Sun am 23 June 2019 – Johan Esterhuizen
Rev. 12:10-11; 1 Sam. 17: 8-9; 31-36; Rom. 3:23; 2 Cor. 4:13; Rom. 10:8-10; Eph. 6:12; Col. 2:13-14; Luke. 10:17-20; 1 John 4:4
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 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 (Rev. 12:10-11). It is very obvious for me that the Scripture clearly shows us in whose authority we live and in whose authority we operate. I want to speak on this exciting verse here on the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. The word ‘testimony’ in the dictionary describes a formal, written or spoken statement, especially one given in a court of law, the testimony of an eyewitness. The synonyms: evidence, a sworn statement, affidavit and more evidence or proof of something. The Biblical definition of ‘testimony’ is evidence in support of a fact or statement, a proof, an open declaration or profession of faith. So a testimony is based on proof or fact of what transpired or happened.
The Philistine and the Israelite armies were facing each other. In the Philistine camp they are upbeat, they are excited but in the Israelite camp, they are afraid. Why? Because a champion by the name of Goliath appears on the scene. There are controversies regarding his size. Some translations say four cubits others say six. Whatever his height was, he was a champion, he was strong, he was a mighty warrior, he was like a gladiator and he shouted across the valley. Choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us (1 Sam. 17:8-9). David comes on the scene and he hears this man defying the armies of God. And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine (1 Sam. 17:31-36). David had physically attacked the lion and the bear because the spirit of the Lord was upon him (1 Sam. 17:35) and he said “I am going to do this to the Philistine”. The fact that God had delivered a lion and a bear into his hands, he knew where he stood with God. He had a testimony, he had a proof statement and he was going to declare Gods’ greatness in front of the nation.
It is so important today to understand that God has given us a testimony and we are going to see some things unfold. Here is a principal, when David killed Goliath, everyone had victory. The nation was set free when David slew Goliath. Everyone has an ‘oikos’ group and an ‘oikos’ group consist of about 14 to 20 people; everybody has a direct influence on your ‘oikos’ group. When you slay Goliath in your life they get the victory, this is a principle. When you become an overcomer, other people are blessed because of your victory. The two important facts that give integrity to this process are the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimonies.
There are various ways to interpret the book of Romans; they come from a judicial mindset, a court case. The prosecuting attorney is the Apostle Paul and he is taking on mankind before God the Father. He says that man is guilty because God has revealed Himself to mankind in creation all around them but man ignores the revelation of God. He continues to load the case against man and he declares, For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). The wages of sin is death; he declares that before the Father. The Father is a righteous judge and He must pass sentence; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ. In this court case, the Advocate, the Lord Jesus Christ appears and He declares that the price was paid for sin. There is pardon and we can be reconciled to God, justified and adopted. The accusations are cast out, the indictments squashed and the accuser is turned out of the court, we are free. Now the blood of Jesus, the blood unseen, unbelieved and unaccepted will not do anybody any good. But the blood seen, believed, accepted and confessed will bring about the change. So they overcame through the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony. They have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior and therefore they stand on the finished works that God has done.
A testimony is important, confession makes faith permanent. We also believe, and therefore speak (2 Cor. 4:13). The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Rom. 10:8-10). It is very clear from the Scriptures and we need to realize that we are involved in spiritual warfare. If you do not understand and know that, then you will be enslaved in all types of things. Paul says, for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph. 6:12). The word of our testimony is important. We live in a society today where people deny the cause of everything and anything and when it suits them they blame God for everything. When things go wrong, they blame God for everything and when it is convenient they deny that God exists. It is interesting the people that deny that God exists blame Him for everything that goes wrong.
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross (Col. 2:13-14). Christ has recreated us for good works and to have a good testimony, because of the blood of the Lamb is powerful. And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven (Luke 10:17-20). The Lord has called us to be overcomers. Christ purchased us to keep us free from guilt, condemnation, and defeat. He designed us to be more than conquerors and we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. No matter what we face in life whether it is financial, whether it is relationships, no matter what we face in life, go to your problem and rehearse. Go to the archives of your life and see and remember what God has done for you and rehearse it. Remember what God has told you, what God has done for you.
The problem in a lot of marriages today is that they have forgotten their testimony. They met, they fell in love they made a decision to get engaged and on the day everybody came to witness. That is their testimony and we forget that. The problem is you cannot fall in love and fall out of love; love has nothing to do with the emotions, love is a decision we make.
Overcome the enemy by the blood of the Lamb, what Christ has done for you and always remember you are a child of God. You have been bought with a price, always remember you are unique and special and God has gifted you with talents, gifts, and abilities to become the person He designed you to be. Always remember that and that you have a testimony and you are more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ (1 John 4:4). We must live out our experience and not let the enemy come and destroy it.