Don't Ever Forget That You Are Triumphant In Christ
Did you know that you can be defrauded...made gain of...outwitted...or taken advantage of by the devil? Do you realize that he wants to entrap and deceive you so as to gain an advantage over you? Are you fully aware that he has plots...plans...and a great number of stratagems set against you? If you understand this, then what are you doing about it?
In 2 Corinthians 2:11, the Apostle Paul told the believers - "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices."
What most Christians do not realize is that one of the greatest tools that the devil uses to "gain the advantage" is discouragement. And the way he does that is by causing them to get their focus off of Jesus and onto the problem. Or he will magnify the problem... cause confusion...and then isolate them from God in their thinking.
It happens all the time.
However, there is a way to "get an advantage" over this adversary and to keep the victory unto the end. That way is implied in 2 Corinthians 2:14 which says - "Now thanks be unto God, Which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savor of His knowledge by us in every place."
First of all, if the devil has succeeded in discouraging you about your present circumstances, begin to thank God in the midst of them. Thank Him for His mighty right hand at work - working all things together for your good. Thank Him that through your circumstances He is working salvation for the lost, healing for the sick, and deliverance for the captive. Thank Him that His Name is being hallowed and His glory seen among the heathen or through Your life at this time. Thank Him for the strength that is being displayed. Perhaps a year ago, you could have never gone through such a tough time, but look where He has brought you. Thank Him for the boldness and Holy Ghost confidence that is being displayed in you. Thank Him for the wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and counsel that is coming your way through various channels. The more you receive from the Lord, the stronger you grow in His ways. Thank Him for the instruction and training that you are personally receiving from the Holy Ghost - preparing you to be a Teacher of the Word to others who will face the same situations down the road.
Have a Thanksgiving time in Jesus! Even if it seems like the hardest thing to do at this point, just give Him thanks in the midst of it all!
Notice that Paul said - "Now thanks be unto God..." Thanksgiving is always a present solution for every problem that you face. When you don't know what to do, start thanking God. "Now thanks..." Give Him a "Now thanks" offering. Don't concentrate on past victories. Focus on your present troubles. In the midst of those horrible and horrendous happenings, give Him "Now thanks..."
Anyone can "thank" God when the going is good, but how about when all Hell is breaking loose around you? That's when the "Now thanks..." offering needs to come forth.
Come on, Saints, give Jesus a "Now thanks..." offering. You may not realize it, but what you are doing is showing Him that you believe He is Sovereign...in control...Almighty...the Mighty Conqueror of Satan and all the forces of evil that are coming against you...worthy of all your trust, confidence, and faith...the problem solver...the way out of every difficulty...able to do exceeding abundantly above all that you ask or think...and the Faithful, Truthful, and Honorable Keeper of His Word. In other words, you are declaring that He is Lord!
Can you imagine how bewildering it is for the devil to see you giving Jesus a "Now thanks..." offering when he attempted to set you up to "curse God and die"? It totally blows his strategy to pieces. He doesn't get the advantage. You do!
"Now thanks be unto God..."
There are many reasons for giving God thanks, but Paul mentions one thing that seems to summarize them all - "Now thanks be unto God, Which always causeth us to triumph..."
That "Now thanks..." offering needs to be directed to God as the One Who "always causeth" you to triumph. That means that He always causes you to come out the winner...to get ahead...or to succeed over your opposers. Right now, it may seem as though you are the loser of all losers. But, look what God's Word says - "Now thanks be unto God, Which always causeth us to triumph..." God cannot lie. In that very trying situation that you are presently facing, He promises to cause you to gain the advantage or come out the winner. Your enemies - though they laugh, mock, ridicule, and scorn you - will have to sit back and watch Him bless the socks off your feet - so to speak!
C'mon, Saints, let's give Him a "Now thanks..." offering! This is awesome news.
You may find it hard to believe that God would "always" cause you to win in all circumstances. You may feel unworthy at times to receive of His bountiful grace and favor.
You have to understand that is not based on your performance or lack of it. It is all based on Jesus and what He already accomplished on Calvary. Your victory is wrapped up in Him, and you, too, happen to be wrapped up, tied up, and tangled up in Him.
Notice what the verse fully states - "Now thanks be unto God, Which always causeth us to triumph in Christ..." The reason why you can "triumph" is because you are "in Christ." He can never fail nor be defeated. He is the Conqueror of conquerors... the winner of winners...and the Champion of champions. Whatever He does - succeeds. And because you are "in Him," He will cause you to "always" have the victory or come out the winner.
C'mon, Saints, give Him a "Now thanks..." offering. The circumstance that you are in right now is not going to overwhelm you or swallow you up. You are coming out victoriously. God Almighty - the Alpha and Omega...the Beginning and the End...the First and the Last...and the Cause and the Effect - is going to "cause" you to "triumph."
Through your victory over that terrible circumstance, God is going to spread the aroma of "His knowledge" unto others. When it is all said and done, many people are going to either know Him personally or at least recognize that He is alive and at work in the lives of His children. They are going to have to admit that the "writing on the wall" matches "His signature."
How much - do you suppose - did Paul cling to these words in 2 Corinthians 2:14? Look at what is recorded in 2 Corinthians 1:8-10 and decide for yourself who got the advantage here - him or Satan - "For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: But we had the sentence of death in ourselves that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God Which raiseth the dead: Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in Whom we trust that He will yet deliver us."
Paul, is it true that God "always" causes you to "triumph" in Christ?
His response would most likely come from 2 Timothy 4:16-18 which says - "At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me... Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto His heavenly kingdom..."
What He was actually saying is this - "Satan tried to get the advantage of me, but I was not ignorant of his devices. I give thanks 'now' to God 'Which always causeth me to triumph in Christ.' "
O Saint of God, you are always triumphant in Christ. Satan doesn't want you to know that. He is right now trying to get the advantage over you by flooding your mind with negative thoughts of defeat and overwhelming your emotions with feelings of discouragement and depression. Rise up and give God "Now thanks..."
You are already the victor in the battle that you are facing. As long as you are "in Christ," you are coming out of this trial victoriously.
Don't ever forget it!
May God Bless His Word.
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