July 27, 2014

My Daily Prayer... ♥

I would like to share two of my daily prayer's with you. The first is one I received from Paula White Ministries 8 years ago. While the second is one that I personalized for myself. You are welcome to use these prayers. Soon your spirit will personalize one for you. You shall know the Truth when you seek God's face daily. I don't mean in the traditional sense. I mean spending time getting to know Him. You can start by talking with Him like you would a friend. He will guide you on your spiritual path as you grow closer and closer to Him. Allow God's LIGHT to permeate every fiber of your being and transform you from the inside out. "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind." [Romans 12:2] This has nothing to do with religion. This is about God, your Heavenly Father wanting to have a "personal" relationship with you. ♥

God is God all by Himself. The same is true for Jesus (Yahshua), the living breathing WORD of God and the Holy Spirit, the breath of God. God doesn't need a religious group or organization to make Him so. God almighty is above all and sovereign. God is Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent. God is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. God is INFINITE and ETERNAL.

The Power Of Prayer from Paula White Ministries

Dear Heavenly Father, I give You praise for my life and all that is in it. You are my Creator, my Provider, my Comforter and I worship You from the depths of my soul. My desire is to know You... to truly know You in an intimate way. Please grant me a mind filled with Spiritual wisdom and a heart that continues to long for You.

This is my prayer personalized...

Thank you God for loving me unconditionally. Thank you God for never giving up on me. Thank you God for always believing in me. Thank you God for taking care of all of my needs. I am an instrument of Your will LORD, use me for Your greater good. I am ready, willing and able to effect change on Your behalf. Awaken Your Spirit within me LORD. Lend me Your strength, Your courage and Your wisdom. I will continue to abide in Your WORD as your WORD continues to abide in me. You are my ROCK and my foundation! Your presence makes me feel unspeakable love and joy. Direct my steps LORD and connect me to the right people that are in line with Your will for my life. I will continue to Trust and Believe in You LORD. I love you. In Yahshua's precious name, AMEN!

I go on to pray, Jesus (Yahshua) please cleanse my spirit from all impurities, please purify me Lord, wash me in Your blood, cover me and protect me against all evil. Please fill my spirit with Your love, Your peace and Your joy. Lend me Your strength, courage and wisdom. AMEN!

God's Divine favor surrounds me like a shield! Amen. ♥

Psalm 23 (KJV) Memorize And Meditate (Verse by Verse) On This Prayer ♥

Pslam 23 (KJV)
[source: Biblegateway]

1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever and ever. In Jesus mighty name. AMEN!

Scriptures to Strengthen Your Faith: Gems from God's Word ♥

Scriptures to Strengthen Your Faith
[source: Our Little Place]

Let Him have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you. [1 Peter 5:7]

I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn't fragile like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid. [John 14:27]

Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don't forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ. [Philippians 4:6-7]

I waited patiently for God to help me; then He listened and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out from the bog and the mire, and set my feet on a hard, firm path and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, of praises to our God. Now many will hear of the glorious things He did for me, and stand in awe before the Lord, and put their trust in Him. [Psalms 40:1-3]

Yes, the Lord hears the good man when he calls to Him for help, and saves him out of all his troubles. The Lord is close to those whose heart is breaking; He rescues those who are humbly sorry for their sins. The good man does not escape all troubles - he has them, too. But the Lord helps him in each and every one. [Psalms 34:17-19]

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. [Isaiah 40:31]

Let not your heart be troubled. You are trusting God, now trust in Me. There are many homes up there where my Father lives, and I am going to prepare them for your coming. When everything is ready, then I will come and get you, so you can always be with Me where I am. If this weren't so, I would tell you plainly. [John 14:1-3]

Be strong! Be courageous! Do not be afraid of them! For the Lord your God will be with you. He will neither fail you nor forsake you. [Deuteronomy 31:6]

Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed. I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with My victorious right hand. [Isaiah 41:10]

Such a man will not be overthrown by evil circumstances. God's constant care of him will make a deep impression on all who see it. He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him. That is why he is not afraid, but can calmly face his foes. [Psalms 112:6-8]

You are my hiding place from every storm of life; You even keep me from getting into trouble! You surround me with songs of victory. I will instruct you (says the Lord) and guide you along the best pathway for your life; I will advise you and watch your progress. Don't be like a senseless horse or mule that has to have a bit in its mouth to keep it in line! [Psalms 32:7-9]

Do not let this happy trust in the Lord die away, no matter what happens. Remember your reward! You need to keep on patiently doing God's will if you want Him to do for you all that He has promised. His coming will not be delayed much longer. And those whose faith has made them good in God's sight must live by faith, trusting Him in everything. Otherwise, if they shrink back, God will have no pleasure in them. [Hebrews 10:35-38]

He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in Him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord! Trust in the Lord always, for in the Lord, Jehovah, is your everlasting strength. [Isaiah 26:3-4]

Rest in the Lord; wait patiently for Him to act. Don't be envious of evil men who prosper. [Psalms 37:7]

What can we ever say to such wonderful things as these? If God is on our side, who can ever be against us? Since He did not spare even His own Son for us but gave Him up for us all, won't He also surely give us everything else? [Romans 8:31-32]

I am holding you by your right hand - I, the Lord your God - and I say to you, don't be afraid; I am here to help you. Despised though you are, fear not, Oh Israel; for I will help you. I am the Lord, your Redeemer; I am the Holy One of Israel. [Isaiah 41:13-14]

Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, "I will never, never fail you nor forsake you." That is why we can say without any doubt or fear, "The Lord is my Helper and I am not afraid of anything that mere man can do to me." Remember your leaders who have taught you the Word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and try to trust the Lord as they do. [Hebrews 13:5-7]

I will lie down in peace and sleep, for though I am alone, Oh Lord, you will keep me safe. [Psalms 4:8]

For the mountains may depart and the hills disappear, but My kindness shall not leave you. My promise of peace for you will never be broken, says the Lord Who has mercy upon you. [Isaiah 54:10]

