Daily Devotional

SIX LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES TO LEARN FROM AN EAGLE.

  1. Eagles fly Alone and at High Altitudes. They don’t fly with sparrows, ravens, and other small birds. MEANING; Stay away from narrow-minded people, those that bring you down. Eagle flies with Eagles. Keep good company.

 

  1. Eagles have an Accurate Vision. They have the ability to focus on something as far as 5km away. No matter the obstacles, the eagle will not move his focus from the prey until he grabs it. MEANING; Have a vision and remain focused no matter what the obstacles and you will succeed.

 

  1. Eagles do not Eat Dead things. They Feed only on Fresh Prey. MEANING; Do not rely on your past success, keep looking for new frontiers to conquer. Leave your past where it belongs, in the past.

 

  1. Eagles Love the Storm. When clouds gather, the eagle gets excited, the eagle uses the storm’s wind to lift itself higher. Once it finds the wind of the storm, the eagle uses the raging storm to lift itself above the clouds. This gives the eagle an opportunity to glide and rest its wings. In the meantime, all the other birds hide in the branches and leaves of the tree. MEANING; Face your challenges head on knowing that these will make you emerge stronger and better than you were. We can use the storms of life to rise to greater heights. Achievers are not afraid to rise to greater heights. Achievers are not afraid of challenges, rather they relish them and use them profitably.

 

  1. Eagles Prepare for Training. They remove the feathers and soft grass in the nest so that the young ones get uncomfortable in preparation for flying and eventually flies/  when it becomes unbearable to stay in the nest. MEANING; Leave your Comfort Zone, there is No Growth there.

 

  1. When the Eagle Grows Old, His feathers become weak and cannot take him as fast and as high as it should. This makes him weak and could make him die. So he retires to a place far away in the mountains. While there, he plucks out the weak feathers on his body and breaks its beaks and claws against the rocks until he is completely bare; a very bloody and painful process. Then he stays in this hiding place until he has grown new feathers, new beaks, and claws and then he comes out flying higher than before. MEANING; We occasionally need to shed off old habit no matter how difficult, things that burden us or add no value to our lives should be let go of.

 

NEVER GIVE UP, BE AN EAGLE

 

 

THERE IS TOMORROW

 

Whenever you are dealing with people, you must always remember that there is tomorrow and you might need them tomorrow. You may end up needing help from the people who are asking for your help today, so help as much as you can.

Life is like a moving wheel, sometimes you are up and sometimes you are down. Sometimes we destroy the bridges that we might need to help us cross back tomorrow. Sometimes we treat people as though there is never going to be tomorrow. We sometimes act as though we will never need help from anyone. Remember there’s tomorrow.   Joseph helped the cupbearer in prison and later the cupbearer connected Joseph with Pharaoh. Imagine how Potiphar’s wife felt when she heard that Joseph was now the Governor of Egypt after she had falsely accused him. The brother who sold Joseph away ended up being fed by him. Don’t ever think of going to the extreme with your offenders, they might be rescuers tomorrow. Always remember that there is tomorrow and it will surely come.   The little help you give to people today will profit you tomorrow. May the good Lord touch your heart to live your life knowing that there is tomorrow.   *In Everything You Do, Always Remember That, There Is Tomorrow.

 

 

Set the right example

 

Set the right example!  Wednesday 07th July 2018   ‘He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father…had done.’ 2 Chronicles 26:4 NIV   The punch line in a cartoon reads, ‘No matter what we teach our children, they insist on behaving just like us!’ We smile, but it’s a very serious matter. One expert says, ‘We teach what we know, but we reproduce what we are.’ Your children may sometimes doubt what you say, but they will always believe what you do.  So: (1) If you want them to have a quiet time with God, you have one. (2) If you want your children to be in church, take them, don’t send them. (3) If you don’t want your children using foul language, watch what comes out of your mouth. (4) If you don’t want your children to smoke, drink, or do drugs, you leave these things alone. When you say one thing but do another your children may still love you, but eventually, they’ll lose respect for you. And what’s worse, they’ll think, ‘If the principles you preach don’t work for you, why should I try them?’ Your example will have more impact than all your exhortations.  Read these two Scriptures carefully. The first is found in the Old Testament: ‘He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father…had done’ (2 Chronicles 26:4 NIV). The second is found in the New Testament: ‘I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also’ (2 Timothy 1:5 NIV). Thousands of years separate those two Scriptures, but the truth they teach is timeless: so set the right example!

