"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, KJV
I discovered something while a student in law school that shed light on why so many people are bound by situations they should be set free from. During an Evidence class, we came to the topic of "Testimony". In summary, I discovered that testimony serves the purpose of proving the truthfulness of a matter by the confirmation of another who has (preferably) first hand knowledge of the events. This person is called a "witness". This individual only qualifies as a witness if they have "first hand knowledge or experience" of the matter. The most powerful testimony a witness can possess is "eye witness" testimony. The testimony offered by a witness who lacks this first hand knowledge is categorized as "hearsay". Hearsay has very little probative value and is often excluded from being accepted into evidence. Oftentimes, the freedom, and very life, of the one being tried depends on eyewitnesses that are willing to testify concerning what they know.
As I read Revelations 12:11, it occurred to me that many people are unnecessarily bound and perishing in their trials because the enemy has shamed witnesses from coming forward and testifying about their own experiences and what they know. The enemy knows our testimony has the power to defeat him and set the accused free. Many people are serving life sentences in bondage, condemnation, and some even losing their lives, because they've lost all hope of things getting better or them surviving what they're going through. However, we are living testimonies or evidence that they can in fact make it. The enemy tried to destroy our bodies, minds/souls and spirits - but failed. Our testimony proves that the devil is a liar and defeated!
Testimony, by its very nature, is not for the one testifying but for the benefit of the one being tried. I don't care how shameful your past may have been; someone else needs the deliverance that is in your mouth. There is a ministry in your testimony that cannot be denied or refuted. Proverbs 18:21 declares, that the "power of life and death is in the tongue".
It is interesting to note that the root word for "testimony" in the Greek is "martus". It is the same word from which we get the word "martyr". A martyr is someone who died for what they believe and know to be true. I mentioned earlier, that "hearsay" testimony is generally not accepted as evidence. However, there are exceptions to this rule. One such exception concerns the "words of a dying or dead person". These words are considered unusually reliable because a dying or dead person (1) has not ongoing interest in the matter, and (2) has nothing to lose by telling the truth. They are no longer subject to fear, intimidation or the power of those who have an interest in the outcome of a matter. They're free to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help them God!
As born again, blood washed, forgiven Believers, who are dead to all the guilt and shame of our past, why are we testifying to what we have experienced and been delivered from? It is all under the blood, buried in the watery grave of baptism and crucified with our old man. Our past has no power over us! We are free to tell it - all of it! There is no more condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus(Romans 8:1). When and if we fall short, we can pray for forgiveness and God forgives us, never to be brought to our charge again.
With this being the case, let me ask you a question: What are you afraid of? What's keeping you from testifying to others of what God has brought you out of and delivered you from? Others are struggling with the same thing you've been delivered from and need to know the truth - that God is a deliverer!
The text says, "they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony." Jesus has done His part in defeating the enemy. He shed His blood and rose from the grave. Now we must do our part by tell our testimony! Every time you "tell it", it reminds the devil he is "defeated!" Go ahead - remember what He's done for you! Don't be afraid or ashamed - just "tell it!" Dr. J.C. Matthews, Senior Pastor of Dunamis Life Ministries and Chancellor of The International Kingdom Institute.
Son of Hamas leader converts to Christianity - Fox news Video of MosabHassanYousef, the son of influential Hamas Leader SheikhHassanYousef, has converted to Christianity, and said that there will never be peace between Islam and the rest of the world. The whole purpose for Islamic jihad is to enslave the rest of the globe into their beliefs and oppress humanity.
The general public, and especially Christians, must wake up to the FACTS and drop the rhetoric that Islam is a peaceful religion and only a radical few wish Israel and the entire civilized Western World harm.
I am amazed at how many misguided Christians have blocked me because I am too involved in politics and speak against islam. If more Christians do not start getting involved our country will be run by immoral heathens. Apathy and protecting ourselves from 'bad news' is not biblical...it's evil dissuading us from getting involved!
You see in the above video where the son of the Hamas leader himself is warning you Islam will NEVER come to peaceful terms with the rest of humanity. The Koran commands jihad and the annihilation of all infidels. What will it take to wake up those of whom are so misguided? Everyone who believes so strongly these are end times and God is in control, and they are to do nothing, are placing themselves in the roles of false prophets as they presume to persuade others of their calamity.
"Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea, and they went out into the wilderness." Exodus 15:22
Many people who find themselves stuck in difficult situations often feel as if they've become lost. Somehow, they've arrived in a wilderness where everything has dried up and nothing seems to be growing. Many of them have lived in this wilderness for so long that they have given up on things changing and concluded that this must be all God has in store for them.