No, I will not abandon you or leave you as orphans in the storm - I will come to you. [John 14:18]

Trust the Lord completely; don't ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success. [Proverbs 3:5-6]

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of contentment in every situation, whether it be a full stomach or hunger, plenty, or want; for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ Who gives me the strength and power. [Philippians 4:11-13]

Stop your anger! Turn off your wrath. Don't fret and worry - it only leads to harm. For the wicked shall be destroyed, but those who trust the Lord shall be given every blessing. Only a little while and the wicked shall disappear. You will look for them in vain. But all who humble themselves before the Lord shall be given every blessing, and shall have wonderful peace. [Psalms 37:8-11]

But you will not need to fight! Take your places; stand quietly and see the incredible rescue operation God will perform for you, Oh people of Judah and Jerusalem! Don't be afraid or discouraged! Go out there tomorrow, for the Lord is with you! [2 Chronicles 20:17]

And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into His plans. [Romans 8:28]

Dwell in the Shelter of the Most High

Psalm 91 (New International Version)
[source: Biblegateway]

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, 10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

How Do We Stand Firm Against Satanic Attack?

written by Ron Jones
[source: Titus Institute]

How do we stand firm against all these attacks?

Summary of article:

1. Christians need to depend on God for spiritual strength against Satan and his demons.

2. Christians need to make the characteristics of Christ a part of their lives

3. Christians have victory over Satan when they stand firm in their beliefs, values, attitudes, and actions.

You don’t attempt to watch for individual attacks and stand firm against individual attacks, but rather you look for how Satan is generally go to attack and live in such a way that thwarts his attack wherever it may come.

Christians stand firm against Satan by reflecting Christ’s characteristics in their lives. In Eph.6:10-13, Paul calls this “putting on the full armor of God.”

How do we prepare for battle with Satan and his demons? How do we make ourselves ready everyday for his attacks so that when he does we will not be defeated?

1. Christians need to depend on God for spiritual strength against Satan and his demons.

In Eph.6:10 Paul writes, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”

No matter what you say or what you do in warfare, victory belongs to the strong. Diplomacy is great before the war begins, but once it begins, only strength matters.

And in a war with Satan and his demons, diplomacy means nothing, only strength matters. - POWER

This is especially true because Satan cannot be reasoned with. He has no characteristic in him that would cause him to show the slightest mercy or grace. He knows only rebellion against God and only destruction and he desires to enlist as many as he can in his campaign against God no matter what the consequences for people.

Satan cannot be persuaded to change; he can only be forced to flee from us.

So, Paul begins with strength and power, but not our own.

In v. 10, “be strong” is passive and has the idea of “be strengthened” or “receive strength” from another source. It does not mean to “make yourself strong and powerful.”

We, as human beings, do not have the strength in ourselves to stand against supernaturally powerful evil angels like Satan and his demons.

We are no match for Satan in our own power. But the Lord does have the power to defeat Satan and that’s whom we receive our power from.

Notice, in v. 10, it says “in the Lord and in his mighty power.” “In the Lord” means “in union with the Lord.” “To be strong in union with the Lord,” means “to receive spiritual strength from the Lord in our battle with Satan.” “His mighty power” refers to all God’s omnipotent and infinite power that He possesses. This means “Don’t flex your muscles, flex God’s muscles.”

God has unlimited power, Satan has limited power. God’s might is infinite. In Job 42:2, Job says, “I know that you can do anything and that no purpose of yours can be withheld from you.”

God is sovereign over Satan and rules over all his activities.

In Job.1:1-2:10 God gives Satan permission to attack Job who is a believer and puts limits on what Satan can do. God is the most powerful being in the universe. His power is infinitely superior to Satan’s. All of Satan’s works are under God’s control.

God allows Satan to work. God allows him to have a kingdom for a temporary period of time. God has already put many boundaries on Satan, which he cannot cross when it comes to us His children.

Satan is very limited in regards to what he can do in our lives. How do we tap God’s omnipotent power when Satan Attacks?

First, we have to depend on it. “Be strong” implies that we need to depend on God to work in our lives. We need to rely on His power in our lives.

How do we do that? We do it by putting on the whole armor of God.

In Eph.6:11-13, Paul says to “put on the whole armor of God.”

When we put on the whole armor of God we wield God’s power against Satan.

To bring out his second way of preparation and later to show us the way to victory, Paul uses the image of a Roman soldier.

The armor of God is a metaphor, a comparison. The Armor is symbolic of Christlike qualities we need to have in our lives in order to defeat Satan’s temptations.

2. Christians need to make the characteristics of Christ a part of their lives

In Eph.6:11 Paul says, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

“Put on” means “to make these characteristics a part of your life. It means to display these characteristics as the regular pattern of your life.

So, “to put on the breastplate of righteousness,” means to make righteousness a part of your life, the regular pattern of your life.”

So, when Paul says, “put on the armor of God,” he means make these characteristics a regular part of your life and when Satan attacks, you will defeat him.

Satan’s attacks are constant with varying intensity. If you don’t have a particular characteristic as a part of your life before the attack, it will be very difficult when he attacks.

That’s the whole issue. We don’t need to be watching every second for satanic temptations coming our way. Rather we are to develop certain characteristics in our lives that keep us prepared at all times for satanic attack.

If Satan uses the world in attacking us, we face the attacks of the world every day.

Think of it this way. If we add the analogy from Hebrews 12, we are running a race.

As a Christian we are not standing around waiting for Satan to attack, we are engaged in living the Christian life as God intended. We are running a spiritual race. Paul would say, “when you run the race make sure that you are wearing armor, because this race is happening in the midst of a war and the enemy is all around.”

Notice in v. 11, Paul says to wear the “whole armor.” This means that we need to have all these characteristics in our lives at the same time.

Every one of these characteristics must be a part of our lives if we are to defeat Satan. If you are missing any part, Satan will hit you there. He will find the weak link.

What is the armor? What are these characteristics of Christ that we are to make a part of our lives?

