Bible Ballistics: BBs #579 You Can Overcome!!!
“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven,
Now is come salvation,
and the kingdom of our God,
and the power of his Christ:
for the accuser of our brethren
is cast down,
which accused them before our God
day and night.
11 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.” Revelation 12:10-11
While this is a prophetic passage, the principle is ever true, we can overcome the “wiles of the devil” (See Ephesians 6:10-18) by the power of the cross—”by the blood of the Lamb”! It’s all about Jesus! I take my stand with Paul:
“And I, brethren,
when I came to you,
came not with excellency of speech
or of wisdom,
declaring unto you the testimony of God.
2 For I determined not to know any thing
save Jesus Christ,
and him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-2
People often ask me about writing more or less; about writing about this issue or that; about addressing politics or government issues, and I am always brought back to this passage and reminded that Jesus has called me to share HIS truth, and not be side-tracked by other’s interests or agendas. I have been called to serve Jesus as a teacher, and writer; and my goal is to overcome by HIS blood, HIS saving grace, ever proclaiming the truth that JESUS still saves and changes lives today. I can’t change myself without His help, much less anyone else. But I can pray, read and study His Word, live a holy life of obedience, and share as I have opportunity! But what are we to share? Jesus! We are to tell others the good news that Jesus has paid the price for us with His own blood—HE is the only acceptable, substitutionary, atoning sacrifice for sin!
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed
with corruptible things,
from your vain conversation
received by tradition
from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ,
as of a lamb without blemish
and without spot:
20 Who verily was foreordained
before the foundation of the world,
but was manifest in these last times
21 Who by him
do believe in God,
that raised him up from the dead,
and gave him glory;
that your faith and hope might be
22 Seeing ye have purified your souls
in obeying the truth through the Spirit
unto unfeigned love of the brethren,
see that ye love one another
with a pure heart fervently:
23 Being born again,
not of corruptible seed,
but of incorruptible,
by the word of God,
which liveth and abideth for ever.” 1 Peter 1:18-23
Here Peter gives us the truth about the “blood of The Lamb” and what the “word of our testimony” is—Jesus (and remember John 1 tells us that Jesus IS ‘the word of God’)—before, during and after all is said and done—it’s all about Jesus. Even Jesus told us about having overcoming power and victory.
“Abide in me,
and I in you.
As the branch cannot bear fruit
except it abide in the vine;
no more can ye,
except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine,
ye are the branches:
He that abideth in me,
and I in him,
the same bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:4-5
And Praise God Almighty—We can overcome “by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony”! So, whatever you may be facing today, I pray that these words from God’s Word, will encourage you, and remind you to “look up…. your redemption draweth nigh”! As Paul so aptly reminds us:
which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13
Amen and Amen!