The Old Testament Passover
The night the children of Israel left Egypt out of the land of bondage and slavery, God gave them some specific directions to follow. They were to kill a lamb, apply the blood to the doors, roast its flesh, and eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. God told them how, when, and where to apply the blood of the sacrificial lamb. God’s instructions were, “And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat itAnd they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it”(Exodus 12:7-8).
They were also informed, “…none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning” (Exodus 12:22). If they had gone out of the house when the destroyer came through, they would not have been protected by the blood. They knew the life of a family member was in danger if they didn’t do according to ALL the Lord commanded. The blood was their protection from the destroyer that was to pass through that night and destroy the firstborn. In verse 13, the Lord said, “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” Notice, when the blood was applied correctly, the people were safe from the destroyer.
Christ Our Passover
The Old Testament saints had a tangible lamb and blood. God has given us the bread and wine as a symbol of the broken body and shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ when we partake of communion. In the New Testament, the Lord refers to the commemoration of communion as “Christ our Passover” (I Corinthians 5:7). As the children of Israel were given instructions concerning how to prepare the Passover, God has also given us some specific instructions to examine ourselves in preparation for this very important Passover ordinance. We are to make certain our lives are in agreement with God’s Word and that we have peace with God and man before partaking of communion (Passover): “…let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup” (I Corinthians 11:28). The Bible plainly tells us that it is not our responsibility to judge our fellowmen, but to judge ourselves: “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged” (I Corinthians 11:31).
Preparing for the Passover
Now let’s look at I Corinthians 11:27: “Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.” This word “unworthily” means “to be irreverent” or “not worthy” to take communion under the present conditions. We may ask the question, “What makes us unworthy?” In the earlier part of I Corinthians 11, Paul informed the people that there were divisions, heresies, and, in some cases, drunkenness among them which had brought them to a dangerous position. Some sins may seem small, but they could disqualify us to take communion. Habitual strife, envy, contention, slander, talebearing, lying, division, unforgiveness, disobedience or hypocrisy could cause us to be unworthy. It is important that we judge ourselves honestly and repent of any sin and renounce it. Just to say “I was wrong” or “I’m sorry” is like trying to wash a dirt floor with a wet mop. We must renounce and forsake sin.
The Consequences of Taking Communion Unworthily
As the Israelites were aware that they were not safe from the destroyer if they disobeyed God’s instructions, it is just as important for us to partake of the communion service reverently and in godly fear, or we will not be protected from the destroyer. Perhaps many Christians do not realize what could happen to them if they take communion in a state of unworthiness. The last part of I Corinthians 11:27 says, “…[he] shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.” Then verses 29 and 30 read, “For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.” Let’s analyze the words “damnation,” “weak,” “sickly,” and “sleep.” The word “damnation” means “being sentenced, judged, or damned.” “Weak” means “to be impotent, feeble, or weak.” “Sickly” means “to be infirmed or sick.” And the word “sleep” means “to be dead or deceased.”
Taking communion unworthily could cause a person to experience one or more of the following:
1. They will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
2. They will be condemned.
3. They may become weak.
4. They may become sickly.
5. They could die prematurely.
It is doubtful if the Corinthians who were sick, weak or dying were aware that their problem could be traced back to the communion table. Maybe they didn’t know why so many of them were sick or dying.
In my travels across nations of the world over the years preaching the Gospel, training church leaders, speaking in conferences and conventions and holding healing crusades, I often pray for people who have been suffering guilt and condemnation in their lives for no apparent reason. Some of these people are suffering guilt and condemnation because they have taken communion unworthily. They may not even be aware that they have done this. Someone asked me, “If you took communion ignorantly and were not aware of the danger involved, wouldn’t God overlook that?” The answer to that question is found in Acts 17:30: “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.” The word “winked” in this verse means “to overlook” or “not punish,” but the Lord said clearly that He commands all men in the New Testament dispensation to repent of any wrongdoing or to suffer chastisement (disciplinary correction) from His hand. “But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world” (I Corinthians 11:32). Why would God be so harsh with people who partake of His communion service unworthily? I believe the answer is found in the fact that the body and blood of Christ are spiritual, sacred and precious. Because of this, we must partake of His body and blood reverently and in godly fear. The Lord brings chastisement upon us by means of correction that we should not be condemned with the world.
To eat unleavened bread and to drink grape juice is not dangerous in itself, when taken in the natural. Communion is not a natural ordinance, but a spiritual ordinance. When we take communion, we are commemorating the broken body and the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ who is our Passover. There is great power in the body and blood of Jesus, and I believe that we have yet to learn the true value of them.
I believe there is deliverance and pardon for those who may have taken communion in a state of unworthiness. I’m not suggesting that everyone has taken communion with the wrong motive or with sin in their life, nor am I suggesting that you, the reader, take a guilt trip if you may have taken communion unworthily. Certainly not all weakness, sickness or death comes because of misuse of communion or because of sin. If there is a question, however, I believe it would be wise to examine ourselves to see if somewhere along the way we may have taken communion unworthily. If so, thank God, there is a way to be restored.
Here are some steps you may follow in asking forgiveness and in being restored that you may not have to suffer the consequences of the misuse of this ordinance:
Step 1. Repent of the misuse of communion over the years and ask the Lord to forgive you.
Step 2. Renounce all past wrong or carelessness in taking communion in the past.
Step 3. Resist any temptation to take communion unworthily.
Step 4. Reject any thought that only major sins disqualify you from taking communion.
Step 5. Reclaim your worthiness to take Communion because you are forgiven.
Step 6. Reestablish your communion, fellowship, and relationship with the Lord.
Step 7. Rejoice and praise the Lord for being forgiven and restored and for victory over wrong.
The Benefits of Communion
If taking communion unworthily can bring such disastrous results, think of what value it could be to us when we take communion in a state of faith, reverence and godly fear. The children of Israel must have all been healed the night the Lord brought them out of the land of Egypt. Psalms 105:37 says, “He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.” Think about that large host of people (scholars estimated it to be more than two million), surely there were many sick and afflicted among them. When they applied the blood of the lamb upon their doors and ate the roasted flesh, the Lord led them out with not one feeble person among their tribes. It appears, according to Scripture, that there was healing in the Passover in the days of Israel. I believe there is also healing in communion (Christ’s Passover) for those who are sick in our day, when we understand its value. If the Old Testament Passover could work such a miracle, what could faith in Christ’s Passover do for us who have a better Covenant?
Consumed with His Flesh and Blood
Jesus told us how important His flesh and blood are to us, “Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you” (John 6:53). How do we eat His flesh and drink His blood? Jesus was not talking about eating His physical body, but His spiritual body. When we eat of the bread and drink of the cup at Communion, we are spiritually eating His flesh and drinking His blood. “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him” (John 6:54-56). The children of Israel ate the flesh of the lamb, but were forbidden to drink the blood. Since Jesus died and was resurrected, there is much more power in His blood than there was in the blood of a lamb. We are not only invited to eat of His flesh, but to drink of His blood. We do this symbolically when we partake of communion.
