Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.
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.
Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them!
But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you!
He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”
I often stay away from the book of Revelations. It seems the book of Psalms, Proverbs, and the Gospels all contain good news and words of instruction to live by.
However, there is a powerful message tucked away right in the middle of the book of Revelations. It is the story of the fall of Satan, and it contains an incredible and powerful truth that we should fully comprehend. It is a story with good news and a powerful word of advice. This story has been burning deep in my soul to study and share.
Scene 1-The war in the heavenlies
Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. Revelation 12:7-9
Can you picture this scene? I can only imagine what it must have looked like!
Scene 2- Satan is defeated and the Kingdom of God established!!
Satan has been defeated! This is good news. God’s voice is heard loud in the heavens establishing and announcing the significance of the victory. He establishes the kingdom of God and the authority of the Messiah!
Here is where it gets important for us to understand, God refers to Satan as the accuser. He is also refered to as the accuser of the brethren elsewhere in scripture. Satan accuses us before our very God day and night each and every day. Though Satan hates the presence of God he is willing to appear there to accuse the people of God. Satan is quick to accuse us of our every misstep, mis-thought, and sin.
What we sometimes forget is that Satan was already DEFEATED in the heavenly battle, therefore his accusations no longer have any power, truth or hold on us because the blood of Jesus has covered each and every sin.
Enter in my favorite verse!!! “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”
The they referred to in this verse is us, the over comers, the redeemed of the Lord! Him refers to the devil, Satan. So, the redeemed of the Lord triumphed over Satan by the blood of the lamb (Jesus) and by the word of their testimony.
Scene 3- The word of our testimony
As I read this account I pondered, for some time, why is it important that we triumph over the devil with the word of our testimony? I could understand that we triumph over Satan by the blood Jesus shed, however why do we also overcome the devil with our testimony? What do our stories have to do with the defeat of Satan?
Here is what God revealed to me about the importance, power and significance of our testimony. We defeat the devil and hold him powerless over our situations every time we share the word of our testimony, because our testimonies are the very work of God in our lives! When we tell our stories the power over the devil is null and void, he cannot convince us about our sins any longer and he knows it!
Are you grasping the significance of this passage? The devil has been defeated, he has lost all power over us because of the blood shed by the Son of God. The blood of Jesus covers part of our victory over the devil, the other part is in our hands and in our words. It is only by the combination of the blood of Jesus and the word of our testimony that we truly defeat the enemy!
When we tell our stories
We void the power of the enemy to shame us or condemn us
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, Romans 8:1
We encourage others
God didn’t set us up for an angry rejection but for salvation by our Master, Jesus Christ. He died for us, a death that triggered life. Whether we’re awake with the living or asleep with the dead, we’re alive with him! So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it. 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 MSG
We equip others
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2nd Timothy 3:16-17
We glorify God
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, 6 so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15: 5-6
We receive the Grace of God
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2nd Corinthians 12:9
I believe our stories are powerful, not only to hurl Satan back to hell where he belongs but to encourage and equip others with the very stories of our lives written by the hand of God. Glory to God!
Its time for me to share my story…my story of abortion and God’s mighty work of healing and redemption. Here is a small part….
I thumbed through the phone book looking for a hair salon for what seemed like forever that morning, Google would have worked much quicker however I wasn’t allowed access to my computer. I finally found one within walking distance of where I was staying. After three days of being pressured to have “it” done, I finally surrendered my heart and my innocent baby. That morning I was allowed out of the apartment and I managed to find the hair salon although I was in an unfamiliar city. I walked in with long beautiful brown locks. I told the gentleman that greeted me at the door of the tiny one chaired hair salon that I needed to change my “look”. The person I knew would never give up the life growing inside of them, so I might as well not recognize the person who would. I walked out with the shortest haircut I have ever had, I barely recognized myself.
The day was November 17th, 2007…..
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. Acts 20:24