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Sunday English Service - 12 MAR 17 - The power of the blood of Jesus

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Well let's go to the word of God. We have been teaching on the "Power of the blood of Jesus". Remember we started with Leviticus 17:11, and I showed you the two reasons why there is power in the blood when we began these studies; showed you why there is power in the blood. Showed you first of all, there is power in the blood because the life of the flesh is in the blood. So, that is the basis of power of the blood of Jesus when he came in the flesh(like I said to you just a moment ago), the life that was in the blood that was running in his body was thelife of God Himself, not from his mother or father; that is why he was born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit - a very supernatural birth. The life that he carried in his body through his blood was the life of God Himself. So, the life of the flesh is in the blood. That's a principle of God; that is how God has arranged physical life - the life of the flesh is in the blood. And so God made his life run in Jesus' body; And then that same verse (Leviticus 17:11) - also says that God has ordained that it must be offered to God on the altar for redemption; that is why there is power in the blood - that is how we started.

Second week I showed you how this idea of how there must be shedding of blood in order of remission of sin to happen, is something that has been taught from the beginning in the bible - from 3rd Chapter onwards. As soon as man sinned he went and hid because he was afraid, he was also naked, he was ashamed and clothed himself with fig-leaves, and God came and made coats-of-skin. Where did coats-of-skin come from? He must have killed an animal. An innocent animal that day died for Adam to give a covering for Adam's shame that had come through sin. A big teaching was given on that day that sin requires the shedding of innocent blood; without the shedding of blood there can be no remission of sin. Sin cannot be properly covered and for a man who has sinned, an animal which has never sinned died. The great teaching about how for every man who has sins there would be a life that is given one day; an innocent life, sinless life would be given one day, in order for not just covering sin, but to remove sin.

There is a big difference been Old Testament and New Testament - we have not come there yet. In the Old Testament, atonement meant covering, it covered basically for one year; every year the high priest went with the blood into the holy of holies. Every year he had to do that; for one year only the covering was valid. But in the New Testament, the language completely changes - the bible says that Christ Jesus has put away sin; the word "put away" is used here. That's New Testament atonement.

Then 3rdweek we looked at how the Passover event in the Old Testament is the best story there that highlights the power of the blood of Jesus in the Old Testament itself; in great details the teaching is given there through the Passover event; where we are told that there had to kill a lamb, take the blood and sprinkle it upon the door posts and the lintels on their house and stay behind inside that house, as the angel of death passed over so that the destroyer would not kill anyone in their house. In this way the blood of Jesus; the teaching concerning the power of the blood of Jesus was taught wonderfully. The blood was used as a sign; sign that digs a redeemed people - they are not to be touched; that the destroyer has no right to touch them - it was used as a sign, but also the whole thing teaches how the truth that shed blood on that day, big deliverance to place; a deliverance that could not happened for a hundred of years; nobody could deliver them from the bondage of Egypt and the horrible pharaoh and his slavery - that day when blood of shed, immediately deliverance happened, they were able to walk out of there. It's a wonderful story teaching how God has so ordained that the blood of Jesus must be shed - he is the Lamb of God, and through that our deliverance - freedom from the slavery to sin and Satan must come through that.

Fourth week we talked about how the families of the Israelites were brought out through the Passover lamb. In that we see a great teaching about Redemption - shows that the lamb was God-ordained lamb - God was the one that gave them that idea about the lamb. And secondly, the lamb became their substitute instead of them dying, the lamb died; in every house in Egypt there was death (Egyptian or Israel) there was death; but in Israelis house there was the death of an animal instead of people; but then by means of sprinkling the blood only, they were able to get benefit of what the blood was able to do for them.It was not enough for the lamb of die, or the blood to be shed they had to sprinkle it, and they had to do it by faith and obedient; God said it, so they did it and it worked. And it brought immediate deliverance(we showed you); and beginning of a new life. Nearly 400 years of slavery and bondage, there were set free in no time. Pharaoh was literally begging them to go. Pharao his likened to the devil in that passage; he is the picture of the devil - hardening his heart, persecuting the people of God, he would not let them go. And finally, he begs them to go and leave; and then we saw how they began a new life - they came out of there and that blood that was shed there, guaranteed them that they will receive continued love and guidance from God; and protection from God as they travelled to the Promised Land. And that I showed you that the blood was the pledge that just as they were brought out of Egypt and from the bondage andslavery of Egypt, and from pharaoh's hand, they would also be brought in to the Promised Land to enjoy all the blessings of God. The blood was the pledge or the guarantee of that.

Then last week,fifth week we talked about "Pleading the blood"; this is a wonderful thing. I want to spend a little more time on that because this is so important - because it is the practical side of this whole truth. "Pleading the blood" - Now "Pleading the blood" is about how we must apply the blood of Jesus that was shed 2000 years ago to the various circumstances and situations in the various circumstances and situations in our lives - I want to continue to talk to about that today, because this is so important. So let me ask you to turn with me to 1 Corinthians Chapter 5 verse 7 (we have been reading this verses because I wanted to keep before you all the time; these are most importance passages concerning the blood of Jesus). So, 1 Corinthians chapter 5, and let me read to you verse 7 the later part of verse 7: It says, "For indeed Christ, our Passover was sacrificed for us". - Paul is saying, that the Old Testament people under Moses - the people of Israel had a Passover lamb - God taught them how to kill the Passover lamb, apply the blood on the door post and all that. They had their Passover; but Paul says there is a picture of our Passover; our Passover is the reality, theirs was a shadow. So he says, Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us. Two thousand years ago Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed for us, and his blood has been made available for our use, it's for us. The word "For us" is very important - it is "for us", we need to take the blood and now we must be able to believe in what the bible says that the blood of Jesus has done and can do for us, and apply to our situations in life. So he says, "Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us" - two thousand years ago sacrificed for us. But a lot of people don't realize that the deliverance of the sort that happened in Egypt for the people of Israel, and even something more than that happens really in our life; we are set free from the bondage of sin and Satan; we enter into a whole new life, just like they came out of Egypt, and the way is open for us; the Red Sea is split into two; food came from heaven; water came from the rock, no enemy could touch them, nobody could come against them and stand against them. Victory throughout; even the Jericho wall fell, because the sign of the blood was upon them; they were blood-bought people. The fact that the blood was shed for them; a substitute was made available for them and they have put their faith in that; mattered not only when they were in Egypt on that Passover day but it mattered throughout the journey, and their travel through the wilderness and all the way into the Promised Land - that is a wonderful picture. Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; so we also just like them, get out of the bondage of sin and Satan, and enter into the new life - God is with us, no devil/nothing of the devil can touch us, we are blood-bought. We live under fortress of God's blood as our protective wall roundabout us and that we march to victory and we march through this world doing the will of God and possessing the blessings of God and inheritance in Christ, with the protection that the blood of Jesus gives to us. That is the message that comes out of that.

