Tuesday, June 7, 2011

How to Overcome the Enemy

"Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven,
'Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.'"
~ Revelation 12:10-11
Caleb lay in the back of an ambulance, drifting between agonizing consciousness and nearly passing out. He'd fallen eight feet from our back stoop and landed in the driveway below. Now my middle child appeared to fight for his life.
The emergency room staff had been unable to do any type of internal exam or scan, and they now shipped him off to Albany Med for attention. I sat in the back of the ambulance, caressing my son's head, trying not to bounce off the tiny seat they'd directed me to. I prayed. My spirit prayed. I asked God for a miracle. 
I could have looked at the circumstance before me and said it appeared dire. I could have said my son might die. I could have said he'd have major trauma to his head, his brain, his spinal cord. I could have said many things based on what my earthly eyes and motherly worry could see.
But I chose a different testimony. I spoke to the circumstance with authority and said, "Not today. Today my son will be healed by the hand of the Living God." 
When we arrived at the hospital, the ambulance crew unloaded my son and wheeled him to a private room in the ER. I had to stop at the desk and sign him in. They photocopied our insurance cards. It took two minutes that felt like two hours. As I made my way down the hall to his room, I witnessed a miracle. My son, who moments before ebbed in and out of sleepy concussion now sat straight up in bed, bright eyed, and telling the nursing staff stories. Fully conscious. Fully alert. Fully in his right mind.
Many times we tend to listen to the voice of the accuser of the brethren. We listen to the lies. We speak what we see and feel in our circumstances. And we wonder why things aren't getting better in our lives.
Revelation 12:11 holds the key. We overcome our circumstances and the enemy by Jesus' blood and the word of our testimony. Jesus conquered death and sin when He stood in as the sacrificial Lamb of God on the cross. Through Him we have the victory. Through Him, we can do anything, including getting out of our dire circumstances and entering into abundant life.
The word of our testimony has the power to heal. It has the power to overcome. Proverbs 18:21 says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat is fruit." If we speak the truth of God's Word and life into our circumstances, we can expect to see them overcome. If we speak what we see in the flesh and death into our circumstances, we can expect to see them overtake us and drag us down. 
What will you speak to your circumstances today? Will you plead the blood of Jesus over your life and the lives of your loved ones? Will you speak to the mountain and say, "Be thou removed, in Jesus' name!" Or will you choose to continue to walk in your circumstance, waiting for the moment to pass and dreading the future? 

1 comment:

Thanks for sharing your thoughts here at My Thoughtful Spot! I love hearing them!