“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
There have been many conquerors throughout history that we often look to for inspiration or lessons to learn on leadership. David was a conqueror who conquered the known world of his day. Nebuchadnezzar was a conqueror who also became the world power in his day by conquering all the nations around him. Some of the well-known conquerors in history are Julius Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte, Darius, and Alexander the Great. These men being conquerors doesn’t mean that they were good men; it simply means they conquered the nations of their day.
However, God says that the believer can be “more than conquerors.” In other words, you can be greater than these men who conquered the world in their day. You can be more than what these men ever became. So, what does it mean to be “more than conquerors?”
First, it means that you are going to face battles. You cannot be a conqueror without battles. To think that you can be a conqueror without a battle is foolish thinking. In other words, God is saying that you are going to face battles in your life. I don’t care how nice you are to people; you are going to face battles. You may attempt to be the person to get along with everyone, but you will never get over the fact that you are going to face battles in your life if you are going to do right.
Second, it means that the biggest battle in the battle is the battle to conquer yourself. Conquerors conquer people and nations. “More than conquerors” means that you are not conquering others, but you are conquering yourself. Proverbs 16:32 says, “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” When the battles come, it is your spirit that will become the greatest battle you will have to conquer. When people condemn you for things you have not done, the greatest battle will be to conquer your desire to retaliate. When tribulation comes, the greatest battle will be to conquer the desire to quit. When distress comes, the greatest battle will be the battle to stay on top side in spite of enduring the agony. When persecution comes, the greatest battle will be to conquer the desire to compromise so that the persecution stops. When famine comes, the greatest battle will be to conquer the desire to stop tithing. When the sword comes and tries to destroy your character, ministry and family, the greatest battle will be to conquer the desire to get revenge on those who are wielding the sword.
Moreover, it is the person who endures “all these things” and still conquers their spirit is the person who is more than a conqueror. When you think you have it bad because you are facing one of these things, always remember that it can get worse. God says there are those who face “all” of these things, and yet they still conquer their spirit. It is when you successfully conquer yourself WHILE you face all of these things that makes you “more than conquerors.”
The only way you can be “more than conquerors” is through Christ and His love working in you. Only Christ’s love can keep you from trying to hurt those who are hurting you. My friend, the greatest battle you will fight is the battle for your spirit. Let me encourage you to let Christ help you with His love so that you can be more than a conqueror.