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More Than Conquerors PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ir. David Kurniadi for Ps. Yusuf Rahman   
Thursday, 22 February 2018 08:38

Every believers living in this world must face their own battles and races that have been ordained by God. The words “more than conquerors” or “more than overcomers” (Romans 8:37) show us that indeed there are battles and races in our life; without it there would be no victories.


Inevitably we must fight because there is Satan, the enemy, who always attacks and attempts to destroy us (John 10:10a). Though we do not intend to fight him, Satan will always attack us. Thus we have no choice but to fight him with the whole armors of God (Ephesians 6:10-17).


But the good news is, that we have been predestined by God to become the overcomers or conquerors. Though Satan is stronger and cunning, but God is on our side (Romans 8:31) and fight for us (Nehemiah 4:20). This ensures our victory.


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


We are more than conquerors because we won the battle that actually is impossible for us to win it with our own strength. However we can win the battle because of “Him that loved us.” God, who loves us, is the One who won the battle for us (2 Chronicles 20:15).


“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).


As believers, we have no choice but to fight in the battle and run our race. Therefore, true Christianity is not for those who wish to live a comfortable life. We will surely enjoy our perfect comfort one day when we have arrived in Heaven, after we have finished our race and battle in this life (2 Timothy 4:7).


“If anyone desires to be My disciples, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24).


Those who would follow the Lord to gain comfortable and a well-established life will be disappointed, feeble and lost. The Lord Jesus never promised such life. What He promised is a victorious life, because the Lord has overcome the world for us (John 16:33).


Jesus Himself, when He was in the world did not live a cozy or well-established life. He was born in a stable, laid down in the manger, lived as a carpenter’s son in a small town Nazareth and wandering from place to place to preach the Gospel. Jesus once said: “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay His head” (Matthew 8:20). He was rejected, accused of being lunatic, insulted, betrayed and tortured; it was really uncomfortable life.


The Lord Jesus said: “Behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves” (Luke 10:3). He did not offer a comfortable life. Instead He tells us that our life will be full of battles. The only choice for us is to join the battle and fight together with Him. This is the safest kind of life, because when we join Him in the battle, He will fight for us and win the battle for us. Together with Him we will conquer our enemies. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).


In fact, the most dangerous life is when we refuse to fight and choose to live in comfort zone. We will become an easy prey for Satan (1 Peter 5:8). If we don’t go together with the Lord, then we are alone and Satan will easily defeat us.


Then how we can fight and win the battle? We must be taught and trained by the Lord. We must become His disciples: willing to be taught and trained by the Lord. He will teach and train us that we may become a strong, skillful and brave soldier.


“He teaches my hands to make war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze” (Psalms 18:34).


David was skillful in using catapult, so he can beat a lion and a bear (1 Samuel 17:34-37). The Lord trained David so he had experience with God and had confidence and courage to face Goliath. And David defeated Goliath (1 Samuel 17:45-46). Confidence and courage are the capital for winning the battle. If we are doubt and discourage, we have already lose the battle, even before it begins.


To build true confidence we must build our faith by diligently learning the words of God and meditate it in prayer. This will make us understand God’s truth, which is the true foundation of our faith. Confidence is not a faith, but faith creates confidence. 


In Romans 8:31-39, the apostle Paul teaches us about confidence of faith or “faith origin confidence.” But Paul first invites us to know our true position before the Lord and the Lord’s position toward us, which will become the strong and true foundation for our confidence. He explained it in Romans 8:28-30. Let’s learn about it thoroughly.


It begins with the statement “And (now) we know” (Romans 8:28). This is a strong and positive statement of confidence. There are people who have confidence when they use expensive stuffs, or have high position and power, or bear many titles or degrees. But such confidence cannot guarantee a victorious life. Yet our confidence is based upon knowing God’s truth. What do we know?


That “In all things God works.” Hallelujah! If “God works” then the result must be good and great! How could it be that we live an ordinary life or even live as a looser if God works in all things of our life? If God works in every problem we have, in every battle and struggle we face – then, we will surely be able to handle and conquer it. Does it not evoke our faith and confidence?


Why is God willing to works in all things of our life? It’s because He sees that we love Him and we live in our calling according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).


When we have commitment to live our calling according to God’s purpose, God will work together with us and make us prosper and successful.


We can see this is the life of Cyrus, the king of Persia. Though he did not know God, but he had a commitment to realizing God’s plan for Israel.


“In the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia” (2 Chronicles 36:22).


And the Lord anointed Cyrus and called him “My servant” and upheld him to make him successful:


“This is what the Lord says to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor … I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down the gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name, … and bestow on you a title of honor, though you do not acknowledge Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart of Me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledge Me” (Isaiah 45:1-3).


