In the beginning God gave Adam (man) dominion over the whole earth. In fact God told him to subdue it. This word “subdue” is telling us plenty. Subdue is defined in the Strong’s concordance “to tread down; to disregard; to conquer, subjugate, violate–bring into bondage, force, keep under, subdue, bring into subjection.” Wow! Do you see where I’m going with this yet?
Of course we know Adam sinned and in the fall handed over his dominion to another, namely Satan. Essentially Adam’s fall changed the subduer into the subdued. Thankfully that’s not the end of the story though.
Look what God told Israel about the Land He promised them. He told them “If you are careful to keep all this commandment which I am commanding you to do, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and hold fast to Him, then the Lord will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess nations greater and mightier than you. Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours…” (Deuteronomy 11:22-24). Did you notice God would drive out the nations yet you (Israel) will dispossess nations greater and mightier? God is giving back the earth to His people.
In the New Covenant we discover the real territory is in Spirit and our real enemy is spirit–the spirit of error to be exact. We are told we aren’t wrestling with flesh and blood but against rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). The real war starts from within.
Tracey and I recently had the privilege to meet a lady who told us an amazing story. She is in fact the wife of a pastor friend of ours who is fearless when it comes to sharing the gospel. She told us of going to a strip club and praying with dancers. She said, “I go in and sit at a table, pray and listen for God to show me which young lady I am to approach.” She said, “God showed me one lady, so I went to her and told her I wanted a private dance. She took me to a private room, and when she shut the door I told her, that’s not really what I’m here for.” The lady looked puzzled as she told her, “I’m here to pray with you.” As she started to pray she said the young lady sort of curled up in a ball on the chair and started to cry. After she finished, she said, “No one has ever prayed for me like that.” She pleaded, “Will you please pray a blessing over my son?” So she prayed for her son and by the time they left the room they were both in tears. Jesus said, “you are the light of the world” and this friend of ours marched right into the darkness and it had to flee!
I’ve been thinking lately about how the world is okay with “The Church” as long as they keep it quiet. They say, “I don’t care if you go to church, or talk about Jesus on your time, but don’t bring it to work or the market place.” As if this isn’t bad enough, I’m afraid what has happened is “The Church” has done just about the same thing. The church seems to have given the world over to the darkness. The average church going Christian isn’t going to be seen in a strip-club or bar or anywhere else if the world tells us to stay away. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying we should all go to strip-clubs but what I am saying is, God gave us dominion! We are called to be the light. Light is meant to dispel the darkness, right? Jesus Himself was accused of being a wine-bibber (drunk), wasn’t He? Apparently He had a tendency to hang around with some folks the “Religious people” didn’t like.
I don’t know about you but I’m tired of settling for anything less than what God has given me. In Ephesians 6 we discover we have been given the very armor of God. I can’t think of any other uses for armor except war. What do you say we Christians get up every morning and make it our goal to destroy Hell. This may happen in small or large ways. It may be the overcoming of an addiction, sharing the gospel with someone, holding a door for someone, offering someone a ride, clothing the naked, feeding the hungry or visiting those that are sick or in prison.
Jesus himself said, “upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.” So many times I think people think this verse means Hell can’t overcome the Church but I think we’ve got that backwards. Jesus said, “The gates of Hell will not overpower the church. As far as I know gates don’t move, so what if Jesus is telling us Hell can’t stop the church from advancing into it. Maybe it’s time for the church to go on the offensive for a change. Let’s go set some captives free what do you say?