Scripture tells us that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony (Rev. 12:11).
If you're like me, you have always considered your testimony to be the story of your "conversion" and when you "prayed the salvation prayer." However, through a prophetic dream, God showed me His perspective of our testimony, gave me a more complete understanding of what it actually is and revealed one of the incredible ways it empowers us to conquer the accuser in our lives.
One of the gifts of dream work is the opportunity to experience biblical truth. Scriptures that we can quote in our minds all at once become living and active as we experience them for ourselves in our hearts at night. I recently had the following dream which made a verse I've known for years come alive in a deeper way as Holy Spirit wrote His words personally on my heart.
God on Trial
Dream: My brother Josh has three kids, and in my dream, I was accused of abusing them. Though it was completely untrue, I was instantly judged and found guilty, sentenced to be executed that same day. I drank the poison fully expecting to die, but I didn't die. The toxin didn't harm me at all, so I was allowed to live until a second trial.
The idea was that if Josh's kids—who totally adored and loved me as much in the dream as they do in waking life—could get their testimony out there and let everyone know how well I treated them and how much I love them, then that could turn the tide of accusation. At this point there was nothing more I could do. Now it was up to Josh's kids; everything hinged on the word of their testimony.
Interpretation: As I worked out an understanding of the symbols in the dream, some things immediately stood out. For example, my brother's name is Joshua. Joshua is the English transliteration of Yeshua. We know Yeshua is Jesus, and Jesus is God. So in the dream "Josh's kids" symbolically represent "God's kids." God's kids are believers everywhere, all of Father's sons and daughters.
God was teaching me about the power of our words and testimony and how that defeats the accuser, as that is the context of this passage, specifically how to conquer the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:10). We know Jesus already did His part; the blood of the Lamb was shed before the foundation of the world. Now it's up to us to play our part in the unfolding miracle through our testimony.
Heaven's Point of View
God interpreted the dream for me and gave me His perspective. He said: "While I am sovereign and omnipotent, you know that I voluntarily limit Myself to the prayers and professions of My kids. I've put them in charge of their planet, so what they say goes (Gen. 1:28). I honor the power I have entrusted to them—for better or worse (Ps. 115:16).
"The dream is allowing you to feel how I feel, to identify with Me. In the dream, you were representative of Jesus—sentenced to death though innocent, yet still alive. I do want you to identify with Me. Identify with My life, with My death, with My burial and resurrection, and with My ascension. I want you living—right now—the ascended life (Eph. 2:6).
"And part of that is recognizing the power of the word of your testimony. That everything hangs—in your life, at least—in the balance. What you say goes (Prov. 18:21). You get what you speak (Matt. 12:37).
"I've done My part of the miracle. Jesus already died on the cross and was raised from the dead, and Holy Spirit was poured out. That miracle enables and gives life to all other miracles (Rom. 5:17). You overcome through My blood on the cross and through the word of your testimony. Your testifying to My goodness, brings more goodness. Your testifying to My outpoured love and grace multiplies it back to you. Your testifying to My financial prosperity and abundance creates that windfall in your world.
"It's up to you. It's up to the power of your testimony. Let others know how much I love you and what that love looks like in your life. Without bragging, let them know that this is how well I treat My favored children ... and you're all My favorite!
"I've given you My power in your world. By speaking My words and speaking truth about Me—you create My world in your world (Heb. 11:3). You create heaven on earth. You cannot overestimate the power of your testimony. And what is your testimony? That is actually what this dream was about.
"You had thought your testimony was your 'conversion experience'—when you said 'the prayer.' But I'm showing you it's so much more. Just like in your dream, you needed Josh's kids to testify about your love for them and their love for you. They needed to speak of your constant kindness and goodness toward them. They needed to share the truth that you never hurt or harm them but always hold, heal and help them.
"Your testimony is a testimony to My love. How I love you, and how much I love you and what My love looks like to you and in your world. How kind and patient I am with you. How gracious and generous I am to you. How I protect and watch over you and bless you with every good thing. How I delight in your prosperity and peace—nothing broken, nothing missing.
"So your testimony is much bigger and broader than a single moment in time, where you did something. Instead, your testimony is a recollection of My faithfulness over a lifetime—what I do with you, to you and for you, day in and day out.
"It's not as much about you and what you did as much as it's about Me and what I've done for you. That is your testimony: My goodness to you, My care for you, My love of you for a lifetime. That is your testimony. And that is what overcomes the world."
How We Overcome
I trust the takeaway is clear. In the dream, even though I adored my nieces and nephew and wanted nothing more than to express my love and kindness to them, it was really up to them. At that moment, my hands were tied. My power to bless them hinged on the word of their testimony.
So too, even though our heavenly Father loves us and wants nothing more than to prosper us in every way, we will not be able to freely experience all the love and blessings He intends for us if we do not conquer the accuser and his lies with the truth of our testimony of God's forever faithfulness.
We overcome through our testimony about Him, through testifying of Father's goodness and grace. In the dream, all that was needed was the word of the children's testimony. And so it is with us. We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony, and now we understand a little more fully what that actually means.
Charity Virkler Kayembe has a doctorate in biblical studies, is passionate about the sacred supernatural and writes about the unfolding adventure that is walking by the Spirit on her blog at glorywaves.org. She has been featured on Sid Roth's It's Supernatural!, Cornerstone TV, Charisma magazine and The Elijah List. Charity is the co-author of four books, including Hearing God Through Your Dreams, Unleashing Healing Power Through Spirit-Born Emotions and Everyday Angels.
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