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The Aroma of Victory

In 2 Cor 2:12-13, Paul recounts leaving Mysia, planning to go to Asia Minor, but was prohibited from doing so by the Lord. Unclear regarding next steps, he visits Troas only to find his co-worker Titus not in place. Not knowing if something untoward had happened to him, Paul is restless. Yet in verse 14 he breaks out of his agitation. Recalling God’s faithfulness he says, “…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.”
 
Disappointment is a part of life. Having our plans disrupted or realizing the people are not where they should be happens more often than not. Paul teaches us how a faith-filled perspective should not let discouragement live in our homes.
 
So, when loss appears in the form of people who are late to arrive at their spiritual destination or in the form of redirected plans, let your faith remind you of Christ’ triumph into which you are presently being led. Then rather than smelling like defeat, you manifest the aroma of victory. Live right, live well…
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Stand Against the Enemy

David had some epic men of valor. One of them was Eleazar the son of Dodo. 1 Chron. 11:13-14 says, "Eleazar was with David at Pasdammim when 800 Philistines gathered there for battle. At a place where there was a field full of barley, the Israelite troops fled from the Philistines. 14 But these two men took their stand in the middle of the field. They defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the Lord brought about a great victory."

To be one of two men who stand against eight hundred armed men is unbelievably brave. To do so and win is unbelievably unbelievable! Indeed the Lord was the accompanying warrior.

Satan's intimidation tactics can cause the finest Christians to turn and run. Only those who believe God’s territory is worth defending anywhere and anytime will war in the face of overwhelming odds. The barely field may have possessed strategic value, yet to make a stand against the enemy wherever he attacks is of inestimable worth. Those who do so will never war alone. Live right, live well...

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