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No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him (Jesus) who loved us.

Romans 8:37

 

How did you feel this morning when you woke up?  I don’t know about you, but I would not likely put the word conqueror on the list.  I wouldn’t use that word to describe myself almost ever.  Me?  A conqueror?  That word evokes images of Arnold Schwarzenegger in Eraser as he looks at the bad guy and says under his breath, “You’ve been erased!!!”  Conquerors are strong, they are smart, they have muscles, and power.

 

Romans makes it clear though that you are more than a conqueror.  Not that your muscles are something to write home about, or that you can overpower others, but  this fact is true about you because of Jesus.  The sentence doesn’t say you are more than a conqueror, but you are through Jesus.  He is the one who loves you, the one who died on the cross for you.

 

Tomorrow when the alarm goes off, read this verse out loud to yourself.  In all these things I am more than a conqueror, not because of my strength.  I can barely keep track of all the things going on to make it through the day let alone to conquer it, but I am more than a conqueror through Jesus.  It’s His strength, His encouragement, His wisdom that will get us through the challenges, the frustrations, and confusions that life throws at us daily.  When you get stuck in traffic, behind at work, or in tough conversations, just remind yourself, because of Jesus you are more than a conqueror. The Greek word here is hyper-Nike, which means that through Jesus you are a Hyper, total defeater.  So when life throws you a curve remember that in Christ, you are more than a conqueror.

 

Pastor Bill

 

Discussion Questions

  1. Is there any area or place in your life that this passage helps speak to?
  2. What do you think of this passage?  Do you believe it whole-heartedly, a bit skeptical?  What makes you feel the way you do?

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