But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us spreads and makes evident everywhere the sweet fragrance of the knowledge of Him.

2 Corinthians 2:14

It is impossible to digest the meat of this and to stay defeated. I’m wanting you to have a permanent understanding of what this verse actually says. You know, we are people of faith, but we forget that faith is not a guarantee against problems.

Faith is a guarantee of victory.

Faith doesn’t guarantee you’re never going to have any problems. The Lord never said that the enemy’s not going to come and try to hurt you. He never came and said that your neighbors aren’t going to lie about you, nor that your best friend was going to cheat on you.

The Lord did say in this verse, 2 Corinthians 2:14 that He would always cause us to triumph. There’s always a place of triumph. You need to understand, I need to understand, that regardless of what we’re faced up against, whatever it happens to be; bankruptcy, bad medical diagnosis, divorce. Whatever horrible thing it is that you’re facing, there is a place for you to triumph.

Triumph means win, any way you look at it.

Thanks be unto God. The next word is which. Which is an adjective. An adjective modifies the noun. The noun in the statement, “Thanks be unto God,” is the word thanks. So let’s take “be unto God” out of it for just a moment, because this is how you would grammatically break that sentence up if you were in fourth grade grammar.

Thanks always causes me to triumph in Christ.

Thanks always causes me to triumph in Christ. Now, who ultimately is going to pull that off for you? It’s going to be God. It’s absolutely going to be God. God’s going to cause me to triumph, and yet you go through situation after situation of defeat. You go through situation after situation where there is no victory. Situation after situation where you’re disappointed, you’re confused. You wonder, well, why? Because God’s going to cause me to triumph.

God’s going to cause me to triumph, and I haven’t really looked at this the way that the Lord showed it to me. It is our thanksgiving unto Him, our praise, our worship, that actually causes us to triumph. That’s the tool that He looks for from us to get us into that place of victory.