God leads us in triumph

DON’T LET IMPOSSIBILITIES FOOL YOU

Thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ.

2 Corinthians 2:14

God wins His greatest victories through apparent defeats.

Our enemy may triumph for a season & God allows it.

But then He comes in & upsets our enemy & overthrows their apparent victory!

God says He, “frustrates the ways of the wicked” Ps 146:9

Consequently, He gives us a much greater victory than we would

have known by allowing the enemy what appears to be a triumph.

The story of the three who were thrown into the fiery furnace is a familiar one.

There was an apparent victory for the enemy. It looked as if the servants of the

living God were going to suffer a terrible defeat.

We’ve all been in situations where it appears we’re defeated & the enemy rejoices.

We can only imagine what a complete defeat this appeared to be for Daniel’s friends.

They were thrown into the terrible flames while their enemies watched to see them burn.

Yet the enemy was greatly astonished to see them walking around in the fire, enjoying themselves.

Then King Nebuchadnezzar told them to come out of the fire.

The enemy crowded around them.

They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies,

They saw that the fire had not even singed the hair of their heads;

They saw that their robes were not scorched &

They saw that there was no smell of fire on them . . .

no other god can save in this way Dan 3:27, 29

This apparent defeat resulted in a miraculous victory.

Suppose they had lost their faith & courage & had complained, saying,

Why didn’t God keep us out of the furnace!

But no, they were confident God was working in the tragic defeat.

If we are in a great trial. We need to refuse to see it as a defeat.

Trust God! By faith claim the victory through Him who is able to make us

“more than conquerors” Rom 8:37

Expect a glorious victory will soon be clear.

Pray through in all the difficult places God takes us into.

Tests, trials & humiliating defeats are an opportunity from God

for us to exercise our faith in Him to trust that He will bring about blessed result.

He is protecting us,

He is with us

He is greatly glorifying His name through us.

from A Life of Praise

Defeat may serve as well as victory

To shake the soul & let His glory out.

When the great oak is straining in the wind,

The limbs drink in new beauty & the trunk

Sends down a deeper root on the windward side.

Only the soul that knows the mighty grief

Can know the mighty rapture.

Sorrows come To stretch out spaces in our heart for joy.

STREAMS

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