I have taught our people to say, “Lord, today I eat Your flesh and drink Your blood.” When we say this with our mouths, it helps us get a mental picture of spiritually eating His flesh and drinking His blood. There is exceeding great power in doing this. We can do this when we are not taking communion, but this cannot replace communion. The devil will try to stop you from receiving this revelation, but Jesus instructed us to eat of His flesh and drink of His blood. We should know this is not possible in the natural, but we can and must do this in a spiritual sense. There was death in the broken body of Jesus, but life in His blood. After the resurrection there was life in the body of Jesus. When we eat His flesh and drink His blood we die to self and are raised to life. No longer is the body of Jesus broken, but alive. When we eat His flesh, according to the Scriptures, there is healing in the stripes (body) of Jesus, and there is redemption (life) in His blood. His blood redeems us from the curse of the law, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree” (Galatians 3:13). There is physical and eternal life in the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Complete in Him
When we commemorate the death and suffering of the Lord, we become more involved in being complete in Christ. Colossians 2:10 reads, “And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.” Ephesians chapter three tells us about the fullness of Christ. Here it states, “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen” (Ephesians 3:16-21). What powerful words! What exceeding great promises! What an exceeding great force that is in us when we have the fullness of God and become complete in Christ! It is because of this great force that we read, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (I John 4:4).
As we grow into more of His likeness, we are filled with the fullness of Him that filleth all in all. “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all” (Ephesians 1:22-23).
In Ephesians 4:13 we read, “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.” This verse does not tell us we can reach a state of sinless perfection. We do not become infallible, but we can reach Christian maturity and live a life of victory over sin through the fullness of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Attributes of Christ
There are five attributes that we should understand that help us become aware of what it means to be complete in Christ. We become a part of the:
1. Body of Christ
2. Blood of Christ
3. Mind of Christ
4. Spirit of Christ
5. Name of Jesus Christ
Now let’s study each of these five attributes of Christ in detail.
The Body of Christ
Each of us has a physical body like Jesus had when He was on the earth. After His resurrection, He had a new body (spiritual) that was not subject to suffering and death. Through the new birth, we become a part of His spiritual body, “we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones” (Ephesians 5:30). We need to get a revelation of this in our spirits. When we partake of the bread of communion, as a symbol of the broken body of the Lord, we are recognizing our part in the body of Christ. God gave us the tangible bread that we can touch, feel, see and taste to make the communion service become a reality to us. Some people think of the body of Christ only as a body of believers in Christ. Yes, we are a part of the Body of Christ (the Church), but the Lord wants us to understand that we are individually a part of the personal body of Christ.
When Jesus went to the cross, He bore all of our infirmities, sicknesses and diseases that we may be healed. “Surely he hath borne our griefs, [calamity, disease, grief, sickness] and carried our sorrows”: [affliction, grief, pain] yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted (Isaiah 53:4). If we have an understanding that the resurrected body of Jesus Christ is sinless and not weak and sickly, then we should ask the question, “Why are we sick?” Healing is a part of our covenant,“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed” (I Peter 2:24). Since we are a part of the spiritual body of Christ, there is healing within us. Sickness is a curse of the law, but we have been redeemed from the curse and have received the blessings of Abraham according to Galatians 3:13-14. Healing is not always an instant miracle. There are times when we must strive for our healing, but “[God] sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions” (Psalms 107:20). Confessing the Word and believing what God said can bring healing to us. When we are a part of the body of Christ, we have the covenant in operation within us.
The Blood of Christ
Although natural blood flows through our veins, God knew we needed the spiritual blood of Jesus Christ operating in our lives. When we partake of the cup of communion, we commemorate the blood of Jesus that was shed for our redemption. God gave us a tangible symbol that we can touch, see and taste to make the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ become more meaningful to us. When we can take the physical cup of communion, we can better comprehend the spiritual blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “...This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you” (Luke 22:20). The promises of the New Testament (Covenant) are sealed by the precious blood of Jesus and can never be altered or changed. The writer of Hebrews reminds us that the blood of the everlasting covenant can “…make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ” (Hebrews 13:21). The blood of the Lord Jesus is precious and powerful and seals our destination.
Protected by the Blood
Another thing the blood does is protect us from the destroyer. As when the children of Israel were protected by applying the blood according to God’s directions, we also have protection from the destroyer in our day by applying the blood of the Lamb (Christ). When you speak with your mouth that you are applying the blood for protection from the forces of evil, you can expect the blood of Jesus to do the same thing for you as the blood of a lamb did for the children of Israel. I believe there is much more power in the blood of the Lamb (Jesus) than most Christians realize.
I was speaking on this subject at a ministers conference one time. After the service, one of the pastors came up to me and said, “I see why you are unafraid about the future.” Later, this pastor told me his whole life was changed after he learned to apply the blood. More and more people are getting great results by speaking the blood. As the children of Israel received protection when they applied the blood as instructed, so can we.
The blood of Jesus is a very powerful aid in overcoming the powers of satan and sin. In Revelation 12:11, the end-time saints overcame by the power of the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Hebrews 9:14 explains how valuable Jesus’ blood can be to those who are redeemed by the blood, “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” Because of the blood, we are no longer operating in dead works, but are serving the living God. The devil is defeated, only when we are under the blood. A person who is living in sin cannot claim the Blood protection.
The Mind of Christ
We have a natural mind, but the natural, human mind cannot understand the things of the Spirit. God knew this, so He gave us the mind of Christ. “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). To be complete in Christ, we must have the mind of Christ. In John chapter three, Nicodemus was puzzled and confused when Jesus told him, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Although he was a Bible teacher, Nicodemus had a natural mind; he wasn’t spiritually minded. The natural mind may be ever so brilliant and beautified with eloquence, yet with all of its genius, it cannot understand the things of the Spirit. He said, “How can these things be?” (John 3:9). Without the mind of Christ working in our natural body, it is impossible for us to understand the things of the Spirit, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (I Corinthians 2:14).
The mind of Christ causes us to think God’s way and see things God’s way. It also helps us to have righteous and pure thoughts. The natural mind cannot understand how anyone can, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). The natural mind wants to cry out, “How can these things be?” That is why we need the mind of Christ, “But we have the mind of Christ” (I Corinthians 2:16). We are not complete in Him until our mind is in line with His Word.
The Spirit of Christ
We have a human spirit subject to earthly conditions. God knew we needed to be a part of the Spirit of Christ which makes us spiritual. Paul, in writing to the Romans, explained the need of the Spirit of Christ operating in us, “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his” (Romans 8:9). That is a profound statement-“none of His.” We must have the Spirit of Christ in us.
