Free to Triumph
Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka.
Those of us who are in Christ are set aside for a glorious victory–a triumph that is above all others. No matter what we may be suffering while we live here in our frail, corruptible bodies, the ultimate triumph is alive and still visible when our earthly bodies fail us. This is the mystery promise of Christ that assures us of a transformation and eventual resurrection.
When we’re at our whits end. When we think we can’t go on any longer. When we can’t see any good to come in our lives. That’s when we need to remember that the day Christ died for our sins was the day he triumphed over the grave. His triumph was a victory for those who receive the promise.
We rejoice and sing praises to God knowing full well that everything we do and everything that happens to us leads to this eventual triumph. When we’re in the middle of pain and suffering it’s hard to discern, but the triumph is there nonetheless. In trials we learn true and deeper patience, joy, peace, self-control, love, kindness, goodness, meekness, and faithfulness.
No amount of gossip, weapons of mass destruction, false accusations, or deliberate attacks on us in any form can take away our future or glorious transformation in Christ Jesus.
5 Biblical tips to assurance of triumph:
1. Choose your side well. Wicked people might seem to be doing well now, but their end is in Hades.
Ecclesiastes 8:12 Though a sinner does evil a hundred times and his days [seemingly] are prolonged [in his wickedness], yet surely I know that it will be well with those who [reverently] fear God, who revere and worship Him, realizing His continual presence.
Psalm 92:7 Though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they are doomed to be destroyed forever.
2. Read the word daily. Follow the teachings of Christ. Plant yourself in the house of the Lord.
Psalm 92:13-15 Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14[Growing in grace] they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap [of spiritual vitality] and [rich in the] verdure [of trust, love, and contentment]. 15[They are living memorials] to show that the Lord is upright and faithful to His promises; He is my Rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
3. Draw closer to Christ. Get to know his will and his way of doing things.
2 Corinthians 2:14-16 But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ's victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere, 15For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ [which exhales] unto God, [discernible alike] among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing: 16To the latter it is an aroma [wafted] from death to death [a fatal odor, the smell of doom]; to the former it is an aroma from life to life [a vital fragrance, living and fresh]. And who is qualified (fit and sufficient) for these things? [Who is able for such a ministry? We?]
4. Think of good things. Do good things.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, keep your thoughts on whatever is right or deserves praise: things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable, or commendable.
Galatians 6:9 We can’t allow ourselves to get tired of living the right way. Certainly, each of us will receive everlasting life at the proper time, if we don’t give up.
Romans 5:3 Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.
5. Expect triumph and victory for your future. Whether it begins here on earth or not, triumph for those in Christ is sure.
Proverbs 28:12 When the [uncompromisingly] righteous triumph, there is great glory and celebration; but when the wicked rise [to power], men hide themselves.
Colossians 3:4 When Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in [the splendor of His] glory.