We love reading. That’s no surprise to those who know us.
I particularly enjoy reading quotes. . .as they most often provoke my thinking, stir my creativity while igniting my spirit.
I was reading about Virgil, the Roman poet, when I came across three amazing quotes he made about you.
I realize he’s been dead 2,035 years. . .but I’m absolutely confident he had you in mind when he came out with these three words of wisdom.
First, “They can because they think they can.”
Years ago, I cut the words “quit” “try” “compromise” and “can’t” out of my dictionary. It was a symbolic gesture as I didn’t want these words to be a part of my vocabulary . . . especially the word “can’t.”
The word “can’t” when spoken by Christians in reference to God’s will for their lives is grammatically or spiritually inaccurate. In fact, the word “can’t” is contrary to the Word and will of God.
Philippians 4:13 says:
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
<<Name>> can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth <<her/him>>.
There is no equivocation in this verse.
The key component of this passage is. . .Christ’s strength allows us to do all things.
Is getting out of debt a thing?
Is having a proper retirement income and investment portfolio a thing?
Is walking in divine health a thing?
Is having a peaceful and loving family life a thing?
Is being free of any and all addictions a thing?
Yes, and you can do all things through Christ which strengthens you.
Philippians 4:13 in the Amplified Bible says:
“I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency].”
Now let’s be very clear.
The Word says you can do all things. . .not some. . .not a few. . .but ALL things through Christ.
If you believe the Word of God. . .if you believe it’s true. . .then you gotta know
YOU CAN DO ALL THINGS.
Can somebody say “Hallelujah!”
Second, “They can conquer who believe they can.”
Chuck Norris, the TV and movie star and I might add a strong Christian, said:
“A lot of times people look at the negative side of what they feel they can't do. I always look on the positive side of what I can do.”
Without question. . .that should also be the perspective of every born-again Christian who believes the Word of God.
Whatever battle you’re facing. . .whatever adversary is standing at your door. . .you have the victory because the Word of God says. . .that if you’re a believer. . .if you act in faith. . .you are a winner and a conqueror.
Dr. Ben Carson, a brilliant surgeon and strong Christian as well as former Presidential candidate, offered this next quote for each of us. He said:
“You have the ability to choose which way you want to go. You have to believe great things are going to happen in your life. Do everything you can - prepare, pray and achieve - to make it happen.”
Sounds like great advice to me.
Third, “Go forth a conqueror and win great victories.”
As I read. . .this third quote from Virgil. . .I felt stirred to teach on becoming the conqueror that our God intends you to be..
Romans 8:37 says:
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
According to Strong’s Concordance the Greek word for conqueror is (G5245) and it means:
“to be more than a conqueror, to gain a surpassing victory.”
I noticed that conqueror comes from the root word “nikaō” (G3528) which is translated 24 out of 28 times as “overcome.” So it became obvious to me that in order to become a Kingdom Conqueror you must first be a World Overcomer.
What does the Word have to say about being an Overcomer?
Here are the seven steps the Word says you should take as a conqueror and an overcomer.
1. Be confident God will bring you the victory.
1 Samuel 17:9 in The New International Version says:
“If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us."
These are bold words David is speaking.
The scriptures don’t record whether King Saul knew David was going to make such a bold statement but I think we can rest assured that David already knew the end from the beginning.
He was not fighting this battle in his own strength… he knew in his heart that God would give him the victory. As you fight the good fight. . .you’ve got to get to the place where you know in your heart that God is for you and He will give you the victory.
You can also have the confidence that as you fight the good fight. . .God will protect you … consider the words of Jeremiah 1:19 in the New International Version:
“They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD.”
This thought leads right into the scripture found in The New International Version of Matthew 16:18 which says:
“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of death will not overcome it.”
2. Know that no weapon of the enemy formed against you will prosper.
We have all we need to overcome every trick or trap of the enemy.
Luke 10:19 in Today’s New International Version says:
“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”
The King James Version of the Bible translates the last part of the scripture as:
“...and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
The Message Bible translation of Luke 10:19 says:
“…and protection from every assault of the Enemy. No one can put a hand on you.”
Those last eight words should energize and strengthen our faith.
“No one can put a hand on you.”
That’s a great sentence to personalize and confess as your own.
“No one can put a hand on <<Your Name>>.”
The devil does not want us fighting the good fight. . .he does not want us overcoming.
Frankly, he would like nothing more than to hurt our reputations as a Christians. . .that’s why we’re waging warfare against principalities, powers and spiritual wickedness. It’s even more reason we must draw on grace and overcome his traps and temptations so we may be ambassadors for our Lord.
3. Renewing your mind will prevent you from being overcome by evil.
Joyce Meyer, internationally-renown Bible teacher, said:
“As you pray for the Holy Spirit to make you aware of thoughts that come into your mind that don't line up with God's Word, you'll begin to realize when those thoughts come and you can renew your mind with the Word.”
Romans 12:21 in Today’s New International Version says:
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Let’s look at Romans 12:21 in the Amplified Bible which says:
“Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome (master) evil with good.”
