THE POWER OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS



1 . Why was the shedding of the Blood of Jesus on the cross so important:

 

(a) The Bible says in Heb.9:22. "...and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Blood is the only price adequate to cover payment for sin. ln Ezekiel 18:20 we read, "The soul who sins is the one who will die..." and in Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death..." Sin is so terrible and God who is just and holy could not ignore it. There had to be consequences- a penalty equal to how much God hates and detests sin that is destroying the happiness of His creation. That penalty was death.

 

(b) ln Leviticus 17:11we read, "For the life of the creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar..." The blood symbolized life. When the animal was killed in the O.T. and its blood sprinkled on the altar it was an indication to the person offering it that the animal had paid

the price for sin by its very own life.

 

(c) When the sinner saw the slain lamb and its shed blood he saw the seriousness of sin. He realized because of his Jewish background, that he deserved to die for his own sins but the lamb or sheep died in his place.

 

(d) ln 1Cor. 5:7 we read that Christ is our Passover Lamb, "...For Christ, our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed." ln John 1:29 John the Baptist proclaimed, "...Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world." ln Exodus 12 the Feast of the Passover is described. After more than four hundred years of bondage in Egypt God raised up Moses to lead His people, the Children of lsrael out of bondage into freedom. Pharaoh, the king of Egypt was determined not to let the Israelites go when Moses confronted him with the message, "Let my people go." Moses, in order to let Pharaoh realize how serious the message was, through God's Power and direction called down plagues as judgments on Egypt. Pharaoh continued to harden his heart after each plaque. The time came for the tenth and final plaque that would give the Egyptians no other choice than to let the Children of lsrael go. God was to send His destroying angel to kill every first born, both men and animals. Since the Israelites were also living in Egypt, how would they escape the destroying Angel? God gave them specific instructions;

to obey God would mean their first born would live. God commanded that each household (lf any household was too small for a whole lamb they must share it with their nearest neighbor) would take a male lamb, one year old and spotless and kill it. They were to sprinkle some of the blood on the two sides and on the top of the "door frames of their homes. When the destroying Angel went throughout the Land He would pass over the homes that had the blood sprinkled on them. This is where the word, "Passover" comes from the Hebrew, "Pasha" meaning to "Jump past," "to pass over" or "to spare" Through this command God was teaching His people obedience as well as blood redemption and thereby preparing them for the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, who through the shedding of His blood on the Cross of Calvary would take away the sins of the World.

 

(e)The Blood of Jesus is precious and important because it is the Blood of no mere man or prophet, but it is the Blood of God. ln Acts 20:28 we read, "...Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood" and in Heb. 9:14, "How much more , then, will the Blood of Christ, who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God..." Andrew Murray in his book, "The Holiest of All" in his comments on the foregoing verse said, ""The

other element is, that the Eternal Spirit was in the life of the blood. It was through the Eternal Spirit He offered Himself. It was the Word that became flesh, The Eternal Son of God who was made man. It was the life of God that dwelt in Him. That life gave His blood, each drop of it, an infinite value. The blood of a man is of more worth than of a sheep. The blood of a king or a great general is counted of more value than hundreds of common soldiers. The blood of the son of God! It is vain for the mind to seek for some expression of its immense value; all we can say is it is His own blood, the precious blood of the Son Of God! ... The Spirit that was in Christ, when He shed the blood makes us partakers of its power. His victory over sin, His perfect obedience, His access to the Father, the soul that fully knows the cleansing of the blood in its power will know these blessings too...Let him who would know to... the inexpressible power and blessing the blood each moment can bring in him remember , it was through the Eternal Spirit it was shed." (The Holiest of All by Andrew Murray, Fleming H. Revell Company, 1960. PP.300-304)

 

(f) The Blood of Jesus is very important because it is through His Blood that we overcome the devil. lt is written in Revelations 12:11: "They overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.-." We see here that the believers overcame the devil by witnessing to what the word of God says about the blood of Jesus. Confessing what God says in His Word is very important. For example in Heb.3:1 we read: "Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession." Jesus as our High Priest pleads our case before the court of Heaven.

