And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28) 

When God first created man, He gave him authority over creation. He gave him the right to “fill the earth and subdue it”- to multiply, and to take control over the rest of living creation, including plants and animals. God’s original intent for humanity was for you to bring transformation, godly leadership, and stewardship to the world around you.

 

Jesus has redeemed you, restored you, and made you a new creation. Because of that, you have the authority to walk in spiritual victory, and to transform society for the glory of God. You can walk confidently with your Lord and Savior, Immanuel, God with us, knowing you are called and equipped to fulfill the glorious purpose that God has for you. I want to encourage you to step into new levels of authority in the coming year, knowing your identity as a co-heir and co-laborer in the Kingdom of God.

You Have Authority to Defeat Satan 

So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” (Genesis 3:14-15) 

In the scripture above, “Seed” is capitalized because it refers to Jesus Christ. When our Savior was born, He was destined to crush satan and defeat sin. Eve was deceived in the garden, putting hostility between her and the enemy. However, God restores and redeems all things, as He used the birth of Jesus through a woman to reverse the curse of sin and bring salvation. (1 Timothy 2:15)

From the very beginning, God’s purpose for you was to co-labor with Him to defeat the works of the enemy. Jesus has redeemed you from the curse in His atoning death on the cross (Galatians 3: 13). He came to restore all that was lost (Matthew 18:11)- including spiritual authority. I encourage you to decree the blood of Jesus over spiritual battles in your life. He has won the victory!

 

You can step into new levels of authority this year

You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world. (Matthew 5:13-14)

God wants to partner with you so that you can truly be “salt and light” wherever He has called you. Just as Adam and Eve were given dominion over the land, you are given the authority in your spheres of influence to bring the Kingdom of God to where He has called you (Genesis 1:28-30). For a business person, that may be to build a prosperous, God-centered business that helps to finance the Kingdom. For a filmmaker, that may be to create films that celebrate Godly values. Ask God how He wants to use you. He has created you with a unique purpose and abilities for His glory!

I believe the Church is entering into a greater level of influence as Spirit-filled culture-reformers in this season. We are called to be the head and not the tail, according to Deuteronomy 28:13. We are called to permeate our nation and the nations of the world with the truth of Jesus Christ. I have great expectation for this historic moment we are in as the Body of Christ. Now is an opportune moment to step into your identity, knowing the victory and authority that Jesus has paid for on the cross.

 

Practical Steps Forward

 As a believer in Jesus, you were created to be an unstoppable force for His Kingdom to influence the world with the glory of God. However, we can do nothing without the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. I encourage you to come into the presence of the Lord by asking Him to fill you up, and to go deep in the Scriptures. When you are filled with the Holy Spirit and grounded in Biblical truth, you will surely see “His Kingdom come and His will be done” (Matthew 6:10) in the world around you.

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Here are some resources to help inspire and equip you to become a world-changer and culture-influencer.

 


Ché Ahn and his wife, Sue, are the Founding Pastors of HRock Church in Pasadena, California. Ché serves as the Founder and President of Harvest International Ministry (HIM) and the International Chancellor of Wagner Leadership Institute (WLI). With a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, he has played a key role in many strategic outreaches on local, national and international levels. He has written more than a dozen books and travels extensively throughout the world, bringing apostolic insight with an impartation of renewal, healing and evangelism.

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