Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. - (Revelation 20:1–2)

When God created Adam and Eve, He said, “Let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth” - (Genesis 1:26).

Then God told them to “subdue” the earth (v. 28). This is known in theological terms as the Dominion Covenant.

In other words, it was impossible that God would not have a kingdom that would rule over and defeat the kingdom of Satan. When Jesus Christ sets up His millennial kingdom, it will be the final, triumphant declaration of God’s glory. Satan will then be chained up during that time to demonstrate his utter defeat and judgment - (Revelation 20:1–3).

Yet, for now, God has created you and me to harness and rule a part of His creation.

Every person was created with that divine intent.

Why is it important for you to grasp the unfolding of God’s kingdom? Because when God said “let them rule,” He made that statement for you. This is your commission from God. God stated that He would not rule independently of man—that mankind’s decisions would now carry weight regarding what He did or did not do.

He did this for one reason—to demonstrate to the devil that He could do more through a lesser creature through you—in manifesting His glory than through the once “shining star.” God has a plan for you that is bigger than you.

Reflection: Has Satan’s kingdom gained a foothold in your life or your thoughts? What has God done about Satan’s kingdom? Read and meditate on Revelation 20.

Lord, You desire to shine through me. I am humbled that You have chosen me to demonstrate to Satan and his demons that You can accomplish great things through me when I commit my life to You. Jesus, help me to rule wisely. Enable me to influence the realms in which You have placed me well. Expand my influence that I may be used to demonstrate great things in Your name and to bring You glory.

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