November 26, 2015

Revelation 12:11 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.

Our first step to victory is to recognize that we are saved by the blood of the Lamb, the Lord Jesus. He did everything to save me. My salvation does not depend on me, not to get it nor to keep it.

Much of what defeats us is the idea that we are not loved, we are not secure. I think that I don’t measure up. He loved me enough to save me but not necessarily enough to use me and bless me.

When I realize that my salvation is purely a God thing that I do not deserve I start out at the right place. He saved me. That is how I get victory. I don’t actually have victory in myself but in what He did for me on the cross of Calvary. I have His victory. I have His blood shed for me on the cross of Calvary.

We have victory because of Jesus. No other reason to even have hope than the grace and mercy of the God of Heaven through Jesus and His death on the cross for us.

I think the real problem of victory, for the majority of us, comes in the second step. We are not willing to voice the victory that we have. We will not boldly speak out and say that we have been saved by His grace. We will not tell ourselves about His love us. We will not tell Satan about His love for us. We are not openly, boldly, and unashamedly saying that we have victory through Jesus.

We have the victory but we simply will not say so. It is ours but we need to say so. We need to tell ourselves, others, and Satan himself.

The last step is that they loved not their lives to death. They had decided that serving Jesus was more important than their very lives. They were willing to die for Him and what He had done in their lives.

When Satan threatened them, their security, their possessions they simply stated that they only cared for one thing and that was Jesus and His kingdom. If Satan wanted to hurt them then he should just have at it because Jesus was more important than any other thing.

They loved Jesus more than they loved their lives. That was the secret to their victory.

So for me, I see what I need. I am saved and I know that. I need to be willing to testify to that fact much more openly than I do. I need to remind myself of that when Satan is attacking me. I need to be willing to say it out loud to myself, to others, and to Satan. Then I need to determine that Jesus and His kingdom are worth more to me than anything in this world.

When I get there I will have victory over Satan, this world, and even my own thought life. Victory comes in focusing on who I am in Christ. Victory comes on focusing on Him and His grace.

Are we willing to step out and live this truth?