And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.“  Revelation 12:11The blood of Jesus Christ is a powerful weapon for spiritual warfare.  We overcome satan when we claim what the blood of Jesus does for us:• Redeems and cleanses me from every sin (Ephesians 1:7, 1 John 1:7) • Justifies me (Romans 5:9, Hebrews 13:12)• Reconciles me with God, (Romans 5:1)• Enables me to boldly approach God’s throne(Hebrews 10:19)• The life is in the blood (Lev. 17.11) The life of God is in the blood of Jesus. Therefore when you apply the Blood of Jesus in your life, every dead situation comes to life."Lord, I cover myself and my loved ones (state them by name)  with the blood of Jesus. In the Name of Jesus Christ, by the power of His blood, I break off every power of darkness against the plans of God in my life. As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord.  The enemy has no authority over my life. NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST ME (OR MY FAMILY) SHALL PROSPER!” In Jesus Name. Amen

Good Friday celebrates the day our Lord died for our sins on the cross. imagine the agony and suffering Jesus went through because of our sins. At one point He said from the cross, “It is finished” (John 19:30). He meant that God had accepted His work on the cross as the penalty for our sins. Jesus died to forgive us of our sins so we may have everlasting life. While the first Good Friday was painful, it was only a prelude to Sunday morning when He was raised from the dead. Jesus defeated sin, sickness, poverty and death. He took our punishment so we could have peace, He died so we could live, He was made a curse so we could be blessed and He was bruised so we could be healed. Above all, without the cross, there is no eternal life.As you celebrate the truth that Jesus came from Heaven to redeem you, do you comprehend the depth of His love?

It cost Him death to save our lives,To buy our souls it cost His own;And all the unknown joys He gives,Were bought with agonies unknown.The power of those words beautifully written, expresses what my heart is feeling.  Yes, my sins put Him there, upon that cross and it’s only because of that cross that I have been saved to worship Him.   I can never thank Him enough for loving me.  For saving me.  For rescuing me.  It has been said that He who has been forgiven much loves much.  I have been forgiven so much. I am ever so grateful to my Saviour for the unknown agonies and pain He went through to purchase my freedom that gave me peace and joy unspeakable.“And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly: and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground."—Luke 22:44.

We have never faced something like this in our life-time, no matter how old we are, have we? All of us face the unknown. When the Israelites came out of Egypt they too faced the unknown. Moses had died and Joshua had to lead the people into the Promised Land. They knew that the Land was full of giants. They were terrified, but God directed them to follow the ark of the covenant which signified the presence of the LORD. As shocking as the news reports are, this didn’t take God by surprise. He knew it was coming, and He will help us through this. Let’s not give in to fear. Let’s boldly enter the throne of grace to receive mercy and grace to help us in our time of need. What made Joshua strong and courageous? It was God’s promise: “The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) That same promise is ours today.

King Ben-hadad of Syria had laid siege to Samaria, Israel’s capital. The siege was protracted, with Samaria surrounded supplies were cut off. Conditions became indescribably horrible. There was a severe famine.. Four lepers were loitering in front of the city gates, forced to live as outcasts. They said, “Why should we stay here until we die? Let’s go to the enemy camp. If they spare us, we’ll live. If they kill us, we’ll die.” They entered the camp. To their amazement the enemies had fled leaving everything as it was. The lepers ate and drank and carried away silver, gold and clothes. But then they said, “What we’re doing isn’t right. This is a day of good news. And we’re keeping it to ourselves. Let’s go at once and report this to the royal palace.” The news soon spread through the city of Samaria, and in a few hours all the city was at the gate. When the food was brought in from the camp, there was abundance for all the people. During these difficult times, like the lepers, share good news of the gospel with those around you and share what you have with those who have nothing.

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again, but you received the Spirit of sonship, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15 Have you been fearful of what is happening around you? Fear is one of satan’s tools to send us running from our purposed lives, goals, and dreams.  If the enemy can convince us to fear the journey ahead (fear of the unknown), we will invariably start doubting God’s promises and will not be able to move forward in the path God has set for us.  Instead, we will become locked up in a lonely prison of fear.You are a child of God and no longer a slave to fear. You have been released from the prison of fear and freed to trust Jesus. Fear wants you back in bondage, but God’s love sets you free. Cry Abba Father, and fear not!

Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Matthew 21:9 What brought about this outburst of praise? Put yourself in the crowd and you’ll soon find out. Look there was Bartimaeus who was blind but Jesus noticed him, stopped, and gave sight to him. . Now Bartimaeus was seeing everything. No wonder he was praising Jesus! Lazarus, who not long ago was dead and in the grave… until Jesus gave him new life. And the crippled man who for thirty-eight years was lying by the pool of Bethesda, who Jesus healed, was dancing and singing and shouting his own hosannas to this King of kings.Do you and I have any less reason to praise Jesus? We have seen His greatest miracle ever: His provision of new birth through His death and resurrection. We were dead in our sin until He brought us new life.Yet, sadly, some of us have lost the joyful spirit of praise — and we desperately need to recover it. God will move in our cities and prompt those around us to ask, “Who is this?” when we, like those of old who have experienced Him, praise and extol Him.

And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 The whole world had been brought to a grinding halt. The cities are quiet that we can even hear the birds chirping at dawn. What seemed top priority isn’t important anymore. People are in despair. But these times can be times when we can refocus our attention on things that are really important. Though things seem like reeling out of control, God is still on the throne. There is no chaos in heaven. We don’t understand the “whys”, we can leave that in God’s hands. Use these moments and days to draw near to God. A) Read and study the word-perhaps you were so busy you hardly had time to meditate on the word, now you do. 2) Pray more- talk to God, pour out your fears and worries to Him. 3) Trust Him- things may seem hopeless, but know that God can make beauty out of ashes. 4) Cherish and enjoy the loved ones God has bless you with. Listen to them, make memories with them. Above all, be thankful always!

“…keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God’s people.” (Ephesians 6:18)
When you are prompted in your heart to pray for someone, don’t put it off; don’t fall asleep; don’t let yourself get distracted. You never know what that person might be going through or how timely it is for you to call on the Lord for them at the very moment you feel led to do so. The person may not know they’re in trouble; or they may be so discouraged or far away from God that they’re unable to pray. In fact, a lot of people needing God’s help aren’t praying, so God is stirring others to pray. How amazing it is to realize that we can pray wherever we are now, and something can happen on the other side of the world as a result! That’s the power of intercessory prayer. Pray, people of God, pray.

By Glenn Kenny

This comedy, directed by Nick Peet, features Sean Hayes as the title character who tends to lean on rather than lean in.

Published: April 2, 2020 at 04:00AM

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