I can think of no better title to follow last week’s blog “The Biggest Loser” than “The Biggest Winner!” All of us like to be a winner—some more than others—but the truth is that we all want to WIN. From Super bowls to spelling bees, there is something in our DNA that causes our blood to pump a little faster when faced with the challenge to win.
Could it be that the DNA to win is passed to us from our Heavenly Father? After all, God is a winner and we are made in His image. In our natural life we will “win some—lose some.” But in the game that matters most—our spiritual life—all who follow after God can be winners. He intended for it to be so.
The Apostle Paul couldn’t have made this point any plainer than he did in Romans Chapter 8. Right there in the same chapter where we are unlocking the mystery of walking in the Spirit to defeat our flesh, we will also find God’s clearly laid out plan to make us winners.
Read the list of winning phrases below that Paul made about those who choose to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh. These verses are bursting with life, hope, and victory! Read them slowly, letting each one soak into your spirit. These words have the potential to set God’s children free from the voices of the enemy that enslave us. Don’t brush over them as if they are old words. Let them become new words filled with power and life. As if you are reading them for the very first time, hear the Spirit whisper “Winner! Winner! Winner!”
Verse 1 ~ there is no condemnation
Verse 2 ~ has made me free
Verse 11 ~ will also give life
Verse 14 ~ are the sons of God
Verse 15 ~ received the Spirit of adoption
Verse 16 ~ are the children of God
Verse 17 ~ heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ
Verse 17 ~ may share in His glory
Verse 19 ~ the glory which shall be revealed in us
Verse 21 ~ the glorious liberty of the children of God
Verse 23 ~ the redemption of the body
Verse 24 ~ were saved in this hope
Verse 26 ~ helps in our weaknesses
Verse 27 ~ makes intercession for us
Verse 28 ~ all things work together for good
Verse 29 ~ predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son
Verse 30 ~ called; justified; and glorified
Verse 32 ~ freely gives us all things
Verse 37 ~ are more than conquerors
Verse 39 ~ [nothing] will be able to separate us from the love of God!
What a list! It cannot be stated any clearer, stronger, or more certain than that. These words—outlining God’s provisions for us—are positive, straight-forward, and power-packed! What else could we possibly want or need? Paul tops off this dissertation of God’s plan with some “go-figure” and “no-nonsense” questions: Who can be against us? Who can charge us? Who can condemn us? Who can separate us from God? Easy answer: NO ONE!
To paraphrase in modern day language, this is what I hear Paul saying, “Give me a break! How can any of you be discouraged, defeated, worried, or condemned when you have God on your side? There’s not a chance that your flesh is going to win, not with all that He has provided for you. So take notice as to what you have been given, believe God is able, and declare that you are a Winner! Winner! Winner!”
Winning over our flesh is HUGE—it is, in fact, our biggest hurdle. It is the very thing that keeps us blind-sided, side-tracked, and confused. Yet, a HUGE problem requires a HUGE answer. Very soon we are going to unlock another mystery of the gospel that Paul disclosed to his readers. This mystery is for every follower of Jesus to see, grasp, claim, and put into practice in his or her own life. Good things are just ahead. ~ Janie Kellogg