The blood of Jesus gives us the security!

Romans 5:17
For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

  • Righteousness is a GIFT.
    • Why is it so difficult to believe that if we could become sinners through Adam, that we can become righteous through Christ?
  • In Egypt, On the night of the Passover, when God saw the blood, He caused the Angel of Death to pass over that household.
    • The only thing that the Isralites did was to follow the direction and paint the door posts with the blood
    • If we believe this story, why is it so difficult to believe that we are righteous through Christ?
    • It’s not when the angel sees the family’s good works, it’s when it sees the blood!
  • The blood of Jesus gives us the security.
    • Jesus is the measure of our righteousness.
    • Seek intensely to be righteousness-conscious everyday, know that you are righteous through him!
    • Whenever we are self-righteous, we are an abomination.
    • He who condemns the righteous is an abomination to God.
    • What if you condemn yourself? You are condemning the righteous when you condemn yourself?
      • Don’t we do this when we feel we don’t have enough to accomplish something?
      • When we think we are unworthy or can’t do something we are called to do?
      • Those are the attacks of the evil one (1 Peter 5:8-9) who we are called to resist!
  • Let’s choose to be conquerors through Christ Jesus (Romans 8:37-39)!

“GREAT FAITH CAN BE YOURS… EFFORTLESSLY!” (RE-SHARED FROM JOSEPH PRINCE)

Lately I have been meditating on Matthew 17:19-20.

19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not drive it out?” 20 And He *said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith [b]the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. 21 [[c]But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”]

Joseph Prince and others have addressed this in a newsletter that was published on another blog. Here is the link.

“GREAT FAITH CAN BE YOURS… EFFORTLESSLY!” (RE-SHARED FROM JOSEPH PRINCE)

 

Miracles of Jesus – Feeding the Five Thousand (5000)

When we feel we do not have enough, we have more than enough, because we have Christ. The disciples said, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” Also the people reclined, they made no effort for their provision. A final point is that they were not just provided with enough, but more than enough! “And they all ate and were satisfied. And they picked up twelve [[a]small hand] baskets full of the broken pieces left over.

Let us read this account and have a greater understanding of the Lord’s love for is. This love is not based on our efforts or what we need to do. This love has an abundant supply for us, so much that we in turn can give to others! No matter what we are in need of, let’s simply trust in the Lord our bridegroom that He will continue to provide and that He has an abundant provision for us in every area of our life.

Matthew 14:13-21Amplified Bible (AMP)

13 When Jesus heard it, He withdrew from there privately in a boat to a solitary place. But when the crowds heard of it, they followed Him [by land] on foot from the towns.

14 When He went ashore and saw a great throng of people, He had compassion (pity and deep sympathy) for them and cured their sick.

15 When evening came, the disciples came to Him and said, This is a remote and barren place, and the day is now over; send the throngs away into the villages to buy food for themselves.

16 Jesus said, They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat.

17 They said to Him, We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.

18 He said, Bring them here to Me.

19 Then He ordered the crowds to recline on the grass; and He took the five loaves and the two fish, and, looking up to heaven, He gave thanks and blessed and broke the loaves and handed the pieces to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.

20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they picked up twelve [[a]small hand] baskets full of the broken pieces left over.

21 And those who ate were about 5,000 men, not including women and children.

Miracles of Jesus – Healing of a man possessed by a demon in Capernaum

Mark 1:21-28Amplified Bible (AMP)

21 And they entered into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath He went into the synagogue and began to teach.

22 And they were completely astonished at His teaching, for He was teaching as One Who possessed authority, and not as the scribes.

23 Just at that time there was in their synagogue a man [who was in the power] of an unclean spirit; and now [immediately] he raised a deep and terrible cry from the depths of his throat, saying,

24 What have You to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!

25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hush up (be muzzled, gagged), and come out of him!

26 And the unclean spirit, throwing the man into convulsions and [a]screeching with a loud voice, came out of him.

27 And they were all so amazed and [b]almost terrified that they kept questioning and demanding one of another, saying, What is this? What new (fresh) teaching! With authority He gives orders even to the unclean spirits and they obey Him!

