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God Is On Your Side Today!

May 19, 2011

Many believers are so caught up in looking to their own faith to save them and bring about blessings in their lives.  What they don’t realize is that it is not their faith that saves them.  It is His grace, His blood alone that saves them.  When you believe that it is the blood that saves you, God sees that as faith in the blood.  Yet, it is not your faith in the blood that protects, delivers, or saves you.  It is simply the blood alone that saves you.  Let me illustrate this truth with an enactment of what might have happened on the night before the Israelites were delivered out of Egypt.

On the night of the Passover, God said, “When I see the blood I will pass over you.”  Remember, there were nine plagues, but it wasn’t the plagues that delivered the Israelites out of Egypt.  It was the blood of the lamb.  After the nine plagues, Pharaoh’s heart was still hardened, so God finally used His trump card and only then did Pharaoh release the Israelites.

God’s trump Card was the blood of the lamb.  The devil has no defense against the blood.  You see, the Israelites firstborn children were protected not because they were good.  They were protected because of the blood of the lamb.  If the children of Israel had failed to apply the blood of the lamb to their doorposts, their firstborn children would not have been spared  —  they would have died along with the firstborn children of the Egyptians.  They were protected not because they were Jews either, but because of the blood of the lamb.  God did not say, “When I see your good family name, all your wonderful titles, or that you are a particular nationality, I will pass over you.”  No, it was based entirely on the blood of the lamb!  “When I see the blood…”

What does the blood of the lamb speak of?  It speaks of the blood of our sacrifice, Jesus Christ.  He is the true Lamb who takes away the sin of the world.  In the same way, today, God does not look at your good behavior, law-keeping, Christian heritage, or titles to bless you and keep you from all evil.  No, He looks at the blood of Jesus.  From the moment you received Jesus Christ, His blood covers you perfectly!

Now, let’s look at how two Jewish families might have spent the Passover night. 

In the first family, where both father and son are firstborn children, the son asks his father, “Daddy, did you put the blood on the doorposts?”

His daddy says, “Yes, son, I have done as Moses instructed.  But I really hope that I have enough faith in the blood.”

“Daddy, Daddy, do you have enough faith?”

“I don’t know,” the father shrugs helplessly.  “I really don’t know if I have enough faith in the blood!”

As they hear the screams and cries coming from the Egyptian houses, they hold each other tightly, trembling in fear throughout the night.

In the second family, another firstborn father and son are waiting to pass this significant night.  But in this household, both father and son are singing praises and worshiping God.

The father smiles at his son and says, “Son, we have done what God told us to do.  We have put the blood on the doorposts and lintel.  Now, we leave the rest to Him.  He will protect us.  We don’t have to fear.”

They too hear the heartrending screams and cries coming from the Egyptian houses, but they continue singing praises and worshiping God.

Now, let me ask you this:  Which family was delivered?  Which family was saved?  The answer is BOTH!  Both families were delivered because the angel of death saw the blood on their doorposts and passed over both households.  The first family therefore feared and suffered needlessly.  For the second family, it was neither their faith in the blood, nor their praising and worshiping God that saved them.  The blood alone saved them!  However, because they believed that the blood would save them, they did not worry and tremble in fear needlessly, but spent the night in rest, joy, and shalom peace.

When you believe that it is the blood that saves you, God sees that as faith in the blood.  Yet, it is not having faith in the blood that saves you.  It is the blood alone that saves you.  Stop wondering if you have enough faith and just believe that it is His blood that saves, delivers, and blesses you.  Believe that it is His blood alone, and not His blood plus your own works (your own faith), or His blood plus your keeping the commandments, that saves you.

If God is for us, who can be against us?   —   Romans 8:31

God is for you today because of the blood of the perfect Lamb – Jesus Christ.

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