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THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST

Booklet Outline:

I.  The Significance of the Blood
          Redeemed through the Blood
          Cleansed from Sin by the Blood
          Sanctified by the Blood
          The Blood of Jesus Draws Me into His Presence and Keeps Me There
          Made Kings and Priests by the Blood
          The Blood of the Covenant
          Victory through the Blood
II.  Applications of the Blood
          The Blood of Redemption
          The Blood of Cleansing
          The Blood of Sanctification
          The Blood for Living in His Presence
          The Blood for Living as Kings and Priests
          The Blood of the New Covenant
          The Blood for Living in His Victory


I. The Significance of Blood

Introduction

God is holy. He is pure and righteous. He created us to know Him, love Him, and live in fellowship with Him. He created us to live in harmony with Him, with ourselves, with others, and with all of His creation. He has a purpose and plan for each of us, which He wants to communicate to us so we can fulfill His vision for us and for His creation.

He hates evil and has no place for it in His eternal kingdom. When God created man, He warned him of the results of disobeying Him. The righteous judgment of a holy God is that the life of a person who sins must be eternally separated from God--it must die.

When man sinned, he thus came under Godís judgment against sin. He knew that he must die. He had believed the lies from Satan that rebellion against God was a good thing. He had received that lie and acted upon it. His soul was now darkened through his sin, and his spirit was dead to the life and purposes of God. When Adam and Eve sinned, their fear of His judgment caused them to hide from God. Even in their sin, God came to them and brought them animal skins to cover them. He promised them that He would provide a way for them to receive a hatred of evil (Genesis 3:15). He promised to provide a way to remove their sin, to give them a hatred of evil, and to restore them to knowing and living in His eternal purpose for them.

Manís sin also caused God to experience anger toward him. He saw man rebelling against His ways. He saw man not trusting Him--doubting His love and believing that He was holding back His best from man. He saw man doubting the very goodness and perfection of His being. His Spirit was grieved. His wrath was stirred up by manís defiance. Even though He still loved man, He knew He could not eternally co-exist with him in his sinful state. He could not allow man to live eternally in His kingdom, rebelling against Him, hurting others, and leading them into rebellion. He must deal with manís sinfulness. Because of His love, He must establish a way to bring man back into full communion with Him and His purpose for him.

The Bible says that the life of a person is in his blood. God in His mercy and wisdom provided a way for man to deal with his sin. He provided the ability for man to put his sins upon another, and to have this being become a sacrifice to God for himself. He would institute the system of animal sacrifices to represent what He would ultimately do. The Bible says,

"For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul." (Leviticus 17:11 KJV)

When God came to Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, He brought them animal skins for a covering, thus providing the sacrifice for their sins. God made a way for man to have his sin covered through the death of another being--to live through the death of another creature who would die in his stead.

We openly defy God and His holiness when we sin. This stirs up Godís righteous anger and wrath because God hates sin and rebellion against His holy ways. That wrath, when executed, would destroy us. When manís sins are covered, God no longer has to look at them. He can look at sinful man, see that his sins are covered, and no longer have to be enraged by his sin. When we confess our sin to Him, He can see manís sin being removed by the sacrifice He will provide.

The Bible says that God was not eternally satisfied with the system of sacrifices He set up under the old covenant (Hebrews 10:6). He wanted manís sins removed, not just covered. The sacrifices of animals would Ďcover" manís sins but would not be able to remove them (Hebrews 10:4). Jesus came to earth and is able to remove sins from us. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

The Bible reveals that God also wanted man to have a new life--a life that would hate evil and love righteousness as God does. He wanted man to be holy as He is holy. Jesus, having the life of God in Him, loved righteousness and hated evil. Now He can bring His life into us. Through His blood, Jesus became the High Priest of the New Covenant. He offers us His life through His blood so that His life can come into us and we can be made new. Jesus, Godís Son, therefore became the perfect sacrifice for sin. Through Jesusí death and life, God is now able to remove our sins from us and to give us a new life that is holy as He is holy. As the perfect sacrifice, Godís Son was punished for us and entered hell with our sin. God provided the way to bring the righteousness of the life of His Son into us. He has provided the way for us to become one with Him through the work and power of His Holy Spirit. All this is possible through the blood of Christ Jesus. This provision God has made for us is the topic of this booklet.