1. Belt of truth - living according to the truth of God as revealed in the Scriptures

2. Breastplate of righteousness - living according to God’s way of living

3. Shoes of the preparation of the gospel of peace - living with assurance that you have peace with God

4. Shield of faith - living by faith

5. Helmet of salvation - living with assurance that we are eternally saved and nothing can take our salvation away

6. Sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God - living according to the Word of God

That is, if we are maturing in Christ so that these Christ-like characteristics are in our lives according to our maturity level, we will be able to stand firm against Satan.

These are the characteristics that need to be in our lives—every one of them.

I am not going to take the time to go through each one, but let me give you a summary of them.

1. The Belt of Truth - “having girded yourself (put on a belt) with truth”

“To gird yourself” in modern terms means to “put on a belt.” The belt is truth. To put it around your waist means to commit yourself to know, understand, and live out the truth in your life as God has revealed it in the Scriptures.

If Satan is trying to redefine sin or tempt us to doubt God’s love, it is only God’s truth that can keep us from being deceived.

Our beliefs, values, attitudes and actions must be based on God’s truth.

Ask yourself when you are tempted - Is there something I am being tempted to believe about God that is not true or to believe about his Word that is not true?

2. The Breastplate of righteousness - “putting on the breastplate of righteousness”

What he’s talking about here is the personal daily righteousness in our lives.

Righteousness is conforming to God’s ethical and moral standards. It is following God’s commands and way of living.

To put on the breastplate of righteousness means to follow God’s commandments (His way of living) as revealed in the Scriptures as the regular pattern of our lives.

There are only two ways of living in the universe – God’s way and Satan’s way which unbelieving man reflects.

We need to make a commitment to live God’s way. This commitment will help keep us strong against the world’s temptations.

3. The shoes of the gospel of peace - “your feet fitted with the shoes of preparation of the gospel of peace”

The shoes represent “preparation or readiness to stand against Satan” which comes from a firm spiritual footing, which comes from the gospel of peace.

The gospel of peace is the good news that we can have peace with God through Christ’s death on the cross.

Rom.5:1 says, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

That peace gives us two very important blessings that we need to continually hold onto if we are to stand against Satan. First, it means that God is always with us working in our behalf (1 Jn.3:1). Second, it means that we may approach our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ at anytime for help (Heb.4:14-16).

To put on the shoes of the gospel of peace is “to continually hold onto the confidence that we have peace with God through Jesus Christ, that God is always with us working for our blessing and we may approach him for help at anytime.”

We must hold onto this truth at all times. Satan will attempt to get us to believe that we have no resources or that we have only ourselves. When we face life’s trials and troubles, we need a firm confidence that the Lord will be there to help us. If we don’t have that confidence, we will despair and seek the world’s way out. We will try to escape using selfishness, addictions, and other such behaviors.

If we have turned away from the Lord and now want to turn toward him and follow him, we need to know he will be there to welcome us back because we have peace with him in Christ. If we feel that we have to clean up our act on our own and then approach the Lord we will not be able to turn toward him.

But if we know that we can turn toward the Lord for help, and that he will help rebuild our lives, if we will confess and turn to him, then we will be strong and be able to stand against Satan.

How can we follow the Lord’s way of living and not turn toward the world’s way, if we do not believe that our lives are in his hands and that he is there to bless and strengthen us at all times?

This is why it is so important that we know we have peace with God forever and that this peace, this relationship we have with him is unconditional.

4. The shield of faith - “Above all, taking the shield of faith, with which you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”

To wield the shield of faith is to trust daily in what God has revealed in His Word.

Our faith is only as good as the object of our faith. Because the Word of God reveals what the true God says and it is true, then when we trust it, our faith becomes our shield.

To wield it we need to know and understand the Word of God so we can know what God wants us to trust him for.

What are the fiery darts of Satan? They are all the temptations he brings through the world, which are described at the beginning of this article.

5. The helmet of salvation - “take up the helmet of salvation”

The idea here is “assurance of salvation.”

And in Scripture “assurance of salvation” has three aspects:

1) Assurance that we are saved

2) Assurance that we cannot lose our salvation

3) Assurance that salvation will bring eternal blessing in God’s presence forever

Taking up the helmet of salvation is holding on to these precious truths, that we are saved, that we cannot lose our salvation, and that our salvation will bring a future of eternal blessing.

Why is this so important?

If we as Christians did not believe that we would spend an eternity with Jesus Christ in eternal joy and happiness, why would we turn away from sin and honor God when it requires great sacrifice on our part?

When we are in the midst of physical trials and even facing death, if we did not believe that we were headed to a better place, how could we trust God and obey Him and endure?

6. The sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God - “the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.”

This “sword” is called by Paul “the sword of the Spirit”, that is it is the sword which comes from and belongs to the Holy Spirit.

This sword, which comes from and belongs to the Holy Spirit, is “the word of God.” The sword represents the word of God.

The Greek word used for Word here refers to specific statements, commands and truths in the Word of God as a whole.

The sword is wielded when we apply specific Biblical statements, commands, and truths to specific situations, issues and temptations in our lives.

The Bible gives God’s will on a variety of subjects and we need to apply them to the subjects that they address.

So wielding the sword of the Spirit means to apply specific Scriptures to our lives.

How do we wield the sword of the Spirit in regard to temptation?

The sword is wielded when we apply specific Biblical statements, commands, and truths to temptations in our lives.

We need to be examining regularly what we think and what we believe to make sure it conforms to what the Bible says about it.

We need to continually ask ourselves, “Is this what the Bible teaches?”

Many of Satan’s temptations come from beliefs and values the world has. We need to make sure that we have not fallen into the way the world thinks about things, but make sure we believe and value what the Lord says is right and good.

When we are tempted, to wield the sword, we need to think of the appropriate truth in God’s Word, Holy Spirit brings to mind, then trust it and obey it.

If we do that, we will turn away from that temptation.

When we are tempted, do we address Satan, “Be gone Satan, the Bible says be anxious for nothing, but…” or “Get out of here, demon, the Bible says do not lie.”

