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Thanksgiving for your Encounter

Triumph is victory over an enemy

“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.” – 2 Corinthians 2:14

A triumphant procession is a formal march in celebration of victory over an enemy, in Christ Jesus!

“God disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him, and in it, the cross.” – Colossians 2:15

What is your definition of a Christian victory? Many Christians today are being taught that victory is when we
get our will, or when we attain our desires, or, when God solves some problem, or problems, for us. Others are being
taught that victory is a matter of preaching the Gospel into new areas; and, that is it. Well, these suggestions may
be included in any victory that is being wrought by God. But, it is entirely possible for those things to happen, and
yet for us to have very little victory in Christ, at all. The truth is; victory means God getting His will to His Glory not simply in my life; but, over me, personally, and not less than that; and if, not then really, it is not a complete victory in Christ Jesus. Paul describes the possibilities of our victory in Christ, in 1Corinthians 15:54-57, thus:

“So, when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought
to pass the saying that is written; Death is swallowed up in victory. ‘O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy
victory?’ The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

From this scripture, we see, and learn that our victory is a process, and that it comes from God. So,
this is not about us figuring out a way to win a victory. No. We find victory only in Christ, through
God! Secondly, Paul tells us that victory is possible, “when this corruptible shall have put on
incorruption…,” that is: “when!” When death is swallowed up by the Resurrection Life of Christ –
IN US – then we would have His victory.

We know that, if we are IN Christ, then we potentially have all the victory that He has won.

But, can you live in real victory, just because you are saved? Nope. We know that there is “overcoming”
and, “a struggle”. So, how does the victory that is already finished in Christ Jesus become something
that we can experience? This can only be attained by Jesus Christ having victory over us.
You will note that Paul says that God gives us the victory through our LORD Jesus Christ. It is when Jesus
become your LORD in a situation that you begin to live in victory.

In short, you cannot be “lord” of anything; you cannot have authority over anything, until Jesus has authority
– AS LORD – over you. Victory is the result of life swallowing up death. Thus, if you want to find life in Christ, you must lose your
own life. You have to relinquish control over everything, by faith, and fall into His hands. Then, if you have died that “death”, you can live unto God. And, you will live in His victory, because He has victory over you.

Victory in Christ is not a thing God simply hands over to us, but you must lose your life to Christ. I am not talking about getting saved. I am talking about losing SELF, losing your life, your way. You have to put aside, completely, YOUR will; YOUR way, and YOUR life, and sell out, completely, to the will God, to His glory. It is the only basis on which it is possible to walk in the victory of Jesus Christ. Jesus must become my personal Lord on every level of my inward and outward life. That is fundamental to my reigning and ruling with Him.
It is an act in futility to try to get God to do something for us, rather than our “yielding” to Him, for His will. You can spend years praying, and praying for God to do this or that; or, praying for God to give you this, or that; and, it may be that God is waiting for you
to stop trying to get Him on board your programme; but, He is waiting for you to get on board His own programme. Most Christians know enough so as not to become rebellious towards God. But, so many of us have been filled with the bad teachings. Many have
been taught that God wants to do OUR will. No; God wants to do HIS will. That is why it is HIS WILL. Of course, there is much error out there that would suggest that whatever may be our will surely must be God’s will.

Because, we are told: “God has put it on our heart.” While it is possible for God to put His will on our hearts, indeed, in the ultimate sense, God wants our will be become His will, it is a fact that sincere Christian people can be completely WRONG about the will
of God. And, sometimes it is not possible to know, unless you first surrender your will into the hands of God, and LET GO.
There is not one place in the Bible where God promises to do what we want, unless it is what He wants. This is why Jesus told us to pray: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.” Could anything be plainer? Again – God is not sitting in Heaven, waiting for us to give Him orders, instructions, suggestions, information, or requests. Rather, He is continually trying to reveal, to us, His will, for our lives.
We need to put aside what we want, and to surrender to God, Himself. If we do so, there will come – for us – a victory in Christ Jesus, over us, in any matter, and this will form the basis for God to bring to pass His will. If we were right about God’s will, then we would be able to receive it on the right basis – because through surrender, we are now rightly related to Him. And, if we were wrong about His will, then we would be set free from our errors. Either way, until Jesus Christ become our Lord, through our death and resurrection on any matter, we will not be able to walk in victory.
“For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and, this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? – (1 John 5:4-5).
Our faith in God is victory. Not our getting what we wanted from God. Our faith is the victory because, by faith in Jesus, Jesus becomes our living Lord. And then, because we are then rightly related to Him, our victory is over everything over which He has victory.
Victory is in Christ Jesus. But, only if we are under Him can we be over what He is over. Thus, if you want to know why there must be trials and suffering in a Christian’s life, this is your answer. We must be conquered through surrender to Christ. Only then, can we be; “more than conquerors through Him that loved us”.

“The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And, if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together… Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, ‘for thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter’. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors, through him that loved us.” – (Romans 8:16-17, 35-37).
The authority of the Believer is directly related to the authority of Jesus Christ over them. Authority is not an automatic “power” that is built into salvation, although you must be in Christ to have victory. There is no authority in your words, simply because you are in Christ. ALL authority is in Christ Himself, and it is only when we are related to Him – by being under His authority – that His authority can be made manifest through us.
Do you want to have Spiritual Authority in the year 2019?
Do you want to be more than a Conqueror in the year 2019?
Then, BECOME CONQUERED, by Jesus Christ. If you do, your life will no longer belong to you. It will not be about what you want, or even about what you want to do for God. It will be about God’s will to His Glory. But, you will also find that this is really what you wanted, especially if had you known this before. And, your faith in Christ, or – if you will – your relativity to Him will be the ultimate triumph. It will be an eternal, incorruptible victory, and – for that matter – a victory that swallows up all death and power of the enemy. My prayer throughout this season of the year 2019 is for you to totally surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ that you may have a victorious and glorious 2019.


Love and blessings
Pastor Esther Kamba.





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