Slow down there, that's a lot to think about! First off let's just define the word dominion:
"Sovereign or supreme authority; the power of governing and controlling"
According to Noah Webster's 1828 dictionary.
Now when I say a "dominion-focused" woman, I'm not referring supreme female authority. What I'm referring to is what is known as the "Dominion Mandate."
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holly Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo,I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matthew 28:19-20)
In short we are to extend the Kingdom of God. But what is the Kingdom of God?
Well in my opinion all though the whole universe and beyond belongs to God the Kingdom itself is every area in which people bow the knee to Him in obedience. So we are to extend that to the ends of the world, in every area of life. In music, literature, artwork, teaching children, movies, carpentry, construction, finances, etc. At work or on vacation, in church or out.
But wait, we're women, we're not supposed to preach. (1 Cor 14:34-35)
Yes, you're right, we are women, but we were created for a special reason. (Gen 2:18) We were created to be a help-meet to men, to follow them, to obey them, and to stand by their side. (Eph 5:22)
Yes, why? Because all Christian men, women and children were given that mandate. And following our husbands should never interfere with that. Now before you get the idea that I'm saying it's ok to rebel as long as you're obeying God let me clarify. In the first place it is impossible to rebel against your father and still obey God (unless your father is telling you to sin). In the second place no matter how restrictive your dad is there are always ways to extend the Kingdom of God.
But how? What if I can't leave the house? What if I'm not allowed on the internet? (In that case I'm wondering how you reading this article.) How can I extend the Kingdom if I can't go where I'm needed? (If I haven't hit your question please list it in the comments below and I'll try to answer it.)
Here's the answer, it all boils down to one simple fact, you are where you are because you have been placed there by God. No matter how influential, no matter how insignificant, or how boring you were placed there in God's perfect timing. The best thing to do right now is to help where you can. Just like in a big event, in the Kingdom of God every person has their part to play.
But I'm still confused didn't you hear all the limitations I have? What is one thing, just one thing I could possibly do?
Yes I heard you. And I'll give you more than one thing.
but most of all Praying.
What??? How in the world does that extend the Kingdom?
Well first off it probably frees your mom up (which whether you like it or not she probably has more freedom and ability then you do), second do you see the difference in your dad when he comes home and the house is clean verses when it's dirty? The last three prepare you for when you can go out and disciple. But the last one is the most important, the power of prayer goes beyond any human ability you can acquire through any amount of training. When you get down on your knees you are taking advantage of a great privilege, you are fighting battles right there in that tiny dark room. But the power of prayer is a topic that we could talk about for hours so let's move on.
Now your restrictions all included a "what if" so let's just assume right now that some of those restrictions don't actually exist. Seeing that you're reading this article I'm going to start with the internet. There's a whole new separate list of abilities that are unlocked with the amazing creation of the internet. But I'll stick to one of the most effective. The power of the pen.
You don't have to be a good writer to bad mouth somebody and you also don't have to be a great writer to encourage someone. So just get started.
We were all put here on earth for a unique purpose, some of us will never be praised as an outstanding Christian, but if that is your motivation you should re-consider. Maybe you'll never travel the world, maybe you'll never fight Muslims. But in a way you can fight them now, in that tiny room on your knees.
Part 2 coming soon!