When we have the Spirit of Christ in us, the fruit of the Spirit should be manifested in our lives on a daily basis. Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.“ The Spirit of Christ in us helps us to fulfill the law of Christ. We learn what it means to love the Lord with all our hearts because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost. It is now possible to love our enemies because the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, is operating in our lives. We can have joy in the midst of adversities because the fruit of the Spirit is joy. Since we are a part of Christ, we have peace in the midst of chaos, which is also the fruit of the Spirit. Our natural love, joy and peace are temporary and affected by circumstances. The fruit of the Spirit is not conditional. It is the Spirit of Christ dwelling in us that makes us complete in Him and gives us victory when we are under pressure.
The Name of Jesus Christ
The name of Jesus is very important to us when we have the fullness of Christ. Our name is used as identification, but it cannot save the lost, cast out demons, heal the sick, or set the captives free. Jesus told us to use His name to cast out devils and heal the sick, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils, …they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (Mark 16:17-18). Then He made a broad statement that is difficult to conceive to the fullest measure, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it” (John 14:13-14). Jesus said if we ask anything in His name, He would do it. That means anything we ask in the name of Jesus is valid with the Father because we are only going to ask things that are promised in the Word of God.
If we do not exercise faith in the name of Jesus Christ or are not qualified to use His name, we could be using that precious name in vain. The Lord warns us to use His name reverently and avoid taking it in vain, “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain” (Deuteronomy 5:11). If someone is living in sin, they have no authority to use the name of Jesus. We should remember that we are to use the name of Jesus correctly and in godly fear.
I have heard people jokingly cast “demons” out of a friend or fellow Christian, whom they knew did not have a demon. This is extremely dangerous. Dear reader, if you have been careless in using the name of Jesus, repent. The name of Jesus is precious, sacred, and holy and should only be used in a scriptural manner.
The Fullness of Christ
When we get a revelation of what it means to be complete in Christ, we become aware of the exceeding great power of God working in our lives. Human weakness and failure begin to fade away. We die to self. We stop trying to make excuses for our sins and mistakes. We stop trying to do what is right. In Romans chapter 7, Paul gives an account of the great conflict between right and wrong. He was trying to do good, but kept falling back into his old ways. Many Christians today try to justify themselves by saying Paul had these struggles. At the end of chapter 7, he concluded that he was helpless and in need of a Savior. If you continue reading into chapter 8, you see a new man, a shout of victory, a ring of a conqueror. Although he gave a list of troubles we also face, he cried out, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Romans 8:37). He found the answer in the fullness of Christ. When Christ came into his life, he was no longer helpless and hopeless, but was led by the Spirit of Christ into victory.
I believe it is time for the church to arise and take her place in the Kingdom of God. It is time for us to remove the limitations and let God do through us what He is able to do if we meet the conditions. Too many modern-day ministers are rocking their people to sleep in the cradle of compromise. Paul, in writing to the church at Ephesus, gave us a powerful message of what can happen to ALL the saints of God when they are complete in Christ. He tells us that we, “May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God” (Ephesians 3:18-19).
The church has been made up of a weak, sickly, quarrelsome, sad and sorry bunch in general. Many hold to what they believe to be orthodox Christianity, but it is lifeless. Such Christians look like they have been eating green persimmons instead of enjoying the fullness of Christ. This kind of Christianity is an insult to the Kingdom of God. After all these years of division, fighting and denominational differences, we should know something is wrong with these man-made doctrines and traditions. Dead orthodoxy is like a shoe; it may be ever so shiny, but it still stinks in the nostrils of God.
When Peter assured the Lord that he would stand with Him under all conditions, he believed it. He was not aware of the weakness of the carnal mind and body which gave up under pressure. As sincere as he was, he failed the test. The false religious crowd wants us to feel weak and unworthy. They are quick to condemn anyone who would declare that they are a part of the victorious Body of Christ. Without the power of Christ in their lives, people boast about all the devil is doing. A weak, defeated church is an insult to the Kingdom of God, but when we understand that we can come to a position where we are able to comprehend the length, depth and height of Christ, our whole life is changed. We can arrive at the place of completeness in Him. When this happens, the fullness of Christ begins to operate in our lives and the Lord is “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20).
How can weak humans arrive at such a lofty place in Christ Jesus? Because Jesus said, “the kingdom of God is within you”(Luke 17:21). That means the Kingdom of God is operating within us. We “are complete in Him” (Colossians 2:10). We are a part of the Kingdom of God. What a glorious reality! What a wonderful revelation! What amazing truth, “…Christ in you, the hope of glory!” (Colossians 1:27).
When we are complete in Him, we become sons of God, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12). No, we are not sons on the same level as Jesus, but the Bible tells us we are sons of God. Romans 8:14 explains, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”
When we are sons of God, we become vessels for the Spirit of Christ. “Out of his belly [heart] shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). The Spirit of the Lord will operate in us. We will “…be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use…” (II Timothy 2:21). Our words will take on a more heavenly nature. The greater One will operate in us. Our prayers will take on new meaning. We will be more effective in our soul-winning efforts. Our love will grow stronger. We will have the joy and peace of the Lord within us because the Spirit of Christ (the Anointed One) is in us.
What a marvelous possession we have in Christ Jesus! Beloved, we are a part of the body, blood, mind and Spirit of Christ. Let us rise up and do the greater work Jesus talked about in John 14:12. We are complete in Him and have the authority to use His wonderful name.
The Blood of Sprinkling
“And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel” (Hebrews 12:24).
God has made a covenant with us that is sealed with the blood of Jesus that “speaketh better things than that (the blood) of Abel.” No doubt, the innocent blood of Abel cried out to God from the ground for judgment and punishment against the one who had taken his life. God heard that cry for vengeance. When God confronted Cain with the murder of Abel, Cain acted as if he knew nothing about where his brother was. Apparently the murder and death of Abel didn’t trouble his conscience or bring remorse and sorrow to him. Instead, he responded to God’s inquiry concerning the whereabouts of his brother with, “I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9).
Because we are redeemed and have become a part of a blood covenant, the blood of Jesus is not crying out against us for judgment as Abel’s blood did, but it speaks better things in our behalf: “Pardon, justification, purification and sanctification.” We need to get a vision of how precious, powerful and far-reaching the blood of Jesus is for our cleansing and pardon and for the removal of our sins. Because of the blood, the Lord removes our sins completely. They are out of His sight. When we understand the exceeding power of the blood, we can see why satan and those who are controlled by him hate the very mention of the blood of Jesus. This is why some backsliders and religious groups no longer want to mention the blood in their churches and declare they want nothing to do with a “bloody religion.” Some have even removed from thier hymnals, hymns that refer to the blood. They are removing the very thing they need in the end times. The more we sing about the blood, talk about the blood and honor the blood, the more conscious we become of what redemption really means. When the blood is used in line with the Word of God, there is power to combat evil forces and bring victory to every born-again child of God.
