21 Dec 2018
We Have Overcome
I’m not getting any younger, and I am ever mindful that the work of the enemy does not let up. He does not lessen his attacks but rages as fiercely as ever. Satan is our adversary, our accuser, the father of all lies. Spurgeon warns that if we think we can match him by craft we are grievous fools!
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.”
John’s prophecy tells of the suffering and persecution Christians will experience during the last days on earth before Jesus returns, and the basis for their triumph: the cross and the authority of God’s Word. Jesus was placed before us as a sacrifice. He died, the Just for the unjust, to bring us back into relationship with God. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him and the Lord laid all of our sin upon Him (see Isaiah 53:5).
John brought pastoral encouragement to persecuted Christians by comforting and challenging them, and by referring to the sure and certain Christian hope! We live our lives from a position of already-won victory. Proclaim the cross and the blood of the Lamb. Embrace the cross as your salvation and your source of victory!
Jesus’ love held Him to the cross. It was a love that was all-conquering, all-triumphant, all-overcoming. His love is enough to free you from your sin and shame. His love is enough to deal with your sickness and infirmities. His love is enough to bring peace into your life. His love will equip you for today and prepare you for eternity!
Pause and reflect: Jesus has overcome! Let’s do battle in faith and with faithfulness. Hold fast to the truth of God’s Word.