world rolls its eyes when old-fashioned Christians speak
of the blood of Jesus: washed in it, made whole by it,
transformed by its power. But these Christians are talking
about a lived experience that the rest of us
can enjoy, too, if we’ll just put our sophistications on
hold and take Scripture seriously.
For starters, as I suggested in last
July’s Brief, it isn’t necessary to picture ourselves
dipping our problems in a red liquid, although that's OK if
it helps. But most of us will find it easier to think of
"the Blood" as life-transforming energy that
flows from the Resurrected Christ through the
pipeline opened by our prayers and confessions.
In my experience, applying
the Blood of Jesus in this manner is a uniquely effective
way to release faith for healing. Our unbreakable Covenant
with God is built right into the confession. Besides,
there's no better way to send the devil packing. Satan
simply can't stand the mention of Jesus' Blood--and that
alone is a good reason to mention it as often as possible.
Personally, I find it especially
useful to "confess the Blood" when I'm thinking
about the need for God's protective covering over
myself or my family and friends. The main emphasis of any
healing ministry, including this one, is on correcting
problems. But we need to remember that the Lord's protection,
like healing and deliverance, is part of our salvation
package. If we'll just pull ourselves together and apply the
Blood of the Lamb to our personal needs, our families, our
duties, our fun-times, and anything else that comes to mind,
we can crush problems before they even get off the ground.
word of their testimony
Under the Old Covenant, the
Jews of the Exodus applied the physical blood of slain lambs
to their doorposts and lintels, and the Destroyer was not
allowed to enter their homes. The New Covenant makes things
much simpler: "And they overcame him [the enemy] by the
blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony"
It's our testimony that activates
the Blood: "I put my job under the Blood of
Jesus." When we say it, we apply
it. And it makes good sense for us to apply it daily to our
homes, cars, children, spouses, and anyone or anything
that's vulnerable to attack by the enemy. I've heard of
Christians who apply the Blood of Jesus to their children's
pathways, even to their walk. My friend Annie applies the
Blood to her children's minds--puts it right over the
few moments daily
At a personal level, you can
confess the Blood over any part of you that needs
protection, cleansing, or restoration, not only to head off
physical problems but to keep yourself "on the same
page" as the Lord: "I apply the Blood of Jesus to
my thought-life. My mind is cleansed by the Blood of the
Lamb of God."
If you'll take a few moments daily
for confessions like these, dear one, you'll soon realize
the truth of Psalm 91 in an intimately personal way: The
Lord is your refuge; the Lord is your fortress; the Lord
protects you all day, every day.
forget that . . .
God should be our
resort, not our last resort. Start taking time
right now to build up the faith you need to
receive His healing.
God is ready to
heal us in every
physically, emotionally, and mentally.
God heals all
types of disease, pain, sorrow, and
infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.
us to be healed, to be "whole"
persons enjoying abundant life.
God expects us to
with Him in getting healed—through
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
Healing Briefs here