vOBEDIENCE AND THE FAINTING CHRISTIAN
This article is not meant to defend christianity or prove the superiority of christianity over other religions (even though I am convinced that it is). It is rather meant to encourage christians who are almost giving up the race due to the difficulties and challenges they are passing through and they, having the thought that God- their maker, is not caring and mindful of them any more; and for non-christians to prove the authenticity of the fact that the christian God is a God of Love who wants to have a relationship with them.
Christianity is much more than a religion, as most of us think of it today. It is a relationship with the Divinity. The nub of any relationship is communication. Communication is usually bi-directional. In christianity, Divinity has a communion and communication with humanity. In His love He speaks- instructs, commands, advises, among other things; the Christian responds by obeying and speaking back(praying) to God. Divinity created and owns the heavens and the earth and all that is within it. He has however put it under the control of humanity, you and I because of the love for us. 2 Peter 1:3 and 4… As his divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and Godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be divine partakers of the divine nature… However, the elements will only respond to the divine nature in us when our obedience to the Divine (God) is complete. Little wonder then that some people think that it is not worth it being a christian having encountered a lot of problem and challenges and they have prayed and done many other spiritual exercises, yet it seems like the elements in conformation to God’s word, is not responding to them.
God loves us all and He speaks to us in diverse ways but most times not in the way you expect and when he does, you will know that it is God that is speaking. Humanity, however has the problem of doubting Divinity’s voice because the message came through the avenue which they least expect, even when they know it is God. They often want confirmation.(See Gideon, Moses etc) But you may not always hear it in the manner in which you expect it.(Jesus said,’My sheep hear my voice’)
Whatever way you receive the instruction, please obey, for there- in lies your blessing and thus you will be saved from the stress of unaswered prayers and life of frustration with you thinking that God does not care. God will only make all things ( including your finances, health ,academics business, family etc)to obey you only when your own obedience is perfected.
Paul, in a letter he wrote to the Corinthian Church, described the nature and potency of the armoury of the Christian. It is not fleshly but powerful to pull down any stronghold of whatever kind and bring it to the obedience of Christ. However, you can only punish any disobedience when your own obedience is complete. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6. If, for any reason, anything has not been compliant,checkout your response to Divinity’s word.God is not moved by our spiritual jingoism. Obedience is the key to enjoying Divinity’s best for humanity.