We should be thankful to God continually for being born to triumph1! The minute we receive Jesus into our heart, He forgives us and gives us eternal life, as well as victory and success in all that we do. God wants us to develop the character of a Conqueror and this is only possible when we live and do everything for Him. Triumph in the Bible means to overcome something or someone, or to leap over an obstacle. The Apostle Paul would say that all things are permissible, but he wouldn’t let them overpower him. In other words, only God would have the power over his life, and this in turn gave him allowed him to triumph or to have success according to God’s definition. We need to prepare ourselves in this manner for the victory God’s longing to give us.
The Lord says that following Him would sometimes bring difficulties our way, in other words, afflictions aren’t going to just automatically disappear just because you gave your life to Him. Sometimes even the opposite might happen, you continue with the same trials, and get some a few extra ones because some people won’t like the decision that you’ve made for Jesus. Nonetheless, through the midst of it all, the advantage that we have is the Spirit of God who offers us His Peace. The key here is trust, trusting in Him entirely. This is the only way we’ll ever be at rest despite whatever comes our way. If you feel turmoil in the midst of trials and problems, it’s simply because you are not trusting enough in Him. It’s only this confidence that allows us to experience the peace God gives that Jesus also used to overcome the world2.
When we receive Jesus into our heart we feel safe and invincible. But then afterwards, years go by and you tend to let your guard down. You start doing some things in Christ, according to His Word, and others in your own strength, and then you start losing your peace. Those sins you had overcome before start creeping in on you again, because you’re no longer living 100% sold-out for Christ. You’ve got to return to that passion you had at the start, trusting wholeheartedly that He’s overcome the world and no matter what trial comes your way, you’ll have His peace to guide you.
Jesus is triumphant by nature and He’s willing to share that victory with us. He stripped away every power and principality from every single thing they ever took from us. He gave gifts unto His people and every demon from hell was shamed at the Cross of Calvary3. Never give up, but stand firm until the end, thanking God for the victory He’s given to us4!
The Word of God urges us to not be overcome, but to be overcomers5! Don’t be giving up, but always set your mind that you’re an overcomer no matter what! When you give up, you’re basically saying that you can’t bear it any more. If you notice carefully here, you’re talking about your strength, however in the face of adversity, another option is that you can declare in faith that you’re more than a conqueror! That’s where the Lord’s strength kicks-in for your situation. That’s the right attitude that you need to have. In order to change the way we see things for His way of seeing things, we first need to be totally committed to Him! That’s the only way to be empowered with His Strength and not ours. This is the mindset we must embrace before every circumstance and difficulty that comes our way. Choose the higher stance that Christ Jesus Himself has granted us.
Problems only seek to separate us from the Love of Christ, but they should never be allowed to overcome us6. Jesus Christ triumphed at the Cross, and that’s why He’s a Conqueror! Are we then more than Jesus? The truth is that Jesus fought against sin with every last drop of His body and we receive that forgiveness, without having to suffer the penalty for it, which is suffering and death. That’s what it means to be more than a conqueror! We’ve gotten the victory without having to fight for it! By His stripes we were healed, so then when you ask for His healing power you can receive it because He’s already paid the price for it. He was made poor for us to be enriched therefore making us more than conquerors in our finances, because He also paid the price for it. He suffered, He died and He rose again to give us eternal life freeing us of the wages we were destined to pay for. Take a moment now and thank Him for His Grace and don’t let it go to waste by entertaining thoughts of defeat!
Whenever they ask me: “What do I need to do to overcome the system of this world that’s always oppressing me?” My answer is: “Just be born again in Christ Jesus.7” Success or failure is directly dependent on our faith in Christ Jesus. If your faith wanes, you’ll have to succumb to failure, but if your faith is steadfast -always believing- then you’ll triumph! Think of how many things we fall prey to because of a lack of faith, all the while us seeking to triumph in our own strength? When facing any circumstance, your thought needs to be: “I’m going to make it through this problem because I’m trusting and believing in God’s strength. He knows what’s best for me and my future. My trust is solely in Him!” Lift your Faith up and revel in the triumph that we have in Him!!
If you’ve run out of strength and you just can’t bear it any more, I urge you to please shift your focus, because you weren’t born again in God to be a failure. If you’ve already conquered eternal life by accepting Jesus, than everything else can be fought and worked out! Regardless of the battle, you’ll be a champion, because Jesus already paid the price for you to engage it, trusting in your ultimate victory! Those battles for your family, for your financial welfare, have already been won. God will never allow you to go through a trial that you can’t bear or come out successfully. Thank your Heavenly Father for giving you the victory in Christ Jesus over any sickness, poverty, lack and sin. Just tell Him right now: “I’m never giving up, because you’ve made me a Conqueror and the victory is already mine!!”
1 II Corinthians 2:14 says, “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.”
2 John 16:33 says, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
3 Colossians 2:13-15 says, “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”
4 I Corinthians 15:57-58 says, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
5 Romans 12:21 says, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
6 Romans 8:35-39 says, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long. We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
7 I John 5:4-5 says, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”