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Not too many years ago, it wasn't unusual to sing about the blood of Jesus in church. Great old hymns such as "There Is Power in the Blood," "Are You Washed in the Blood?" and "There Is a Fountain" rang out in Sunday morning services across this land. Somewhere along the line, however, the Church lost sight of some precious truths about the blood. Most churches don't sing those songs anymore.

Perhaps we got too sophisticated and intellectual for such seemingly primitive imagery. More likely, Satan is subtly trying to steal this great weapon from the Church because he fears it so greatly. The truth is an understanding of and faith in the blood of Jesus is one the greatest weapons at your disposal. For example, look at Revelation 12:11: "And they overcame him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony" (KJV).

The New Testament is filled with references to the importance of Jesus' blood in our lives. For example, the Bible says the blood of Jesus gives us life (John 6:53), brings us close to God (Eph. 2:13), purges our consciences (Heb. 9:14), gives us boldness to approach the throne of God (Heb. 10:19), sanctifies us and makes us holy (Heb. 13:12), and cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7; Rev. 1:5).

"But Mac," you may be saying, "How do I appropriate all those things to my life?" That's a fair question. Often, born-again, blood-washed believers don't feelsanctified, cleansed, bold, and all the other things we just read about. That answer is found in Romans 3:24-25:
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation [substitute] through faith in his blood (KJV).
In other words, the power that releases our redemption comes through faith in Jesus' blood. Do you want to be redeemed from sickness, poverty, shame, and everything else Jesus died to deliver you from? Well, the power to bring that redemption into reality comes by faith in His blood! No wonder Satan so desperately wants to keep believers from talking about and studying about the blood.

Faith comes by hearing (Rom. 10:17). As we hear the Word of God concerning the power in Jesus blood, faith in that blood rises up in us and we break the power of the enemy over our lives! So, get ready to hear some faith-building news about the wonderful blood of Jesus.

Taking a Lesson From Creation
Is it possible that we can learn some things about what the blood of Jesus does in our lives by studying the working of our own blood? It may surprise you to discover the answer to that question is "yes!" Look at Romans 1:20:
For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse (NIV).
According to this verse, we can learn about the invisible things of God by observing His creation. So if we want to understand something about the blood of Jesus (now an invisible, spiritual substance), we should study its most obvious natural counterpart, our blood.

It's amazing to see the parallels between the ways your blood is used to bring life to your flesh and the way the blood of Jesus brings the zoë life of God to you, a part of His body. This teaches us some remarkable things about the role of the blood of Jesus in our lives.

Let's look at the plasma and red blood cells. Carried along by the plasma, the red blood cells pick up oxygen in the lungs. Nutrients are picked up in your digestive tract. Together, these two elements carry vital, life-giving substances to every cell in your body.

This is why blood flow is so vital to health. Where the flow of blood is restricted, that part of the body ceases to receive oxygen and nourishment and thus begins to die. Naturally, if you didn't eat or breathe, there would be no oxygen or nutrients for the blood to carry. This truth has a spiritual parallel. Spiritually, we have to cooperate by providing the spiritual nutrients necessary for our spiritual health. How do you "eat" spiritually?

You eat spiritually by feeding on the Word. If you never go to church or open your Bible, you give the blood nothing to carry. If you'll do your part (if you'll feed on God's Word diligently), you can be assured that the blood of Jesus will operate to make sure you stay spiritually well nourished.
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Author Biography

Mac Hammond
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Mac Hammond is the senior pastor of Living Word, a large and growing church in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. He is the host of the Winner’s Minute, which is seen locally in the Minneapolis area on KMSP Channel 9 at 6:44 a.m. and 11:11 a.m. He is also the host of the Winner's Way broadcast and author of several internationally distributed books. Mac is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living.

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