Our theme for this week is an opportunity to clarify some misunderstandings that might have crept into our belief system by unthinkingly copying what other people say or teach.

It is a good idea rather to follow the example of the Bereans in Acts 17:11 who were more open-minded than the Thessalonians and who searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.

Sadly, there are many true believers who erroneously think that the blood of Jesus is a sort of “magic” protection against all kinds of ills and reverses in life. I have even listened to prayers that make my blood “curdle” like “soaking our families in the blood of Jesus” or “covering our houses or cars with the blood of Jesus”!

No, my brothers and sisters, Jesus did not shed His blood to save our home, cars, property or even our families from the calamities that are a part of life in a fallen world. God promised that He would be with us and that He is able, in all things to work for our good. Trials of all kinds are God’s gracious way of teaching us to trust Him.

Jesus shed His blood as an atoning sacrifice for our sins so that we no longer owe God an unpayable debt. His blood forgives, cleanses and reconciles us to the Father.

What do you make of our verse for this month, then: They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…?(Rev.12:11)

Paul adequately clarifies this Scripture for us in Col. 2:14-15 (NLT), He cancelled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, He disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by His victory over them on the cross.

Jesus’ death exposed the devil as a fraudster, liar and deceiver and His resurrection proved that He, not Satan, is Lord.

When Satan accuses you of sin and holds up your past to disqualify you from God’s love, the blood of Jesus is your undeniable proof that Satan is lying. You have been forgiven; you have been reconciled to the Father – Jesus’ blood is the evidence; you have received mercy – Jesus’ blood speaks a better word than the blood of Abel; you have been brought near by the blood of Jesus.

That’s how you overcome Satan – by the truth of what the death of Jesus achieved…and God’s peace in your heart is the testimony that you are no longer a slave but a son.

Luella Campbell

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