Over-the-top victors

November 2nd, 2015 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized

I cannot do this!

While I was undergoing radiation treatments for cancer, I was scheduled to speak at a large conference. My strength was totally, completely depleted, and I had no idea how I was going to have the energy to present the closing keynote address. As I sat on the front row listening to my introduction, those thoughts screamed out in my mind: I cannot do this! But, immediately, God seemed to say, “That’s exactly what I needed to hear.”

God promises us victory at the point where we seem to be completely depleted and defeated. (The Bible is filled with hundreds of examples!) The apostle Paul wanted to convey this powerful truth, but he was at a loss of words. So, he just made up a word.

      In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Romans 8:37).

The words translated “more than conquerors” is that created word—upernikwmen—a combination of the Greek words hyper and nike.

If you have a “hyper” child, there’s no need for a description. Hyper means “over the top,” “above and beyond.” And we all recognize the word Nike from athletic wear meaning “victor.”

So Paul describes believers as “over-the-top victors”—those who transcend death and life, angels and demons, the present and the future, any powers, heights and depths, and anything else in all creation (Romans 8:38-39).

As I weakly made my way to the stage, I was immediately filled with over-the-top energy for the 40-minute talk. In fact, it was one of my most energized and Spirit-empowered talks ever! But as soon as I sat back down, the exhaustion instantly returned. God had provided hyper nike just when I needed it!

God wants to do that for you as well. That’s why Paul writes:

      That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10).

So let’s get out there today and be “over-the-top victors”!

Copyright © 2011 James N. Watkins

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