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I am hupernikos!


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

How do you see yourself? As a champion who wins nearly every fight? Or as a loser — someone who struggles along, never seeming to conquer a single problem? How you perceive yourself is very important because it will ultimately affect the way other people see you.

Have you ever met someone who had a bad self-image or who always seemed to carry an air of inferiority around with him? It isn’t hard to discern this attitude in people. They feel so badly about themselves that they exude their negative perception of themselves and their sense of insecurity. On the other hand, if you’ve ever met individuals who are self-confident and self-assured, you know that it’s easy to recognize their confidence. Why? Because a confident person exudes confidence.

It is simply a fact that you will inevitably project what you feel about yourself to others. So this question about how you see yourself is very important. If you see yourself as a champion who wins every fight, that is exactly how others will see you. But if you see yourself as someone who struggles and wrestles with a bad self-image — that is precisely how others will perceive you.

In the Bible in Romans 8:37 Paul the writer declares that “…we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” I want to especially draw your attention to the phrase “more than conquerors.” It comes from the Greek word hupernikos, a compound of the words huper and nikos. By joining the words huper and nikos together into one word, Paul is making one fabulous, jammed-packed, power-filled statement about you and me!

The words “more than” are derived from the Greek word huper, which literally means over, above,and beyond. It depicts something that is way beyond measure. It carries the idea of superiority something that is utmost, paramount, foremost, first-rate, first-class, and top-notch; greater, higher, and better than; superior to; preeminent, dominant, and incomparable; more than a match for; unsurpassed, unequaled, and unrivaled by any person or thing.

Now Paul uses this same word to denote what kind of conquerors we are in Jesus Christ. We are huper-conquerors! Paul uses this word huper to dramatize our victory.

This is what Paul meant to get across in Romans 8:37:

“We are greater conquerors, superior conquerors, higher and better conquerors!”
“We are more than a match for any foe!”
“We are utmost conquerors, paramount conquerors, top-notch conquerors, unsurpassed conquerors, unequaled and unrivaled conquerors!”

But we must continue to the next part of the verse, where Paul calls us “conquerors.” The word “conqueror” is from the Greek word nikos. The word nikos describes an overcomer; a conqueror, champion, victor, or master. It is the picture of an overwhelming, prevailing force. However, the word nikos alone wasn’t strong enough to make Paul’s point, so he joined the words huper and nikos together to make his point even stronger!

When you put these two words together, they form the word hupernikos, which declares that in Jesus Christ, you are an overwhelming conqueror, a paramount victor, or an enormous overcomer.This word is so power-packed that one could interpret it as a phenomenal, walloping, conquering force!

That’s precisely who you are in Jesus Christ! So stop looking at yourself as a struggling loser. Regardless of your past experiences, you must begin to look at yourself through God’s eyes and in the light of Romans 8:37. This verse declares that you are always the winner and never a loser! And when you begin to see yourself the way God sees you, it will change the way others see you too.

 

By Renner Ministries
Posted in Andre Agassi, Champion, Lleyton Hewitt, player, Roger Federer, tennis, wimbledon

Tennis, Wimbledon & Hewitt


Tennis

Tennis is an exceptional and incredible sport that contains many lifetime lessons. It is a sport where you can grow mentally, physically and spiritually while inspiring you to face confrontations and challenges in the game.  As you are willing to face them with passion, strength and courage, victory will be inevitable.

This is a fervent game that displays your talent and is a sport which teaches you to believe in yourself as you deliver your skill in the court. It will also help you learn that winning is not everything it is the fight that matters. The game demonstrates how to analyze the moment, how to respond to the situation swiftly, and to rely on your strengths when faced with obstacles and pressure.

It greatly helps you to learn and understand your abilities on concentration, gamesmanship, knowing and breaking bad habits, learning to trust yourself on the court, enhancing your strong points and awareness.

In this way, the game of tennis can help build character, and will lead to a good performance, thereby enjoying the game with passion.

Andre Agassi

 “It’s no accident, I think, that tennis uses the language of life. Advantage, service, fault, break, love, the basic elements of tennis are those of everyday existence, because every match is a life in miniature. Even the structure of tennis, the way the pieces fit inside one another like Russian nesting dolls, mimics the structure of our days. Points become games, become sets, become tournaments, and it’s all so tightly connected that any point can become the turning point. It reminds me of the way seconds become minutes become hours, and any hour can be our finest or darkest. It’s our choice.”