But let's read Exodus chapter 12 (go to Exodus chapter 12) - we have been reading some verses there; but look at this, I will read a few additional verses. Let read from verse 5 onwards (God is instructing them on what to do with the lamb) - He says, "Your lamb shall be without blemish (why? Because this is a picture of Jesus; this lamb is to represent Jesus), a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat".

Then Verse 13, "Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses (the blood that they put on the doorpost and the lintel of their houses) where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt." So the Passover teaches that the killing of the lamb is not enough, the shedding of the blood is also not enough - the blood needs to be sprinkled. Now another word - modern word for "sprinkled" is "applied". The blood needs to be taken; it needs to be believed upon and you must obey what God has said and apply it. They applied it in the way God had told themparticularly in that situation - to put it on the door, the angel of death is going to come, the destroyer was going to come and he must see the sign on the door that this is an Israelite house; it must be a visible obvious sign. So it was on their doorpost. Now, we don't have a real blood because the blood of Jesus was shed 2000 years ago. We don't put it on our house doors. No. We can use it in various situations: We can use it against the attack of the enemy in our spirit, soul and body; in our finances, in various areas in our lives. It is not just in our house as it was in that day. The principle is the same for all situations in our lives. The blood of Jesus is now available - Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us, the blood is there; it is our business to apply it in many ways to our needs in to our situations and in our circumstances in our life. The thing is how to apply it; how to apply the blood that was shed two thousand years ago; the blood that is literally not there. How to apply it like they applied and how to receive such benefits like they received in those days. Turn to Revelation Chapter 12; Revelation Chapter 12 explains how to apply in our times - how to apply the blood of Christ our Passover that has been sacrificed for us. Revelation chapter 12 (let me read to you verse 10 and 11) - "And they overcame him(they means the saints of God - it is talking about something that happens in the end times; talking about end time events; the saints of God) overcame him (referring to the Devil) by the blood of the Lamb (let me read verse 10 onwards)"Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down" - So a voice (a loud voice) was saying in heaven; salvation, strength, Kingdom of our God and the power of His Christ has come, for the accuser (see something has significantly happened) - for the accuser of our brethren who accused them day and night has been cast down. So the devil has been very busy; and until the end has been quite busy. Doing what? He is the accuser of brethren (that his full time job; full time means not 8 hours a day; 40 hours a week - he doesn't take any holidays; he accusing night and day; he does night shift and day shit. He is working 24 hours, accusing God's people day and night.

I mean if you can't believe it, just look at the history of Job; the devil goes before God and appears before God; and he says, "Now listen, that is not right, look that guy is a very unworthy guy. How can you bless him so much" Now Job had too much - talk about material blessings; he had thousands of thousands of cows and horses and donkeys and what not; thousands - just imagine 5,000 cows standing there, they would block up the whole area; 5,000 is a lot of cows. This guy had 7,000 - every single item, 7,000 like. I mean he had thousands and thousands. He was quite a rich guy; blessed by God, living in that way - a very blessed man. And the devil goes and objects to it, "How can bless him like that". And he says, "You have not only blessed him but you have put a wall of protection around him - You have built a hedge around him and You are protecting him so that no one can lay their hand on him". Now if that is not the best picture you can get of how God works for us, then I don't know where you can go. That is the best picture; God blesses and puts protection. I believe in divine protection also, and you need to believe also. I believe that God wants to bless us and protects us, because He knows that there is an enemy and God wants to protect us, and the devil is an accuser - he wants to somehow create abreach in the wall; he wants to somehow make an entry, get in there, ruin everything, destroy everything. He loves to see you and I destroyed; he would love to see us defeated; he would love to see us finished - especially if you are doing something for God, the devil would love to see that; he is the accuser of the brethren. He is constantly accusing, trying to bring up some accusation against us, some short coming; everything about our life that is a shortcoming, he highlights it before God; twenty four hours of the day. That is what he has been doing, and the bible says, finally he has been cast down - something has happened to him; and it says what happened to him - and it says what happened verse 11, "They overcame him ("they" meaning the saints overcame the devil; him). By the blood of the lamb (now listen how they overcame) "by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death"

How did they overcome? Three things there; the blood of the lamb, the word of God and their testimony. Three things brought the victory; the blood of the lamb, the word of God (what the word of God says) and their testimony (what they said). Now let me put these three things together in this way; how can we understand this? How can they overcome using these three things; I will put it like this - They began to confess with their mouth or testify about what the word of the God says that the blood of Jesus has done for them. This is how they won the victory. It came by three things: the blood of the lamb, the word of God and their testimony (What the word said and what they said).

See the blood of Jesus has been shed two thousand years ago - Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; that is why 1 Corinthians 5:7 is so important (it's there); the blood of Jesus has been shed for us; then we have the word of God. I have been preaching for 6 weeks including this week now, about what the bible says that the blood of Jesus has done for us and what it means to us today. So we have the blood (two thousand years ago it had been shed), we have the word, which says what it does for us and what it has done for us. The third element is very important - is what you say. Things don't happen just because the lamb has been provided 2,000 years ago, that God sent His son as the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world; He has sent 2,000 years ago, that job is over; it is finished. But just because it was finished there, things don't happen automatically here. The word of God is given telling us what the blood of Jesus has done and what it still does for us. So the word of God is very important; what it says is very important; but just because the word says it, it's not going to happen like it says in our life. The third element is very important - it's what you say. It's what you say about what the word says, about what the blood has done for us.

