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A Daily Word from the Word for Tuesday, March 18, 2014

“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 12:11

Don’t let the devil get you on the ropes, my brother. Stop allowing that deceptive and already-defeated demon to hem you up, my sister. You are entering your spring season! This is the year of double portion! Don’t allow this lying lunatic to con you out of your long-awaited promises for 2014! When you find yourself in the ring with the devil, deliver the winning one-two combination punch by walloping that woofer with the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of your testimony!

Most folks make one or more of the following common mistakes when going toe-to-toe with the adversary, and wonder why they wake up on the floor: 1). Antagonize. Don’t antagonize the devil. While we should absolutely not fear him or let that coward back us down, we should not egg him on either. You will surely eat some flooring if you challenge him to a fight, because your pride is kicking in and will punk you every time. 2) Seclusion. Do not let that primeval pipsqueak get you on the ropes. Fighters will tell you to stay away from the ropes, because you are in a very vulnerable spot and position when you allow your opponent to put you there. So how does the devil put you on the ropes? By isolating you from praise, worship, or being around other Spirit-filled believers. This villain will surely have a field day with you, so don’t you let him take you there! 3) Engaging in the flesh. The third common mistake is to try to battle this conniver in your own flesh and with your own words. The more you engage the devil, the more he learns about your weaknesses; thus you are securing your defeat. Think about the strategies that coaches use when they are about to play a better team. They study the tapes of the opposing team, not to learn how good they are, but to study their weaknesses.

The way you defeat the devil is to hit him with the Word of God, just like Jesus did when he encountered this snake in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11). Every time the devil tried to engage Jesus, the Son of man countered with “It is written…” and spoke straight from Scripture.

The Greek word for “overcame” as used in this verse is nikao (pr. nik-ah-o), which means “to literally or figuratively subdue, conquer, prevail, get the victory” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “subdue” as “to conquer and bring into subjection, vanquish.”

Notice that the word is “overcame” (past tense), and not “overcome,” which is present or future tense. The Book of Revelation is the last book of the Bible. It is the end of the story. We already know how this monumental saga of humanity ends! And it ends in complete victory, already secured for us by the Blood of the Lamb, Who is Jesus Christ!

Since God is the Beginning and the End (Revelation 1:8), and since Jesus finished everything on the Cross (John 19:30), we already have the victory because Jesus already secured our future! That’s right, family! When Jesus declared “It is finished” from His position on the Cross, He finished everything completely. He called both the past and future into that one moment in time and fulfilled them both! My New Spirit-Filled Life Bible testifies that “spiritual victory is something we enter into. Jesus Christ has already won the victory through His death, burial, and resurrection” (© 2002. Thomas Nelson, Inc.).

The ‘blood” referenced here is Haima (Hah-ee-mah), which is the atoning Blood of Christ. Webster defines “atoning” as “reconciled.” Through the Blood of Jesus, we are reconciled back to our Holy Father. My Bible goes on to say “The Weapon of the Blood, THE BLOOD. This passage [Revelation 12:11] portrays Satan as cast down to the Earth, confronting and accusing the citizens of the kingdom of God. The primary weapon of the people of God against Satan is the Blood of the Lamb. The Blood of Christ, the Lamb, causes the people of God to prevail because it answers all of the enemy’s accusations. Satan controls and defeats humankind through guilt and accusations. He is a ‘blackmailer.’ However, the saints know that the Blood has satisfied all of the charges against them, joined them to God, and provided them with every necessary provision to defeat Satan.” Wow! I am feeling victorious already, brethren!

The “Word” is Logos (Log-os), and is “the Divine Expression (i.e. Christ); and our “testimony, our marturia (pr. mar-too-ree-ah), is our “evidence given, report, witness.” My God, my God! Are you ready to deliver that knock-out combination? Then dip your gloves in the Blood and put your “Christ-face” on!

Father, thank You that You have already secured the victory for us through Your Son, our Lord and Savior—Jesus Christ. Help us to know who we are in You so that we constantly walk in victory. We call upon You now to strengthen our spirits with a supernatural deposit of your boldness! For you have not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of boldness! (2 Timothy 1:7). In Jesus Name, we thank You that we walk in complete victory because we overcame by the Blood of the Lamb and Your Word as our testimony. Amen and Amen!

Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to walk in the security of Christ, which is knowing who you are in Him and whose you are—a child of the Most High King. Choose to not give in to fear, but to send fear running with its tail between its legs! And continue to fight the good fight by walking in the Blood of the Lamb and declaring the Word of the Father; for God, your Perfect Combination, has already given you the victory!

If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!

God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.

Jesus is coming soon!

May God Bless you and keep you always.

With warmest regards,

And, in service of The Most High King,

Matthew

Matthew.Gargano@HMDMinistries.com

www.HMDMinistries.com

© 2014.

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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.

All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.

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