No, this is not the idea here. We wield the sword by trusting and obeying the Word, by applying the Word to our lives.

We also use the sword of the Spirit offensively when we share the truth of God with others. The Word of God destroys Satan’s lies with the truth.

As we speak the Word of God to others both believers and unbelievers we destroy any lies that they might be believing (2 Cor.10:3-6).

3. Christians have victory over Satan when they stand firm in their beliefs, values, attitudes, and actions.

What is the victory over Satan that we as Christians can experience by making Christlike characteristics part our lives?

What does God expect from us when we are facing temptations from Satan? What kind of victory can we have?

Paul gives the answer in Eph.6:11 when he says, “Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the wiles of the devil.”

“Stand firm” means just that, we are to stand firm and we can stand firm.

The purpose of depending on the Lord’s power and wearing the armor of God is so that we might be able to stand firm.

This is what God wants us to do when Satan attacks. God wants us not to fall, not to give into temptation, but to stand firm in what we believe and in doing what we know to be right. We are to stand firm for Jesus Christ.

We will be able to resist Satan and stand firm.

In Eph.6:13, Paul gives us the time of temptation, “the day of evil.” “The day of evil” refers to a period of temptation, a time when the temptation to do evil is intensified in our lives. Satan is constantly attacking us through the world, but there are times of particular intensity.

This could be a time of trial, financial, physical, or emotional. It could be a time of great emotional and physical fatigue. It could be a time of great victory when we can be susceptible to evil.

When it comes, we are to resist. We are to have stood firm in what we believe, what godly lives we are living, and what ministry we are accomplishing for the Lord.

When the time of temptation is over you have stood firm when you still believe the same, you still live the same kind of godly life, and you still do the things God has given you to do.

Notice, God does not say we are to beat Satan up; we are not to win demons to Christ; we are not to attack Satan directly. We are not to hunt for Demonic strongholds and tear them down. We are to stand firm and to use the other analogy from Hebrews, keep on running the race.

That’s our victory. Satan wants us to fear him so we will not resist him. We can resist Satan and have victory over him and his demonic army.

God Is For You Today! ♥


God Is For You Today!

Have you been taught that when you sin, you are no longer “in the light” and God is no longer for you? Joseph Prince addresses this erroneous teaching that is based on a misunderstanding of 1 John 1:7. Understand how you as a believer can NEVER be out of the light because Jesus’ blood keeps on cleansing you! Let this message set you free from sin-consciousness and the frustration, fear and despair that come with it. You will walk in true peace and joy as you see how God is ALWAYS for you because of the efficacy of Jesus’ blood and His perfect sacrifice!

Overcoming Adversity

[source: Paula White Ministries]

The plans God has for your life are far greater than the plans you have for yourself. He has significant plans for your life, your church, your city and the nations. The way we choose to deal with life’s troubles, trials and times of transition are pivotal.

On the agenda of God, you are significant.
“For I know the plans I have for you,"
declares the Lord,
plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.”
[Jer 29:11… NIV]
In order to fulfill the plans of God and become “who” God has pre-ordained you to be, you will go through a “process.” A process can be defined as “a series of actions, changes or functions bringing about a desired result.”

The result is: you will be who God says you are, do what God says you will do, and have what God says you will have.

The entire process of growth and fulfillment of destiny hinges on a critical factor:

The way we choose to deal with life’s troubles, trials and times of transition.

Like the Apostle Peter who delivers the inaugural speech of the new dispensation on the day of Pentecost, many were standing by declaring: “What meaneth this?”

Many wondered, “How can he be chosen by God to do this?” This is the same person who almost got destroyed by the enemy, and will now stand in the face of our enemy? They had seen him deny Christ, spit, curse, and become an outcast and a loner. Now this man is going to usher in the promise of the Holy Spirit? “What meaneth this?”

If anyone saw you in the “contradiction” stage of development, they usually cannot accept you in your “success stage.” When they are talking about you, repeating lies and gossip, believing for your failure instead of success….that’s when you must learn to stand up and “keep doing,” regardless of what people think.
“Friends, when life gets really difficult,
don't jump to the conclusion that God isn't on the job.
Instead, be glad that you are in the
very thick of what Christ experienced.
This is a spiritual refining process,
with glory just around the corner.”
1 Peter 4:12-13 MESSAGE
You are being prepared…you are the sermon God will use to preach. Through all these things, you are the light on a hill shining the message of Jesus Christ to those watching.
“You yourselves are our letter,
written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.
You show that you are a letter from Christ,
the result of our ministry,
written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God,
not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”
2 Cor 3:2,3
Our lives are the paper that God writes on. Many “sermons” will be born out of the furnace of affliction. People are going to watch you go “through it.”

The entire fulfillment of your destiny hinges on the way you choose to deal with life’s troubles, trials and times of transition. When you reach a “breaking point,” will you outlast the adversity?Will you keep going around the mountain, or will you break the chain and pass the test?

You shall be an OVERCOMER… Because of Jesus Christ!
“And they have overcome (conquered) him
(the accuser of the brethren)
by means of the blood of the Lamb and by the utterance of their testimony,”
Rev 12:11
The way you choose to deal with your trial depends on where you go next. Calm faith and trust in God receives your deliverance before it ever appears. We keep our connection to God open when we can say to Him, “With all my failures, hurts, and disappointments, God…I hurt, I am angry.. disappointed… BUT HERE I AM.” We are authentic with God – He can handle our feelings!

Jesus feels our pain, our grief, our sorrows, and as our High Priest has a supernatural ability to sympathize with our weaknesses (Heb 4:15). He truly understands the things that hurt us, and is capable of empathizing completely with our conditions and our past wounding. Many of us have been through disaster, life-shattering episodes that changed everything. But God doesn’t want us to hurt, He wants to heal every place and restore us completely!

You must decide to say yes to the future He holds out to you!

