More Than Conquerors 4

Chris Gardner

June 10, 2018

Romans Chapter Eight is one of these, I hear a lot of people that don't know much historically are biblically how letters were reading the Bible and Bible Times people go, well, this was a letter from Paul to a church. So they stood up. Anybody missing a handout? C, I forgot that. Jacob, next time just throw something at me. Raise your hand, we'll get you a handout. Um, the, my folding machine in the middle of our move messed up. So you have a nice little crease down the middle. I told Hannah we could use the folding machine or she could become the folding machine. And then she didn't think that the crease was that bad when I told her that. And so, um, but, uh, take one of those. Sorry about that. Hopefully I haven't fixed next week. I honestly think we will come close to being in our sane mind by the end of this week.

I do a, I do a Henna and it needs one up here. Jacob. Um, and uh, it's been crazy trying to get all set up in the house, but we're getting there. Hopefully this week we'll have everything ready our closets already so we can start putting boxes away because our house right now, it looks like a refugee camp of some sort. It's crazy, but, uh, be praying for us as we're dealing with that. A Romans chapter eight. And so we've been talking about Romans. We were saying, uh, you know, people a lot of times say, well, it was a letter and so they stood up in the church in Rome and they read it and that was the end of the story. Well, that's not at all what happened with a letter. If you, if you study even in the Bible, you have Jesus walking into the team, Paul, he pulls out the scrolls, he reads the book of Isaiah, he explains a little by saying, Hey, what you're reading about in Isaiah.

That's me. So this book is a book that is a, it was a letter, yes, but it's a letter that studied. It's not a literal, it's just red. It's a letter that spoken about. It's a letter that impacts our every day, our everyday. It impacts it in Romans eight, when you get to Romans eight, it gets a little repetitious. I don't know if you noticed that or not, but you're sitting there going, okay, God is for us. I get it. You know what I mean? You're sitting there going, I get it. How many times do I have to hear this to know this, and the truth of the matter is you only have to hear something, wants to know it, but you have got to hear it hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of times to live it, and so he's sitting there going and explain to them, because here's the deal.

We are not prone to believe. Romans eight. As believers, we are not prone to believe. Romans eight. As believers, as believers, we're prone to doubt much of what is stated, so time and time again, Paul keeps on hitting the same point in explaining the same thing in different ways with different angles so we can understand what it truly means that God is on our side and he starts Romans eight one out by saying there is that now therefore no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus and honestly if you wanted to, he could stop with that verse and say, got it. Okay, let's go to the next idea, but he knew that we weren't going to be prone to, here's the deal, 2018. We're not prone to believe what the Bible says in Romans Eight, but in Paul's days they weren't either because you repeated time and time and time again. Wouldn't it be nice when raising children? If you were to say something once and it would work,
wouldn't it be nice like I don't fight with your brother that's taken care of what you. We don't have to say that again. Would that be nice? That'd be like the coolest parenting job ever. No more fighting with your brother, no more fighting with your sister. Okay, you understand? Good. Done that. But if we've got anybody that's parenthood knows one thing, it doesn't matter how old your child is, you know what it's like to have to repeat yourself a million times. Paul come to you and he says, here's the deal. You're not much different than children yourselves. I have to repeat myself. Why? So that you'll understand because we are prone to believe anything but where the scriptures teach us in Romans eight, so he starts Romans eight and the context of what we're talking about. Verse Twenty Eight and Verse Twenty Eight, he says, all things work together for good.

He just for and we know that all things work together for good to them that love God to them who are called according to his purpose for whom he did for no. He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of a son that he might be the firstborn among many brethren is here's the deal. Whatever happens to you, it will happen for your good. Pretty cool, right? Pretty cool idea of verse 30. Moreover, whom he did predestinate them also, did he call him, he called them also he justified and whom he justified them also he glorified. What shall we say? Say to these things. He's okay. The depth of that. It's amazing. What in the world did we say about that? If God's force who can be against us and that's where he should be able to stop totally, 100 percent stop and just say, here's what I need you to understand, God's for you. You know, sometimes my kids don't believe I'm forum.

