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The Blood of Christ, Overcoming Sin and Repentance

Hebrews 9:14 - How much more will the Blood of Christ, Who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Romans 5:9  - Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

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

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The Blood of Christ

The Blood and Why it is Precious  - By Dr Charles S. Price  - It is true that it takes the power of the Holy Ghost to make men see the tremendous spiritual value in the blood of Jesus Christ.  Unsaved men cannot understand it.  By the word "unsaved," I not only mean men who are out in the world of open sin, but also that man who is lost in the high-ways and byways of his own unbelief.  He might even be a minister.  If he does not believe in the blood of Jesus Christ he is not a saved man.  I am going to give you a few reasons why the blood of Jesus is very wonderful and precious. (Click here for Dr. Price's excellent commentary on each "reason.")

...The Blood Makes Atonement  ...We Have Peace Through His Blood  ...We Were Purchased By The Blood  ...The Blood Redeemed Us  ...We Are Justified By His Blood  ...The Blood Is Our Admission And Entrance To The Glory World  ...We Are Sanctified Through His Blood  ...The Blood Cleanses Us From All Sin  ...The Blood Brings Us Nigh To God

   ...No longer are we wandering around in the distant mountains, lost in darkness and despair.  Through the blood of Jesus we have been brought nigh.  The Holy Spirit is our guide.  Jesus is our elder brother, and God is our heavenly Father.  These are a few of the reasons why the blood of Jesus Christ is so precious.


7 Supernatural Benefits of Jesus' Blood - By James Goll - In the Scriptures, we can find at least seven benefits concerning what the blood of Jesus has done for us. We overcome the devil and his works when we testify to what Jesus' blood has accomplished. We become like those believers who are already in heaven, having followed Him faithfully all the way: "They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death" (Rev. 12:11). Jesus' triumph over the powers of darkness is reinforced whenever we agree with and declare the benefits of His precious shed blood.
   ...The Problem of Sin Demands a Solution: ...Nothing could permanently take away the stain of sin, certainly not eye-for-eye vengeance or the blood of animal sacrifices instituted under the Law of Moses. Nothing sufficed until Jesus, the Son of God, the Lamb of God, came onto the scene. His bloody crucifixion paid the price for sin once and for all.
   ...Christ's Blood Sprinkled Seven Times:
   ...1. Sweating Blood: ...The night before the cross may have been even more agonizing for Jesus than actually being crucified. ..."He was in such agony of spirit that he broke into a sweat of blood, with great drops falling to the ground as he prayed more and more earnestly" (Luke 22:44, TLB). ...
   ...2. Struck and Beaten: ..."'Behold, you have now heard the blasphemy; what do you think?' They answered, 'He deserves death!' Then they spat in His face and beat Him with their fists [or with rods]; and others slapped Him" (Matthew 26:65b-67, NASB).
   ...3. Beard Plucked Out: ...the prophet Isaiah foretold it: "I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting" (Isa. 50:6, NKJV). No wonder Isaiah spoke of the Messiah's appearance as being "marred" (Isa. 52:14), or "disfigured" (TLB, NLT) beyond recognition.
   ...4. Back Scourged: (Mark 15:15 - And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.)  ...Under the Roman method the culprit was stripped, stretched with cords or thongs on a frame and beaten with rods" or with metal attached to leather thongs.
   ...5. Head Pierced with Crown of Thorns: ..."And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him" (Matt. 27:28-29, NKJV).
   ...6. Crucified: Bleeding profusely, Jesus was forced to carry His own cross through the streets to the site of crucifixion. There, spikes were driven into His wrists and feet to attach Him to the rough wood of the cross (see Matt. 27:35; Mark 15:22-2; Luke 23:32-33, 24:38-40; John 19:18.) This was at least the sixth time that Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb, willingly spilled His blood.
   ...7. Side Pierced: Even after His death, Jesus's blood was shed one more time: "One of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out" (John 19:34).
   Seven times, the innocent blood of the Lamb of God was shed so that you and I could be freed from our slavery to sin and certain death.
   Seven Benefits of Jesus' Shed Blood: In Christ's blood, we receive life that death cannot conquer. Jesus has established a new covenant through His blood, and He intercedes on our behalf to enable us to enter more fully into His blood covenant with us (see Rom. 8:34.) Once again, the number seven comes into play as Jesus' blood accomplishes at least seven distinct benefits to complete our salvation:
   1. Forgiveness. You and I have been forgiven through the blood that Jesus shed when He gave up His life. "Without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness" (Heb. 9:22b, NASB).
   2. Cleansing. Our consciences have been washed by the blood of Christ Jesus because we have truly been purified from all sin (see Heb. 9:14.)
   3. Redemption. Forgiven and cleansed, we find that we have been redeemed from the clutches of the powers of darkness. "In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace" (Eph. 1:7, NIV).
   4. Justification. It is one thing to believe that you are forgiven, cleansed and redeemed, but it is another to believe that it is just as if you had never sinned in the first place. "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Cor. 5:21, NKJV). When I am justified, it is "just as if I'd" never sinned. I am righteous.
   5. Sanctification. Now we can take it one step further and declare that we have been set apart for a holy calling—sanctified. Each believer is a special vessel set apart for God. Only Jesus' blood can make this possible. Because of Him, we can walk on the straight and narrow way (see Matt. 7:14.)
   6. Peace. Because of Jesus' blood, we can have perfect peace. There will still be plenty of battles to fight, but the outcome has been determined on Calvary: "It was through what his Son did that God cleared a path for everything to come to him—all things in heaven and on earth—for Christ's death on the cross has made peace with God for all by his blood" (Col. 1:20, TLB).
   7. Access to the throne. Jesus' blood has made possible your complete reconciliation with the Holy Father in heaven. Now, covered as you are in the blood of Christ, you are like the high priest who was invited to enter the Most Holy Place—without being struck dead. You can enter the most holy throne room of heaven with perfect impunity: "And so, dear brothers, now we may walk right into the very Holy of Holies, where God is, because of the blood of Jesus" (Heb. 10:19, TLB).
   In your own life, how have you testified to what the blood of Jesus Christ has accomplished? How have you spoken of it (out loud) and declared with joy the benefits He has won for you? Even when you proclaim it within the privacy of your prayer closet, the enemy gets blinded with the glory of heaven! All praise, honor and worship to the Lamb of God for what He has done on the cross! The blood of Christ avails for you and for me! Let's each declare with thanksgiving what the blood of the Lamb has accomplished for each of us!