28 And immediately rumors concerning Him spread [everywhere] throughout all the region surrounding Galilee.

Mark 1:21-28The Message (MSG)

Confident Teaching

21-22 Then they entered Capernaum. When the Sabbath arrived, Jesus lost no time in getting to the meeting place. He spent the day there teaching. They were surprised at his teaching—so forthright, so confident—not quibbling and quoting like the religion scholars.

23-24 Suddenly, while still in the meeting place, he was interrupted by a man who was deeply disturbed and yelling out, “What business do you have here with us, Jesus? Nazarene! I know what you’re up to! You’re the Holy One of God, and you’ve come to destroy us!”

25-26 Jesus shut him up: “Quiet! Get out of him!” The afflicting spirit threw the man into spasms, protesting loudly—and got out.

27-28 Everyone there was incredulous, buzzing with curiosity. “What’s going on here? A new teaching that does what it says? He shuts up defiling, demonic spirits and sends them packing!” News of this traveled fast and was soon all over Galilee.

Luke 4:33-37Amplified Bible (AMP)

33 Now in the synagogue there was a man who was possessed by the foul spirit of a demon; and he cried out with a loud (deep, terrible) cry,

34 Ah, [a]let us alone! What have You to do with us [What have [b]we in common], Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know Who You are—the Holy One of God!

35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, Be silent (muzzled, gagged), and come out of him! And when the demon had thrown the man down in their midst, he came out of him without injuring him in any [c]possible way.

36 And they were all amazed and said to one another, What kind of talk is this? For with authority and power He commands the foul spirits and they come out!

37 And a rumor about Him spread into every place in the surrounding country.

Luke 4:33-37The Message (MSG)

33-34 In the meeting place that day there was a man demonically disturbed. He screamed, “Ho! What business do you have here with us, Jesus? Nazarene! I know what you’re up to. You’re the Holy One of God and you’ve come to destroy us!”

35 Jesus shut him up: “Quiet! Get out of him!” The demonic spirit threw the man down in front of them all and left. The demon didn’t hurt him.

36-37 That set everyone back on their heels, whispering and wondering, “What’s going on here? Someone whose words make things happen? Someone who orders demonic spirits to get out and they go?” Jesus was the talk of the town.

Miracles of Jesus – Changing Water into Wine

John 2:1-11Amplified Bible (AMP)

On the third day there was a wedding at Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.

Jesus also was invited with His disciples to the wedding.

And when the wine was all gone, the mother of Jesus said to Him, They have no more wine!

Jesus said to her, [[a]Dear] woman, what is that to you and to Me? [What do we have in common? Leave it to Me.] My time (hour to act) has not yet come.

His mother said to the servants, Whatever He says to you, do it.

Now there were six waterpots of stone standing there, as the Jewish custom of purification (ceremonial washing) demanded, holding twenty to thirty gallons apiece.

Jesus said to them, Fill the waterpots with water. So they filled them up to the brim.

Then He said to them, Draw some out now and take it to the manager of the feast [to the one presiding, the superintendent of the banquet]. So they took him some.

And when the manager tasted the water just now turned into wine, not knowing where it came from—though the servants who had drawn the water knew—he called the bridegroom

10 And said to him, Everyone else serves his best wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then he serves that which is not so good; but you have kept back the good wine until now!

11 This, the first of His signs (miracles, wonderworks), Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory [by it He displayed His greatness and His power openly], and His disciples believed in Him [adhered to, trusted in, and relied on Him].

John 2:1-11The Message (MSG)

From Water to Wine

1-3 Three days later there was a wedding in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there. Jesus and his disciples were guests also. When they started running low on wine at the wedding banquet, Jesus’ mother told him, “They’re just about out of wine.”

Jesus said, “Is that any of our business, Mother—yours or mine? This isn’t my time. Don’t push me.”

She went ahead anyway, telling the servants, “Whatever he tells you, do it.”

6-7 Six stoneware water pots were there, used by the Jews for ritual washings. Each held twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus ordered the servants, “Fill the pots with water.” And they filled them to the brim.

“Now fill your pitchers and take them to the host,” Jesus said, and they did.

9-10 When the host tasted the water that had become wine (he didn’t know what had just happened but the servants, of course, knew), he called out to the bridegroom, “Everybody I know begins with their finest wines and after the guests have had their fill brings in the cheap stuff. But you’ve saved the best till now!”

11 This act in Cana of Galilee was the first sign Jesus gave, the first glimpse of his glory. And his disciples believed in him.