 

 

“The Two Necessities”

 

“The Two Necessities “  (Part One)  Mark 1:14-15.  (Amplified Bible) Now after John was arrested and put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the good news (the Gospel) of the Kingdom of God, And saying, The [appointed period of] time is fulfilled (completed), and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent ( have a change of mind which issues in regret for past sins and in change of conduct for the better) and believe ( trust in, rely on, and adhere to) the good news ( the Gospel).  The appointed time for every person to enter the kingdom will definitely come, because the Kingdom of God is at hand; it has come and it is all around them! Jesus began His ministry by preaching the good news about the Kingdom of God. The Necessities to receiving the Kingdom were,  “REPENT and  BELIEVE”. Let us look closely with intention and purpose to see and understand the revelations of what “Jesus Said” about these two requirements for the Kingdom.

One:    REPENT   Repent means to change and be transformed. Jesus was bringing the Kingdom of God, that Kingdom was at hand. In order to be prepared to accept and receive the Kingdom demanded change!  We have been born and cultured in the kingdoms of this world whose god is Satan. To enter and experience this new Kingdom,  it would require complete change!!!!! Ephesians 2:1-2.  (Amplified Bible) And you [He made alive], when you were dead (slain) by [ your ] trespasses and sins In which at one time you walked [habitually]. You were following the course and fashion of this world [were under the sway of the tendency of this present age], following the prince of the power of the air. [You were obedient to and under the control of] the [demon] spirit that still constantly works in the sons of disobedience [the careless, the rebellious, and the unbelieving, who go against the purposes of God]. In order to function in this new Kingdom it would require a  complete change.   – “change of mind”.   We cannot expect to function in the Kingdom of God with the same mindset used in the Kingdoms of this word.  The mind of this world is under the influences of the god of this world and functions by habit without awareness of going against the purposes of God.

Note:   Many come into the Kingdom of God but never repent of the old mindsets. Without repentance Satan continues to work in the sons of disobedience. Being a disciple of Christ, Peter still experienced occasions of  functioning with his old worldly religious mind. This is so very disturbing and becomes one of the major sources of division in the body of Christ !!! Matthew 16:23. (Amplified Bible) But Jesus turned away from Peter and said to him, Get behind Me, Satan! You are in My way  [an offense and a hindrance and a snare to Me]; for you are minding what partakes not of the nature and quality of God, but of men. To maintain the mind of this word is to have the mind of the god of this world; this is not only offensive to God, but is to be in Gods way, to fight, to resist and to rebel against the purposes of God. Satan’s plan is to keep us functioning in his mind so he can destroy and steal from us the purpose of God for the kingdom!  No one can experience the value or changing power of  the Kingdom without the transformation of the mind. Jesus said,  to keep  the mind of Satan was a hindrance in our having the mind for the Kingdom, and to function in any other mind, we would remain in agreement with Satan…   – “change of culture”.  The Kingdom of God has its own peculiar way of life. No one can receive the new culture and traditions of the kingdom if they continue to follow the course and fashion designed by the god of this worlds kingdoms! Matthew 15:6     (Amplified Bible) So for the sake of your tradition ( the rules handed down by your forefathers), you have set aside the Word of God [depriving it of force and authority and making it of no effect].  Note: Traditions and customs either inherited or handed down by our forefathers become our culture; culture is “a way of life”, it is an established pattern of thought, action or behavior!

The culture that is established in the kingdoms of this word is fashioned by the god of this world, to function in the Kingdom of God requires receiving the culture of that new Kingdom. This is why Jesus came preaching the Gospel of the kingdom because this Gospel presented its new ideas! To continue in our traditions would deprive this Gospel of its power and force to bring about change… and of its authority to function in our lives as a new way of living in the Kingdom. The new way of doing things would have no effect in our life in the Kingdom if old traditions were kept! Many religious traditions are continually established because man interprets the word with the old mindset of culture and tradition that is not renounced; JESUS preached a Gospel that requires a change of mind through repentance and abhorrence of tradition and culture from Satan’s rule!   – “change of conduct”.  The conduct of the Kingdom is much higher and richer than that of this world because it is ruled by our Loving and Peaceful Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus!

