“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
One of the greatest conquerors of all time was Octavian, the nephew of Julius Caesar. The Roman senate granted him the title “Augustus,” meaning “exalted.”
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.
Into this conquering culture, Christ came into the world and Christianity was born. The Jewish people were well aware of 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.
Christians can be conquerors, Paul affirms in this great verse.
W. E. Vine says the word conqueror means “to gain a surpassing victory.” Lindell and Scott define it as “to prevail completely over.” Hendricksen writes that “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 are 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.
(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
The Bible says we can we strong in God’s power as it works within us ( 2 Cor 13:4; Eph. 3:20). God’s power allows us to be strong. Confident. And assured (Eph 6:10).
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. He has “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