FRIDAY 01 APRIL 2022
We have an abundant and overwhelming victory in Christ Jesus. This is a mindset that affords us a wonderful sense of audacity in Christ. It is the truth that makes us victorious in everything we face or encounter in life. We are not victorious occasionally; we are victorious perpetually. And this knowledge reinforces our mind against any notion or idea associated with thoughts of defeat in our walk with God. Apart from experiencing this reality in Christ, just the topic and the meaning it communicates, is enough to inspire us with an audible expression of shouts of victory.
Reference: Romans 8:37 New International Version (NIV) "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."
Beloved, we are more than conquerors in everything. Paul understood that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. Even if we face trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword, none of these things are big enough to hinder our overwhelming victory in Christ. No matter what we face in this present life, be it persecutions or storms of life, Paul says that they are all inconsequential compared to the overwhelming victory we have in Christ.
To have an overwhelming victory through Christ denotes that we are superior to anything the enemy throws at us or whatever comes our way as we walk with God. This is because the victory of Christ on the cross belongs to us. As a result, we always emerge or turn out to be triumphant and successful in every way. However there is more to this, considering the clause, "we are more than conquerors." More than conquerors means that in everything, no matter how good, bad, positive or negative it may seem, we are able to turn the table in our favour. This is something more than just a victory and its powered by the victorious Christ in us.
Let's look at today's topic from a bigger perspective. Paul who actually wrote this, had a personal encounter with Jesus, which is descriptive of today's topic. According to Paul's conversion experience, on his way to Damascus, is an event that led him to cease persecuting early Christians and to become a faithful servant of Christ. He persecuted the church of Christ and tried to destroy it, until Jesus stopped him in his track, arrested him and converted him. So Jesus Himself intervened in the troubling experience or tribulation that came against the church and converted the chief persecutor into an able minister of the glorious gospel. This is a good illustration of what it means to be more than conquerors.
Though it seemed like Paul was succeeding in his error, it was all working together for the good of the body of Christ. Today, Pauline epistles are the very description of accurate insights into the vast revelations of divine mystery. We can speak forth the mysterious and hidden wisdom of God, which He destined for our glory before time began because Paul enlightened us (see 1 Corinthians 2:7). Sometimes, situations that present themselves as unfavourable are the very tools God uses and has allowed or designed to become your highway to His best for you or your greater height. This is the reason you should never entertain worry or anxiety of any kind, come what may.
Do you truly believe that you are more than conquerors? Then act accordingly when you meet tough matters and situations. They don't come to destroy you but rather to propel you into a new level of blessings, authority and superiority in Christ. So you can laugh about them because you are a righteous, holy and glorious converter. It will soon turn out in your favour. Yes the devil may mean it for evil but you are strategically positioned in Christ to convert it to glorious experience and luxury. That's exactly what happened to Joseph and his brothers (Genesis 50:20 NET). Also, Jesus our Great high Priest, received the most severe treatment, yet it was the route to His elevation and glory (1 Corinthians 2:8 ESV).
Now watch this: "We are more than conquerors through him who loved us." It is not through Christ's faithfulness; it is not through His righteousness; it is not through His justice, but through His love. This means that love always conquers all, and it can never be conquered. Also notice the rendering: "through him who loved us". The phrase denotes that the event took place in the past. How? For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son... (John 3:16 NIV). Again its an event, a past event. God "loved" the world, and gave a gift - the best gift. The gift was ill-treated and crucified, but He conquered all; having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross, and conquered death (Colossians 2:15). You can now see that the "Personified love" from God could not be conquered. Beloved, for this same reason, we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. Shalom!
Scripture Reading - 1 Corinthians 15:57; Ephesians 6:10-12; 1 John 5:4; Revelation 12:11.
Guided Prayer: Dear Father, thank you for my unquestionable and unending victory through Christ. My realities are the sum total of Christ's victory and I always overwhelm any challenge that would dare get in my way. Daily I speak the language of victory, favour and dominion and I walk in them because I'm more than conquerors through Christ, absolutely superior to the world, in Jesus' Name, Amen!