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21
Mar

SUPER CONQUERORS

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Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us” (Romans 8:37).

Paul had just stated that external pressures can never separate us from overarching love of God (v. 35). Now Paul adds a militaristic statement to all this:

In all these things…” refers to the seven external pressures that he had listed in verse 35. No matter what the world may throw our way, it cannot hinder or stop God’s love for us. We are not worldly minded, but spirit-minded (vv. 9-10). External worldly pressures don’t rock our confidence in Christ.

…we are more than conquerors…“. How can a person be more than a conqueror? This King James Version translation may not be the best interpretation for what Paul is telling us here. Actually, the Greek word used here is ‘hypernikomen’. Note the prefix: ‘hyper’. It means what you think. But a better translation might be ‘Super Conquerors’. We don’t always conquer all in the natural world, but we always conquer strongholds in the spiritual world.

…through Him that loved us.” Who loved us? Jesus Christ (v. 35). I don’t conquer in my own strength; I’m a Super Conqueror through Christ. Paul said later, “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Our only limitation is our ability to stay attached to the Vine (John 15:5).

We need to stay spiritually focused as we walk through this journey. Then we can always win. Go Team, Go.

 

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28
Sep

STRONGHOLDS

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Anita and I took our granddaughters to the animal barns Monday. Our first stop was the horse barns. It was early Monday, but there were a couple of draft horses in there. As we stopped so the girls could see, one of their owners stepped into the stall to place a collar over one of the horse’s heads. The horse didn’t like that idea and stepped backwards out of the stall. He (or she) was on a rope, so it couldn’t go far, but that scared the daylights out of Raegan. From that point on, all she wanted to see were the rabbits and ducks. No more big animals for her.

Have you had a scarey experience that put fear in your heart for the rest of your life? This is what Paul described as a stronghold. Not every scarey thing is a stronghold. Fear of fire and heights are healthy fears. They keep us from getting hurt. But there are fears which become strongholds. When a fear becomes a stronghold, it irrationally controls us and holds us back.

I once had a fear of failure because I had failed. Some of us have a fear of relationships because we’ve been hurt in one. Others of us fear electricity because we’ve been shocked before. When an irrational fear holds us back from doing what God has called us to do, it is a stronghold in our lives. We are called to be over-comers and must face our fears.

Paul addressed these strongholds in 2 Corinthians 10:4: “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds“. Let’s fight these strongholds with God’s weapons.

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