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Redeemed through the Blood

When God created Adam He told him not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He told Adam and Eve of His judgment of sin on disobedient people. He said,

"Of every tree of the garden thou may freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eats thereof thou shalt surely die." (Genesis 2:16-17 KJV)

Jesus said, "Whosoever commits sin is the servant of sin" (John 8:34). When we sin, we become slaves to sin and are unable to come out of its grasp. Since God has decreed that the wages of sin is death, the longer we continue in sin, the worse our sinful patterns become. Sin leads to death--separation from God. More sin leads to further separation from God. As our patterns of sin get worse and worse, we become dead to the ways of God. We become separated from God, held captive by sin.

Our sinful ways not only separate us from Godís presence, they also separate us from His blessings. When we continue in sin we experience fear, lack of provision, sickness, pain, anxiety, loneliness, hopelessness and other harmful things. Because we have lost the knowledge of God and the experience of His blessings, fears and anxieties set in.

These fears, anxieties, pains, etc., affect our bodies. Our spiritual and emotional turmoil causes our immune systems to become dysfunctional and our endocrine systems to get out of balance. We become receptors of the diseases that are in the world. Our bodies become sick, along with our sinful souls and our dysfunctional spirits.

When I was addicted to drunkenness, I was in bondage to the effects of alcohol; I couldnít stop my excessive drinking. Instead of drinking moderately, I was consumed by the desire for more. When I tried to stop, the drunkenness only got worse. I found myself saying with Paul, "...the good that I would I do not and the evil that I would not that I do" (Romans 7:19). I was experiencing Godís judgment of sin. But God showed me His way to come out of my sinfulness through the power of the blood of Jesus, and through His Holy Spirit. The Bible says:

"...be not drunk with wine, but be filled with the Holy Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18 KJV).

In order to come out of sin and its bondage, we need to be free from the "judgment of sin" which is death. We need to live in Godís kingdom where we walk by the power of His Spirit and live above the sinful ways of our flesh, of the devil, and of this world.

Jesus has provided the way for us to come out of the kingdom of Satan, where sin enslaves us, and where Satan inflicts us with the curses of sin. Because of sin, Satan had the right to hold us in his kingdom of darkness, of separation from God. However, Jesus kept the law, took our sinful ways upon Himself, was punished for them, and said, "No!" to their desires when they were on Him. He died for sin for us. He also died to sin for us. He not only paid for our sins, He also overcame them. He bought us with His death--with His blood. He redeemed us, so that we no longer have to live in Satanís kingdom, enslaved and empowered by evil. The Bible says:

"Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:" (1 Peter 1:18-19 KJV)

Jesus has paid for me. He entered death for me. He took my sin into death--into hell, the place of eternal separation from God. Through His blood, He was able to enter heaven for me. He redeemed me not only from the bondage of separation from God, destined to live apart from Him, but He also redeemed me so that I can now live in heaven with Him. Hebrews 9:12 says:

"Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us" (KJV)

Jesus fulfilled the law, having kept its righteous demands. Because of His righteousness, He has obtained all the blessings of the law. He also met the lawís righteous judgments against sin. When He became sin for us, He suffered the judgments of God against sin. He was separated from God, despised by Him, and cursed by Him. These were Godís righteous judgments against sin. Because Jesus kept the law, He now has all the blessings of obedience that the law gives. He also took sin upon Himself and received all the curses that were to be given under the law. Because of my sin, I was deserving of the curses of the law. I had become a servant of sin. I was helplessly entrenched in sin and in Godís wrath. BUT Jesus paid for me.

Now, through His blood, He gives me the right to live under the New Covenant. In this Covenant God promises to put His ways and His Spirit into me, and thus I will have the desire and the power to live in His will. Under the New Covenant, God promises to bless me. He promises to show me my sin so that I can confess it and then become free from its hold on me. He promises to put His ways in me so that I want to obey Him. He promises to put His Spirit into me so that I have the power to obey Him and then to be blessed by Him. All this is possible through the blood of Jesus. This is how and why I have been able to receive deliverance from the sinful addiction and bondage of drunkenness. I have been redeemed by Christ.