Crucifying the flesh is the age-old Christian battle that Paul speaks of in Romans 7:18-25 … this is what is says in the Message translation:
“But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can't keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don't have what it takes. I can will it, but I can't do it. I decide to do good, but I don't really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don't result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.”
21-23It happens so regularly that it's predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God's commands, but it's pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.
24I've tried everything and nothing helps. I'm at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn't that the real question?
25The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.
We can never rely on our own goodness but we must constantly be relying on the Lord to live through us. Remember…many people try to live for Christ… but that is an impossible feat. Doing it ourselves is called “works.”
Joyce Meyer, also said:
“I've discovered that when we take time to renew our minds with God's Word, we learn how to think like God thinks, say what God says, and act like He wants us to act.”
We can learn to live more deeply and completely in Christ as we begin to think like He thinks.
Romans 12:2 in the New Living Translation says:
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
4. Inner resource becomes your outward strength.
Smith Wigglesworth, the famed English faith teacher, once said:
“I’m a thousand times bigger on the inside than I am on the outside.”
How do we get to be a thousand times bigger on the inside?
1 John 4:4 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world.”
In the Book of Revelation… the one book that tells the end of the story… the Apostle John was given what I call ‘inside information’ on what would take place. He also writes for us … the key to overcoming the enemy in every way he comes against us.
Revelation 12:11 in the Amplified Bible says:
“And they have overcome (conquered) him by means of the blood of the Lamb [we were first born-again] and by the utterance of their testimony, [we ONLY confess what God says… not what the devil wants us to say] for they did not love and cling to life [we have given up life as the world lives it to live as the Lord instructs us to live in Him] even when faced with death [holding their lives cheap till they had to die for their witnessing].”
Maya Angelou, the late famous poet, once said:
“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”
I’m not going to tell you that you might not get bruised and battered while you’re growing on the inside. . .but I will tell you to hold fast to the confession and promises of the Word.
Pastor Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church in Houston, TX said:
“We may get knocked down on the outside, but the key to living in victory is to learn how to get up on the inside.”
5. Confidence in the outcome.
We have the confidence in knowing our lives will one day take on total victory.
Revelation 3:21 in the Amplified Bible says:
“He who overcomes (is victorious), I will grant him to sit beside Me on My throne, as I Myself overcame (was victorious) and sat down beside My Father on His throne.”
It’s now time to recognize that if you fight to win as an overcomer than you will truly become more than a CONQUEROR.
Who enables and empowers you to become a conqueror over every adversity of life? The answer is found in Romans 8:37 in the King James Version:
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
This is another quote by that amazing person Anonymous. He/she said:
“You need to understand that life isn't what you're given, it's what you create, what you conquer, what you aim to achieve.”
Psalm 71:5 in the Amplified Bible says:
“For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my trust from my youth and the source of my confidence.”
As a follow up. . .let me share two other related thoughts and scriptures.
First, it’s important that you place your confidence in the right person.
Psalm 146:3 in New Living Translation says:
“Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.”
Second, man or woman may/will/can disappoint you but God never will.
Psalm 118:8 in the Amplified Bible says:
“It is better to trust and take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”
When we put our confidence in Him. . .then we never have to doubt the outcome.
6. Remember who gives you the victory.
As a victorious fighter. . .an overcomer … who gives you your victories? The answer is found in 1 Corinthians 15:57 in the Amplified Bible:
“But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Can the enemy. . .the devil defeat you or any other member of the Body of Christ? Consider the words of Revelation 2:11 in the Amplified Bible which says:
“Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. Christ-conquerors are safe from Devil-death."
Let’s see … you have a choice. . .you can continue fighting until you’re a winner in the game of life by overcoming every storm of life as a conqueror or you can experience the consequences of Revelation 21:6 in the Message Bible which says:
“Then he said, "It's happened. I'm A to Z. I'm the Beginning, I'm the Conclusion. From Water-of-Life Well I give freely to the thirsty. Conquerors inherit all this. I'll be God to them, they'll be sons and daughters to me. But for the rest—the feckless and faithless, degenerates and murderers, sex peddlers and sorcerers, idolaters and all liars—for them it's Lake Fire and Brimstone. Second death!"
Every righteous conqueror. . .always remembers those who helped him/her gain the victory.
Our victories as “more than a conqueror” is the result of our reliance on our Heavenly Father and His Holy Word.
7. The recognition you will receive as a victorious overcomer.
In the athletic events and contests of this life. . .the winners always achieve some sort of recognition. . .what will you achieve as a result of your fighting the good fight. . .as an overcomer and by being, more than a conqueror.
The answer can be found in two scriptures. . .
First, Revelation 3:5 in the Message Bibles says:
“Conquerors will march in the victory parade, their names indelible in the Book of Life. I'll lead them up and present them by name to my Father and his Angels.”
The second scripture is also found in Revelation chapter three. . .this time, it’s verse twenty in the Message Bible which says:
"Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I'll come right in and sit down to supper with you. Conquerors will sit alongside me at the head table, just as I, having conquered, took the place of honor at the side of my Father. That's my gift to the conquerors!”
You may feel like you’re in the battle of your life right now. . .then draw strength from this teaching and recognize that the only way you lose in the game of life. . .is if you quit.
And I know. . .you’ll never do that.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS