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How Do You Use Your Dominion?

And God blessed them. 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

To have dominion over something means to control or to rule and reign over and each of us has areas in our lives were we have dominion. This is would be your kingdom, which Dallas Willard says is the range of your effective will.

So, where do you use your dominion, where is your kingdom? For most of us, this would be our homes, but it can also be your place of work, your school, your neighborhood, your church, and even your favorite coffee shop. These are just some of the places that you have dominion. But the question that has to be asked and answered is how do you use your dominion?

You see, most of us have the capacity for good and evil in our lives and as Aleksandr Solzhenitsy writes, “the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.” So, in your kingdom how are you using your dominion? For good or evil? Friends, evil doesn’t have to be causing physical harm to another person. It can also be emotional or mental harm as well. Are you gossiping about another person, are you telling lies, are you having inappropriate relationships, are you turning the other cheek to a wrong that is being done to somebody else. Are you using your dominion for evil? Or, are you using you dominion for good by forgiving, by encouraging, by sacrificing, or by standing up for someone who is facing evil?

This week, how will you exercise your dominion? Will you live selfishly or selflessly? Will you practice cruelty or kindness? Will you be part of darkness or part of light? Will you hate or will you love?

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Are You Like Judas?

I recently heard someone say, “There is a little bit of Judas inside all of us. “ The Judas being referenced is the same Judas, Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus (Mark 14:10) with a kiss of death that lead to Jesus’ arrest, beating and crucifixion. This is the same Judas who Jesus called to be part of the 12 apostles (Luke 6:16). This is the same Judas who left everything behind to follow Jesus. This is the same Judas who walked with Jesus for three years – listening to His teachings, seeing Him heal the sick, and witnessing the miracles He performed. But in spite of all of this, Judas became conflicted in his relationship with Jesus and this inner conflict lead to Judas betraying Jesus.

Like Judas, we also find ourselves conflicted with Jesus. Jesus‘ solutions, values, and social ethics don’t always match up with ours which causes conflict in our relationship with Him. Maybe you have a secret sin or addiction that you pray for freedom from , but you just can’t let it go. You cry out to Jesus, but nothing changes. You think He doesn’t care, so you become conflicted with your relationship with him. Perhaps the world is placing such a great pressure on you to be accepting of things that clearly go against the teachings of Jesus and that pressure is causing you to become conflicted with your relationship with Jesus.

So, what is causing you to be conflicted with Jesus? Sex, lust, an inappropriate relationship, money, fame, pain, the teachings of the world? Are you willing to betray Jesus for what is conflicting you? Many of us are. What do you do when that happens? You confess and repent!

Matthew writes that when Judas saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind, returned the 30 pieces of silver (Matt. 27:3) and said, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood” (Matt. 27:4). Judas repented. Now repent is a humility word. You surrender my ego, You confess your brokenness and your sin. You ask God for the grace to follow Jesus and change your life.

So, where in your relationship are you feeling conflicted with Jesus? Talk to Him about it. Have you betrayed Him because of this conflict? If so, then repent.

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Seizing the Reward

But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (1 Timothy 6:11-12)

As a follower of Jesus, eternal life is our ultimate reward. But, we don’t obtain this great reward by sitting back and being idle. You see, too many followers of Jesus are lukewarm and they treat their relationship with Him with great passivity. Our walk with Him is not meant to be passive. Rather, our walk with Jesus is to be an active walk, a walk where we take responsibility in that relationship, a walk in which we are told to work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12), a walk in which we are called to seize, to “take hold” (1 Tim. 6:12), of the eternal life.

Now, you “take hold” of the eternal life by having an active faith. This requires obedience and having courage to do what is right. It requires fleeing, pursuing, and fighting (1 Tim. 6:11). It requires a lot less talk and a lot more action on our part. It means spending more time with God. So, don’t wait. Get going and “take hold” of the greatest reward that God has for you. The reward of eternal life.

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

He Is Risen

“He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying.” – Matthew 28:6

In church services across the world the phrase “He is risen” will be spoken and repeated countless times. This weekend, I have said that phrase many times in my head and have pondered what this phrase really means to me as a follower of Jesus.

He is risen (Jesus resurrection) is key to our faith as followers of Christ. Just as He promised (Matthew 12:40; 16:21; 20:19; 26:32), Jesus rose from the dead. Therefore, we can trust in Jesus and His promises. Not just in the moments when life is going well for us, but we can also trust in Jesus in the darkest times of our lives.

If you think about it, the two days prior to Jesus resurrection had to have been the darkest times for his followers. After the events of Friday and the silence of Saturday, nobody believed that Jesus was alive. Many of his followers must have been thinking that Jesus failed, but then, just as he said would happen, He was raised on the third day (Matthew 16:21). He is risen!

So, what dark moment are you facing in your life? What prayers aren’t you having answered? Are you doubting Jesus or are you trusting Him, because He promises to be with you always even to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:20)

“For nothing is impossible with God.” – Luke 1:37

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

The Servant King


John 13:1-17

Today is Maundy Thursday and, on this day, Jesus celebrated the Passover with his disciples. As Jesus and the disciples were celebrating the Passover Meal, Jesus performed one of the greatest acts of humility; He washed the feet of His disciples. The thing about feet back then was that people didn’t wear shoes; they only wore sandals. You can imagine how dirty ones feet got by walking a dusty, dirty road, where animals also walked. People‘s feet got dirty, I mean really dirty. In spite of that, Jesus wrapped a towel around his waist, as the lowliest servant would do, and washed and dried his disciple’s feet.

In this amazing act of humility, Jesus modeled for us what it means to have a servant’s attitude. If Jesus, God in the flesh, was willing to serve in such a humble way, then we as His followers must also be willing to follow the example he set. We must be servants! Are you willing to do this; are you willing to follow the example of Christ? Whom can you serve today? You see, there is a special blessing for those who not only agree that humble service is Jesus’ way, but also follow through and do it (John 13:17). So, who will you serve today and how will you serve them?

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)