Lent – Day 22 – Reflections Through Romans

“But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Christ who loved us.” (Romans 8:37)

RomansChristian triumphalism is alive and well. It declares that we have power to conquer the forces of evil and authority to banish Satan. We have not because we ask not. Name it and claim it. Take charge of your circumstances. Live in victory. God wants the best for you and has a glorious plan for your life.

Such spiritual swagger looks to texts like Philippians 4:13 (“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”) and Paul’s words in Romans 8:37 (“In all these things we are super-conquerors through Christ who loved us”).

However, before we don the super-hero cape, perhaps we should understand the Apostle Paul’s intentions.

Both passages address hardship and suffering. But the victory Paul has in mind is not a change of circumstances but the change of heart and mind. Paul never suggests that we become immune to the realities of a broken world. However, because of faith, we discover contentment, joy, and hope in the midst of everything. These qualities do not arise from our circumstances, but despite our circumstances.

Suffering comes as a double-edged sword. It afflicts us first with pain and loss. Then it swipes a second time with fear and anxiety. The first cut we cannot avoid; the second we can.

In Philippians 4, Paul declares twice (in verses 11 and 12) that he has learned the secret of contentment; that he can live with plenty as well as in poverty. It is not fatalism on his part, but faith. He is not simply resigned to life’s vicissitudes. Rather, he rises above setbacks by changing the only thing he can control; his mind.

In Romans 8, the same holds true.

Paul did not seek safety, prosperity, comfort, or affluence. He already held the most precious of gifts; an unshakable confidence in God’s love.

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The most compelling testimony is not the life of ease but the life of joy and contentment.

Today, whatever you face, whatever threatens you or frightens you, may you too find peace — not in the promise of immediate change but in the certainty of God’s unfailing, unstoppable, prevailing, and immeasurable love.

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3 Responses to Lent – Day 22 – Reflections Through Romans

  1. Heide says:

    Oh yes, this post is so important (in my opinion…)
    There is a strange frenzy I’ve encountered at times, from my brothers and sisters in Christ. They may aim to promote the signs and wonders of the Holy Spirit… But if “we’re” not careful, this excitement may discount many of God’s miracles and blessings. Because they don’t “see the manifestation” of what they have interpreted as God’s will ( in my life or others), words or expectations can dim the bright light of the Lords presence! For me, these encounters have “discredited” the awesomeness of my supernatural experiences with the Holy Spirit! Although these folks have good will intended, there can be a missing of the favor and anointing which is in play, because it is not “packaged” as “they” expected! Their intentions, at times, has been to teach me of God’s will in my life, based on His word… But often, they have missed the awesomeness of the sovereign King of Kings, which was blessing me (or another person), while the other was praying for a “different” healing or blessing! It can be ironic!
    This topic matters to me David, because of my glorious and fruitful favors and blessings (in healings, finances, relationships, and more, much more!!!). I’ve been blessed so often, yet often, my friends at church and in the world, the blessings just does not seem “enough” for them to believe the power of the Lord manifested…
    I think it is important, when we are dealing with the supernatural abilities and pureness of love from Jesus and with the Holy Spirit, that we focus on His direction, His directives, and not let our flesh believe we know the mind of Christ and our Father! We must stay humble and submitted to His voice and His leadership in each circumstance. And stay aware, and not become prideful with the authority He has placed in us through the miracle of the Holy Spirit who lives in us now…
    Praise the Lord!
    Thank you Professor, I’ll forever be grateful for these lessons – whether from this blog or in your classroom, I grow from your insights and teachings!
    🙆 🙏

  2. Heide says:

    Pardon my previous long post ~ I was relating to a part of your post. I wanted to say – having the peace which surpasses all understanding, staying connected to the Rock of Jesus Christ, is the powerful, beautiful blessing Jesus died on the cross for us to live in, amen 🙏

    • David Timms says:

      Heide, thanks for the extended reflection. I agree that we can have such pre-formed expectations that we may miss the moving of God in our lives in other ways. Your post is a helpful reminder to have open hearts! Blessings.

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