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Our victory as Christians, is through faith in Christ Jesus, who on our behalf, has already defeated the world and its powers or forces of darkness.

Reference: 1 John 5:4 English Standard Version (ESV) "For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith."

To be born of God is to have Christ in you who gives eternal life. It is being born again. Every born again Christian is a world overcomer. According to referenced Scripture, we overcome the world, meaning that its an ongoing process for every Christian. It is the normal and established Christian way of living and functioning in life. And the Bible named this victory "our faith." This implies that there are victories that don't come by faith because they were gained in a subtle or an ungodly way.

For instance, in some situations, there are people who don't feel like engaging in a competition properly to get the reward or win a trophy. In other words, so long as they have the cash or influence, they can win without necessarily having a lot of skills to participate and reach the end of the game. So John was careful to address the source, name and kind of victory that overcomes the world.

To be an overcomer in life means that there is a battle or battles you meet in your Christian faith and win them because you face those battles with the mentality of a victor. How? Christ has already given and invested in us, His permanent victory over this world, irrespective of divergent circumstances. Therefore, every battle you'll ever meet or face in your lifetime as a Christian is already designed to come your way so you can establish the victory of Christ in it.

Battles simply take a dissimilar or differing description, view and size because each one of us is specially unique in our Christian walk. Gratefully, Christ Jesus did not leave us weak and defenceless in spiritual battles. In the pages of the Scripture, we can acknowledge that He furnished us with spiritual armour that grants us the overall victory and makes us overcomers. No wonder 1st Corinthians 15:57 (NASB) says, "but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." In other words, He supplies it to us on a consistent basis. A test or trial only comes to you as a channel to reveal the victory of Christ already made available, as you exercise your faith.

Another Scripture, 2 Corinthians 2:14 (ESV) reads, "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." Beloved, from time to time, we are being led captive by God in glorious triumphal procession as we yield to the Spirit of God. Our Christian life is like a parade in which God leads us as His soldiers to overcome and exercise our dominion over every spiritual enemy. This is the reason apostle Paul used this illustration: The victories the Roman military soldiers achieved in his days.

In 2nd Corinthians 2:14, the later part of the verse says, "and through us God reveals the fragrance of the knowledge of Him in every place" (NASB). In other words, God does not only lead us in a triumphal procession - that's just a part of the victory process. The main reason He gives us victory or causes us to triumph is to accomplish His purpose on earth, which is to register the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. When we exercise our faith in the midst of trials and we win them, the world around us sees the victory of Christ and the glory of God revealed in us and through us, thereby drawing their attention to the knowledge of the Christ.

So what should be your attitude as a Christian when faced with any trial in life? First, have your mind made up that the victory of Christ is already yours even before or in the midst of the battle. Second, exercise your faith in God's Word, by putting on the whole armour of God. Stand firm on the truth and keep speaking the victory language. Ephesians 6:11 (KJV) says, "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." This implies that the devil is completely defeated; all He has left are "wiles" which are devious or cunning stratagems he uses to manipulate or question the truth you know. He also attempts to capture and divert your attention from the victory God has already given you. However always stand your ground, and refuse to give up on your victory in Christ. Shalom!

Scripture Reading - Ephesians 6:11-18; Romans 8:37; 1 John 2:13-14; Colossians 2:15; 1 John 4:4.

Exuberant Declaration: Great is my confidence in God who always causes me to triumph in every situation. My faith in Christ is the victory that overcomes the world and the power by which I'm enabled to defeat all the wiles and lies of the enemy. Through my constant fellowship with the Holy Spirit and the Word, I experience the insurmountable victory which Christ Himself has granted me over evil forces and worldly influences. Therefore, I rejoice daily in Christ's triumphal procession which awakens my gratefulness to God. Hallelujah!


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