// Brenda Thomas
HAVE YOU EVER considered that the first four letters of the word testimony spell t-e-s-t? You can't have a testimony without passing a test. The great news for believers is that every test we face is an open book test—all the answers are found in the Bible! There isn't anything we face in life that Jesus has not already given us the ability to conquer and triumph over.
One of my favorite scripture passages is Second Corinthians 2:14—"Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place." How often does God cause us to triumph? Always! In the Amplified Bible Classic Edition, that same verse says, "But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ's victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere." God leads us where? Into triumph.
That verse didn't say that God leads us out into a dry, barren place. It didn't say that He leads us into traps, snares, and plots of the devil so Satan can beat up on us. No! God always leads us where? Into triumph. Into victory. How often does He cause us to triumph? Always!
Always is a great word. Sometimes it helps us to get the full impact of a word by looking at its definition. Two dictionary definitions of always are "at every instance"1 and "for all time."2 I like that! Jesus said, "For all time I'm going to cause you to triumph. For all time you are a trophy of My grace and goodness."
Isn't that good? We can always count on God. He is faithful and reliable. And He always brings us through to victory!
According to the Bible, temptations, tests, and trials come to steal our faith and rob us of our joy. The devil loves to make us think that he has won and we are completely defeated by his attacks. But when he takes his best shot and throws his hardest blow and we continue to persevere and stand on the Word, he is the one who gets discouraged!
That's why it's so important for us to stay connected with God and in tune with His Spirit. We must keep our eyes on the Word and remain attentive to His voice. When we do, we cannot fail and we will not be defeated. Why? Because the greatest Winner Who ever lived, lives on the inside of us. And we are winners in Him!
You see, against all odds, Jesus Christ rose up victorious over death, hell, and the grave. Did He have opportunities to quit? Of course He did. But His attitude gives us the example we should follow. Winners never quit and quitters never win!
I encourage you to act like Jesus today and refuse to quit. No matter what comes against you, no matter how many times you might get knocked down, just keep getting up! Remember, God always causes you to triumph in Christ. He always causes you to stand. You're going to stand on His promises. You're going to stand on your redemption. And you're going to rise up every single time.
1 David B. Guralnik, ed., Webster's New World Dictionary, 2nd college ed. (Cleveland: William Collins & World Publishing, 1974), 41.
2 always.Dictionary.com. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. http://dictionary reference.com/browse/always.
For more encouragement to stand when tested, go to khm.com/pressured and read Kenneth W. Hagin's article "How to Handle Pressure."