Through It All…(Part II)

“YET THROUGH IT ALL, this joyful assurance of the realm of heaven’s kingdom will be proclaimed all over the world, providing every nation with a demonstration of the reality of God. And after this the end of this age will arrive.” Matthew 24:14

I am not trying to argue eschatology or try to determine rapture- pre, mid, post, or never. What I am saying is that we do have a responsibility—THROUGH IT ALL.  I believe that intimacy with Abba Father is essential (see the last article for clarification). As we grow in intimacy with Him—something begins to happen—we begin to take on a new form, a new creation, that co-labors with Him here on this earth.

As I have stated before, this is seen from the beginning with the charge given to Adam as well as when Jesus teaches us to pray in Matthew 6, “Thy will be done ON EARTH, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.”

So, when intimacy and rest begin to resonate in your spirit and you begin to find yourself in the secret place, there are three essential things for us to consider as our role to play—through it all.

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”  Revelation 12:11

They OVERCAME by the blood of the lamb. The word overcame here lets us know this was no picnic. There was something formed against them. However, it did not prosper. (Romans 8)

I see or feel, for the most part, that we have an understanding of Jesus enough to say a prayer and hope we get in to Heaven one day.  Heaven is great! Heaven is awesome! But as N.T. Wright put it, “Heaven is important, but its not the end of the world.”

We are going to have to really trust the blood of Jesus for more than just forgiveness to go to heaven. We are going to need it to overcome the enemy.

But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”

Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. And they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things today!”  Luke 5:22-26

Say bro, why did you throw that verse in the middle of that thought? Well, think about it…it is easy to say something.  It is easy to say you really believe something, but faith requires demonstration. For a long time in America the only thing required to demonstrate belief or faith has been church attendance.

Jesus always proclaimed with his mouth and followed with a demonstration.

James said it this way…

“My dear brothers and sisters, what good is it if someone claims to have faith but demonstrates no good works to prove it? How could this kind of faith save anyone? 15 For example, if a brother or sister in the faith is poorly clothed and hungry 16 and you leave them saying, “Good-bye. I hope you stay warm and have plenty to eat,” but you don’t provide them with a coat or even a cup of soup, what good is your faith? 17 So then faith that doesn’t involve action is phony.”  James 2:14-17

This next season of our lives will require an understanding and a trust in the blood of Jesus.

In Exodus 12 we have the record of the first Passover.  Can you imagine the thoughts, actions, fears, and hopes of some of the people that night? The screams, the tears, the fear, and the tension would have been felt and heard.  But they had to believe enough that this was going to work!  Would the blood of the lamb be enough?  They had to trust and believe.

Much like Moses and the Israelites in the wilderness—to enter into the place of rest or promised land, they had to believe before they were allowed to enter.  Their rest was delayed because they let the bad report keep them from entering. They wandered around complaining, grumbling, striving, and begging God for next bail out all the while not honoring Him but worshiping other things.

“So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”  Hebrews 3:19

Time and time again we see generations not enter into a place of rest because they do not take Abba at His word and trust Him.  Unbelief keeps us from entering.

This is the kind of trust I’m talking about when I say we must trust the blood of Jesus.

Through the blood we get to be in Him and He in us.  We are brought near. To KNOW Him.

“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:13

We have to really believe this or we will not draw near to Him.  We won’t answer when He knocks. We will hide like Adam in the garden—ashamed for being a poor sinner.  Instead, He calls you out and makes you brand new through the blood.  Through that process not only do you have access to Abba in the secret place, but He also takes delight in you (Isaiah 62).

When your identity shifts and you see yourself the way ABBA SEES you, you will begin to believe that his promises are yes and amen when it comes to Jesus’s blood. “The blood of the lamb.”

“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”  2 Corinthians 1:20.

So, what are those promises—promises from the blood of the lamb?

