plans for a great year ahead of your family, so as to enjoy dominion. Root your plans in the Word of God, and take steps. Don’t just sit down. Begin to see every of your plans this year succeed. Arise and Shine! As a family -husband, wife, children- make godly plans in your finances, careers, academics, relationships, and seal them with the Word. God shall back you up and your plans will succeed.
However, dominion in your family starts with Jesus. If you are not yet born again and you desire to do so right now, please pray this prayer with faith in your heart: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily; obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21). With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace, in Jesus’ name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org, 07026385437 OR 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building a Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).