This series was developed in the midst of world-wide crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic of 2019-2020. Whether you are dealing with a personal crisis or in a large scale crisis like a pandemic, economic distress or catastrophe, this series delivers real hope straight from the Word of God. Based on Romans 8:15-37 we unfold how God’s amazing heart Love lifts us up to be not just a winner, not just a champion, or even a conqueror, but more than conquerors through Him who loved us!
[Series: More Than Conquerors in the Darkest of Times] There are times in our lives when we are suddenly hit with a crisis. Like a car getting slammed broadside on the road. But no matter how dark and frightening the crisis — even the current Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic — God reigns supreme. And that makes all the difference in our lives! This episode begins a brand new series that speaks to this truth, called “More Than Conquerors in the Darkest of Times”. Today, well look at:
- The challenge of a crisis: above all remembering that God is King of all.
- The profound importance of Romans chapter 8 and how this powerful chapter can bring powerful stability and victory to our lives, no matter the crisis.
- The major themes of Romans 8.
[Series: More Than Conquerors in the Darkest of Times] It is breathtaking how God meets us at our very worst — unworthy, sinful and deserving of His just wrath — and transforms us into His beloved children and rightful heirs of all! In this episode we take a look at the context of Romans 8:15-39, first by catching a breathtaking view of God’s great salvation for YOU, found in Romans 1:16 – 3:28 …
- We open with making sure that our perspective of the crisis factors in GOD, who makes all the difference in the world for us.
- The Good News of the Gospel: the righteousness of God, given by faith.
- The Bad News of the Gospel: why the wrath of God against sinners is just.
- The Great News of the Gospel: what Jesus accomplished for us, so that we would be justified and have the same standing with God that Jesus has before His Father.
- What about you? Will you respond today?
[Series: More Than Conquerors in the Darkest of Times] Every single believer is already “more than a conqueror through Him who loved us” — even in the darkest of times. Unfortunately, many believers don’t understand the incredible truths of God’s Love, and the incredible things that God has done for them and to them. So, they are caught up with the world’s fear, just like anyone else.
In this episode, we’ll continue looking a the context of such love that has made us more than conquerors looking at Romans chapters 4 and 5:
- We have no need to fear, because God’s Perfect Love casts out fear.
- We receive all the benefits of the Grace of God and what Christ has already accomplished for us by faith.
- God’s Grace is accomplished through Jesus’ work in the past, justifying and reconciling us, gives us admission into the full benefits of God’s grace right now and gives us a real, rejoicing hope for our future.
- The reality that there are only two races of humans on the planet: those in first Adam, who brought sin, death and condemnation to all and those in the Last Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ, who receive the gift of righteousness, peace and abundance of grace to reign as kings in this life.
[Series: More Than Conquerors in the Darkest of Times] Believer, do you know that the old sinner you is dead and buried? Do you know that you are dead to sin? Do you know that you are also dead to the law? In this episode we talk about the NEW YOU:
- The power of believing a lie versus the power of believing the Truth of God’s Word.
- Romans 6: Know, Reckon, Yield. Your union with Christ means that you have been crucified together with Christ and died. Therefore, you are dead to sin and alive to God. What it means to “reckon” and what it means to “yield”.
- Romans 7: the most misunderstood chapter in all the Bible! The believer has died not only to sin, but also the law. What the real purpose of the law is. What the so-called “struggle” verses of 14-24 really mean.
- Romans 8:1-14 – There are two races of humans: those IN THE FLESH and those IN THE SPIRIT. What it means to live according to the flesh and according to the Spirit.
[Series: More Than Conquerors in the Darkest of Times] In these incredibly uncertain, even frightening, times many wonder: “What is the greatest form of security?” and “How can my family and I be kept safe?” Even more importantly: “How do I get rid of this fear and anxiety in my life?” In this episode we see how the great Love of God is the answer to all:
- We are “more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37) by means of Him who loved us”. That Love and understanding that Love is key.
- What’s really at the bottom of all fear and how it’s overcome.
- What it means to be adopted into the family of God.
- How the Spirit bears witness to us that we are the children of God.
- What it means to be a “joint heir” with Christ.
- What it means when God glorifies us.
[Series: More Than Conquerors in the Darkest of Times] We have been plunged into times of darkness and hopelessness. The Coronavirus Pandemic has killed over 100,000 people world wide and resulted in a long shut down. Great economic uncertainty abounds as many are unemployed, racial tension and riots are igniting cities across the land. Is there any hope at all? The answer is definitely YES. In this episode you, believer, will see how God wants to bring the world that hope through you:
- The significance of God adopting you, making you an heir.