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But there is more:

Cleansed from Sin by the Blood

Through the blood of Jesus, I have been redeemed--purchased by God. I belong to Him. My sins are forgiven. Many Christians know these things and are living in them. But there is more. Through the blood of Jesus, I can be cleansed from my sin. Jesus not only has redeemed me by His blood, but now He also cleanses me from the desires of sin that have come into my body, soul and spirit. The Bible says,

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9 KJV).

The blood of Jesus is the instrument God uses to cleanse me. The Bible says: "...the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin" (1 John 1:7 KJV). My body and my spirit need to be cleansed from the effects of sin. The Bible says:

"Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God" (2 Corinthians 7:1).

When we confess our sins, God will not only forgive us but also cleanse our spirit.

My conscience--my inner voice--needs to be awakened to the things of God. It needs to be cleansed so it can instruct and encourage me in Godís ways. My inner voice needs to bring me the truths of Godís declarations about me, about my purpose, and about His will. Although my spirit has been deadened by sin and has become a tool of sin, Jesusí blood can cleanse my conscience and cause me to be encouraged and strengthened in serving God. The Bible says:

"How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:14 KJV)

My heart, my feelings, my attitudes, my desires, my mind and my will need to be cleansed from the effects of a conscience that was not working properly--that was under sin and self-condemnation. The Bible says:

"...let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled {clean} from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water" (Hebrews 10:22 KJV).

When I was addicted to drunkenness, my conscience was encouraging me to live for the high that alcohol provides. My conscience did not warn me of the results that excessive drinking would have. However, the roots of the problem were deeper than the outward manifestation of compulsive drunkenness. My conscience was always reminding me of my sins, even after I had confessed them; I was living under guilt and condemnation. My inner voice was consistently reminding me what a bad person I was. My inner voice was always placing guilt on me--that everything was my fault, that I deserved to be rejected by people because I was unlovable. My conscience condemned me, encouraging me to hate myself, to punish myself, and to constantly accuse myself of being a bad person.

However, the blood of Jesus has cleansed me of the evil conscience and the many negative words that were constantly being "programmed" into my attitudes, desires, and emotions. Today my conscience reminds me of the love and provision God has for me and of the call of God on my life to serve Him in His eternal kingdom.

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But there is more.

Sanctified by the Blood

God is holy. He loves righteousness and hates evil. He calls us to be holy--to be separated from sin and evil and to have His holiness become a part of us. He disciplines us so that we desire to become holy--so that we want to hate sin, rather than allowing ourselves to become partners with its ways. The Bible says: "He disciplines us for our profit so that we might be partakers of His holiness" (Hebrews 12:15). The purpose of Godís discipline is to lead us into becoming partakers of His holiness. He wants to impart His life--HIS HOLINESS--into us. God can do that through the blood of Jesus. Since the life of Jesus is in His blood, as I receive His blood, His life--His holiness--comes into me.

As person addicted to drunkenness, I could not stop excessive drinking, which resulted in drunkenness. However, God was able to bring His holy desires into me; He was able to teach me how to be filled with His Spirit. The Bible says,

"Be not drunk with wine which is excess, but be filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18 KJV).

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, I am able to live for God and not for myself or for my own lusts or pleasures. The blood of Jesus has been used to redeem me, to cleanse me, and to impart the Holy ways of God into me. Now the Holy Spirit energizes these new ways and I am able to no longer fulfill the lusts of my old self. The blood of Jesus is sanctifying me, bringing the Holy ways of God into me. This is what God has promised. The Bible says:

"Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate" (Hebrews 13:12 KJV).

Jesus suffered outside the city gate so that the sin would be removed not only from us but also from the city. He did this because He not only wanted to redeem us and cleanse us but also to sanctify us and to fill the heavens and earth with the glory of God. He wants to be holy, to make us holy, and to see the world filled with the holiness and glory of His Father. This is why His blood has such infinite value; He was and is in total agreement with God that His glory should fill the earth, and that sin and all evil should be removed from heaven and earth.

We are made holy through being filled with the glory of God. The Bible says, "...the tabernacle shall be sanctified by My glory" (Exodus 29:43). Godís glory will make us holy. Jesus has been restored to all the glory of God that He had before the foundations of the world. He prayed for this in John 17: 5. He saw Himself filled with this glory as He prayed in John 17:22. He saw Himself giving this glory to us so that we could be one with Him.