 In Heb. 4:14 we read, "Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession." in Heb. 10:21,23 it is written, "And having a high priest over the house of God ...let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering." Without wavering means we should never give up but continually and consistently proclaim what our testimony is in the face of all opposition. The word "confession" means to speak the same thing as, i.e., to say the same thing as what God says in His Word. ln overcoming the devil we make the words of our mouth agree with what the Word of God says, for example, about the Blood of Jesus.

 

1. Why is confessing what the Bible says about the blood of Jesus is so important in overcoming the devil?

One of Satan's primary weapons against us is guilt, the sense of having failed, the sense of shame because we missed the mark, of having fallen short and thereby disqualified in coming with boldness into the presence of God. ln Rev.12:10 we read that the devil is the accuser of the brethren and who accuses them before God day and night. The devil is constantly pointing his accusing finger at us and reminding us of our failures and our weaknesses and blaming us

for sins that God already has forgiven. Our weapon against Him is God's Word. Jesus overcame the devil in the wilderness by using God's Word. We overcome in the same way. We are admonished to do this in Psalms 107:2, "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the devil."  The following are some verses teaching us what the Word of God say about the Blood of Jesus:

 

(a) l John 1:7, If we walk in the light as he is in the light we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."

 

The word, "cleanseth" here is in the tense that means continually cleanseth. lt is not a once and for all experience. The condition for receiving cleansing is walking in the light. How do we walk in the light? We walk in the light by confessing and forsaking our sins. We do not hide them or pretend that they are not there, but we allow the Holy Spirit to search our hearts. If there is sin there we bring it to the light by confessing it and then by faith we bring it to the blood of Jesus for cleansing. If our sin has affected any other person or persons, then we should go to that person and make restitution wherever necessary and ask his

or her forgiveness. We do not confess our sins generally, for example by saying, "Please forgive me of all my sins. We committed our sins individually we ought to confess our sins individually and call it for what it is. We then know that after we have done this according to the above verse this sin is under the blood and the devil no longer can accuse us concerning it We then use the above verse as our weapon against him as we confess it with our mouth.

 

(b) Ephesians 1:7,"|n whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace."

 

First, we see here that we have redemption through Jesus's Blood. Redemption in the Greek (the language the N.T. was originally translated in) means a losing away, a liberating, particularly by paying a price. By the ransom of His own life-the pouring out of His precious Blood Jesus liberated us from the enemies

that hold humans in bondage, i.e., sin (Rom.6:6), death (2Tim1:10), and Satan (Acts 10:38). Secondly in this verse we read that we have forgiveness of sins through His Blood. Forgiveness from all our sins is a wonderful thing for the person who receives it but it cost God something to forgive us, it cost Him the Blood of His Son. Let us appreciate it and repent of our sins. To repent means to turn around, to turn our back on all our rebellion, to stop what we were doing wrong and not continue in our sins. When God forgives us He also chooses to forget ("I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more."ls.43:25) God's Word also declares

in Isaiah 1:18, "Come now, let us reason together," says the Lord. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow." though they are red as crimson, they shall be as wool." When the devil would accuse us and try and make us believe that our sin is to great, that we have fallen again and again and

therefore, God cannot forgive us then let us remind him of the above verses.

 

(c)Romans 5:9, "Much more then, now justified by His blood we

shall be saved from wrath through Him."

 

To be justified means to be made right. The great question is, "How can a sinful human being be made right with a holy God. If we could keep the law perfectly we could be holy before God. But how can we who are members of the human race, who are slaves to sin, do this. God in Jesus Christ does for us what we are incapable of doing ourselves. He became man and lived a perfect life and thereby became the perfect sacrifice and substitute for our sins. At the cross Jesus fulfilled all that righteousness demanded. His life was given in exchange for ours; his blood paid the price for our justification. This is why our justification is a work of God's grace (Grace can be defined as unmerited favor, unearned benefit, undeserved kindness)-"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works so that no one can boast." (Eph. 2.8,9). All of us are bankrupt sinners, we deserve Hell and certainly not Heaven. We cannot contribute anything to our salvation. The Apostle Paul described God's wonderful love, mercy and grace with these words in Eph. 2.4, "But because of His great love for us, God who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions. It is by grace you have been saved." Through the Blood of Jesus we are justified, declared righteous, just as if we had never sinned. In Is. 61:10 we read these wonderful words: "I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness as a bridegroom docket himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels." Praise God, He has clothed us with His righteousness and does not see our sin any more after we have confessed and forsaken it.

