We are more than conquerors in Christ (Rom 8:37)…
How can you know if you are truly in Christ?
What does it mean that we are more than conquerors?
In order to fully understand and grasp the victory in this saying, we must read a few verses before this in v35 and v36.
Romans 8:35 says “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?.”
Then Romans 8:36 goes onto say “As it is written “For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are account as sheep for the slaughter.”
We see Paul asking this question, “who can separate us from the love of Christ?”, it is important to also take notice of the answer he provides in v37.
What we notice from his response is that, rather than simply saying, No, such powerless things can separate us from the love of God, instead he says…
“Yet in all things” meaning that while we are in the midst of our distress, while we are encircled by our enemies, while we feel hopeless, in the midst of all of this, he says we are more than conquerors.
There are many illustrations in the Old Testament of God bringing miraculous victory to His people, Israel.
Humanly speaking, Israel was no match for their enemies. But God cautioned them not to be afraid, that He would fight their battles for them.
Exodus 14:14 says, “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.”
The Lord told Jeremiah that He was bringing armies against the rebellious Israelites as punishment for their disobedience, but even then,
“‘They . . . will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,’ declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 1:19).
In one instance, an entire army fled their own camp when God caused them to hear the sounds of a great army coming.
The famine-racked Israelites were able to plunder the enemy camp and provide for their families through no act of their own (2 Kings 7).
Not only were they saved from an approaching army, but they actually benefited from the threat. They were “more than conquerors.”
Satan is our adversary. He sends all kinds of life-defeating, joy-stealing attacks to threaten the well-being and faith of God’s children.
Many of those attacks are listed in Romans 8:35–39: trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, and sword.
Paul is encouraging us to stand firm in our faith when those attacks come, reminding us that not only will we win in the end, but Jesus enables us to win now.
Satan lacks the power to steal our eternal destiny, and he cannot separate us from the love of God right now.
Nothing we face worries God in the least.
If we are His children through faith in His Son, then we have His pledge of love and protection.
In John 10:27–29, Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.”
To be more than conquerors means we face the trials of life with the certainty that we are not alone.
We have a mighty Father who fights for us.
We approach the darkest valleys with confidence, knowing that nothing can happen to us that is not permitted by our loving Father for our good (Psalm 23:4; Romans 8:28).
We have His promise of eternal life (John 3:16; Titus 1:2; 1 John 5:11) and the presence of Almighty God every moment of every day until we see Him face to face (Psalm 139:7–12; Deuteronomy 31:8; Hebrews 13:5; Matthew 28:20).
No sin of ours and no attempt of the enemy can steal the loving care of God from our lives, and that makes us more than conquerors through Christ who loves us.
Selah (let us pause and calmly think about these things)
Monday, August 8
The Winning Walk
by Dr Ed Young
FIGHTING FROM VICTORY
We are at war. But the outcome is certain.
We are not fighting for victory…we’re fighting from victory.
When He died on the cross and was raised from the dead, Jesus Christ defeated sin and de-fanged death, crushing our enemy, Satan.
We still battle, but victory is an accomplished act.
Jesus did that. This war from victory is a different kind of war, is it not?
It’s like the war Joshua was asked to fight, claiming the occupied Promised Land that God had already given.
“The land is yours,” God told him.
“You own it, and My word is the title deed.
I promised it to Abraham; I will give it to you. But you must fight.”
He led the nation of Israel in some fierce battles, but Joshua owned the dirt everywhere he put his foot down.
He had the deed. He was fighting not for victory against the Amalekites, the Amorites and others-he was fighting from victory already made certain by God Himself.
That’s how we are. Our battles are not against flesh and blood, but they are very real just the same.
We go head to head against the wiles of Satan, but we are fighting from victory, because God has already accomplished it.
When Jesus endured the cross and conquered the grave, we became soldiers whose ultimate conquest is assured.
“Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses.”
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