Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christ-followers are Successful

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 2:14a
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ,

Insights: This week we are going to be looking at three unique characteristics of Christ-followers.  The first characteristic is that Christ-followers are triumphant.  Andrew Knowles explains this verse this way, “Paul praises God for calling him to take part in the victory procession of Christ. A Roman general would receive a triumphal welcome home after a great victory. His soldiers, prisoners and booty would all be processed before the cheering crowd.”  If you saw the movie Gladiator, then you can envision the scene when Commodus returned from the Gaul wars and was led into Rome in a triumphal parade. Warren Wiersbe elaborates on this picture Knowles introduces us to by adding the aspect of Roman priests who burned incense in the parade.  That odor affected people differently.  To the captured enemy soldiers who were in this parade, it signified their death in the games to come in the arena.  But to those who were Romans, it signified life and vitality as their empire expanded. I want to point another thing out about our being triumphant.  Notice with me the reason: It is because Christ Jesus does the LEADING.  Beloved, I cannot express how important this truth is for our spiritual vitality.  We must learn to live life under the control and inspiration of the Lord God.  We can develop the best programs.  We can have the most wonderful intentions.  We can even speak as the most eloquent of people, but if we are ministering in our own power, then it is not triumphal.  The book of Hebrews calls it a dead work (chapter six).  Let us let the Lord Jesus lead and guide us.  Let Him be our victory.  Let His power work in us all for His glory and grace.

1.  In what areas are you walking in victory with Christ?
2.  When was the last time you felt His guiding hand leading you into victory?

Prayer: Father, I do not always obey You, but I am grateful that I can sense Your guiding presence.  Lord, transform my heart and help me desire to obey You immediately .  Amen.

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