The sad part of all this is that many know little or nothing about how to use the blood or the power of speaking the blood. The carnal mind abhors the very thought of the blood because the carnal mind is enmity against God. “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (I Corinthians 2:14). We cannot expect worldly-minded “Christians” to understand or appreciate the things of the Spirit because “they are foolishness unto [them].“
If we had a full knowledge of all that took place when Jesus hung on the cross, shedding His precious blood for us, our days of defeat would be over. I don’t mean we wouldn’t have any more attacks. Oh, no! Sometimes we are tempted and tested to the very limit, but the good news is there can be complete victory for us because of the cross. Love, grace, mercy and peace were mingled with the blood as it flowed from the body of our precious Savior. No wonder the Bible says the blood of Jesus speaks better things than that of Abel, “And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel” (Hebrews 12:24).
The cross becomes alive when we get a revelation of the blood and what happened when Jesus was crucified. Here we get an understanding of the complete plan of salvation. If you study the Greek word for salvation soteria (pronounced so-tay-ree’-ah), you will find this word has to do with “being rescued or kept safe, delivered, healthy and successful in every area of your life.” This gives new meaning to our spiritual life.
In Luke 1, Zacharias prophesied concerning Jesus. In verse 77, he said Jesus was, “To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins.” Because our sins are remitted, we now have a right to all the promises in the plan of salvation-all because of the precious blood of Jesus. Hallelujah!
Another thing that few people understand is what position the Lord places us in when we are crucified with Christ. He died for us; we die to self and live for Him. Paul said, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me”(Galatians 2:20). When we are a part of that crucifixion, we die to our sinful nature and become alive in the Lord Jesus. We receive power through the blood to live above the desires of the flesh. We have a new freedom. Our whole outlook in life is different. The Lord gives us such wonderful peace.
We Are Guaranteed Redemption through the Blood
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace…. (Ephesians 1:7)
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot…. (I Peter 1:18-19)
This word redeemed has to do with someone paying a ransom to bring us back to God. In this case, silver and gold could not pay the ransom price. It took the precious blood of Jesus to pay the penalty for our sins. Your sins may be as black as raven feathers, but the blood can make you as white and pure as new-fallen snow. The blood of Jesus didn’t only redeem us, but has also given us access to the “exceeding great and precious promises,” (II Peter 1:4) which are our covenant with the very God of Heaven.
When Jesus shed His blood, He redeemed us from the curse of the law found in Deuteronomy 28 and redeemed us to God according to Galatians 3:13-14: “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.” But He didn’t stop at redeeming us from the curse; He added the blessing of Abraham to us: “That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.“ The curses of sickness, poverty, spiritual death and a host of other destructive plagues are removed from us when we are redeemed by the precious blood of the Lamb. Because some spiritual teachers have twisted the Scriptures to justify their own failure and inability to receive the blessing of Abraham, some Christians conclude that God does not want us to be healthy, prosperous and successful in this generation. This has robbed the Church of of her covenant rights and blessings and has brought the curses of poverty, sickness, fear, doubt, depression, failure and shame upon the Church. These are the very things that Christ has redeemed us from. The Bible warns us that the traditions of men can make the Word of God (our covenant) of “none effect” (Matthew 15:6).
Under the New Covenant, Jesus not only healed the sick, raised the dead and set the captives free, but also commissioned us to do the same. This can only be accomplished through faith in the blood covenant and in the name of Jesus. The New Covenant is not backed by the blood of an animal as the Old Covenant, but by the very blood of the Lamb of God. “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen” (Hebrews 13:20-21). Faith in the blood is what makes this covenant work in the life of a believer. There is no force in this universe that has the same power as the blood of Jesus and our covenant with God. Jesus also reminded His followers that His blood is what is backing every promise in the New Testament (Covenant). “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins”(Matthew 26:28). The blood is the gateway into the New Covenant with all of it’s promises, blessings and privileges. This New Covenant is so far superior to the Old Covenant that the two are hard to compare. The Bible tells us the New Testament (Covenant) is based on better promises in Hebrews 8:6: “But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.“
In the book of Hebrews, we are told that Jesus is the Mediator of the New Covenant. “And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel” (Hebrews 12:24). This word mediator is from the Greek word mesites (pronounced mes-ee’-tace) which means Jesus is our “go-between, intercessor or reconciler” to declare us righteous before a holy God through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Every time we speak, apply or plead the blood of Jesus, the blood, in turn, “speaketh better things than that of Abel.”
I have known people who had children living in sin and began to apply the blood over their children and refused to give up until all of them were saved. One brother who was working with some evil men began to speak and apply the blood over the work place. He testified that such a great change took place that the boss wondered what had happened. Surely the blood of Jesus “speaketh better things than that of Abel.” We can only receive the fullness of that power when we continue speaking the blood in faith. The devil doesn’t stop; neither should you. Our church at Truth, Light & Life Mission is experiencing more and more victories through speaking, pleading or applying the wonderful blood of Jesus. Hallelujah!
Atonement through the Blood
The Greek word for atonement, katallage (pronounced kat-al-lag-ay), means “to bring together in reconciliation.” God and man are reconciled because of the blood. We become covenant partners. We have a covenant agreement between us which is sealed by blood. Some of the old Bible scholars used this word atonement in connection with “a covering.” The blood is covering us so that the Lord can only see the blood covering that speaks “better things than that of Abel.“ The blood speaks better things than judgment, wrath, punishment and death that came upon us because of the curse. Now the blood speaks for us: “justification, purification, sanctification and forgiveness.” The blood covering guarantees the true Christian protection from the wrath of God: “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him” (Romans 5:9). This word wrath has to do with “justifiable punishment, anger or indignation” against those who violate the laws of God.
Now let’s look at verses 10 and 11: “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” We are no longer enemies of God. Through the blood of Jesus, we have been “reconciled,” bringing us together in sweet fellowship with the Lord. Of course, rebellion, disobedience, murmuring and complaining will remove us from under the blood covering and can bring us under the wrath of God. These are the sins that caused Israel to face the wrath of God and placed them back under the curse. Israel paid a high price for her rebellion, and so will we if we allow ourselves to be removed from under that blood covering.
Declared Righteous through the Blood
Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. (Romans 3:25-26)
When Jesus shed His Blood, He brought complete redemption and forgiveness of sins, failures, shortcomings and mistakes-past, present and future-through the forbearance of God. Our responsibility is to repent of these sins to receive the remission of sins. The blood is so powerful that God declares, “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 8:12). The Lord declares us fit for the Kingdom and worthy to be a part of the family of God. Through the power of the blood we can live a pure, clean, holy and godly life before a holy God.