The Gospel that Jesus presented requires a change of conduct for Kingdom acceptance and citizenship! Galatians 1:14.  (Amplified Bible) [Live] as children of obedience [to God]; do not conform yourselves to the evil desires [that governed you] in your former ignorance [when you did not know the requirements of the Gospel]. The way we use to conduct ourselves was in ignorance, we did not know that we were governed and controlled by the god of this world; in order for us to function in the kingdom of God we must repent and renounce all those evil desires that affect our conduct! In his letter to the saints of Rome (Romans 1:16-17) Paul reveals the power of this Gospel, it is God’s power working in those who hear bringing them to salvation, delivering from the death and deception of this world; it presents a conduct which God requires for His Kingdom. Repentance of the ways and functions of the kingdoms of Satan is very necessary for the acceptance,  entrance, and function of Christ’s kingdom.

 

 

“MENTAL ILLNESS IN THE CHURCH.

 

There are many people who are born again who suffer mental illness. One in five people suffers from some form of mental illness. We need to be comfortable talking about Mental Illness.

Luke 4:18; “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,”

Jesus is speaking here that he has come to heal the sick and afflicted. This includes people who have mental illnesses such as Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia and many other forms of Mental Illness. We need to help those in need as much as possible and make it easy for them to have comfort and peace. We need to build a ramp similar to those used by those in wheelchairs.

Ramp Building Ideas are:

1) Come as you are: invite them to sit and talk and care for them. We must also be forgiving.

2) Cultivate transparency and reality: we as Christians, can sit and listen and talk to others just as counselors would do. But counselors would charge a lot of money and would not advise you according to the Word of God. We must be quick to listen; slow to speak; swift to pray.

Isaiah 53:5; “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes, we are healed.”

If you meet someone who is suffering, remind them that Jesus is exalted over every situation and sickness. Healing is a gift from Jesus.

3) The strong need to help the weak. We must help all who are weak. Never give up.

James 5:16; “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

We must be careful not to impart guilt upon anyone. Lift them up in prayer and encourage them to pray with you.

4) Encourage them to step out of their comfort zone:

Encourage them to take steps forward and not be afraid. Understand that many will not be healed the first time.

1 Corinthians 1:8-10;

  1. Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ?
  2. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
  3. Now I beseech you brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”

A whispered prayer of praise in the midst of suffering is an act of faith. Those who are depressed can and will be brought back to full potential in God. Many times a person can have a setback and depend on themselves and not on God. What Leprosy was to the first-century church, mental illness is to the modern church. Remember God loves us and we must love one another as He loves us. (John 13:34). Love is much needed today. There are survivors of Child Abuse, Domestic Violence and the effects of war. We must be there to help them with the Word of God and prayer. When you have the Spirit of God, you will have all the treasures of the heavenly realm and not the natural realm and you shall have happiness, peace, joy, contentment, and tranquility.

Colossians 3:1-17 shows the remedy for mental illnesses. I encourage you to read this passage. The more you continue in the Word of God, the more you will be healed of many things. a Jesus is a Healer!

           Glory Halleluja!!

 

Devotional 6/12/18

 

God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you. Exodus 3:14

*THE GREAT I AM*

We serve a great and mighty God! He is the Creator of the universe, the one who spoke the worlds into existence. He’s called the Great I AM, and He’s saying today, “I am everything you need. I am your strength. I am your wisdom. I am your protection. I am your provider. I am your way maker. I am your problem solver. I am your dream giver. I am your victory!

David put it this way in Psalm 138, “Though I am surrounded by troubles, You will bring me safely through. Your fist is clenched against my enemies. Your power will save me.” Maybe you feel like David today. You’re surrounded by all kinds of difficulties. You’re tempted to just settle right where you are. You need to get your fire back! Instead of focusing on how big your problems are, focus on how big your God is! He is everything you need. He is the Great I AM, and He is the one leading and guiding you into victory in every area of your life!

