Our Triumphal March

Sam Petitfils 

“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.”  2 Corinthians 2:14

Paul faced many difficulties during his ministry, and here he carried the burden of the Corinthian Church with all their baggage.  He also looked for his companion Titus, but could not locate him.  As troubles and pressures mounted, he could have easily been swallowed alive by the pressures he faced.  Instead, he directed his mind toward spiritual realities, upward in the heavens.

Paul mentions that not only does God lead us to triumph, but that He always does so.  Even though God’s people face all sorts of daily pressures, we spread the fragrance of Christ wherever we go thereby joining Christ and His victory.  In Roman days, the victors would mercilessly parade their defeated foes through the streets, making a humiliating spectacle of them.  But Paul looks at the true battle and identifies God’s people as the victors.  Even when we experience “defeat” through persecution or affliction, as we faithfully live for God, we walk as sure victors in the battle for life.  When we radiate the light of Christ to a hostile world, we participate in Christ’s victory over the world.

Are you facing troubles and setbacks that depress you?  Look at the Word of God and learn the real story: Christ reigns and His kingdom marches on.  The defeats we face here will be turned around when God comes to reign in fullness.  Do you see yourself slipping behind others who step on you to get ahead?  Keep loving God and stay faithful and He will give you a crown of life.  Many Christians slip into defeat because they fight in the wrong war.  Our battle transcends earthly settings as we wage spiritual warfare for the souls of people. When we clearly identify which war we do battle in, we then will regain lost focus and realign our lives with the Master’s business.

Paul would elsewhere write, “The Word of God is not bound” (2 Timothy 2:9).  He himself was actually held captive, awaiting execution.  But Paul recognized he was winning the real battle and was marching to Zion in triumph.  In preaching the gospel in so many places, he joined the chorus of victorious saints who will reign with Christ.

It’s not hard to despair when we face daily battles.  But when we remember to walk faithfully with God and serve Him despite setbacks, we join the ranks of the victors.  Others may laugh at our efforts, but they don’t recognize that they walk in defeat without knowing it.  God’s people walk in victory while they spread the fragrance of God’s truth in every place they go, and will one day walk on streets of gold in utter triumph.  The battle belongs to God and He has already won!  Lift up your hearts, and heads, looking to Jesus as the author and finisher of our faith.

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