Victory Through The Blood Of Jesus
By Andrew Murray
“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto death” (Rev. 12:11).
In “the blood of the Lamb,” each Christian always has victory. It is when the soul is convinced of the power which that blood has with God, in heaven, to effect a perfect reconciliation, and the blotting out of sin; and to rob the devil of his authority over us completely and for ever; and to work out in our hearts a full assurance of the favor of God; and to destroy the power of sin – it is, I say, when the soul lives in the power of the blood, that the temptations of Satan cease to ensnare.
Where the holy blood of the Lamb is sprinkled, there God dwells, and Satan is put to flight. In heaven, and on earth, and in our hearts, that word as the announcement of a progressive victory is valid: “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb.”
Victory is through faith. “This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:4-5). “Be of good cheer,” said our Lord Jesus, “I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Satan is an already conquered enemy. He has nothing, absolutely nothing by right, to say to one who belongs to the Lord Jesus. By unbelief, or by ignorance of, or letting go my hold of the fact that I have a participation in the victory of Jesus, I may give Satan, again, an authority over me which otherwise he does not possess. But when I know, by a living faith, that I am one with the Lord Jesus, and that the Lord Himself lives in me, and that He maintains and carries on in me that victory which He gained, then Satan has no power over me. Victory “by the blood of the Lamb” is the power of my life.
Only this faith can inspire courage and joy in the strife. By thinking of the terrible power of the enemy, of his never-sleeping watchfulness, of the way in which he has taken possession of everything on earth by which to tempt us, it might well be said – as some Christians think – that the strife is too severe, it is not possible to live always under such tension, that life would be impossible. This is perfectly true, if we in our weakness had to meet the enemy, or gain the victory by our own might. But that is not what we are called upon to do. Jesus is the Victor; so we need only to have our souls filled with the heavenly vision of Satan being cast out of heaven by Jesus, filled with faith in the blood by which Jesus Himself conquered, and with faith that He Himself is with us, to maintain the power and victory of His blood. Then we also “are more than conquerors through Him that loved us” (Rom. 8:37).
– Taken from The Power Of The Blood Of Jesus by Andrew Murray.