 

(d) Heb. 13′.12, " Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify

the people with his own blood suffered without the gate."

 

The word "sanctify" means to set apart, to separate, to consecrate. Through the Blood of Jesus, I am sanctified, made holy, set apart to God. Ln 1Cor.6:19-20 we read, "What know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." Thank God that we are made holy, not through our works of righteousness but through the precious blood of Jesus. Now because we are sanctified through the blood of Jesus we can through faith receive the Holy Spirit which is a gift God wants to give to all His children. When the accuser, the devil comes to accuse us and try to make us think that we are not worthy to receive the Holy Spirit we can remind him of the above verse.

 

(d) Heb. 10:19, "Having therefore brethren boldness to enter into

the holiest by the blood of Jesus,"

 

The "holiest" or the Most Holy Place" was the inner sanctuary where the presence of God dwelt. The High Priest came here only once a year to sprinkle the mercy seat with the blood of an innocent animal to make atonement for the sins of the Nation of Israel. He came with fear and trembling. When Jesus died the veil dividing the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place was rent in twain from the top to the bottom indicating that every lost son of Adam could come into the presence of God the Father through the precious Blood of Jesus. We no longer need to come with fear, with guilt, or with shame but now we can come

with boldness into the very throne room of our loving Heavenly Father who lovingly and joyfully welcomes us into His presence.

 

We can now declare to the devil, the accuser of our souls:" My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, redeemed, cleansed and sanctified by the blood of Jesus. Therefore, Satan and demon powers you have no place in me, no power over me, no claim against me. Now on the ground of what the blood of Jesus has done for me, with boldness and authority, I command you in the Name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, leave! leave my life, now!" Thank God our faith in the blood of Jesus is not an abstract theory but a living reality and we can daily experience its power in our lives. The true story below shows that in Jesus Christ and his precious blood there is an answer to a person's deepest human need: Several years ago a great parliament of religions was held in the city of Chicago. Practically every known religion in the world was represented. During one of the sessions, Dr. Joseph Cook, a great preacher from Boston, representing Christianity, suddenly rose to his feet and spoke the following challenging words to the delegates, "I want to introduce to you a woman with a great sorrow. Bloodstains are on her hands, and nothing she has tried will remove them. The blood is that of murder. She has been driven to desperation in her distress. Now is there anything in your religion that will remove her sin and give her peace? A silence fell upon the gathering. Not one in that large crowd replied. Raising his eyes heavenward, Dr. Cook then cried out, "Apostle John, can you tell this woman how to get rid of her awful sin? " Dr. Cook waited, as of listening for a reply. Then he spoke again, "Listen, The Apostle John speaks from God's Word, "The blood of Jesus Christ, His Son cleanseth us from all sin." (1John 1:7). Not one person broke the silence, the representatives of Eastern religions and Western cults sat dumbfounded. In the face of human need and depravity they had no answer. The Gospel of Jesus Christ alone had the answer. The sin of the human race could only be covered and washed away by the precious blood of Jesus.

 

If you have not yet received Jesus as your Savior I encourage you to receive Him today by confessing Him as Lord, confessing your sins, renouncing and forsaking your sins, and then through faith receiving cleansing and forgiveness through the precious blood of Jesus.

 

 

Written and compiled by Kenneth Korol

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

The giver of the GIFT!

