Leads Us In Triumphs

All of us have at one time or the other tasted the bitter dregs of defeat. I remember losing a regional basketball game to the school where my wife attended in the last three seconds because the referee didn’t hear the buzzer. All of us would likely agree that victory is much sweeter than defeat.  Our American culture has always been victory oriented. Perhaps that is why Vietnam was such a bitter pill.
It has been said that life without Christ is a series of defeats interspersed with a few half victories. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The apostle Paul said, “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumph...” (2 Cor. 2:14) The theme of Revelation is victory.  Jesus is pictured as the King of Kings, the Lion of Judah and the Triumphant Rider in chapter 19.  You might say, “victory over what preacher?” On the Honeymooners TV many years ago Jackie Gleason used to tell his wife Alice that “I’m king and you are nothing.” Her reply was that he was king over nothing.
The Hebrew writer wrote, “one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Heb. 4:15) Yes, Christ defeated sin and death. He brought us victory and salvation. Doesn’t it make sense to be on the winner’s side?you don’t have to be a “born loser”. You can be a “born again winner” The choice is up to you. Which will it be?

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