Bible Studies & Devotionals
From Olive Branch Ministries
By Mark and Tinsley Baker
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Called to Conquer Pt.1
Romans 8:37-39. Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Greek Word for conqueror here is hupernikao. Vines New Testament dictionary says that hupernikao is to gain a surpassing victory, lit., "we are hyper-conquerors," i.e., we are pre-eminently victorious.\
We are not just conquerors (nikao) we are much more, we are super conquerors (hupernikao). WOW.
This may come as a revelation to many Christians, but we are not supposed to be punching bags for the devil, this is not what God called us to be. He called us to be conquerors and to walk in victory over every adversity. Many Christians pray and ask God to please take away the problems of life, they just don�t realize that God has equipped us to do it. We are to walk in the victory that has been bought for us. The Word of God has a lot to say about this, and not just in the New Testament, this is a recurring theme through the whole Bible.
It started in the garden of Eden. Genesis 1:28. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.''
God told Adam to subdue and also to have dominion over all the Earth. Adam was given great authority. He had the legal rights to this planet, yet he gave those rights over to Satan.
It was not until the second Adam, Jesus, that we were able to receive back what was originally given to Adam, this authority was legally purchased back and given to us.
Thousands of years later, Jesus came, but before He started His earthly ministry He was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by Satan.
Matthew, Mark and Luke all have accounts of this. Jesus had to go through real temptation and overcome many things before He could start His ministry here on Earth. We have got to understand that Jesus had choices to make or it would not have been a real temptation.
The first thing that Jesus did was submit to God and be baptized, at this time God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit to do service. The second thing He did was to make a declaration of His mission. He declared why He was sent.
Luke 4:18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
19. to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.''
Jesus was sent by God the Father to heal broken hearts, deliver the captives, recover sight for the blind, and to liberate the oppressed, and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
The acceptable year of the Lord was the year of jubilee. This was the year of restoration for the Jew�s, when houses and lands were restored, slaves were set free, and restitution was made.
Jesus made it plain this is what He came to do, to free us, to liberate us. He came to restore what was taken. He was called to conquer. I would like to ask you the question, has He changed even a little bit? No He has not, however Satan is still the God of this world.
Jesus gave us instructions before He left, He told us to �
Mark 16:15-20. And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.'' So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.
Jesus has commissioned us to carry on the work in His name. He transferred His authority to us. He called us to conquer. Jesus has restored the authority that Adam lost in the garden of Eden, but many believers are ignorant of the authority that they truly have. We have to learn to walk in this authority by exercising our faith in the Word of God. Religion says no, and has taught us to be mealy bug Christians, just barely getting along. However that is not what God's Word says. Jesus told his disciples to go, however before they could go they were told �
Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Just as Jesus had to have God�s anointing, so He gave the Holy Spirit to His disciples to carry out His commission. They had to wait for the Holy Spirit before they could begin to carry out God's great commission didn�t they?
As we step out in faith and go, we will also grow in grace and knowledge. There is a learning process here, as we go we grow. However we are not on our own.
Jesus said �
John 16:13 "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
The enemy is still here and very real. That is the thing about being a conqueror, you�re not a conqueror if you don�t have an enemy to conquer are you? How are we going to be super conquerors as the Word of God says when we are the ones who are always begging God to take us out of every bad situation that pops up? I�m not saying bad situations are fun, I�m saying we have a purpose on this Earth to stand up in the authority that Jesus purchased back legally for us and to do something about the problem. Jesus dealt with problems every step of the way, He fought devils and sickness every step of the way. He fought religious bigotry every step of the way. He was not here asking God to deliver Him from the sickness disease and spiritual death that was all around Him, He was sent to do something about these things. He was sent to conquer these things. He was here to destroy the works of Satan.
1 John 3:8. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
This is the whole purpose of being a conqueror, to destroy the works of the devil. To overcome every adversity that Satan throws our way. This is not just for our benefit but for the benefit of the whole world. This is the message we carry, we have been given the message of reconciliation to God, and it is our job to share this good news with the world.
We have to receive the revelation of God's Word and realize that beggars and paupers are not conquerors!!! This is just exactly what we are called to do, to subdue the Earth and have dominion over it. We are not talking about conquering land masses but the physical and spiritual oppression of the enemy. If there was no enemy there would be no conquerors, We would have nothing to conquer. We would just be inhabititors. We have been called to walk as children of God and to walk in the authority Jesus has given to us. Jesus said�
Luke 10:19 "Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
This authority has been given to us by the Lord Jesus Christ, but it does us no good if we will not learn to walk in it, and to also take this message to others.
2 Corinthians 5:18-21. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
This is truly the good news of the Gospel, and we are the ones sent to declare the freedom in Jesus Christ. We have to declare Jesus can heal broken hearts, deliver the captives, recover sight for the blind, and to liberate the oppressed, and we have to declare the year of jubilee is here, now!!!!!! If you have never thought about yourself like a super conqueror then I would like to for you to take stock and begin to see yourself through the eyes of God's Word. Amen.
I would like to invite you to take the first step if you haven�t already, and meet the Lord Jesus Christ for yourself. The first step to know for sure that you are a child of God, is to earnestly pray this prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus. Your word says, "�and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out." (Jn.6:37),
So I know You won�t cast me out, but You take me in, And I thank you for it. You said in your Word, "whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.'' (Ro. 10:13).
I am calling on Your name, So I know You have saved me now, You also said, "�that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation." (Ro.10:9,10).
I believe in my heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I believe He was raised from the dead for my justification. And I confess Him now as my Lord, Because Your Word says, "� with the heart one believes to righteousness�" and I do believe with my heart, I have now become the righteousness of God in Christ. (2 Cor. 5:21),
And I am saved! Thank You, Lord!
I can now truthfully say, I see myself as a born again child of God!
Glory to God!!!! Amen.