January 13, 2013
“In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37
On Friday night, before I left for my pass to go home, there was a worship service going on at the halfway house and I went in for a few minutes. And the first thing the pastor said was “We are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ, who loved us… Who in this room is a conqueror?” And he asked us individually if we were conquerors.
And this morning, here is this scripture again in Streams in the Desert. And this devotion is so good today. It says: “This is a triumph so complete that we not only have escaped defeat and destruction but also have destroyed our enemies and won plunder so rich and valuable that we can actually thank God for the battle.”
Wow. How often can we look back on a battle or a trial and say, “Thank You God for taking me through that.” It’s easy to say, “Thank You God for getting me out of it or bringing me through it.” But can we thank Him for bringing it into our lives in the first place?
The devotion says “Temptation is necessary to establish and ground us in our spiritual life… the adversary is used to train us for his ultimate defeat.”
How true is that! When we are victorious, we get stronger. The very thing that the enemy was trying to trip us up with is the thing God uses to strengthen us.
The temptations I face today are different than the temptations I faced while locked up. And when I resist them, it makes me closer to God and stronger in my faith. But it sure doesn’t make me stronger in myself. I know that there is nothing good in me. My flesh is still very evident in my daily life. And if I live in the flesh, I would fall every day.
But Praise God He has sent His Spirit so that we can walk in the Spirit and not the flesh. “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Mark 14:38
“You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you.” Romans 8:9
And if the Spirit of God lives in you, then you are more than a conqueror!