Our very nature is changed because of the blood of Jesus. A lion or tiger would be just as harmless as a sheep if it didn’t have the nature to kill. Someone may be able to tame him, but inside he still has the heart of a killer. We cannot help the sin nature we inherited through our Adamic ancestry because of the fall of Adam, but we can do something about it by accepting the blood sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. That is what the cleansing blood of Jesus is all about. Because of the blood, we are declared righteous. This gives us the rights to all the covenant promises and blessings that apply to us in both the Old and New Testament, as well as giving us access into the Holy of Holies-into the very presence of God-through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. There we can boldly make our request known to God because we are made “the righteousness of God” by the blood and because of our covenant partnership. We can be greatly hindered from coming into the presence of the Lord when we bring up someone’s past that has been forgiven and is under the blood. I Corinthians 11:30 warns us that judging another can be dangerous: “For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep[die].” When the Apostle Paul was discussing the Lord’s Supper, he reminded us to avoid judging each other. We are to remember we are redeemed by the blood and are forbidden to be judges of others. We are what we are through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and are not saved by our works or goodness: The Bible does tell us, however, that our works follow us (Revelation 14:13).
The Bible makes it clear that without the shedding of blood, there would be no remission of sin: “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22).
Protection through the Blood
The night the children of Israel were to leave Egypt, they were instructed to strike the lintel and the door posts of the house with the blood of a lamb for protection for their family as the destroyer passed over that night. If, for any reason, that blood was missing, there would be sure death of the firstborn in each family. That included the Israelites, if they didn’t apply the blood of a lamb correctly and obey the rules completely: “For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you” (Exodus 12:23). Notice, the Lord called this day, “the Lord’s Passover”(Exodus 12:11). We have a much greater and more meaningful Passover in the Lord Jesus Christ. “For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us” (I Corinthians 5:7). Because of the blood of our Savior and Redeemer, we not only have the forgiveness of sins, but we also have protection from all the destruction, calamities and other evils that could befall us. We do not have blood to literally apply to the doors of our houses as they did, but the act of striking, pleading, applying or speaking with our mouths is a way of applying the blood that will do the same thing for us.
When we strike the blood in faith over our properties, families or those things that need a protective covering, we are assured the wonderful protection covenant people are promised. One way to apply the blood over your house is to say: “I strike the lintel and the two side posts of the door of this house with the blood of Jesus who is my Passover, as a protection against the destroyer.” This should not be done in a mechanical manner, but must be done with faith and obedience to the Word.
I am amazed at how many people are skeptical of using the blood as a protection against calamities and other destructive forces. We are promised protection, regardless of what the carnal or religious minded “Christian” thinks about it. There are many scriptures that give us such promises. We have those classic verses in Psalm 91 of the Lord’s protection. In verses 9 and 10 the Psalmist proclaims, “Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.” What a precious promise to cling to in this evil time when dangers are on every hand and we know not what the future has in store! Many people have testified of the protection they received by speaking the blood when they were facing some danger. You can boldly speak the promises by saying something like this: “In the name of Jesus and by the power of the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and on the authority of my covenant with Almighty God, I proclaim myself and my household protected.” I have watched storms turn and head another direction when I boldly spoke the word of faith. Even if it doesn’t work for you every time, keep doing it until your faith reaches the level where it will work every time. We have a covenant right to expect protection and blessing when we are living the Bible way.
When believers apply the blood and speak forth their covenant rights, angels are assigned to help them receive their covenant promises as recorded in Hebrews 1:14: “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” The plan of salvation also gives us this promise: “The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them” (Psalm 34:7). Then again in Psalm 91:11-12 we read, “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.” Even under the Old Testament, people understood that it was alone through the shedding of blood that they were given protection from their enemies and catastrophes that would come upon them. Literally millions of animals were sacrificed to keep that blood flowing, whereas, it was only necessary for Jesus to be offered once: “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Hebrews 9:28).
Defeating the Accuser with the Blood
The blood of Jesus is alive today. There is life in the blood. Human blood will dry up and eventually decay, but the blood of Jesus is as life-giving as it was the day His blood was shed. Because life is in the blood, God warned us the drinking of blood is forbidden: “Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off” (Leviticus 17:14). But Jesus invites us, not only to eat His flesh, but to drink His life giving blood: “Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you” (John 6:53). When we are spiritually consumed with the power of His shed blood, we can defeat everything the devil dares to bring against us because the life of God is in us. Through the blood we are a part of the body of the Lord Jesus.
The blood gives us the authority, the right and the power to overcome the “accuser of the brethren” and all of his demon forces. “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 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” (Revelation 12:10-11). Notice the expression, “And they overcame him.“ They had the victory over him. How did they overcome? “By the blood of the Lamb.” Every time we speak the blood in faith, the devil has no choice but to back off. The accuser often uses other “Christians” to accuse us or bring up our past. Many people who call themselves “Christian” cooperate with the devil by railing, slandering or judging others, but, according to Isaiah 54:17, we are to condemn those tongues and put our accusers to silence. We must learn to keep the blood covering on us and our families. Be bold about your blood covering. When the devil comes against you or you are facing some kind of temptation or you are falsely accused, Say something like this, “I overcome you, devil, by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony. In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to flee for it written, ‘Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you'” (James 4:7).
In Matthew 11:12, Jesus said that the violent take the Kingdom by force. Use that force and violently stand your ground. We are living in an evil world full of violence, but we must violently claim our covenant with the Lord. Speak the blood over yourself and your household. You can establish your covenant by boldly saying, “I am a child of God and have a covenant with Almighty God, and no devil or accuser will rob me of this covenant. I hereby proclaim that all the rights of this covenant are mine, and I refuse to be defeated because the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ backs my covenant with the Lord. According to Isaiah 54:17, ‘No weapon that is formed against [me] shall prosper.'”
Become so blood conscious as you practice speaking or making a petition or an appeal that the blood will protect you and your family members continually. The blood should be spoken regularly because the devil is always trying new ways to get us to fall, fail or give up. There is something about speaking the blood that defeats the forces of darkness and brings victory to those who refuse to stop speaking or pleading it. When you speak the blood with your mouth, you are putting action to your faith in the blood. I believe few people know how exceedingly powerful the blood is in helping us overcome this world every day as we face the forces of evil.
When we are combating evil spirits with the blood, we should also protect ourselves from any back-lash of satanic power by speaking the blood over us and our family members. Just because you are speaking the blood on behalf of another does not guarantee that you are protected. Always speak the blood over yourself when you are in the devil’s territory doing battle for someone else or even for yourself. It is very important to do this because we are not automatically covered or protected by the blood. We have a part to do and we must learn that part well.
