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Christ's Triumph is our Triumph
"Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place." 2 Corinthians 2:15
The word "always" is used far too often in a negative sense to emphasize negative circumstance that keeps occuring over and over. We often use the word but in reality it may not mean "always", just now and again. "Always" can be used to emphasize a point but not to be taken literally, ie. "you always leave the lights on."
We need to understand what the Bible means by the word "always." When God says "always" He means "at all times, evermore." Even our dictionary definition tells us: "a continuous practice carried without being abandoned; constantly, continually, perpetually."
When we are IN CHRIST, and all born again believers are IN HIM and He is IN US, we must always - AT ALL TIMES - give thanks unto our Father God that He causes us to triumph - CONTINUALLY, PERPETUALLY, AT ALL TIMES! That unmistakaby means we cannot be defeated when our faith rests in what He has done for us. It is a finished work, Praise God ! Shout your victory in Jesus today!
The emphasis is victory in 1 Corinthians 15:57 & 58: "But thanks be to God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."
When we know victory has been given us, we have confidence to always abound in the work of the Lord, always excelling, and doing more than enough (See Amplified Bible). We are always confident in the Words of our Heavenly Father because we walk by faith, and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:6,7).
The believer should be positively assured that he always has all sufficiency in all things to abound to every good work. God's grace enables us to walk in favor and earthly blessings - possessing more than enough ... and furnished in abundance (2 Corinthians 9:8 Amp Bible).
Doesn't the word always as used in God's Word want to inspire you to "rejoice always?" Delight yourself in Him! Be happy in your faith and be glad hearted continually (always). (1 Thess 5:16 Amp Bible).
It's all because of the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ that we experience such a complete victory.
Jesus said that in this world we would have tribulation (trials, distress and frustration ... but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33). But God is faithful, as Paul writes, who will not suffer (allow) you to tempted above that ye are able, but will with the temptation (trial) also make a way to escape." (1 Cor. 10:13).
Stand fast and be not moved away from God's Word. Then you will experience the victory of Jesus who was victorious for us. Jesus said we shall not live by bread alone, but every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4). As we live our lives each day let us not faint or be discouraged but continue to do what the Lord told Joshua: "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous and thou shalt have good success." Joshua 1:8
Say and keep saying "God's Word in every situation and place, difficulty or attack.
May the resurrection life of Jesus, the same spirit that raised Him from the dead, quicken you today, spirit, soul and body! (Romans 8:11)
Keep in the faith that worketh by love! (Galatians 5:6)
Gordon and Barbara