When Peter faced the greatest test of his life, Jesus said to him, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not” (Luke 22:31-32). Simon means “flesh, weak, water,” and it is evident that Jesus knew that Peter would fail in his flesh. But Jesus declared that the Word activated on the inside of him—faith—would not fail.

In the fires of the trial, remember that God’s Word will stand, it will not return void. Remember that God works all things according to the counsel of HIS OWN will (Eph 1:11). The battle is not really yours, but the battle is the Lord’s! Having done all you can do, stand and see the salvation of the Lord! You will see the situation change because His Word always produces! When you outlast the trial and come out on the other side, destiny will be waiting for you!

God’s Wisdom Revealed by the Spirit

1 Corinthians 2 AMPLIFIED
[source: Biblegateway]

1 As for myself, brethren, when I came to you, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony and evidence or mystery and secret of God [concerning what He has done through Christ for the salvation of men] in lofty words of eloquence or human philosophy and wisdom;

2 For I resolved to know nothing (to be acquainted with nothing, to make a display of the knowledge of nothing, and to be conscious of nothing) among you except Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and Him crucified.

3 And I was in (passed into a state of) weakness and fear (dread) and great trembling [after I had come] among you.

4 And my language and my message were not set forth in persuasive (enticing and plausible) words of wisdom, but they were in demonstration of the [Holy] Spirit and power [a proof by the Spirit and power of God, operating on me and stirring in the minds of my hearers the most holy emotions and thus persuading them],

5 So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men (human philosophy), but in the power of God.

6 Yet when we are among the full-grown (spiritually mature Christians who are ripe in understanding), we do impart a [higher] wisdom (the knowledge of the divine plan previously hidden); but it is indeed not a wisdom of this present age or of this world nor of the leaders and rulers of this age, who are being brought to nothing and are doomed to pass away.

7 But rather what we are setting forth is a wisdom of God once hidden [from the human understanding] and now revealed to us by God — [that wisdom] which God devised and decreed before the ages for our glorification [to lift us into the glory of His presence].

8 None of the rulers of this age or world perceived and recognized and understood this, for if they had, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory.

9 But, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed].

10 Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny].

11 For what person perceives (knows and understands) what passes through a man’s thoughts except the man’s own spirit within him? Just so no one discerns (comes to know and comprehend) the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.

12 Now we have not received the spirit [that belongs to] the world, but the [Holy] Spirit Who is from God, [given to us] that we might realize and comprehend and appreciate the gifts [of divine favor and blessing so freely and lavishly] bestowed on us by God.

13 And we are setting these truths forth in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the [Holy] Spirit, combining and interpreting spiritual truths with spiritual language [to those who possess the Holy Spirit].

14 But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated.

15 But the spiritual man tries all things [he examines, investigates, inquires into, questions, and discerns all things], yet is himself to be put on trial and judged by no one [he can read the meaning of everything, but no one can properly discern or appraise or get an insight into him].

16 For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart.

Overcoming Confusion by the Power of The Holy Spirit

[source: The Holy Spirit]

Confusion comes of the devil, because there is no truth in him. He is a liar and a thief, and Lucifer will always try and confuse, confound, and mislead us. We can overcome confusion through the Word, and through the Blood of our precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Here are some scriptures that clearly define and contrast the works of the Father vs. the fallen angel Lucifer (not God’s opposite, but a fallen angel who was created).
Of the devil (Jesus here speaking to the Pharisees who interestingly enough were trying to cause confusion)…John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him (i.e. – only lies and confusion). When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
However, we know that Jesus came to destroy ALL the works of the devil, even confusion and the obstruction of truth…
1 John 3:8 …For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
God is a God of order. He created the universe and the very laws of science that hold everything in place. He gave us His Word and He gives peace.
1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. (here, the term peace can also be translated to mean a quiet and restful mind, not troubled by confusion or doubt).
We must not allow ourselves to concentrate on the confusion or the lies, but look instead to the author and finisher of our faith. Jesus spent little time being distracted by the works of the devil…in fact He would not allow the demonic to even speak but commanded them to “hold their peace” or to not speak forth things that would add confusion.
Luke 4:35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not.
Therefore, when confusion comes in, we must take authority over the confusion by pleading the Blood of Jesus Christ and by standing on what God PROMISES us as believers and children. We must be proactive in our warfare against confusion as Paul states…
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations (literally - confused thoughts), and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
We should not fear this warfare but have knowledge that through Christ there is love, power and clarity of thought.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Praying in the Spirit helps to bring us out of these times of confusion because when we know not what to pray the Spirit will intercede…
Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Pray without ceasing in the Spirit especially during those times when confusion abounds because we are promised…
Isaiah 59:19 … When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.
Finally…be proactive in giving your mind a preventative remedy against the confusion returning…
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

The Whole Armor of God

[Ephesians 6:10-18 NLT]

10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth (buckled around your waist) and the body armor of God’s righteousness (the breastplate of righteousness). 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News (the gospel of peace) so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil (to defend against personal spiritual attacks). 17 Put on salvation as your helmet (the helmet of salvation), and take the sword of the (Holy) Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

The Blood Of Jesus Protects ♥

The Blood Of Jesus Protects

"And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt." [Exodus 12:13]

For 400 years, the children of Israel were slaves in Egypt. Life for them was one of hard labor, pain, loss and even death. When Moses their deliverer came, what soon followed was one plague after another on the Egyptians. But none of the plagues caused Pharaoh to release the Israelites until they put the blood on their doorposts. What nine plagues could not do, the blood did! The Israelites were finally set free because of the blood.

Are you under any kind of bondage? Are your loved ones held captive by the destroyer who is bent on destroying them? Plead the blood of the Lamb of God over all that is yours and your family’s. When nothing else seems to work, His blood always works!

When I was a teenager doing a stint as a relief teacher in a primary school, one of the girls in my class was absent from school one day. I didn’t think too much about her absence until I returned home that afternoon. As I was praying, I was prompted by the Holy Spirit to pray for her protection and to cover her with the precious blood of Jesus.

