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7 Steps To Dominion In 2011
Taking Dominion In Your Life In 2011, Church And Family
The scriptures that I'm going to give you today reveal that we are in a complicated war and the battle is with the devil. Ephesians 6:12 tells us,"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places."
There is a spirit realm right above our heads, and until you can get some discernment of the spiritual realm you will never gain dominion. The devil is the prince of the air, and he operates in the dark and we need to recognize who we are fighting. You will need to know the weakness and power of your enemy in order to gain dominion over him.
The key to these principles are knowing who you are and then letting the devil know who you are. Decide that this year you are not going to be like a lot of Christians that come up against attacks and all they can do is plead with the Lord to make it all better. You have weapons and YOU are going to have use them. But first, you must know just what Jesus Christ's power is and what He accomplished for you already and take dominion of the power He has given the church. Here are the principles outlined for you:
1. Recognize Your Source Of Dominion
Paul prayed a prayer in Ephesians where he asked for us to have wisdom and discernment because he knew we had to know this to have victory and dominion. We have to understand the exceeding great power we have through Jesus Christ. Jesus took the dominion from Satan and turned and gave the keys to the church. Now keys are made to lock and unlock things, so you have the power to bind and to loose situations in your life.
Let's take a look at the power given to Christ in Ephesians 1:19-23, "may you have the spirit of understanding and your eyes be enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all."
You can see from this scripture that the power and source of your dominion comes directly from heaven. It comes through Jesus Christ. You make Him Lord of your life and learn these principles and you'll get dominion. It does not come through human ability but a spiritual power. We are a people of dominion. As you study the word of G-d you'll see where Paul gives us these principles.
2. Learn The Effective Use Of Your Weapons
Just as the conflict is spiritual so our weapons are spiritual also. We have prayer and we have the sword of the spirit. We need for our prayer to be fervent and you'll never have effective, fervent prayer until you tap into the Holy Spirit for He anoints you to pray. He gives you that quickening spirit and words come to you to pray, and sometimes all you can do is just groan from your spirit and guess what, He prays for you then.
Faith is a mighty weapon too and the power of calling on His name is mighty. When you can get this in your spirit you will be able to make demons shutter when you begin to pray the prayer of command in Jesus' name. 2 Corinthians 10:3 says, "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in G-d for pulling down strongholds, and casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of G-d."
You have an enemy and he's trying to stop you from getting your inheritance. Cast the devils high thoughts down. Everyone that is going to walk in dominion must know the WORD. It should come out of your mouth when you're attacked by the devil. Jesus has a two edged sword on His tongue, and He used that when dealing with devils. The word of G-d must be hidden in your heart so that when an attack comes you can use that double edged sword. It will cause exploits from you. Get to know His word.
People that walk in dominion are people of the word and prayer. Prayer is the most talked about subject but the least done in the church. It baffles me that people in church won't pray. They want a good sermon only. But prayer moves the hand of G-d. It amazes me how little preachers pray. How few call the people in unity to pray at the altar, or call for a prayer intercession night. If you go to a church with prayer you are blessed because where there is no prayer there is no spiritual power. If you've got a praying pastor or praying people in your church you better cling to their coat tail.
You don't have to come to church to try to out pray everyone, you can come and just groan when you're burdened and the Holy Spirit will do the rest. Prayer is the power that accomplishes things when nothing else will. Faith gives you dominion and a person with faith walks with G-d.
Where do you get faith? Romans 10:17 tells us, "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of G-d." The word cannot build faith in you until you learn to abide in it. Jesus tells us this in John 15:7, "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you."
3. Recognize Your Relationship To The Body Of Christ
The Body of Christ is a divine relationship with Jesus Christ. Christ's body is a living, moving entity. Stay close to the church. Colossians 1:18 says, "And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence."
Jesus said the gates of hell will not prevail against His church. Follow His commands and pay your tithe and the devil will never prevail. G-d said to prove Him on this. It will cause blessings to flow because you're a part of His body. Do you need healing or a miracle, then get the body to praying for you. The people should be worshiping him through prayer and praise, they should be pulling praise out of the preacher. Are you a dead church or are you a church alive in Him?
Look at Ephesians 2:5, "even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ and raised us up together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus." He has raised us up together and we sit in heavenly places! Jesus shows you your position in Him here. We are in Him and He is in us. We are also seated together. We are to reign as priests and kings before His throne. We're in the world but not of this world.
Stay with me now, cause I'm going to show you your position in faith and prayer here. Look at Hebrews 7:24, "But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore, He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to G-d through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them." Jesus is seated on the throne and He intercesses (prays) for us.
You have a partnership with Christ that intercedes. Romans 8:34 says, "Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of G-d, who also makes intercession for us." Christ, the exalted Lord is praying, the Holy Spirit is praying.
Romans 8:26-27 says, "Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses, For we do not know what we pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of G-d."
The Holy Spirit is praying, Jesus is praying, and we are to pray. Don't quit and don't faint. Christ is wanting for the church to join Him in prayer. The church has more programs and is more organized than ever before with the greatest preachers on sermons, but we have missed the thing that brings the power. My G-d, bring some people up in the church that will pray!
The average Christian prays 4 minutes a day and it goes something like this, Lord, thank you for this food...