I don't know if that ever happened to any of you guys, but even this week we've had conversations in my house where one of my kids like, Hey dad, I don't understand this. It doesn't seem like you're on my side, and I go, listen, you don't understand what's going on behind the scenes. Let's talk about this a little bit. He says, what do we say? Now we know that God is for us. Next verse, verse 32, he that spared not his own son but delivered him up for us all. How shall he not with him? Also freely give us all things he gave us. All of this, he will give us even more than verse 33 where we stopped last week, who's going to lay anything against one of God's children? Who in the world's going to lay anything, I guess when the God's children and one of God's elect, it is God that justifies God justifies and he doesn't. Stop there. Number four on your paper. The last week we saw over the last few weeks you've seen number one, position number two, we saw his price. Number three, we saw our portion. Number four, we find his plea. I want you to look at that with me real quick. His read with me, Romans Chapter Eight, verse 34, the Bible says, who is he that condemn it is Christ that died, yea rather that is risen again. Who is even at the right hand of God and he makes intercession for us?

He makes intercession for us. What he's saying is this, Jesus Christ makes intercession for you. He's your lawyer. He's the one that deals with you. He's the one that represents you. That is the job of Jesus Christ, so who in the world, if Jesus is able to represent you, he says, here's the. Here's the question.

Who can condemn you? Then like, who in the world is powerful enough to condemn you? If that's the truth that we find in Romans chapter eight, who in the world has the ability to accuse Jesus is the one that died and then he'd beat death itself?

Nothing more to say. If you beat death, you are the champion. If you meet death, you are the king of kings. You are the Lord of Lords and he beat death, but it doesn't stop there at all. His job isn't finished because here's what the Bible says in this verse. Look at it with me. Verse 34, here's the they condemn it is Christ at that and also your drizen again, and he's now at the right hand, but the father.

So Jesus died. Jesus rose again and now his job is to be at the right hand of the father.

He's at the right hand of God and his job. There is this. Look at verse 34, who also makes intercession for us. What an amazing thought. We find there.
He's speaking to the father about us and we've always got to remember this.

He is on our side. No, God is for us. Who went over that a few weeks ago. God is for us. He is on our side. He is making intercession for us. He is speaking to the father about us. He's on our side. He's our lawyer. He speaks well of us there on your paper. He's our lawyer. He speaks well of us. He is our advocate and he is our friend, but see, we're not prone to believe that rv because if the king of kings and the Lord of Lords is our friend, it would change the way we approach life.

You see, we're prone to believe anything but that we. We hide ourselves in our bedrooms and deal with depression because we don't understand that God's for us and with that, I'm not saying that there aren't people that need whatever. What I'm telling you is this. You need to understand that your God is for you, and when you're laying in bed at night and you say, I don't understand, things don't seem to be going right. My life isn't what it should be. I don't like what's going on. What you've got to understand is this. He is our friend. He's for us. No, there's nothing quite as horrible. Filling is laying in your bed and thinking, I don't have anyone that cares for me at all, and and don't we love those pity parties that we play for ourselves? Don't we love talking about how difficult our life is because nobody's forest? Here's the deal. You know, we're prone to believe that we're prone to believe that nobody understands us, that we're prone to believe, that nobody's there with us. We're prone to believe that nobody can understand what we're going through, but if we truly understand and believe and live out Romans eight, what we have to understand is Jesus is for us. He is our friend. He's our lawyer. He speaks well of us. He's our advocate. He is our friend and he's a friend according to the scriptures that sticks closer than a brother. He's a friend that sticks closer than a brother.

Romans eight, 26 and 27 teach us that not only is Jesus interceding for us, but the Holy Spirit is interceding for us. It's not just Jesus is talking well of us. It's not only he that is our friend, but Romans Eight, 26 in verse 27 says likewise. The spirit self also helps our infirmities for we don't even know how we're supposed to pray, but the spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings that cannot be uttered. You know what? You can watch toy story all day long and seeing how he. You've got a friend in me, but let me just tell you something. What we've got to understand is we truly do have a friend.