On numerous occasions, they have attempted to change their situation, but all of their efforts have failed. If this sounds like you, you may not be lost at all! You may be squarely within the Will of God.
All dry places in life are not the result of being lost. Sometimes God leads us into dry places and uses them as a place of preparation. In Exodus 3:8, when God met Moses at the burning bush, He told him that He was going to deliver His people from bondage and into a land flowing with "milk and honey". Yet, we know when God delivered His people from bondage, He led them directly into a "wilderness" where they spent 40 years.
We know that their wilderness experience had a purpose because the Bible tells us that there was a shorter route available that they could have taken and avoided the wilderness altogether. Exodus 13:17 says, "God did not lead them by the way of the land of the Philistines, even though it was near."
Whenever God leads you somewhere He has a predetermined purpose for you, even if the route is longer than what you expected. The longer the preparation, the greater the promotion. If takes much longer to get a PhD than it does a GED. I am not putting down those who have a GED. Praise God for it. For some, it took just as much determination to get their GED than it did for some to get their PhD. However, we are speaking of principles.
Oftentimes, your wilderness is the doorway to your promise. At the initiation of Jesus' public ministry He was not led into the temple, but into the wilderness. Jesus had to be first prepared in their wilderness before He could preach his first sermon. If you are in a wilderness right now, remember what you learned while there because it will be necessary to sustain you in your Promised Land. Don't faint or lose heart. You may be at the door of your promise and purpose.
I know it has been a long journey, but it will be worth your while. I know others may have arrived sooner at their place of destiny, and you are still making your way toward your destiny. What God wants to do in your life, requires preparation, therefore He had to take you the long way. There are no short cuts in the Kingdom of God - only God's way. I know, all the while you've thought that somehow you where lost. You may not have been lost at all. You just may have been led!
Recently, Glenn Beck, political commentator on Fox News Channel, did a piece on Iran and the intent of Mahmud Ahmmanuhtjob to "hasten" the arrival of the Mahdi(muslim messiah). While Beck makes a good point in reference to the evil and down right lunacy which poses as a religion to oppress all humanity into slavery, he fails to place it in the proper perspective, as do so many.
By escaping from, or eluding the true perspective of Islam's agenda presents a huge threat. Just as the rhetoric talking points of the leftists in our country, the politically correct stance to carefully stay within a (non-offensive) position so as to not reveal the true nature of the (political) organization fails the people.
Rosie O'Donnell, one of the commentators on The View (ABC), stated, "Christians are every bit as dangerous as radical muslims."and received applause. We can all excuse O'Donnell's comments as 'par for the lune' typical ignorance. Speaking to a nationwide audience has never made one responsible for what is spewed, and there will always be those who will believe it. Same goes for a respected voice, such as Glenn Beck. More so, as he is taken more seriously. Just as the Holy Gospel is misconstrued oftentimes by evangelists, many facts are reformed into a concept of which lightens the threat. Beck seems to be pragmatic where convenient, but, still retains a certain level of 'political correctness'. He refuses to come out and label Islam as being RADICAL.
It is getting back to my #1 pet peeve, the label of "Radical Islam" which projects an image that only a crazy portion of muslims actually wish Israel and U.S. harm. This is the planned strategy of Islam, through our 'politically correct' ignorance and the civil rights laws we enjoy, and they hate. Islamic propaganda sells the illusion it is really a peaceful "religion" and only a few "radicals" misinterpret the teachings of the koran.
This brings me back to Beck, who portrays the President of Iran (Ahmmanuhtjob) as being a member of a small and out-of-control group. TRUE --- Ahmmanuhtjob is insane, and this makes him very dangerous as he aspires to become a nuclear power to complete his agenda. He has made it very clear many times all over the globe, even here in our country as we allowed him a stage, his intention is to 'hasten' the Mahdi's return.
The Mahdi, in the koran, can only return to a 'cleansed society'. He cannot return among a world full of infidels, or non-believers of Islam. Beck states Ahmmanuhtjob believes he must create 'turmoil' and carnage all over the world, then the Mahdi will return and 'wipe out' all the infidels. Ahmmanuhtjob's beliefs are in line with the teachings of the koran. The koran is very clear as to what makes a faithful muslim. One of the demands is KNOWING THE KORAN.