*A Prayer for Today*

Almighty Father, I choose to focus on Your greatness today. Thank You for being the I AM—everything that I need to live the life of victory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

The sacrifice of Jesus and the blood He shed on the cross was the price He paid for the sins of all mankind. His spilled blood and torn flesh bring life to those who accept Him as Savior. It is a great mystery as to why His innocent life was required as a sacrifice for your sins and mine. We cannot intellectually understand the vicarious suffering (passion) of the Lord, nor why this was the plan through which salvation would come. Those religions, however, that do not accept the atoning work of Jesus Christ has become “bloodless” theologies without power. As the Scripture says in Hebrews 9:22, “…without shedding of blood there is no remission of sins.

all blood calls out for revenge except the blood of Jesus it calls out for redemption, comes to Jesus today, a comparison between human blood and the blood of Jesus. The function of human blood in the body is to keep it healthy and alive. The same is true of the blood of Jesus. His blood keeps the body of Christ healthy and alive. have you been washed today in the blood?

Another of the main functions of the blood in the human body is to facilitate cleansing of the system. This is also one of the main purposes the blood of Jesus does for us. As members of the body of Christ, we need cleansing when we come to the Lord. This cleansing process is an ongoing operation, as we walk in the Lord so that we will remain free from sin.

But 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. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:7-9

The blood in the human body brings carbon dioxide to the lungs to be exhaled and exchanged for the oxygen needed for the body. This is done through the action of the heartbeat that pumps the blood through arteries to the entire system. The veins are the blood vessels that return the blood to the heart and lungs, while the arteries carry it back to the body. If the blood was taken from a vein, it will be full of impurities and depleted of oxygen. Therefore, it will be dark since it lacks oxygen that gives blood its bright red color. In accidents in which a blood vessel has been severed, one can determine whether it is a vein or artery by the color of the blood and by the flow at the point of injury. If an artery has been severed, it will be bright red and spurting out with each beat of the heart; a severed vein will ooze dark red (blackish in color) blood.

Jesus’ Blood Cleanses

Just as the body needs cleansing, we also need that cleansing work in our spirits and souls. When the Holy Spirit points out sin to us, we need to repent and confess that sin so that we can be cleansed of it. The above Scripture says that if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we will be in fellowship one with another. As Christians, if we have broken fellowship with any member in the body of Christ, one or both of us will be walking in darkness and sin. God never divides and separates His body. We should always strive to walk in peace and harmony with all our brothers and sisters in Christ. Of course, if there are those who refuse to fellowship with us, then we must leave them in the hands of the Lord and pray for them. However, we should be very sure that there is nothing at our end of the relationship that is preventing fellowship, lest we be guilty of “walking in the dark.”

If there are those who are rebellious and refuse to “walk in the light,” then the church leadership should seek the Lord as to how to handle the problem. Perhaps the Lord would have the fellowship fast and pray for those individuals. The Spirit of Christ always seeks to reconcile any division. He requires those that are strong to bear the burdens of those that are weak. The Lord would have those that are mature to pray for and love those that are immature. If those involved in the conflict would put on the nature of Christ during those times, the Lord would bring forth victory each time. Restoration is always what Christ wants and died for Spiritual and physical , restoration, restoration the Blood calls out forgive and nothing should hinder restoration, if there is any hindrance there is pride or self-centeredness at work in one or other of the believer’s Jesus died that the believers would walk in unity and function so the blood can flow, have you caused the blood to clog today have you invited sickness into the body ? the blood must flow to keep the body healthy, your blood bought and have no authority to stop the flow, release the flow dissolve the clot forgiveness releases the flow that blood bought flow Jesus died for. call on him and unity.

We are not to defend our position but are to trust God to defend us even if we have been unduly wronged. Fighting back with words and hostile feelings only compound the problem. We must ask for God’s grace and love for those who oppose us. We must recognize it is the enemy at work against our marriages, homes, friendships, and churches. Dependence upon God and His tools is the only way for our victory to come. If we are to be cleansed and purged by the Lord, we must yield completely to Him and His working in conflicting situations. and each member has to fit in there jointly, it may not make a scene to us, but it does to the Lord, let the Spirit flow and allow the blood to flow.