You're sitting there at home and you got to understand my life. I don't like my life. I don't like what's going on, Ma, can I teach you? Can I explain to you one thing that all of us need to learn to live in this truth? Is that this? We have a friend and Jesus, Jesus is our lawyer. He's our advocate. He's our friend. What an amazing truth. The son and the Holy Spirit both are for us and they're interceding for us. We do not even need to defend ourselves at all. Our need is not to defend ourselves at all because our advocates do that. I don't have to defend myself at all. Our advocate does that. Our advocates are the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ. They are our friends. I Love Hebrews Chapter Seven and Verse Twenty Five because it tells us even more about how he acts. And Hebrews Chapter Seven and verse Twenty Five. The Bible says, nor for he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. He says where he's able to save those to the end that come to God by him, by Jesus Christ, because he lives to make intercession for you. He lives to make intercession for me. Our hope rests not only in the defeat of the enemy. All right, rest our, our, uh, our hope rests not only in the defeat of the enemy but also on the defense of our advocate. You know, it's a big deal what lawyer you hire. If you're in trouble, it's a big deal.

You can, you know, you can get a dime a dozen lawyer or you can get one of those expensive lawyers. And a lot of times the difference is not just money. That money represents something because they're better. You know what he says, the defense of our attorneys is what we need to be paying attention to. And you have the greatest attorney in the world. He died here, rose. He ascended, he intercedes and all of that for us. So we have to understand this. We will live being accused all of our lives. The enemy will accuse us. And not only that, your enemies on earth will accuse you. And, and even worse than that is this, you know, probably one of our worst accusers is the person we look at in the mirror in the morning. How many of you ever felt, I'm just not quite good enough or I'm just not quite able enough where I'm not?

I don't think I can handle that enough. I don't know about you guys, but I deal with that all the time. I'm just not good enough, man. I'm just not good enough. What you got to understand is this, we have a friend in Jesus and what we have to understand is this. The accusations are going to be thrown at you, right and left and right and left, and you'll be accused and time of depression. You're being accused in time of difficulty. You're being accused him and things are going and you're going, man, I have no idea what I'm doing. We have to understand the enemy can say whatever he wants, let him accuse us with everything that he has because as the enemy accuses us before the judge, the judge has God the father. You look around the courtroom and you look for who's going to defend you in this time because you need a great lawyer who's going to defend you and as the accusations flow, what you're going to see is there's a hand raised up to the judge as if he wants to say something in that hand, has a nail hole still in St. Listen, I am the one that conquered death.

I am your son and I'm here to speak well. On behalf of this Christian, I'm going to see the nail pierced hand that's raised and your defense [inaudible]. Here's what we understand from the scriptures. We are forever saved.

Good is that not one of the coolest things ever. There are people that say that, teach you and teach me and try and teach through the scriptures and tell you that you lose your salvation or one day you're God's kid and the next day you're not God's kid. Can I tell you? They got that from a newspaper and not from a Bible. They got that from a book they've been reading off of the local Christian bookstore. They did not give her that from the scriptures. We are forever safe. Can you imagine what life would be like for my children? If I disowned them every time they acted up? What kind of father would that make me? Now? My kids very rarely act up. Okay. They're almost perfect. Like almost right Hannah. Almost like almost perfect like this, but. But every once in a while they'll do something or not supposed to do. Can you imagine as a father, but I said the way you're acting, you're not my son anymore.
Go outside in Georgia. They'd probably add to better in the summer that way. And so you're. You're sitting there in your. Imagine what kind of a father that would make me. That's not who we are. We are forever saved. We are forever stated. We're going to be accused, but this shouldn't bring us fear because we know who is on our side. We know who's on our side, live with confidence, knowing that it's true and it changes the way we live. We are prone to go home and think about how bad off things are instead of how blessed we are. We are prone to go home and were prone to wake up in the morning thinking of our shortcomings, not thinking of what we have on our side in what Paul states again and again and again in Romans chapter eight is this. You have a father that cares for you. Number five on your paper, number five, we find his promise, his promise. Romans Chapter Eight, verses 35 through verse 39. These next verses are amazing and Paul's going to take and you're going to wrap it up and put a bow around it, and these last ones is an attempt by the Holy Spirit through Paul's letter to let us know how serious and how secure we are in our standing before God. Let's read Romans 8:35. He said, who's gonna separate from us from the love of Christ, tribulation or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or sword. He starts with another question. Who's going to separate us from the love of God? Who's going to separate us from the love of God? Paul says, explained to me which of these things are going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ's love for us?

