Applying the Blood of Jesus

Discovering the power of the blood of Jesus was one of the most stupendous truths I ever received. It made my standing before an awesome, holy God real and secure. It became a cry to worship my majestic Lord. And it brought a doubt-destroying power to my heart—a new energizing resistance to self and sin. Before, I knew that Christ had won the victory, but a fresh revelation of the blood of Jesus made it my victory too! Jesus was unveiled to me—making him alive in my life.

Then, as I began to understand the cleansing power of the blood, its truth became like a broom, mop and soap to me. It cleaned up messes in my life! His power swept away wrong thinking, wrong choices and wrong emotional responses. I knew the blood was speaking on my behalf, giving me the courage to give Jesus full permission to do His work in me. Surrender felt joyful and resistance became sorrowful. Life with Jesus became a new relationship to me and a new power within me. That, my friend, is the joy I wish for you.

To fully experience the power of Christ’s blood in your life, consider the following six suggestions.

1.      Expect Great Things. Expect the “voice of the blood” to speak on your behalf when you do your part to trust in it. Then God can release the unlimited powers of that blood into your life! (Hebrews 12:24)

2.    Don’t Stand in the Way. Do not limit the power of the blood of Christ to what you can understand. There is no greater mystery in the Christian life, and you will spend an eternity discovering its wonders. Sprinkle the blood by faith wherever there is evidence of pressure, tension, failure or apparent defeat and against any satanic effort to thwart the will of God in your life.

3.    Draw a Line in the Sand. Under the protection and authority of the blood, stand unafraid and unflinchingly victorious. Notify satan that he is a soundly defeated foe and that he has no legal right to move against you.

4.    Be Thankful. Praise God daily for the wonderful power of the blood. David exhorts us in Psalm 9:11-12: “Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion; declare among the peoples His deeds. For He who requires blood remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the afflicted.

5.    Remember the Power and Use it. Keep the blood before you, just as if it were literally on the doorposts of your life. Then, in moments of difficulty or fear, you will be more likely to cry out for the power of the blood to work in your crisis. The children of Israel could not go in or out of their houses without being reminded of the sprinkled blood. It was over their heads; they had to pass under it. It was to their right and their left: They were surrounded by it (Exodus 12:22-23).

6.    Do Your Part. Remember the power of the blood does not work automatically. You must plead the blood to work in your circumstances. As you do, God will supply what you apply.

If you conscientiously apply these guidelines, you are certain to experience God’s protection and victory in your life!

 Originally published in the November 1997 issue of Reaching Higher
For more on this subject, see Pastor Bob’s blogs titled “The Blood of Jesus - Your Protection from the Evil One” parts 1 and 2

 

Sin is Never Just a Personal Issue

Sin is Never Just a Personal Issue

The pleasures of sin are ever so fleeting and never worth it in the end. I’ve never known a man yet who sacrificed his wife for the bottle and in the end believed it was worth it. I’ve yet to meet a man who, having lost his marriage because of his pornography addiction, would smile and say it was worth it. But what I have experienced is the pain of sitting with men while they groan and cry over the marriages and families they’ve lost because they’ve lived for momentary pleasure.

What Am I to Do with Myself?

What Am I to Do with Myself?

I remember many years ago, when many pastors were worried about psychology slipping into the church as many began to teach that we should love ourselves. This was quite controversial at the time. At first, as a young man, I championed the cause that said as Christians we are not called to love ourselves, but strictly die to ourselves.

Humility in Daily Life

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Today I want to challenge you, as I have been challenged, with this excerpt from an Andrew Murray devotional on humility. Truth is not always easy or comfortable, but in the end it is what sets us free. Let God speak to your heart, as he has mine, from the heart of a man of God whose words still live on today.

For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 1 John 4:20

It is a solemn thought that our love for God is measured by our everyday relationships with others. It is easy to think that we humble ourselves before God, but our humility toward others is the only sufficient proof that our humility before God is real. To be genuine, humility must abide in us and become our very nature. True humility is to be made of no reputation - as was Christ.

In God’s presence, humility is not a posture we assume for a time—when we think of Him or pray to Him—but the very spirit of our life. It will manifest itself in all our bearing toward others. A lesson of deepest importance is that the only humility that is really ours is not the kind we try to show before God in prayer, but the kind we carry with us, and carry out, in our ordinary conduct. The seemingly insignificant acts of daily life are the tests of eternity, because they prove what spirit possesses us. It is in our most unguarded moments that we truly show who we are and what we are made of.

The humble person seeks at all times to live up to the rule “Serve one another; consider others better than yourselves; submit to one another.” The humble person feels no jealousy or envy. He can praise God when others are preferred and blessed before him. He can hear others praised and himself forgotten because in God’s presence he has learned to say with Paul, “I am nothing.” He has received the spirit of Jesus, who pleased not Himself and sought not His own honor as the spirit of His life.

Let us look upon everyone who tries us as God’s means of grace, God’s instrument for our purification, for our exercise of the humility of Jesus. May we have true faith in the sufficiency of God and admit to the inefficiency of self, that by God’s power we will serve one another in love.

May God grace us to embrace a lifestyle of humility in this new year.