Word Of Our Testimony
Rev 12:11 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)
This verse is a famous scripture often quoted in context with end time prophecy, and it should be used in this context. This verse also presents a very important spiritual principle, that would show us the path to spiritual victory in the midst of our spiritual warfare. We need to consider a very important question.
What is the Word of our Testimony?
Testimony - marturia (marturi/a$ mar-too-ree'-ah/3141); from 3144; evidence given (judicially or genitive case): KJV-- record, report, testimony, witness.
marturia- (Thayer Greek/English Lexicon)
1) a testifying; the office committed to the prophets of testifying concerning future events
2) what one testifies, testimony, that is, before a judge
Our testimony is not the doctrine we memorize and recite about Jesus, itís the lifestyle we live in the presence of Jesus. Our testimony is the evidence we present to the world of the glory of Christ. This Greek word has the application of the evidence we submit in a court of law before a judge. Could the world convict us for being Christian by the word of our testimony presented as evidence? Remember, our doctrines about Christ are inadmissible; the only evidence we can present is the person of Christ being revealed through us.
Confessing Our Faults
James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (KJV)
1 Cor 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. (KJV)
How can we walk in spiritual victory yet hide our secret faults and sins? Nothing will be hidden from God in the darkness of our souls that will not be shouted from the rooftops (Gossip). God will bring to light the hidden things of darkness festering in our souls (Matt 10:26-27). Itís our personal choice how our hidden things of darkness will be manifested.
James, the Apostle, admonished us that we are to confess our faults one to another that the power of healing might be released in the arena of our faults. I am convince that the word of our testimony is the power and act of our confession.
The act of confessing our faults empowers the word of our testimony when we include a repentant heart. It is so important that we approach God with honest confession birthed out of our hunger to repent.
Strength in Weakness
2 Cor 12:9 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. (NIV)
The more we confess our faults and confront our weaknesses the more our faults become our strengths. God perfects our weakness the more we acknowledge and confess our faults. The glory of God is to allow our weakness to become our strength.
Ministry is born out of weakness we continually expose and confess. The confession that one is an alcoholic or an addict is not a negative declaration. When this action of confession is incorporated with righteous prayer and accountability, then the power of Godís divine healing will flow
Gal 6:1-2 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. (2) Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (KJV)
The question posed by Cain in Genesis 4:9 is valid for today. We are our brotherís keepers. The only way people who are overtaken in a fault can be restored is through joint accountability. We must become accountable one to another. How can one brother know the fault of another brother without honest communication between the two brethren.
Should our lives be tormented with secret sin and hidden weakness then we must come clean and confess our faults one to another. If you never confess your fault how can the brethren minister restoration to you in the spirit of meekness?
Confessing Our Sins
I Jn 1:5-10 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (6) If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: (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 cleanseth us from all sin. (8) If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (10) If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (KJV)
Being cleansed from our sins is not a one time experience, itís a life we live of confession, repentance, and personal accountability. This verse teaches that we can only be cleansed to the degree we honestly confess our sins. To say we have no sin is a religious lie that honest interaction and accountability will expose.
Eph 4:27 Neither give place to the devil. (KJV)
This point must be made clear. The devil can only take place in our lives to the degree we give him place. We are in a war with the devil for our souls, and the only way we can overcome the devil is by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Remember, the word of our testimony is the evidence we given to an unsaved world of the redeeming grace of our Savior.
The word of our testimony must be built on the power of the blood of Christ, but also we must confess our faults one to another in order that we might be healed by the redeeming grace of Christ. Our testimony is not our doctrine about Christ, itís the redemption we have with Christ. Do we want the word of our testimony to produce victory in our battle with Satan? In order for this victory to manifest and grow we must allow our word to become our confession.