Summary: We are called to live above the life of sin. We are called to be more than conquerors.

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Risk: More than Conquerors

Romans 8:35-37

Series: Games of Life

October 30, 2011

Morning Service

The Game of Risk

Risk is a game of world conquest. The goal is to defeat all of the other enemies and rule the world. In a word, Risk is awesome.

People who took great risks

Noah risked ridicule and rejection to build the Ark

Abram risked his future to follow God to a new land

Abigail risked everything to save her household

Paul risked his life to promote the gospel and plant churches

There are no victories at discount prices – Dwight Eisenhower

The fact is that sometimes risk is required to achieve great things for God and to overcome everything that stands in our way. Paul describes the kind of victory that we can experience through Christ in his letter to the Roman Church. If you have your Bibles, please open them to Romans 8:35-37.

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:35-37

We cannot be separated from the love of Christ

Paul opens the passage with the word who. Paul is not speaking of a problem with a person. The word that Paul uses can be translated who but also what. Paul speaks here of impersonal things that have the ability to derail a person’s faith. Paul speaks of difficult and dangerous situations. Difficulties can draw us away from a strong faith.

No situation can rob us of the victory we have in Jesus unless we allow it. How we handle the trials and hardships of life testifies to the love of Christ in our lives. The separation that happens between us and God is due to our choices to separate from Him. The only person that creates a rift in your relationship with God is you.

7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me," 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. Psalm 139:7-12

The problem is that many feel that they are unworthy of the love of Christ. These feelings reflect an inner sense of being unlovable.

People feel that they fail too often

People feel that they fall short too much

People feel that they have been too disobedient

The victory that we experience from Christ is a direct reality of His love for us. The love of Christ is not based on our worthiness but on His character. We cannot base our faith on how we feel because feelings change. Our feelings and emotions will betray us and will minimize our faith, if we allow it. The only thing standing in our way of a deeper relationship with Christ is us.

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