Before the Fall of man...

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it.
Genesis 1:27–28

Before things went haywire after the fall, God assigned Adam and Eve the job of subduing the earth. From whom were they to subdue it? Satan.

You see, from the very beginning, it was as if God said, “This little rock called earth is the place where there is to be a cosmic showdown between Me and Satan. So I’m going to use you, mankind, to partner with Me as part of the process to drive out the Enemy.”

How? By being fruitful and multiplying.

How are you to subdue your earth, your world, or your family which seems to be in the grasp and grip of the Enemy? By being fruitful.

Because the fruit of the Spirit is love (Galatians 5:22), and because love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8), you’ll be fruitful if you don’t criticize, gossip, or find fault with things, people, or situations. You’ll be fruitful if you speak words of love and peace, patience and gentleness, for such is the fruit of the Spirit.

James talks about the tongue being an instrument of fire (James 3:6). If you find fault with your neighbor, your job, your school, your church, or your family, you will hand your world over to the hellish flames of the Enemy. But if you speak words of affirmation and encouragement, of faith and joy, you will replace the fires of hell with the fruit of heaven.

How do we multiply?

Acts 6:7 tells us the Word of God increased and the number of disciples multiplied when the Word was shared.

If you talk to your kids, your classmates, or your co-workers about the Word, you will see multiplication of life and love. And eventually the world in which you live will be subdued—won back from the Enemy.

This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Pillar By Day" by Pastor Jon Courson.

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Greg (no longer anonymous) said...

Jon Corson from the radio program Searchlight is one of my favorites! He has such a great laugh. Thanks for the encouragement T. Its a new year and with the new year comes a restart through the Bible. So I write the verse of the chapter that most applies to me (I think you know that) and its funny I have been trying to concentrate my verses on the our successes with our Lord instead of mans' faults. Thanks again.

ThomasCSlater said...

Hey Greg, glad you enjoyed it! Yeah I pretty much enjoy all the different pastors on Hope FM. After hearing his program, I went to his site and saw that about his daily devotional and wanted to share it here.

Thanks for stopping by, msy you have much success in whatever you do my friend!

Jason said...

You have a great blog here. I have a blog myself which I hope will provide inspiration and guidance to people all around the world. Life is hard enough. I'd like us to exchange links to help spread some traffic around, and let other people know about our sites.

Please let me know if this is possible.


ThomasCSlater said...

Hey Jason, thanks for your nice comment! You have a very cool blog yourself. I would be happy to exchange links and get more traffic to both our blogs!

Blessings to you and yours!

Antônio Araújo said...

Amazing work, God bless you!

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Toyin O. said...

Amen. We are called to be light in the world.