Octavain, the nephew of Julius Caesar, was one of the greatest conquerors of all time. He was granted the title Augustus, meaning exalted, by the Roman senate
During his rule, the Roman empire expanded into Hungary, Croatia and Egypt as well as securing Spain and Gaul. He added more land than Julius Caesar and was worshiped as a god in Rome.
Into this conquering culture, Christ came into the world and Christianity was born. The Jewish people were well aware of the Rome’s power, since they were subjugated under their dominion. However, in juxtaposition to Rome’s rule, the promise of the gospel message was a unique power. A spiritual power.
Our word of the week is “conqueror.” The word is used only once in the Bible in Romans 8:37. Paul, a Roman citizen, boldly affirmed “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
It is a compound that not only means to conquer, but as Lindell and Scott put it “to prevail completely over.” Vine says it means “to gain a surpassing victory.” Hendricksen says “we are super-conquerors. We are winning a sweeping, overwhelming victory.”
In a world filled with pain. Suffering. Sickness. And death. When Every day somewhere relationships are ruptured. Spirits are disquieted. Souls as distressed. Hearts are broken. We may not feel like we’re “super conquerors.” But we can be! Here’s how!
(1) Live in God’s Presence.
James said, “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” Jesus promised “I am with you always even to the end of the world. Mt 28:29.
When we suffer temporary set-backs, we can know that we are in the presence of God. What a great encouragement, comfort and consolation.
One man said, where was God when my son died?” The answer is: The same place he was when His son died. If you feel forsaken, Jesus knows how you feel. God is not a spectator of our pain, we are in his presence. And in the end, we will win!
(2) Learn from God’s Promises.
The Psalmist affirmed that God would be with us. That he is “our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble.” God promises help. Comfort. Hope. He says, “I care. And I will care for you.” (I Pet. 5:7). He feels our pain. He knows our weakness. He will supply our every need. And ultimately we will secure the victory in Jesus!
(3) Lean on God’s Power
When Sennacherib, king of Assyria invaded Judah, the king stood up and said. “Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people were strengthened by the words of Hezekiah king of Judah” (2 Chron 32:7-8)
Finite strength is undependable and expendable, but God’s infinite power is sufficient for every need. Indeed we are “kept by the power of God” (1 Pet 1:5). His unlimited resources will provide what we need to triumph.
(4) Look For God’s Purpose.
Our purpose in life is centered in Christ Jesus. He is our King. Our leader. Our conqueror. He’s the rider on the white horse leading us to victory.
Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
As we “walk by faith and not by sight,” we can daily deal with trials. Adversity can make us stronger. The love of God can soothe the soul’s hurts. The hope of eternal victory fortifies our faith and provides the power to keep on going!
Yes, we can be conquerors! This text offers this empowering promise:
“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.”
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman