Romans 8:37 reminds us that we are more than conquerors in Christ. But in a world where wickedness prevails and righteousness is ridiculed, how do we live this truth out? Is it possible to be more than a conqueror in Christ when you are faced with seemingly endless trials?
If you are like most, your life hasn’t always felt victorious. You’ve likely had weeks, months, or even years of dreams crushed and hope deferred. After a while, you move into survival mode, and visions of thriving and living victoriously are nothing but distant daydreams.
You begin to question, “Is it possible that God can work all this out for my good and His purposes?”
The answer is yes! All things are possible through Jesus, who loves and strengthens you.
You Do Have an Adversary
Though all things are possible through Jesus, the fact remains that you do have an adversary who “walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Being more than a conqueror in Christ means that you have the power to resist him and stand firm in the faith.
Being more than a conqueror in a battle means you achieve overwhelming victory. The enemy might put up a fight, but he is no match for Christ in you.
How the Enemy Makes You Doubt Your Identity as a Conqueror
The adversary attacks your identity by making you question God, the faithfulness of His Word, your confidence, and the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
Fear Is a Common Weapon of the Enemy
The enemy uses fear as a weapon, but God’s Word, which is the sword of the Spirit, is the most powerful weapon and can take down the enemy.
Proverbs 29:25 reminds us that fear is a snare (see Jeremiah 5:26). It is from the enemy and used to lure and trap us. When we operate out of “the fear of man,” we fear…
- What others will think
- Being left out
- We won’t have needs and wants met
…just to name a few.
Fear of man can run and ruin our lives. Jesus said in Luke 12:4-5, “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!”
Proverbs 9:10 says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Rather than fearing men, we should understand the foundational truth of fearing the Lord. Fear of the Lord means to be in awe of who God is and what He can do. He is no match for the enemy.
When you have a continual awareness of the battle…
- Satan tempts you to doubt you are more than a conqueror in Christ
- Satan causes you to question who God is
- Satan makes you doubt God’s purpose and love for you
…you can take every thought captive and make it obedient to Jesus (2 Corinthians 10:5).
The truth to remember is this: To be more than a conqueror in Christ, you must face a trial. Attacks from the enemy or your weaknesses and sin can never separate you from the love of God. Because God is on your side, you are already more than a conqueror in Christ.
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”—Romans 8:28
Remember These 4 Points If You Want to Live More Than a Conqueror in Christ
- Remember, the power for conquering is in Christ, not in you.
Second Corinthians 4:7 says, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” The NIV translation says, “…we have this treasure in jars of clay.” This is a beautiful reminder from Paul. It is not easy to believe we are more than conquerors in Christ during trials, but we can be encouraged. There is a treasure within us.
Paul describes us as “jars of clay” or “earthen vessels.” This reminds us that we are fragile and easily broken, but there is value inside. We can have confidence in who God says we are and His indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
It is not your own ability that gives you the power to be more than a conqueror in Christ. It is Christ in you.
God’s power, glory, and magnificence are sealed within us–this is the treasure. However, for these things to be released from the “earthen vessel,” it must be broken. We must surrender and understand our complete dependence on the living God, knowing brokenness releases God’s glory.
- Remember, God’s grace is sufficient.
In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, the apostle Paul was afflicted by a thorn in the flesh. We don’t know what it was, but it was very burdensome and harassed him physically and mentally. Three times he begged and pleaded for God to take the thorn away from Him, but three times God’s answer was the same – “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
How did Paul respond to God’s answer? He realized, to understand God’s power, he had to go through a trial and experience the “loss of all things.” In the trial, he could know Christ and the “power of His resurrection, the fellowship of His sufferings.” This is why trials reveal how you are more than a conqueror in Christ!
- Remember, fully surrendering leads to living supernaturally.
Living fully surrendered is difficult. It goes against your human nature. You eventually crash when you put yourself in the driver’s seat and go through life without Jesus. Could these crashes be God teaching you about the supernatural patience and perseverance you have available through Jesus?
It is impossible to experience the supernatural power for living if you haven’t fully surrendered to Jesus. If you are bought by the blood of Jesus, you are born of the Spirit. You no longer have to be in the driver's seat and be fearful of crashing. You belong to God, and He is in control.
Through trials, He will teach you what really matters, helping you focus on the things above, not on the temporal earthly things (Colossians 3:2).
James 1:2 says to “count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” God wants you to lack nothing, including patience and perseverance. But it starts with fully surrendering.
- Remember where your hope comes from.
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Do you have hope and faith in the promises of God? When life gets challenging, cling to God’s promises, such as Romans 8:18, “…consider the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
What you experience in this life is nothing compared to what is to come. This is not your home. Your citizenship is in heaven, and the time you spend there will go into eternity. James wrote this about life, “…you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”
If you want to be more than a conqueror in Christ…
- Trust Him. Know God can and will work out all things for the good of those who love Him.
- Know trials will come. You can’t be more than a conqueror in Christ if there is nothing to conquer.
- Remember it is Christ who is in you. His power, glory, and magnificence are sealed within you. You must depend on Him to be more than a conqueror in Christ.
- Believe His grace is sufficient. His power is made perfect in your weakness.
- Live fully surrendered. Fully surrendering your life to Jesus leads you to living supernaturally empowered.
- Stand in God’s promises. Your hope comes from God. His Word says that nothing you experience in this life can compare to the glory you will see revealed in the future.
Remember, you are more than a conqueror through Him who first loved you!