If a man, therefore, purges himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. Flee from youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. 2 Timothy 2:21-26

Not only does the blood of Jesus bring cleansing to the body, but the Scripture says in Hebrews 9:14 that it will “…purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.” The Lord desires that all the evil in our hearts and minds and consciences be purged so that we can have the mind of Christ. This cleansing process is accomplished by applying the Word of God to our lives. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you (John 15:3). By fellowshipping with the Word (Jesus) and reading the Word (the Bible), we shall be made clean. The more of His Word that we know and apply, the cleaner our vessel shall be. The Word of God cleanses and the blood of Jesus cleanses. When Jesus offered up His blood, He did it so that you and I could become clean, holy vessels. is holy how people see you?

Life Is in the Blood

The blood of Jesus also brings life to us, just as the blood in the physical body carries the life. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat (Genesis 9:4). Those who do not know the Lord Jesus are dead and have no life in them. Also, those who refuse to accept Christ will never have any life in them.

Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily I say unto you, except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you… He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. John 6:53, 56

Anything that is not life is not from the Lord. Death and sickness are the enemies of man. “Jesus said, the thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

If we do not accept the life of Christ, eternal death will result. Just as life leaves when the blood flows out of the natural body, so it is true with those who have not the divine flow within their veins.

Sin Requires Shedding of Blood

Under the Old Testament law, the penalty for men’s sins (were not punishable by death) was the sacrifice of an animal’s life. The shedding of blood was required to atone for their sin. We might wonder why such a terrible thing was required by God. Why were innocent little lambs and doves are slain and their blood sprinkled on the altar? Perhaps we can understand this if we place ourselves in the situation of being instructed to kill an animal for telling a lie or committing some other sin. When one must kill an innocent animal because of his sin, it illustrates the awfulness of sin. God wanted a man to understand that when he sinned, it meant death for something or someone.

If we were still under the Old Testament law today, we would be required to take a little lamb and kill it for our sins. This would be difficult for most of us because we would cringe at the thought of slaying anything innocent. The Lord wanted us to realize that the penalty of sin would cause a life to be taken. When people had to take a little dove and bring it to be slain upon an altar as an offering for their sins, the impact of sin became real to them. Sin always requires a sacrifice.

Today, we have the Spirit of God that cleanses us from our sins as we confess them. Jesus was the lamb slain from the foundation of the world, and His death and shed blood paid the price for sin once and for all. No longer does an animal need to be offered for our sins.

In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will, we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:6-9

Jesus’ Blood Gives Health and Strength

Another function of the human blood is its capacity to bring healing to the physical body. Human blood is composed of more than just red blood cells. In fact, over half (55 percent) of our blood is not red at all. It is a clear liquid, known as plasma, that is 92 percent water. The other 8 percent includes many essential substances necessary to keep our bodies healthy. These are proteins, hormones, vitamins, enzymes, and salts. Should the body become ill, the blood alters its normal to adjust and promote healing. The white blood cells (leucocytes) are the body’s first line of defense against bacterial invaders. When bacteria enter the body, white blood cells are produced in great numbers. They travel to the infection and engulf the invaders. The blood of Jesus spiritually does the same for the body of Christ.

When Satan invades, the Holy Spirit stands ready to come to our aid and bring the needed healing. The Lord desires that we walk in divine health. If we stay in close communion with Him, we will find our spiritual man will not become sick and depleted, needing continual healing. Satan tries to drain us of our spiritual strength and weaken us to the point where we have no resistance against His attacks. Staying in the flow of God’s Spirit prevents this, as we then have His strength to overcome and walk victoriously

The natural body becomes weak when proper diet and rest are neglected. This results in a condition commonly referred to as “tired blood.” The medical name for this is “anemia,” and it is due to the lack of iron in the red blood cells. The iron compound in the red blood cells is medically termed “hemoglobin.” When this is low, the body becomes weary and fatigued. The blood carries this compound to all parts of the body to bring strength. We, as Christians, are admonished to “…be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” (Ephesians 6:10). Weakness is just another attack of the devil. We are to be strong in our spirits, souls, and bodies.

