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 Lamb and 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 forces is simpler than we might expect.  For the believer, there is not some complex way and means of fighting darkness.  These three life-styles are simple.  The blood has been shed by the perfect Lamb, and to not be a afraid of death threats is to abide in the love of God, which is the daily sustenance of the believer.  The word of our testimony or witness is our simple confession of obedience to Christ.  We speak out our words of loyalty to Christ when confronted by darkness and darkness will flee, especially when combined with wielding the blood of the Lamb and not fearing death.

Testifying of Jesus

Our testimony or witness that we use to defeat the accuser is not our testimony to or witness of what God has done in our lives.  Not that there is anything wrong with talking about that and I think we should be talking about that with each other and to people outside our Christian circles.  Testimonies are very exciting to me.  I love them.  I can't wait to hear from you what God has done in your life in the past and this past week.  The verse here, I believe, is primarily referring to being a witness or testifying as in a court room setting.  This being is leveling accusations that might be hurtful and ugly.  They might be partly true, fully true, or complete lies.  Maybe you don't know if they are true or not.  What do you say back if you say anything at all?  You witness, you testify, or you speak of The Lord Jesus Christ.  God's anointed Messiah.  Fully God, fully man.  Born of a virgin.  God's only Son.  The lamb slain before the foundation of the world.  King of Kings, Lord of Lords.  And you testify and witness to your loyalty and obedience to Him.

Give testimony of your Lord and your obedience to Him

So, the simple word or testimony and witness of obedience or loyalty to Christ is a powerful weapon.  "Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.  Little ones to him belong, they are weak, but he is strong.  Yes, Jesus loves me.  Yes, Jesus loves me.  Yes, Jesus loves me.  The Bible tells me so."  That's it.  The simple witness, the simple testimony that vanquishes the dark forces and the accuser himself.



This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Won't let Satan blow it out.
I'm gonna let it shine.
Won't let Satan blow it out.
                                     I'm gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.                                

(Harry Dixon Loes)


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 walking with God brings personal transformation called godliness. The godly person is devout and pious.

We know that material things do not bring happiness. We also know that happiness is an inside job. It comes from within and not from the outside. Someone can have many friends and enormous wealth and be unhappy because contentment is an inner work.

I am surprised but not surprised when I see discontentment in people who have far above average means. I was surprised because I thought that more would make things better. But, wherever you go, there you are.

The poorest people are also the most generousTwice as generous as everyone else.  They have less fear of not having enough for themselves and are more acutely aware of the spiritual dynamic of sowing and reaping.

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. We must do the words. Doing his words is to live the life. It is to be faithful to his words

Jesus did not come with a new law to be followed that he articulated.

The center of Christianity is Christ, The Lord Jesus Christ. We follow that person. Following him is to do what he said. Following him is also to learn forgiveness, to be forgiven and to forgive others. Following him is also to learn to be loved and to love.

Following Jesus is not just an intellectual pursuit.

It is intellectual, but not just that. Following Jesus is practical, a practice. We think, we process with our minds, we are mindful, and we do. We do as we are faithful to a person. Knowing Jesus and growing in Jesus and having him built up in our lives is found in the practice of Jesus words, in doing them.

A quest to know God's word:

The greatest book ever written is the Bible. It is a wonderful pursuit it is to study the Bible, to attend Bible studies and to go to classes and to hear the Bible taught. What a wonderful pursuit it is to have a quest to know God's word. This has been very important to me since God got a hold of me and changed my life.

But one day I really saw these words: "Everybody who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise builder who built a house on bedrock."

Someone in my life, a man who God sent to disciple me; a father, brother, and friend, asked me who was the one at the end of the sermon on the mount, who Jesus said was like a builder who built a house on rock that survived the storm. I answered, without looking, that it was the person who heard his words. I had not seen or gotten the doing part.
I had thought that we needed to hear Jesus words (read them, study them) and know them, as in memorizing them and have them firmly set in out minds, so that we understand them and can speak them to others and have knowledge of them.

"Just Do It"

I wanted to be a person who did the stuff Jesus did but I subtly embraced a belief that the follower of Jesus is a listener and a "know-er", but what he said was that it's the doer that is build on rock. Knowers and hearers that don't do are building on the sand along with those who don't listen and don't know. Doing it is much harder than knowing it and doing is what produces fruit and growth. Fruitfulness comes from doing, not knowing. The meat is in the street and the meet is also in the street. Nothing is wrong with meeting to know the word. Nothing is wrong with meeting to hear the word. I could go on and on. Jesus point was that all the information, all the knowledge is worthless; like sand, if you do not do his words.
Jesus said that a storm will come and the one who has not built on the rock through doing will be washed away. Storms are coming. Simply doing Jesus words will build your life on a rock that will not be washed away in the coming storm. It's simple, but Jesus gave this stern warning because some people will choose to not do his words.


-The photo above of a man standing by genuine bedrock is John Shawn-Rimmington. website