But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 2 Corinthians 2:14-15
During advent I used my grandfather’s book, Reigning with Christ, as a basis for our 2017 Advent devotionals. During this lenten season, I propose to use another book with a somewhat similar message: Forever Triumphant by the same FJ Huegel. I have never read this book, so I hope to be blessed along with you.
In Christ, Pastor David
FJ Huegel: It comes as a shock when one realizes that the Christian life, as for the most part it is being lived, falls far short of the divine standard. The status of unnumbered Christians is sub-normal. They are below par. They are not out-and-out sinners along with the worldling, for they have named the name of Jesus in true faith and are indeed members of His Church; but you talk to them about a life of perennial victory, about being more than conquerors, about a life “hid with Christ in God” in unbroken and joyous communion, and you will fail to get an understanding response. You may provoke an incredulous smile.
Yet no truth could be more apparent, however cursory one’s study of the New Testament, than that the divine standard for the Christian is a steady stream, if I may so speak, of victory.
Prayer: Dear God,
It is traditional to give up something for lent, usually something we eat or drink. During this lent, I would like to give up defeat in order to live the life You want for me. But if this is to happen, You must show me how, and must take my hand to lead me to where you want me to go, to be what you want me to be, and to do what you want me to do. In the name of Jesus, our victory and our crown. Amen.