'In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
Romans 8:37 ASV
For those of you who don't know, I am a Nigerian. I was born and raised in the U.K., but I was very much brought up in an African home. In African culture, grandparents are offered the opportunity to give a name to their unborn grandchild, a tradition my mum was born ready for. Particularly in the naming of her first grandson, my nephew, Micah. Ordinarily, the grandparent in question is offered a middle name but not my mother. Oh no, she was angling for his first name and nothing was going to stop her. So, as the baby was born, my sister announced his name to be Micah, but my mother had predetermined that his name would not be Micah, it would be Victor. I have my hand on my heart as I write this, I have never heard my mother call my nephew Micah. He is now three years old, and answers perfectly to Victor when she calls him. Even though, everyone calls him by his actual name, Micah. You have to admire the audacity of my wonderful mum.
I still remember when she said she was going to give him the name Victor, my initial thoughts were 'WHY such an old man name?' And I told her exactly that. For three whole years I made fun of the name she had chosen for this little boy. That was, up until the day I found out what Victor actually means. The direct translation from Latin to English of the word Victor, is CONQUEROR. And right at that moment, I realised the woman I had been making fun of for the last three years, was actually a genius.
My mum understood the power of confession, the power of the words that come out of our mouths. She knew that EVERY time she called the name of that little boy, she was telling him that he was bigger, stronger, more powerful than anything he will ever face. She is pronouncing that he would and could never be defeated. Every single time she called his name, Victor. She is calling him a conqueror. I know my mum’s words pull weight, but how much more so? When the creator of the heavens and the earth, and everything in between calls us a conqueror? How much truer are those words?
In fact, He went one better and called us MORE than conquerors. Romans 8:37 says “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” - It looks like my mum took a leaf out of God’s book when it came to giving names to her children. Whatever our parents may have called us, God called us a conqueror instead. Whatever name you may have come out of that relationship with, whatever that boss may have called you, the name that your sibling stuck to you, the maker of the universe calls you more than a conqueror.
Addicted? You are more than a conqueror. Depressed? You are more than a conqueror. Anxious? You are more than a conqueror. Grief stricken? You are more than a conqueror. Undervalued? You are more than a conqueror. If this wasn't good enough, the best part? We get to be conquerors without ever having to lift a finger in battle. The verse goes on to say that our victory comes simply through the love of Christ. Because of how much He loves you, He fought for you, and then shared His victory. Now all you have to do is accept it. Sounds simple enough.
So, go into those battles knowing that overwhelming victory is already yours, simply through the fact that you are loved by the only one that could defeat anything you have ever, and will ever come up against. So, change your name to Victor, and remind yourself of that that's exactly what you are.
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