Gaining Spiritual Command for Dominion! By Bishop David Oyedepo
Topic: Gaining Spiritual Command for Dominion!
Welcome to another impactful week! I believe you were blessed by the last teaching. Today, we shall focus on: Gaining Spiritual Command for Dominion!
From Scriptures, we understand that every child of God has a great destiny in Christ. We are not redeemed to be pitied but to be envied by the world. As it is written: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist (Luke 21:15). However, the devil raises several oppositions to deny us access to our glorious destinies in Christ; hence, as great as our destinies are, so are the oppositions against them. The only way to deal with this adversary is to take command of the outcome of our lives. We must understand that God does not only want us to have spiritual turnarounds but also to be physically, mentally, psychologically, financially and emotionally sound. Therefore, we must know how to deal with the adversary or our colourful destinies may remain shut. We need to understand that we cannot gain or give out command without authority. The word “command” connotes exercise of authority, and except we walk in the steps of giants, we cannot command results after their order.
The Centurion met Jesus and said: …speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this and he doeth it. And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour (Matthew 8:8-9/13). In the above scripture, there was an instant turnaround in operation and that came from a source of authority. We must understand that we have authority, but we cannot exercise it without being under the superior authority of the One that gives all things. That means, as believers, we have authority in Christ, but to command authority we must subject and submit ourselves to the Source, which is God. Also, as heirs of the Kingdom of God, we are redeemed to be kings and to reign on the earth (Revelation 5:9-10).
How then, Can We Gain Spiritual Command for Dominion?
1. Take the Sword of the Word: Authority cannot be acquired or attained; it can only be conferred. In Matthew 21:23, the Jews questioned the authority of Jesus saying: …By what authority doest thou these things? And who gave thee this authority? Authority is exercised by the word coming from the Source of the authority. Jesus gave His disciples power and authority over all devils and to cure all diseases. He gave them power, but that power became effectual by the authority He conferred on them. One may crave, thirst and fast for power, but authority is only conferred. We cannot fast or pray for it; it can only be received by the sent Word. Hence, the authority that gives us command over all circumstances and situations can only be conferred on us by the Holy Ghost.
2. Possess a True Knowledge of Your Identity: A discovery of our actual identity in Christ empowers us to exercise authority. We need to know who we are, or we will never gain command. Our level of authority is a function of our depth of understanding about our position in Christ. As believers, we must seek to have access to the mysteries of God’s Word, because the clarity of our picture from the Word determines our clarity of command in the supernatural. If we can see our worth through the Scriptures and activate ourselves into the flow from the Word, we will begin to command authority for definite turnarounds after the order of Abraham (John 8:39; Isaiah 51:2).
3. Know the Source of Command: Knowing the source of our command helps to boost our confidence. Jesus is always on key and ever in control. He said, “As I hear,” meaning He worked as directed by the Father. Jesus said in John 5:26-27: For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority….Even though by redemption, we are positioned to take charge, it takes a word from the Lord to gain command. “As I hear”, not “as I read”, or “as they said.” “As I hear from the Father, so I determine and decide what happens and I am always in charge.”Therefore, our source of command is a word from the Lord, which will terminate every struggle of life and empower us to take charge of our situations.
4. Engage the Holy Spirit: He is the Carrier, Communicator and Transmitter of the power of God. He is the power from on high and whatever is from above is above all. Therefore, when confronted with any issue of concern, we can always engage the invincible force of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, nothing is permitted to resist our progress, success, accomplishments, exploits or breakthroughs, when the Holy Spirit is at work. For it is written: Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you (Luke 10:19). The Holy Ghost is the person behind the mystery of the Word that gives us mastery. He is called the Teacher! He teaches and gives us understanding of every scripture that makes us capture our future in the Scriptures, because He will remind us of our sent Word so we can war with it (John 14:26).
In conclusion, new birth is not a religious experience; it is a spiritual transformation into divinity. It is the importation of divine nature into the human vessel. It is not enough to be born again, we must be conscious of the worth of our salvation. This is what distinguishes us from others who claim to be believers. Are you born again? If you are not, this is an opportunity to do so. Simply say the following prayer:
Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Today, I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now, I know I am born again!” For further reading, please get my books: Turnaround Power of the Word, The Force of Freedom, Walking in Dominion, Satan Get Lost, Born to Win and Fulfilling your Days.
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David O. Oyedepo is a Nigerian Christian author, architect, preacher, and the founder and presiding bishop of the mega church, Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners’ Chapel