More than conquerors
I read a fable once concerning a mouse which lived in the home of a magician.

The mouse was in constant fear of cats. Taking pity on the mouse, the magician changed it into a cat, but immediately it developed a fear of dogs. Then the magician turned the mouse / cat into a dog, only to observe that it now feared lions. The magician mercifully turned the mouse / cat / dog into a lion, but in the form of a lion it trembled at the sight of hunters. Thereupon the magician bellowed, “Out upon you! Be a mouse again! You have only the heart of a mouse!”
Perhaps the magician learned what we all need to know — Even if we have the “magic” to change the outer form (like cosmetic surgery does) if the heart isn’t changed, one’s true nature still comes through. There was still a mouse’s heart in the lion. We can’t help but remember the words of sacred Scripture: Prov. 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Also Prov. 4:23, “For out of the heart are the issues of life.”
One cannot become a lion in the Kingdom of Heaven if he maintains the heart of a mouse! The fainthearted, fearful, doubtful, and unbelieving are spoken of in Rev. 21:8 along with the abominable, idolaters, and liars, that they “shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone...” The writer of Hebrews (3:19) states that the reason Israel did not inherit the promised land sooner was for “unbelief”!
To become the kind of conqueror that Paul described in Romans 8:35-37, radical surgery must be performed ---- a virtual heart transplant!! Oh, if we just had a genie or magician to blink us into a state of change!! But there are no magicians ---- Only Christ can give us the heart of a lion!! He can equip us to be “more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” (Rom. 8:37).
Yes, a conqueror must have a “heart” change (Romans 12:1-2). The lion was just a “mouse” at heart. Some professed Christians still have the sinner’s heart. Some still have a heart in love with the world, 1 John 2:15b “...if any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in Him.” Some still have fearful and unbelieving hearts. Heb. 4:11 “Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”
There is no room for “Faint-Hearted Christians.” 2 Cor 4:16 “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” Jesus never intended that we be fearful. 2 Tim 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
However, for those of us who have a heart changing surgery by Jesus Christ, He wants us to be conquerors in His army – Overcomers of the world! He has equipped us to become just that as Christians, and to overcome the sin that so easily besets us. In the words of a very moving song: “We are more than conquerors – Overcomers in this life; We’ve been made victorious: through the blood of Jesus Christ.”

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