“And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.” – Revelation 12:11
God always has a plan, a purpose, a program and a power for those who know and walk with Him. The conflict between good and evil has always involved victims and victors. Being on God’s side and doing things His way really does make a difference.
There are three keys to experiencing an overcoming life. These are shared pointedly in the verse above. The first key to an overcoming life is the blood of Jesus Christ. Without His sacrifice it would be impossible for us to ever experience victory and freedom.
The Bible teaches that there are two families in existence in our world. These two families are: the family of God and the family of Satan. Jesus taught that those who do not know Him in a personal relationship are in the family of the devil (John 8:44-45).
The only way to escape the family of Satan is to be born again (John 3:5-7). Without the new birth, which comes through the blood of Christ, you can never know victory and an overcoming life.
The second key to an overcoming life is the testimony of a changed life. Mark Twain once said, “It is a hard thing to argue with facts.” Satan, and our world, has no answer for a changed life.
In John 9, the story is told of a man who was born blind. Jesus touched and changed him. When this man was questioned and ridiculed about what had happened the man testified: “But I know this, I was blind, and now I can see!” (John 9:25) There was really nothing else the skeptics could say. Those around us may oppose what we believe but they cannot argue with live (if we demonstrate the change that comes through a relationship with Jesus Christ – 2 Corinthians 5:17).
A third key to an overcoming life, as revealed in Revelation 12:11 is a committed life. “And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.” Someone has said, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” The church has never been stronger than in persecution. Why? Persecution dismisses the false and reveals the true.
The richest fruit in Paul’s life came when he was in prison. In Philippi, revival broke out at midnight and a whole family got saved, while Paul and Silas were chained to a prison wall (Acts 16)! His powerful letter on joy (Philippians) was written when Paul was chained to a prison guard in Rome.
Commitment in the face of adversity brings victory. Calvary – the blood of the Lamb; Confession – their testimony; Commitment – they did not love their lives…what a plan for an overcoming life! Thank you, God, that we can win over sin!