“They triumphed over 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.” Revelation 12:11 NIV
The 3 keys to victory are:
#1 The Blood Of The Lamb (Know that your sins are forgiven)
#2 The Word Of Their Testimony (Share God’s message that there is salvation in none other than Jesus Christ)
#3 Live For God Not Intimidated By Death
In Revelation chapter 12 we read that war broke out in heaven. Satan and his angels are defeated by Michael and his angels. The Devil and his army lose their place in heaven. They were literally thrown out and cast down to earth. The devil is furious because of this. And because he knows his time is short. He then wages war against the remaining of God’s children. But the people of God defeat satan too. Let’s examine how they gained the victory.
Key #1. THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” Ephesians 1:7 NIV
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV
Our victory comes first of all because Jesus shed his blood for us. He won the victory for us. Yes, God loves us that much. I know it’s hard to fathom at times how God could allow His son to go through what he went through to save us, but he did. By believing in Jesus Christ and what his death accomplished we are forgiven of ALL our sins. Believing in Jesus means too that we study the word of God and learn his teachings. Then we must follow them.
“For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood. When Moses had proclaimed every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.” In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” Hebrews 9:15-28 NIV
Jesus shed his own precious blood for you and me. His blood cleanses us from sin. We are redeemed to God. We are made suitable in His sight. Believe it. This first key to defeating the devil is the greatest gift of all: faith in the sacrifice of God’s own son.
Key #2. THE WORD OF THEIR TESTIMONY
Often I hear people say they have a testimony. They then start talking about what bad sinners they used to be; you know, drug addicts, alcoholics, fornicators, etcetera. And that’s good they are no longer doing those things. But too often what happens next is not. They go into a very long spill of how they now do all these righteous deeds. They start tooting their own horn. (Matthew 6:1-4) As you listen to them they are testifying more about themselves than Jesus Christ. This is not what, “the word of their testimony,” in Revelation 12:11 means. What it’s saying is that the Saints defeated Satan by witnessing for Jesus. They testify to God’s message of salvation through none other than Christ
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 NIV
The victorious saints mentioned in Revelation 12:11 are more interested in testifying how good God is than how good they are. They tell their listeners how they can enjoy fellowship with God, be saved by accepting Jesus Christ, and receive everlasting life. They point people to Jesus plain and simple. Don’t get it twisted: I’m not saying you shouldn’t tell people all the wonderful things God has done for you. What I am saying is if that’s the only message you have when you open your mouth about God; what he’s done for YOU, how good he is to YOU, and nobody else but YOU, you’re missing the boat. People who babble on and on like this are not giving a testimony for Jesus. They are puffed up with self-righteous pride. Let us never be like that. Let people know what God can do for THEM. How he is so willing to forgive THEM for THEIR sins. Let THEM know how much He loves THEM. Show people the only way to God is through Jesus Christ. Focus the attention on HIM, and not ourselves. This is another key to defeating the devil.
Key #3. LIVE FOR GOD NOT INTIMIDATED BY DEATH
“The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.” Isaiah 57:1-2 NIV
Throughout the centuries people have put their lives on the line for what they believe in. Harriet Tubman is highly respected for putting her life in harm’s way (and many others). She dedicated her life to helping runaway slaves achieve their freedom through a system called the Underground Railroad. I read that her face will appear on the new American twenty dollar bill. What an honor. Young people join the military everyday. They believe they are fighting for a good cause. They know there is a possibility they may not come home. Yet they join away. What bravery! So why is it strange to some that a person would become a Christian knowing this could mean an automatic death sentence or imprisonment for them? There are countries in the world today where churches must function underground, sort of like the Underground Railroad in Harriett Tubman’s day. Imagine being a Christian under these circumstances. There are some who believe that believing in Jesus will be outlawed worldwide one day. The Saints described as victorious in Revelation 12:11 serve Jesus Christ regardless of their circumstances. They do not disown him even when threatened by death. They are truly worthy to sit with Jesus on his eternal thrown. (Revelation 3:21)
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39 NIV
“For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:53-58 NIV