It takes these two things to rule

robot-507811_640Psalm 110:2: The LORD sends forth from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your enemies!

There are two laws to obey for us to rule

1. Obedience, 2. Word of power

Obedience

Jesus was called to have dominion on the earth, but he did not start that way, he was born in the manger (Luke 2:7). There, he identified with his calling as the Lamb of God (John 1:29).

It was a lowly place, but it shows us that our temporary circumstance is not the determinant of what our end will be.

Saul never thought he will be a ruler in Israel. He was not planning on it, not scheming like Absalom and Adonijah, two sons of David did, who later died in their bid to get to the throne.

He was not looking for the throne, the throne was looking for him, but later on he lost his sense of nothingness, started thinking he was a big deal and got the attitude of disobedience. He forgot that the position is not about him but about God and what he wants to accomplish on the earth through him. He began to set his own agenda, do his own things, and he lost his rulership.

That was why Jesus, later on, was called the son of David and not son of Saul. He was associated with David who was described as the man after God’s heart (Acts 13:22), meaning he did not have any other purpose except God’s. He was God’s preferred ruler.

He set his heart to build a house for God, but even in that, he was still submissive to the will of God when it was made clear to him that his son, and not him, will build the temple.

It was a purpose God has chosen for Solomon, David’s son. Therefore part of being in the purpose of God is  to know what you are not meant to do, what you are not to get involved with, where you are no to go, who you are not to be with.

Knowing what is not for you is as important as knowing what is for you. Jesus knew what he should not do, he did not embrace the demand of the people on him, when they sought to make him King, choosing rather to carry the cross and die, being the will of God for him.

Some asked him to give them a sign to gain their approval, but he said: an evil and adulterous generation seek for a sign but none shall be shown to him except that of Jonah (Matthew 12:28-40) who spent three days in the belly of the fish. Jesus was hinting at what will happen to him based on his obedience to God, dying and becoming raised up from the dead.

He was not a people-pleaser, not interested in moving to the rhythm of human demands. He was in connection with God in every way and would not be pressured by men to satisfy their need for control.

The temptation of Jesus was also about the devil testing him if he has the tendency to be pressured into wrong action by another will, contrary to the will of God (Luke 4:1-12).

He tempted him in different areas of self-will: self-preservation, self-expression and selfish ambition, saying he should turn stones to bread to satisfy himself (pressuring him with what he was feeling), jump from a height to prove himself (pressuring him with the need to be prove himself to others), bow to him to gain things for himself (pressuring him with what he wanted to achieve) respectively.

Jesus would not rule if not in alignment with God, just as Adam and Eve stopped ruling when they disobeyed God, when they went out of alignment with him.

After Jesus had fulfilled the will of God on the earth, he was given the dominion. He said: all power in heaven and on the earth has been given to me (Matthew 28:18-20). He became the bread of life indeed (giving life to others) (John 6); before, the devil wanted him to turn bread to life just to feed himself.

While the devil wanted him to jump from a height for self-glorification, he busted up from the grave, and he was lifted up to heaven after his resurrection, to the glory of God (Acts 1:9, Romans 1:4). He was declared the Son of God by the resurrection from the dead.

He got everything the devil tempted him with and much more when he maintained his alignment with God through obedience. But the devil got Adam and Eve to move away from the rule of God with the false promise of wisdom, and they lost the wisdom they had to start with, they were taken from the place of dominion that God created them to be in (Genesis 3).

The devil offered Jesus the earth, but after Jesus obeyed God to the point of death and he got all powers in heaven and on earth, which was a better deal.

If God is not ruling through you then you are not ruling since he is the true king. All other dominions are derived from his dominion (Colossians 1:16).

King Nebuchadnezzar acknowledged the total dominion of God on the earth. He said he is the true ruler. But before that he had become arrogant and got punished for it. What he had, his position, “entered into his head” and he was “confused” about who truly is “the mighty one, the King” (Daniel 4).

He thought he was something special because he had such a great palace. And had crushed many kings, but he was judged for the pride of his heart and his dominion was taken away from him and he became like an animal for seven years and was restored to his own rule when he acknowledged the rule of God.

The Bible says that God has given Jesus a name that is above every other name and that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every mouth confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:5-11). Not to willingly acknowledge the rule of Jesus will lead to being made to forcefully recognise it.

Word of power

The rule of a king manifests in giving commandments that are obeyed. That is why there is power in the word of God. When he said let there be light, there was light, as he ruled through his word (Genesis 1:1-3). His rule is about light and he dispels another kind of rule, the rule of the devil, which is darkness.

When the word of God is declared, his rule is declared; because the word encapsulates his power. To establish the rulership of Adam on the earth, God asked him to declare words over the creatures, what he named them that was what they were called (Genesis 2:18-20), and his words carried that much power determining things, and that is what it means to rule (Ecclesiastes 8:4).

Dominion as a spiritual term means existing in an higher order above others. The word of God, representing an higher order, the order of heaven, creates the atmosphere of heaven, it pulls down the works of darkness, establishes the rule of heaven over the earth.

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