11 And [kai] they [autos] overcame [nikao] him [autos] by [dia] the blood [haima] of the Lamb, [arnion] and [kai] by [dia] the word [logos] of their [autos] testimony;
[marturia] and [kai] they loved [agapao] not [ou] their [autos] lives [psuche] unto [achri] the death. [thanatos] KJV-Interlinear
"And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the
word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death. NASB
Overcame, ‘nikao,’ means
to subdue, to overcome, to prevail, to conquer, to be victorious.
And they, here, is a general
reference to believers throughout history, and specifically to believers who
will come out of the Tribulation.
Far too many folks
believe that they have to do something in order to fight or defeat Satan. They
try incantations, or squinting their eyes, exorcisms, rituals, magic formulas,
or simply rebuking or yelling at Satan, or believing really, really hard that
their intent is more powerful than Satan. And of course these things are utter
Satan is far more
powerful than any human who ever lived, with one exception of course, which is
Jesus Christ. But as for you or I, none of us have any concept of the power of Satan,
nor can we ever match it on a physical level.
However, on the
spiritual level, we do have access to the means of defeating Satan, but that
too is Gods doing and not ours. We are merely the beneficiary of Gods power and
ability in the fight against Satan, and not the means.
Three methods are specified
in accomplishing our prevailing over Satan, ‘the blood of the Lamb,’ ‘the word
of their testimony,’ and ‘loving not their lives unto death.’
And if you think about
each of these categories really carefully, then you will see that they refer to
the Cross and salvation, bible doctrine and spiritual growth, and finally the
perseverance of living the spiritual life to maturity while in fellowship
throughout ones life and not pursuing the carnal aspects of life.
This is your daily bible
study as pursued with a passion of desire for learning the things of God and of
life, while in fellowship.
Not too many folks have
this correct passion. They prefer their own carnal passion of emotion,
conveniently ignoring Gods method for the spiritual life, and substituting
their own preferences and lifestyle (works), in its place. The carnal over the
spiritual is the preference of loving ones life over that which Gods prescribes.
Note, that victory over Satan
means faith in Christ, for salvation (blood of Christ) over that of eternal
Victory over Satan means
daily bible study (word of their testimony) for learning and growing up in the
spiritual life, for you cannot speak that which you do not know, and you cannot
know that which you have not learned.
Victory over Satan means
loving not ones own life, or living in the carnal world, but rather living in
fellowship and therefore by the word of Gods power, not by the enticements or
adulations of the world.
Note, that nowhere in
here is there room for ones own energy or effort. There is no room for ones
arrogance of sincerity or purpose. There is no room for the energy or perceived
power of human activity of any kind.
Neither you nor I have
any power over Satan, except through the defense that God provides us through
You can learn kung fu
and karate and lots of other words. You can learn to shoot weapons of all
kinds. You can learn magic tricks and cute little rhymes of incantations even
in Latin. And none of these will gain you even an inch in the battle against Satan,
who will laugh at you for being naïve.
Do not, however go
overboard the other way and believe that you can solve your life’s problems by
prayer alone. Fools can go to the extremes in both directions.
Life’s problems are not
a fight against Satan, but require the application of responsibility as well as
Therefore, even though Satan
has his hands in everything in life, to its ruin, we defeat him through
doctrine, which is training for life, for responsibility, for a relationship
with God through Christ, and much more.