Confession time. I hate running more than almost anything in the world. (Excel spreadsheets are also on that list) That didn’t stop me, however, from trying to do a ‘couch to 5k’ running program a few years ago. To motivate myself, I’d listen to inspiring music.
One afternoon, as I was trudging along, Mandisa’s song “Overcomer” came on.
As she sang to me, “You’re an overcomer!” I’d argue back, “No, Mandisa, I’m not. I’m a quitter. A big quitting quitter.”
So I get feeling like giving up! But here’s the thing, God doesn’t accept our lame excuses. He keeps reminding us that we are indeed overcomers.
We read Romans 8:28 yesterday that said,
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
That verse comes in the middle of a passage about hardships and weakness and yet somehow strength and victory. In all of the crap that we struggle with, there’s an amazing truth to take hold of today, found in verse 37. Let’s look at a couple of different translations.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (NIV)
But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. (NASB)
No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us. (HCB)
There is a word in Greek that means “to win, to be victorious”. That word is “nikao”. That is NOT the word that Paul chose to use in this passage.
The word he chose to use is “hupernikao”. Hupernikao means “to vanquish beyond recognition, to conquer exceedingly, a decisive victory.”
Do you want to stand up and cheer a little at that definition? Just me?
With God, you are able to vanquish beyond recognition anything that stands in your way!
You are able to claim a decisive victory over sin in your life (not a just-squeaked-by victory). A decisive victory.
What would that kind of overcoming look like in your life today? I’m praying for you to agree with God on a little hupernikao in your life. No quitters here.
Sneak Peek at tomorrow’s devotion: As we start to see who we are in God’s eyes, it enables us to live boldly.