(Here’s a few)

My debt is paid, once and for all:

“So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.”  Hebrews 9:28

I am justified:

“Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” Romans 5:9

I am forgiven:

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” Ephesians 1:7

I am spared from God’s wrath:

“Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” Romans 5:9

I am being spiritually healed; one day even my flesh will be replaced with an incorruptible body:

“…who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sin, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”  I Peter 2:24

I am spiritually alive:

“Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.”  John 6:53

My judgment has been satisfied and I am at peace with God:

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:5

The bloodstream of His people Israel will be purged:

“For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the Lord dwells in Zion”  Joel 3:21

I am cleansed:

“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”  I John 1:7

I have the power to overcome the enemy:

“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 12:11

I am no longer under the curse of the law:

“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”).”  Galatians 3:13

I have been reclaimed from the enemy:

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” Ephesians 1:7

I am no longer a stranger to the covenant of promise:

“…that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”  Ephesians 2:12-13

The final act of public expiation has been made on my behalf:

“For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.”  Leviticus 17:11

I have been moved from the enemy’s kingdom into the kingdom of God:

“Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”  Colossians 2:15

I have gained the unmerited favor of God:

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” Ephesians 1:7

I have been declared righteous:

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  2 Corinthians 5:21

I have been justified (just as though I had never sinned):

“being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed…”  Romans 3:24-25

I am able to come close to God:

“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:13

I can participate in the sweet communion of remembrance of His sacrifice:

“Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.”  Luke 22:20

My redemption will never perish:

“Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”  1 Peter 1:18-19

Jesus testifies on my behalf that I am clean:

“…and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood and has made us kings[ and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”  Revelation 1:5

I am free:

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1

I am protected from judgment:

“that you shall say, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice of the Lord, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.’” So the people bowed their heads and worshiped.” Exodus 12:27

I am freed from a conscience defiled by guilt:

“let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”  Hebrews 10:22

I am no longer condemned:

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”  Romans 8:1

I have been separated from the world and declared holy (wholly) to God:

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”  Galatians 2:20

I can enter boldly into the holiest of holies…and live:

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”  Hebrews 10:19-22

I have further revelation of who God is:

“who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…”  Hebrews 1:3

When this becomes a deep-seated reality in the very essence our being, then we will walk in the Kingdom living into which he is leading us. This will become our reality and to not become like this would seem so foreign to us.

This new season we are entering into will require a belief in the blood similar to the change in thinking that the Israelites in the wilderness were required to make. They believed the wrong report. There really were giants in the land.  BUT these giants were not bigger than the promises of God. They didn’t see it that way because their actions proved their hearts…

Then we can trust the Psalm 91 when it says…

1 When you sit enthroned under the shadow of Shaddai, you are hidden in the strength of God Most High.

2 He’s the hope that holds me and the Stronghold to shelter me, the only God for me, and my great confidence.

3 He will rescue you from every hidden trap of the enemy, and he will protect you from false accusation and any deadly curse.

4 His massive arms are wrapped around you, protecting you. You can run under his covering of majesty and hide. His arms of faithfulness are a shield keeping you from harm.

5 You will never worry about an attack of demonic forces at night nor have to fear a spirit of darkness coming against you.

6 Don’t fear a thing! Whether by night or by day, demonic danger will not trouble you, nor will the powers of evil launched against you.

7 Even in a time of disaster, with thousands and thousands being killed, you will remain unscathed and unharmed.

8 you will be a spectator as the wicked perish in judgment, for they will be paid back for what they have done!

9–10 When we live our lives within the shadow of God Most High, our secret hiding place, we will always be shielded from harm. How then could evil prevail against us or disease infect us?

11 God sends angels with special orders to protect you wherever you go, defending you from all harm.

12 If you walk into a trap, they’ll be there for you and keep you from stumbling.

13 You’ll even walk unharmed among the fiercest powers of darkness, trampling every one of them beneath your feet!

14 For here is what the Lord has spoken to me: “Because you have delighted in me as my great lover, I will greatly protect you. I will set you in a high place, safe and secure before my face.

15 I will answer your cry for help every time you pray, and you will find and feel my presence even in your time of pressure and trouble. I will be your glorious hero and give you a feast.

16 You will be satisfied with a full life and with all that I do for you. For you will enjoy the fullness of my salvation!”

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