Speaking the Blood during Tribulation
As long as we are in this body of flesh and blood, we will be facing some type of tribulation. If we take a glimpse into Heaven, we hear one of the elders ask John, the Revelator, who the saints were that were arrayed in pure white robes. In Revelation 7:14 John answered, “Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” They came through great tribulation in victory because of the blood of the Lamb. The blood of Jesus is so powerful that the overcomer can overcome any tribulation, trial or test. No matter how severe the attacks may be, we can enjoy complete victory because of the blood. Paul experienced victory in the tribulations he faced and made an astounding statement: “I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation” (II Corinthians 7:4). How could he make such a statement in the midst of tribulation? I believe he knew and understood the great power in the blood of the Lamb of God. Tribulation couldn’t stop him from the joy of the Lord; neither can it stop you from rejoicing.
Remission of Sins that Are Past through the Blood
Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God…. (Romans 3:25)
Now let us look at how we can remit sins by speaking the blood. The expression, “for the remission of sins that are past” has to do with sins we are dealing with that are in the past. This verse informs us we have a right and privilege to rid ourselves of past sins in our own lives and those of our forefathers. We cannot pray that the sins of our fathers be forgiven for their sake, but for our sake and the sake of our children. If our forefathers were in iniquity, they had to take care of their own iniquity in their lifetime to be forgiven, but the results of unforgiven sins visit us for generations according to Numbers 14:18: “The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.” The blood gives us the authority to remit any ancestor’s sins, wrongdoings, witchcraft and iniquities that we may have inherited that could bring plagues on us or keep us in bondage. Name the sins as you remit them. This can be broken by speaking something like the following: “In the name of Jesus and by the power of the blood of the Lamb, I hereby remit the iniquities of my forefathers (name the iniquities if you know them) and all of the plagues, sicknesses and generational curses that have been transmitted down to me and my generation.” There is great power in speaking the blood if it is done in faith.
Jesus remitted the sins of the evil men that drove spikes into His hands, as they nailed Him to the cross. As the blood was falling to the ground, the voice of that blood began to speak of “better things than that of Abel.” Jesus responded to those who did Him this harm with these penetrating and awesome words: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34) Such love, pardon and redemption!
Pulling Down Strongholds through the Blood
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds…. (II Corinthians 10:4)
The blood has exceeding great power in bringing down or destroying strongholds that may have been holding people in bondage for years. Some are not aware of how they are being held in bondage by tradition, theology or doctrines of men. The devil has blinded their minds to such an extent that they are unable to free themselves. Learn to speak, plead, or apply the blood until deliverance comes. I have seen the results of what this can do for those in bondage. I have prayed for people who were in serious trouble, with demon forces controlling them. I have often done battle with the power of the blood and know that speaking the blood works.
Sometimes you may have to stand for weeks, months and, in some cases, years, but only when you refuse to give up will you see the results. So many give up in despair if they don’t see something happen at once. Perseverance and patience are a must when you are pulling down strongholds. Paul said, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1). So many are testifying of great victories through the blood that you can’t afford to be left out. Remember, because we are redeemed by the blood, we have the authority, power and privilege to pull down and destroy strongholds, yokes and bondages that may attach themselves to us or our children. Take the Bible in your hands and read with a strong, determined voice, “And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children” (Isaiah 54:13). Then boldly say, “Though the power of the blood of Jesus Christ and the promise of this covenant I hold in my hand, I hereby boldly pull down the strongholds in the name of Jesus that are binding my children and proclaim that my children are taught of the Lord and great shall be the peace of my children because this is God’s promise to me.”
Keep praising the Lord whether you see any change or not. Rejoicing and praising keep your focus on the Lord. If you don’t see results after a few months, start to shout the promises. Persistence is very important. The Bible tells us there are times to shout. “O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph” (Psalm 47:1). Notice the word triumphin this verse. Gloomy, sad, faithless Christians do not triumph in Jesus Christ, but joyful Christians are led in His triumph.
Your children may be as wild as hurricane winds, but if you will continue to speak, apply, plead or strike the blood over them, the forces of evil must loose their grip on them. We cannot override the human will to such an extent that we can demand our loved ones to be saved, but we can make the way to Hell hard for them. Faith in speaking the blood can bring your loved ones to their knees.
Some religious people may not like what you are doing, but neither does the devil. Don’t let traditional, sad, defeated people talk you out of God’s blessing for you. The devil will try to stop you because he hates the blood, God and the covenant. If he can stop you, he will. He may even use other “Christians” or church people to help him. No one who is living in sin or is careless about his walk with the Lord has the right to claim the protection of the Lord. If you are a Christian and are not living in victory, you should start applying the blood of Jesus, in faith, to yourself and your circumstances. Let us continue to give thanks to the One who “washed us from our sins in his own blood…” (Revelation 1:5).
When you learn to speak the blood of Jesus over yourself and your family in faith, you will have victories; not just once in a while, but continually. We can testify that in our home we haven’t had a bad day in years. We need to rejoice and praise the Lord every day for the precious promises of our covenant and for the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ to keep it alive and working in our life. Someday we can join the redeemed of all ages praising the Lord as recorded in Revelation 5:9: “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.” That includes everybody, from every nation, creed, language and color that is redeemed by the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Binding and Loosing through the Blood
And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (Matthew 16:19)
Until I made a study on Binding and Loosing, I didn’t realize how powerful this subject could be when used in connection with speaking the blood. Almost every verse in the Bible can be associated with binding and loosing. Some are more obvious than others. Jesus told the disciples to go into the city and they would find a colt tied. He said, “loose him and bring him to me” (Mark 11:2). Under the circumstances, Jesus could not use the colt until His disciples loosed him. Before Jesus raised Lazarus, He instructed those with Him: “take ye away the stone” (John 11:39). In other words, “Loose the stone.” After He raised Lazarus from the dead, He said, “Loose him [Lazarus] and let him go” (verse 44). The Lord uses us to bind and to loose. Jesus didn’t say binding and loosing is one of the keys to the Kingdom, He said they ARE the keys. This became more clear to me when I was staying in a hotel room not far from where I was on a preaching assignment. I had just unlocked the door and walked inside when the Lord spoke to me. “The keys you are holding to this hotel room give you the authority to bind and loose, to lock and unlock these doors, although you do not own this hotel. I have given the keys to the Kingdom to My children to bind and loose as needed.” Then He added, “Go, teach My faithful children that I have given them authority to use the keys to the Kingdom to bind and to loose as needed.” Without an understanding of the power of speaking the blood in connection with binding and loosing, we would not be as successful as the Lord would want us to be. We first of all have to understand what we have the authority to bind and loose. Jesus used the word “whatsoever.”
Binding Ourselves to the Word
The Lord began to teach me the importance of binding myself to the Word of God. At first, I questioned if this was scriptural because it was all new to me. I discovered in Proverbs 6:20-22 that we are instructed to bind the commandments continually upon our hearts: “My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.” He said, “tie them about thy neck.“ This means to bind them to your neck. The Lord spoke of the children of Israel on a number of occasions as being stiffnecked. This symbol of tying them about your neck would eliminate the “sin-drome” of becoming stiffnecked. You will notice Proverbs 3:3 emphasizes the same teaching: “Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart.”Also in Proverbs 7:1-3 we read, “My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, [something to seize with]write them upon the table of thine heart.” God wanted to make sure His children would always obey His Word and do all that He commanded.