 

During Christmas we hear a lot about Jesus Christ, God’s gift to the world, whose birthday we celebrate. On the other hand we hear very little or nothing about  the Giver of the gift. When we receive Christmas gifts we normally know the one who is giving us the gift very well. Perhaps it could be a fiance, a husband, a wife, a close friend etc..  Paul states in 2Cor.9:15, “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” and in John 3:16 we read, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,…” Do we know the God who loved us so much that He was willing to give us His indescribable gift, His Beloved Son? We could read about Him in the World’s greatest libraries and attend the most famous religious seminaries and still not get to know Him. How do we get to know Him? In the Old Testament He revealed Himself to the patriarchs, His prophets, and His people by His different Names. For example one of His Names is Elohim as found in Genesis 1:26 where it is written, “And God (In the Hebrew- Elohim) said , let us make man…”. Elohim,  that can be defined as “Creator God”,  is mentioned 2570 times in the Old Testament. The name is a plural noun and can only be used when indicating a number more than two therefore  giving us proof of the veracity of the doctrine of the trinity.  Jehovah as found in Exodus 3:14 is another Name for God. It is mentioned 6823 times in the Old Testament. It is translated, “I AM WHO I AM” showing His eternal existence and His unchangeableness as one who will always be what He always has been. El Shaddai is another name for God and simply means, “God Almighty” and is mentioned 48 times in the Old Testament. Among other names for God in the Old Testament the name of “Father” is also mentioned but only 14 times. The Fatherhood of God is not a central theme in the Old Testament. In a quite a few instances God is called the Father of the Jewish nation. We never find any of the Old Testament saints address God directly as their Father. They never dared to do so as they believed it would be disrespectful. For example so sacred was the name “Jehovah” to them that the Jewish scribes before writing this name had to clean the pen or get a new one and wash their entire bodies in a pool of natural running water. God to them was to transcendent to be called “Father”. When Jesus came He astonished and even angered His listeners by addressing God as His Father and even more so when He addressed God as “Abba”.  “Abba” is the Aramaic (language spoken by the Jews during the time of Jesus) familiar and intimate  form for Father. It is a small child’s way of saying “Daddy”. There is no evidence that anyone  before Jesus used this term to address God. When Jesus came He gave us a new revelation of the character of God. He showed us that God is “God Immanuel” (Matthew 1:23) which means, “God with us”, that He is our loving Father who desires to have intimate fellowship with His children. In St. John 17:6 we read a little of Jesus prayer to the Father, “ I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world…”  What Name could that be that Jesus is talking about here?  I maintain that it is the name “Father”. In the New Testament Father is mentioned about 275 times, in the Gospel of John alone He is mentioned about 140 times.

Why this emphasis of Father in the New Testament? Before the coming of Jesus we could not really know the Father in a personal intimate way. After Jesus’ substitutive death on the cross for our sins and subsequent resurrection we now can choose to receive Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour . After we do this He gives to us the Spirit of sonship. We read in Romans 8:15,16, “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba Father”. The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” Just as Jesus called God, “Abba” we too can now have the same wonderful privilege as we are now a member of the family of God. We begin to live a life in intimate fellowship with God our Father.  Both Jesus and the Holy Spirit make it possible for us to come and dwell in His presence. In Eph. 2:18 we read, “For through Him(Jesus Christ) we both(Jews and Gentiles) have access to the Father by one Spirit (Holy Spirit).” In St. John 14:6 we read, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” In 1Peter 3:18 we read, “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous to bring you to God.” From these verses and others we see that Jesus is the way and the Father is the destination. God’s  Word shows us that it is very important for us to come to the Father and to know the Father. For example in Jesus’ prayer to the Father in John 17:3 we read, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” and not children.

Millions of people are still orphans and are not  enjoying a Father-child relationship with their Creator

This Christmas may we truly get to know  our gracious and loving Heavenly Father, in a personal way and sincerely thank Him for sending us Jesus, Heaven’s greatest gift.

 

 

 

The Devil’s Total Defeat Through the Cross and the Authority We Have Over Him!

“...For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. (I John 3:8)


All the works of the devil were destroyed by Christ, by his sacrifice and death. The meaning of the word “destroy” here means to break up and do away with, to loosen. When Jesus died he bruised and crushed the serpents (Satan's) head to fulfill the prophecy found in Genesis 3:15:


"And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her Offspring; He will bruise and tread your head underfoot, and you will lie in wait and bruise His heel". (Genesis 3:15 AMP)


We see Jesus' great victory and defeat of the devil also in the following verses:


“When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities [those supernatural forces of evil operating against us], He made a public example of them [exhibiting them as captives in His triumphal procession], having triumphed over them through the cross.” (COLOSSIANS 2:15 AMP)


Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. (Hebrews 2:14)


