Learn the ten traits possessed by every conqueror who ever lived. Picture yourself as a warrior putting on armor one piece at a time. Or an archer adding one arrow after another to his quiver. Embed these principles in your mind and spirit when you imagine yourself taking ownership of them.
1. Conquerors have faith
Faith can turn dreams into realities, promises into possessions, and it always begins with a promise from God’s word.
What do you want from God? Find a promise in His word, and go after it in faith. Romans 4:20 says that Abraham “did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God.” Activate faith by hearing the word of God. Every morning I wake up and listen to praise music or the Bible.
The more faith we exercise, the sturdier our foundation is in that invisible realm. As our faith increases, so does our ability to conquer.
2. Conquerors speak to the mountain
Jesus told the disciples to speak to the mountain, not about the mountain, and it would be removed and cast into the sea. David did not talk about Goliath; he spoke to Goliath.
Do not speak about the size, shape, and history of the mountain, but speak to it to be removed.
3. Conquerors realize the victory is already a done deal
We cannot go into something saying, “If I win, I win. If I lose, I lose.” We have to plan to win. We have to know that God has given us victory.
God has given you victory over the walled strongholds in your life. The victory was already provided by Jesus Christ who went before us and conquered death. Our victory is not in limbo somewhere. It is a done deal thanks to God.
Once we realize that God has given us the victory, we can rest in that with confidence.
4. Conquerors follow God’s plan
We all have a warrior spirit in us that wants to take the enemy on and blow him away, but God’s strange-looking plans are much wiser than our logical ones.
Who would have thought the walls of Jericho would come down without one hammer blow? Who would have thought that a man hanging on a cross would save the human race? God’s ways are not our ways; neither are His thoughts our thoughts.
5. Conquerors shout the victory
Praise God with a shout of victory in anticipation of what He is going to do. Hallelujah!
Shouting in advance brings our inner faith to the outside world. It shows friend and foe alike that God’s invisible reality is more powerful than present circumstances.
6. Conquerors give God the glory
Silver and gold represent the glory God gets for the victory. Every godly conqueror knows in his or her heart that victory comes only through the Lord, and giving God the glory, whether with our praises or our pocketbook, tangibly shows this. It is a public proclamation of who deserves the credit.
All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the LORD and must go into his treasury.
I have taken great pains to provide for the temple of the LORD a hundred thousand talents of gold, a million talents of silver, quantities of bronze and iron too great to be weighed, and wood and stone.
1 Chronicles 22:14
Gold has always symbolized glory, from the golden scepter of a king to the golden idol Nebuchadnezzar made.
7. Conquerors go for the reward
Jesus often talked about rewards. He connected fasting to the reward we gain from it. He said if we seek the Lord in secret, He would reward us openly. He talked about rewards for prophets and righteous men. Paul talked about the rewards and the crowns laid up for him in heaven.
Jesus obeyed the Father for the reward He knew He would gain, and faced a giant called the cross for the joy that was set before Him (Hebrews 12:2). He knew the pain would produce a reward, that He would rise from the dead in three days with a glorified, unstoppable body and take tens of millions to heaven with Him. You and I are part of that reward!
8. Conquerors understand the importance of preservation
Conquerors know that winning a war is not enough. They must preserve what has been conquered.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him.”
You have not chosen me but I have you and ordained you that you should go and bring forth fruit and that your fruit should remain.
Preserving is the other side of the conquering coin, and it is where many lose out.
If you do not defend what you have conquered in any area of life—relationships, job, education—you will crash. Conquering by itself can be destructive and reckless if not balanced.
It is more difficult to preserve than to conquer. Here are two ways to do it:
- Reduce losses and shore up strengths.
- Invest in preserving, or you will lose what you have won.
Preservation requires investment.
9. Conquerors rest
A life of action demands times of privacy. Jesus said that we must work while it is day because the night is coming (John 9:4), but He also called the disciples away to get some rest.
Find privacy. It may be in your basement, an attic, the back yard or in the park. Conquerors know when to rest when to work when to join the crowd, when to seek privacy. Learning this trait will give you great longevity.
10. Conquerors expand to new territory
Move to new areas and be a light. Imagine walking into your workplace, and the people there stopping their chit-chat, falling on their knees and through tears asking how to be saved? It can happen! If we take our conquering spirit into the world around us, we will see amazing things before our very eyes.