It was revealed later on that she had been abducted by a notorious serial killer who had murdered a number of young children. My pupil recounted how she had been tied up and offered to the “deities” the killer had in his flat. Miraculously, he released her when the evil spirits found her to be an unsuitable offering.

Why was this pupil released unharmed? I believe that she was presented to the deities on the same afternoon that I pleaded the blood of Jesus over her. Of course, the evil spirits did not want her because the Most High God would not allow them to have her. God was protecting her. She was set free because of the blood of Jesus!

You see, when you plead the blood of Jesus, the destroyer cannot come near. When he sees the blood, he must respect the blood. He cannot touch what is covered by the blood. The blood of Jesus truly protects and sets you free!

Allow This Word From God To Quench Your Thirst And Feed Your Soul; God Has Been Knocking On The Door Of Your Heart Let Him In; God LOVES You So MUCH ♥

Please understand, God does NOT want to control you. If He did, he would NOT have given you FREE WILL. God wants you to come to Him of your own FREE WILL. God wants you to love Him with all your heart and soul because you want to and NOT because you are forced to love Him. Life is a choice. God wants to give you FREEDOM from the chaos of this world. God wants you to be free from bondage and oppression, free from worry and fear, free from sickness and disease, free from poverty and lack, free from confusion and darkness. Choose LIFE over death. Choose LIGHT over darkness. Choose God's grace over man's religion and condemnation.

Grace is not earned by righteous acts. Grace is a gift from God and will set us free from condemnation. It is the devil that condemns us and tries to hold us in bondage. Jesus did not die on the cross so that humanity could continue to live in condemnation. It is by His grace that we are set free. "There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." [Romans 8:1]. God's mercy endureth FOREVER. [Psalm 136] God's mercy is renewed daily.

"For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not of works, so that no one can boast." [Ephesians 2:8-9]

"He saved us, not by works of righteousness that we have done but on the basis of his mercy, through the washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us in full measure through Jesus Christ our Savior. And so, since we have been justified by his grace, we become heirs with the confident expectation of eternal life." [Titus 3:5-7]

Scripture teaches that no amount of human goodness, human works, human morality, or religious activity can gain acceptance with God or get anyone into heaven. The moral man, the religious man, and the immoral and non-religious are all in the same boat. They all fall short of God’s perfect righteousness. After discussing the immoral man, the moral man, and the religious man in Romans, the Apostle Paul declares that both Jews and Greeks (Gentiles) are under sin, that “there is no one righteous, not even one” [Rom. 3:9-10]. To “sin” means to miss the mark, to fall short of God's perfect standard of holiness. And since nobody on this planet is perfect, we all sin.

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." [Romans 3:23] "God made him (Jesus) who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." [2 Corinthians 5:21] "God is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased OUR FREEDOM with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins." [Ephesians 1:7]

God wants to meet you RIGHT where you are. Let go, invite God to come live inside your heart and then hand everything, every burden you face over to God and let Him know that you can no longer do this on your own. God will take over and begin to transform your ENTIRE LIFE from the inside out. God will become your rock, your shelter and your protector. NOTHING on earth compares to receiving God's LOVE into your spirit. It is the most amazing experience.

As you begin to undergo your spiritual transformation and you find yourself wanting to cry over old wounds, the Holy Spirit literally embraces your spirit and comforts you and fills you with His peace. You will no longer be alone and you will no longer experience feelings of lonliness. As time goes by, the Holy Spirit will heal every hurt you've ever had. Until suddenly, there is no pain associated with what was once a hurtful memory.

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.” [Romans 12:2]

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness." [Galatians 5:22]

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. [Romans 15:13]

This is not about man's religion and this is not about joining a group. I merely want to encourage you to establish a personal relationship with your Creator, your Source. Your personal relationship and your personal transformational experience with God are between you and God and NOBODY ELSE! Begin by talking to Him. Believe me when I tell you, God WILL find ways to answer you. The Gracious Hand of God is upon you. You are a child of the Most High God! Trust and Believe in Him. Like a child, surrender your self into His loving arms.

"Beloved, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is LOVE." [1 John 4:7-8]

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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. (Genesis 28:15)

And God will generously provide all you need. (2 Corinthians 9:8)

He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3)

The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. (Psalm 9:9)

The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. (Nahum 1:7)

In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul. (Psalm 138:3)

Those who live in the shelter of the most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1)

But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. The water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. (John 4:14)

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe on His name. (John 1:12)

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised). (Hebrews 10:23)

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (John 15:7)

For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6)

but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

Spiritual Warfare: How to Plead and Pray “The Blood of Jesus Prayer”

written by Ministry staff
[source: The Joseph Plan]

The most powerful spiritual warfare prayer! I recommend all true Christians learn how to use it. But this isn’t something you just jump into and do. Please take the time to study this entire presentation before using it.

This is an excellent explanation of the “Blood of Jesus Prayer”. It is one of the most powerful prayers one can learn. The most powerful prayer one can say. But, it has to be done right.

In the hands of a true believer, with a repentant and surrendered heart, one can truly see the mountains be moved. The enemy moved back. Victory over evil claimed.
‘Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6)
I borrowed the following article from www.Bible-Knowledge.com. I could not have written a better article. Please visit their site. It is a very good resource.

It is an excellent study guide on this very important subject.

How to Plead the Blood of Jesus for Deliverance and Protection

There are many Christians who attack this form of prayer. They ask where in Scripture is there proof that we can use this kind of prayer for either protection or deliverance when we will really need it. There was no evidence that the early apostles ever pled the blood to heal, to cast out demons, or to get God’s basic protection on them.

I believe there are three specific things contained in the Blood of Jesus – forgiveness, deliverance, and protection. Many Christians only know about the first one – forgiveness. They have no idea there are two other things available to them that will enable them to live a victorious and overcoming life in the Lord while still living down here on this earth. Here is a brief discussion on each one of these three things.

