The Bible says that in Christ, I am more than a conqueror.
Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.
Romans 8: 37 AMPC
I don’t feel like a conqueror. I feel like a fighter.
I don’t feel like a victor. I feel like someone in the midst of battle.
I was considering that when this thought came to mind:
“Conquerors have been in battle. Conquerors bear scars.
Conquerors win, but it costs them something.”
I want to picture the victorious Christian life clean, simple, no wounds, no scars.
But victory cost Jesus everything.
He not only give up His life, He was beaten, mocked, humiliated, paraded in the street for all to see and condemned to the cross.
He bore the physical pain.
He bore the emotional and psychological pain.
And then He bore the most dreadful pain-the pain that only HE could bear-the pain of the just wrath of His Father in Heaven poured out on Him in payment for the sins of the world.
He rose, after three days in the grave.
And He had scars.
His scars bore witness to His pain and suffering, but also to His victory.
Burying my son was painful. Living each day carrying his memory and the sorrow of missing him is hard. My life has been turned upside down and inside out.
I am weary and I bear scars.
But I refuse to be overcome by what I know in my heart is a temporary separation.
I will claw my way each day out of the pit of despair and drag myself into the light of the promises of God’s Word.
One day I will stand with the redeemed, my scars bearing witness to Christ’s victory over death and pain and every single thing that tried to separate me from His love:
So who can separate us? What can come between us and the love of God’s Anointed? Can troubles, hardships, persecution, hunger, poverty, danger, or even death? The answer is, absolutely nothing. 36 As the psalm says,
On Your behalf, our lives are endangered constantly;
we are like sheep awaiting slaughter.
But no matter what comes, we will always taste victory through Him who loved us. For I have every confidence that nothing—not death, life, heavenly messengers, dark spirits, the present, the future, spiritual powers, height, depth, nor any created thing—can come between us and the love of God revealed in the Anointed, Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:35-39 VOICE