“And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.”
I remember reading this passage and meditating on the fact that he who accuses us, the devil, the father of lies, the deceiver has been thrown down and has been defeated by our Jesus, the Christ – God’s Son. All authority is His and His alone! Yet so many of us continue to struggle day in and day out without experiencing the freedom and victory of He who won The Battle. We still hear those ‘accusing words’ – “I will never get it right”, “I really want my lust to manifest and feed my wants and desires because that’s the only thing that will satisfy me”, “God doesn’t really care about me or He’d change everything and it would be simpler”. So many voices, so many lies!
God’s Spirit kept directing me back to the words, “…they have conquered him by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…” I asked God, “Why isn’t there more power in the combination of the Blood of the Lamb and the word of their (our) testimony?” I became still…waiting…waiting for my Lord to speak. Then I heard Him say in that still-small-voice of His, “The Blood of My Son has done it’s work, now the word of your testimony must be consistent. You will then experience My power to the point that you will not love your life even if you must die for Me. ”
I must say that stopped me right in my tracks! I was speechless – those who know me know that’s rare. It was as clear as any epiphany I’d ever had. My character and integrity hinged on my ability to control my behavior – my yes’s and my no’s. I must resolve to be consistent and steadfast, adhering to high moral principles, and complete and undivided to see the manifestation of my testimony which will truly bring glory to the One who died for me and saved me from eternal separation from Him. The power of consistency will bring glory to God!
Since writing this piece I’ve come to realize that there is a truth that many of us overlook or just down right don’t see. This week God showed me this truth and it has taking me to a new level of understanding and determination. This truth is: “inconsistency is the cancer to our character and our integrity”. Think about it. When inconsistency begins in our thoughts and beliefs…it begins the process of decay that eats away from truth and God’s absolute. James 1:8 Amplified Bible “…a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides].”