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"Never Down and Out"

February 16, 2003

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Romans 8:37 "We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us."

Time and time again we hear the refrain, "We shall overcome." If anyone can say these words with the greatest of confidence, it is the Christian. His confidence does not rest in himself but in the power that God supplies.

True, the Christian daily battles his own sinful nature. Fears, temptations, envy, hatred, pride, loneliness, sorrow, failures, and frustration cause him at times to cry out, "Nobody knows all the trouble I've seen." Clinging to God's promises, the Christian experiences in his own life God's promise: "We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us."

A Christian whose life seemed to be filled with more than her share of trouble said one day: "I have changed my disappointments to His appointments." She knew that God knew what was happening. In the end, the trying things that came her way always worked out for her own good. She received a stronger faith, a deeper understanding of God's way with His children, a clearer insight into the things that really count, and new strength to face her tomorrows. She had learned to "sing in the rain" -- even when it poured. What has been our experience?

PRAYER: Lord, give us faith to believe that whatever we may experience we shall be more than conquerors through Christ. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: Exodus 23-24    Matthew 28

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