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"Nothing but the Blood"

"Nothing but the Blood"

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

 

By the word of their testimony… by the utterance of their testimony…

 

With all the new doctrines that are in the church I see some differences to what is meant by “the word of their testimony”. I hear testimonies like, “the Lord gave me $100.00 dollars”; “the Lord gave me a house”; etc… Don’t get me wrong the Lord does bless us with things, but this is not the testimony that is spoken of here. 

 

The reason I am writing this is because there are many people coming to church and hearing messages about God’s blessings and not about Jesus and what He did at the Cross. When people hear the other message they only look for the blessings of God and that does not produce change in their lives. But when one hears the message of the Cross, their lives are truly changed. It is only the Blood of Jesus that saves, not the things.  

 

What if those things were gone. What if you don’t have a house to live in? What is your testimony then? What if you had to live in your car? What if you lost it all? What if you were like those in Heb. 11:36-39 …And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise… then what would your testimony be? 

 

People need to hear about Jesus, the Blood, the redemption of Christ, and all that Jesus did. I am not saying that it is wrong to share when God blesses you. But to be an over comer we need to testify personally to what the word of God says about what the Blood of Jesus has done. The work of Jesus at the Cross.

 

Our testimony is that of redemption through the blood of Jesus, the new life, the new nature that we have in Him. So, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, the testimony of that redemption, we overcome Satan. We have victory over Satan through the blood of Jesus Christ. The fact that we have been redeemed, purchased. “I am a debtor,” Paul said, “not to live any longer after the flesh, not to the flesh to live after it, but to the Spirit.” “Know ye not that you are a temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in you. You have been bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body and Spirit which are His. You are not your own. You have been bought with a price” (1 Corinthians 6:19). The old nature, the old life was worthless. It is dead. We count it dead. We reckon it to be dead that we might live this new life after Christ in the Spirit.

 

 

 

Their testimony evinced their victory over him by virtue of the blood of the Lamb. Hereby they confess themselves worshippers of the slain Lamb. We testify that we are redeemed by the blood. Many talk about God and even bring Him into their sins. But it is by the Blood that we are redeemed and that is our testimony. 

 

Matthew Henry: By the word of their testimony, as the great instrument of war, the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,—by a resolute powerful preaching of the everlasting gospel, which is mighty, through God, to pull down strongholds,—and by their courage and patience in sufferings; they loved not their lives unto the death, when the love of life stood in competition with their loyalty to Christ; they loved not their lives so well but they could give them up to death, could lay them down in Christ’s cause; their love to their own lives was overcome by stronger affections of another nature; and this their courage and zeal helped to confound their enemies, to convince many of the spectators, to confirm the souls of the faithful, and so contributed greatly to this victory.

 

Our testimony a great instrument of war, WOW. Notice “by a resolute powerful preaching of the everlasting gospel”, not by testifying about the house, car, things, you receive, But by the preaching of the “Everlasting Gospel”.

 

…when the love of life stood in competition with their loyalty to Christ, they would rather die than give up Christ. You can put anything in that place: “when the love of _________…” you fill in the blank. If the love of anything stands in competition to your loyalty to Christ, you must give it up. Is it a job? Is it money? Is it your family? Our testimony must stay “Jesus Christ and Him crucified”. Anyone or anything that would try to change that must go. 

 

Our testimony must be about Jesus and what He did! This is the true Gospel. Not the “gospel of self”, “gospel of _______” you fill in the blank. Their is a push to get Jesus and the Blood out of our testimony. It is OK to talk about God. It is OK to share messages about love, as long as it does not have Jesus and the blood in it. It is OK to pray as long as it is not in Jesus name. 

 

Oh help us Lord to never compromise. Let us always say: “Nothing but the Blood of Jesus”. 

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Matt10:28 And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; but rather be afraid of Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell (Gehenna).

God does not want us to fear people. Others do have influence over us if we let them. Others can make you feel things and do things that God does not want for you. It is important that we see things the way God wants us to see. Do not Fear men!

John 8:20 Jesus said these things in the treasury while He was teaching in the temple [[c]court]; but no one ventured to arrest Him, because His hour had not yet come.

He said His hour had not yet come, so no one had power over Him, save only that which is given by the Father. NO ONE has power to do anything to us, unless God allows them to. Do not give others power over you because of FEAR. 

Heb. 13:6 So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me? 

I will not fear what man can do to me!!!! 

PS. 56:4 By [the help of] God I will praise His word; on God I lean, rely, and confidently put my trust; I will not fear. What can man, who is flesh, do to me?

2 Tim. 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.

God has not given us a spirit of fear. It is the enemy that uses fear to control people. 

Rom. 8:15 For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!

Fear brings bondage. God wants us to be free. He does not want us to be in bondage to nothing or no one. 

Rev. 21:8 But as for the cowards and the ignoble and the contemptible and the cravenly lacking in courage and the cowardly submissive, (THE FEARFUL & UNBELIEVING) and as for the unbelieving and faithless, and as for the depraved and defiled with abominations, and as for murderers and the lewd and adulterous and the practicers of magic arts and the idolaters (those who give supreme devotion to anyone or anything other than God) and all liars (those who knowingly convey untruth by word or deed)–[all of these shall have] their part in the lake that blazes with fire and brimstone. This is the second death.

