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Testify of Christ and Overcome the Accuser

They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.

They gained the victory over him on account of the blood of the Lamband the word of their witness.
Love for their own lives didn’t make them afraid to die.
  -Revelation 12:11 (NIV, CEB)




Three weapons against the accuser

In this verse there are three weapons that the brothers and sisters in Christ use to overcome the devil.  We would never separate the later two from the first one, the blood of the Lamb.  Jesus' blood is essential and is the first of the three things that are mentioned here for warfare against the devil.  The blood of the Lamb of God is in the forefront of the believer's consciousness, being and standing.  We have no standing apart from God's work in the shed blood of Jesus.  Our power is only in Him and through Him and by Him, by His work and His working in and through us.

Overcoming is simple

Overcoming the dark…

Contentment

I know the experience of being in need and of having more than enough; I have learned the secret to being content in any and every circumstance, whether full or hungry or whether having plenty or being poor.

Actually, I don't have a sense of needing anything personally. I've learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I'm just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I've found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty.
-Philippians 4:12 (CEB & MSG)
Actually, godliness is a great source of profit when it is combined with being happy with what you already have.

A devout life does bring wealth, but it's the rich simplicity of being yourself before God.
-1 Timothy 6:6 (CEB & MSG)

I was thinking about contentment. Contentment is when you are happy with what you have. Paul says here that the secret to contentment is godliness. Godliness is nurtured through walking with God and walk…

Storm Survivors are Doers of the Word

Everybody who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise builder who built a house on bedrock.The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It didn’t fall because it was firmly set on bedrock.

These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.

-Matthew 7:24-25 (CEB, MSG)

The Rock in our lives is Christ.

The way that we build our lives in Christ and through Christ is to do what he says to do. To practice his words in our lives is to have our lives built in him who is the rock. We can not just hear his words. We can not just know his words, or think we know them or study to know them. W…