Whenever you think about triumph in life, this is something that only happens after one has overcome something that opposes progress in life. After Adam and Eve sinned against God and were banished from the garden of Eden, life became difficult for mankind, Genesis 3:1-6. It became so difficult that God chose to send us a saviour through Jesus Christ, to restore our once close relationship with God. And this he intended to do for all mankind to be saved from the tragedies of life.
This was not the only thing that happened to us as a gift from God. After Jesus came and died for our sins and resurrected. He conquered the grave so that we would also conquer in life. God never intended for our lives to be difficult, but that we could begin to enjoy a relationship with Him and in Him, starting here on earth.
Despite the fall of mankind, Jesus overcame the cross, and we overcame with Him and this is why in this life we can overcome all things because the one who lives in us also did. “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Colossians 2:15 NIV
The word of God assures us that the Christian life is a triumphant life. Even when you don’t see it or when it does not always look like it in certain situations and circumstances, your life in Christ is a triumphal procession. 2 Corinthians 2:14 NIV states it emphatically; “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.“
What does triumph in life mean for God’s children?
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines triumph as:
1. a victory or conquest by or as if by military force,
2. a notable success the party was a triumph, and
3. The joy or exultation of victory or success
Therefore when the word says, always and in every place it means all the time and in all situations. In physical places, geographical places, social places, emotional places, and even the spiritual realms we triumph in Christ. We do not pray as though we need to triumph, but we should hold a conscious effort that it is one of the benefits of being in Christ.
Problems gravitate towards their solution. You wield the solution over challenges in life that will come from many places. However, there are three different sources where challenges can come from:
1. The world.
2. Our flesh.
3. The devil.
Challenges can come from the world because we are in this world as Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 Despite the troubles of the world, we are encouraged to take heart because He overcame this world for us. in light of this we triumph always and in every place. In another place in the bible, we are assured of overwhelming victory because of Jesus Christ in our lives.
“No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” Romans 8:37-38
Our flesh can be a hindrance to us allowing the Holy Spirit to flow in and through us easily such that we may experience the greatness of God’s power as we do our God-given assignments. It can stop us from sharing the word of God, the fragrance of His Knowledge, which is stated in 2 Corinthians 2:14. This is the reason why the word of God teaches us how to fast, in order that we may put the flesh under subjection. 1 Corinthians 9:27.
Challenges from the flesh will not work if we believe and hold thought to the victory we have obtained through Christ, and that we continue to obtain each and every day. We are told to have no confidence in the flesh Philippians 3:1-4 NIV but to always know that by the spirit that is how we continue to obtain victory each day. The flesh was crucified on the cross with Jesus, and now, For in him we live, and move, and have our being… Acts 17:28.
Thank God the devil is defeated, because a major part of the challenges in this world came through his temptations on Eve in the garden of Eden, to go against the ways of God. We should never be afraid of the devil. He is defeated. Jesus told us to cast out devils and to resist him and he will flea from us.
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Mark 16:17-18
We have the authority to do this because Jesus Christ gave us the authority that He had from heaven and left it with us so that our life would be a continuous life of triumph, read Matthew 28. The next time you pray, fast, declare God’s word against circumstances, understand that being in Christ gives us victory over the devil and his schemes also.
Further study: What truly happened at the fall of man?
Book to read: The Power Of The Word Of God: His word prospers delivers, heals, and blesses.