The Benefits of the Blood
The dictionary defines the word benefit as: “to receive an advantage; profit or gain.”
The Bible is clear that as followers of Jesus (Christians) there are advantages, profits or gains that we can claim from the blood that Jesus shed on the cross of Calvary. So why should this matter or even be important to a Christian?
Lets take it from the beginning:
God creates Adam & Eve and place them in the garden of Eden. (Genesis 1:27) God gave them identity, career, and also responsibility. One of the responsibilities was to not eat from a certain tree in the middle of the garden: the tree of knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:16-17)
Most of us know the story: Adam and Eve decide to disobey God and eat from the tree. This results in the original sin, the fall of man, the sin nature in humanity, and spiritual death (separation from God) which ultimately led to physical death. (Keep in mind, death was not part of the original plan of creation)
God didn’t leave them in their sin after their disobedience, He provided a way so that they could be forgiven. (Genesis 3:21) Two innocent animals had to die as substitutes for Adam and Eve’s sin. Why? Because God requires bloodshed for sin. (Hebrews 9:22) In the same way that the animals were substitutes for Adam and Eve’s sin, JESUS CHRIST died as a substitute for our sins, even before we knew we needed Him. (Romans 5:8)
BUT WAIT THERES MORE (Infomercial Voice) ….You and I have the right to claim the benefits of the Blood of Jesus. As children of God, saved, and forgiven, we have the right to His blood and to the benefits of the blood. Here are a few of the benefits:
1. The Blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin! (1 John 1:9)
The blood of Jesus is the basis for our forgiveness, salvation and eternal life. It’s the blood of Jesus that forgives us, cleanses us, and washes us. (1 John 1:9, 1 John 1:7, Revelation 1:5)
2. The Blood of Jesus brings us near to God. (Ephesians 2:13)
The blood of Jesus gives us permission to enter into God’s presence. Like an all access pass that gets you backstage to a concert, or event, the Blood of Jesus gives you access into God’s presence. In other words, the Blood of Jesus is your “all access pass”. (Ephesians 2:13, Hebrews 10:19)
3. The Blood of JESUS CHRIST overcomes satan. (No matter what autocorrect says, I’m keeping that “s” a small “s”) Revelation 12:11
Through faith in the Blood of Jesus, and by our testimony of Jesus’ work on Calvary, we can conquer anything that comes from satan.
4. The Blood of JESUS CHRIST gives us safety and protection.
We need to plead the Blood of Jesus by faith when we are engaged in struggles against demonic forces.
So how can we apply the Blood of Jesus in our lives today? I know all this sounds good, but how does it work in every day life?
The first thing you need to do is believe and trust in the power of the Blood of Jesus. I remember my father used to always say, “Son, everything in the Christian life is by faith.” And that’s the truth, you see, nothing works if you don’t have faith. The Bible makes it clear that without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6) In a nutshell…FAITH IS THE KEY. Next, you need to start pleading the Blood of Jesus over your life, marriage, family, etc. We need to plead the blood of Jesus when we are in the middle of spiritual warfare, or when you are in any situation that you feel may be controlled by satan. We need to plead the blood of Jesus over ourselves daily, and over our marriages, families, and homes. THERE IS POWER IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS!
Right now, as you read this I want to speak a word of life to you: I want you to know that 2014 will be a year of breakthrough and clarity. I declare a protective covering of the Blood of Jesus over you, your marriage, your children, your family, your ministry, your business, your finances, and your health. I believe that God will begin to do things this year for you that you thought He had forgotten, and I want you to know that you will have victory over battles that you thought you had lost. Put away your white flag, you will be victorious, because you are a child of the KING, because He has promised that “no weapon formed against you will succeed (Isaiah 54:17), and because you are washed and protected by the Blood of Jesus that He shed on the Cross of Calvary! Praise God! There is Power in the Blood!
Expect a Miracle,
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