The Shepherd's Heart/Through Christ 'we are more than conquerors'

Thursday, June 28, 2007

I was talking to someone other day who had been going through a lot of stress and turmoil. This person talked about the pressures of life and asked why God didn't help. Later, I spoke to another who was going through a similar situation, except without all the turmoil -- just the pressures of everyday life; deadlines, calendars and ball games.

I was somehow reminded of Romans 8:37. The text reads something like "But in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us."

In this passage, we are encouraged that because of the love of God through Christ, we are not only conquerors, but we overwhelmingly conquer; that those things which would try to defeat us only serve to make us stronger and better; that we are refined (as in a refiner's fire) by those things that come against us.

We do not have to let the enemy of our souls win.

When the Apostle Paul spoke of overwhelmingly conquering, he was writing to people who had lost friends, property, and family because of Christ. Eventually, some would be tortured, and some would be put to death.

Our circumstances may not be as harsh as theirs, but they are harsh enough that we sometimes feel attacked, and maybe even defeated. We sometimes feel like we have been conquered. We sometimes want to raise a white flag and say "I surrender."

But, if we are truly His, we are more than conquerors. Weakness has no right to control us. Hardship has no reign in our lives. Surprise does not hinder our faith. Even death does not defeat a believer.

Weakness is a hard thing to overcome, especially spiritual weakness. We may turn our eyes from things we need not be looking at, but the image is stamped on our minds. We may try to distance our selves from temptations, but they persevere. The great news is that the Bible says that when we are at our weakest, the Spirit of God becomes stronger on our behalf.

Many times, hardships come in waves. It seems that the old saying "when it rains, it pours" comes to fruition in our lives and we are assailed from every side. Fear not, I have good news. We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus.

Surprise has a way of sneaking up and tearing at our very breath. Sometimes these surprises can be small, but their mere number makes the pain and anxiety seem to multiply by the hundreds. But we can stand tall knowing that he Word of God promises that we are more than conquerors.

Death -- yes, even death -- has no victory over a believer. Death is -- for a believer -- the final victory in and of itself. The good news of Christ concerning death is this -- to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Enough said.

Friend, if you believe in the risen Christ you are more than a conqueror; huper nikao -- a conqueror above and beyond; an overwhelmingly conquering conqueror.

Rejoice in it!