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. – Revelation 12:11 (KJV)
I feel like starting this blog by asking you to turn to someone you know and love and grabbing them by the wrists to pull them close and tell them, “It takes both to overcome!” However, I’m no preacher (by any means), so I’ll just say that I believe this so ardently that I want to wave pom-poms around while you read it (although I’m hardly a cheerleader so…who knows). I know so many people, good people, God-fearing individuals who are looking, waiting and begging to overcome something; health issues, trauma, divorce, the loss of a child, job, peace, etc. The things that make you cry out in agony with the pain of trying to, if not overcome, then survive or just outlast it. The truth is that in some area, each of us is desperate to have, “this thorn removed from me.” Concerning this, I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. – 2 Corinthians 12:8 (NASB) only to be met with, And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NASB). Doesn’t seem fair does it? That you would ask the Lord to take away your pain, weakness, trauma or torment that provides you with a very precise cutting only to hear that your answer is not removal but survival through grace.
Despair, exhaustion and maybe a small amount of anger make you draw a definitive line in the sand, root your foot in, ball your fists, jut your chin out and demand that God fixes it RIGHT NOW. When you are in a situation that requires you to harness enough effort and fortitude to climb over a situation that has been pummeling you in the secret places of your mind, heart and spirit you may find that your prayers become less about coming before God with a request and more like an executioner pleading to be pardoned. And why not? He’s an all-mighty God, He could blink an eye and change the very course of your life so why shouldn’t He do it for you, you rationalize. You’re a good person, you go to church – you don’t smoke, you don’t drink, you don’t chew nor hang with those who do – why not expect a solution? Back to those aforementioned good people, while they are praying to the all-mighty for a change, I have also noticed another constant variable amongst them. Enough that I decided to challenge you to think about whether or not you fall into this category.
Do you depend so much on the Blood of the Lamb that you forgot about the word of your testimony? I have to say I have a particular impatience for misery pushers. You know who they are. They worship at the altar of all that is broken, sick, in despair and need. Their everyday countenance is veiled in the black lace of mourning all that is wrong. Not because they want to spread misery but because the pain has spread inside of them. Like cancer that starts in one part of the body only to hungrily consume every organ in its’ path, sickening and exhausting you to the point of depletion. The words on their lips are words of failure, sickness and darkness. Your testimony, the narrative that you repeat every day, is equally as important as the virtue and power you desperately pray for fruition. It could be what you’re saying, to yourself about yourself, is combating the effecatious power of your Heavenly Father. You know why the Bible says that God cannot lie, that He not only speaks the truth but is truth. Because if he says it, it has to be–there is no other option. If he says you shall live and not die then anything and everything that is in violation of that decree must shift to come into alignment with that declaration. The same way He spoke the heavens into existence is the same way that we, being created in His image, create our worlds by the words we speak.
Everytime you call yourself less, ugly, sick, unlovable, lacking, whatever… you are literally creating that reality. If you are saying that to yourself everyday, multiple times a day then your one desperate 3AM prayer has no power against this inner spiritual monologue. I am asking you to depend less on the miraculous and a little more on the practical. Can you commit yourself to speak positive affirmations to yourself every day for the next week? Right them down and three times a day just recite them. See what would change in your life if you combatted every negative thought taking up residence in your mind and daily (sometimes hourly) recitations of spoken word, with truth that doesn’t quite feel authentic to you. What if you proclaimed your health, beauty, peace and power as medicine to the sickness of a diseased narrative that is keeping you ill and in bondage? Can we commit for just this small time to try and combine the power of the Blood of the Lamb with the positively affirming word of our testimony? I’ll help you start:
- You ARE beautiful,
- You ARE powerful,
- You ARE loved and loveable,
- You ARE worthy,
- You ARE necessary,
- You ARE blessed and a blessing,
- You ARE an intentional part of the plan of God.
What is your positive declaration for the next seven days?