Living Your Testimony

Sunday, December 27, 2009 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Revelation 12:10-12 (NKJV)  10 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. 11 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.

When the text states that the saints overcame by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, it is not simply referring to the words that are spoken. A testimony is about living a life that pleases God.

What does it mean when it says that they did not love their lives? It did not mean that they had self-hatred. It meant that they did not love their natural lives and the things they had accumulated more than loving God.

Example: Think about people who join the armed forces. While there are benefits to serving in the military, and no one joins the military simply to go to war, military people have a special commitment to our country. If this commitment was not understood when a person joined the military, it was understood during the training. As a member of the military, one really cannot love his life because the possibility of being deployed will bring separation from the things that one likes and the people that one loves.

This is similar to living your testimony. You can live a great life, but you cannot love your life because your commitment to Christ may separate you from things and people for seasons of time.

Your testimony places specific demands on your life, but the rewards of blessed and changed lives makes it all worthwhile!