The word ‘dominate’ can sound really negative—it brings up images in our minds of power-hungry people crushing anyone who stands in their way. But dominating is actually what God created us to do; in Genesis, He gave Adam and Eve dominion over the rest of the Earth. In Genesis 1:28, He told them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
It’s in our DNA to want to dominate, to be in control and bring order to what is around us. But like Adam and Eve, we too often try to dominate the wrong things. It’s become twisted, and though God had given humanity the authority to rule over the Earth, Adam and Eve failed to subdue it. Genesis 3 tells the story of the first time humans ever sinned. Instead of listening to what God had already told them, they listened to what the Enemy said. And in verse 15, God tells him this: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
Other beings created by God were angels. Just like God gave us free will as humans, to either choose to obey or disobey Him, He also gave angels the same freedom. And one angel became so prideful that he went against God instead of worshipping Him. This is what Ezekiel 28:12-13, and 16-17 says about that angel: “You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and exquisite in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God…I expelled you, O mighty guardian, from your place among the stones of fire. Your heart was filled with pride because of all your beauty. Your wisdom was corrupted by your love of splendor. So I threw you to the ground and exposed you to the curious gaze of kings.”
The kings, the rulers, failed to subdue this being, this fallen angel, and as a result they fell prey to his words. Adam and Eve didn’t dominate the Earth and its creatures as God had told them to, but instead allowed their own lives to be dominated by the Enemy.
God created us to reign on the Earth under His authority. When we try to live our lives without submitting to Him, we won’t be able to experience the fulfillment of God’s assignment for our lives. He has created a unique plan for all of our lives, designed with each of us specifically in mind, but in order to accomplish it, we have to gain back what God has given us.
The promise of Genesis 3:15, where God promised that the Enemy’s head would be crushed, was fulfilled through Jesus, who conquered death and restored the peace between God and humanity. We all have an authority to submit to, and there are only two options: the kingdom of this world where the Enemy reigns, or God’s Kingdom where we can experience life for all of eternity. Through Jesus, we are transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. It isn’t always easy, but by trusting in Jesus and what He has done, we can have the confidence to keep going and dominate as God’s children.