1. Forgiveness

As Christians, we all know there is definitely forgiveness in the Blood of Jesus. This is the basic central message of true Christianity – that God the Father sent His one and only begotten Son Jesus Christ down to our earth in the flesh [God's WORD was made flesh to walk among us. John 1:14 (Emphasis mine)] to physically die on a cross in order to save us and give us total and permanent forgiveness for all of our sins.

Without Jesus dying and shedding His blood on the cross, there would be no forgiveness and remission of any of our sins. Here are some extremely powerful verses from Scripture specifically telling us this:

1.“For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matthew 26:28)
2.“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” (Ephesians 1:7)
3.“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been made near by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:13)
4.“For the life of the flesh is in the blood … for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.” (Leviticus 17:11)

Notice the emphasis on the word “blood” in these verses. There is no question that in these verses, and others in the Bible, that the blood that Jesus personally shed for us on the cross is what leads all of us to be able to receive eternal salvation, the forgiveness of all of our sins, and entrance into heaven when we die and cross over.

2. Deliverance

Now what are the Scriptural grounds that will give us the legal right to be able to use the blood of Jesus when taking on any attacks that may come our way? As you will see in some of the stories in the Testimonies section of our site, you can Plead the Blood of Jesus against specific types of attacks such as attacks from demons or other evil people, any kind of physical illness or disease, or any kinds of addictions like drugs and alcohol.

Many Christians are not aware of this second component that is in the Blood of Jesus which will entitle us to be able to use His Blood to go on the offensive against any adversity that may come our way.

Something else happened that day when Jesus died on the cross for all of our sins. The Bible tells us that Jesus also defeated Satan and all of the powers of darkness that day! Here are several good verses from Scripture proving this point to you:

1.“… that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Hebrews 2:14)
2.“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13)
3.“Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” (Colossians 2:15)
4.“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8)
5.“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)

What defeated Satan and all his dark powers? The physical death of Jesus on the cross. And what did Jesus do when He died that day on the cross for all of us? He shed His Blood!

This is why Pleading the Blood of Jesus works so well in real life combat situations when it really is needed to defeat attacks that are coming against us from the dark side.

Many Christians are not fully aware of this second fact about the Blood of Jesus – that the Blood of Jesus can also be used to engage with our enemies when they do try to launch any kind of an attack against us. I believe that all of the above Scripture verses definitely tell us that the blood that Jesus shed that day on the cross has totally defeated Satan and all of his dark powers.

The only thing left is for all Christians to fully realize this incredible fact, and to grab a hold of this powerful truth and not to be afraid to use when they need it – especially when demons or other evil people are attempting to come against them with any type of unjust action or attack.

Here are four more good powerful verses from Scripture showing that all Christians now have God’s supernatural power and anointing available to them so they can use it to engage with the dark side of this life:
“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)
Notice in this verse we have God’s power over all the power of our enemies, not just against some or part of their powers. This means we have the ability to come out completely victorious in some of life’s battles and struggles, but only if we learn how to properly use what is now available to us.
“Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” (Luke 9:1)
Notice in this verse that Jesus gives the twelve apostles power over all demons, not just some of them. If we have God’s power available to us to defeat all demons, then I believe that we also have God’s power to defeat any and all humans who may try to come against us with any type of unjust action or attack.
“… but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.” (Daniel 11:32)
“Knowing their God” means that we have spent good quality time in establishing a good personal relationship with the Lord. If we do this, then this verse is telling us that God will strengthen and empower us when we need His power to be able to carry out great exploits and great adventures for Him.
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)
This verse is telling us that God is actually looking for people that He can anoint with His power and show Himself strong through, but the implication appears to be that He really cannot find many people who are willing to pay the price to be able to really walk with His anointing.

As you can see from the way all of the above Scripture verses are worded – true Christianity is not a weak, wimpy, or passive religion. As born-again believers, we all have the Holy Spirit literally living on the inside of us.

As a result, our bodies have now become the actual temple of the Holy Spirit. His supernatural power is now fully available to all of us in order to help us handle some of the storm clouds that can come against us in this life.

Learning how to properly Plead the Blood of Jesus for any deliverance and protection that you may need is just one part of our arsenal. I will be doing other articles in the near future covering some of the other aspects on this part of our walk with the Lord.

3. Protection

As you will see in the next section, you can also Plead the Blood of Jesus on specific things that you will want protected before any kind of adversity could strike them – like your body, house, car, and finances.

The goal is to Plead the Blood of Jesus on those things in order to protect you before any kind of adversity could ever come your way.

If the above verses are showing us that we can Plead the Blood of Jesus against any attacks that may have already come our way, then I believe it only stands to reason that we can also go one step further with the Blood of Jesus – and that is to use it for protection before any kind of attack could actually come our way. In this case, you simply Plead the Blood of Jesus on whatever you want God’s full protection on before any attacks could possibly come your way.

I believe there is something else in the Bible that gives us another clue that entitles us to be able to Plead the Blood for this specific purpose. In the Old Testament, God the Father had it arranged with His chosen people, the Jews, that in order for them to be able to enter into a covenant relationship with Him, they had to have some kind of temporary covering for their sins. Jesus had not come yet, so there was no full remission for any of the sins that had occurred back at that time.

What God the Father had set up was the sacrifice of blemish-free animals such as bulls, goats and lambs. Their blood had to be shed once per year on what was called the Day of Atonement. The shedding of these animals blood was what gave the Jewish people a temporary covering for their sins so they could then enter into a personal relationship with God the Father.

This is why Jesus is called the “Lamb of God.” He is an extension of the lambs used by His Father in the Old Testament to give the Jewish people a temporary covering for their sins. Once Jesus had come to shed His own blood on the cross, there was no more need for any more animal sacrifices. His death on the cross had completed and fulfilled what His Father had started in the Old Testament with the sacrifice of these animals.

Now watch this analogy. In the shedding of the lamb’s blood on the Day of Atonement, there was a temporary covering for the sins of the Jewish people. Then Jesus comes in the New Testament, and the shedding of His blood now gives all believers complete and total forgiveness for all of their sins.

