This is an excerpt from my new book, "Living a Transformed Life."

To fully understand the kingdom of God, we must begin with the Garden of Eden. Here we see the order of God’s plan. After He created the earth flourishing with plants and wildlife, He planted this garden and placed Adam there to tend to it. Adam was also given the authority to name every animal and bird God created (Genesis 2:8-20). He and Eve both enjoyed an intimate relationship with God, sitting in His presence, conversing with Him face-to-face.

Genesis 1:26 explains how God made mankind to oversee the fish, the birds, the cattle, and all that’s in the earth. Adam and Eve were given the responsibility of being the first managers of what was heaven on earth. Then Satan deceived them with the lie that they could live independently from God. When Adam and Eve sinned, their relationship with the Father was severed. They both felt the pangs of this separation even before they were told the consequences of their disobedience. They each felt alienated from the Lord for the first time in their lives. They experienced fear and shame, and tried to hide from God (Genesis 3:1-10).

God reigns in heaven, but He created earth for man to rule. Psalms 115:16 says, “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath He given to the children of men.” Adam and Eve were supposed to have dominion over all creation. Their mission was to establish the kingdom of heaven here on earth. Before their disobedience, they were intertwined with God through the Holy Spirit, knowing the Lord intimately and understanding His heavenly principles. God’s Spirit gave them wisdom and the capability to carry out their mission. When they chose independence they became alienated from God and each other. They even became alienated from themselves and what they were supposed to be.

Jesus came to set everything back in order.

He came to draw us into a love relationship with Him so that we may live out the kingdom of heaven now. When we say yes to Him, the Holy Spirit positions us within the kingdom of God. Everything that is in the heavenly places is available to us.

The earth has been created for us and our children and our children’s children. When we come to know Jesus, we are in a vibrant relationship with God just as Adam and Eve were before their fall. God intends for us to reign over the earth through the power of the Holy Spirit. This authority involves much more than overseeing His wildlife and natural resources. It grants dominion over every entanglement and struggle.

Like Adam and Eve, we can choose independence from God and remain in darkness. We too can deceive ourselves into thinking there is a better way apart from His heavenly principles, but the result will be misery and defeat.

The Lord wants us to live free from every element of darkness. He wants our days filled with vision and victory. Only through Him is a new life possible.