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 (KJV).
Would you die for the faith?
The blood that Jesus shed saved you, washed you and presents you as faultless before God. You can look at who you are and compare it to who you used to be. When you do, you will see your saved and transformed life through the blood of Jesus, and so does the Father. He does not remember who you used to be.
1 Corinthians 6:10-11 Do not be misled. A lot of people stand to inherit nothing of God’s coming kingdom, including those whose lives are defined by sexual immorality, idolatry, adultery, sexual deviancy, theft, greed, drunkenness, slander, and swindling. 11 Some of you used to live in these ways, but you are different now; you have been washed clean, set apart, restored, and set on the right path in the name of the Lord Jesus, the Anointed, by the Spirit of our living God. (TVT)
It should excite you to list some things that have happened since salvation and how Jesus changed your life. This is your testimony. Please take a moment and fill in the blanks below. It is how you tell someone what the Lord has done for you.
You can say: I used to ___________________
I used to struggle with __________________
Now, I am saved because of the blood of the Lamb. I no longer ______________ and I have found peace.
Titus 3:3-7 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, and wrong. We were slaves to passions and pleasures of all kinds. We spent our lives in malice and envy; others hated us and we hated them. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior was revealed, 5 he saved us. It was not because of any good deeds that we ourselves had done, but because of his own mercy that he saved us, through the Holy Spirit, who gives us new birth and new life by washing us. 6 God poured out the Holy Spirit abundantly on us through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that by his grace we might be put right with God and come into possession of the eternal life we hope for. (Good News Translation)
Your testimony is what God has given you to make it through. The children of Israel used to set up altars when and where God performed miracles to help them remember what He had done. Your life is a monument to what God has done, can do, and will do. It’s how you overcome. Whenever and wherever you get the opportunity to talk about what God has done, take it. Never let anyone or anything stop you. In the days of the first church, Christians were martyred. They loved not their lives even to death. There are places in the world where Christians are still being killed today.
Acts 5:40 And they agreed with him, and when they had called for the apostles and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. 42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ. (New King James Version)
You may never face a situation where saying you love God means death. However, because of what Jesus did for you, you should be willing.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I am an overcomer and I thank You. Thank You for Your Son, Jesus and His blood shed for me. Because of being washed in the Blood, not only do I have a testimony, but I also have testimonies. I don’t know if I will ever be in a situation where saying I love You will mean my physical death. However, I want to believe I will be able to say I do, without pause. Even if I don’t have to die a physical death, I know You are calling me to die to my flesh every day. Help me live in You, so I will sacrifice my life for You. Father, Your love has sustained and kept me; without it, I would not have a testimony. I pray for strength, so I will give my testimony no matter what. I also pray my testimony will bring You glory and will bless the lives of others…
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