Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to death.” (Revelation 12:10-11)…
Revelation 12:11 tells us not only that the believers will overcome Satan but also how they will do it. Look at this verse again, where the actual scene is described: “[The believers on earth] overcame [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”
These are people totally committed to God. Whether they live or die is not important to them. What is important is that they should fulfill their God-appointed function to overthrow Satan and cast him down. They do this using God’s “atomic weapon”: the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony…
“Pleading the blood”.. is this: testifying personally to what the Word of God says that the blood of Jesus does for you.
The key words are testimony, word, and blood. You testify personally to what the Word, that is Scripture, says that the blood of Christ does for you. To make it effective you must make it personal. To whom are you testifying? To Satan… We speak directly to him in the name and the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, and we tell him what the Word of God says that the blood of Jesus does for us.” (Prince 146-150).
Testifying is different than rebuking the devil. The Lord rebukes the devil. Zechariah 3:2, “The LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?” We do not have the right to rebuke Satan.
John Paul Jackson has written a book entitled “Needless Casualties of War” warning against rebuking the devil as it is the Lord’s right. Rebuking the devil can bring serious attack. It is important to understand the difference between rebuking the devil and testifying to the Devil. Rebuking the devil is reprimanding him. We ask the Lord to reprimand the devil! Testifying that we are righteous by the Blood of Jesus to the devil is speaking the TRUE word to the Father of Lies. It makes the devil retreat.