Through it all, we are more than conquerors
The Christian Race is not an easy one, but a battlefield and not a playground. As a Christian Soldier, you shall be confronted with one challenging situation from time to time. It could be persecution, tribulation, hard trial, hard times, lack, sickness, frustration, joblessness, bankruptcy, etc. The moment you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Personal Saviour, you are enlisted into the battlefield and you are going to face all manner of trouble and trial.
The Church of Jesus Christ, as a body, is also not left out in the share of tribulations and trials. The Church is passing through crucible trial and the power of hell has been let loose against the Soul of the Church. Heavenly race is not a hitch-free journey and Jesus Christ was sincere to inform us what to expect ahead of time. Jesus said in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
We Are More Than Conquerors. To be less than a conqueror is to be a prisoner. It’s to be defeated; it’s to be chained to the chariot wheel of Satan. Greek word for “victory” is “hupernikao.” “We are hupernikao,” or the Latin translation of it would be super vinco.
Consider the words of the old hymn Onward Christian Soldiers. “Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before. Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe; forward into battle see his banners go! At the sign of triumph, Satan’s host doth flee; on then, Christian soldiers, on to victory! Hell’s foundations quiver at the shout of praise; brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise. Like a mighty army moves the church of God.”
As believers in Jesus Christ, we are soldiers in His army. We have before us the task of demolishing the strongholds. Remember what Paul said in 2 Corinthians 10:4: “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.”
Who are exactly these enemies we are warring against? There is a three-fold enemy going on against us: the world, the flesh, and the devil. We have our own flesh wanting our old life back. We have the world trying to drag us back. And we have the devil making sure it all goes according to plan! The fight rages on. If it’s not your flesh, it’s this world system or the devil. We are fighting against our old nature, the devil and this world – not the physical globe, but this society that is separated from God. The world system and all its trappings are our enemies. The world is anti-God.
What do you do, having identified the enemies of your soul? You must fight the good fight of the faith. Paul told Timothy: “Fight the good fight of the faith.” (I Timothy 6: 12). The spiritual war we are involved in is a good fight. It is worth every ounce of energy you can muster, because the salvation of souls is at stake. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
What happens, when you engage in a war with the enemies of your soul? Romans 8:37 has the answer, “Yet in all these things, we are more than conquerors.” This is an endearing hope to all believers in Christ.
I encourage you that through it all, YOU ARE SURPASSINGLY VICTORIOUS. The Church of Jesus Christ must surely win the battle. Be of good cheer, Jesus Christ Has conquered.Today’s Nugget: The Christian Race is not an easy one, but a battlefield and not a playground.
Prayer: O Lord, through it all, I shall be more than conqueror in Jesus Name, Amen.
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Dr. Chidi Okoroafor
Assemblies of God Nigeria.