You can change the world with prayer, you can change your church and family with prayer. All things are possible for those who believe. Paul was afraid the church wouldn't understand this. In Ephesians 1:17-18 he says, "That the G-d of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints."
Paul overwhelms us when he says we are seated with Christ. Ephesians 2:5 says, "Even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by His grace) and raised us up together to sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus."
We are raised in the newness of light and this is the mystery the church needs to grasp. G-d ordained that the church should pray. That's dominion!
4. Identify Your Enemy
How can you win a battle if you don't know who you are fighting? The devil is subtle. With our thought processes we go, where did G-d come from? There is nothing greater than getting your prayers answered. Spend time in prayer and get some answered prayers and you will know where G-d comes from then.
Have enough faith that you start saying, I will not be denied. Be like Elijah, don't give up. If you don't have enough faith in your prayer life yet, go find you some Elijah prayer warriors that know how to pray it through. Don't give up. G-d will connect your situation with a prayer warrior. He will put them in front of you and the one's who are tuned in to the spirit will know they need to pray for you and your situation. Your prayer is what determines whether or not you will prevail. We need to learn to pray as a nation. We need to learn to pray for family and one another in the body of Christ.
I have two family members I hadn't talk to in a while and recently communication was opened up and they expressed desperate prayer needs for children in the family. I was not even aware of these needs. These needs require intercessory prayer. The Holy Spirit brought this before me because He knows I am about to embark upon a 40 day fast and prayer for others. I'll not let the devil win for I will take a mighty stand and beat this giant that is coming against my family.
You'll never have victory if you don't learn to identify your enemy. It's not your husband, nor your employer, nor people in your church, but it is the devil that you are dealing with not people. John 10:10 says, "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."
Christ wants us to have dominion. In this verse your enemy is identified and your benefactor. Battles are not natural, they are spiritual. We want to try to battle them by world principles but the devil will laugh in your face and keep you in fear and in turmoil. Take your weapons out and show him who you are. You see, the spiritual laws are more powerful than natural laws. Jesus spoke (the sword of the spirit) to the storm and it ceased.
Your enemy is the enemy to G-d. That's why the battle is not yours in the natural, but it is G-d's. Know the weakness of your enemy. David killed a giant because he understood Goliath's weakness, that he served wooden gods and he cursed David's G-d, which meant death to the giant. So David already knew that and because of it that G-d would deliver the enemy into his hand. David killed off an evil seed by knowing who he was in G-d.
The devil IS limited. The devil was completely defeated by Jesus. Any believer can resist the devil and he has to leave. James 4:7 says, "Therefore submit to G-d. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." Draw nigh to G-d and He will draw nigh to you. Get the Holy Ghost and get suited up and let your tongue go to praying some of these scriptures and I promise you that the devil will be no match for this dominion.
We must remind the devil that he is defeated, that Jesus already won the battle, and that truth and knowledge of His word gives you the victory. Colossians 2:15 says, "Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. Jesus dragged Satan through the corridors of hell and every demon in hell saw it, and they will see His power in you too if you exert it. Jesus triumphed over Satan and gave the power to the church. Well, glory!
Demons fear and tremble before spiritual power. Someone who walks in dominion takes authority over the devil and sits in the rest of Christ. Speak to the devil and let him know who you are. Luke 10:19 says, "Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your name is written in heaven." (by which you have this power)
The Greek word Exusia means power and the Greek word for Dumas means power over everything. G-d is omnipotence.You have the Dumas of G-d and the power to use His name.
6. Stay Battle Ready
Stay in the blood, the devil tries to get us away from our covenant. He knows your weaknesses and he'll come at you through them. Fortify your weakness with the word of G-d. G-d will turn that weakness around and make it your strength in Him. Don't ever let your guard down. You're devil proof so hold on to your weapons and never lay them down.
Satan will put a booby trap before you. If Satan convicts you, you can't cast out the devil then. If the devil can put anger in you you'll not heal the sick. If he gets you confused, you'll not pray and see manifestations. The devil wants you to stay confused and not battle ready. So watch for these subtle moves the devil does and you will begin to recognize your enemy and his plans.
Never take your eyes off Jesus. Don't look at man, they will disappoint you. Your family will hurt you and friends too, so stay focused on Christ. Pray! After this manner pray ye, Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Go before the Lord with reference and thankfulness and with a praise on you lips.
7. Rejoice In The Victory
Learn how to use the weapon of praise. Punish the devil with your praise. G-d inhabits the praises of His people. Make the devil listen to your praise. You can't think a praise and punish the devil but if you'll use your voice and speak praise, the devil will have to listen. Try praising the Lord in the midst of a hard place and see how quickly you come out of it. Start pressing the devil and punish him, instead of allowing him to press you. Flip it on him, show him some real power.
We're not losers church, we are what G-d says we are. We have what G-d says we have. We have all the promises and the armor and the praise, and it is all to bring glory to Him. Get some scripture in you and learn G-d's will.
The Holy Ghost wants us to preach and to pray, not by our might but by His Spirit. G-d is searching the heart who is praying, and who is praising Him. He is looking to see who is sold out for Him.
Pastor Jerry Nelson taught me more about prayer, intercession, dominion and spiritual warfare than any minister in my walk with the Lord. I encourage you to go to this link and hear some of his sermons on prayer, and you can puchase a package of a series of 6 sermons from this site on prayer that will change your life.