“…leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.” II Cor 2:14
We often act like we are defeated for various reasons and, where we turn, we spread an aroma of failure and discouragement. Why? Have we lost the spiritual warfare we have been fighting? If not, why do we act like it?
The victory has been won, and what we are doing is to recover what was lost. We are fighting a losing battle if the war hasn’t already been fought and won.
Satan was completely defeated over two thousand years ago when Christ was crucified, died, and rose again from the dead. In fact, the Lord Jesus has been leading us in triumphal procession for the past two thousand years.
Yet we don’t always act like victors.
I may have been overcome by an attitude of defeatism, for I haven’t experienced a lot of successes, either in personal or corporate warfare against the evil one. Safe to say, I have tasted a lot more failures than successes.
The failures that I have experienced don’t make me a failure, for the war has been won. I need to remind myself of this truth often and remain positive no matter how dire the situation may become.
“Are there any persons who would like to accept Jesus to be their Savior tonight?” I was asked to issue an altar call at the end of the last service at the church retreat. There was no indication from the pews and I quickly closed the service.
Did I act like a failure afterward? Why should I be, since there was not any fruit to be harvested at the time? I just move on to the next mission field and do what my Master calls me to do.
We need to remain upbeat and positive. The soldiers who march in triumphal procession have absolutely no reason to hang their heads as if they have been beaten. They instead should shout for joy.
We go on evangelizing because there are still lost souls to be found and broken hearts to be mended. The Lord’s victory has made our victory possible.
We have ample reasons to feel defeated if we rely on our own talent and strength to gain victory for Christ. We are mere instruments by which the Holy Spirit performs his miraculous work of salvation made possible by the redemptive death of Christ Jesus.
“Campus ministry is becoming more and more difficult,” I said to someone in a casual conversation during the retreat.
“Yes, things have changed. It used to be easier,” the one to whom I was talking agreed.
What I did in that brief conversation was to spread an aroma of discouragement and defeat, which was something Satan wanted me to do. The evil one might have failed, yet he often behaves like a victor and, unfortunately, we seem to concur with him by the way we think and act.