Easter Sunday was glorious for Coast Hills Church! In part, it was because of the stirring message Pastor Chet shared. At one point, he made reference to one of the incredible speeches Winston Churchill made to the British people during WWII.
In May of 1940, Churchill said, “You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival."
As Chet referenced the spiritual victories that are available for the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t help but think of the Apostle Paul and his made-up word in Romans 8:37. Referencing the various trials that believers can and do face, Paul went on to say that "in all these things we are more than conquerors...”
“More than conquerors” is a compound word that is not found in any other part of Scripture. Paul put two words together: Huper, meaning “to go beyond or over something” and Nikao, which means “to conquer or prevail.” When put together, that word conveys the idea of being more than a simple conqueror. It means "to prevail mightily or to gain a decisive, surpassing victory."
In spite of the difficulties of life (and there are many), the believer can be confident that he or she will have an extraordinary or exceeding spiritual victory. The tense of the verb carries the idea that this victory is in a continual state. It goes on and on and on!
One writer suggested that those who follow Christ as their Savior can have a kind of holy arrogance of victory. We can and should be conscious of the might of Christ and engage our world with that sense of confidence.
We are more than conquerors. We are confident of His love. We cherish the fact that He is for us, and we rely on the fact that He is with us. We know, without a shadow of doubt, that He is in control.
V is for victory. Victory over our doubts and fears. Victory over our sin and shame. Victory over our selfishness. Victory over Satan and his crew who work so hard to discourage us. Victory over the mundane that dulls us to sleep. Victory over the glamor that entices us to abandon what we know is right.
V is for Victory meansthatwe must start living like victorious people.