He wants to sanctify us. He came to show this to us. He came to do this for us. Now He is doing the work of making us holy. That was His life. That life is in His blood. The power of the life of Christ is available to us through His blood.

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But there is more.

The Blood of Jesus Draws Me into His Presence and Keeps Me There

Jesus wants us to be with Him in His place before God, to see Him in His glory, and to become one with God through Him. Before He went to the cross, He saw Himself before His Father, raised from the dead, filled with all the glory of God, and imparting His glory into us. He then prayed:

"And the glory which thou gave me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou loved me." (John 17:22-24 KJV)

Jesus not only wants us to be with Him in glory when we die, He also wants us to experience being with Him in this life. When He walked the earth, He lived in continual communion and fellowship with God. He did what He saw His Father doing. He lived before His Father, and His Father lived in Him. They were one in desire and Spirit. We cannot understand this mystery except by revelation of the Holy Spirit. Now Jesus desires that He and the Father dwell in us, and that we dwell in Christ as well as in God the Father. This is also a mystery. In Colossians 1:27 Paul says that the truth of Christ living in us is a mystery. Paul prays in Ephesians 3:19 that we would be filled with all the fullness of God. He prays in Ephesians 2:6 that we would know that we are seated with Christ in the heavenly places, as a reality to be experienced through our awakened spirit in this life.

Jesus wants this for us. The blood of Jesus has given us the right to draw near to God. The blood of Jesus can also give us the ability to have the life of Christ in us so that we know the reality of being before His Father as He was. The blood of Jesus draws us near to God. The Bible says:

"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, Ö let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water" (Hebrews 10:19,22 KJV).

I have the right to enter Godís presence because I belong to Him through the redeeming power of the blood of Jesus. The above passage also states that I have the boldness to enter Godís presence through Jesusí blood. Since His blood contains His life, the blood of Christ in me will impart the boldness of Christ into me so that I can be bold before the Father as He was. The writer to the Hebrews also brought out this right earlier when he wrote:

"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16 KJV).

In the passage in Hebrews 10, cited earlier, we are also given the instructions to enable us to come into the holiest. The writer says to come boldly, "...having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water" (Hebrews 10: 22). As our High Priest, Jesus will sprinkle our hearts and wash our bodies. He will apply His blood to our hearts--to our attitudes, our desires, our wills, our emotions--so that we will enjoy coming before our Father and will want to worship and honor Him. Jesusí blood will cleanse our conscience and purify our hearts. His blood will give us the desire to worship God in our spirits and honor Him through our obedience. It will also wash us from the words of the world, and will help us to listen instead to the Word of God. Our primary source of direction and instruction will come both from what God is speaking and from what He has already spoken. Our behavior will be influenced by Godís Word, and our bodies will be washed by His Word. This will occur because it is the way Jesus lived. His way of life will become ours through His blood. Truly, we will know from personal experience the truth of Godís Word that says:

"But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ" (Ephesians 2:13 KJV).

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But there is more.

Made Kings and Priests by the Blood

Jesus shed His blood so that I could be brought into Godís kingdom; He redeemed me. Jesus shed His blood so that I could be cleansed from my sinful ways and freed from their effects. He shed His blood so that His holy ways could be put into me--so that I would be made a partaker of His holiness. He shed His blood so that I could live to serve God eternally as a king and priest before Him. Jesus not only frees me from my sinful ways, but He also imparts His life into me so that I want to serve Him, speak for Him as a priest, and rule for Him as a king. His blood is able to make me a king and a priest for God. The Bible says:

"And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen"(Revelation 1:5, 6 KJV).

Jesus not only saves me from sin and its curses, but He also saves me into a new life. HE MAKES ME A KING AND A PRIEST UNTO GOD. Jesus puts His ways into me so that I want to serve Him, to minister in His kingdom, to worship Him, to pray for others, and to help others receive His blessings. Jesus saves me from doing my own thing into living for Him as a priest.

Jesus has become the mediator of the New Covenant. He reigns as our Heavenly High Priest. He wants me to become a priest for Him and a priest with Him. It was the blood of the New Covenant that enabled God to raise Jesus from the dead and to give Him this position. The Bible says,

"...the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant" (Hebrews 13:20 KJV).