In the New Testament, Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). We can’t keep the commandments unless we are bound to them. By binding the Word upon us, we become so attached to the Word of God that we will speak the Word and do according to all that is written in the Word. When we are bound to the Word, we are bound to truth, and we are bound to God. God and His Word cannot be separated. In Deuteronomy 11:18-20, the children of Israel were instructed to bind His book of the Law upon them: “Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates.” They were to have God’s Word become a daily part of them.
When we bind the Word of God upon us, we are binding ourselves to the blood covenant that Jesus bought for us on Calvary. When we bind ourselves to the Word of God and the blood covenant, it has an effect on the whole family, just as it did in the Old Testament.
Pulling Down Strongholds with Words
Some people have been in bondage for years because they were holding a grudge or unforgiveness in their hearts because someone hurt them or made some unkind statement about them. Some people have heard statements like this, “You will never amount to anything,” or, “You can’t do that,” or, “I hate you,” or some other degrading remark. Sooner or later, such remarks can form into strongholds and cause people to become depressed and feel worthless, if they are not loosed from them. Just because some negative statement is made against you, you don’t have to agree with it, even if you know it is true. Isaiah 54:17 tells us, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.“ It is our responsibility to condemn tongues that rise against us. By doing this in the name of Jesus and by the power of the blood, we can loose ourselves from being bound to harsh or critical words against us. Say out loud, “I condemn those tongues that have risen against me in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. By the mighty power of the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and according to the authority of the Word of God, I loose myself from those remarks.” Make up your mind to overcome your weaknesses and failures by binding yourself to the Word of God and what it has to say about your circumstances. Start pleading or speaking the blood and ask the Lord to help you. You can do this by saying, “Dear Lord, I know I am redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus, and I speak the blood power over my situation now and loose myself from anything that is unchristian or not according to your Word.”
Casting Down Imaginations
Sometimes people are tempted to imagine that someone is working against them. This can become a problem that binds you. The Bible teaches us that we are to cast down or loose ourselves from evil imaginations: “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (II Corinthians 10:5). When we understand how dangerous and destructive imaginations and uncontrolled thoughts can be, we would desire to loose ourselves immediately from any imagination that tries to attach itself to us. Words have great power, according to the Scriptures, but the blood adds both authority and power to our words. If you are struggling with imaginations or evil thoughts, you can loose yourself from them. Say, “In the mighty name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the power of the blood of the Lamb, I loose myself from this thought pattern and command these thoughts to leave me and not to return.”
Loosing the Bands of Wickedness
Now, let’s turn our attention to loosing the bands of wickedness as recorded in Isaiah 58:6: “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?” If we could not have the power within us to loose the bands of wickedness, the Lord would never have commanded us to do so, would He? Can we completely control all the wickedness in the world by loosing the bands of wickedness? Certainly not. We cannot control the world, but we can hinder the works of wickedness when we take the time to fast and intercede and then take the keys of binding and loosing and do the job God has called us to do.
All across the world, people are being controlled by wickedness. The uncontrollable evil of this generation is ripping through our land like a mighty tornado, destroying everyone in its path. It is time for the blood-washed, blood-bought saints of God to arise and let the devil and his hosts know that through the power of the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, we will start loosing the bands of wickedness. We will undo those heavy burdens cast upon God’s people. We will let the oppressed go free. We will break every yoke, not by our power or our might, but by the mighty spirit of the living God. We have had some astounding things happen through the power of speaking the blood1. One of the ways we can break these bands off and do the work outlined in Isaiah 58 is by making statements similar to this, “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the power of the blood of the Lamb and by the mind, body and Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ that I am a part of, I loose myself and my family from the evil influence of this nation. I loose the burdens from off the people of this nation according to the authority given to me in Isaiah 58:6.” This needs to be done in faith, knowing that you have the authority to do so because you are protected by the blood and are a part of the blood covenant. It must be understood that we cannot control the whole world, nor change nations on our authority. We can only hinder the work of evil. Although we have the responsibility and duty through the Lord Jesus Christ to bind and loose, it is the Lord that does the work. We are only instruments in the work.
Loosing Generational Curses
If you are a victim of generational curses, begin to loose yourself and your family from them. You may have to go back and remit (loose) the sins of your forefathers. According to Numbers 14:18, the iniquities of our forefathers could come upon us,“Visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.” We may have to loose ourselves from such generational curses as blasphemy, witchcraft, rebellion and a host of other iniquities. Plead, sprinkle or speak the blood of Jesus over you, so the curses cannot continue to affect you or future generations. There may be some plague that follows from generation to generation that you may need to loose yourself from. Some of the iniquities may be loosed by a simple demand made as we speak to the problem or it may require fasting and prayer for days to break through the barriers that hold family members in bondage. The devil doesn’t give up easily; neither should you. Stand your ground and don’t give up until you see a change take place. He may put up quite a fight to keep people in bondage, but when you resist him by the words of your mouth and through the power of the blood of Jesus, he is forced to loose his grip. When you sprinkle, plead or apply the blood when binding and loosing, it gives credentials to your authority as a believer.
Can We Bind the Devil?
For years, I have heard Christians trying to bind the devil with little or no success. Yet, for some reason, they felt they were keeping him bound. I have even heard little children say, “I bind you devil.” The more I was around the devil-binding crowd, the more I noticed they were getting deeper into trouble and often ended up calling me for counseling.
Years ago, I heard a well-known teacher teaching on the subject of binding the strong man, whom he said was the devil. He explained how to bind him in the name of Jesus. He used such Scriptures as Matthew 12:29: “Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house,” and Mark 3:27: “No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.” His message was quite convincing and appeared to be backed by the Scriptures. The only problem was I was unable to see the necessary results that one would expect in binding the devil. He seemed to be as free in his operation as he was before he was supposed to be bound. I need to be more bold, I thought, Maybe this will help.
Soon after that, I had an unusual experience while I was endeavoring to bind the power of the devil as this teacher taught. I was speaking boldly, “I bind you devil in the name of Jesus,” when the Lord spoke to me.
“What are you binding the devil with?” He asked.
I was startled and didn’t know what to say. Finally I answered, “I am binding him in the name of Jesus.”
“No,” He answered, “You can cast out demons in the name of Jesus, but you can’t bind the devil in the name of Jesus.”
“Well then,” I said, “I guess I must bind him with the blood of Jesus.”
