Part II

I had to share this from my Streams in the Desert devotional today:

The gospel and the gift of God are structured so wonderfully that the very enemies and forces that are marshaled to fight against us actually help pave our way to the very gates of heaven and into the presence of God. Those forces can be used in the same way an eagle uses the fierce winds of a storm to soar to the sky. At first he sits perfectly still, high on a cliff, watching the sky as it fills with darkness and as the lightning strikes all around him. Yet he never moves until he feels the burst of the storm, and then with a screech he dives toward the winds, using them to carry him ever higher.

This is also what God desires of each of His children. He wants us to be “more than conquerors,” turning storm clouds into chariots of victory. It is obvious when an army becomes “more than conquerors,” for it drives its enemies from the battlefield and confiscates their food and supplies. This is exactly what this Scripture passage means. There are spoils to be taken!

Dear believer, after experiencing the terrible valley of suffering, did you depart with the spoils? When you were struck with an injury and you thought you had lost everything, did you trust in God to the point that you came out richer than you were before? Being “more than [a] conqueror” means taking the spoils from the enemy and appropriating them for yourself. What your enemy had planned to use for your defeat, you can confiscate for your own use.

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I hope that encourages you as it does me!

In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 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 8:37-39 NIV)

3 thoughts on “Part II

  1. THIS IS SO TRUE. WE ALL HAVE OUR CROSSES TO BEAR, AND IT IS UP TO US TO CARRY IT TO TALLER HEIGHTS. WE WOULD NOT GROW AS CHILDREN OF OUR HEAVENLY FATHER IF WE DID NOT HAVE THINGS TO CONQUER, MAKING US CONQUERORS. I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU POSTING THIS TODAY, BECAUSE SOME DAYS WE JUST NEED A LITTLE WIND TO GET US FLYING. HOPE YOU ALL GET A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP. PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR WONDERFUL FAMILY EACH AND EVERY DAY. HOPE LITTLE NORA IS STILL FEELING GOOD. LOVE AND PRAYERS. GOOD NIGHT AND GOD BLESS.

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