TODAY’S DEVOTION (MONDAY 13TH January 2020)
“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
“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 1:26-28 NKJV
WELCOME TO THE 13TH DAY OF OUR YEAR OF REJOICING
In the beginning of our devotionals this year, we urged us to spend the year applying our hearts unto wisdom – divine wisdom. Divine wisdom is the most essential ingredient for living. There is a word of wisdom that was shared sometimes ago that I want us to revisit in our devotional today.
The word is simple. It says, “God is in control but not in absolute control of everything in our life.” He is in sovereign control of everything but not in delegated control of everything. He has delegated some controls to mankind. One word we can use to define the controls is the word “DOMINION.”
He gave dominion or delegated control over the earth to man. There are therefore aspects of your life that are not under His absolute control. They are in your control. That is why it is wrong to blame God for things happening on earth. Things like rape, killings, murders etc. They happen because of misuse of the control God delegated to man.
If you do not understand this secret, you will spend your days asking God to do things that are absolutely under your control to do. You will pray until your life come to an end without any significant result to show.
God is not in delegated control of your life hence there are things He will never do no matter how you pray. They are left to you to do. A key statement in our devotional text says,
“Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
In other words “let them have delegated control over the fish of the sea (everything that concerns the water), over the birds of the air (everything that concerns the air), and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth (everything that concerns the land)”.
Now, we must understand God’s tool for managing God’s deleted control under our hands.
GOD’S TOOL FOR MANAGING DELEGATED CONTROL IS DIVINE WISDOM
You cannot be given delegated control over almost all of God’s natural creation without the tool to manage the control. In fact, man was not independence when the controls where given to him. He was totally dependent on God! That makes God the indirect manager of the delegated control given to man.
The tool for managing God’s delegated controls, therefore was not in the human plane. It was in God’s glorious plane!
All these goes to tell us that God designed that He manage the earth under man’s control – He designed man to be His earth suite for managing the delegated control He gave to man.
That means the delegation of the control God gave to man did not remove Him from the equation. There was no way a “finite mind” can manage the creation of an “infinite God”. Divine wisdom was therefore designed to be man’s instrument for managing the controls given to Him by God.
But when man fell, He handed over the controls to the devil. We see this affirmed during the temptation of Jesus.
You remember the devil saying to Jesus; “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish (Luke 4:6 NKJV). Amazingly, Jesus did not dispute it because it was true. He came to save man from Satan’s grip and take back the controls. And that was finally done by His death on the cross.
But because the Church has not risen to totally enforce that victory, and because many are still living in the dark of what Jesus have done for mankind, certain things about certain lives are still under the devil’s control.
Therefore, when bad things happen, and we say God was the one that allowed them to happen. We do all that without realizing we are lying on Him. God do not allow bad things to happen. He could use what happened to work out His will for the victims, but He does not allow bad things to happen.
IN FACT, IT WAS NEVER GOD’S WILL AND WILL NEVER BE HIS PERFECT WILL FOR BAD THINGS TO HAPPEN.
The first being to allow bad things to happen to the earth was a fallen angel, called Lucifer – who is now known as Satan. He used the spiritual controls God delegated to him to allow bad things to happen. The second was Adam himself. He used his delegated control to allow bad things to happen.
So, God has never allowed bad things to happen. It is those with His delegated control that have been allowing bad things to happen. That is why every evil that has ever befallen men is traceable to either men or the devil. It is when God moves to stop bad things from happening that He kills to make alive.
Bad things happen whenever men do not use divine wisdom to manage the delegated control God gave mankind. That is when you see us breaking down in health, coming into poverty, and all kinds of crisis. The absence of divine wisdom in many hearts is the reason for the presence of all evil, especially the presence of persistent demonic activities.
We can stop bad things from happening if we walk in divine wisdom. And we have been sharing on the wisdom of God all the year. If you apply your heart to divine wisdom, you will erase the bad things that may have happened or may be happening to you right now.
One aspect of divine wisdom to apply your heart unto this year is the wisdom of constant flow.
It is the constant flow of blood in the body that keeps it alive. It is the constant flow of rivers that keeps them alive. It is the constant flow of the air we breathe in and out that is keeping our natural bodies alive. Constant flow is God wise way of preserving things on the face of the earth.
GOD DID NOT CREATE MAN TO SURVIVE FROM “ACCUMULATION” BUT FROM “CONSTANT FLOW.”
If you accumulate and there is no constant flow, what you accumulated will either be polluted or expended. If we were breathing from some air God kept somewhere, by now it would have expended and there will be no air for humanity to breathed in. But God created a constant flow of fresh air hence it cannot be finished. The same is applicable to every other created thing.
The waters in the Ocean are not flowing from some accumulated storage somewhere. They are flowing from a constant flow God created. God designed that the flow from a constant flow. In the same way He designed that we be sustained from constant flow of things from His presence into our lives.
He designed that there be a constant flow of finances to us, sound health to our bodies, revelation to our spirits, anointing to our lives and grace to our faith. He designed that there be a constant flow of the good things we need physically or spiritually into our lives.
God never designed that we live from a storage system. That was why the rich fool was killed the night he decided to start feeding from a storage system. God designed that we do not store our riches but give them out towards His purposes so that there will be room from Him to push in more into our live.
As we bring this to a close, I want you to understand that “stopping the flow of good” has always been Satan’s assignment. He stopped the flow of God on Adam in Genesis 3 when he seduced the woman and then the man to disobey God. He will come to stop the flow of God in your life also. He knows “constant flow” is God’s way of sustaining you. But you can decide not to allow that happen!
Make this day your day of resisting the enemy and asking the
LORD to activate whatever He may have stopped from flowing into your life. Remember, Satan cannot stop anything without our permission, so repent of any sin you may have committed and ask the LORD for mercy. Then start living your life in divine wisdom!
THIS SCRIPTURAL PASSAGE CAN BE AN ADDITIONAL MEDITATION;
‘Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight — That You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me. Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.” Psalms 51:1-6 NKJV