I set up a care page for myself yesterday. I decided it was an easy way to let people know what was going on without having to make a zillion phone calls all the time. While good news is always easy to relay, sharing news which makes people feel sad is very wearing on you...especially when you're the one making them feel sad. After getting it set up to a certain degree, I sent out invitations late last night and started getting a few visitors.
One of my friends left me the following verse:
"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." Romans 8:37 (NIV)
Now, this is a well-known verse to me, however what's wonderful about the Word of God is that it is always fresh and new (like ice cream). I'd never say something like "Well, I've eaten ice cream once before. I already know what it taste like, so I'd get nothing out of it if I tried it again." Absolutely not! Since I enjoyed it so much the first time, I'd like to have it again and again and again and again... ..well, you know what I mean! Back to the topic...
Someone who overcomes or overpowers something is known as a conqueror. If you're the conqueror, that's great. You have dominion or rule over them or it. It's not so good for those who are conquered. They have lost the ability to govern themselves, make their own decisions, live the way they want to live and do what they want to do unless they receive permission to do so.
So, what does it mean to be more than a conqueror? I think that when you are more than a conqueror you don't just swoop in, fight the battle and leave it at that. You take control over what you have conquered.
Let's say a king comes in and goes to war against their enemy. After defeating the enemy, the king goes home. What's going to happen once the king and all of his forces leave? Things will go back right to the way they were. Soon the enemy would be living as if they were no longer conquered. What would happen if the king conquerors the enemy. Then, instead of retreating, the king continues to stay in the area or has his representatives (enforcers) remain? To me, that would be someone who his more than a conqueror. They have just not won the land in battle, they've taken possession of it and taken steps to secure the territory.
I think far too often we encounter the same battles over and over again because we fight the battle, God gives us the victory and then we retreat. The enemy then rebuilds the forces and attacks us again. We also usually wait to be attacked instead of being the ones who attack.
While we are living in this world, we are going to have battles. That's a given! God has promised us that we are (not perhaps) more than conquerors through Jesus. That's a promise just as sure as any other promise in the Bible. We don't have to live struggling, defeated lives unless that's something you really desire.
Once we have conquered our enemy we have taken possession and bring in reinforcements so that the enemy remains conquered.
In order to remain a conqueror, we need to have constant communion with God through his Word, prayer, praise and the fellowship of Christ-Followers.
*8/18/11--This blog is now part of a series entitled Walking With God In The Midst of Cancer.
Thanks so much for this blog. Those are really the words I needed to hear. I am a Conqueror through Christ!
You are in my prayers :)