The word of God tells us what the blood of Jesus has done for us and we must take it and believe it, and we must begin to say; and when we begin to say, that is how we sprinkle it in our situations, in our lives today, (in various situations in our lives). We don't sprinkle exactly on our door, we sprinkle it in some other way. In the bible I can show you (maybe in the coming weeks I will go through some of that - we will look at some of that)but the term: "the blood of sprinkling" is very common - it called not just the blood; blood of sprinkling, because without sprinkling it means nothing, it does nothing.That is why it is called "the blood of sprinkling". Let me give you one example; let me read it in Hebrews Chapter 12 (turn with me to Hebrews chapter 12 - very interesting term; "the blood of Sprinkling"). Is it not just enough to say the blood of Jesus that was shed? No. it is called "the blood of sprinkling" because it maybe the blood of Jesus, it may be shed but it doesn't do anything just because it was shed or it's the blood of Jesus - it does something only when it becomes the blood of sprinkling (when it is sprinkling or applied). ("Sprinkled" is an old term, new term is "Applied")

Chapter 12 verse 22: "But you have come to the Mount Zion" - it is a very interesting passage; he is telling the believers where they have come now. Why? Because this is written to the Hebrew Christians; the Hebrew Christians were the most persecuted in the first century. They came from the Hebrew religion and embraced Christianity after Jesus rose again. Now the Hebrew people...the Jews looked at them and laughed at them, and ridiculed them. They said, You believe this Jesus that hung on the cross naked and crying, 'My God, My God, why has thou forsaken me?' You mean to say this Jesus that couldn't even save himself and died shamefully like a criminal on the cross is Lord and you confess him as Lord. And you believe and belong to what is called Christianity. This thing established in his name. What is wrong with you?we have such a grand religion; we belong to the Jewish religion - we have Moses, we have Abraham, we have the Temple in Jerusalem, we have sacrificial system, we have a high-priest who goes into the holy of holies every year and sprinkles that blood so that our sins maybe be forgiven. Angels spoke to our fore-fathers like Moses and Abraham, and so; angels came and spoke; we have the 10 Commandments - we have such a grand respectable fantastic religion of old, for thousands of years has been there. And you believe in this Christ naked, crying; who died on the cross crying, "My God, My God why has thou forsaken me?" Aren't you ashamed? Why are you following him? You don't have a temple to go to; you don't have a high-priest now. You don't have blood of sacrifice, you don't have this sprinkling anymore - you don't have nothing. You don't have our grand religion, with its rituals and ceremonies; see some people like rituals and ceremonies. The more rituals, more ceremonies are there - the better, and they would look at people that don't have rituals and ceremonies, and they would say, "What kind of rituals do these guys have?"

One person walked in here and looked at the stage and said, "You do not have nothingthere." She was shocked that we didn't have nothing behind me. She expected a lot kinds of things to be behind me and me to be turning around this way,and doing something, but it was not so; there was nothing behind me and I was turning this way the whole time and never turning back; because she is used to that kind of situation; everything is behind and the preacher also turns over thereand keeps doing something, people keep watching and waiting when he will be through. So she was shocked to find that kind of a church.

People are hooked to ceremonies and rituals, you know, they think this is ridiculous - you don't have any grand stage, you don't have an altar - you don't have this, you don't have that; that is exactly what they were saying; They were laughing at them saying, "You don't have a temple, you don't have sacrifice, you don't a high-priest, with all his robes and everything. And you don't have this blood to go and sprinkle at the mercy seat. You don't have all this ceremony of the Day of Atonement, and Passover and all that - you don't have none of these things. You don't have the 10 Commandments. You don't have nothing; how can you follow this Christ? Where do you go now? You don't have the temple and author of Hebrews writes; the whole subject of the book of Hebrews is the superiority of Christ over Moses, over Aaron over Old Testament pattern of worship, the Temple and the high-priest.Our high-priest is a better high-priest, our covenant is the better covenant, the blood is not just the blood of animals - the blood of Jesus itself. Comparing that and this, the author of book of Hebrews for the Christians, he is comforting them by telling them - you are in a far better shape; they have only a shadow. Those things were only just a shadow, but you now have the reality of all those things - the reality of all those things represented. So there is a wonderful passage to read really; and it comes down; if you read all the 11 chapter sand then come down to this it is very interesting. I just gave to you in 5 minutes. But let's read verse 22, he says: "But you have come to Mount Zion (he is talking about where they have come. They have not come to Jerusalem in a Temple) He says, "You have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels" ... Look at what he is saying, "You have come to the heaven itself". When you stand before God, you are standing before God Himself, not in front of a temple; not waiting for the high-priest to do something for you;you are standing in the city of the living God, heavenly Jerusalem to the innumerable company of angels. He is describing the scene there in heavens; the presence of God. And says, "We can come right into the presence of God. The blood of Jesus gives us the boldness to come into the presence of God (according to chapter 10). He says, "You have come here itself" - he says, "In the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect" - (I don't have the time to go through all that) It is talking about how the New Testament saints are there around God (New Testaments saints are there), angels are there, innumerable company of angels. It is the city of the living God. It is the place called, "Mount Zion" - in the company of angels, in the general assembly of the first-borns registered in heaven to God, who is the judge - and around Him are angels, Old Testament, New Testament saint - and all of them angels (and all of them are there; And then look at verse 24, he says, "To Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel" - very interesting: he is describing the heavenly scene and he says, "Why bother about going to the Temple and having a high-priest going in there to the holy of holies where God is, once a year, that too. Is that better or you coming straight to God better? You coming straight to God is far better. If you come straight to God it is far better. He is saying, You come straight to God - you come into the very presence of God. There are angels, Old Testament saints, Old Testament saints are there; all of them are gathered there, and Jesus is there he says. He is the mediator of the New Covenant. And then he says something very interesting: "To the blood of sprinkling which speaks better things than that of Abel". Now with all these important people - Old Testament, New Testament saints, the angels, Jesus; why do you need the blood there? Why is blood kept there? And it is called... (I will explain why the blood is kept there).

