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Victory Through Defeat by Carrie Judd Montgomery


I will tell you what gave me the keynote for this Bible reading this morning. It was a little sentence that I heard Mr. Montgomery read, that “God gets His greatest victories out of apparent defeats.”

Very often the enemy seems to triumph for a little, and God lets it be so, but then He comes in and upsets all the work of the enemy, overthrows the apparent victory, and, as the Bible says: “Turns the way of the wicked upside down.” Thus He gives a great deal larger victory than we would have known if He had not allowed the enemy seemingly to triumph in the first place.

Very often the enemy seems to triumph for a little, and God lets it be so, but then He comes in and upsets all the work of the enemy

We will look into the Word of God for illustrations of this truth. Turn to the third chapter of Daniel. This story is familiar to you. Here was an apparent victory of the enemy. You remember that Nebuchadnezzar, the king, had made a great image of gold, and he commanded that all the people should worship the image, and his decree was that all the people who did not bow down to worship the image should be cast into a fiery furnace. 

You remember also that there were three men who served God with all their hearts and they would not obey this command, and, therefore, Nebuchadnezzar was very angry. He had these three men brought before him and asked them if it were true that they dared to disobey his command. These three brave men of faith answered, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the fiery furnace ; and He will deliver us out of thine hand, king. But, if not, be it known unto thee, king, we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”

We read that Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury and commanded that the furnace should be heated seven times hotter. Things looked pretty dark for these three men. Then he commanded the most mighty men in his army to bind them and cast them into the furnace, and the fire was so hot that the very men who cast them into the furnace were burned up by the flames, and these three Hebrew children fell down bound in the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 

It looked as if the servants of the living God were going to have a terrible defeat, and their enemies watched to see them burn up in that awful fire. We have all been in places where it seemed as though we were defeated and the enemy rejoiced, and we can imagine what a complete defeat this looked to be. They fell down in the flames, and Nebuchadnezzar watched them and began to be very much astonished, so that he could not trust his own memory, and he asked his counselors, “Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” And they said, “True, king.” “Well, but what is this? I see four men. I see them loose and walking about. They are not bound either, but are walking around in the fire…”

And so we may fall down in the fiery furnace of affliction, but the fire will only burn the bands that hold us captive, and we shall rise to newness of life. And even the worldly people gazing upon us shall behold that the Lord our God is with us, and that when we walk through the fire “the flames shall not kindle upon us.” 

And so we may fall down in the fiery furnace of affliction, but the fire will only burn the bands that hold us captive, and we shall rise to newness of life.

Praise God for trouble, for suffering, and affliction, because in all these things He makes us more than conquerors through Him that loved us. Well, they remained in the fire until Nebuchadnezzar called them out of it. When I was telling this story to my little girl one day, she asked me, “Don’t you think they were sorry when they had to come out, because Jesus was there with them?” They were having a blessed time, communing with their Lord. 

…God can take the curse and the venom that the devil has in his heart against you, and that he is trying to work out in your life, and change it into the most glorious victory, if you will but trust Him…God has given us that wonderful promise in Rom. viii. 28, and as long as that word stands, evil will not be neutralized to God’s children, but made to “work together for good.”

God can take the curse and the venom that the devil has in his heart against you, and that he is trying to work out in your life, and change it into the most glorious victory, if you will but trust Him.

Some one has said that apparently the greatest defeat in this universe was the defeat of Calvary, when the blessed Son of God was crucified by His enemies. The two disciples on their way to Emmaus were very sad as they “communed together and reasoned,” and they said to Jesus, not knowing it was their risen Lord, “We trusted that it had been He who should have redeemed Israel.” But out of that ignominious death and defeat of Calvary came the resurrection of the Son of God, and through that death and resurrection, eternal life to all who will accept Him.

 If there is a great trial and defeat in your life today, beloved, do not own it as defeat, but continue, by faith, to claim the victory through Him who is able to make you more than a conqueror. At one time of great testing in my life, the enemy put to me the question, “How long will you believe that the victory is yours?” And put in the face of all the difficulty I said, “I will believe all the days of my life, even though I should never see any human evidence of victory.”

 If there is a great trial and defeat in your life today, beloved, do not own it as defeat, but continue, by faith, to claim the victory through Him who is able to make you more than a conqueror. 

With that God-given faith, which would not quail before the taunts or lies of the devil, a glorious victory was soon apparent. Beloved, trust Him to turn the curse into a blessing for His glory.
 

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