“And they overcame him (the Devil) by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Revelation 12:11
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” Romans 8:37
“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” Rom. 6:14
We are entering into a time when the ability of the believer to stand in faith for his or her testimony as a son of God in Christ will be decisive in the victory over the powers of the Satan.
In the closing years of this age it will therefore be imperative to be intimately acquainted with the workings and power of the Holy Spirit and the authority of the name of Jesus (Mat. 28:18; Eph. 1:19-22).
The years before the return of Jesus Christ will see an increasing demonic activity attempting to dethrone our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and set up Satan’s throne in the hearts of men. The enemy will not succeed because of the Overcomers in their total allegiance to Christ will stand in his way with the authority of the Gospel. They will stand in the authority of the abundance of grace and righteousness of their Lord, Jesus Christ, and they will prevail against the demonic oppositions through deceptions and his counterfeits by bringing down and destroying the strongholds of the enemy. (Rom. 5:17)
A. The Authority of God and His Word
They overcome by the Word of their Testimony: They know the transforming power of the spoken Word of God, and its authority against Satan.
The authority of the Word of God depends entirely upon His omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, His eternal existence and His direct interrelationship with His Word to mankind. All these attributes and dynamics are inherent in Jesus Christ, and the stipulations and conditions fully met in God’s Son to satisfy all the judicial requirements of a holy God to stand behind His Word and perform effectively.
Matthew 4:4 – But he answered and said “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”
Mark 13:34 – For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
Luke 11:28 – But he said, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
Ephesians 6:17 – And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word (rhema) of God.
1 Peter 1:25 – But the word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. (Isaiah 40:8)
Jeremiah 1:12 – Then said the LORD unto me, you have well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.
Matthew 5:18 – For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Matthew 24:3 – Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Luke 21:3 – Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
B. The Authority of the Blood of the Lamb
They overcome the Devil by the Blood of the Lamb: They totally rely on the provisions of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary.
Romans 5:9 – Much more then, being now justified by his blood…”
Ephesians 1:7 – In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; (Col. 1:14)
Colossians 1:20 – And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
1 John 1:7 – But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.
C. The Communion or co-suffering of the Cross (Romans 6, Phil 3:10)
Jesus identified with them and gave His life, now the believers suffer with the Cross. Their identification with His suffering to live for His name that they may triumph over every attack of the enemy and see Jesus enthroned and recognized as Lord by the world. (Phil 3:10)
James 1:12 – Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him.
Matthew 28:20 – Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world…”
Luke 14:27 – And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
1 Corinthians 1:18 – For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
Galatians 6:14 – But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
Colossians 2:14 – 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.
Psalm 102:26 – They shall perish, but You shall endure. (Heb. 1:11)
Titus 1:2 – In hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, has promised before the world began.