All TRUE muslims are to be completely knowledgeable of the ARABIC translation of the koran. There are other VERSIONS of the koran, even in English, for the purpose of selling the 'peace' propaganda to the rest of the globe. It puts spins on certain scriptures which depict prejudice and violence against Israelis and Westerners. It plays with words and wordage, so as to present a vague translation to defend the argument Islam is really a peaceful, loving religion, when in reality Islam is a political agenda POSING as a religion. Defended by those of whom supposedly promoting liberty and freedom, Islam is anything BUT!
Those muslims who claim it is a 'radical' few that believe Westerners and Jews must die, are either liars, in order to promote the false propaganda, or apostates. The apostates, seen to TRUE muslims as being just as 'guilty' as infidels, are also subject to death according to the koran. If they don't believe the teachings of the koran, they are apostates. If they convert from Islam to another religion, they are apostates, and are subject to assassination. At least with infidels(all who are not muslim) the koran teaches they are to be given the opportunity to convert to Islam. Jews are not so fortunate as Muhammad taught they were not human and should be killed at any opportunity. This is what jihad is fulfilling. Jews must die, all others believe what muslims believe, or they will also die.
All Americans should have a true perspective of what we are up against, not the version ignorant Western defenders perpetuate. These people, who lash out at anyone that attempts to unveil the truth, have no idea what the koran teaches. They will argue with those whom are knowledgeable of its danger to all humanity. The same people that promote laws against what they refer to as "Hate speech", also defend the koran which is all about hate, and violence toward any of whom do not believe. So called muslims claiming the koran teaches peace are as much muslim as Oprah Winfrey is Christian.
Normally, one would reasonably believe you cannot argue or defend that which you have no knowledge, but, when it comes to the koran people lose all reason and common sense. Muslims and non-muslims, alike, constantly defend the koran with untruths and rhetoric which does not exist except through deceptive translation. So you think, "What does all this have to do with me?" Or, you say, "I'm not going to worry about it, because it is written, and God is in control," to anyone who will listen. This is also dangerous as it is promoting apathy, and there is nothing godly about withdrawing from the events which threaten our society, when you could have stood against the evil tyranny.
By not being knowledgeable of the truth, or not getting involved by hiding behind a misinterpreted scripture, we are helping the enemy. Ignorance and apathy is exactly what the enemy counts on, so the indoctrination can spread, just like the perversions have been spread throughout America over the past few decades. What used to be the "Moral Majority" is quickly becoming the minority, due to apathy and expecting someone else to do what every Christian had a duty to accomplish--- STOP evil in its tracks!
Now, even our country's leaders are promoting perversions, and in our schools, when a decade ago it would have been unthinkable and unacceptable. I have heard "Christians" state it's alright, their kids are home schooled, or attend parochial schools. If we are true Christians, how do we accept evil for ANYONE in society, as long as it doesn't affect us? Liberals/atheists claim they are not their brother's keeper. By letting evil takeover, how are we to be sure our children's children will be safe, as we allowed the freedom to home school or private schools to be eliminated, and laws implemented to revoke our freedom to choose against perversions?
Those of you whom are certain the current events are leading to the Lord's return and He is in control, and all you have to do is pray and leave it to Him. Yes, He is in control, but, how does that exonerate us from fulfilling our duty as a Christian, to face tyranny and fight evil? How is it so many seem to know that which God went to great lengths to conceal from humanity---the time of His coming? By doing nothing, we promote the evil, by way of little or no resistance. That is why rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God, but, so many Christians would have you believe it is a sin to even know what is going on or get involved in politics. How absurd!
I advise all who believe the end times are upon us, and there is no reason to exert ones self to resist, read Revelations, chapter 3. The Lord states while the Master is away, a good servant is just as diligent as if He were here, watching, and should remain diligent until He returns. (Rev 2:26) And he that overcomes, and keeps my works till the end, to him I will give power over all the nations.
How are we innocent when we did nothing to stop evil? Jihad is not a religion. It is, however, a command of the koran. It is the agenda of Islamic jihad to abolish the freedom of every soul on earth. You think this is false, or so far off, or someone else will stop it? Then you must also believe there is no judgement day, and you will not be accountable.
The reason the Apostle Paul wrote an urgent second letter to the Thessalonians was because he heard that they became lazy as they misinterpreted his message, "The coming of our Christ is at hand," and believed there was no reason to do anything but await His arrival.
***A report released this week had the U.S. media abuzz with speculation after the state-run Press TV quoted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday as saying that the nation will deliver a harsh blow to “global arrogance” on February 11.No details on or explanation of the statement were revealed...(Read More)
Just as a 'watered down' Gospel poses a threat to our salvation, a 'watered down' koran poses a threat to ALL humanity. Ahmadinejad is not the one misinterpreting the Koran!
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