Guttermost to the uttermost

By Dave Henning / July 4, 2016

“He’s the God who saves us, from the guttermost to the uttermost.”- Mark Batterson

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”- Romans 8:37

Mark Batterson begins Chapter 29 (“More than Conquerors”) of If by observing that, in his experience, it take time to take on a new identity.  For example, Pastor Batterson truly felt like an author only after he had written several books.  The same is true with the identifier “more than a conqueror.”  Mark explains:

“But even if you’re losing more battles than you’re winning, you’re still more than a conqueror.  Why?  Because the battle isn’t yours to win or lose.  The battle belongs to the Lord.  And Christ has already conquered.  No ifs, ands, or buts about it.”

The three-word phrase “more than conquerors” comes from one Greek word- hupernikao.  The word means “to hyper-conquer, over conquer, or conquer with success to spare.”  God already is preparing your comeback, even if you already have taken a step back.  You have to pass the test to have a testimony, as Mark describes:

“There is no addiction so strong that God’s power cannot deliver.  There is no failure so final that God’s grace cannot forgive.  There is no wound so deep that God’s love cannot heal.  No mater how bad it is, His grace is sufficient. And no matter how good it its, the best is yet to come.”

Pastor Batterson asserts that to think of yourself as anything less than a conqueror is false humility.  False humility is not believing something about yourself that is true.  You have gone from the guttermost to the uttermost.  You are “more than a conqueror.”

Today’s question (From Mark): What if you stopped thinking of yourself as anything less that who you are in Christ?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: the new Short Meditation, “Bear witness”

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