Amazing! How is it possible that God anointed a king who did not acknowledge Him, used him and gave him a title of honor as His servant and equipped him to make him successful? It was because Cyrus committed to carry out God’s plans for Israel that was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah.


“Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth the Lord God of Heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is among you of all His people? May the Lord his God be with him, and let him goes up!” (2 Chronicles 36:23).


Cyrus had lived in his calling according to God’s purpose though he did not acknowledge God. That was why God worked together with him and made him success. Our God is not only God over the nation of Israel, but over nations of the earth.


If God can use the king, who did not acknowledge God, to become God’s instrument and God worked together with him, how much more with us His children who know Him and love Him?


The apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8:29: “For those God foreknew.” This is our advantage as believers: God foreknew us. He knew us even before we knew Him. This is a special position of the believers among other people in the world. Meanwhile the apostle Peter says that we are chosen and special people (1 Peter 2:9). We must recognize our true and special position before God.


God chose us and made us His “chosen people.” He chose us not because we are good or special of our own but because of His grace: because of His own kindness. We are not special but God makes us special.


Paul continued: “For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29). This what makes us special: we are predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son: to have the same likeness with Christ, the Son of God.


If God predestined a creature, then it will become as He has predestined. If He predestined us to become like His Son, then we will become like His Son, except if we refuse it: because God has given us a freedom to choose.


As God’s children we ought to have the conformity to the image of Christ His Son: not in physical stature, but rather in character and power: that Christ “might be the Firstborn among many brothers and sisters” (Romans 8:29).


To make it happen, then “those He predestined, He also called” (Romans 8:30). To become as God has predestined, God called us. It means that God expects us to respond to His calling. If we would respond to His calling and live according to His purpose then God will realize what He has destined for us. But if we do not respond to His calling and refuse it, then God will not make it happen; we will not reach the conformity to the image of His Son.


When we don’t have the conformity to the image of Christ then we are not special at all as human beings. As good as we are in front of man but if we do not have the likeness to the image of Christ, then we are no more than just a mere mortal man; there is no “God’s glory” radiating from our life.


When we respond to God’s calling, then we will be “justified.” It means God assumes us right before Him and He makes us righteous. Our sins are forgiven and we are sanctified. We will possess a right mind, right heart, right desire, right conversation and right deeds, so we really live right.


This is all because God made us right. And Christ, “The Truth” (John 14:6), lives His righteous life in us by His Spirit. And the Holy Spirit is “The Spirit of Truth,” who dwells within us (John 14:16-17).


And we, who have been “justified” by Him, will also be “glorified” by Him (Romans 8:31). It means that God elevated us and made us very special people: excellent, exceptional and distinctive. We are special not because we are born special, but because God has glorified us. God glorified us by transforming us into the image of His Son (2 Corinthians 3:18), so the glory of His Son radiates from our life and can be witnessed by people surround us.


“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, Who is Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18).


When we know these great divine fact, then our faith will arise and produce confidence: the faith origin confidence. We will have “divine self confidence,” not because of our own strength and ability, but because of God’s power that works strongly within us (Colossians 1:29).


Romans 8:31-39 talks about “faith origin confidence.” This passages are the results of the previous things discussed in Romans 8:28-30. 


This confidence generates courage. And confidence along with courage will bring us into victory: conquering our battles and winning our races.


Confidence will avoid us from being nervous when we face problems. Jesus was never being nervous or panicked. He was always full of confident, calm and takes control of the situation. It was because He knew who He is and has full of faith and confidence. If we know that we have been predestined to be like Christ then we would never feel inferior, nervous and discourage. We will feel steady and secure in facing our battles and running our races. This is the key to victory.


The apostle Paul describes about confidence that comes from faith in very convincing way. We can read it in Romans 8:31-37.


“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).


What confidence should come after we realized Romans 8:28-30? These are the confidences:


First: “If God is for us (sided with us in our battles), who can be (able to fight) against us (and conquer us)?” In other words: there is no battle or race that we cannot win it; there is no enemy we cannot defeat; there is no problem we cannot solve. With Paul we can say: “I have strength for all things in Christ who empowers me. I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency” (Philippians 4:13; Amplified Bible). 


God once gave the same guarantee to Joshua:


“No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life … I will be with you: I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Joshua 1:5).


If God has promised us like this we can enter our battles and races with full of confidence and courage, and we will become the overcomer and the winner. Victory will belong to us!


Second: We will have everything we need for our victory. We will be fully equipped to become the winner. God will not spare anything good and needed from us. If God has given us His Only Begotten Son, what will He spare from us, and not giving us?


“He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all – how will he not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).


Therefore, we have confident that God will perfectly equip us and give everything we need for our victory.