But the main thing is; it is called "the blood of sprinkling". Why it is called "the blood of sprinkling"? Without sprinkling it is nothing. Sprinkling is the application of the blood to ourselves in our various situations. Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us. If we don't apply, if we don't sprinkle like the people of Israel sprinkled upon their doorposts and lintels - if we don't sprinkle in our situations, the shed blood has no value for us, has no meaning for us, has no significance for us, brings no results, no benefits for us - that is what he is saying. So the pleading the blood is something I began talking about last week. It is an idea or truth that is based on the legality of our redemption; it is a legal word/legal terminology. You hear the word "plea" made in the courts of law. And lots of spiritual things are legal terms; are put down in legal-terms; a mediator, advocate...lots of these legal terms are used, when bible describes our relationship with God. There was a legal problem - man could not come before God. God is holy, man is sinner; holy God cannot have sinful-man in His presence. There was a barrier. How the barrier was removed;it must be removed legally. Sin must be punished; the soul that sins, shall die. Bible is full of legality; legal terms - it has to be done properly. And what was done on the cross was to deal legally with the issue of sin; that was what was done on the cross of Calvary. So it is full of legal terms and terminology - and here once again a legal term is used, and "pleading the blood" is another legal term.

So what is pleading the blood all about? It is the truth about the legality of our redemption and all inheritance, rights and privileges that our redemption brings for us. It has to do with our redemption - the legality of our redemption and all the inheritance, rights and the privileges that the shed blood of Jesus brings for us. So I showed last week that pleading is not really a simple begging; where you cry to God and He gives you something. It is not like that. It is actually a legal term; it is a pleading like the lawyer is pleading - the lawyer is not just simply crying before the judge; certainly he goes there humbly and so on. But the thing is; the lawyer is pleading the case before the judge on the basis of certain laws which gives the client certain privileges and certain rights.

Now there is a term that is used in the bible in other ways also; let me just give you another example also. 1 Samuel chapter 24, you will understand it there a little betterwhen you look at some examples here where pleading is based on certain legality is done.1 Samuel chapter 24 and the story is about David and Saul, and what was going on between them; this is a chapter where you read about David sparing Saul even though he could kill him -Remember David is on the run, remember Saul becomes very jealous over David afterthe people sang after he had defeated Goliath - that Saul killed thousand, and David called 10 thousand and he became very jealous and he wanted to get rid of him. So David is on the run, Saul is hunting him with thousands of soldiers aiding him in the hunt; they arehunting for this little boy. He wanted to kill him because of jealousy. And David is hiding, and Saul is hunting; and there David is hiding with his men in a cave; in theback of thecave, and Saul goes and enters there to basically to attend to his needs;he goes into the cave putting all his soldiers outside. He enters the cave, not knowing David and his men are there. And they are out there and Saul didn't see them. The men belonging to David told him; Remember God told you that He will give you your enemy in your hand to do whatever you want; the day has come, the prophecy has been fulfilled. Here he is - Saul has come, inside the cave, his men are outside; you can clearly kill him now, take your sword. Finish with him, and this is the day that the Lord has made for you. Do it.David says, "No, no I will not touch the Lord's anointed". But he goes and cuts off a piece of the robe from Saul while he is inside the cave without his knowledge (cuts of a piece of robe). And when Saul gets up from there and comes out and comes right behind him and calls on him and when Saul turned back he gives him a respect that ought to be given back to a king. He really prostrates himself before the king and greets him. And says to him, "You have been hunting me and want to kill me. But look I could have killed you. I have proof. I could have killed you very easily, just a few minutes ago.The proof is this piece of cloth I have cut off from your robe. If I could have cut off a piece from your robe, I could have cut off your head and given it to you. I could have killed you very easily. This is a proof that I do not want to kill you; I don't consider you as my enemy. There are people that are always talking to you about taking vengeance on me and hunting me down and killing me, and all that. Don't believe them please, believe me. I am not your enemy; I am not trying to kill you. I will never lay my hands of you. Please. And he literally pleads with him; (listen to this - verse 10) Look, this day your eyes have seen that the Lord delivered you today into my hand in the cave (he is telling Saul), and someone urged me to kill you. But my eye spared you, and I said, 'I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord's anointed.' Moreover, my father see (he is calling him father), see!, Yes see the corner of your robe in my hand (isn't that evidence)! For in that I cut off the corner of your robe, and did not kill you, know and see that there is neither evil nor rebellion in my hand, and I have not sinned against you. Yet you hunt my lifeto take. Let the Lord judge between you and me, and let the Lord avenge me on you. But my hand shall not be against you. As the proverb of the ancients says, 'Wickedness proceeds from the wicked.' But my hand shall not be against you. After whom the king of Israel come out? Whom do you pursue? A dead dog? A flea? He says I am a little guy. Why are you hunting me down? I am nobody. Why are hunting me down as if I am someone big? Why so many soldiers?" he says. And listen to verse 15 it says:"Therefore let the Lord be judge, and judge between you and me, and see and plead my case, (he says) and deliver me out of your hand." - it's a good example, a proper example; he is not trying to convince him without evidence, he has come with evidence - the piece of his robe. And he says, "I have come with evidence. I could have easy cut your head-off (killed you). But I did not do it. I do not have evil intentions for you. Please believe me," he says. And finally he did not know if he could convince him like this. So he says, "The Lord be the judge, let him judge between you and me; and see and plead my case". In other words he is saying, "Justice is on my side. I am right. I am not wrong. I have not done anything evil - God knows my heart and its intentions - let God plead my case; may God open your eyes and help you to see that I am not your enemy, and spare me, forget about hunting me down; let God plead my case" he says. This is how pleading is used in the bible. Now this is the kind of pleading we are talking about when we say, "Plead the blood".

