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“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:35,37 NIV).

According to this verse, we are more than conquerors. As believers in Jesus Christ we become more than conquerors over hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, or sword. In what way do we conquer these trials and tribulations? We do not allow them to separate us from the love of Christ.

This declaration, along with the next verse reveals just how much God loves us. Verse 38 says, “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.” God’s love for us makes us more than conquerors. With Him we can accomplish anything because “nothing is impossible with God.” Without Him, we can do nothing.

Perhaps a concrete example will make this verse clearer. Paul is convinced that death, even the death of a spouse or a child, cannot separate us from the love of Christ as long as we depend on “Him who loved us.” Jesus will see us through that trial. If we abandon God in those times, Satan can and will use that trial to separate us from the love of Christ. For a season we will not feel that love but Christ will not give up on us because He is the true conqueror over sin, death, and the evil one.

Once we understand that nothing can separate us from the love of God, we realize the reason we can be more than conquerors. We can also use this power to achieve dreams. We must be careful here because conquerors too often become arrogant and self-serving. What we are conquering here are powers and principalities. The things that we conquer are primarily the things that inhabit us.

The attitude of a conqueror who has discovered Jesus as the way to overcome our weaknesses ought to be one of humility and gratefulness. Once again we are reminded that these attributes enable us to grow near to God. And that is the goal of our lives as we work to glorify him. Being a conqueror is a gift. It’s a gift not to be bandied about, but to be cherished. Knowing that we can overcome through Christ makes it right to attempt impossible projects instead of merely giving up or not trying at all.

Being a conqueror enables us to dream big. Once we get confidence in Christ, we can see that our dreams are often too small. Dream big! God is with you and you are more than a conqueror. You are His special child. He wants your dreams to come to fruition. As the psalmist wrote in Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

And so once again we are reminded that being a child of God is a position of power. The more power one possesses, the more humility and gratitude Godly people exhibit.

Today let your attitude be “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

Almighty God, thank You for Your indescribable love and gifts. You have made me more than a conqueror. It is my desire to serve You faithfully every day. Show me the mountains You want me to climb. Amen.

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