Fresh Manna© by Pastor Tim Burt
2 Cor 2:14 “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.”
If some people were to read this scripture, they would say that the Apostle Paul wrote this just as kind of raa – raa exhortation because it certainly isn’t true – no one ALWAYS triumphs in life! Paul isn’t just trying to exhort us but to help us see that in every situation, we can have victory and triumph. He isn’t saying that every circumstance – to our natural eyes – will turn out with the appearance of great victory. To the contrary, many people encounter experiences of disaster, calamity, and great loss and pain. For someone that has just had their home and belongings washed away in a flood or who has lost loved ones, it would be easy to say, “Where is the triumph and victory in that?” It can seem and feel impossible to imagine God bringing victory and triumph to a situation that painful.
Then there are battles we want to fight that result in victory and they’ll bring great joy. I was recently talking with a gentleman who along with his wife, fought hard to succeed at what was a deteriorating marriage and close to divorce. They instead went to professional counseling and each made hard and deliberate changes determined to have a successful marriage. They now have that and are triumphing in Christ in this victory over Satan and his plan to get them to fail.
When circumstances don’t seem to go your way and yet you are able to stay above the circumstances knowing in faith that God will help you, that is when your triumphing in the Lord is greatest. In 1 Sam 30:3-3 we read about David and all his men coming back from a victorious series of battles of surrounding enemies. As they were returning home after being gone for a long time, they saw smoke. They then found out that their enemies had burnt their town to the ground and more. It says, “When David and his men came to Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep.” David’s men were so discouraged that they wanted to lash out and blame someone. They wanted to stone him as their leader. David’s family was also taken and he was just as discouraged as they were but instead of letting the discouragement overcome him so that he also was useless, we are told in verse 6, ” but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.”
Like a true leader, he encouraged the men, went out to pursue and destroy the enemy, and get back what the devil had stolen. He did just that and then we are told that they got everything back and more! They got back their wives and children and all the riches the enemy has stolen from them and others.
If David would have stayed discouraged like his men, he’d be dead and they’d be wandering leaderless, hopeless and aimless through life blaming and hating God. David didn’t allow himself to stay discouraged. He knew His God. He knew the God who helped him slay Goliath. He knew God would not abandon him in this desperate and appearingly hopeless time. He knew in the Lord there was triumph and victory and so he encouraged himself in the Lord.
I wrote you some time back in May about the hail storm that devastated the garden that I was trying to win an award for. It demolished it. Renee and I went out and prayed over the entire garden. We refused to let the devil steal anything from us. The Lord says when our enemies come against us one way they must flee seven ways. Deuteronomy 28:7 “The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.” I declared Satan caught and demanded a sevenfold return. Proverbs 6:31 says, “But if the thief be caught, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.” All my friends know how much I love to garden and wer surprised I was not more upset. I wasn’t because I knew the devil would pay and declared that “I am believing for a sevenfold return.“
I went out and cut everything (which was shredded from the hail and that was everything) back to the ground and prayed it would all come back. It did within a month and turned into an absolutely beautiful garden. Even my Hostas grew back! On top of that, the insurance man came out to examine the hail damage to the house. We got over 45,000 in repair that has restored our house to perfect condition (with new siding, roof, paint, and more.) I got more than a seven fold return.
That’s where the second part of today’s Fresh Manna verse has its biggest impact. It says, “And through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.” The fragrance of the knowledge of Jesus is in the testimony of how God took what the devil meant for evil and turned if for good causing others to have faith and trust in Him. The fragrance is in the joy of knowing before hand that God does have a silver lining to the evil the devil tries to bring – if we can hang in there and trust God for it in faith. That is the promise of God. Isa 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment God shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”
God will use us to make Satan pay for what he has tried to bring against us. Others will be touched by and come to know God in the process. And God will bring us to victory! Be blessed as you triumph in every circumstance of your life today.
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
Published by Pastor Tim Burt
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