Christians should not be spineless individuals, but strong in their witness for the Lord. Timidity and shyness can be overcome through Jesus by asking Him for His holy boldness. Many people suffer needlessly, unable to speak the things in their hearts, because of fear and timidity. Jesus wants them free. We are to be strong people, not weak individuals. Physically, we can also call upon the Lord to strengthen us when we are weary. We are not to walk in weakness but in the Lord’s strength. Strengthen ye the weak hands and confirm the feeble knees (Isaiah 35:3). Weakness is another area in which we must resist and learn to claim the Lord’s strength. Of course, if we have been abusing our bodies, we need to correct our habits and get the proper rest and diet. However, if we have been doing this, sometimes the problem is a spiritual one and needs to be dealt with through prayer. When we are about the Lord’s business, He gives us the energy and vitality to accomplish those things that require our attention.

We must remember that when we give our lives to the Lord, all that we do becomes His business. We do not have to serve the Lord in the capacity of a minister to be in His service and claim His power. Average people become more than average when they become children of God. What is normal for the children of this world is not normal for the body of Christ. We have our values messed up because we have not looked to God’s Word for our “norm” or standard. It is not normal for a Christian to be weak, fearful, depressed, grieved, or sick. These things are abnormal for God’s people. However, so many of God’s people have accepted the world’s standards that they are walking far below their privileges.

Another thing that can cause people to be weak and sickly is for them to take the communion of the Lord without first examining themselves to see if any sin is present in their lives.

And when he had given thanks, he brakes it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he comes. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For him that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause, many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 1 Corinthians 11:24-30

The taking of communion is one of the church sacraments that represents the spiritual communion with our Lord. The reason we are to examine ourselves before we take the wine and the bread is so that there is nothing in our hearts that would prevent our communion with God. If we do not have the proper relationship with members of the Lord’s body, then we cannot have a proper relationship with God.

If a man says, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment has we from him, that he who loveth God love his brother also. 1 John 4:20-21

If we have been taking of Christ’s blood (abiding in His Spirit) and eating his flesh (assimilating His Word), then we will have blessed communion with the Father. We shall walk in health and strength for they are the Lord’s blessing and promise. When we do not walk in the Lord we find our spiritual body becomes unhealthy, and we begin to have problems.

There is a blood disease called leukemia that attacks some people. This occurs when the white blood cells begin to multiply too rapidly. Under normal conditions, man has only around 5,000 white blood cells for every 5,000,000 red blood cells per cubic millimeter of blood. When this condition changes drastically, it indicates sickness in the body. The disease of leukemia is caused by runaway cells that are cancerous and in rebellion. When we become rebellious toward God, we cause the same condition to occur in our spiritual lives. We find that spiritual cancer will eat away our life. We must ask the Lord to deliver us from all rebellion and submit to His will to remain healthy. The Bible says in 1 Samuel 15:23: “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee…” We must yield to the Lord to remain spiritually and physically healthy. The Lord will minister to us the things we need to stay in proper spiritual condition.

Fed through the Blood

Another purpose of the blood is to distribute the needed nutrients to all parts of the body. Because of what Jesus’ blood purchased for us, we also receive spiritual nutrients. The plasma of the blood carries the proteins, hormones, vitamins, enzy, es and salts throughout the body. God feeds us through the Word by quickening (making alive) the right word to us. If we have need of comfort, He will show us the Scriptures in His Word that bring comfort. And, because the Holy Spirit is the Comforter, He will bring that to our spirits. When we are submitted to Him, we will be fed the proper word so that we may grow in Him. If we are not submitted, we can become imbalanced in our spiritual lives. The same is true in the physical body. If diabetes is present, too much blood sugar is produced, and the body suffers because of this condition. The written Word of God must be balanced by the Spirit of God. The letter of the law will kill and bring death, but the Spirit brings life. 2 Corinthians 3:6 says, “Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.”