What are we saying? We are not just going before God crying and trying to get something from Him - that is not pleading; we are trying to go before God. We are going with evidence; we are going with proper proof; we are going with a proper case that is on our side - justice is on our side. We are right, we are on the right side of justice. The cross - this blood that was put on Calvary has put us on the right side - made us right. Justice is on our side; we must be shown mercy, we must be shown favour, we must be protected, we must be blessed - because of what the cross has done for us. On the basis of that we go and stand and produce the evidence. Now when you go to the court, the judge is there, the accused is there, the accuser is there - and the advocate who talks on behalf of the accused is there (everybody is there). Most important thing if the accused is not really guilty, he needs one very important thing; to prove that he is not guilty - he needs evidence; evidence that must speak loud, evidence that must be very clear that this guy is not guilty, is not to be punished, that he is to be blessed (evidence must be there). That is why Hebrews12: 24 says, "That in the presence of God, where angels are, where New Testament, Old Testament saints are, where Jesus the mediator of the New Covenant is, there is also the blood that speaks better things than the blood of Abel - the blood of sprinkling." Why is it called "the blood of sprinkling?" It is called the blood of Sprinkling because somebody is claiming that as their evidence. Somebody is sprinkling it - somebody is using it as their evidence; somebody is saying the blood speaks for me; the blood of Jesus is the proof that the penalty for my sins has been paid off. It has been paid in full - it has been paid more than enough; the blood of Jesus is more than enoughpenalty that has been paid on the cross of Calvary; sufficient damages have been paid. I don't owe anything. I am not indebted in any way; totally paid off. What is the proof? The blood that speaks better things than the blood of Abel. It's the blood of sprinkling that means, somebody is believing, claiming, standing on it, and claiming that as their evidence for the rights and privileges that have come to them through redemption. Somebody is claiming that; that is why it is called "the blood of sprinkling".

Now this is a very interesting thing; every time we claim the blood of Jesus or plead the blood of Jesus as the old Christians used to say. As I was growing up I used to hear it all the time; "plead the blood" they would say. Very valid term; I didn't understand in those days this well. But I knew that there was power in it. I have seen devils run, I have seen victory happen, I have seen things happen, miracles happen when they plead the blood of Jesus. When they plead what did they do? They were simply taking what word says about the blood of Jesus and what it has done for us. And simply speaking it out on the basis of telling the devil to get out of their lives and take his hands off and let them go free; because the blood has been shed -they now take it and apply, forbidding the devil from touching them, forbidding the devil from destroying them, forbidding the devil from doing anything with them. So the blood has been shed, now they take; every time they take what the word of God says concerning the blood and begin to speak it, and confess it, and proclaim it, and on the basis plead their case, it has to work because it a legal thing; law always works. It sometimes appears like it doesn't work, but it will work; if you keep persisting on the law to do the job; it will work, it will come around and justice will be established. And that is the same way in Christian life. When you speak you are speaking in legal terms, when you are speaking you are speaking heaven's law -when you are speaking you are speaking about the blood and what it has done; you are talking about heaven's constitution - heaven's law book. And heavenitself cannot deny your request and hell cannot help but bow before you, because it is the truth.

Now turn with to James Chapter 4 (turn there because I think some of people may not be familiar with this; some of the newer people may not be familiar with this verses. It is better to read James chapter 4:7, "Therefore submit to God. Resist the deviland he will flee from you" - Now the New Testament puts it very simply; puts it as if the devil is not a big problem; it says, "Resist the deviland he will flee from you", telling the Christians. Some people makea big deal of the devil and give him a big build up as if he is something great. The bible simply says, "Resist the devil and he will flee from you". You know, people give the devil a big build up and make him look something big; but really he is not something big. You know you have seen a dog; a dog sometimes look big, but sometimes big dogs are useless. I used to have a useless big dog; many years ago - it was a huge dog. You got to give him eggs and all meat and everything; and we fed him good. And I remember one time, we went out of the country, and I had to leave somebody to take care of him. He is supposed to take care of my house you know, but I had leave somebody to take care of him; give him food and make sure that nobody takes him away. He is a huge dog and anybody would be afraid. If they come near our gate, they will not come in because he is a big dog; but if you start chasing him, he will run. He is that kind of a dog. He is absolutely no boldness. And I got so tired of that; he just even doesn't help you at all. Anybody; any thief comes he will be wagging the tail -inviting them. Thank God nobody knows that this dog is like that. Everybody that goes down the road is afraid of the dog; it looks big, it looks impressive, but it is nothing. If you chase, he will run, that is the kind of dog. And the devil is like that; because Christians are to be credited with giving him a big build up there; they have been giving him a big build up over the years, so the devil looks big in our eyes.Actually if you resist him, he will flee from you. Jesus is a perfect example of how to resist the devil. Remember when he was tempted by Satan, after his 40 days of fasting and so on, he was tempted by the devil: The devil said, "Makes these stones to bread" He said, "Man cannot live on bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God". You know what that is? That is the verse from Deuteronomy. He is taking a verse from Deuteronomy; Deuteronomyis one of the first five books of the bible, and among the books of the bible that his very much doubted and contested; and held as suspicious. Its source and its authenticityis questioned many time by the modern day scholars; Jesus is quoting from that; Deuteronomy-and the devil is not a modern day scholar, he is the same old guy; he knows that it is the truth. Modern day scholars have a problem with Deuteronomy. They say, "Well we question its authorship, we question its truthfulness, and all that; but the devil had no question; as soon as when Jesus, "Man cannot live by bread alone, but from every word that proceeds from the mouth of God". He said, "Ok! Ok! See you later", he fled. Then he comes again, takes him to the pinnacle of the Temple and he says, "Jump from here so that everybody will know that you are the son of God". Again Jesus quotes from Deuteronomy, "You shall not tempt the Lord your God" - again he quotes from Deuteronomy. Again the devil never replied.

