By Dennis Corrigan
VICTORY IN CHRIST
God has made it possible for you to have continual victory as a Christian leader. Because of what He’s done for you, you can overcome anything which comes against you. But many Christians live on a level far below this possibility. Instead of victory, believers often suffer one defeat after another as they try to walk with the Lord.
This is because they often don’t understand the nature of the victory Jesus has won for us. He has already won it! But you must enforce it in your own life.
Also, we often don’t know our enemy as God wants us to. We don’t know how Satan finds it so easy to defeat us when instead we should be defeating him. Jesus said, “I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy” (Luke 10:19), but they often walk all over us.
To live in victory is to overcome Satan. He is at war against God’s people and we must learn how to overcome him. The battle is a simple one to win, although often a difficult and vicious one to fight. It will take determination and perseverance, but you can do it! The Bible and church history tells us of many who have done it. Many have overcome the devil with great victory. God wants you to be like that. You can be: Apply the principles of this article and you will be!
WE SHARE IN CHRIST’S VICTORY
2 Corinthians 2:14 says, “But thanks be to God,’ who always leads us in His triumph in Christ.” It was customary in Jesus’ day for an ancient king, emperor, or general to return home victoriously from battle by entering his home city leading the procession of both his loyal army and also the defeated foe. The Romans called this parade a ‘Triumph’.
It was this Roman Triumph Paul had in mind as he wrote this passage. To take part in such a triumphal parade was one of the highest honors given by the Roman Empire, or it was one of the most shaming humiliations possible for those defeated.
God leads His people as His loyal army in His triumph! It was not our battle we fought and won, but God’s. As David approached Goliath to do battle with him, he said, “The Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you (Goliath and the Philistines) into our hands” (1 Sam. 17:47).
When threatened by a massive invasion of the sons of Ammon, Israel became terrified. But the Lord comforted Israel through a prophet who said, ”Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s . . . You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf” (2 Chron. 20:15-17).
God used these occasions to show Israel it is He who does the fighting and when we do fight, it is in His battle. Although Israel wielded the sword and spear and shield, it was God’s victory. If it is God’s fight, then it is also God’s victory. He is the conquering King! He leads us in His triumph . . . in Christ as His army, we are the first to follow Him in His mighty celebration of victory, and we share in the spoils of battle.
THE GREATEST VICTORY OF ALL!
The second group to follow the victor in his Triumph was the vanquished foe. They were led under guard in chains and dressed as slaves. This is what Jesus did to the satanic majesty and his hellish hordes: “When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him” (Col. 2:15).