What can we do as children for God to love us anymore could tribulation to that tribulation and oppressive state of physical, mental, social, economic adversity? What about distress? Distress is the trouble or difficulties. What about persecution? Persecution, the systemic hunting down of inheritance of a particular religion to inflict pain or death upon them to destroy the religion by destroying the person or about forcing the person to renounce his beliefs. Will that make God not love us anymore? What's going to separate us from the love of God? Maybe famine, feminist, severe shortage of food resulting in hunger, starvation, and death. What about nakedness? Having no clothing, his nakedness, not speaking necessarily physically, but literally when you have an FSA lutely, nothing peril being susceptible to injury or harm. What about this, Ken? The sword. Separate us. You have been dying or departing from life to death by shore.

Just think about that. Could that separate us? He's just what can separate you from the love of God? Now, let me just say this, I can easily separate myself from my feelings toward God because I don't live a life that I should know. Have you noticed how easy it is for us to disconnect? We're connected one day or disconnected the next. We're we're, we're, we're reading the scriptures one day, the next day we're not. We're spending time in prayer one day, the next day we're not. We come to church on Sunday. Sometimes you're like, man, it's awesome. Getting into the word and other Sundays were like, I'm here because I got to be. Well, that's not God's position at all. The main thing to remember about this list is that every single one of the things that he put here, Paul had experience with except for the last one, maybe it would be like me saying, could diabetes separate us from the love of God? And you're like, well, that's kind of not fair. You're a diabetic. He goes, let me give you a list of all the things that I have dealt with and let me ask you the question. Do you think that those things could separate us from the love of God and the people that are sitting, listening is that reading this letter and explaining this letter, they know who wrote the letter and they're like, really? Paul?

You're talking about nakedness, you're talking about hunger, you're talking about family and you're talking about, we know that you've dealt with all of those things and still you write this letter to us in Second Corinthians Eleven, 26 through 27, he says in journeys often in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by my own countrymen, in perils, by the heathen, by the city, in perils, by wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren, in weariness and painfulness, in watchings, often in hunger and thirst and fastings often in cold and nakedness pagos. There's a list of stuff I've dealt with and there. Romans comes after that and he goes, well, any of those things separate us from the love of God? Well, any of those things separate us from the love of God. He hadn't experienced death by sword. That's the only thing you hadn't experienced out of that list. He hadn't experienced it yet, but soon, but soon he would experience death by sword and he's already said he's going to prove and his own life didn't. None of these separate us from the love of God, even a sword removing a person's head from his body.

Well, not separate you from the love of God. This is something that we need to believe and because you believe it, it makes us rejoice when we truly believe these things, it changes. Stuff. Got Married on June the seventh of 1996, but I still remember waking up one morning after three or four years and going, I guess we're gonna, be together for the rest of our lives. What I remember waking up and going, you know what? She seen me get mad and that Dudley, she still loves me.

I've never seen her get mad or act Dudley because she's perfect and she never does anything wrong, but you know, we've dealt with man, this is weird. The addition is when? When, when, when it finally clicks. I remember the day that we adopted Jacob and Hannah, we went from being no parents to being a parent of two overnight, but I remember waking up going, you know what? These are our children for the rest of their lives. There are children. God's given us the blessing of being parents. It's a life changing event. Once you believe something like that, it changes the way you look at life. Once you believe that nothing separates you from the love of God. It changes the way you love the God that loves you.

It changes everything. It changes everything. This is something we need to believe in because you believe it. This is what makes us rejoice. This is what makes us rejoice.

People are like, you know what? I don't get all this standing in church and singing. It doesn't really make too much sense to me. That makes so much sense at all. Well, you know what a Christian is doing is he's singing. He's rejoicing in the fact that nothing separates us from the love of God.

