June 15, 2009
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Do you ever feel like you are just struggling to make it through the day or to the end of the week?
The apostle Paul is living proof that as believers, we can actually thrive… not just survive… in the midst of tough times!
Paul’s life is a great example to us. As we read in the Scripture, he endured hardship, abuse, pain, and persecution. But he never let his circumstances defeat him. In fact, hardships only made Paul stronger as a man and follower of Christ.
You and I know that life can be tough. We all face the pressures of day-to-day living. We all endure stress, uncertainty, fear, and anxiety. Tough times are just inevitable!
But Paul tells us that—through Christ—we can rise above it all. And through his words and his actions, Paul gives us courage that we can be triumphant in tough times!
Paul said in Romans 8:28, “All things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Then he went on to say in verse 37, “We are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
If you’re a follower of Christ, then you are more than a conqueror. You’re a super conqueror!
One of the greatest lessons we can learn from Paul is that a triumphant Christian life begins with a victorious attitude. You see, the difference between the average Christian life and the abundant Christian life is attitude.
We see today that Paul had an attitude that was indomitable. Even when he was chained and in prison, his attitude was always positive… uplifting… joyous… and hopeful.
Paul knew that even in prison his spirit was free. That’s why he declared that he was a prisoner of Jesus Christ, not of Rome… or of his circumstances. That’s why he could sing songs of praise to God in prison. And that’s why he could write the Scriptures from his cell!
So let me encourage you today. If you’re going through adversity… and if you’re facing a problem or a crisis… as a follower of Christ, you’re in the grip of His grace! And you can face anything… and everything… because Jesus Christ is on your side!
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Do the words rested... peaceful... and refreshed describe you today? Or do the words stressed... rushed... and pressured better describe your way of life?
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