Conqueror! The dictionary meaning of the word ‘conqueror’ is someone who defeats or subdues, as by force of arms; to crush, subjugate, capture, seize, win, gain, acquire, obtain, occupy, overrun, triumph or prevail over, master.
If all this means to conquer, then what does it mean to be ‘more than a conqueror’? Someone once said, “when you are busted and disgusted, down and out, and you still hold on, you are a conqueror. But when your bank account is empty and you still have debts to pay, when your spouse has left you with the kids and no money, when you have lost everything and you still can praise the Lord for His greatness, then you are ‘more than a conqueror.’
Romans 8:31-35, 37-39: What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, 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. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Paul exclaims in his writings that “If God is for us, who can be against us?” When you really think about it, it only makes sense that when the God who created the universe, who hung the stars and named them, who sits in the heavens with the earth as a footstool is on your side, how can you help but come out not just ahead, but way ahead? This mighty one who is love, who loved us so much that He gave His Beloved Son to die for us that we might live—sticks up for us because we are His children. The spirit of this same God who raised up Jesus from the dead to sit at His right hand in the Heavenlies lives inside the person who had been birthed into the Kingdom of God.
Our Father has given us everything we need to live abundant lives here on this earth. He has given us His armor for protection as we do spiritual battle against powers in high places. Since there is no power above God’s power, no power that God did not create, then anything God has is greater than anything that can come against us. This armor is not only for our protection but is made to equip us for battle. Just as the children of Israel had to overcome their enemies in the Promised Land, so we must overcome the enemies of our soul. Some of these enemies are fear, intimidation, laziness, compromise, pride, jealousy, oppression, ungratefulness, complaining, murmuring, lack of commitment, false humility, fault-finding, criticism, and self-pity. When we know for sure who we are through Christ we can live every day as more than conquerors.
The enemies of Old Testament Israel were subject to Israel when the people obeyed God and walked in the authority given to them by God. In Exodus 23, God told Moses He would cut off Israel’s enemies, drive them out, and cause them to flee, as long as Israel obeyed Him and did not worship the god of these heathen people. In Deuteronomy, God told Israel to ‘utterly destroy’ her enemies (20:17). The importance of destroying the enemy is carried over to the New Testament, only now the enemy is spiritual. Jesus says to his followers in Luke 10:19, “Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.” A study of the names of the enemies of Israel shows that they were much the same enemies we have today. For instance, the name Hivittes means “compromise,” Perrizites means “lack of commitment,” Amorites means “murmuring/ complaining,” and Canaanites means “oppression.” These are just some of the enemies which Israel had to confront.
The enemies we face are not things such as addictions, situations, or people. We may be tempted with addictions, we may face situations that cause us trouble, and we may be surrounded by people who make our lives harder, but these are not our real enemies. Our enemies are the motivations that cause us to be tempted by addictions, situations, or people. We make wrong choices because we compromise (settle for a lower standard), we lack commitment, we are lazy or we fear that we won’t fit in. We give in to situations because of pride, jealousy, intimidation, oppression, or lack of commitment. Relationship problems happen because of self-pity, ungratefulness, compromise, jealousy, pride, false humility, criticism or fault-finding. These are examples of motivations that cause us problems. Sometimes things happen to us because of these faults in others and are beyond our control, such as situations that happen to children. We can’t choose our parents or the environment in which we are born, and these things highly affect our thinking, our perceptions, our habits and our beliefs. However, as we become adults, we can make choices to improve ourselves. We can choose to get help for our problems.
With which enemy or enemies do you battle? Ask God to help you be more than a conqueror in this or these areas. Remember you have His Word and His promises to protect you. In order to be more than a conqueror, you must speak out the Word specific for your situation, and then expect it to work for you. God said His word would not return empty and lacking but would perform that which it was sent out to do. Make a practice to declare the Word of God every day, since the Sword of the Spirit (the Word of God) is the only defensive weapon God gave us with which to defend ourselves. And it is enough. It will do the job when we use it diligently. What can we lose by using it to defend ourselves? Nothing! What can we lose by not using it to defend ourselves? EVERYTHING!