Cyrus king of Persia, who did not acknowledge God, empowered by God to subdue nations and kingdoms. The Lord says: “I will strengthen you though you have not acknowledged me” (Isaiah 45:5). Moreover we, as His chosen people, will be empowered with the power of the Holy Spirit to make us able to do God’s plans and purposes (Ephesians 1:19).


Third: We are free from God’s charges and condemnation, so we do not live with guilt. This is important for our victory, because guilty feelings create doubts and fear: we doubt whether God is not in enmity with us; we doubt whether He would be at our side and defend us; we fear of God’s punishment and wrath.


Doubt and fear will paralyze us and make us weak. It can make us lost the battle. Doubt and fear are already a defeat in the beginning of our battles and races; then how could we fight and win? But if we are free of guilt, then we will not be overwhelmed with doubt and fear; and this is already our victory.


“Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? Is it God who justifies them? Who then is going to condemn? Is it Christ Jesus who died – more than that, who was raised to life – who is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us?” (Romans 8 : 33-34).


If Jesus has died for our sins that we may free of condemnation, how could He bring charge against us, whom He has redeemed? If Jesus is our Intercessor for us in Heaven, how could He condemn us, whom He defends? Therefore Paul convinced us: “Therefore there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).


If we could overcome our guilt then we will have confidence and courage to fight our battles and run our races and come out as the winner.


Fourth: The inseparable unity between God and us.


“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or sword?” (Romans 8:35).


“For I believe, that neither death, nor life, nor the angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor present things, nor things to come, nor things on high, nor things in depth, nor any other creature, can separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).


We are sure that God’s love toward us, and our unity with Him, cannot be separated by any power. We will always live in God’s love. Recognizing and realizing that God always loves us will strengthen our heart with confidence that God is always for us. The enemy cannot snatch us from God’s strong hand; except if we ourselves reject God.


This confidence will give us courage to fight the enemies. We are confident that their power will not able to seize us from God’s protection. The power of the enemies cannot separate or snatch us from God’s hand. His hand is stronger than the hands of the enemies (John 10:29), and the Spirit who is within us is more powerful than the spirits that are in the world (1 John 4:4).


This confident is important. It will make us unbeatable, though the enemies attempt to make us fail by using hardships and afflictions. Indeed God sent us in this world like a sheep among wolves. We are in constant threats of the enemies, as it was written: “For Your sake we are in danger of death all day long: we are accounted as sheep for slaughter” (Romans 8:36).


The enemy always intimidates us and makes us desperate or hopeless so that we will give up to him. The enemy wants us to upset and angry with God and blame Him for every hardships we experience, to make us withdraw from God and His grace (Hebrews 12:15). However, though we are weak, God is always strong, and His power never decreases. The enemy’s threats will never cancel nor abort God’s love toward us or separate us from Him. God will always love us. This will make us feel steady, peaceful and rejoice. Peace and joy are the signs of our victory.


We must press forward and suppress the enemy’s defense to make him withdraw from us and make us the conqueror. We will become tough and unbeatable because we are united with Christ and His love.


Fifth: We are more than a conqueror.


“In all these things we are more than a conqueror through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).


We are more than the overcomer. Athletes or soldiers won the race or the battle because they are trained and well equipped. They won it by themselves. Their coach did not run the race with them, and their commander did not fight for them. They fought for themselves. But we are more than the overcomer because Jesus, our Coach and Commander, join the race with us and even fight for us. This confidence will give us courage to act and make us victorious.


So, let this thought overwhelm and control our mind. Allow Him to work or fight together with us, and the result will be a great victory. With this confidence our spiritual capacity and our ability will be expanded: our mind will be more opened, more creative and wiser. We will become enthusiastic and powerful. 


This confidence is a sign of our readiness to be used by God as His instrument. It’s the time that we are ready to enter God’s calling and experience a breakthrough. It’s the time when we will become God’s vessel for His plan and purpose on earth: a channel of His blessings.


Abraham was called at the age of 75, while Moses at the age of 80, Joseph when his age was just 30 years and David also at the age of 30. Each one has their own time of readiness depending on God’s judgment upon them after they passed through their divine process. May we have come to our time of readiness to receive our great calling from God.


Besides confident, courage and zeal, there is one more thing that God requires from us: we should not be selfish. God will not use a selfish person, because a selfish person will only utilize and take advantage God for his self-interest and not for God’s purpose and plan. Remember, God only works according to His plan and purpose not ours. Therefore we must know God’s will and plan and live in it.


We cannot use confidence and faith for our self-interest or selfishness: it will not work in such condition. God will not work together with selfish person. Only when we desire God’s will to happen and we long to become God’s channel of blessing for many people, then our faith and confidence will be useful and effective. If we make all these knowledge into practice then we will become extraordinary Christians, because Christ our Lord is great.


(This article cites the sermon presented by Pastor Jusuf Rahman)



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