Sometimes some of these people that doubt the bible if they just look at just what the devil does, they will know what the truth is. He unknowingly betrays what the truth is. The devil is by his actions simplysaying, "The book of Deuteronomy is absolutely the truth". He shuts up and leaves the second time. Third time he takes him to a high mountain and shows him the kingdoms of the world and the glory of it all, and says, "If you fall down and worship me, I will give all of the kingdom of the world and the glory of it" (the riches of it literally; "the glory of it" means the riches of the kingdom of this world I will give you. He is talking to the one who made everything; what a big joke.) "I will give you the riches" - he thought he will be impressed. Jesus said, "I will worship only God and not anybody else". And that also is the verse he is quoting from Deuteronomy. From Deuteronomy, he quotes three times. For all those who say, "I am the Old Testament preacher". (Hello). Jesus quoted allthree times from the Old Testament; and the devil was defeated just by the Old Testament. If he can be so defeated by the Old Testament, how much more by the New Testament. "The devil left him", the bible says. You read after the three temptations, the devil left him. All the temptations were handled by the word of God; Jesus simply took what the word says and spoke it out, and the devil fled.And the bible says, "Resist the devil and he will flee from you".

I will tell you, in many times in your life you will find the devil coming and attacking you - in your mind; in your spirit, in your body - he will make you loseheart, he will make you afraid, he will make you feel a sense of failure, disappointment, frustration. He will put in you a sense of loneliness; an emptiness, you know, indescribable agony will come over you; because it is a devilish attack. The devil loves to attack God's people, bring them down, cripple them,make them fear, make them breakthem down and go to pieces. He would love to see that; attack them in their spirit, attack them in their mind - got to be very careful with your mind; what it thinks; you should not take fear easily and think that it is something that just because of some circumstances or something like that. Fear is not from God. God has given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and sound mind " the bible says. Sound mind is from God my friend. When your mind is not sound, it is not from God. When you are confused it is not from God; when your mind is going a thousand directions, torn apart, it is not from God. The devil attacks the mind like nothing else. I taught about Ephesians; listen to Chapter 4 to Chapter 6, it's all about the mind and the attack of the devil upon the mind especially in chapter 6 about spiritual warfare. How the devil comes against the mind; the war is raged in our mind, and I talkedabout how the sword of the spirit, the word of God must be used in that warfare.

Mind; the devil is very interested - because he can cause a real break down in our minds. A lot of people don't recognize is the attack of the devil; accusations are brought, your old sins are brought to light - he talks to you how unworthy you are, how unfit you are to be a Christian. And how useless you are, how no good you are; and how if Jesus came today, you will not going to go with him, and how you wouldn't go to heaven; and how your prayers will not reach up to the roof - all this evil talk, all these devil's language to make you feel despondent, useless, worthless, as a sinner; so that you stop praying, stop reading the word of God, stop going to church, stop being interested in the things of God; because you will think, "What's the use. After all I have sinned. After all the, yeah devil right, I have done this and that.Whatever he says is right only. Certain things have happenedin my life that proves that I am unworthy spiritually. If you go like this my friendthat's it. The next time, it will completely destroy you. He is a destroyer; his name is "Destroyer".

Not only your mind - the devil attacks even your body in so many ways; through many illnesses, weaknesses, sicknesses to cripple you, keep you down. Mainly a fear about illnesses, fear about how you may die and may not live; make it and all that business. Sickness is one thing, but devil's work through sickness is totally another realm that is; he uses sickness so well to make his attack very severe. But what do you do? The blood of Jesus has been shed for us already 2,000 years ago; Christ our Passover has been shed for us. How do you deal with this now? You need to apply the blood. How do you apply the blood? You need to take what the word of God says concerning the blood. The bible says that "By the blood of Jesus you have the boldness (Chapter 10 of Hebrews) to enter into the very throne room of God". You have the boldness; the confidence (one translation says). You can come to God with boldness. You are child of God. You can come and obtain the grace in the time of your need. You are qualified before God; you are a child of God. God doesn't see your faults; He sees you in Christ. You are surrounded by the grace of God; God loves you. So what should you do? It's not enough to just think, "God loves me, I am surrounded..." No. Thinking is alright, but you need to open your mouth and begin to speak it, and manytimes speak right to the devil himself. "Devil take your hands off of me. I am not your target- you cannot touch me, you cannot come near me, you cannot lay hands on me. Take your hands off of me because I am God's property. I belong to God. The mark of the blood of Jesus is upon me. Since the day I put my faith in Jesus, and confessed him as my Lord; the mark of the blood of Jesus is upon me. Do not lay your hands upon me. You have no right, no authority, no power over me.

Everybody say with me."Devil, you have no power, no authority, over my life, over my mind, over my body. Take your hands off of me; I am God's property, I belong to God, the blood of Jesus, is sprinkled around me, all upon me, upon my family, upon my house, upon everything that I own. God has blessed me and has protected me. I am protected by the blood of Jesus. It is a wall of protection roundabout me. Devil you are defeated. I am more than a conqueror through Jesus." You talk like that (clapping)...when you start talking like that, half-way through your talk, the devil will be running. Resist the devil means exactly like that. Lot of people read bible verses like this; they don't ask how do I resist the devil? It says, "Resist the devil and he will flee from you". How do I resist the devil? You need to literally stand right in the midst of your situation and pull up everything that bible says about the blood of Jesus and how it has washed your sins away, how it has cleansed you, made you whole, how your sins are put away by the blood of Jesus, how that you are been made whole by the blood of Jesus. That you are a child of God. You must proclaim it; put him to shame - he is trying to accuse and tell you are a sinner; you stand there proclaim who you are in Jesus Christ. That is the way you resist the devil.

