We Just Want To Die!!
Read Revelation Chapter 12
Rev 12:10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. 11 They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.”
Any time that one of our devotionals is based on the book of Revelation, you can be sure that the topic will not be the end times. Personally, I just don’t deal with it except in my private musings. Our subject for today will come from verse 11. In that verse, we see some clues as to how we overcome our enemy and achieve our final victory in eternity. These three are mentioned.
- We overcome by the blood of the Lamb. This one is a given. Only those who know they possess no righteousness, and rely upon the righteousness of Christ, will overcome the enemy.
- We overcome by the word of our testimony. One of the evidences of our relationship with Him is in our testimony. Check out Romans 10:9-10. We who belong to Him will testify of Him.
- We overcome by giving our lives up for Him. As Christians, we cannot accept Jesus as Savior and then continue to live our lives in unbridled sin. We may sin occasionally, but that will not be our continual lifestyle. The topic of dying to self, yielding to God, taking up one’s cross, etc. is scattered throughout the New Testament.
Let’s look at that third one a little further.
Jn 18:11 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given Me?”
Jesus’ mission on earth was to die. He could not become our sacrificial Lamb unless He died. The “cup” which the Father gave Him was death on the cross. Jesus was willing to give up His life for us in obedience to His Father. What is our “cup” that we have been given? It will be a little different for each of us, but there are a few things we have in common. One of the cups we all share is the sacrifice of our lives for the cause of Christ.
Mt 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will find it.
Ro 6:5 If we have been united with Him like this in His death, we will certainly also be united with Him in His resurrection. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.
These verses do not sound as though we can follow Christ and continue to ignore His commands. Clearly, our “death” actually frees us. It frees us from sin, frees us to live for Him, and frees us from the second death, eternal death. Therefore, death is really a good thing, in many ways. As the passage from Revelation says, “They did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.”
To most of us, abandoning homosexual behaviors is a very real death. I surely felt the cold darkness of death when I realized I could not continue living a gay life. We each must die to such things, maybe more than once, maybe many times in this life. But as we do so, we begin to understand what real life is. By dying to that sin, we gain so much more. By dying to that sin (and all sins), we actually gain life. We are overcoming and we will overcome, just as mentioned in verse 11. It is as sure as God Himself and as sure as Jesus, His Son. All praise and glory be to Him!
Prayer: Once again, we commit ourselves to You, and ask You to continue to supply us with the desire and willingness to die to self, die to sin, and specifically to die to homosexuality. Your mercy and grace, Your forgiveness, are precious to us, much more precious than anything our enemy can provide.