December 4, 2017

Blood was shed so that we can live eternally in heaven.  That shed blood washed away our sins and made us a new creature. Accepting that blood meant that we were no longer our own, we were now a child of Christ.  Accepting that blood meant that we were now different.  We no longer did the things that we use to do.  It required that we act differently, look at life differently, and even speak differently.  Per 2 Corinthians 5:17 accepting Christ means that “the old has passed away; and behold, the new has come.”  But we still must live in this fallen world and that means that the sins of this world would still pull at us and that is when the blood takes on added power.  At salvation, we applied the blood for the first time but our daily Christian walk would require us to lean on it daily power.  The applied blood of Jesus is like a lit-up billboard on a dark desert night.  No matter which directions you turn, you will still see the glow of its bright lights.  The blood declares to the heavenlies that you are a child of God.

Serving Jesus places a target on you in the spirit realm.  I don’t say this to be fearful, but as a statement of fact.  Satan does not want the church (followers of Jesus) to have any victory in this world. He will attack from all directions until he is either a victor or a defeated foe.  To many times we as Christian forget that there is an unseen war going on against us.  This war is relentless and it can make us so weary that we just want to give up.  But at those times, we must fight even harder.  But we need to fight not in our own flesh but in the spirit.  That is where understanding who you are and what you are fighting gives you an advantage over your enemy.

Defeating a spiritual foe that knows our weaknesses and struggles requires the use of weapons that cannot be destroyed.  God speaks about the spiritual armor that is given to us as Christians. In Ephesians 6:15 we are given the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, shoes of peace, the sword of the spirit, the shield of faith and unceasing prayer but God does not stop with just those weapons.  He has given us additional weapons as well.  The bible is full of His power and one hidden weapon is found in Revelations.  It is the power of our testimony and the power of the blood of His son, the Lamb that was slain for the world, Jesus.

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony …”  Rev. 12:11

Revelations 12:11 is a bible verse that I learned many years ago, but had forgotten until just recently.  When God gave man the Bible it was because God knew that we would need His word to guide us.  No matter what the situation, the Bible has an answer.  I stand in amazement that for thousands of years; this book has guided generations of believers through untold trails and victories.  It’s truth never changes.  The more we read and study it, the more you realize that it is truly a living word.  Each time the word is read, new and greater revelation is given, even if we have read a particle passage many times over.  Revelations 12:11 is a two-prong weapon. It required application and action.  We must apply the blood to our current struggle as well as remind our self and others of what God has done for us in the past.  It is possible to be so overcome by the weight of current trials that past victories are totally forgotten.  But by speaking of what God has done in the past, we are reminded that He has always been there.  Some might be saying “God has never done anything for me”.  Then apply the testimony of someone from the bible. Acts 10:34 tells us that God is “no respecter of persons”.   So, stand on someone else’s testimony until God gives you your own.  If you need a financial blessing, stand on the testimony of God feeding Elijah in the middle of a famine. (1 Kings 17) If you need a physical healing, stand on the testimony of God healing the woman with the issue of blood.  (Luke 8:43) If you have struggled with having a baby, stand on the testimony of Hannah as she cried out to God for a child. (1 Sam 1:10)

Don’t allow yourself to forget about the power of Jesus’ blood. If you have become fearful, weary, complacent then it is possible that you have forget about the power that Jesus gave you through His blood. An old church hymnal written by Lewis Jones in 1899 will remind you of what happened at your salvation and how His blood continues to have “wonder-working pow’r.”

Would you be free for the burden of sin?

Would you over evil a victor win?

Would you be free from your passion and pride?

Would you be whiter, whiter than snow?

Come for a cleansing to Calvary’s tide;

There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r In the precious blood of the Lamb.

Declare to the enemy all that God has done for you.  Thank God for His son’s shed blood.  That is one testimony that each one of us has.  We all have a salvation testimony.  Declare it, declare it, declare it until the tide breaks and your victory flows.  You are victorious because of the blood, apply it each and every day.

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