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
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 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.