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Devotional - week of July 12, 2015


The following devotional was originally published by David Kuykendall on October 20, 2002. 

MORE THAN CONQUERORS

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.  Romans 8:37 (KJV)

This statement of victory answers the question of verse 35:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Before answering this question, Paul quotes Psalm 44:22 to show that believers’ sufferings are from the Lord and for His sake.

As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Following the quotation, Paul answers the question of verse 35:

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. (KJV)

The word translated “in” can also be translated “by”—which is appropriate for this context. The idea of the verse then is:

No, our sufferings will not separate us from the love of Christ. However, because of our sufferings we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.

When some unexplained suffering comes to a new Christian, it can be devastating. Yet, in the throes of desperation, the new believer turns to God for strength—and finds Him sufficient.

In God’s timing, the process is repeated over and over. God is crystallizing in the believer’s mind and heart the truth that He is totally dependable. As the believer grows in total dependence on the totally dependable God, he is becoming more than a conqueror.

Becoming more than a conqueror is not the result of self-developed inner strength or courage. It is the result of God-developed awareness of inner weakness brought about by desperate circumstances—resulting in a growing dependence on God.

Him that loved us” is the One who was crucified, buried, and resurrected that we might experience our crucifixion, burial, and resurrection—hastening our development as “more than conquerors.”