1 John 3:8 it says, "He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil." - See when Jesus came he came for the purpose of destroying the works of the devil. And if that is true, and it is true that he has done his work and completed his work, and what he saidon the cross is true; it is finished. He has dealt with the devil - it is finished. And he has given us the authority to trample upon serpents and scorpions and so on; that is the way he puts it. You trample upon the powers of the devil; if that is true then the works of the devil must be rebuked, we must stand against it, we must speak against it; we must speak against every attack of the enemy, even in our body by way of sicknesses, weaknesses and all of these things. We must constantly be aware of the fact that we are blood sprinkled people and we must constantly keep sprinkling the blood by speaking what the blood of Jesus has done.

Now some of you might say, "What has the blood of Jesus have to do with healing?" Well it has a lot to do with healing; because Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil when he shed his blood on the cross; made atonement for us, he united us with God and pulled us away from the devil. Delivered us from the chains and the bondage of Satan, and if you pulled away from the devil and freed from the chains and bondages of Satan, then he has no right to inflict upon you all kinds of sicknesses and kill you with it. And you need to let him know that; you need to speak up many times. You need to open your mouth and proclaim it, speak it and stand in the name of Jesus. Lot of us what we do is that we just end up watching, standing and watching instead of standing and speaking. We just let the devil do everything and we just say, "Well, brother I don't know what to do." Well you got to speak up. This is something that you can do immediately. Every day you must do it. You mustsprinkle the blood of Jesus, constantly; it is the blood of sprinkling. Everybody say, "Blood of sprinkling" If you don't sprinkle it, it is of no use, it is a blood of sprinkling. You have got to sprinkle it; otherwise the fact that it was shed it is there; but until you sprinkle it you will receive nothing from it. It is the blood of sprinkling.

So the pleading the blood of Jesus is a heaven-given resource. It gives us license to stand in dominion over the works of the devil and all of hell; we can use it like an attorney uses it before the court; and make our plea on legal grounds based upon a body of evidence. And the evidence is right there in the very presence of God; the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 12:24 says). The evidence is in the presence of God; and the evidence is not ordinary evidence; it is a speaking evidence - it speaks very loud. It is proclaiming. The thing is God is on our side; the Judge. There is an advocate, the best advocate in the world; Jesus is my advocate. He is not just my advocate; you know you don't have to doubt this advocate whether he is really on your side or not; he is really on your side because he gave his life for me, he shed his blood, he came down and lived on this earth; and shed his blood, and died, and suffered untold agony for me; to do everything for me. He died and rose again, and he is now my advocate.

And the blood is so powerful. This powerful blood of Jesus is also in the very presence of God; so God is on my side, Jesus is totally on my side and the blood is also speaking good things about me. Now only two other people left; the devil and me. The devil is not going to change; he is going to keep on accusing. What I do is very important. You know why? Because if God is on my side, if Jesus is also on my side, if the blood is also speaking for me; if I don't speak the right thing, nothing is going to happen. I have got to reform, I got to change; I got to start speaking what Jesus is speaking, what God is speaking, what the blood is speaking; I need to align my speaking with them and I need to believe in the power of this blood; I need to claim its benefits. I need to stand on what it means for me today, and I need to proclaim so that what I say aligns with what my advocate says and aligns with what the blood has done. When that is done the devil no matter how big he is, he is a loser. He is never going to win. I will tell you in all of lives' battles, you are already ahead. That is why the bible calls you, "You are more than conquerors". You are already ahead, you are a winner, no way you can lose. Only one way to give up your victory is by your mouth. Get that aligned, speak. Let the mouth work like the hyssop,dip it in the blood, dip it in what the bible says, the blood of Jesus has done and speak it out. And no matter what the situation is the blood will be your protection, the blood will bring healing, the blood will bring victory, the blood will bring the blessing of God in that situation.

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Well let's go to the word of God. We have been teaching on the "Power of the blood of Jesus". Remember we started with Leviticus 17:11, and I showed you the two reasons why there is power in the blood when we began these studies; showed you why there is power in the blood. Showed you first of all, there is power in the blood because the life of the flesh is in the blood. So, that is the basis of power of the blood of Jesus when he came in the flesh(like I said to you just a moment ago), the life that was in the blood that was running in his body was thelife of God Himself, not from his mother or father; that is why he was born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit - a very supernatural birth. The life that he carried in his body through his blood was the life of God Himself. So, the life of the flesh is in the blood. That's a principle of God; that is how God has arranged physical life - the life of the flesh is in the blood. And so God made his life run in Jesus' body; And then that same verse (Leviticus 17:11) - also says that God has ordained that it must be offered to God on the altar for redemption; that is why there is power in the blood - that is how we started.

Second week I showed you how this idea of how there must be shedding of blood in order of remission of sin to happen, is something that has been taught from the beginning in the bible - from 3rd Chapter onwards. As soon as man sinned he went and hid because he was afraid, he was also naked, he was ashamed and clothed himself with fig-leaves, and God came and made coats-of-skin. Where did coats-of-skin come from? He must have killed an animal. An innocent animal that day died for Adam to give a covering for Adam's shame that had come through sin. A big teaching was given on that day that sin requires the shedding of innocent blood; without the shedding of blood there can be no remission of sin. Sin cannot be properly covered and for a man who has sinned, an animal which has never sinned died. The great teaching about how for every man who has sins there would be a life that is given one day; an innocent life, sinless life would be given one day, in order for not just covering sin, but to remove sin.

There is a big difference been Old Testament and New Testament - we have not come there yet. In the Old Testament, atonement meant covering, it covered basically for one year; every year the high priest went with the blood into the holy of holies. Every year he had to do that; for one year only the covering was valid. But in the New Testament, the language completely changes - the bible says that Christ Jesus has put away sin; the word "put away" is used here. That's New Testament atonement.

