I hate to lose. Whether it’s Candyland with a preschooler or the biggest college football game of the season, I want to feel the thrill of victory. (Although I’ll admit, I’ve stacked the deck to let a 4-year-old win Candyland before just out of desperation for the game to end. Anyone else??)
Even as a child, I struggled with losing. My parents taught me to say to the winner, “Congratulations. Maybe I’ll win next time.” The sentiment is not heart-felt, and I often spit out those words through pouting lips with a touch of resentment. Maybe that’s why, even at the age of 41, I haven’t deviated from the script. I still mutter these words when my kids beat me at Uno.
We’ve been looking at the end of Romans 8 the last few weeks and learning that God is for us, God provides for us, and God’s verdict is sure. Today we see that God has made us conquerors through Jesus Christ:
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37)
I’ll be honest, most days I don’t feel like a conqueror. I feel defeated, discouraged, and distracted. I’m barely hanging on sometimes. But even when my feelings don’t match up, God’s Word says this is true: God has given me the victory in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:57).
The victory doesn’t depend on me—Christ secured it when He rose from the grave. Now anything that threatens me has been defeated by my Savior. Even death has been swallowed up in victory and lost its sting (1 Corinthians 15:54-55). We still have trouble, but Jesus Christ has overcome the world (John 16:33).
And because of Christ’s love, we are included in His victory as if we are the conquerors. We can say with Paul, “I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
Christ’s victory over all, given to you because of His love for you, gives us courage when we think we can’t go on. Your circumstances may seem uncertain, daunting, or even impossible, but God has made you a conqueror. He knows how He will bring you through the battle to victory.
No matter what you face this week, Christ’s love makes you a conqueror.Share
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