What is your dominion gift or gift mix? We are in a kairos (God’s right time) moment. We must get in line with God’s order and His timing. Now is the time to begin to walk in our dominion gift. Until intercession is established, things never fully work correctly, and therefore operating in our dominion gifting in the culture is greatly hindered. God created man first for intimacy and from that position we are to rule and reign. The word “mediocre” literally means “half way up the mountain,” which is a picture of those who will not accept the discipline and dedication necessary to see the fulfillment of God’s plan and purpose. Part of this discipline is character development and learning to prevail in prayer. “Halfway up the mountain” is a picture of those who do not completely answer God’s call and quit somewhere in the process of training and discipleship. Most people quit during this transitional phase (between the actual change, and the full enactment), because it’s the place where our relationship, character and commitment is tested.
Nothing should move us away from our dominion gifting. Some have creative gifting to impact the arts and entertainment; others are to pursue political positions. God wants us to take dominion in the areas in which He has gifted us to rule and reign. We must engage business, government, the media, arts and entertainment…whatever God has placed in our heart. God’s glory is partially seen through His body walking and exercising their dominion gift.
Some are in training now, but are not yet fully operating in their call. God is dealing with character in the body of Christ. Relying on gifting rather than developing character has caused many individuals and ministries to shipwreck. When the enemy comes, who answers the door? Us or the Christ that is in us? God must deal with our hearts. Everything is a heart issue. God is trying to position us. That’s just what He was doing with Joshua and the Israelites when they were preparing to enter the Promised Land. They were facing a place where death, symbolized by the Jordan River, was overflowing its banks. We must look to Jesus alone in order to move through the narrow place we now face. No one can follow Jesus unless they are willing to go through this narrow way.
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:13-14 (NKJV)
We must move into a new place to operate in our dominion gifting. But, in this new place, we will be tested and tried. This is how God builds our character. We are moving to the place where death is overflowing the banks. We must consecrate ourselves fully to pass through this narrow place. We must come God’s way, which is through Christ and the way of the cross. This is what Jesus says.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. Matthew 16:24-26 (NKJV)