Jesus was raised from the dead so that He could be our eternal High Priest. He now ministers the benefits of the New Covenant to me, and calls me to serve Him as a priest. His blood, His desires, and His ways become my ways, my desires, and my life. His blood does this for me. I now want to let Him use me in this way. This is now the way of life for those who let Him work in them; we become priests of God.

Priests brought sacrifices to God for the people. As priests, we too can pray and intercede for others, asking God to intervene, to help, and to apply the blood of Christ in the lives of others. We can listen for Godís direction, for His wisdom, and for His will as we serve Him by interceding for others. The blood of Jesus will lead us to become intercessors. As our Great High Priest, Jesus lives today to intercede for others. We are simply participating with Him in His task.

Priests led the people in worshipping and honoring God. Our lives can be lives in which God is worshipped through our coming together as a body of believers and singing worship songs. We can also worship God by serving Him and others in their times of need. We can glorify God in simple acts of obedience to Him and of service to others. The blood of Jesus will lead us to do these things.

Now Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords. He calls us to live in the heavenlies with Him in this life. He is preparing us for our full reign with Him in the life to come. Now we can exercise the authority He has given us as we bring His will into our everyday circumstances and the places He brings us. We can exercise authority over situations by declaring Godís will and desires. We can reign in life by helping others to come into freedom from depression, fear, addictions, shame, guilt, and the like. We can rule over those spiritual powers that have held us, our family, our community, or our church in bondage. We are called to bring about the reign of Jesus. Paul says,

"...those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:17 KJV).

Jesus said,

"Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you" (Luke 10:19 KJV).

(For more on this subject, see the booklet "Spiritual Warfare")

As a king before God, I am called to find my pleasure in serving Him. I no longer have to be subject to living for the pleasures of this world. My appetites for food can be changed so that I look at food not as something to bring pleasure to my body, but rather as something to fuel the body. The Bible says the land is blessed "...when your king is the son of nobles, and your princes feast at the proper time--for strength and not for drunkenness!" (Ecclesiastes 10:17). Through the blood of Jesus, I am a King in His kingdom--the son of a noble--and I can live for His pleasure and eat for strength and not for drunkenness. Truly, I can know the promise of the Holy Spirit:

"...the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit" (Romans 14:17 KJV).

My appetites can be changed so that I use food as fuel for my body and seek the pleasure of serving Him, rather than seeking pleasure from food and being dead to the pleasure of serving God.

In summary, we are called to be Kings and Priests of God; through the blood of Christ we can be freed from living for ourselves, and we can receive and live in the ways of Christ.

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But there is more.

The Blood of the Covenant

Through the blood of Jesus, I have been brought into a New Covenant relationship with God. When Jesus celebrated the Passover dinner with His disciples before His death, He instituted the rite of Holy Communion. He told His disciples that He was bringing them His body and blood as the blood of the New Covenant relationship God had promised them. The Bible says:

"And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins" (Matthew 26:26-28 KJV).

A New Testament--a New Covenant--was instituted between God and man when Jesus died for our sins. He gave us the right to enter this covenant. Under the New Covenant God would put His ways into our hearts. He would have His very nature become a part of us. The new nature that we would receive--the very nature of God--would cause us to want to serve God. The new nature would give us victory over sin and over the ways of our old lifestyles. The Bible says,

"This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them" (Hebrews 10:16 KJV).

Peter writes in his epistle:

"His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:3-4 KJV).

Under the New Covenant, I no longer strive to obey God out of fear, or even out of gratitude. My fear of God or my love for God might motivate me to want to obey, but the power to obey is not in these things. Under the New Covenant, my desire and ability to obey come from God, as He works into my being the willingness and the strength to obey (Philippians 2:13). This is the blessing of the New Covenant.

All this is possible through the blood of Jesus. Jesus kept the New Covenant for me. Through His blood, He also now imparts into me His very life, so that I now have His holiness and His desires in me to help me want to obey. The Holy Spirit then gives me the Divine energy so that I can do what God has put before me.

This covenant has been given because it was impossible for His people to keep their part of the Old Covenant. Knowing this, God spoke of His plan in Jeremiah and Ezekiel. He said,

"But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people" (Jeremiah 31:33 KJV).

Through the prophet Ezekiel, He promised,

"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them" (Ezekiel 36:26-27 KJV).