When we get out of balance, we become spiritually ill. We must continually rely on Jesus to bring us the truth and the life. In the spiritual as well as the natural, we must not only have the proper diet, but the proper exercise also. Just knowing the Word is not enough; we must apply the Word for it to work. Many people become spiritual gluttons as they listen to good teachings over and over, but they do not apply the truth to their own lives. We must use what we hear. We are instructed not only to be hearers of the Word, but doers of the Word.

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Romans 10:17

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22

By applying the blood of Jesus to our lives, we shall have His life.

Protection Through the Blood

Protection is another benefit of the blood. This does not mean that if we chant “the blood of Jesus” repeatedly we will not be harmed. Some people have made a fetish of Jesus’ blood by pleading the blood over themselves, over their houses, and sprinkling the blood here and there. It is not the chanting of “the blood of Jesus” that brings protection, but rather faith in what the blood of Jesus has done for us. Expressions such as “the devil cannot cross the blood line” are futile unless one’s faith is in the protection secured by the shed blood of Jesus on Calvary. It is what is behind the blood, not the mere speaking of the blood that brings protection. Of course, we can voice our faith in Jesus’ blood, and as we do so there is power in those words. We should, however, understand that mere speaking is not sufficient unless our words are backed by real faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

A beautiful type of this is found in Exodus 12:13: “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.”

When the Lord sent the plague to destroy the Egyptians because of their refusal to release Israel, He instructed His people to slay a lamb and place the blood on the upper and side doorposts of their houses, so that the death angel would not come into that house. Because they had faith in God and obeyed His command, all that were in those houses were spared.

Blood Covenant For Your Household

Today, our faith in the Lord’s blood can bring salvation to our households too. If we have unsaved loved ones, we must remember to claim their souls and believe for their salvation, just as the first Passover was followed in Egypt. It was “a lamb for a house.” One member of that household sprinkled the blood on the door and all beneath the roof were safe, for God’s covenant was with them. That covenant is still good today.

Rahab is another beautiful type of the Lord saving an entire family by one woman’s faith. By faith, Rahab put out the scarlet thread, which is a type of the blood of Christ, and saved all her family (Joshua 2:18).

In the New Testament we also find an account of the Philippian jailer who cried out, …what must I do to be saved? Paul replied, “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house” (Acts 16:30-31). Our families are promised redemption if we believe. The angel promised Cornelius that Peter would tell him words whereby he and all his house should be saved. “Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved” (Acts 11:14).

What are the conditions we must meet to make this “Blood Covenant” effective for our loved ones? First, we must consecrate our lives fully to God. Then we must take the matter to the Lord and put in a definite claim for the salvation of our kindred. As we claim them, let the Spirit of God lead in how we are

to pray for each of them. Some are led “with strong crying and tears” (travail), others by fasting since it will break Satan’s hold. For some a steady faith applied for their souls will bring them into the kingdom. If we are claiming our children, remember we must first “…bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). We must lay a good foundation by teaching them God’s Word. If the children are grown and we have failed to do this because we were not walking in God’s light at the time, we need to repent and ask God in His mercy to save them. We should not allow Satan to condemn us after we have repented but trust the Lord to redeem those lost years. He is able, no matter how deep in sin those rebellious children have become.

Next, we must leave our loved ones in the hands of the Lord and trust Him to bring them in. We must not allow doubt and unbelief to plague us as we are trusting Jesus to bring them to salvation and deliverance. We must never fear that the Lord will bring evil upon them to save them. Our prayers of mercy, forgiveness and protection will keep them safe until they respond to the Holy Spirit. “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:44).

Another very important step is to bind Satan away from our loved ones. We must command the devil to release their hearts, minds, emotions and wills. We must exercise our spiritual authority over the enemy for their souls. After we have done these things, then we must stand firm and believe God through “thick and thin” until they come to Him. Our faith will not fail if we look to God for the answer. If they seem to go farther away from God after we have claimed them, we must keep our eyes off them and firmly fixed on the God of the Covenant, believing and praising Him for their salvation.

