The Powerful Blood of Jesus

Written by: Tim Wood

1 Corinthians 5:7 says, “For Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed.” Do you realize what that means? It means that I’m going to heaven because the blood of Jesus has covered and cleansed me of all sin.  I’m not going to heaven because I preach the gospel. I’m not going to heaven because I attend church. I’m not going to heaven because I love God. I’m going to heaven because Jesus is my Passover Lamb and His blood has been shed for me.

We are introduced to the concept of Passover in Exodus 12. The blood of the lamb was applied to the doorposts of all the people who believed God’s message. In verse 13 God says, “And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.” God was looking for the blood that day in history. And more so, God is looking for the blood of Jesus for all eternity. What a powerful truth, “Christ is my Passover Lamb.”

Not only did Jesus shed his blood for us, there is tremendous power in applying His blood to your life. Applying the blood of Jesus is believing, claiming, pleading the blood for your life.  So, let’s believe and claim these significant truths about the power of Jesus blood:

The Blood of Jesus cleanses you – But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)

The Blood of Jesus justifies you - Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. (Romans 5:9)

The Blood of Jesus redeems you - In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace. (Ephesians 1:7)

The Blood of Jesus bring you near God - But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:13)

The Blood of Jesus frees you - And from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood. (Revelation 1:5)

The greatest gift God ever gave us was the blood of His Son Jesus Christ. His blood was shed for you. Apply it to your life by believing it and claiming it because there is power in the blood of Jesus!

 

 

The Best Gift to give America

Written by: Tim Wood

As we celebrate the 243rd birthday our nation this week, may we all be challenged by this important instruction from the Bible: First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1Timothy 2:1-4 ESV)

Paul, the mentor, is encouraging Timothy the intern, to lead the church in a godly fashion. What did Paul believe was of first importance? Feeding the hungry? Counseling the confused? Reaching the lost? His first command was to pray for all people. The flagship assignment of the church is prayer.

While we pray for all people, Paul focuses our attention on a specific group of people. Pray for kings and all who are in high positions. In other words, pray for presidents, vice presidents, senators, congressmen and all elected officials. The reason we pray for these people is so we can live peaceful and quiet lives. Lives that are godly and dignified in every way. The New Century Version translates it this way, “so that we can have quiet and peaceful lives full of worship and respect for God.”

Isn’t this remarkable? A peaceful society is dependent on the prayers of the church. If we don’t live in a peaceful society what is the solution? Better policies? Better programs? Better politicians? Perhaps, but not according to Paul. The answer is prayer.

Let’s give our nation the gift of prayer. It’s the best gift you can give to our country.

“If my people who are called by my name 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” (2Chronicles 7:14).

10 Verses to Fight Against Discouragement

Written by: Tim Wood

It’s easy to become discouraged. We get discouraged for a variety of reasons. Setbacks can be discouraging. Being too sensitive to criticism can be discouraging. Dwelling on past mistakes can be discouraging. Whatever the reason, we all get discouraged.

 But the Word of God encourages us to fight against discouragement. Here are some verses that have helped me fight against discouragement. I hope that you will hold on to these encouraging verses.

Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

John 16:33 – I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Isaiah 40:31-but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 43:2 – When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you

Psalm 31:24 - Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!

Psalm 120:1 - In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me.

Philippians 4:19 - And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 6: 9 - And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

1 Peter 5:7 - Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Mark 10:27 - Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”

Grit: The Ability to Persist

Written by: Tim Wood

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9 ESV)

 Corrie ten Boom was a young Dutch Christian who helped many Jews escape the Holocaust before being sent to Nazi concentration camps. After World War II ended, she said that the people who lived through those camps were those who had the deepest faith. Why? Because faith gives you the power to hold on in tough times. Faith produces persistence.

Study after study has shown that one of the most important characteristics you could teach a child (and that you need in your own life) is persistence. It’s the ability to bounce back. It’s the ability to keep going. Nobody goes through life with an unbroken chain of successes. No one goes through life with the wind always at their back. Everybody has failures and mistakes. We all embarrass ourselves. We all have pain. We all have problems. We all have pressures. The people who make it in life persist.

Angela Duckworth calls this characteristic grit. According to Duckworth grit is the “power of passion and perseverance.” Our passion for Christ gives us the power to persist. Our passion for Christ produces grit in our lives. We keep going even when things go awry.

God doesn’t always take you out of the problem. He stretches your faith by taking you through the problem. He doesn’t always take away the pain. He gives you faith-filled ability to handle the pain. And God doesn’t always take you out of the storm because he wants you to trust him in the midst of the storm. God is developing grit in our lives.

Where do you get the grit to persist? Faith. It’s believing God could do something at any moment that could change the direction of your life, and you don’t want to miss it, so you keep moving forward. It’s believing that God will give you exactly what you need when you need it as you learn to rely on him to accomplish his purpose in you. Faith unlocks the promises of God, it shows us the power of God, it turns dreams into reality, and it gives us the grit to hold on in tough times.

Someone said, “Tough times don’t last; tough people do.” Paul’s life was characterized by tough times: afflicted, but not crushed, perplexed but not despairing, forsaken but not destroyed. Paul had grit. Paul persisted. My prayer is that we would do the same.

The Best Name for God

Written by: Tim Wood

God is a God of many names. One name is insufficient to describe God. God’s names reveal His character to us. Creator, Almighty, Provider, Shepherd, King, Healer, Peace – all of these names describe our awesome God.

To me, the best name of God is Father. What a joy to know that we can call Almighty God, Father. It brings security and wholeness to our life. Every person is born with a deep desire to be loved. God, being our Father meets that need. 1 John 3:1, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.”

The Bible tells us that God is a Father to the fatherless. “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation (Psalm 68:5). God is a Father who will never leave us. “For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in” (Psalm 27:10).

Many times, Jesus addressed God as Abba, which is Aramaic for father. In Mark 14:36, Jesus said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you.” This was a brand-new concept at the time. In the Old Testament God was a father to Israel but no one called Him their individual Father. Even God’s personal name, Yahweh, was considered too holy to be pronounced out loud, so few people thought of having a personal connection to almighty God.

Through Christ, we have inherited the privilege to call God our Father. Meditate on these powerful words from Galatians 4:4-7, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So, you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” The fact that we can know God as our Father is a life changing truth.

God our Father, it’s the best name we can call God.