It's lit. It's like, isn't this awesome? Nothing separates us from the love of God. We as followers of Christ are not promised future victory and that we die and go to heaven alone.

See, the sad part about the way most of us have grown up in church or if even if you've just started coming to church, is that Christianity is all about getting. How many of Y'all played monopoly? You remember that game where everybody splits their family in half and you'll hate each other after you're done with it was at that game. Okay? Monopoly. There's this one card in there. It's called get out of jail free and we treat Christianity like that card except for to get out of hell. Free Card like that's what Christianity is about. Are you going to do is take this card and you can get out of hell for free. That's not at all, but Christianity is about. It's supposed to impact more than your future. It's opposed to impact your present. Your Monday is supposed to be different. The way you minister to others is supposed to be challenging because you're knowing what God has done in your life. We just follow it.

Christ, we're not front promised future victory and that we die and go to heaven alone. Yes, we have future victory, but this list goes and shows us that we have victory today as well. No matter what you're going through, say Chris will. You don't know what I'm going through. If you say, Chris, you don't know what I'm going through, then truly you do not understand

how nothing is going to separate us from the love of God. Nothing is going to separate us from the love of God. Some days we have bad days. We have periods of disillusion, we have times of exhaustion, but we must remember the truth that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Look at verse 36. He says, as it is written, for that sake, we are killed all the day long. We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Paul saying they kill us in cold blood because they hate Jesus.

That's what Paul's reality is dealing with his day and age. He says, we are being killed because we love Jesus. They hate him. We love him. You have to admit that this makes the first 35, the first verse, 35 mean even more because when I say, oh, dying by sword, that doesn't separate you from the love of God because honestly, none of y'all are afraid of a sword coming into your life and separating you from anything anyway. Honestly, we live a pretty tame existence here in America. God has been good to this country. We live in an unsafe environment and even though we want to own weapons, the truth of the matter is we live in a pretty safe environment where we you're at today, first four years on the mission field, they tried to rob us 55 times either rob destro tended to rob US 55 times.

I've had a knife stuck to my throat repeatedly trying to steal stuff off of me. I have gotten in more fights than you could ever imagine in your life. Not for sport, but because of survival as we're on the mission. We live a great America. We have a great place to live and yes, things aren't perfect and they won't be perfect until heaven, but what we must understand is this, the people that are listening to the original letter that Paul wrote are sitting there going, my cousin just died by the sword because they hated Jesus, and then he asked the question, so what's gonna separate us from the love of God will a sword,

and he says that to make us sit down and think about how everything, no matter what's going on around us, needs to ground us in the fact and nothing separates us from God's love. He's saying, we were like sitting ducks. They pick us off one by one, but we still know that that doesn't separate us from the love of God. I think for a moment how people of Rome might respond if you were to tell them that they could serve God without fear of being killed. I, I really want you to hear this right here. This really convicted me as I read it. I want you to think about going to the Church of Rome and explained to them how they might respond and think about how they might respond if we could tell them, you can serve God without having to be afraid of being killed.

How active we were to explain to them the freedoms that we live with every day. Listen, there is a country. There is a place, there is a time where you can be free to say whatever you want to say, where you can do what you want to do, where you can. The next question we must center is this. We live in a privileged day and age, but the question is, what are we doing with that privilege? What are we doing with that privilege? Now, think about sitting down to Christians. Enrollment explained to them the life we've chosen to have and the reality we have here in America and thinking about telling them, this is how I decided to live my life because of the truth of the way I get to live today. Paul is telling us a little light telling us, just like a doctor says, you may experienced sharp pains around the affected.

Don't worry. That's normal. That's exactly what's Paul saying. Hey, you might die by sword. That's normal. Don't worry about it, but it's not going to separate you from the love of God. Then when the pain comes on and call the doctor, I know not to run for the hospital. I just need to ride out the painful episodes knowing that they're gonna eventually subside and then they'll disappear and Paul saying, here's the deal. All of these things in these verses are probably going to hit you, and when they do, you need to not go crying to mama saying, I didn't know this was going to happen. You need to understand that you knew that this was going to happen, but you have to be rooted in the reality of nothing can separate me from the love of God. You do realize how amazing of a day and age we live in today.