Wimbledon

The Wimbledon Championships is an annual British tennis tournament created in 1877 and played on outdoor grass courts at the “All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club” (AELTC) in the Wimbledon suburb of London, United Kingdom. The Gentlemen’s Singles was the first event contested in 1877.

This event is scheduled for 14 days, beginning on a Monday and ending on a Sunday.  Traditionally, there is no play on the “Middle Sunday”, which is considered a rest day.  Wimbledon traditions include a strict dress code for competitors, the eating of strawberries and cream by the spectators, and Royal patronage. The tournament is also notable for the absence of sponsor advertising around the courts.  In 2009, Wimbledon’s Centre Court was fitted with a retractable roof to lessen the loss of playing time due to rain.

If there is a bet among you all on Wimbledon – you could start watching them play the warm up matches for your guesses. The play is now under way on all 16 courts.

So all you Tennis lovers out there, who do you think will be the Champion for 2015.

I think, after making a review of the Champions from 2001 – 2015, it would probably be any of these names: Lleyton Hewitt, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, among the women Venus Williams, Serene Williams, Maria Sharapova, Marion Bartoli, Petra Kvitova.

 

Let’s look at Lleyton Hewitt:

 

Lleyton Hewitt

Lleyton Hewitt

 Lleyton Hewitt is the youngest male ever to be ranked No. 1 in the world in singles, at the age of 20.  His most notable career achievements include winning the 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon men’s singles titles, the 2000 US Open men’s doubles title, and back-to-back Tennis Masters Cup (now called the ATP World Tour Finals) titles in 2001 and 2002. Hewitt made it to the finals of the 2004 US Open, wherein he was defeated by Roger Federer. He has contested 19 consecutive Australian Open men’s singles tournaments, including making it to the 2005 final where he was defeated by Marat Safin.

Hewitt is seen as a dedicated, almost obsessive athlete.  He loves the world he lives in and is a humanitarian and has great passion to see the world as a better place for all to live in. He is a middle ground specialist, one can say, as the talent to settle clashes emerges wherever necessary.  He is socially conscious and is compatible with others, a family-oriented man as well.

In sports Hewitt is a belligerent player, as no one does battle quite as fiercely as this Australian tennis star. He is unwaveringly intense. In all of the years of playing tennis, he seems to have spent more time in the hospitals than in the Court with his long list of injuries. He has moved from one potentially career ending surgery, to another and has had recurring problems with his hip, shoulder, foot and hamstring, and he has scarcely played a full season in the last decade.  If there was any other player so physically challenged in a sport as competitive as tennis, he would have easily settled for a commonplace.

The question is why must he spend hours trying to accomplish something? Why must he break his back trying to do things that he wasn’t even supposed to do?  But here came Hewitt’s diligence as he picked up his racquet and kept swinging, and smoothening his technique, kept dashing all over the court trying to perfect, striking shots on the run creating newer skills. The amazing thing about him is he never gave up – he kept trying.

With one eye firmly fixed on the future, Hewitt has already started grooming a generation of Australian successors he hopes will emulate his mighty deeds. Such miraculous comebacks were the norm for Hewitt in his glory days, when his body could keep up with his mind. But what makes his career even more special is the way he continues to punch above his weight, even as he’s gone well into his 30’s.

Hewitt has frequently been called the most determined player to ever pick up a racquet and let go of his nerve to get it striking. His life inspires other, not so intelligent tennis players, to remember that it is possible to achieve success without being naturally gifted.  He has achieved countless victories over bigger opponents with impossibly long matches that have ended past midnight. His life’s motto is “Get the job done” and going about doing his job was never mundane or drab for Hewitt.

“The last couple of months I’ve gone as hard as I can to put the miles in my legs to be as fit as possible. By now, the training is pretty much done. There’s not a lot of hard training you can do.” Hewitt said before the Brisbane International Tennis.

Unseeded in Brisbane, Hewitt could face a top – 20 player first up or the man he defeated last year to win the title, top seed Roger Federer who gets a first-round bye, as early as the second round.

 

hewitt

 

“It’s going to be tough,” he said. “Every match, all five rounds are going to be tough and it doesn’t matter who you come up against.”

Hewitt is embarking on a prolonged goodbye tour before retiring after next year’s Australian Open and he was hoping for one last hurrah on his final visit to the Wimbledon warm-up event.  But the injury-ravaged 34-year-old, making his 16th appearance at a tournament he describes as one of his favorites, is ranked 100 places below the big-serving Anderson and he was unable to bridge that class gap in a hard-fought first round clash.