Triumphant as a word is defined as “to have achieved a great victory”. For instance, in winning a war or competition or success, or feeling very happy and proud because of such an achievement. As you meditate on the scriptures in this article and exercise your faith, you will be triumphant in Jesus name.
In Psalm 112:1; 6-8 the writer demonstrates how those who fear the Lord are confident that they can face their enemies and win. The NLT version simply puts it that “Praise the Lord! How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying his commands … 7 They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. 8 They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly.” Believers who are holy in heart and righteous in conduct should be courageous and bold. In fact, the righteous they are as bold as a lion (Proverbs 28:1).
The Almighty God is Sovereign and the All Powerful One. God has never lost any battle and He will never lose any. He has never failed before and He will never fail. Hebrews 13:8 says, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and tomorrow”. In fact, God is unchangeable. He is true to Himself in all situations of life.
In Matthew 28:18, it is stated that “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” Therefore, there is no power that can be more powerful compared to that of Jesus. Interestingly, that power has been given to true believers. In Luke 10:19, Jesus now says “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Every genuine believer is equipped with all spiritual weaponry to be victorious in every battle to life.
The Apostle Paul declares in Colossians 2:15 that “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (NIV). Our Lord Jesus Christ, defeated the executors of law by triumphing over them in the very cross that they thought was a triumph over Him. The enemy has been stripped of his powers to condemn and to kill.
The famous Anglo-Irish philosopher, Edmund Burke stated that “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Our Lord Jesus Christ did not allow the enemy which represents evil to have the final victory over humanity. He said it is finished to every pain, sorrow and defeat at the Cross of Calvary. He paid the full price for our victory over the evil deeds of the devil. He came so that we can have life and have it to the full (John 10:10). Hence, Ephesians 3:20 says “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” The Amplified version says “Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams].” This God that we serve is a faithful God. He is forever reliable and dependable. He can do far beyond our highest prayers.
Consequently, we are reminded in Galatians 5:1 that “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (ESV). Know that, in Christ, you have freedom, righteousness and life. Jesus is the way, the truth and life (John 14:6).
From the foregoing, as a believer, what does it mean to be truly triumphant?
- It simply means your enemy shall not triumph over you. God is interested in you being victorious in every battle of life. Micah 5:9 says “Your hand will be lifted up in triumph over your enemies, and all your foes will be destroyed.” Also, Psalm 41:11 says that “I know that you are pleased with me, for my enemy does not triumph over me.” It gives pleasure to the Almighty God when you win against the enemy. In the same vain, anytime you are defeated, God is not happy. God wants His children to be winners in every situation of life examination. Psalm 118:7 says “The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies.”
- In fact, like David, you are to triumph over that Goliath. Our God Almighty wants you to bring that giant down. You are more than a conqueror. I Samuel 17:50 says “So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.” What is that Goliath that is intimidating and challenging you from advancing forward in life. Bring down the Goliath and soar over it like an eagle. Revelation 12:11 (NIV) says “They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” You will testify of the Lord’s goodness in Jesus’ name.
- Since Our God is a champion, you are destined to triumph over your enemies too. The Holy Scriptures in Isaiah 42:13 says “The Lord will march out like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies.” Also, 1 Corinthians 15:57-58 says “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain. Rejoice in the Lord for your victory is ascertained. 1 John 5:4 says “for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” The beauty is that you are an overcomer and not a loser.
- You are about to sing a new song. It is a truism that the shouting side is the winning side. Proverbs 28:12 says “When the righteous triumph, there is great elation ….” I decree over you that from today you will shout in triumph in Jesus’ name. Furthermore, Isaiah 58:14 says “then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” Knowing that God’s Word is forever settled, may you find joy in the midst of your life battles in Jesus’ name.
- Interestingly, the Triumphant God has conquered death. Hosea 13:14 says “I will deliver this people from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. Where, O death, are your plagues? Where, O grave, is your destruction? “I will have no compassion,” Total victory is guaranteed over death for Psalm 118:17 says “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD”. May all forms of death (including physical and spiritual) be far from you in Jesus’ name.
- God has triumphed over every lack. Psalm 23:1 says: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want”. That means all you want is in God Almighty. Philippians 4:19 says “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”. With the Triumphant God on your side, may lack never be known around you in Jesus’ name.
- This God has triumphed over every impossibility. Jeremiah 32:27 says “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” Thomas Paine, the renowned English–American philosopher, political activist and revolutionary stated that “the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” With courage and boldness, your victory shall be glorious too in Jesus’ name.
Dr. Akpo Onduku
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