- How God’s glory is revealed in and through the believer.
- How all of creation is eagerly waiting for the revealing of the sons of God.
- What Romans 8:20 means when it says “the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope.”
[Series: More Than Conquerors in the Darkest of Times] All around us seems to be in hopelessness and despair. Our world has been thrown into deep crisis because of the pandemic. Racial unrest tears the heart of the nation. In city after city the voices of peaceful protesters are drowned out by gangs of criminals who loot, set fire and murder at night. Is there any possible hope? In this episode we will see that GOD HIMSELF says, “Yes! There is INCREDIBLE HOPE”…
- The troubles of our time are seen in the much wider context of the creation that “groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.”
- It is critical that a Christian not look to the world’s problems from a worldly perspective, but based on the Bible. The heart of racisim is the sinful selfishness of man.
- The believer, even though outwardly has a temporary body, has the Holy Spirit who testifies to us of the realities of the world to come.
- The great hope which is come. What is the culmination of all things.
[Series: More Than Conquerors in the Darkest of Times] What would you think if you knew that there was someone who is praying for you and that someone was offering perfect prayers to God on your behalf? The good news is that you DO have such a perfect Intercessor, right now. In this episode we discover:
- God is our sole source of real, unfailing hope
- The Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf. God personally takes up our plea and bears us up.
- The Holy Spirit takes us beyond the limitations of human language and connects us with God’s heart and resources.
[Series: More Than Conquerors in the Darkest of Times] Romans 8:28-30. The biggest fear that we can have is our own, total failure. This darkens our horizon and hinders our faith walk with God right now. In this episode we see that God’s real Hope has nothing at all to do with you or what you do, but completely upon His initiative and successful action:
- The incredibly encouraging reality of God’s supreme sovereignty can be clearly seen in Romans 8:28-30.
- All things work together for good… and why… and for whom?
- The Success of God in The Believer, verses 29 and 30. His success means our success. This has tremendous power over our tendency to fail by the flesh.
- The Golden Chain of Redemption
[Series: More Than Conquerors in the Darkest of Times] Romans 8:31-32. If we go through a trial and wrongly think that God is against us it pushes us into deeper darkness. But the plain truth is: believer, God is indeed FOR you and not against you! And that makes all the difference whenever we go through the darkest of times. In this episode we see:
- God is for us! So who can be against us? (v. 31)
- God the Father gave His own Son — and so He freely gives us all things with Him (v.32)
- We also discuss, biblically, while the so-called “Cancel Culture” of our day is in fact demonic and of Satan, the Accuser of The Brethren (this starts at 11:35).
[Series: More Than Conquerors in the Darkest of Times] Romans 8:33-34.
Many Christians, when they experience the blessing of the Grace of God, have a dark tendency to think, “Uh oh! I better watch out for the other shoe to drop!” In other words, “Something bad is probably going to happen, now that something good from God has happened in my life”. But that is not true. God is for us, not against us. His heart is to bless us, because He is that good! In this episode we continue looking at Romans 8:31-34, examining verses 33 and 34:
- GOD is our JUSTIFIER, therefore NO ONE can bring a charge against us. (v. 33)
- The One who has the rightful place to condemn righteously, judicially is The Lord Jesus Christ. But what is He doing? He DIED for me. He ROSE for me. He is AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD (the favored place) and He is INTERCEEDING for me!
[Series: More Than Conquerors in the Darkest of Times] Romans 8:35-39
In the midst of darkness, trouble and crisis we may be tempted to believe that God somehow is not really for us… we may even think that He is against us! But nothing could be farther from the truth! In this episode we look at the glorious truth of God triumphing Love…. even in the worst of circumstances:
- Five fundamental questions that are raised in Romans 8:31-35 and their powerful answers that speak of the Love relationship that God has with us.
- The biggest question of all: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ (Romans 8:35). The answer: NO ONE and NO THING can ever separate us from the Love of God in Christ!
- How that in our darkest times we can get caught up in a law-based, law-cursed mentality, wrongly believing that God is punishing us for our sin. This drives us deeper into sin and away from God,.
- The powerful INTERRUPTION of Romans 8:37 and what that word “YET” means in this verse. This changes everything.
- Why we can be absolutely persuaded that absolutely no one and no thing will ever be able to separate us from the Love of God in Christ Jesus.