Some of you are going to decide to go eat Mexican food and you're going to sit like a king. At a at a table and they're going to come out and bring that Gloria Salsa and chips to your table and if you're saved, you're probably going to get some cheese dip with Jalapenos in it and and, and, and, and, and you're going to sit around and you're going to have waitresses and servers all around this whole place operating to appease you and to please you. You do realize that a hundred years ago they did not even comprehend. The choice is in the selection that we have today. You might go through Mcdonald's and even at that, even at something like Mcdonald's, what they've gone through to get you your food is pretty amazing. You've had thousands of people work logistically to get you your hamburger through the drive through window.

Paul's people didn't understand that at all. We looks at him and says this, no matter what you go through in life, you got to understand it's normal. Paul saying, you can expect to suffer. You are going to have problems. You can expect death. Don't worry, that's normal, but how do we deal with it? We do that for the sake of Jesus and we look at it and we go with whatever we're dealing with is normal. I can deal with it. Jesus isn't like the general who tells his troops to charge into enemy territory, into interviewing machine gun nests while he's seated comfortably in a bomb shelter. Jesus went before us and he was the sheep who was slaughtered. Okay, and he says, you're going to deal with all this stuff. He was killed in a way that we can never be killed. He suffered in a way that we could never taste. He drank a cup that can never touch our lives, and our response of gratitude and love for our Lord is that we're glad to be counted as those facing death, all the all day long and are considered as sheep being sent to be slaughtered.

We should be thankful in that reality and the thankfulness doesn't come because we enjoy the circumstances that thankfulness becomes because even the thought of the fact that we can deal with what Jesus himself dealt with. Romans eight, 37 continues as thought in an amazing way. Here's what he says, nay and all these things, okay, and I know people love taking versus and painting them on their back of their car or putting them up and this is one of those verses that people do all the time ne and all these things. We are more than conquerors through him that loved us and you have football teams, especially at Christian schools, love using this verse. We're more than conquerors. We're not just congress, man like we're more than conquerors and they love talking about how great that is, but you don't understand because see this versus a heavy verse because he says no and all these things. You don't get to choose what things these are because these things is not the opposing football team, the opposing thing, his nakedness and famine and hunger and sword. He said in all these things, even in the bad stuff in your life and all these things,

we are more than conquerors. This is like the Oreo cookie. Romans eight, 28, everything works together for good and then you have all that sweet stuff in between it and then at the end he puts on this on the very end and he says, let me explain how everything works together for good. The reason it works together for good as it doesn't matter what comes your way. It could be a sword, it could be a bullet. It could be a person that's having to give their life for their faith and let me explain what happens because of that, what happens is this, you can know that even if you die, you're more than a conquer testimony. After testimony of some of my heroes, of the faith and Morocco walk in and all of a sudden they find out that they are Christian and their family puts them on the road. They lose their job overnight. They don't have any way to live anymore and the smile on their face as they understand that as they deal with this, it's natural. I'll try to recreate my car and the air conditioner didn't work. I'm suffering for Jesus.

Paul says, in all these things, we are more than conquerors. We are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Notice how we conquer. Can you take it back to that verse? Notice how we conquer. We do not conquer in our circumstances. He says no, that in all of these things, we are more than conquerors. Through not our circumstances. We are. We are more than conquerors, not because we have a better job. Now we are more than conquerors, not because we make great money. Now we are more than conquerors. Through him. He is what gives us our victory in life. He is what gives us our victory in life. Through him, we are more than conquerors and all the things that Paula stated. We have to understand that we are not concourse. We are more than conquerors, but we're more than conquerors. Only through Jesus.