Repentant or Remorseful? - By Matthew White - ...repentance and remorse are not the same thing. Just because someone is remorseful, doesn’t mean they are repentant. Judas is a perfect example. Remorse can lead to a change of behavior for the express purpose of avoiding consequences, while repentance leads to a change of heart. Remorse is externally focused while repentance deals with an internal change. ... Sure, they are sorry – sorry they got caught, not sorry over what they’ve done. ...Are you repentant or merely remorseful? If you really want to know, answer this question: “Am I sorry that I must face the consequences for my actions, or am I broken over sin because I’ve transgressed against God?”

Acts 2:38  - Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  

Acts 3:19 - Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;


In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 3:1


From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 4:17

And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits; And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats. And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. And they went out, and preached that men should repent. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them. Mark 6:7-13


There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Luke 13:1-5


There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and sees Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from here to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from there. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham said unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. Luke 16:19-31


But those things, which God before had showed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Acts 3:18-20


But Peter said unto him, Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. You have neither part nor lot in this matter: for your heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. For I perceive that you are in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. Acts 8:20-23


God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwells not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he gives to all life, and breath, and all things; And has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all men every where to repent: Because he has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he has ordained; whereof he has given assurance unto all men, in that he has raised him from the dead. Acts 17:24-31

Then Peter said unto them, Repent
, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38



