“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.” – Romans 8:37-39
“Inseparable from the love of God, we are more than conquerors.”
Paul closes out one of the most powerful chapters in all of Scripture with two of the most incredible truths that we will ever hear. Most of us know these words by heart, we can quote them and when we hear them being read our hearts soar with an unspeakable joy.
But I need to be honest with you. I don’t always live as though I believe these wonderful truths. My day to day living doesn’t reflect much conquering at all, in fact it seems like my life is marked more by defeat than victory.
I struggle with the same sins repeatedly, and my two greatest enemies DOUBT and DISCOURAGEMENT are always there in the midst of my struggles whispering the sounds of DEFEAT to dull ears that are prone to believe it.
I don’t think I’m the only one who wrestles with these things. I know many who read about their identity in Christ but have a hard time reconciling the differences between what they know to be true in the Scriptures vs. living out these truths in daily life.
For years I thought I understood the basics of my identity in Christ, I’ve certainly blogged a lot about it, but over the past few months the Lord has been showing me just how little I understand it and how little I experience it. I can read the great truths from Romans 8 and believe them for others, but find I have a more difficult time believing them for myself. At least that’s how it was until I began to pray and ask God to help me two months ago.
In our Sunday School class we’ve been going through the book of Colossians verse by verse and the more time I spent reading and studying and praying over these verses, the more God began to show me things in these verses that I had never seen before.
Colossians 3:1-3 became a living word in my heart.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
In Christ you have OVERCOME sin and death. The old you has been crucified, dead, and buried. You are now a new creation in Christ resurrected in newness of life.
These are just some of the truths that have been made so real to my heart that comes out of this passage.
Whether you believe it, experience it, or understand it – in Christ you have-will-can OVERCOME.
The reality of this truth has sent me back to study some things that I needed to go back and relearn with eyes that are now seeing these truths. The result of this study is a new series I am going to be launching on the blog simply called OVERCOME.
I hope it will be a help and an encouragement to those of us who struggle with living out the truth of Romans 8:37. I’ll be sharing more about the details of this blog study in the days ahead.