Monday, 1 February 2016

We Are Always Triumphant

We Are Always Triumphant

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 2 v 14:
"Now thanks be unto God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of His knowledge by us in every place."

In the world we have to take our chances and there is not always a certain victory; life in the world is a gamble and many try to find guidance from astrology, horoscopes, mediums, psychics and other such people and practices. This is dangerous territory for the unwary and can lead to demonic oppression and bondage to the occult.

Oppression and bondage can be described as compulsive behaviour; things you cannot control anymore because suddenly, and without warning, you go from a dabbler to unrelenting pressure to perform. The only way to successfully break this demonic control is through commitment to Jesus.

Bondage or demonic control is manifested when you cannot break a bad habit like drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, sexual lust, porn, anger, visiting mediums, gambling. There are always triggers that set people off and once you have found the inner signal you can, by prayer and ministry, overcome it. 

Those who are possessed by demons are serial serious offenders like rapists, murderers, molesters, wife-beaters, psychopaths, fanatical militants, religious maniacs, cult leaders, the hopelessly insane. Every one of these can be completely set free by Jesus but very few ever seek that freedom for their lives.   

Those who have chosen to follow Jesus will always triumph over evil. First we have to get the log out of our own eye before we deal with someone else's splinter. This is not just a one time prayer session but an ongoing process as we deal with bitterness, rejection, memories of hurts, tragedies, loss, shock, fear and every other thing we experienced before Jesus became our Lord.

The more free we become from religion to the blessing and joy of life in Christ, the more will He use us to help others. His fragrance will permeate everything we do and travel to the ends of the Earth in testimonies.

Years ago a man came to me for healing of psoriasis, a bad skin rash, and his neighbour drove him to my house. While praying for the first man I felt a strong pain in my back. I asked him if he suffered from some problem in his spine. He said No but his neighbour said he had been boarded from work 19 years before after a spinal injury. Jesus set him free and healed him. He was back at work two days later. Many people came to know Jesus through him.

This weekend my prayer partner complained of headaches. We asked Jesus and He said He was alerting us to a terrible satanic attack on the whole Body of Christ. The enemy had unleashed a horde of demons to break down Christians and their faith. We had to pray until his headache went away, then the Lord said the attack was averted. His fragrance will manifest as He always causes us to triumph in every place. 

So let us give thanks to the Lord for He has the victory over every situation. You may not understand why you are going through a time of trouble in your life, but Jesus has measured it, and allowed it, for your opportunity to triumph over adversity. He holds our future in His steady hands and we are grateful He does.

Prayer: Father God, we praise and thank You for Your love and care for us. We find ourselves in predicaments without human solutions and You cause us to triumph over them so You may be glorified. You dwell in the praises of Your people and we can only rejoice as the savour of the knowledge of Jesus goes far and wide. In Jesus' name. Amen.