No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (ESV)
Do you feel like a conqueror? For so many people just getting out of bed in the morning is a challenge. In our world we are going to deal with all kinds of discouragement. We have relationships that challenge us. We have times where we battle sickness, loss, and various kinds of discomfort. It can truly be hard to feel like a conqueror.
Paul says, "In all these things we are more than conquerors." The question you should be asking is, "What are all the things Paul is talking about?" Paul is referring to the list of things he raised in verse 35: tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, and sword. We are conquerors over all these things.
Now, it is important to recognize how we are conquerors over these things. We are not conquerors because in ourselves we are so strong and valiant. In our own strength we are too weak to accomplish anything. This verse says that we are more than conquerors through Christ. In other words, it is his strength that enables us to be conquerors.
We are not promised that we will be exempt from trouble in this world. Rather, we are promised that when tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, sword, and whatever else comes against us, we will have victory. Our victory is through Jesus Christ who loves us. His power secures us in his love.
Are you a conqueror? Yes you are. Not in your own strength. By the power of Christ living in you, you are more than a conqueror.