Without the grace of the New Covenant, we were still under the bondage of sin and its curse. But God promised to deliver His people. He said through the prophet Zechariah,

"As for you also, because of the blood of your covenant, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit" (Zechariah 9:11 KJV).

Through the blood of Christ, a New Covenant is now in effect. Through the blood of Christ, I can now have the blessings of Godís life in me. Through the blood of Christ, I can now receive His life as I commune with Him at His communion table. Here at this place as I receive His body and His blood, I can receive His life and enjoy the blessings of the New Covenant. The Bible says,

"The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?" (1 Corinthians 10:16 KJV).

We will know the life of Christ in us, through His blood being given to us when we commune with Him. We will experience the writing of His ways on our heart through the Holy Spirit, as God does what He said He would do in the New Covenant. All this is possible through the Blood of Christ, which is the blood of the New Covenant.

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But there is more.

Victory through the Blood

Through the blood of Jesus, I can have victory in this life. I can overcome the temptations and allurements of sin, I can have victory over the entrapments and strongholds of Satanís kingdom, and I can have victory over the pressures and misguided ways of this present world of darkness. The Bible says,

"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death" (Revelation 12:11 KJV).

Since the blood pleads for us and in us, we can believe that God will give us victory over the ways of our flesh. Since the blood cleanses us and imparts the new ways of God into us, and since we can be empowered by the Holy Spirit, we can live above the lies of this world, and we can reign with Christ in the heavenly places.

Since the blood was shed when Jesus won the victory over Satan at the cross, and since His life now comes to us, we can have victory over the wiles and temptations of Satan. Since the blood was shed through the death of Christ when He had our sin in His body, we know it has power to bring us into His death and give us victory over the ways of sin.

We can, as Paul says, reckon ourselves dead to sin and alive to God (Romans 6:3). We can live in the will and destiny God has for us, with our consciences cleansed from evil works. Paul says, "Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16). Thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through the precious blood of Jesus!

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II. Applications of the Blood

The Blood of Redemption

Confess the Truth

I have been redeemed by the blood. I no longer have to try to make myself acceptable to God, or try to make up for my wrongs. I can put off the ways of self-condemnation, fear of rejection, or self-hatred. God, through Christ, accepts me. Through accepting the sacrifice of Godís Son, I am accepted by Him. I can lay aside all the "religious" ways of hiding my sinfulness. I can openly confess my sin to Him and receive His forgiveness. I can come out of blaming others for my sin. I can release all the anxiety and fear Iíve taken in through trying to make myself acceptable. I am alive in Christ. I have His ways in me, written on my heart through the Holy Spirit.

A Prayer

Father, thank You for redeeming me through the blood of Your Son. Help me to live for you, to know Your will, and to look to You for the power to do all that You ask of me.

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The Blood of Cleansing

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I can be cleansed from the unrighteous ways that have come into me through my sins. The unrighteous desires, the sinful habit patterns, and the weight of guilt can be cleansed from my inner being. My body can be cleansed and brought into order through the blood of Christ. My conscience can be restored to Godís ways and purposes for me. All defilement of sin and the works of my flesh can be cleansed from my being, through the blood of Christ.

A Prayer

Father, thank You for the blood of Jesus. Thank You for Your promise that if I confess my sins You are faithful and just to forgive me and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Help me to appropriate all that the cleansing blood of Jesus can and will do for me.

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The Blood of Sanctification

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I am being made holy through the blood of Jesus. His blood has come into me, bringing His life into me and imparting His ways into my being. I am able to walk in newness of life through the new life and new ways His blood is working into the depths of my body. Restoration of my entire being--body, soul, and spirit--is occurring through the blood of Christ.

A Prayer

Father, thank You for the blood of Jesus. I confess that You are Holy and that through the blood of Jesus I am being made holy in my body, soul and spirit. Let me bring forth all of the plans and desires that You have for me to accomplish, as I walk in the power of the blood of Jesus, Your Son.

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The Blood for Living in His Presence

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The blood of Jesus is drawing me into the reality of living in Godís presence. His blood is working into my being the realization of all that is mine. His blood is opening my eyes to the reality of the glory of His presence. His blood is ever deepening my desire to live before Him and to live above the ways and delusions of this world. His blood is giving me the boldness to come to the throne of grace to receive all I need to live for Him in His will and for His purposes.

