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Tue May 30, 2017 08:35

“Tell me whom you love and I'll tell you who you are.”
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“And God said, Let us make man in our own 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 creepth upon the earth.”
Genesis 1:26 KJV

We as humans clearly have dominion over things. At times it might not seem like it, but we do. We have dominion over animals. The example was told of the farmer who loads up his cattle to take to the market. The cattle don’t say, “Now hold on! I don’t want to go.” No, they have no choice. We have dominion over them. We have dominion over our pets, even though sometimes it might not seem like it. We also have dominion over the plant kingdom. When we plant a tree somewhere that is where it grows. It does not get up and move. Weeds come up in our yards but we exercise our dominion over them and pull them, cut them, or get rid of them some how. We have dominion over the earth, but if we don’t use our authority the earth will have dominion over us. Here are a few examples of plants having dominion over us when we allow them to. The first example is nicotine. I have been smoke free for fifteen years, but for 44 years, nicotine had a hourly pull on my life. I had to take dominion over tobacco and become in charge of my life to win the battle. I am so grateful today for the victory, because tobacco is such a subtle foe. There are many other examples of plant life having dominion over people. We have heron, morphine, cocaine, and marijuana, grains used in making alcohol, coffee, tea, coco, and one sneakiest of all plants, the ones that supply sugar. Most of my mornings are started with a little caffeine, tea or coffee, and most of my evenings used to end with a little sugar. I have been known to keep some Hershey’s chocolate and mini Milky Ways in the frig, and I must confess as I would open the frig door scanning for munchies, they'd take dominion. Today plants that take dominion over me are being whittled down one by one. Eighteen years ago I took my last pull off a bottle of alcohol. I was on the way to treatment, and I remember as we crossed the Current River, that I tossed the empty pint bottle out the window and said, “there’s another dead soldier.” I picked that term up from my dad who was also alcoholic. That might have been a dead soldier, but by the grace and power of a loving God, a new soldier was resurrected. One that took dominion of the plants that go into making alcohol. Today I must exercise my dominion daily. Alcohol and sugar are also a subtle foes, and if allowed could slip back into my life. Not only do I recognize the right to have dominion, but I also have the authority to use the name of Jesus, which gives me the double insurance against losing dominion. Today by realizing who I am in the Word of God I am able to take back my life and live it in abundance. God has done for me what I could not do for myself……………………wolf

    • Mentoringwolf, Tue Jun 6 08:44
      “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure.” PROVERBS 11:14 NIV A few centuries ago before we entered this age of knowledge and technology, people had advisers,... more
    • House cats beg to differ ...Baruch, Wed May 31 06:28
      except having dominion, they don't beg, they just persuade their pets ;-) Dogs crave human leadership, if you are canine enough. But yes, we are rather "owned" by the kings in our lives. I don't mind ... more
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