• The right to command
• The right or power to enforce rules or give orders
• Somebody or something with official power
• Power to act on behalf of somebody else, or official permission to do something
Genesis 1:26 (amp)
God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.
God's original plan for man according to Genesis 1:26 was for man to have authority. Man had the right to command. Man had the right or power to enforce rules or give orders. Man was given official power from God. Man was given the power to act on behalf of God .
God never created man to be inferior in and amongst all of His creations. God created man to rule over what
He had created. Psalms 8 declares:
O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
Strongly consider and mediitate upon the truth of God's word concerning your God given authority.