Friday, January 31, 2014

Wonder Working Power

Today’s Bible readings are Exodus 12:14-13:16, Matthew 20:29-21:22, Psalm 25:16-22, & Proverbs 6:12-15


Exodus 12:21-23
21 Then Moses called all the elders of Israel together and said to them, “Go, pick out a lamb or young goat for each of your families, and slaughter the Passover animal. 22 Drain the blood into a basin. Then take a bundle of hyssop branches and dip it into the blood. Brush the hyssop across the top and sides of the doorframes of your houses. And no one may go out through the door until morning. 23 For the Lord will pass through the land to strike down the Egyptians. But when he sees the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe, the Lord will pass over your home. He will not permit his death angel to enter your house and strike you down.

Oh what power there is in the blood. This was a night when great destruction. It was a night that was going to be like no other. There was going to be a force go through the land that was unmatched by anything ever seen before. God didn’t want this force to affect His children. He had a plan to protect them. That plan was to protect them with blood.

As the death angel passed by it was limited where it could go & who it could harm. What was it that limited the death angel—the blood. The blood was a sign that screamed, “This one is mine”. The blood was a covering for those under its protection. The blood was what saved them.

This was one of the most awesome demonstrations of God’s power. He showed how He can deliver His people from bondage & even the hand of death. There is nothing that God can’t do for His people. This sent such a strong message to Israel. They needed to see how great God is. They needed to learn how awesome His power is. They needed to experience that He is mighty to save!

This event is written to point us to God’s plan for us. All things in the Old Testament direct us to God’s ultimate plan—CHRIST! Christ is the ultimate expression of what God can do for His people.
1.      He can fill you with His Spirit.
2.      He can speak to you.
3.      He can use you for His glory.
4.      He can work miracles through you by His Spirit.
5.      He can direct others to Himself through you.
6.      He can teach truth through you.
7.      He can raise you to life.

What is it that assures these things for us??? It is the same thing that assured safety & protection to Israel—THE BLOOD!!!

Hebrews 9:14

14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds[a] so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.

The blood that flowed from Jesus has become the sacrifice that has been offered for each of us. Just as that blood on the first Passover protected God’s people, His blood protects us today. Jesus being our High Priest took His own blood to present it before the Father in the Holy of Holies & placed it on the mercy seat. It is by that offering that we stand in boldness & confidence forever more.

Hebrews 9:12

12 With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.

1.      It is by His blood that we find freedom from guilt.

Hebrews 9:22

22 In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.

2.      It is by His blood that we have a relationship with Him & Father.

Hebrews 10:19

19 And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus.

3.      It is His blood that gives us life.

John 6:53

53 So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you.

4.      His blood marks us as His children.

1 John 5:6-8

And Jesus Christ was revealed as God’s Son by his baptism in water and by shedding his blood on the cross—not by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit, who is truth, confirms it with his testimony. So we have these three witnesses— the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and all three agree.

5.      His blood makes us overcomers.

Revelation 12:11

11 And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.

6.      His blood sanctifies us.

Hebrews 13:11-12

11 Under the old system, the high priest brought the blood of animals into the Holy Place as a sacrifice for sin, and the bodies of the animals were burned outside the camp. 12 So also Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates to make his people holy by means of his own blood.

7.      His blood frees us from God’s wrath.

Romans 5:9

And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.

I want to challenge you today to remind yourself of the power that is in the blood of Jesus. That power is MORE THAN ENOUGH to break EVERY chain. It is MORE THAN ENOUGH to protect you. It is MORE THAN ENOUGH to bring you victory. It is MORE THAN ENOUGH to give you peace. It is MORE THAN ENOUGH to give you life. Declare that powerful blood over you NOW. Plead that blood over your life & your family. Let that power flow through you as His power washes over you.

Pastor Richard Schlotter

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