Day 11—January 16, 2019
God created order in the midst of disorder so that those made in His image might represent Him well by extending the borders of the Garden until the whole planet would be covered by His rule and through His delegated ones.
EDEN WAS WHERE humankind was planted—this was their territory. This would strongly suggest that the Garden of Eden was man’s normal. Everything outside of this Garden revealed a world in opposition to the structure that God sovereignly set up which defined Eden. Anything beyond the borders of perfection needed to be transformed. Paradise was normal, not abnormal. Perfection was the standard, not the exception. This is why God gave specific instructions to the man and woman to “ fill the earth and subdue it” (Gen. 1:28). The very use of the “subdue” language reminds us that there was an enemy that needed to be defeated. There was darkness present that was alien to a planet fashioned for perfection. Even though there were opposing forces present on the earth beyond the confines of the Garden, God had equipped His appointed ones to successfully rule in His Name. Humanity was designed to rule over the earth—not just in the midst of perfection, but imperfection and resistance. Divine authority empowers humanity to enforce victory over darkness.
Daily Scriptures: 1 JOHN 5:1-5, REV. 12:10-11
PRAYER Thank You for granting me victory over the enemy. I claim my full inheritance as a son/ daughter of God and declare that I am an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb. Thank You for Your divine protection and the authority You’ve given to me.”