Sunday, 15 December 2013
READ TODAYS EDITION OF RHAPSODY OF REALITIES.
TOPIC: THE WORD OF YOUR TESTIMONY.
Opening Text: 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 (Revelations 12:11)
In just about two weeks, it’ll be 2014, and if you reminisce on the outgoing year you’ll realize that there’s so much to thank the Lord for. Some might say, "Well, I don’t think I have anything to thank God for this year; I don’t have any testimony." That’s because they really don’t know what a real testimony is in Christ Jesus. A testimony means a record or a witness. It’s a declaration of faith, or a declaration of the Word. You should, therefore, be thankful for the Word that God gave you to live by.
Revelations 12:10 refers to the devil as the accuser of God’s people. However, our opening verse says the people overcame him (the devil), by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony. Notice again how they overcame the devil. First, it says "… they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb"; that’s talking about the Gospel of Jesus Christ: His blood was shed for every one of us, and our faith in that blood is the victory. Secondly, it says "…and by the word of their testimony…." The word of your testimony is your declaration about God: your proclamation of what He did for you and in you.
What’s your testimony of Him today? He’s given you divine health, and Satan can’t dispute that. 1 Peter 2:24 says "…by whose stripes ye were healed." He’s made you an heir of the Sovereign; you were born the inheritor of all the riches and wealth of His Kingdom (Romans 8:17, 1 Corinthians 3:21). He brought you out of the miry clay, and set your feet on the rock to stay, and He put a song in your mouth to sing: a song of praise. He has made you a success and a victor; these are your testimonies. Testify of His love and grace. It means to bear witness of what He’s done for you in Christ.
Satan doesn’t want you to talk about your miracles, victories and successes. He’d rather have you believe that the supernatural victories, deliverances, miracles, and blessings you experienced this year all happened by chance. No, they didn’t; they were divinely orchestrated by God. Therefore, today, praise Him lavishly: sing aloud to Him; do Him a dance; give Him your best offering—in appreciation of His goodness and greatness in your life this year
What a glorious year of favour it’s been: a year filled with God’s goodness, deliverances, provisions, mercy and innumerable blessings! Lord, I look forward to the coming year joyfully in faith, knowing you perfect all that concerns me, and I’ll experience greater victories, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
f u r t h e r s t u d y: Psalm 19:7; Psalm 40:2-3; Psalm 87:2-3
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Year Reading Plan: Revelation 7:1-17, Ezekiel 42-41
2 Year Reading Plan: John 20:19-31, 2 Chronicles 29