In chapter twelve of the book of Revelation we read “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” This is quite a remarkable verse that seems to hold the key to a victorious life.
The accuser of the brethren is that old serpent himself. It seems that our battle is really a battle to see whose word we will place our faith in. On the one hand we have the Word of God that tells us the truth and on the other we have accusations. No matter what, we are going to agree with one of them, and that’s where the real fight takes place isn’t it?
Our victory in this struggle comes first of all because the blood of the Lamb has been shed for our sin. God’s very own lamb, the only begotten son of God, gave his life as a ransom for mine. That is the first and most important part of this equation. When the accuser comes whispering his condemnation and lies you just tell him “No way devil! Jesus shed his blood so I could be made whole and free so I’m not listening to you anymore!”
When it comes to the part about the word of our testimony I think there are a couple things that are happening. For one, telling others your testimony may be the most powerful thing you could tell someone. A testimony has a way of bringing God and his word into a palatable form. It encourages the hearer to keep pressing on and trusting God. On the other hand, telling your testimony tends to strengthen and encourage the testifier too. It’s good to remember all the things God has brought us through from time to time because it helps us to realize God will get us through no matter what comes. If he brought me through addiction, divorce, friends dying, loss of employment etc. why would I think he won’t bring me through whatever I’m up against now?
Finally the last part of the verse is the part most people tend to leave out. When it comes to the “loved not their lives unto the death” people hesitate. It is understandable to want to live. No one wants to die, but I think there is such a huge lesson to be learned here. Jesus said, “If you seek to save your life you will lose it but if you lose it for my name’s sake you will find it.”
The Apostle Paul said, “I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.” He came to a place where he finally saw that Christ was his life. Paul had been crucified with Christ and it was really Christ living his life in and through Paul. He had counted on everything else including national pride, religion, and heritage and on and on, but he finally came to the realization that none of that meant anything compared to knowing Christ.
When we are willing to lay down our life there really isn’t much the accuser can do to bluff us anymore. What can he do except accuse? He has nothing on me anymore because Jesus Christ has taken my sin and given me his righteousness. I don’t have to take his accusations anymore.
I’ve placed my faith in the blood of the lamb. I share my testimony every chance I get to encourage others and remind myself of what God has done in my life. According to the scriptures I too have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live. Now when the accuser comes to crow I just remember it’s no longer I but Christ who lives in me.
Written by Louie