Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Blood of the Lamb (CE20)

               'Coming Events'

Rev 12:11 And they overcame him (Antichrist) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
    Our Lord Jesus showed us how we can overcome the Antichrist and his deceptions with:-
1. The blood of the Lamb or the message of the cross
2. Word of their testimonies
3. Love not their lives

The Blood of the Lamb
What has the blood of Jesus done for me (a born again Christian) ?
1. Destroyed curse on the ground
    The crown of thorns when struck with the reed drew blood (falling to the ground) from the head of Jesus.   Gen 3:17-18
2. Destroyed curse on Adam
    At Gethsemane Jesus prayed in great agony until He sweated droplets of blood to removed the curse of hard labour just for bread.   Gen 3:17,19
3. Healing of both soul and body
    He was scourged so that by His stripes we are healed. 1Pet 2:24
We now can forgive our enemies.
4. Destroyed all curses
    He was crucified (hung on the tree) so that He took our curses upon Himself. Gal 3:13.
5. Became Propitiation for our sins
    He shed His blood for us so that all our sins are forgiven.  1John 2:2.
6. Free us from the fear of death
    He died and destroyed the power of death, so that we are set free from the fear of death. Heb 2:14-15.
7. Make us Temple of the Holy Spirit
    On the third day Jesus rose from the death. Having made us sinless by His precious blood, He set His Holy Spirit within us to seal and protect us. So please do not defile His temple. 1Cor 3:16-17
8. Adopt us as children of God
    We are now children of God and the devil cannot touch of harm us since our Father God has set the protection around us.  Rom 8:15-16
9. Empower us
   He has also given us the 'Name of Jesus' so that we can:-
a). Perform signs and wonders
b). Cast out demon
c). Heal the sick
d). Pray to our Father, etc.

Eph 4:23-24, 27 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness... nor give place to the devil.
    Brethren, once you have sincerely believed and accepted the gospel, you must also believe that you are truly a child of God, a new man created by God in true righteousness and holiness just like Adam before his fall. Let us not glorify nor give any place to the devil anymore, for he cannot hurt nor harm us without God's permission.

Overcoming Adam's Failure
John 4:15-16 "If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever - the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
    When God was not around, Adam and Eve fell. To overcome this happening again, our Lord ensures that the Spirit of truth will abide in us all the time and help us overcome the devil if we keep His words.

Jam 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
    Brethren, the moment we received our salvation, we are delivered from the evil one (along with idolatry, witchcrafts, etc.), so when we obey God's words, we only need to resist the devil and he will have to flee from us. Can you see the power that God has given to us to defeat the devil and his demons? So why fear him, let's walk in humility before God and His words, and let's also walk victoriously and joyfully at the onslaughts of the devil's temptations and deceptions.