-Chidiebere Dennis Owah
CONNECTING WITH CHRIST TO CONQUER OUR CIRCUMSTANCES:
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
Indeed,our status and station in this life is largely dependent on who we are related or connected to. What I mean is that,the relationships we have will invariably, determine, to a considerable extent, what we achieve in this life. Think about it, a young man or woman born by a wealthy parents, will under normal circumstances, inherit the wealth of the parents. Also, a man or woman that is born by a famous and powerful parents, will, all things being equal, live under the shadow of the fame and power of the parents.
Now, it doesn’t end there, even the person we befriend and connect with, determines to a very large extent, what we will achieve in life. That is what we are looking at this day – CONNECTING WITH CHRIST THROUGH REPENTANCE FROM SIN IN ORDER TO CONQUER WITH HIM, WHO HAS CONQUERED ALL THINGS.We are looking at three perspectives to this topic. They are:
1. CONNECTING WITH CHRIST THROUGH CONVERSION AND FOLLOWERSHIP:
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come the presence of the Lord; And He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you. (Acts 3:19, 20)
Conversion from sin, which comes sequel to repentance, is the only God’s acceptable condition of reconnecting us back to HIM. Actually, man got himself disconnected and disengaged from God through disobedience to HIS law, at the Garden of Eden. He lost his relationship with God through sin (Romans 3:23). Now, for the man to reconnect to God, who he is estranged from, there has to be conversion that comes through repentance. And, it is that conversion that sets the platform for the man to get connected back to God. In fact, that experience of conversion, automatically, gets us reconnected back to HIM.
2. CONTINUING WITH CHRIST THROUGH CONSECRATION AND FAITHFULNESS:
As HE spake these words, many believed on HIM. Then said JESUS to those Jews which believed on HIM, if ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:30-32)
As a matter of fact, some people don’t understand the secret of keeping a relationships, generally speaking. It is commitment or consecration and faithfulness or fidelity that keep a relationship going. And, it is same with keeping our relationship with Christ. We have to continue in consecration and faithfulness to HIM, and to HIS word, if we must enjoy HIS blessings and favour.
Actually, there are peculiar blessings and favour that the LORD has reserved, exclusively, for HIS children who obey HIM constantly. And part of it, is the enablement and support to conquer all circumstances.
3. CONQUERING WITH CHRIST THROUGH THE COURAGE OF FAITH:
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through HIM that loved us. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (Romans 8:37; 1 John 5:4)
Did you know that there is a kind of courage and faith that a man or woman, that is connected to a powerful individual possesses and manifests? He or she is not easily intimidated. You cannot make him feel inferior to you. Why? Because of the power of connection. That is what it should be with the children of God, who are genuinely born again and connected with Christ. There should be that courage of faith that stems from the fact that they are connected and covenanted with the Almighty God.
Friends, as I wind up, I want you to take a decision for Christ. Get connected with Him, so that He will give you the power and enablement to conquer and overcome all your negative circumstances.
God bless you.