Overcoming Sin

Why So Many Christians Don't Hate What Is Evil - By David Kyle Foster - I'll never forget the day when, out of the blue, God said to my heart, "Hate evil!" Somewhat unnerved, I replied, "But Lord, you told us to love our enemies, not to hate" (Matt. 5:44). His reply: "I didn't tell you to hate people, I told you to hate evil!"  
   ...In Romans 7:15, the apostle Paul lamented the fact that he committed the very sins that he hated. He was not saying that he hated himself, but rather, he hated his evil desires/actions. More on that later.
   Impure Motivations: Looking at my own approach to the matter, I finally realized that my "hatred" of sin had more to do with:
       —my hatred of being under the sway of sin.
       —not experiencing victory over it,
       —not being perfect,
       —suffering the embarrassment of being caught in sin.
       —constantly being made the fool by its deceptions.
   Now, I understood that my hatred of sin had been a "me-centered" intellectual response to my own failures rather than a genuine hatred of the very thing itself. Now I saw in Romans 12:9 an exhortation to aggressively hate the evilness of evil—to vehemently oppose it and to consider it the most horrible of things.
   Seeing Things as They Are: If only we could see the reality behind the evil that entices us—for example, a pornographic image. If the veil could be lifted for just a moment, we would see the horrible, demonic force that undergirds the image and the bareness found there. In place of the irresistible enticement, we would see the torture and murder of our Lord that was necessary to atone for our embrace of such an illusion.    God is entreating us to consciously oppose what is evil—to consider it as the vile enemy that it is—an enemy that required Jesus to suffer and die. Many in the church today only pay attention to the grace side of the equation—that the sins of believers are forgiven—a focus that although true, overlooks the goal that lies beyond salvation, which is an incorporation of Christ's hatred of evil and His love of what is good.
   Unexpected Consequences: My first lesson in this matter was to discern the various kinds of evil that daily presented themselves to me. One day, as a gratuitously violent scene came across the television, the Lord spoke to my heart, saying: "Why do you entertain yourself with violence?" Busted! It had never occurred to me that such a thing was evil.
   On another occasion, I was watching a comedian on TV. Some of his jokes were off-color, while others demeaned people. Until then, I had "bravely weathered" the ungodly jokes in order to find gratification in the clean ones. But with God's exhortation in mind, I now realized the damage that the ungodly jokes were having on my spirit and my pursuit of holiness. I suddenly saw them as part and parcel of the system of evil that nailed Jesus to the cross.
   But the big shocker was that once I decided to change the channel, a host of rationalizations began to flood my mind. A resistance from within cried out against my desire for a deeper pursuit of holiness. I would miss an otherwise good story. I would be deprived of the comfort of the good jokes. The human body is beautiful, so what's wrong with watching that fairly mild sex scene? After all, I don't watch Game of Thrones!
   Loving Evil: As I commiserated with the Lord over this unexpected interior resistance, I asked Him, "Why does my soul still resist the good?" His reply: "It's because you still love things that are evil." "Yes", I thought, "somewhere deep in my heart, I still love these ungodly things. Otherwise they wouldn't be a temptation to me." Oh, God, give me a hatred of all that is evil and a love of all that is good! No wonder our Lord repeatedly calls us to make holy choices even after He has justified us before the Father. No wonder, even in an age of grace, the New Testament is replete with exhortations to resist sin and embrace holiness. Sadly, it is our love of evil, though cleverly masked, that prevents the sanctification process from proceeding. Indeed, our calling as believers, which is to be transformed into the image of Christ, continues to be shipwrecked until this is remedied.
   Spiritual Warfare: Then I had a "eureka" moment: Hatred of sin is a weapon of our warfare—and it works! It is an act of spiritual warfare that must be grounded in a passionate love for Jesus—one that should be applied to every temptation that comes our way, every day and for the rest of our lives. We are called to grow into Christ in all things (Col. 1:10-11; 2 Pet. 3:18). We are to be transformed into His image (2 Cor. 3:18). We are to be made like unto Him (Rom. 8:29).
   Let's take our cue from God Himself: "God hates wickedness" (Ps. 45:7). "Let those who love the Lord hate evil" (Ps. 97:10). "I gain understanding from Your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path" (Ps. 119:104). "The fear of the Lord is to hate evil" (Prov. 8:13a).
"The righteous hate what is false" (Prov. 13:5a, NIV). In short, to love evil is to oppose Christ (2 Tim. 2:25-26).
   Sin Living Within Us: We have been talking about the principle of "sin living within us" which Paul wrote about in Romans 7. As a believer, he found himself doing the ungodly things he did not want to do and not doing the godly things that he wanted to do. He further explained in 2 Corinthians 1:9, 21a that trials of all sorts happen "that we might not rely on ourselves but on God......that it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ." Paul also wrote in Philippians 2:13 that "it is God who works in you both to will and to act according to His good purpose." But He does not do that work without our firm desire to be made holy and an ongoing and fervent pursuit of Him and His righteousness (1 Tim. 6:11-12; 2 Tim. 2:22). The solution is further fleshed out in Romans 8 and Galatians 5:16 where Paul speaks of God's "way of escape" (1 Cor. 10:13). First, he rejoices in Jesus' removal of condemnation from the equation. Then he describes how the Holy Spirit will give us victory over the desires of the flesh as we choose to live by His power rather than our own (Rom. 8:6-14). However, if we don't hate evil, then this provision for freedom cannot take place.
   Living in Him Is the Answer: It is obvious to anyone who has tried it, that hating evil requires an inner transformation of the will, wrought from a deep love for Christ and appreciation for His astonishing act of love on the cross. Throughout our day-to-day life, when evil presents itself in pretty packages, it is important that we have already gained a facility for turning to God for His power and a strengthening of our will to resist. As Paul wrote, we need to press on to take hold of the high calling in Christ Jesus and to live up to what we have already obtained (Phil. 3:7-16). If our hearts have been cleansed and empowered in God's presence (John 15:5) and have learned to hate evil, when we come face to face with evil desires, the power of the Holy Spirit will unite with our now purified desire to make our efforts to resist succeed. When we see temptations (even small ones) as the evil that they are, then and only then will we experience true victory in Christ.  

