The making of God’s champions – Part 1
ACCORDING to the writer of the book of Hebrews, Jesus came to bring many sons to glory. He made this possible through his death on the cross. Paul stated that he came to bring men to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
Jesus did not come to raise weaklings who cannot face the challenges of life; rather, he came to produce sons after his kind. Those who would overcome Satan and the world. In other words, he came to produce champions. Who is a God champion? It is one who has gone through the battles of life and has prevailed. Champions are men whose spiritual armour are blood-stained and battle-tested. They are men who have faced failures, defeats and success in life’s struggles and are still standing in Christ. God’s champions have fought with the lions and the bears of life. God’s champions are men of prayer; they are men of the word; they are men who listen to the Holy Spirit and fall in line with his command. They are men who stand by the strength of God. Such can take on the Goliaths of this age in battle.
Jesus warned his disciples about the nature of trials and sufferings they were to face in the world, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore, be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you… And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved” (Matthew 10:16-22 NKJV ).
So long as we are in the world going through trials and sufferings are inevitable. We face sufferings due to the circumstances of our faith. We suffer due to the circumstances of life; due to the circumstance of our job; due to the circumstances of our background; due to the circumstances of our sex; due to the circumstances of our race; due to the circumstances of our marriage; due to the circumstances of our mistakes, our carrier, investments; and due to the circumstances of our decisions and choices.
No matter the trials and sufferings we go through, we can still have victory in life. This is because Jesus the captain of our salvation has got the victory for us. “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” ” (John 16:33NKJV).
Victory is ours because the One Who leads us in battle has prevailed and now has all authority, “So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”(Revelation 5:4-5 NKJV). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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