WHO R U • Who Dares Wins – 8/21/22
What is a conqueror? Images of winners come to mind, those who have overcome tremendous odds and been victorious. Bible images of David defeating Goliath, Gideon and his small army defeating 135,000 opposing warriors, Samson’s great strength, and Jesus the ultimate conqueror of sin and death. Paul states in Romans 8 that in Christ we, as believers, are “more than” conquerors. That’s a strong statement. In the Greek he is implying power that is ultimate, power that changes everything, power that demolishes the opposition. You may feel you are just an ordinary person, but if you are in Christ, you are anything but ordinary! You are a spirit-filled overcomer. Because of Jesus’ blood, shed for your sins, you are forgiven, have access to the throne room of God and can pray and talk directly to God. That is power; so when Paul says that your relationship with God through Christ makes you a conqueror, you need to internalize the great privilege you have received and move forward. To live in defeat when you have great power at your disposal, is living far below the level God intended for you.
Scriptures – Romans 8:31-32, 35, 37; John 16:33; Revelation 12:11; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Philippians 4:13; Psalm 18:29; Ephesians 6:17; 1 John 4:4
Verse – What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? (Ro 8:31-32) Who will separate us from the love Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (Ro 8:35) No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Ro 8:37)
Thought – Too many Christ followers deal with trouble and problems with very little faith. They live defeated lives, so they lose the battle in their mind before they ever enter the fight before them. Some people are always victims. They have the attitude, that nothing ever works out for them and never will. Listen, Christ-follower, you are NOT a victim. You are “more than” a conqueror! Not less, MORE! Thinking like a conqueror starts with a faith-filled attitude which creates faith-filled actions. The battle starts in the mind. The negative thoughts must go so that you can step into your status as a conqueror. Ephesians tells us that Christians don’t wage war in the same way as the world, we have supernatural weapons. Our greatest weapon is knowing the word of God, the sword of the spirit. It is powerful, it arms us with the truth, informs us of our standing with God and of our rights as a child of the King. Studying God’s word is essential for success. You are a conqueror, but you must prepare for battle. Sharpen your sword. A conqueror must not attempt battle without the proper equipment and battle plan. There are other weapons. Read about them in Ephesians 6.
Questions – What is the definition of a conqueror? Do conqueror’s always win? Explain. Have you ever felt defeated? Explain. When you face a spiritual battle what equipment do you use? Look at the Ephesians passage; are you fully utilizing the resources God has made available? What battle gear needs to be utilized more in your life? What is your greatest challenge now? Do you feel like a conqueror?
Response – Look at the armor Paul discusses in Ephesians 6. Assess how well you are doing utilizing the weapons and protection God has assigned to you. Focus on one thing you need to do to be better equipped for battle.
Prayer – Dear God, thank you for being my source, my foundation and for providing a spiritual arsenal for my protection and defense. Teach me to depend on you and live in confidence that you have given me all I need to be a conqueror in any and every situation that comes my way. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.