Here is a sample prayer that will give us an idea how to pray for loved ones who are lost:

“Father, I come believing that Your Word is true; I am claiming each member of my family for the kingdom of God. Lord, I ask that You forgive their sins and be merciful to them. Lord, keep Your hand over them and protect them from the enemy until they come to You. Father, ‘woo and draw’ them by Your Holy Spirit and convict them of their sins. Send them the right people to testify to them. Send the Word to them so that they will hear of Your love and grace. Now Lord, I speak to Satan and command him to lose his hold on their minds, hearts, wills and emotions. I declare he is a defeated foe in their lives and their souls are now claimed for the Lord. Lord, I trust You to deal with each of them in Your mercy and believe that You will do a quick work in their lives. By faith I now believe they are in the family of God. Amen.”

Now we must trust the goodness of God to lead them to repentance. Never believe Satan’s lies that it might take a tragedy to get them to believe. Satan would like to destroy them with a tragedy so that they will never be saved. The work of the Holy Spirit and the goodness of God is what saves people, not tragedies. “Or despiseth thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?” (Romans 2:4).

Overcoming Satan Through The Blood

We can overcome Satan in our lives and the lives of our loved ones by claiming the atoning work of Christ and His blood shed for us. Revelation 12:11 says, “And they overcame him by the blood

The last part of this verse in Revelation 12:11 says, “…and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Faith in the blood of Jesus, the Lamb, and speaking the Word of God are not enough to get the victory over Satan. We must also lay down our lives to the degree that we would be willing to die for Christ’s sake. If we do not have this kind of commitment, then somewhere along the way we shall fail, no matter how strong we are in faith or the Word. A total commitment is required if we are to be an overcomer. A half-hearted commitment will fail us. We must be willing to go anywhere, do anything, and give up anything for the cause of Christ. Some of us have never been overcomers in the lesser issues of life yet are claiming big things for God. The way to get the victory is to daily crucify our flesh and obey the Lord in the little things, then we will be able to overcome in bigger realms.

We may think we have made a total commitment and have crucified our flesh. However, a good check to see if we have “died to self” would be to read the following:

“Dying to Self”

When you are purposely set aside, rejected, forgotten, and hurt with the insult of oversight — but your spirit sings because you are being counted worthy to suffer for Christ, that is “Dying to Self.” When your advice is disregarded, your opinions ridiculed, and all manner of evil is spoken against you, and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart, or even defend yourself, but take it all with patient, loving silence, that is “dying to self.” When you do not allow any disorder, irregularity or arrogance to come against your peace, when you are face to face with filth, waste, stupidity or spiritual pride, and endure it as Jesus endured it, that is “dying to self.” When you are content with the location you live, the climate, the society, the solitude of the “backside of the desert,” and are willing to have your plans changed or interrupted by the will of God at any moment, that is “dying to self.” When you never care to have others know of your good works, and never refer to yourself in conversation, or even care to have

anyone commend you, when you truly love to be the unknown, that is “dying to self.” When you can see your brother prosper and have his needs met, and can honestly rejoice with him in the Spirit, and feel no envy, nor question God as to why your own needs are not being met, that is “dying to self.” When you can receive correction and reproof, finding no rebellion or resentment rising in your heart, that is “dying to self.”

Are you “dead to self?” At this hour, the Holy Spirit would bring us to the cross.

Dying to the flesh means making choices, dying to our ways and living to the Lord’s ways. The power of man’s will can either make him an overcomer or send him to hell. If we set our will with the will of God, we can become that overcomer. We are promised many blessings as we follow the Lord, and on the other side of the coin there are curses for going our own way. We must choose. Isaiah 1:19-20 says, “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” The Lord wants to heal us, bless us and make us whole. The choice is ours. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

God is always looking for a willing mind and a perfect heart. He wants to use those who qualify, even as He used the great men and women of the Bible. We must choose and obey, even as Solomon did when he built the temple.

And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off forever. Take heed now; for the Lord hath chosen thee to build a house for the sanctuary: be strong and do it. 1 Chronicles 28:9-10

Healing of the spirit, soul and body always begins with the choice to follow Jesus and the subsequent choices to continue to walk with Him. To receive complete wholeness, we must make a complete commitment, even as our Lord spoke the greatest commandment of God.

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:37-40