God Allows


And God blessed them; and God said to them,”Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.  Gen. 1:28 (NASB)

God gave us the command to subdue (conquer) the earth and rule over it. We have that God-given authority. Not a king of the world mentality, but rather a priest of my family mentality.

As the priest did in the Old Testament, and still do today, we need to submit in service to God and take care (rule over) what He has entrusted to us. In our study of the domestic church, we learned how the husband and wife were to submit to God and to each other in leading their family. That’s a prerequisite, submission to God, whether or not you’re a husband, wife or single adult. We must do this and in our obedience He gives us the authority to subdue and rule what He has entrusted to us.

If we are not submissive to God, then we will have the tendency to let our circumstances rule us instead. We will also tend to let others dictate to us our worth, our priorities and even our spirituality. We must remember that God has given this command and we will be blessed by Him if we, in His image and likeness, obey Him. To not rule over our lives in Godly submission is to reject what God has ordained, and that rejection leads to chaos. Just look at today’s culture.

Living in God’s image and likeness isn’t an easy thing to do. We must develop a spiritual discipline to say “Yes” to God, more than we say “Yes” to sin. Like I said, it’s not easy but it can be done, for we have this promise in scripture, ” Greater is He that is in you, than he who is in the world.” 1 Jn. 4:4

Amen.

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2 Responses

  1. Yes, Tim it is amazing how people should learn how to live and see the way of God. I can see the way of God through our precious Pope John Paul II. I can see how his life was driven by God. How He tried to restore the church and bring together ALL of the churches and peoples, to try to unify us all. There is so much goodness in the world that seems to be hidden from the people, and with the whole world, as there is badness and other kinds of news bombarding the news headlines.

    When I was a young girl of about 14 or 15 years of age my brother who was 13 years older than me took me to the LA International airport to meet JFK, as He came into Los Angeles for the Democratic Convention, and got to shake his hand. I loved him then and I still love him today as I write this little letter. I thought that he was a very good president and I still feel that he was a very good president. The reasons for his being shot are still a mystery, that will be made known at the end of the world, which is not very far from us.

  2. Thanks Nesta.Yes,we should all aspire to live godly lives. From the Pope all the way down to the youngest parishioner. Helping each other to grow in maturity in our relationship with Jesus and the Holy Church which He established.
    God bless you.

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