more than conquerors

‘Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us’. Romans 8:37

Do you feel like a Conqueror, or do you feel conquered by life’s trials and tribulations?

Do you despair at the condition of this world, the lack of morality and man’s inhumanity to man?

It isn’t easy living as a Christian in this fallen world is it? Life can be hard, a roller coaster of emotions and experiences – joy, pain and grief, all rolled into one.

The Bible tells us, however, that it won’t always be that way. There is a future glory to look forward to when there will be a new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21:1) and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain (Revelation 21:4), and we will have new transformed bodies, glorious like Jesus’ resurrected body.

‘For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look  for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himselfPhilippians 3:20-21

Wow! That is something to look forward to!

As Christians we are living in the ‘already but not yet’. We are already part of God’s family but we are not yet living in the perfect world God designed, nor are we yet perfect physically, mentally or spiritually.

Listen to the words of Paul in his letter to the Romans.

‘…. but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption. To wit, the redemption of our bodies’. Romans 8:23

Is this how you feel? You see, as Christians, we have the ‘firstfruits of the Spirit’, the deposit of the Holy Spirit within us (see 2 Corinthians 5:5).

As Paul groaned so we groan as we wait, and as we do, God is changing us, ever so slowly, towards what we will become.

Let us now look more closely at this passage from Romans, 8:28-39

‘And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose’. verse:28

God works in ‘all things’, not just isolated incidents, and He does so for our good. This doesn’t mean that everything that happens to us is good but it does mean that whatever trials we go through God will use it for our long term good.

The other point to note here is that this promise is not for everyone – it is only for those who love God and are called according to his purpose, i.e. Spirit filled Christians. But what is God’s purpose?

‘For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many bretheren’. verse 29

This is another Wow! God wants you and me to be like Jesus! Just think about it for a moment. God’s highest purpose is not to make us missionaries, preachers or teachers – but to make us like His Son. Everything else is secondary to this goal. Are you willing, with His help and strength to make it your goal too?

‘Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified’. verse 30

Before you were even born God knew all about you. He chose you (see Ephesians 1:11)! His purpose for your life was not an afterthought, it was decided before the foundation of the earth.

‘What then shall we say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also make intercession for us’. verses 31-34

Many people, many Christians, struggle with feelings of unworthiness before God – this is one of Satan’s greatest deceptions – don’t listen to him.

Because of the sacrifice of Jesus – ‘the Lamb without spot or blemish’ – you are worthy before God. Your Father in heaven loves you and He sees you as righteous because of the blood of Jesus. It’s not what you have done that makes you worthy, it’s what Jesus did on the cross! 

Never think you are not good enough for God. If he gave his only Son for you, He isn’t going to hold back on the gift of salvation.

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life’. John 3:16

Jesus died for you. He isn’t going to condemn you. Whatever you’ve done He won’t turn you away. Jesus said, 

‘…. him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out’ . John 6:37

Paul says in verse 34 that Jesus is interceding for us in heaven – Wow! The Saviour of the world is praying for you! 

Jesus is our high priest, our advocate, the mediator between us and God. He looks after our interests and intercedes for us to God. Unlike the Old Testament High Priest who went before God once a year to plead for the forgiveness of the nation’s sins, Jesus is interceding for us continually, and, because of his continuous presence in heaven with the Father, we can be assured that our sins have been paid for and forgiven.

‘…. it behoved him to be made like unto his bretheren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people’. Hebrews 2:17

Remember that Jesus has paid the price for our sins once and for all so there is no need to suffer in a cycle of guilt and condemnation (see Hebrews 9:24-28).

Paul says in verse 33, ‘It is God who justifies’. A simple way of explaining this is that it is ‘just as if I’d’ never sinned. 

‘Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedeness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter’. verse 35-36

These two verses reaffirm God’s profound love for His people. No matter what happens to us, no matter where we are, we can never be lost to His love.

Suffering should not drive us away from God but help us to identify with Him further. If we are becoming more like Jesus then not only will we share in His resurrection but we also share in his death and suffering.

‘Always bearing about in the body the dying of the lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh’. 2 Corinthians 4:10-11

And now for the final Wow!

‘For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord’. verses 38-39

These two verses contain one of the most comforting promises in the Bible. Whatever hardships we face, Paul explains that it is impossible to be separated from the love of God. Jesus’ death for us is proof of His unconquerable love. God tells us how great His love is for us so that we can feel totally secure in Him.

In an unstable world where insecurity is written across all human experience we can rest assured that it is impossible to be separated from the love of God!

‘Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us’. verse 37

This brings me back to the original question. Do you feel like a Conqueror or do you feel conquered by life’s trials and tribulations?

My prayer is that from now on in you can live as a Conqueror! Rest assured in the amazing love that God has for you, a love from which nothing can separate you. 

Live as Conquerors in the victory won by our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ

‘But thanks be to God which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ’. 1 Corinthians 15:57

Hallelujah! And Amen

 

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Responses

  1. Hey Marianne, Hallelujah and Amen to that!

    Love in Jesus, Tony

  2. Thanks for the wonderful message of truth.
    To live as a conqueror we must know Christ and his power. We of ourselves can do nothing without him. But the hour that we first believed, Jesus made us part of his body thus his strength is now ours. How great it is that the power that raised Christ from the dead now lives in us. The most amazing thing is that our weaknesses cannot stop God’s perfect plan for our life!
    How blessed are we that belong to the true God and hehas a way to take us through every storm in life.
    To God be the glory!

    http://www.mlordi.wordpress.com


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