Now here is where I feel that something else occurred back in the Old Testament that may entitle us to be able to use the Blood of Jesus for divine protection. In the story of the Passover, God had sent His servant Moses to rescue the children of Israel from their captivity to the Egyptians. God had thrown ten whopper plagues at the Pharaoh in an effort to try and get him to release His people from his rule.

On one of those plagues, God tells Pharaoh that He is going to allow an angel of death to come through their camp to kill all of their firstborn children. However, before God sets all of this up to occur, He tells His own people to shed the blood of a blemish-free lamb and to put that shed blood on the door posts and lintels of their houses.

God tells His people that the angel of death will bypass their house if he sees this shed blood put on their door posts and lintels. This angel of death will thus not kill any of the Israelite’s firstborn – but only if he sees the blood properly applied to the door posts and lintels of their houses.

In other words, the blood of this blemish-free lamb was being used for divine protection before this attack would ever come their way. Had each person not properly applied this blood on their door posts, their firstborn children would have also been killed, along with the rest of the firstborn children of the Egyptians.

Here is my argument on this:

If the shed blood of the Old Testament lambs used for the temporary covering of sins eventually leads to the shedding of Jesus’ blood for permanent and total forgiveness of all of our sins – can we also use that same analogy and say that the shed blood of the lambs used in the Passover for divine protection could also lead to the shed Blood of Jesus having divine protection in it?

I personally believe the answer is yes, and that is why God the Father seems willing to work with any believer who will plead the blood of Jesus on whatever they want protection on before any attack can come their way – just like He did in the story of the Passover with His own chosen people.

Before I go into the specifics on how to Plead the Blood of Jesus for deliverance and protection, there is one more area that each Christian must make a big personal decision on before God will give you this kind of full divine protection.

Saved and Surrendered

In order to be able to Plead the Blood of Jesus for any kind of deliverance or protection you may need, there are two requirements that must be met.

1. Saved

You must be a saved and born-again Christian. A nonbeliever cannot use the blood of Jesus. In the story of the Passover, only God’s chosen people were allowed to apply the blood of the lamb on their door posts to get His full protection on them.

It is the same way in the New Testament. Only born-again, Christian believers can use the blood of Jesus for deliverance and protection.

2. The Full Surrender

However, for those who are already saved and born-again Christians, there is now one more big thing that you will have to do before you can start to get God’s best to start flowing into your life – which will include getting His maximum protection on you and your life. And that is to be willing to make a full and complete surrender of your entire being and your entire life over to God the Father.

You have to be both saved and surrendered in order to be able to step from the dugout out onto the real playing field where the real walk with the Lord is really at. God is wanting you to fully surrender four specific things to Him:

■Your body
■Your soul
■Your spirit
■Your entire life

The Bible tells us that we have three parts to our beings – body, soul and spirit. God wants all three parts of our being completely surrendered over to Him. The fourth thing that God will also want from you is for you to fully surrender your entire life over to Him. And when I say entire life, I mean literally everything in your life.

The Bible tells us that with the measure we use, will be the measure that will be measured back to us. In other words, if you want God’s best to start flowing into your life, then you will have to give God your personal best – and your personal best is being willing to fully surrender every part of your being and every part of your life over to the Lord for His full direction and handling. It’s your all for His all.

This full surrender to the Lord is where many Christians are really missing the boat with Him. They are saved through the blood of Jesus, but they are not walking in this full surrender with God the Father. As a result, God is not working full force in their lives. The only way to get God to start working full force in your life is to come under a complete and full surrender with Him.

Bottom line – God’s knowledge and wisdom is perfect on all matters – yours is not! God can see into the future and knows exactly what is going to happen to you – you cannot. God knows you better than you can ever know yourself, and as a result, He knows what your true potential and capabilities are going to be in this life – you do not.

Your powers are limited, but God’s powers are not. The Bible tells us that God is all-powerful and that there is nothing that He cannot do or accomplish. Nothing is impossible with God.

After chewing on all of the above, who do you want running your life? Yourself, with your limited powers, wisdom, and knowledge – or God the Father, who has maximum power and knowledge to do and accomplish anything He will want to do?

This lack of a full surrender to God the Father is what is getting so many Christians beat to a pulp in the playing field of life. They do not have God’s full protection on them, and as a result, they are coming under severe attacks from demons, evil people, and just some of the natural cause and effects that can occur at a moment’s notice such as different kinds of accidents, catastrophes, mishaps, and illnesses that can hit anyone of us at anytime.

Without God’s maximum protection, anyone of us can get hit by these types of severe storm clouds. Only God’s divine protection can keep you safe and out of harms way from some of these types of storm clouds. And the only way to get God’s maximum protection on you and your life is to come under this full and complete surrender with Him.

If you want to take this last and final step with the Lord, then I can give you a very short, but powerful prayer to go to God the Father with to come into this full surrender with Him.

This prayer should be said at least once or twice a week after you do it the first time. You need to show God that you mean serious business with Him on this, and by continuing to recite this prayer back to Him on a once or twice per year basis, you will be showing Him that you are really serious about this full surrender, and that you will continue to let Him have full control of your entire life for the rest of your earthly life.

I will give you both parts of this prayer – the initial prayer that you will go to God the Father with to make the initial full surrender, and then the second part of this prayer that will continue to keep you under this full surrender with the Lord for the rest of your earthly life.

A) The Full Surrender Prayer

“Heavenly Father,

In the name of Jesus Christ, I now place my body, my soul, my spirit, and my entire life into Your hands. I now ask that You place me into Your perfect will for my life. From this moment on, I will choose to stay fully surrendered to You all the days of my life and will allow You to lead and direct my life in the direction that You will want it to go in.

Thank you Father.
Thank you Jesus.”

B) To Stay in the Full Surrender

“Heavenly Father,

In the name of Jesus, I continue to place my body, my soul, my spirit, and my entire life in Your hands. I choose to stay fully surrendered to You all the days of my life and ask that you continue to keep me in Your perfect will for my life.

Thank you Father.
Thank you Jesus.”