WOW, The fearful are listed with the murderers, sorcerers, etc… will have their part in the Lake of fire which burneth with fire… & liars (in word & deed)

Fear breeds unbelief. Why do we fear man??? When fear comes we cowardly submit to whoever & what ever has brought the fear, therefore giving it power over us. But great is He that is in us that he that is in the world. We must submit to Jesus & what He did for us. (…he that the Son set free is free indeed) 

Is. 8:12-13 Do not call conspiracy [or hard, or holy] all that this people will call conspiracy [or hard, or holy]; neither be in fear of what they fear, nor [make others afraid and] in dread.

    13 The Lord of hosts–regard Him as holy and honor His holy name by regarding Him as your only hope of safety], and let Him be your fear and let Him be your dread [lest you offend Him by your fear of man and distrust of Him].

Do not cause others to fear. Do not spread fear. Honor God and Him only. Fear Him and Him only. 

Phil. 1:28 And do not [for a moment] be frightened or intimidated in anything by your opponents and adversaries, for such [constancy and fearlessness] will be a clear sign (proof and seal) to them of [their impending] destruction, but [a sure token and evidence] of your deliverance and salvation, and that from God.

Do not let others intimidate you. They only want destruction and they want you to be side tracked from what God has for you. If you have fear He will deliver you!!!

Ps. 27:1,2,3,5,13,14 – THE LORD is my Light and my Salvation–whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though a host encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, [even then] in this will I be confident. For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; in the secret place of His tent will He hide me; He will set me high upon a rock. What, what would have become of me] had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living! Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.

We do not have hope without God!!!

Ps. 118:6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

Deut. 31:8 It is the Lord Who goes before you; He will [march] with you; He will not fail you or let you go or forsake you; [let there be no cowardice or flinching, but] fear not, neither become broken [in spirit–depressed, dismayed, and unnerved with alarm]. 

Is. 8:11-15 The people were in fear of an invasion. Their enemies were very close. Isaiah told them to fear God only. Fear is an enemy of faith. Fear takes away your peace. It can rob you of your trust in God. God is our shelter & hiding place. Ask God to not let you fear people & fear Him only! Fear not. DO NOT FEAR. The Lord will fight for you. Just as He did for the children of Israel. He brought them out of Egypt to the Red Sea & had them camp there, fully knowing that the Egyptians were coming. When the Israelites “saw” the Egyptians they became exceedingly frightened, they did right at first, they cried out to the Lord. But then fear took over & they became forgetful of all the miracles & all that the Lord had brought them through. Long story short the Lor went between the Israelites & the Egyptians. Ex. 14:20 (so that one came not near the other all night) vs. 14 “The Lord will fight for you, & you shall hold your peace & remain at REST.”

 vs 13 Moses told the people:

1) Fear not

2) Stand still (firm, confident, me undismayed)

3) see the salvation of the Lord

Which He will work for you TODAY!

Be on the watch. DO NOT fear people. If we let fear of people stop us we will not receive what God has for us. 

Rev. 3:11 I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one may rob you and deprive you of your crown.

Rom. 8:35-39 Who shall ever separate us from Christ’s love? Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation? Or calamity and distress? Or persecution or hunger or destitution or peril or sword?

    36 Even as it is written, For Thy sake we are put to death all the day long; we are regarded and counted as sheep for the slaughter.

    37 Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.

    38 For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers,

    39 Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We must not let anyone take rob us of our crown. No one can separate us from God. We must stand firm. We must not fear what man can do to us. Hold fast to your convictions and to your faith. Man is nothing compared to our God. Do not let anyone manipulate you into believing them or fearing them. You are a child of God. He will fight your battle and you will have battles. Be of good courage!! We are overcomers!! Look to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. DO NOT FEAR MAN!!!! BE NOT AFRAID!! What can man do??? NOTHING!!!! We have might God. Serve Him and Him only. Fear Him and Him only. Do not let anyone have any power over you!!!!!!!!!!! Fear has torment! God is love and perfect love cast out fear. Serve God and Him only! Fear God and Him only!

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This is a nice & cute statement, but not true. A lot of times we hear something & base our truths on that. But we need to look at what the Bible says about it & live by that. 

Fear is one thing that grips many people today. Fear is a bondage & Go does not want His people to be in bondage. He wants us to be free to walk with HIm unhindered. 

Lets look at some people in the Bible who experienced real events.

Numbers 13 The children of Israel were getting ready to go over to the Land of promise. Moses sent out 12 men to spy out the Land. After 40 days they returned with a report. 

They started the report by telling them what they saw. They said, “surely it flows with milk & honey, BUT…, there are giants in the land & they are stronger than us.” They even said there are giants & we were in our own sight as grasshoppers & so we were in their sight. 