A Prayer

Father, thank You for the precious blood of Jesus. Help me to let His blood work in me so that I consciously live in Your presence. Free me from my attachments to the ways and things of this world, so that I experience more and more the blessings of living in Your heavenly presence and of letting Your Spirit make Your ways known through me into the world around me. Let the blood of Jesus keep me in You and keep me bringing forth Your life.

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The Blood for Living as Kings and Priests

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Through the blood of Jesus, I am being made a king and a priest in the kingdom of God. I am called to serve God in His heavenly temple. I am called to worship Him, to intercede before Him for others, and to go out into the world and bring His Word and ways to others. I am called to serve others and to bring their needs before the throne of God. I am called to reign with Christ in this life. I have the authority to reign over the ways of sin and Satan. I have the call to execute the authority of God in the places He leads me to go.

A Prayer

Thank You, Father, for the blood of Jesus. Thank You for calling me to be a priest and a king in the kingdom of Your Son, as You bring all things under His feet.

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The Blood of the New Covenant

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God has provided a New Covenant for me through the blood of Jesus. I am in a covenant relationship with Him whereby He is committed to putting His ways within me so that I will naturally want to serve Him, live for Him, and obey Him. The blood of Christ provides the means by which God is able to accomplish this. The blood will work in me, for me, and through me so that I will be what God created me to be for Him in His kingdom.

A Prayer

Father, thank You for the blood of Jesus. Thank You that through His blood I can live with You under Your New Covenant. Let the blood of Christ be sprinkled on me so that I will be reminded that I am in this New Covenant relationship with You. Let the blood of Christ work in me so that I will show others Your holiness and the great pleasure of living for you. Let me show forth the power and ways of the blood of Jesus, so others will know that You are holy and that You call us to know and live in Your holiness through Your Spirit.

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The Blood for Living in His Victory

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Jesus died for my sin. He also died with my sin. He overcame sin in the flesh for me. He won the victory over sin, the world, and the devil for me. Now He brings His life into me through His blood so that I too can have victory over my enemies. I too can be brought into His death to sin. I too can be brought into His desire to live for God regardless of the cost or the pain involved. His blood will now give me victory. I can do all through Him who lives in me.

A Prayer

Father, thank You for the blood of Jesus. Thank You that through His blood I can have victory over all my enemies. Forgive me for making excuses for my sinful ways and allowing them to continue to affect my behavior. Forgive me for my unbelief--for my failure to trust in You.

I choose to believe in the victory of Jesus. I choose to walk in victory. I choose to be victorious. I choose to receive the victory of Jesus that is mine through His blood.

Impart this to me, so that I can serve You and show others the power of the blood of Jesus. Let Your Holy ways be manifest in me so that others will worship You.

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About Cyrus Ministries International

Rich and Kay Fick are the directors of Cyrus Ministries International. God has anointed and called them to this ministry. Rich, an ex-alcoholic, has personally experienced Godís love, forgiveness, power, healing and restoration. Their ministry involves helping others come out of their spiritual, emotional, mental and physical bondages into the fullness of the Holy Spirit, enabling them to know and live in Godís plan and purposes for them. They minister to individuals, equip churches for ministry, and disciple others in breaking down spiritual bondages over individuals, families, generations, communities and nations. Their calling and vision is to see Godís people living in the spiritual presence and reality of Godís heavenly kingdom as Jesus manifests His life into them and through them on earth.

The ministry has taken them to churches and groups locally and to many locations in the USA, as well as other nations. (Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Romania, India, Israel, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa, and Bolivia). As they travel, Rich and Kay minister healing, train leaders, and teach and disciple, as well as establishing ongoing networking relationships. Cyrus Ministries provides oversight to ministries and churches in other nations, helping them to come into their calling and destiny. Leaders from other nations are invited to come and spend time at the Big Rock location for training and impartation.

The Big Rock Ministry Center offers a meeting place for both small and large groups.Ü There are regular times of prayer, worship, teaching, impartation of the gifts of the Spirit, and fellowship.Ü


Serving God as He Unites Heaven and Earth in Christ

     
Rich and Kay Fick, Directors, Cyrus Ministries International

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