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Authority to Rule (4 of 5)
Series: God in The Mirror
God made us all in His image so that when He looked at us, it would be as if He were looking in the mirror, as His attributes would be reflected back to Him. Continuing our series on the aspects of God’s I.M.A.G.E., today Pastor Miles talked about our Authority to rule.
Authority to rule
(1 John 3:2, 1 Corinthians 13:12 , 2 Corinthians 3:1)
In Genesis 1, God creates the earth and every living creature. After He creates His masterpiece, man, he gives us dominion over His creation:
Our responsibility is to ensure that the things under our authority can continue to thrive and to fulfill God’s purposes.
Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28
God gives us authority over all creatures that He has created. But notice that He does not give us authority over other humans. (That would be slavery.)
1. God gave us authority to develop environments that fulfill His purposes. Genesis 1:26-28
Because we are given authority over our environment, our responsibility is to ensure that the things under our authority can continue to thrive and to fulfill God’s purposes. A teacher has authority over a classroom to create a learning environment, a coach has authority over a sport/activities to help the athletes grow in their skills and develop good character, and a church pastor has authority over a church environment in order to create opportunities for people to understand and meet with God.
2. We must first take authority over our personal environment. 2 Corinthians 10:5
While our authority is given over environments, our natural inclination is often to take authority over other people and pull them down. Crit ...
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