Sermon Date: August 9, 2020 | Speaker: Pastor John Connell | Series: Living Triumphantly
2 Corinthians 2:12-17 (NASB) – 12 When I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ and when a door was opened for me in the Lord, 13 I had no rest for my spirit, not finding Titus my brother; but taking my leave of them, I went on to Macedonia.14 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. 15 For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; 16 to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things? 17 For we are not like many, peddling the word of God, but as from sincerity, but as from God, we speak in Christ in the sight of God.
When you are totally chained to Christ’s chariot, then everywhere you go, you share in His triumph. Your victory in Christ begins with His victory over you. You have only as much victory in your life as Jesus has victory over you. If I want to be a conqueror, I must first be conquered. I first heard those words as a young man in ministry more than 40 years ago. They were spoken by Ron Dunn, one of the most powerful preachers I’ve heard in my life. Though Ron Dunn passed away many years ago, his encouragement – based on 2 Corinthians 2:12-17 – have remained with me. Perhaps, as his words pass from my life to yours, you will find as much transformation as I have found. Some moments you never forget. This may be one of those moments for you.