So if we think as the so called phrase “False Evidence Appearing Real” we would act as if there were not giants in the land. It is true & real that there were giants in the land and that they were strong. We act as though we don’t have an enemy. Don’t acknowledge that enemy, because if you do then you don’t have faith. If you say it then it will happen. We DO have an enemy & he goes around as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devourer. So how do we look at this? First of all the spies should not have been sent out. God already told them that He promised them this land. The Land flowing with milk & honey. So no matter what word the spies came back with this land was to be theirs & that is what they should have acted on. There were 2 of the spies that said “for we are well able to overcome it”. These are the words of faith. Why were they well able, because the Lord was with them. We must believe Gods promises, not by denying that the enemy exists, but by believing what God has said & by looking to him for the strength. “Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.”

So when we say “False Evidence” that is not true. The evidence may show us the enemy, BUT GOD… we must remember what God has said & what He has promised & believe & act on that. The children of Israel saw the enemy, fear came & they aced on that then on what God had said.

Ex 14 was another time Israel greatly feared. They were coming out of Egypt. God told them to camp by the sea. He set them in a place where the enemy thought they had them cornered. BUT GOD said he would harden Pharaoh’s heart, so he could show the children of Israel that He had glory & honor over Pharaoh & all his host. Also, to show the Egyptians that HE IS LORD. 

Pharaoh brought all the chosen chariots to pursue the Israelites. When the Israelites saw (looked up) they were so afraid (they were exceedingly frightened). Was the evidence of the enemy real? Was what they saw real? Yes. It is not the fact that what we see or hear is not true, it is what has the Lord said & promised. Vs 13 Moses reminded them how to see the situation. “Fear not” (stop fearing) stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) & see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, & you shall hold your peace & remain at rest. Then the Lord told them to “GO FORWARD”. He had a plan of escape for them. He would deliver them. He would bring them through. The Lord moved between the Israelites & the enemy. The real facts were the enemy was after them. They could see that. But the truth is the Lord was with them. He would fight for them. He would go between them & their enemy. He would cause the enemy to flee. That is what the truth is. You can not just deny the evidence, BUT you rely on the truth that God WILL fight your battles & defeat the enemy. 

Lets do as David did in Psalms 27:1-14

The Lord is my light & my salvation WHOM shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the refuge & stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even my enemies & my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled & fell. Though a host, encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; thought war arise against me, [even then] in this will I be confident. VS 5 For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter, in the secret place of His tent will He hide me; He will set me high upon a rock. vs 13-14 [what, what would have become of me] had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living! Wait & hope for & expect the Lord; be brave & of good courage & let you heart be stout & enduring. Yes, wait for & hope for & expect the Lord.

Lets believe, wait, and look to the LORD.

Today you might be facing an enemy of sickness and you have fear. Some might tell you to say you are not the sick, you are the healed. They might tell you not to even mention the fact that you don’t feel good. (that is just FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL) Try tell that to a person who has cancer. One who has suffered so much that it is not real. We must look at the truth, not a cute little saying. The evidence is real. It is not that we are to deny the evidence & pretend that it is not there, we must look at what the word of God says and believe that. What does the bible say about healing and sickness. Isaiah 53:5 He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.  1 Peter 2:24 “by Whose stripes you were healed.” Psalms 107:20 “He sent His word, & healed…” Ex 15:26 “I am the Lord that healeth thee.” Ps 103:2,3 who healeth ALL my diseases…  There are many scriptures that talk about healing. If there were not sick people (because we believe that it is false evidence) then why are there so many scriptures that talk about people needing healing? 

We must not base our life and our beliefs on sayings that people make up. The fact is that the evidence is real, BUT, we must believe what the word says about that evidence. So when things come up, we must go to the word and see what God says about it. He has the final say. We must believe in what He has said. We look to Him for deliverance, for healing, for every need and trouble we face. We are over comers because of what Jesus did, we are healed because what Jesus did. Look to Him!!! Do not look to the evidence. Do not deny the evidence, just do let it stay, due to what the word says. DO NOT FEAR, ONLY BELIEVE!!!

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Jesus cried out with a loud voice, He wanted them to hear Him. He made sure many would hear Him. He cared enough to cry out LOUD:

“IF ANYMAN IS THIRSTY, LET HIME COME TO ME AND DRINK! HE WHO BELIEVES IN ME [WHO CLEAVES TO AND TRUSTS IN AND RELIES ON ME] AS THE SCRIPTURES HAS SAID, FROM HIS INNERMOST BEING SHALL FLOW [CONTINUOUSLY] SPRINGS AND RIVERS OF LIVING WATER.

He wants people to HEAR Him. He wants people to receive Him. But many din not and do not even today. Some just questioned what He said. Some wanted to arrest Him. But some did believe.

There arose a division & dissension among the people. Satan will try to divide & confuse people. He will always try to get us to doubt the words of Jesus. Was He really who He said He was? Is He still alive? Did He really die? Was He the Christ, the Messiah,the Anointed One? 

He is still calling out today with a LOUD voice, will you hear Him? Will you respond to Him? Will you let the confusion of the day keep you from eternal life?

What does it mean to be Thirsty?

These are only questions you can answer for yourself. No one can live this life for you. We must choose for ourselves. 

Choose this day!! He is crying out for you!! Come unto Him!

 

 

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