“You can’t bind him with the blood either,” the Lord replied. “You overcome the devil by the blood, but you can’t bind him with the blood.” Then He began to reveal something to me that changed my life. He said, “You cannot bind the devil. All you can do is hinder, restrain or resist his operation by using the Word of God like Jesus did in the wilderness. Satan cannot be bound until the angel is given the authority to bind him (as recorded in Revelation 20:1-3), because his time has not come to be bound.”
If you think about it, what would be the purpose of trying to bind a devil that Jesus has already defeated when he can be resisted? The Bible says, “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (I John 4:4). According to Hebrews 2:14 and I John 3:8, Jesus destroyed the works of the devil. Then in Colossians 2:15, we are told Jesus spoiled all the powers that come against us: “Having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”If we study these two words, “destroyed” and “spoiled,” we find that Jesus abolished the works of the devil. He caused his operation to be hindered. He disarmed him. He brought his kingdom to ruin. He caused his kingdom to fail. He brought his powers to naught and made void the works of the devil. Only in the lives of those who are cleansed by the blood, redeemed by the blood and protected by the blood is the devil defeated and weakened, because he has one hundred percent power in the world. When we are engaged in slander, talebearing, strife, rebellion and division, we step out from under the blood protection and the devil is no longer a powerless force. The world does not have a defeated devil, but one who is able to kill, steal and destroy.
We need to understand that satan’s main weapon is deception. If he can make you believe he can harm you, he will. The blood, the Word of God and the name of Jesus are our only protection from him. He does not have the authority or power to overthrow a holy Christian who is obedient to the Word of God. Only in Jesus are the devil’s works destroyed. Since Jesus has already defeated him in the life of the children of God, what would be the purpose of binding him? The Bible does not tell us to bind him, but to resist him. I Peter 5:8-9 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” Again in James 4:7, we are commanded to resist him:“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Notice, we must submit to God’s way of dealing with the devil before we can resist him. In both verses we are told to resist, not bind, or even fight the devil. You must first submit to God, then resist. In Ephesians 4:27, we are told not to give the devil any place in our lives: “Neither give place to the devil.” This is another way of resisting him. We are not to listen to his lies, temptations or promises. Jesus said he is a liar.
Another way you can give him place is by talking about all the devil did to this person and that person and how he is wrecking homes and destroying lives. There is a battle between right and wrong, good and evil and we are instructed to“endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (II Timothy 2:3). As soldiers, we must defend our rights and refuse to give the devil credit for anything. Don’t let him bind you and take what belongs to you-your children, your joy, your goods or anything else that is yours. Instead of being devil-conscious, become Jesus-conscious. Talk about Jesus. Praise the Lord for what He is doing in your life.
Who is the Strong Man?
Until recently I have been teaching, along with others, that the strong man Jesus talked about in a number of New Testament scriptures is either the devil or a stronghold such as anger, alcohol, addictions or adultery that is holding someone in bondage. After diligently comparing scripture with scripture, I concluded the strong man Jesus was talking about is not the devil and not even strongholds. The statement is not negative, but positive. We, as born-again Christians, are to be the strong man and defend our household and properties.
Let’s see what the Bible has to say concerning the matter. In Luke 11:21-22, we read, “When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.” The first thing we want to look at is that the strong man was armed. Does the devil have armor? Jesus disarmed him. Only the Christian has spiritual armor to defend himself. We are to be armed against the devil, but not trust in our armor. “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13). Second, I don’t read anywhere in the Bible where the devil has ownership to a palace, so the palace owner couldn’t be the devil, could it? Only humans own palaces. The third thing we notice about the strong man is that he had goods that he was protecting. Apparently the strong man had property that was rightfully his. The devil is not the rightful owner of any property. I believe Jesus is teaching us that we are to be the strong man and have the responsibility to protect ourselves against the thief, destroyer and killer.
When you study this account, you will notice Jesus was talking about casting out devils. He then went on to explain that if the strong man doesn’t keep guard, he can be overcome. He said, “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first” (Luke 11:24-26). This verse clearly explains that the strong man mentioned in the earlier scripture did not defend his palace and was overcome by unclean spirits. These spirits had taken full possession of, not only the strong man, but of his goods as well. If you meditate upon this, you will soon understand that the strong man represents those of us who are defending our rights and privileges in the Lord Jesus Christ.
When we get a revelation that we are the strong man and that Jesus is warning us to guard our palace and not to let the devil steal from us, we will understand we are anointed with the yoke destroying anointing. When this happens, I John 4:4 will become effective in our lives: “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” We are armed to win and to “stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).
Are We to Fight the Devil?
Since we do not have the authority to bind the devil, are we to fight against him as many are teaching in their spiritual warfare books? We are instructed to, “Fight the good fight of faith” (I Timothy 6:12). What is the fight about? He said it is the fight of faith. We must fight against unbelief. According to II Corinthians 4:4, “the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not.” The devil has blinded the minds through unbelief. Although the devil is behind all of this conflict, we do not fight him because the battle is in the area of the mind. Then there is that constant conflict between the flesh and the spirit, “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would” (Galatians 5:17). People have been trying to fight the devil for years when our warfare is not with the devil, but in the mind, will and emotions.
If you study the sixth chapter of Ephesians, you will find our spiritual armor is for the defense and not the offence. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (verse 12). This word “wrestle” means spiritual conflict. We need to defend what is rightfully ours. According to Revelation 12:7, “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels.“ If you study this chapter, you will find Michael and his angels fought with the devil and his host, and the saints did not fight. They overcame the accuser with three powerful forces: (1) the blood of the Lamb, (2) the word of their testimony and (3) their freedom from fear of death. They didn’t need to fear death, Jesus had already destroyed him who had the power of death and delivered them from that fear. Hebrews 2:14-15 tells us “that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”
For years, people have been studying spiritual warfare. They get so excited about spiritual warfare, they talk about the devil. They “bind” the devil. They laugh at the devil. They sing about trampling the devil under their feet. They boast of how the devil must “pay them back” for what he stole from them. They can hardly wait to pick a fight with the devil. It isn’t very long until you see them discouraged and defeated and begging someone to pray for them. We need to talk about what the Lord is doing.
You don’t have to study demonology to know how to deal with demons. You are not a match for the devil. Only when you are in your rightful place as a Christian is he defeated. God has assigned His warring angels with Captain Michael to do the fighting for the saints. Why not let the fighting up to them? If we try to fight him and do what God has given the angels the authority to do, we are no longer struggling against a defeated devil, but have given him power that doesn’t belong to him which can bring us all kinds of trouble.
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- “Help from Above” Note: One of such instances happened in Western Africa in the late nineties. Daniel Rodes preached in Togo before a group about ten thousand of unbelievers who mocked and sneered at the Gospel message. D. Rodes pled the blood of Christ on these people. The translator told him later that at that moment he nearly dropped his microphone, having felt the power of the Blood of Jesus. By the end of the meeting several thousands of those present repented and accepted Jesus Christ as their Saviour. [-]