At creation man was given dominion over all on earth, but man sinned and died. Then the earth rebelled against him and gave him thorns and thistles, instead of edible food. The animals rebelled against him and went wild, trying to devour man. The plants also rebelled; some became poisonous, and some grew thorns and spike to harm man, they refuse to be food for him.
"I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway." (Rom 7:19).
Even man's flesh rebelled against him and made him a slaved in his own body. His mind rebelled against him and he is no longer in control of his own thoughts. His heart went a stray and begin to want things, lusting after carnal things, he becomes a slave of his own emotions. Then Jesus came and gave us authority not just over the earth but over the heavens, and you think you cannot bring that rebellious thought, feeling and habit to obedience and conformity to Christ!
"We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture every rebellious thoughts and teach it to obey Christ." (2Cor 10:5).
Power to crush the rebellion has been given, it is time to stop being a slave and start living like a king. Kings don't run about, hiding in caves from terrorists. This is your domain, you have authority over this land, now take that authority and crush the rebellion. Crush that rebellious thought, feeling, desire, and habit, teach it obedience, let it come into conformity to Christ. Yes, you can teach your thoughts obedience, you can teach your feelings and desire to never stray, you can teach yourself fruitful habits and cultivate godly attitudes.
"For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places." (Eph 6:12).
You have been given the power to crush every rebellion on earth and in the heavens. If you can't crush the rebellion in your members, how then would you be able to crush the rebellion in the heavenlies? If you can rule over your members, how then will you be able to rule and reign with Christ? We must begin to learn eternity now, for we have been given eternal life. Christ did not eradicate the enemy because he wants us to learn how to wield authority and power. You must learn how to rule with a iron rod, crushing and smashing every rebellious.
"You will break them with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots." (Psa 2:9).
"that one 'will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery' --just as I have received authority from my Father." (Rev 2:27).
This is what the Lord is training us to become, and if truly you are in fellowship with the Spirit, you will be growing towards this path. You will grow to learn to wield the authority you have been given, and you will use it to crush every rebellion, starting from your members.