7 Reasons Why Christian Leaders Fall - By Shane Idleman - ...Why do leaders fall? They fall for the same reason that all Christians fall. Each of us are drawn away by our own evil desires and enticed. Most bold pastors are susceptible to pride and being too harsh. It’s hard to tame a Type A personality. We need to be vigilant and abort sin when it’s conceived (cf. James 1:14-15). Sin has a life cycle—it either grows or withers depending on whether we feed or starve it. John Owen, the prolific Puritan author wrote, “Be killing sin, or sin will be killing you.”

    ...Consider the following ways that sin gains entrance. I shared these in a past blog at ShaneIdleman.com but they are worth repeating. The old devil has no new tricks:

   1) – “It will never happen to me.” ...

   2) – I’m “too busy.” ...

   3) – Holiness is compromised. ...

   4) – Many build unhealthy relationships with the opposite sex. ...

   5) – We fail to strengthen weak areas. ...

   6) – Accountability is often breached or minimized. ...

   7) – Loneliness becomes an excuse. ...

   ...In closing, if you are on the cliff or have already fallen, take time now and repent. It will hurt, but the fruit of repentance far outweighs the fruit of exposure that will surely come (cf. Numbers 32:23: But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out). God’s grace will see you through. A penitent person turns from sin. They accept full responsibility for their actions without blame, resentment, or bitterness. They seek forgiveness without conditions and stipulations. They take full (not partial) responsibility for their actions. There can be no “but’s” when repentance is genuine. “I am sorry. I was wrong. Please forgive me,” are often (although not always) healing words and signs of repentance. Excuses need to stop before healing can occur. There are consequences for past mistakes, but it’s best to live in God’s healing arms of forgiveness, rather than to live broken outside of His will. Which way will you turn?    



The 10 Commandments from Exodus 20:1-17

Here is the verse: And God spoke all these words, saying: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

1. You shall have no other gods before me.  

2. You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.  

3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.  

4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.  

5. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.  

6. You shall not murder.  

7. You shall not commit adultery.  

8. You shall not steal.  

9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.  

10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”



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