If someone had
told me or asked me 20 years ago or maybe even 10 years ago to say that
statement over myself, I probably would have responded with “oh, that’s a bit
cocky and arrogant don’t you think?”
Through intense personal development and self-examination I’ve come to understand that it’s anything but. I’ve come to understand that it isn’t about me at all; it’s about acknowledging the Power that lives within me that is infinite and unlimited. So in reality, by saying “I am a conqueror”, I am acknowledging my identity and my birthright that comes with identity.
As a young person brought up in the Baptist Church, we were always focused on the endgame, not going to hell. But, as a teen who believes she’s never going to die anyway or that dying is a long way away, I felt like most of what I was taught was irrelevant. I saw being a Christian as constrictive, rule-based and critical. Wow! Was I wrong!
So then, how do we make it relevant to the game of life that we are living every day? I’m reminded of Peter and Jesus and the story of him walking on water. Jesus asked him to have faith in the journey on the water (circumstances and conditions). It was when he lacked faith that he’s sunk like a rock or began to struggle.
Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came towards Jesus. But seeing the wind [circumstances and conditions] he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord save me!”. Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him and said to him, “You of little faith, why do you doubt?” Matthew 14:29-31 NASB
I’ve seen this in my own life. February 2019 has been a challenging month. In the span of 22 days, I’ve experienced a 15% pay cut, the death of a parent, personal sickness, a son entering into rehab for the second time, and a sick pup who is probably at the end of her own journey. Because of all of those things, we are finding that money is going out faster than it is coming in. As a Christian focused on the endgame with no current understanding of empowerment for the current game, I could choose to respond by crawling up in a ball in my bedroom in desperation and depression going through a million boxes to tissues. But Jesus didn’t come to ONLY give us power over the end game. He gave us power to get through every single play of the current game. Right now, there are far too many Christians that don’t understand the empowerment they have access to for the current game and you can’t use something that you don’t know that you have.
During one of those challenging moments in February, as my husband and I were sitting in a situation where, in our humanness, we immediately felt very un-empowered, I was ultimately able to recognize that my feeling of un-empowerment came from trying to do it myself. As the awareness of this hit me, I reached into my Playbook “aka my Bible” for a game plan. I sought out the One who is omniscient and omnipotent. I then asked, “where do I go from here? What should my next move be?” I was given an answer. I transformed from a woman in tears to a woman who, in faith, boldly taking action. Things began to fall into place in only the way He could have orchestrated them. It didn’t end there. But there were others within the situation that needed to come into agreement with the opportunity that was made available. I was warned that I would need a miracle for that to happen. At this point in the game/process. I continued to follow the directions in my Empowerment Playbook, and I prayed in faith, BELIEVING that this would happen and LETTING GO of the results in a way I’ve never done before. Once I had released my need to control the situation and its outcome, I became aware of how at peace I was feeling. Guess what? We received the miracle. I now know how the woman with the demon-possessed daughter felt when He said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” (Matthew 11:28 NASB)
- Are there areas of your life that you are trying to handle on your own?
- Are there areas of your life that are off-limits to the One who brings life, opportunities and possibilities?
- When you do reach out to Him, is it only after you’ve exhausted all of your own resources or do you allow Him to walk your journey with you?
- When you reach out in prayer and supplication, do you then proceed to worry about the “HOW” or the “WHEN” or do you let go of the result?
- If you believe He will handle it why are you still worrying about it?
He has not called us to a life of worry and fear.
For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2Timothy 1:7 KJV
Your Creator knows that life is full of scary, uncertain things. That’s why He promises to never leave or forsake you. Do you believe Him? If we stay an emotional place of worry and fear, we are circumstance and condition focused…not Jesus focused. When we are full of worry, we don’t leave space in our lives for faith and belief. Worry and fear simply cannot co-exist with faith and belief. How do we tap into the empowerment of faith and belief?
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:33-34 NASB
Paul tells us that by changing our focus and having a better understanding of the game we are playing, that we can play the game with “boldness and confident access through faith in Him.” (Eph 3:11 NASB)
How do we know He can help us? What does the Playbook say? ”Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.” Eph 3:20 NASB) As my son used to say on the football field…”I got this!”
Whatever your “IT” is…give it to Him….let go of the results IN BELIEF…and allow Him to say, “I got this!”
More Than Conquerors
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:31-39 NIV)