The Blood of Christ is Satan’s Biggest Fear.
Revelation 12:11 says,
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
Our testimony is what makes the life changing message of the cross personal to us. A person's testimony can be a very powerful thing. In a court of law a person's testimony can make or break a case! When a Christian shares a testimony to someone about the awesome thing that God has done in their life it makes a huge impact on that person and the shock waves can be felt throughout the kingdom of darkness! A new Christian may not have even learned a lot of the bible yet, but they are still armed and dangerous to Satan because of their testimony!
The greatest thing a Christian can testify about is the Blood of Jesus! This is the thing that Satan fears most!
It was His shed blood after all that did made it possible for us to be saved from the wrath to come. His blood purchased us out of the hand of Satan and gave us a new identity in Him!
In Revelation 12:11 we see the word "they" and we see the word "him"
They is the church - and him is the devil. We can see from this verse that there is a direct conflict between God's people (the church) and our enemy (Satan)
We also can see in this verse how we can overcome Satan! By testifying and by the Blood of the Lamb, but what significant empowerments do we have through this blood?
Ephesians 1:7 says,
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.
So in the Blood of the Lamb we are redeemed! We have been bought back!
1st Peter 1:19 tells us the purchase of our redemption was not made with silver or gold, but by the blood of the Lamb! Our salvation was an expensive one – it cost God the life of His Son – Jesus Christ!
Psalm 107:2 says,
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.
It was from Satan’s hand that we were redeemed or rescued! If you are a born again believer then you grabbed this lifeline and clutched it as you were pulled from Satan’s hand! Sadly, there are so many people still there while this lifeline dangles all around them! Yet, they will never reach for it and will spend eternity with Satan.
1st John 1:7 tells us,
But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
So the Blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin as well. This passage in its Greek context is actually set in a continual present-tense, so it actually means “While I am walking in the light, the blood of Jesus is cleansing me.”
Based on this it is a continual life process and that means we have a responsibility to walk in the light rather than in the darkness as a Christian. As we do this God is cleansing us from all sin! This is supported just 2 verses down from this verse in 1st John 1:9 where we are told, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Romans 5:9 says,
Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
In the Blood of the Lamb were have been Justified! I’ve heard some preachers say it means ”Just-as-if-I’d-never sinned” and I’ve always liked that too! To be justified means we have been acquitted. To be acquitted means we were indeed guilty, but now are no longer guilty! Satan, as the accuser of the brethren, no longer has a valid case against us!
On the day of judgment we will be standing spotless, for the Blood of Jesus washed away all of our sins!
Hebrews 13:12 tells us,
Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.
After the sin of mankind was placed on Jesus, he was taken outside of the city walls and away from the people as a criminal. The place He was taken was where they basically took out the trash. He then suffered a horrific, painful death on a crude instrument of death called the Cross. As He did this He sanctified sinful mankind once and for all!
Because He was set apart from us and took our sin with Him, we can now be set apart from the debt we owed because of our sin. He took our death penalty! Now we are sanctified which means “set apart” from the condemnation of sin! All thanks to Jesus!
So what then is our testimony as blood-bought Christians?
• I am redeemed out of the hand of the devil!
• I am walking in the light and the Blood of Jesus is cleansing me of my sin!
• I am justified through the Blood of Jesus!
• I am acquitted of all charges just as if I’d never sinned!
• I am sanctified through the Blood of Jesus and therefore set apart from the condemnation of sin!
• I am made the righteousness of God because He did this for me!
To that I say, “WOW, what a testimony!”
Randy Tedford, 8/3/2008 1
|Waiting on the Lord|
|Waiting on the Lord is a practice of silence before the Lord that lifts us to hear and see from his perspective so that we may once again be set amongst the everyday with a freshness that enables us to go and do as He would entrust.
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