We are successful even though we would never tend to find our success that way. Isn't it funny? The way we define our success, we define our success by money in the bank numbers, in the bank account, we define our success by the car we drive. We define our success by the job that we have. We define our success by the experiences we get to have with our children. We define our success by so many things, but our success should never be defined by anything other than the fact that the one that created the world, his own, my side, and even in bad times,

I'm more than a conqueror. Even when everything goes to pot. I'm more than a conqueror even when I can't explain why life is hitting me the way that it's hitting me. I'm more than a conqueror. I don't have to worry about it. I am more than a conqueror. Nyu while I sit in my air conditioned room and Acworth, Georgia had a great church with some great friends and some great people. May I understand that whatever I'm dealing with in my life is nothing more than a reflection of the fact that I'm more than a conqueror and you can die with a lot of money in your bank account and guess what you did? You Do da,

or you can live your life knowing that you're more than a conqueror. You're more than a conqueror. How can that be a. When the truth comes down to this reality, how in the world could you ever threaten someone with heaven? What Paul is really getting to is bad paul. I'm going to kill you because of what you believe about Jesus and Paul looks at him and can you not just see, you know, hey, can you not just see did she, when all these things happen, when we're dealing with something as difficult as even death, what must be understood is that they're threatening us with heaven. They're threatening national heaven. More. Would it be like if you were to tell your kid this, hey, stop that. Because if you don't stop acting like that, I'm going to buy you an ice cream. Imagine what life would be America. Imagine parenting like that. Hannah, if you don't stop fighting with Jacob, we're going to go to dairy queen and I'm going to get you an ice cream cone. That's the thread that they're giving Paul. They're saying, I'm gonna. Kill you, and Paul goes, really? Let's do this thing. I wanted to see Jesus again. Anyway, that's the view of the Christian about being a conqueror. You can kill me and that would seem like you are the ultimate defeat her, but no, I am the one that even does more than conqueror because

I know where I'm going when I die. I love this thought as I was studying. How in the world can we be more than conquerors doesn't even make sense, does it? What's. What's more than a conqueror like like do the golden state warriors getting a more than the champions? If they win by more than 50 points maybe.

Is that what happens if it doesn't make any sense? If you're winning, you win. What is more than a conqueror mean? A concourse, one who wins but more than a conqueror is one that wins and then his enemy serves him and that's exactly what happens in this passage. You're going to kill me. What you don't understand is this. That sword is my servant because that sword is sending me to heaven. I'm more than a conqueror. I'm not just a conquer. What you think is my defeat is nothing more than sending me to the one that I love to the place and I love. This is what we've learned in this passage. Even those bad things service according to Romans Eight, 28, and so because of that we are conquers and more than conquerors. To shouldn't lead us to be in a masochist, should be something that gives us confidence, encouraged through the conviction of what Jesus Christ has said. The thought of a sheep being more than a conqueror is crazy. If you know anything about sheep being more than a conqueror and being as cheap as crazy, the image of sheep overcoming and conquering an enemy as laughable.

Sheep can't do anything. Fighting sheep. Have you ever heard of the fighting sheep football team? You know why not? Because she don't fight. Not really. We conquer because we have a champion. The champion is not in us. We have a champion. The champion is Jesus. He is the lamb of God, but he's also the lion of Judah. The suffering servant. The book of Isaiah, the Prophet is also the conquering King of the songs. In the book of revelation, we will be victorious because we. He will win the victory on our behalf. I don't have to do anything. The victory will be one because of him. I'll list will fit on this last blank and then we'll finish the last, not next week. Next week we're onto psalm chapter one for father's Day. It will finish the message after that. After that, the key to this amazing truth is this, we can only be more than conquerors through, you know, we can only be more than conquerors through him that loved us.

The sad thing is we try to conquer it day in and day out in our job. When we wake up, we try and conquer with our family. We try and conquer everything about us. We try and conquer. We try and be victorious in what we do, but the problem is we try and do that without doing it through the one and only they gives us the power to triumph. We can try it on our own. I don't care if you're the best dad in the world, you can't try it on your own. You know, I don't care if you're the best husband in the world, you can try and find your own. I don't care if you're the best kid in the world. You can try them on your own. You're conquering does not come from your power. Your concrete does not come from your strength. Your concrete and being more than a conqueror comes from one thing and one thing only through him, through him, through him. That's where our concrete concern.

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