SWEET SAVOUR AND VICTORY IN CHRIST
Text: 2 Corinthians 2:14-17
Please commit this Scripture to memory. It is very important if you do not want to start on the defeat line as a believer over and over again, or if you want to step up the ladder of spiritual victory and give your life to Christ for the first time.
“14Now 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. 15For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: 16To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? 17For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ [2 Cor. 2:14-17].”
This was the first Scripture, the Holy Spirit ministered to me when I began to lay the groundwork for this ministry, Christ our Wisdom and Power Missions. I meditate on this Scripture from time to time, and the Holy Spirit reminded me again, invigorating me with the Scripture, and telling me to share it with you. It always makes me exude great confidence that I am triumphant always in Christ, as long as I am in right standing with God. Jesus sweetens lives and as a disciple of Jesus, a Christian should manifest the power and radiate the glory of God in every place.
When Jesus was on earth, He healed the sick, raised the dead, healed the broken hearted, comforted those who were mourning and gave liberty to those who were in bondage, fulfilling the mission He was commissioned to do [Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:18-21]. How fragrant His life was!!! What does this mean? It means He touched the lives of those He met in a positive way. Some became saved and others who refused to believe became condemned because they refused to believe in the only begotten Son of God. As the Son of man, Christ was anointed and consecrated with the Holy Spirit by God. The Holy Spirit gave Him strength, and empowered Him for the works He did. He forgave sins, healed the sick, and raised the dead, the same thing He can do today [Heb. 13:8]. His resume as the Son of God was all written with victory after victory, culminating in the victory over Satan and the Host of hell when He died on the Cross of Calvary and rose again the third day. He went back to heaven triumphantly and will come again to judge the living and the dead. Are you ready to meet Him?
Of His mission on earth, the Amplified bible reads.
38How God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him [Acts 10:38].
Since He is the same, yesterday, to day and forever, He can meet you at the point of your need through the same power of the Holy Spirit that anointed Him. To the sick, if you believe and reach out by faith, He can heal you and your life becomes a testimony to others of the wonders He does.
To every believer, Jesus has deposited His powers in us to enjoy who He is and sweeten the lives of others with His knowledge by the power of the Holy Spirit. On earth, Jesus said to His disciples, “I will send the Holy Spirit and each one of you will do greater works because I go back to my Father in heaven [John 14:12, paraphrased]”. This was literarily fulfilled, after the day of Pentecost, in the life of Peter [his shadow healed the sick, Acts 5:15] and Paul [anointed handkerchief’s from him healed people, Acts 19:11-12]. The power of the Holy Spirit transformed their lives, becoming clean vessels in the hand of God. They brought fragrance in Christ to others in their missionary journeys, both to the saved and unsaved.
Figuratively, a person’s life is like salt. It can sweeten or destroy. My prayer is that the beauty of Jesus be seen in your life as you savour His knowledge and power in every place. Amen.
Prayer of Faith
To the unsaved, confess your sins and ask Jesus to come into your heart. Tell Him you will not go back to your sins and old ways anymore [Read Rom. 10:9-10; Rom 6:23; 2 Cor.5:17].
To the saved affirm this prayer in your spirit-man.
“Lord I thank you for making me to be victorious in Christ. Thank you for the victories I have had in spiritual battles. Oh Lord, let my life continue to be a sweet fragrance, imparting the lives of others with the power of your Holy Spirit. Lord, I consecrate my life unto you. Make me, mould me, heal me, and use me for your kingdom to your glory. No part of my life shall be wasted anymore. I will live for Jesus day after day. Anoint me with your Spirit and power to do the works that you did and the greater works you promised that your disciples would do. Let my life minister grace to others in Jesus name. Amen.”