TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, December 20, 2018:
One who subdues by force; one who overcomes or gains victory or wins by effort; victor; vanquisher.
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
One of the world’s most unusual landmarks is a single granite plaque on a pole on the western boundary of Russia near the city of Wilna. There are two inscriptions on this plaque. The western side reads: Napoleon Bonaparte passed this location in 1812 with 410,000 men on his way to conquer Russia. On the eastern side it reads: Napoleon Bonaparte passed this location in 1812 with 9,000 men as he returned home from his conflict with the Russians. Napoleon had a goal of conquering the world but he met his match in this Russian campaign. Napoleon conquered many but there was a limit to his personal abilities.
In Romans 8:37 Paul assures us that we who believe in Jesus are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ who loves us. We are conquerors because we have the Lord with us through our battles of life. As believers we will often have to face hardships of all kinds. Paul endured great hardships. He faced persecution, hunger, danger, imprisonment, beatings and threats of death. Yet through it all he was confident that nothing could separate him from Christ and His love. Yes, in Christ we are conquerors over the evil forces of this world.
And the scripture also tells us that one day Satan will meet his match when confronted with the judgement of God and he will have no survivors. Our God will be the ultimate conqueror of evil.
One of the great conquerors in the scriptures is David. He fought many battles and understood that God was the one that enabled him to be a conqueror. He fought with a lion. He battled with Goliath with a sling and a stone. He was a mighty warrior and won many battles over enemy nations who attacked Israel. David gave God the credit for his many victories.
We read in Psalm 144:2 that he praised God for being his shield and defender. He knew that God was with him. This is the key for us today so that we can be conquerors in all of the situations we face in our lives. We must recognize that the battle is the Lord’s and in Him we can have victory.
No matter what the circumstances of life may be for you, if you believe in Jesus and have turned your life over to Him you are more than a conqueror. We cannot lose when we let the battle we are facing be the Lord’s. Take a moment and look at what the scriptures say that Christ can do for you:
• He will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
• He will give you peace. (John 14:27)
• He provides for you an escape from temptation. (I Corinthians 10:13)
• He will comfort you through all the trials you may face. (II Corinthians 1:3-4)
• He will supply all your needs. (Philippians 4:19)
• He will deliver you through all persecution. (II Corinthians 4:8)
• He will enable you to overcome the world. (I John 5:4)
• He will deliver you from fear. (Isaiah 41:10)
• He will give you eternal life. (John 10:28-29)
• He will protect you from all evil. (II Thessalonians 3:3)
With the Lord on your side, every day you can be a conqueror. You are a child of the King who is the ultimate conqueror. Nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord and nothing can stop Christ’s presence with us.
Our memory verse for this week before Christmas is found in Luke 2:13-14.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly hosts praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.
Thank You that You have made it possible for me to claim victory in every spiritual battle that I face. Thank You that it is because of Your power within me that I can be a conqueror.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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