Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Quest for Conquest

UV 1668/10000 The Quest for Conquest
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Romans 8 v 37

Nations are caught up in a power struggle. Most human beings are in restless and perennial quest of conquest of one kind or other. Fear drives him to the feeling that either he has to conquer or he will be conquered. God has conquered us through love in Jesus. Napoleon, the conqueror confessed this about Jesus:” I know men; and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for him.” Yes indeed, He did not conquer us with bloodshed and force of power and fear. Having so conquered us, He makes us more than a conqueror. We are not foot soldiers or pawns to be sacrificed for the advancement of the cause of the conqueror as it was the case with all other conquerors. We are more than conquerors as the Commander- in- Chief, Jesus Himself shed His blood for us. We are more than conquerors as we do not wish to conquer for the sake of our selfish ambition but for the love and glory of the Lord. We do not seek to conquer territory or amass riches but we seek the salvation of the precious souls of people. Our influence spreads like a sweet smelling fragrance to all parts of the house, the city, the nation and the world. We are more than conquerors as the Lord Himself becomes a man of war and fights the battle for us without us ever drawing a sword. We are more than conquerors as the warfare we engage in is spiritual and non violent.

All other conquerors were eventually conquered or consumed by death. But eternal death shall not conquer the believer in Christ. The power of death to hold us prisoners in the grave came from our sin since sin pays its wages- death. Death has been swallowed by victory in Christ. But once we are declared sinless by our faith and God’s grace, death is rendered powerless. We rise from death to eternal life. Our new wages are eternal life and all that it means.

Besides death, we have conquered by faith and the power of prayer and the Word our circumstances, curses, misery, disease and the powers of nature and of darkness. We have the authority that no king or savant has to command such as these. The Lord has placed all things under our feet. We are more than conquerors like Alexander, the Great as He who is in us is greater than he who was with them. He will help and enable us to overcome or conquer our own lusts and pride. The power and wisdom of Christ will rest on us and equip us for every battle we face in our lives. We are more than conquerors as unlike other conquerors who are restless and never at peace with themselves or others, we have peace with God, self and others.
Prateep V Philip

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