“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”

Luke 10:19 NIV


Through His death on the cross and subsequent resurrection Satan's legal grip over our lives was broken. He was soundly defeated by our conquering Lord Jesus Christ. Christ's victory is our victory but we must by faith believe it and enforce it! God will not do for us what we can do our selves. For example in James 4:7 we read:


“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”


We see this truth also stated in 1 Peter:


“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith,...” (1 Peter 5:8-9 NIV)


God’s Word doesn't say that God will resist the devil for us, but as we, every believer, no matter how weak we may feel we are, assume our responsibility and resist him in the mighty Name of Jesus, he will flee from us. One definition of flee is “to run away as in terror” To “resist”, means to take a firm stand against and refusing to be moved

We do not have “power” over the devil! In our own strength we cannot defeat him! But we have been given “authority”. Just as a policeman who is directing traffic does not have power over all the vehicles that are rushing by but when he blows his whistle and puts out his stop sign the drivers obey him and stop, why? Because he has authority! All the armed forces of his nation stand behind the policeman's badge of authority. In the same way all the armies of Heaven stand behind the person who will resist the devil in the mighty Name of Jesus.

We no longer have to be victims of sickness and disease and slaves to evil habits and bondage’s which the devil, the enemy of our soul has brought on us, for it is he, directly or Indirectly, who is the author of all evil! We can be free for Jesus purchased our freedom by redeeming us out of the hand of the devil through His precious blood and God, our Father, has delivered or rescued us from the power or authority of darkness which consists of bondage, fear, misery and sickness and disease and brought us into the kingdom of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, which consists of peace, joy abundant life and health. Therefore we now can steadfast confess that the devil has no place in us and no longer any power over for victory has been provided for us by the blood of Jesus Christ!  We see this stated in the following verses:


““He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”

Colossians 1:13-14 NKJV


“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.”

Revelation 12:11 NIV


One of the main tasks of the devil is to blind the eyes of God’s people so they will not see what is their rightful inheritance and subsequent victory and authority they have in Christ and also to see that he was totally defeated. What power he has in our lives is what we allow  him to have! Therefore the Bible instructs us, 


“and do not give the devil a foothold.” (Ephesians 4:27 NIV).


We read also in Eph. 6:11


“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” 


If we choose to we can stand against the devil’s wiles victoriously with the whole armor God has provided for us!


Jesus’ ministry while He was here on earth was healing or delivering all who were under the power of the devil:


“how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.” -Acts 10:38 NIV.


Jesus delegated His authority to the church on earth to continue His ministry when he said to His disciples before He left them: 


“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”

Matthew 28:18-19 NIV


“...Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

And these signs will accompany those who believe: ...In my name they will drive out demons;...” Mark 16:15, 17 NIV


Let us as the church raise up out of our defeat, unbelief, fear and bondage  and claim what is rightfully ours, resisting and defeating the enemy in our own lives and then going forth with the authority Jesus has given us and in His mighty Name bring freedom, deliverance and healing to a world in great need!

 

 

 

“Our Father in Heaven” (Matt. 6:9)

 

The  opening address of the Lord's Prayer indicates to us what God is like. He is personal, He is intimate, He is our Father and His throne is in Heaven. In the Old Testament Father is mentioned only about fourteen times. We never find one of the O.T. saints personally address God directly as their Father or personally appropriate the Father by stating, “I am your son” or “I am your daughter”. Knowing and worshipping the Father is only possible to those to whom the Spirit of the Son is given- to those who are born again and adopted into the family of God through Jesus Christ. This is the new and living way mentioned in Heb. 10:20. It is a new way because the Old Testament saints never experienced it, it is a living way because we have Jesus Christ, God’s Son and the Holy Spirit living within us and revealing the Father to us. In the New Testament God is called Father two hundred and seventy-five times, one hundred and forty times in the Gospel of John alone. 

