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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Destruction of the Last Enemy, #5
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. (Revelation 12:11)
Satan can be overcome only as there are people who are seeking to live by the Life of Christ instead of natural physical life, who refuse to yield to sin in order to find their own pleasure, and who reject their own will and ambitions and love not their own life to the point of death.
Throughout the Christian churches of today there are believers who are engaged in this final wrestling match—the match that will conclude with the conquering of Satan. They have turned aside from the flesh and blood adamic life and are seeking to live by the Life of Christ as He lives by the Life of God.
As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. (John 6:57)
How do we eat the flesh and drink the blood of Christ? How do we live by His Life?
Every time we refuse to yield to our adamic appetites, desires, and lusts, the Lord Jesus feeds us with the "hidden manna", that is, with His own body and blood. Little by little we change from life lived in the natural physical realm to life lived in the Spirit of God. We learn to live by eternal, incorruptible resurrection life.
Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:54)
The victorious saints have refused all joy except the joy that comes as they do the will of God. They refuse to find their pleasure in lust and revelry, in drunkenness, sorcery, and violence. They are keeping true to the commandments of the written Word of God. Their testimony is that God is true, faithful, and holy. The Holy Spirit can use such saints to overcome the accuser of the brothers.
The victorious saints now are turning aside from all of their own interests, even their interests in the ministry of the Gospel, in order that they may think God's thoughts, speak God's words, and do what God is commanding.
They are seeking the rest of God—the rest in which the Lord Jesus is their Life. They are submitting to crucifixion with their Lord. They now are living by His Life, His thoughts, His words, His actions.
They are learning to live by the power of Christ's resurrection. They are willing to share His sufferings. They count all of their personal accomplishments as so much rubbish in order that they may gain Christ.
They are in the anguish of travail that Christ may be formed in them. They are bringing forth the Son, the Ruler of the ages to come. They are passing from the spiritual fulfillment of Pentecost (the rain from Heaven) to the spiritual fulfillment of the feast of Tabernacles (the creating of the Throne of God in them so that out from them may flow the waters of eternal life).
To be continued.