A L O O K I N T O T H E A P O S T L E ' S H E A R T
Today, we’re going to focus on a verse that is probably pretty familiar to you. Even if you can’t quote it verbatim, you will probably recognize it. It’s a verse that promises us victory, triumph, and success. Things we’re all longing for in this spiritual battle. It seems fitting that after talking about forgiveness and its way to victory, we should study our triumphal procession and Who leads us in this victory march. So just dive right in and take a look at what Paul has to teach us in II Corinthians chapter two.
“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.”
~II Corinthians 2:14
This is a powerful verse to remember when we’re feeling defeated, down in the dumps, and lost, for in these times, we all need a word of encouragement and a reminder that in Christ there is always victory. Did you catch that key word? Always. All the time, never failing, constant. Always means always. Christ always leads us to victory and triumph. What an amazing promise!
But, you may ask, if this is true why do we feel defeated and get ensnared by sin?
The answer is found in the word following always. Christ leads us in triumphal procession. We do not arrive there on our own. He leads, which means that we must follow. We follow His direction. We follow His ways. Where He goes, we go, and what He commands, we obey. This requires trust, faith, and extreme obedience. However, if we make sure to follow Christ, He will always lead us to victory.
So are you feeling down and defeated right now? Who’s leadership have you been following? Your own or Christ? When you’ve followed Jesus’ guidance has He ever led you wrong? Do you want triumph and victory in your spiritual life?
Follow where Christ leads.
That’s the takeaway for us today. Our sure path to victory and spiritual success is in the footsteps of Jesus. If we remain right behind Him, we’ll always be led in triumph.
The rest of II Corinthians 2:14 contains another wonderful nugget; however, we’re going to save that for another day. For now, let’s stew upon and meditate this short yet powerful and important lesson that in Christ we are always led in triumphal procession. Praise the Lord!
"He leadeth me, O blessed thought!
O words with heav’nly comfort fraught!
Whate’er I do, where’er I be
Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.
He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful foll’wer I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me."
~"He Leadeth Me" by Joseph H. Gilmore