In verse one of the Gospel of John we read that "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God  and the Word was God." In this verse we see that the Divine Word, the eternal Son of God was with the Father before creation ever took place. Jesus enjoyed intimate fellowship with the Father from all eternity. In John 1:18we read, "No man hath seen God but the only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father He hath declared Him." The Amplified Bible gives an alternative reading for “the bosom of the Father”- “Intimate presence of the Father”. The expression is also used in John 13:23where we read: “Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.” This indicates that the disciple leaning on Jesus’ bosom was enjoying  intimate companionship and fellowship with Him. Jesus was not the Father but He was in the bosom of the Father and enjoying close fellowship with Him.

When Jesus came to Earth His main purpose was to redeem a lost humanity and bring them also into an intimate relationship with the Father. We see from verses of scripture like 1Peter 3:18 and John 14:6 that Jesus is the way but the Father is the destination. In Mark 14:36 Jesus said, "Abba Father,"... Abbais an Aramaic word which was the language spoken by the Jews during Jesus time. It is a small child's way of saying "Papa". Mark uses this intimate expression instead of using the Greek word, "Pater" for Father which is far less personal.  The Jews of Jesus day would never have dreamed of addressing God in such an familiar way and were astounded when Jesus made such a claim of intimacy. In Romans 8:15 we read the following fantastic words showing that the same intimacy Jesus enjoyed with His Father, we also can enjoy .

 "For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry "Abba, Father."

How marvelous to think that God is our Father and that we are His children, all because of what Jesus did for us when He suffered and died for us on cruel Calvary in order to reconcile us to God! When we pray let us not forget to affirm this by faith by thanking God for His wonderful love and grace that makes it possible for us to call Him our Father and praise Him for this wonderful privilege!


 

 

Revival Must Be Prayed Down!

Revival does not just fall from Heaven. It must be prayed down. R. A. Torrey said, "I have a theory, and I believe it to be true, that there is not a church, chapel or mission on earth where you cannot have a revival, provided there is a nucleus of faithful people who will hold on to God until it comes."

Charles G. Finney said, "A revival is no more a miracle than a crop of wheat is. In any community, a revival can be secured from Heaven when heroic souls enter into the conflict determined to win or die, or if needs be, to win and die."

Finney also said, "There are two kinds of means necessary to promote a revival: the one to influence men, the other to influence God. Prayer is an essential link in the chain of causes that lead to a revival as much so as truth is. Some have zealously used the first means – truth – to convert men and laid very little stress on prayer. They have preached and talked and distributed tracts with great zeal, and then wondered why there were no results. They forgot to use the other branch of the means – effectual prayer. They overlooked that the Spirit is given only in answer to prayer."

Revival has never come anywhere, be it in the Third World, Europe or North America, without fervent prayer. God is ready and longing to send revival anywhere in the world no matter how hard the place may be. His Word declares, "Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not" (Jer. 33:3).

A wonderful example of prayer resulting in  revival is from the Hebrides in Scotland.  Two elderly women began nightly prayer times.  They agreed together to pray for God to send revival to their community. They had become concerned because of the ungodliness and lack of commitment to spiritual things round about them.  Night after night they interceded before God. After some months, unknown to them, several godly young men began to meet three nights a week and waited upon God until four and five o’clock in the morning – until a powerful revival followed that transformed  that area of the world. Yes, prayer does make a difference! If God’s Word as found in 2Chron. 7:14 is practiced  we also will get such results as the Hebredes experienced:

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Before we can pray effectively there must be true acknowledgment and confession of sin. True repentance must follow. True repentance is like going down one road , for example the road of self-will and selfishness, then stopping, turning around and going the opposite direction. This therefore means forsaking any known sin, bad habit, practice or attitude that dishonors God. In Psalm 66:18 we read, "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me"; in John 14:30, Jesus said,– "…for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in Me." Satan had no power over Christ because he had no foothold of sin in Him, for Christ was without sin.

We, because we have had our sins washed away with the precious blood of Jesus and therefore subsequently clothed with the righteousness of Christ, should with deep humility, have the same testimony – "The prince of this world hath nothing in me."

 If we speak to God about power, He will speak to us about holiness. Before we can have authority with God, we must walk in obedience to His will, in humility , in purity and acknowledging Jesus Christ as the Lord and Master of our lives

Ways in Which We Can Pray

    The following are some ways in which we can pray:

1. Let us unite together in prayer. Let the whole church be aware of its responsibility. There is great power in united prayer. In Acts 12:5 we read, "Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him."

