Save yourself like a gazelle escaping from a hunter, like a bird fleeing from a net.” (Prov.6:5 NLT)
My father in the gospel, Dr. David Oyedepo has always said, “Any faith that leaves all the responsibility of delivery to God is an irresponsible faith.” I couldn’t agree more with him.
It’s an incontrovertible eternal truth that Christ has redeemed mankind by His vicarious death and resurrection and has made us unto our God kings and priests to reign on the earth. Howbeit, this truth is not thrusted on any individual’s destiny but appropriated by whoever that’s interested. Invariably, man has a responsibility in the activation of his redemption.
I saw from Scriptures some individuals who as it were, were under a curse but by just sheer personal will delivered themselves from its stronghold here on earth. Cain was one of such individuals. His action brought a curse on his destiny, but He negotiated his punishment with God. He pleaded for allocutus – mitigation of sentence. God granted his plea and He ended up building a city He named after his son Enoch. Thereby, leaving an inheritance for him and generations after him. (Gen.4:11-17)
Esau missed or better put, sold his birth right blessing which left him in a servitude position. He intreated for his redemption which he would work out subsequently. “And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.” (Gen.27:40) The interesting is that Esau exercised dominion to the point of having enough. (Gen.33:9)
Jabez was born in sorrow and was named sorrow but he took his redemption in his hands. He took a decision to respond to his honourable destiny that he had to call upon God for a change of story. And God did change his story. (1 Chron.4:9-10)
In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit speaks to us expressly to work out our salvation because He’s the One that empowers us unto redemption. And He enables us to be individually responsible. (Prov.9:12). In the kingdom, there’s no collective responsibility like in a parliamentary system of government.
You may ask, “How do I redeem myself to reign in life?” Here are the answers.
1. Believe and receive the ministry of the Great Redeemer – Jesus Christ by being born again. (John 1:12; Col.1:12-14; Job 19:25)
2. Seek for knowledge.
To ignore the truth of Scriptures is to remain a victim of ignorance. Ignorance is the bane of every destroyed destiny. Nothing delivers like knowledge. (Hos.4:6; Is.5:13; John 8:32)
3. Discover your purpose.
Hear this: All things don’t just work for doers but work only for God lovers who know why they do what they do. Life begins with discovery; it becomes colourful by tenancious pursuit and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts. Self-discovery leads to destiny recovery. (Prov.24:13-14; 27:8; Roms. 8:28)
Hear this: The act establishes the pact. It’s your deliberate action that consummates your redemption. The first three forces of personal redemption are only effective when you act. The prodigal son acted by arising after taking his decision to return to his father. Jabez acted by matching his intention with intercession. The woman with the issue of blood received her healing by breaking protocols and social barriers to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment. (Luke 15:17-20; 1 Chron.4:9-10; Mark 5:27-29)
Without your active participation, particularly in the areas listed above, your redemption which was wrought in Christ will remain unappropriated. It’s time to act! You’re born to reign!!
To your empowered self-redemption,