”And God said, ‘Let us make man in our 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 creepeth upon the earth.’
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
Genesis 1:26-28 ”And God said, Let us make man in our 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 creepeth upon the earth.” So, God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. ”And God blessed them, and God said unto them, ‘be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.’”
God the Father after making a perfect arrangements and divine provision for Man to succeed and excel on earth gave him the Divine Mandate. Be fruitful, multiply, replenish the earth, subdue and dominate the World! The question is whether something is wrong with it or not. Because it appears as if it is not working. I mean did God lied? For a lot of God's people, fruitfulness, multiplication and replenishment is almost a taboo in their lives not to talk of subduing and having dominion over the world.
Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” This is what the Bible declared about God the Father. He can never lie! Hebrews 6:18 “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.”
So, what is the problem? It is possible to study God's Word and believe it. It is also possible to have faith in God and nothing is happening to you. I mean your life is not filled with testimonies, you are not living in victory and there's nothing to show that you are serving a living God. What is wrong? What is going on? What could have happened or be responsible for this? Philemon 1:6 “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.”
That the Communication of your Faith become Effective by your Acknowledging of what? Every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus! Wow! Glory!! Alleluia!!! Look at that passage critically. Read and meditate on that passage. You will be able to conclude that: The faith that is effective is the one that vocalizes or verbalizes its claims! What am I saying? It is not enough to think or dream or hope (which of course we do all the time). You must speak out what's in you. You must say what you believe irrespective of your feelings, situation or circumstances. This is an eternal principle.
We have been given a mandate according to Genesis 1:28. Be fruitful, multiply, replenish, subdue and have dominion! What does that mean to you? It is already in you. Speak it out! Acknowledge it by voicing out what God has made you to be! See, the tree does not have to do anything about its nature other than to fulfill its destiny! Its destiny is to grow and that's what it does, that's what its life is all about growing and growing and producing. Relate it with God. Fulfil your destiny. Glory!
Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
Power to do what?
Power to overcome! 1 John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 5:4 ”For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” Luke 10:19 ”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.” Deuteronomy 8:18 ”But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”
That the communication of your faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus! In Christ Jesus you have received power. Power to create, power to overcome, power to live in health and prosperity, power to make wealth etc. That's what you have in your inside through Christ Jesus! You are supposed to live it out for the world to see, why are you not seeing or living in them? Because they are ineffective. Why are they ineffective? Because you did not acknowledge them. How do you acknowledge them? By vocalizing them! Remember we live in a voice activated world. Open your mouth and begin to acknowledge by faith every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus! Ephesians 3:20 ”Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.”