Humans are inherently doubtful creatures. We question everything. We want to know why this is, how it came to be, and where it all begins and ends.
Even as Christians, we find ourselves questioning our existence, and even that of God. We find ourselves in our hour of need, wondering if we are indeed right to believe in God, if God truly hears us when we call and if there is any reward for us in the end. Perhaps this doubtful nature of man is the reason we continue to see a rising number of unbelievers in our midst.
As Christians, no matter our backgrounds, ages, works of life, and geographical region, we must have one thing in common; complete trust in God and a belief that God is with us and for us. And this is how we become TRIUMPHANT.
There are three elements to becoming triumphant Christians.
TRIUMPHANT = Believing God can extensively improve our life + Trusting this even when we don’t believe + Loving our lives as it is in the meantime.
1. Believing God can extensively improve your life
If, as a Christian, you doubt the ability of God to make excellent and magnificent changes in your life, nothing else will matter. Not prayers or miracles. Not counseling or sermons. Without the internal belief that God is able and will do, it is practically impossible to triumph. It is only by believing that we can become one for God.
Genesis 15 vs. 6 Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
Abraham is the perfect example of a man who believed that God could exponentially improve his life. By believing God, Abraham became a father to Isaac and a father of all nations. We become a part of Abraham’s nation when we also learn to believe in God’s abilities.
If we do not believe, how can we convince others?
When we believe, we become hopeful and empowered. We become confident and undeterred. We know that every one of our problems has a solution. Even when faced with some hurdles and obstacles, we remain unfazed because we know that our victory is sure.
Think the coronavirus is an epidemic? Well, try believing in the abilities of God and watch your life change faster than the coronavirus outbreak.
Those who believe are NEVER ashamed.
2. Trusting even when you do not believe
Sometimes, the weight of the world can become too much. Sickness, unemployment, depression, and the death of a loved one can shake our belief in God. Times may come in our lives when we do not believe. Our commitment gets challenged, sometimes even repeatedly and in the worst of ways. It is okay to be afraid. The ones who always triumph at the end are the ones who are scared, but they push on anyway. They let their hearts guide them. Even though they are doubtful at that moment, they trust that their belief (ingredient No 1) will guide them.
Remember the story of Sarah? A woman who could not have a child. She stopped believing that God can make it happen for her. After all, she was already too old. Even when God promised her a child, Sarah laughed because she had stopped believing. But Sarah never stopped trusting God. And when it was God’s time, he did it, and Sarah had a son.
If God could do it for Sarah, what stops him from doing it for us? Yes, the storms will come. Challenges will affront us. Our belief will get shaken, and we may wonder if God has left us. But even if we stop believing, we must never stop trusting.
It is easy to BELIEVE when things are going well, but it takes a lot of courage and strength to TRUST when we find ourselves in a hard place.
3. Loving your life as it is in the meantime
Do you always complain about the hand life dealt you? Are you dissatisfied with the life you have now? Do you love your situation at the moment, or are you all grumpy? One of the simplest ways to triumph is to be content and grateful for what you have at the moment.
When you are not thankful for the life you have now, it will be harder for you to triumph in God. It also begs the question, will you be happy when you finally get what you ask of God?
Remember the story of Zachariah and Elizabeth? A couple who longed for a child for a long time, who never gave up hope of ever becoming parents, and never failed to be thankful. They kept trusting God and loving the life he gave them. God heard their prayers and blessed them with a child.
Do you feel you God has denied you something you long for? Do you look at your life and hate it because of a sickness that has refused to go away? Has the coronavirus rendered you unemployed, and you feel abandoned and depressed? Have you stopped loving the life God gave you?
Do not be defeated. God has not abandoned you. Look at this story of Zacharia and Elizabeth. You will learn how to remain faithful and love your life while waiting on God.
Loving your life does not mean you are not aware of the problem. It only means that you believe in the ability of God to improve your life exponentially, and you trust that in due time, he will do it.
Pastors, evangelists, and other spiritual leaders can preach all day, asking you to believe, but you have to make the conscious choice to believe all by yourself.
Commit to God with everything you are and all you have. Never stop trusting.
In your moments of need or when it seems the weight of the world is on your shoulders, do not stop loving your life. Remain faithful and continue to believe in the ability of God to make it all better.