No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39 (NIV)
More Than A Conqueror
I have not always felt like I am more than a conqueror. It has not often seemed like I have been walking in victory. I have faced many depressing and discouraging and defeating circumstances. I have gone through many crushing trials. I have suffered through accusations. I have received condemnation. I have been under attack. Does any of this surprise you? Shouldn’t these things surprise me? You tell me. Your question leads me to think that none of these things should surprise me. Why is that? Well, I do live in a broken world. I live in a world that has been devastatingly damaged by sin. Nothing in this world is quite like you intended it to be when you created it. There is pain and suffering in this world. There is darkness and evil in this world. There is accusation and condemnation in this world. I could go on and on. No need. Your question has helped remind me of the kind of world I live in. t would be foolish to think that I might be exempt from the pain and suffering that is part of this life. Why is that? You experienced pain and suffering in this life. You were attacked by every evil of this world. Yes, I was. You were not exempt from the worst that this world has to offer. No, I was not.
Do you wonder where I am when you are going through the difficulties of life? I did at one time. I don’t any more. Why is that? I have learned to draw near to you when I am going through the trials of life. I have learned that you are with me to help me. You will lead me through every trial and trouble I will go through. You will bring good out of the worst that life has to offer. There is no difficulty that I will go through that you can’t use to make me to be more like you. You have and will continue to use every darkness in life to make me shine brightly for you. Your love will sustain and strengthen me. Your favor will rest on me. You will make me to be more than a conqueror as I come to rely on you. Yes, I will. Yes, I am. Yes, I have.
Lord, you have been with me as I have gone through discouraging, and defeating circumstances. In great difficulty, you have been with me to help me. You have strengthened me. You have shown me your love and favor. You have led me into your victory. Amen
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