22: Overcoming Love
Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014Print
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Who is the Bride of Christ, and how does she make herself ready? These questions and more are explored in this piercing series as Martha digs deep into the blessings AND requirements of Christ's own Bride.
Rev. 12:11 NASB
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.
Survival is the primal human instinct, a strength and compulsion, fevered by nature. And! The last surrender to God. Preservation of life at the cost of the soul is our human way. Normal to all and admirable to most. The Fear of Death is Satan’s noose on humanity and we were born with it wrapped around our neck. Throughout life, the noose is pulled to keep us manageable.
Parent, teacher, leader, spouse, even shepherd—all jerk the rope of fear, and all fear is about death. Death by poverty, death of reputation, death of relationship, on and on. And the death of life itself. To lose is…to die. To be robbed is…to die.
Every threat is a specter of death that tightens the noose already in place and we live choking and gasping to save our own skin…or face. At any cost – be it integrity or honesty – we keep safe the all-important BREATHING LIFE ,and we will sacrifice the self to stay alive.
Death and Fear Died on the Cross
That innate fear of death, the basic life-long torment was swallowed on the Cross by our Savior. Death is swallowed! Conquered! And fear of death is gone.
Heb. 2:14 & 15
Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.
Every Loss, Every Change Brings Death
The skill of life is not finding how to live. The skill of life is learning how to die…and doing it constantly, quietly. Jesus said daily. The supreme test of love is the test of dying. Not living for God, but dying for Him. And even dying BY Him because of His Sovereign reign over life AND death. All kinds of deaths.
God appreciates sacrifice and labor. God receives our testimony and rejoices in our worship. But Love for God is only real when tested by the death-blows of life, and whether I am found willing to die to dreams and pleasure, rights and justice. For Jesus’ sake, even at His Hand, while still in the pain of being alive. Willing to die or…losing Him…within me. The existence of both is impossible.
Him or Me
I can die to gain my immortality in the Lord or survive to lose my destiny, my life and Him. I must count His life as the worthy one to save. His reputation at the expense of mine. His vindication, not my own. His will at the cost of my wishes. His worth by the loss of mine.
To let go of what God takes, to give up what He asks, to live how He ordains, and accept an unapplauded end…is to “die” by loving Him more than you, and to love not your precious life “even unto death.”
This is…the uncommon and even unknown way to conquer evil—by personal loss. To die under the accuser’s tyranny is to transcend his evil power and rise to a resurrection life that is unconquerable, and even untouchable. Being dead already by voluntary loss, you cannot be hurt by any murder. Satan has no door of accusation, no entrance for torment and no ground of mastery in one who lives dead. He is powerless against the blood and the word of Christ and…my personal grave.
Only Love will prefer to die than live unpleasing to that One, that Only One who loves and lost all for love, who also “did not love his own life…even unto death!”
Overcoming Rests on Resurrection
The Overcoming Bride is a Resurrection Bride and only through an old, yet ever fresh grave does she rise in God’s newness to the Very Resurrection Life of the Son and gain the Bridegroom’s welcome.
“If anyone keeps My Word, he will never taste of death.”
John 8:52 NASB
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