This is the last installment on our “Spiritual Warfare” series. We wrapped up our discussions by reviewing the victory that is available to us through Christ, and because of Christ. Romans 8 is filled with rich and deep truths about victory through trials, but for the sake of time, we reviewed a few nuggets that spoke to me at this point in my life.
Romans 8:28-‘And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him….” Whatever battle we are going through, whatever trial we are enduring, we can be confident that there is a purpose behind the struggle. God can and will use these battles to refine us, to make us more dependant on Him, and to bring glory to Himself (which He rightfully deserves).
Romans 8:34- “Christ Jesus…..is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us” Jesus spends his time talking to God about me and my situations. He is the greatest asset to our life, and the greatest ally in this battle. When we get this mental picture of Jesus petitioning God on our behalf, our heart should swell with gratitude and encouragement. We do not fight alone.
Romans 8:35 “Who shall separate us from the love of God?” And it goes on to list the possible situations we may face in life, and how none of what we will encounter or who we will encounter can cause God to abandon us.
Romans 8:37 “….we are more than conquerors, through Him that love us.” This concept expresses the notion that when we are finished fighting this battle, we are not going to be worn out or tired, but we finish stronger than when we started. We are MORE than someone who just passes the finish line by the skin of their teeth. We finish, and we will finish strong.
As this series comes to a close, let’s remember that the circumstances (relationships, health, finances, emotions) we face are not our enemy. The enemy wants to steal, kill, and destroy, and he will attempt to use our circumstances to accomplish his goal of severing our relationship with God. On the other hand, God desires to use these circumstances to increase our dependency on Him, to make us look more and more like Christ, and to allow us to share in His victory over the enemy.
As a child of God, warfare is to be expected. But so is victory. AMEN and AMEN!