We see in the above verse it was not just one individual involved in intercession, when the early church was going through a deep crisis, but the church. If two believers, who are in agreement about what they ask, are a powerful unit in advancing God’s kingdom (Matt. 18:19), then united groups of praying believers who are in agreement can change the whole spiritual condition of a nation.

2. Let us pray specifically and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in our praying. R. A. Torrey said, "We should be careful about what we ask from God, but once we begin to pray for a thing we should never give up praying for it until we receive it, or until God makes it very clear and definite that it is not His will to grant it."

3. Binding and loosing is another way in which we should pray. In Matthew 16:19 we read:

“And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosedin heaven.”

 This teaching is so important that our Lord repeats it in Matthew 18:18:

“Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

These verses indicate that God expects us to participate in binding and loosing. In Luke 11:20-22 we have the teaching on the strong man:

 But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.  21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace.   But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils.

In Ephesians 6:12 we read who the strong man is:

“For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.”(Ampl. Bible)

In 1John 4:4 we read that the one who is greater than the devil is dwelling in us:

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

Satan has his emissaries ruling over nations, districts, towns and cities keeping these places in darkness and bondage these powers need to be bound through prevailing prayer and the people loosed from His chains.

4. Fasting and praying is a powerful spiritual weapon to be used by God’s people in advancing His kingdom. The Bible teaches us that there is room for both private fasting and praying (unseen by others) and that which is public (the leaders calling the whole congregation together for a special time of fasting and seeking God).

5. A good practice for congregations to develop is to pray before and after meetings. Prayer before a meeting creates an atmosphere of faith and expectation. Also, powers of darkness that would hinder the meeting could be bound. Prayer after meetings gives people time to wait upon God and to be prayed for by others.

6. All-night prayer meetings can be a great source of power in the church. These can be held, for example, once or twice a week or once every two weeks or once a month.

7. Early morning prayer meetings can be practiced daily or once or twice a week.

The church in Korea is one of the strongest most dynamic churches in the world. One of the reasons for their strength  is their emphasis on prayer. Thousands of congregations through out the nation meet together for daily early morning prayer.

8. A twenty-four hour prayer chain can be established in your church or in your town with different people taking turns in praying until continuous prayer is going up through the day and through the night seven days a week and twenty-four hours of the day. Some can meet together in the church and others may pray in their home at the appointed time they have chosen. The time one devotes in this prayer chain is up to each individual. Some may pray for fifteen minutes, some may pray for a half an hour, others may be able to pray for an hour  or longer.  This should be coordinated by a prayer leader and special prayer requests given to each one praying

9: Another way to pray is to have prayer walks- walking through your town or your neighborhood  and praying for your neighbors and fellow citizens in the areas you are walking in.

10. Being faithful to attend your weekly prayer meeting in your church keeping in mind that this is not Bible study night but prayer meeting night.

11. Every prayer meeting should abound with thanksgiving, praise and worship. We read in Psalm 100:4:

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.”

This is the order we should follow, first thanksgiving, thanking God for all He has done for us and provided for us! Then praise, praising Him for who He is, for His endowments and character! Then worship, on our faces before Him in love, awe and adoration of His holiness! Then intercession, standing in the gap for the land, for the people and for individuals.

In the beginning of this article in  Esekiel 22:30-31 we read of the great sadness of God’s heart- searching for an intercessor but finding  none as a result He had to send judgment:

In a needy, troubled world  full of immorality, materialism, false religions and carelessness and where sin is intensifying and tightening its grip on the hearts of ungodly men and women, God is calling us back to the days and nights of prayer, back to the example of Jesus, who spent all night praying. God’s great heart of love longs for the salvation of mankind and He is not willing that any should perish as we read in 2Peter 3:9:

  “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”

But God’s Word also declares in Genesis 6:3:

“Then the Lord said, My Spirit shall not forever dwell and strive with man,..”

Either we will experience revival or the hand of God in judgment! The responsibility is resting on us-God’s church!  God again is seeking for intercessors. Are we willing to pay the price, respond to His call and travail and prevail in prayer until revival comes?

 

             The Lighthouse       

Holiness in Heaven is Righteousness on Earth