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What If? - Part 2, Our Purpose
Miles McPherson - September 14, 2014

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What if you walked in obedience and dared God to honor His promises?

This series is designed to get you out of your comfort zone and allow God to challenge you.  If you don’t want to live life to God’s fullest, try saying that aloud: “I don’t want all that God has for me.”  Don’t just live it and be indifferent; say it aloud so you can hear how ludicrous it sounds!

Today we’ll look at some passages in Genesis that outline of how amazing you are as God’s child.  He intended for you to have a powerful life walking in His will.  Will you embrace it?

1. We were created to have dominion over the earth and everything in it.Genesis 1:26-28

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

The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit wanted humans to have relationship with God, rule the earth on their behalf, and to fill the earth with children.

God (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) created humans to enjoy what God enjoyed before there were people: unified relationship.  The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit wanted humans to have relationship with God, rule the earth on their behalf, and to fill the earth with children.

Just as God is King of the spiritual government in the heavenly realms, we were designed in His image to rule the earth in His place.  At this point in history, there was no lying, cheating, stealing, or death.  The devil was a fallen angel and had no authority over humans.

2. Adam and Eve surrendered that authority by making an agreement with Satan. Genesis 3

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate.
Genesis 3:1-6

Satan knew that he could not take away the authority given to Adam and Eve, so he set out to destroy the relationship between man and God, to deceive Adam and Eve into sinning and relinquishing their authority to him.

As soon as they sinned, death came and their relationship with God died.  They gave over their authority to the devil!  Likewise, whenever you agree with the devil’s lies or listen to him rather than to God, you submit yourself to the devil’s care and surrender your authority to him.

3. Jesus came to reclaim what was lost and give us back the keys to the kingdom. Luke 19:10, Matthew 16:19

In Luke 19:10 Jesus says, “for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”  By sacrificing His life, He saves our authority and all that was lost in the garden, restoring it to life and health.  All believers in Christ share in the authority that Christ reclaimed, as He put us back in our rightful place of having dominion over the earth.   When we claim this authority, the devil’s works in our lives can be destroyed.

He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8

Have you given the devil any authority in your life?  Lying? Cheating? Stealing?  Jealousy? Illness?  Death?  God wants to destroy all of this in your life.  It is for this reason that Jesus reclaimed your authority.

If you understand who you are in the eyes of God and that God wants to extend and express His Kingdom into your life, then when you pray for God’s will to be done, you are telling Him that you understand this and your are asking Him to do whatever He wants to do.  You agree to live the way He created you to live, on purpose, not wandering and looking for fulfillment in the wrong places.  The joy of the Lord can’t be found in the things of the world; it is only found when we enter into His place to live the life He calls us to live.

4. Jesus commanded His disciples to: demonstrate the presence of the kingdom, wait for the power of the Holy Spirit, and make disciples. Matthew 10:5-8, Matthew 28:19-20

As Jesus commissioned His disciples, He reiterated God’s commandments and blessings from Genesis.  His desire is for them to bring the Kingdom of God wherever they go.  (Remember that the Kingdom of God is any place where God has complete control and influence).

5. Therefore, we should have a supernatural expectation. John 14:12

Imagine what life would be like if you always prayed for God’s will to be done in your life, only wanting what He wants for you without trying to control what that is.  If you can pray this with biblical intelligence, anticipating God’s faithfulness, then this is your rightful place.  You are meant to be an ambassador of the kingdom of God.

6. But we must first wait for the power of the Holy Spirit and make disciples. Acts 1:8

God created Adam and Eve to have dominion and authority over the earth.  But the devil deceived them, their relationship with God died, and the devil ended up with the authority.  Thousands of years later, Jesus came through the nation of Israel which God established, he lived, fulfilled all the Messianic prophesies of the Old Testament, died on the cross to pay the price for sin, and rose from the dead to reestablish authority for humankind, that the works of the devil could be destroyed in our lives and that the Kingdom of God could be spread on the earth.

Matthew 28:18-20 says,

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”

You can bring God’s Kingdom wherever you are, wherever you work, with whomever you spend your time.

If Jesus has all the authority, there is none left for the devil, except for whatever you decide to give him.  If you stand on God’s promises, embrace the authority given to you, it is like starting over and embracing God’s original design for you.

That is your purpose on earth.  You can bring God’s Kingdom wherever you are, wherever you work, with whomever you spend your time.  The Holy Spirit is in you and His presence can do great and supernatural wonders if you only allow Him.  As followers of Christ, wherever we go we bring God’s presence.  So are we letting it out?

What If?

This 5-part series explores how Jesus lived and prayed, and how He spoke with God. In Part 2, Pastor Miles talks about our purpose: to be filled with His glory and govern the earth in His name.

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