God always causes us to triumph. To triumph is to obtain victory or a state of being victorious in conquest. When we triumph we express joy or exaltation because we’ve prospered, succeeded, and flourished.
2 Corinthians 2:14 says God, “always leads us as captives in Christ triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.”
Notice that Paul said “always”? God has opened the door. All we have to do is walk through it. The Apostle Paul wrote a severe letter to the church in Corinth from a heart of love opting to correct a problem in the church. Paul was not afraid to confront sin in the church to prevent the people from becoming discouraged and giving Satan from getting the upper hand to accuse and attack. Love does not condone sin, but it does cover sin when God has washed it away (Js 5:20).
Paul arrived in Troas to proclaim the message and the found the place wide open by the Lord. All he had to do was walk through it. He had no rest in his spirit when he didn’t find Titus there waiting for him so he went on to Macedonia. Paul rejoiced that God leads us into triumph diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
What’s the key to being triumphant?
- An attitude of faith. How you react to life’s challenges keeping your emotions in check. And how you act in your relationship to the Lord during times of great challenge. Will your attitude be one of faith or one of unbelief. How you choose will determine your attitude. Eliminate murmuring and complaining, being critical of others, be patient while you are waiting on God for the victory. How you position your mind and heart will preserve you during times of trouble. Cast down every thought that does not align with God’s truth.
- Aligning yourself with the truth of God’s Word. Bring yourself into agreement with the Word regardless of how you feel. Posture your heart to obey the Word. Let His Word have final authority.
- Learning to make quick adjustments when the enemy comes against you. Adjust quickly to God’s plan and purposes. When you adjust properly, you will begin to see clearly and move forward in victory.
- Having the mind to overcome and overthrow negativity. Have faith in God. Trust is linked to faith. Without faith it is impossible to to believe God. Do not let your faith be weakened by you parent circumstances. Do not waver in unbelief regarding what God has promised. Be fully persuaded that God has the power to do what He promised (Rom. 4:20-21). Belief is linked with power. Power is linked with the ability to overcome.
- Outwitting the enemy. To be triumphant we must understand the power of making strategic moves. Paul understood the power of forgiveness (1 Cor. 2:1-17). He understood that the forgiveness of sin and restoration would keep the church from becoming discouraged and eliminate the opportunity for Satan to accuse and attack the brethren. That’s what he could say God leads us in triumph over the enemy.
The Lord Jesus gave Himself to defeat the works of the enemy and to overcome the power of sin and death. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace (Eph. 1:7). Never allow past failures or faults to hold you captive.
As believers in Christ, we triumph over the enemy through our faith and belief that God is faithful to keep His promises. God’s grace is sufficient to carry you through every circumstances. You have the victory in Christ!
We are to a God “a pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those perishing.”
Note: All Scriptures are taken from the New International Version unless otherwise noted.