Thursday, May 12, 2016

More than Conquerors

UV 1753/10000 More than Conquerors

There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Joshua 1 v 5

No human being can withstand the will of God. Hence, when the Lord is with us, no human will be able to withstand or overcome or defeat us all the days of our lives. The Lord who is both the breath-giver and the bread-giver is with us all the time though He is unseen and not audibly heard. We breathe nearly a thousand times per hour and nearly 24000 breaths per day and 8.4 million times in a year. We need to endeavour to remember the Lord with every breath. Every breath is a prayer, every breath holds a praise and thanksgiving, every breath is an attempt to draw closer to the Lord and be like Him. His presence may be hidden from our eyes but He is near us. When we remember the Lord all the time, He will be with us, strengthen us from within us, protect us, provide for us and bless us.

Our goals become the goals of the Lord. Our struggles and battles become those of the Lord. He defends us against our known as well as invisible and secret enemies and their deadly weapons. He will never fail us, rather He will enable us to succeed in the pursuit of our goals as long as they are in tune with His overarching purpose for our lives. We should never give up for the Lord never gives up on us. He remembers us at every turn and holds our every breath in His hand. No human power can prevail against us. When I was young I was an admirer of Napoleon Bonaparte. But the Lord says today that you and I are greater than an Alexander the Great or Napoleon or any other mighty general. We do not have to struggle and attain greatness. We are great by grace. Greatness was gifted to Moses and Joshua. It is also gifted to us, too. To be esteemed by God is the greatest aspect of greatness. Daniel was esteemed by God. It implies that God regarded Daniel as great. Greatness is not a future legacy that we will leave after our deaths. Rather it is our present anointing. No man could stand before or withstand Moses and Joshua on account of the calling of God and the anointing they had received.

The Lord makes us more than conquerors for conquerors stand to shed their own blood. They need to unsheathe their own swords and wield the shield of defence. We need not unsheathe nor wield neither sword nor shield. We only need to yield to Him and resist the enemy of our souls. Other conquerors use people as pawns to achieve their ends, sacrificing countless lives. Other conquerors rely on plans and strategies. Other conquerors are more feared than loved. We are loved by the Lord and called to love the world. Other conquerors aim at winning wealth and territory for themselves. We aim at winning souls. Other conquerors become instruments of death for both their enemies and their own followers. But we become instruments of abundant and eternal life in Christ. We rely on the Lord. The Lord will wrest victory for us not with His might or power but by His Spirit. Moses and the people of Israel did not have swords or shields or chariots to defend themselves against the mighty Egyptian Pharaoh and his army of chariots. They also did not have to flee but they were led, protected, provided for and ensured safe passage through the wilderness and the Red Sea. We do not use force or violence or the methods of our enemies. Yet the Lord will guarantee our place on the victory stand.

Prateep V Philip

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