Then 3rdweek we looked at how the Passover event in the Old Testament is the best story there that highlights the power of the blood of Jesus in the Old Testament itself; in great details the teaching is given there through the Passover event; where we are told that there had to kill a lamb, take the blood and sprinkle it upon the door posts and the lintels on their house and stay behind inside that house, as the angel of death passed over so that the destroyer would not kill anyone in their house. In this way the blood of Jesus; the teaching concerning the power of the blood of Jesus was taught wonderfully. The blood was used as a sign; sign that digs a redeemed people - they are not to be touched; that the destroyer has no right to touch them - it was used as a sign, but also the whole thing teaches how the truth that shed blood on that day, big deliverance to place; a deliverance that could not happened for a hundred of years; nobody could deliver them from the bondage of Egypt and the horrible pharaoh and his slavery - that day when blood of shed, immediately deliverance happened, they were able to walk out of there. It's a wonderful story teaching how God has so ordained that the blood of Jesus must be shed - he is the Lamb of God, and through that our deliverance - freedom from the slavery to sin and Satan must come through that.

Fourth week we talked about how the families of the Israelites were brought out through the Passover lamb. In that we see a great teaching about Redemption - shows that the lamb was God-ordained lamb - God was the one that gave them that idea about the lamb. And secondly, the lamb became their substitute instead of them dying, the lamb died; in every house in Egypt there was death (Egyptian or Israel) there was death; but in Israelis house there was the death of an animal instead of people; but then by means of sprinkling the blood only, they were able to get benefit of what the blood was able to do for them.It was not enough for the lamb of die, or the blood to be shed they had to sprinkle it, and they had to do it by faith and obedient; God said it, so they did it and it worked. And it brought immediate deliverance(we showed you); and beginning of a new life. Nearly 400 years of slavery and bondage, there were set free in no time. Pharaoh was literally begging them to go. Pharao his likened to the devil in that passage; he is the picture of the devil - hardening his heart, persecuting the people of God, he would not let them go. And finally, he begs them to go and leave; and then we saw how they began a new life - they came out of there and that blood that was shed there, guaranteed them that they will receive continued love and guidance from God; and protection from God as they travelled to the Promised Land. And that I showed you that the blood was the pledge that just as they were brought out of Egypt and from the bondage andslavery of Egypt, and from pharaoh's hand, they would also be brought in to the Promised Land to enjoy all the blessings of God. The blood was the pledge or the guarantee of that.

Then last week,fifth week we talked about "Pleading the blood"; this is a wonderful thing. I want to spend a little more time on that because this is so important - because it is the practical side of this whole truth. "Pleading the blood" - Now "Pleading the blood" is about how we must apply the blood of Jesus that was shed 2000 years ago to the various circumstances and situations in the various circumstances and situations in our lives - I want to continue to talk to about that today, because this is so important. So let me ask you to turn with me to 1 Corinthians Chapter 5 verse 7 (we have been reading this verses because I wanted to keep before you all the time; these are most importance passages concerning the blood of Jesus). So, 1 Corinthians chapter 5, and let me read to you verse 7 the later part of verse 7: It says, "For indeed Christ, our Passover was sacrificed for us". - Paul is saying, that the Old Testament people under Moses - the people of Israel had a Passover lamb - God taught them how to kill the Passover lamb, apply the blood on the door post and all that. They had their Passover; but Paul says there is a picture of our Passover; our Passover is the reality, theirs was a shadow. So he says, Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us. Two thousand years ago Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed for us, and his blood has been made available for our use, it's for us. The word "For us" is very important - it is "for us", we need to take the blood and now we must be able to believe in what the bible says that the blood of Jesus has done and can do for us, and apply to our situations in life. So he says, "Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us" - two thousand years ago sacrificed for us. But a lot of people don't realize that the deliverance of the sort that happened in Egypt for the people of Israel, and even something more than that happens really in our life; we are set free from the bondage of sin and Satan; we enter into a whole new life, just like they came out of Egypt, and the way is open for us; the Red Sea is split into two; food came from heaven; water came from the rock, no enemy could touch them, nobody could come against them and stand against them. Victory throughout; even the Jericho wall fell, because the sign of the blood was upon them; they were blood-bought people. The fact that the blood was shed for them; a substitute was made available for them and they have put their faith in that; mattered not only when they were in Egypt on that Passover day but it mattered throughout the journey, and their travel through the wilderness and all the way into the Promised Land - that is a wonderful picture. Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; so we also just like them, get out of the bondage of sin and Satan, and enter into the new life - God is with us, no devil/nothing of the devil can touch us, we are blood-bought. We live under fortress of God's blood as our protective wall roundabout us and that we march to victory and we march through this world doing the will of God and possessing the blessings of God and inheritance in Christ, with the protection that the blood of Jesus gives to us. That is the message that comes out of that.

But let's read Exodus chapter 12 (go to Exodus chapter 12) - we have been reading some verses there; but look at this, I will read a few additional verses. Let read from verse 5 onwards (God is instructing them on what to do with the lamb) - He says, "Your lamb shall be without blemish (why? Because this is a picture of Jesus; this lamb is to represent Jesus), a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat".

Then Verse 13, "Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses (the blood that they put on the doorpost and the lintel of their houses) where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt." So the Passover teaches that the killing of the lamb is not enough, the shedding of the blood is also not enough - the blood needs to be sprinkled. Now another word - modern word for "sprinkled" is "applied". The blood needs to be taken; it needs to be believed upon and you must obey what God has said and apply it. They applied it in the way God had told themparticularly in that situation - to put it on the door, the angel of death is going to come, the destroyer was going to come and he must see the sign on the door that this is an Israelite house; it must be a visible obvious sign. So it was on their doorpost. Now, we don't have a real blood because the blood of Jesus was shed 2000 years ago. We don't put it on our house doors. No. We can use it in various situations: We can use it against the attack of the enemy in our spirit, soul and body; in our finances, in various areas in our lives. It is not just in our house as it was in that day. The principle is the same for all situations in our lives. The blood of Jesus is now available - Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us, the blood is there; it is our business to apply it in many ways to our needs in to our situations and in our circumstances in our life. The thing is how to apply it; how to apply the blood that was shed two thousand years ago; the blood that is literally not there. How to apply it like they applied and how to receive such benefits like they received in those days. Turn to Revelation Chapter 12; Revelation Chapter 12 explains how to apply in our times - how to apply the blood of Christ our Passover that has been sacrificed for us. Revelation chapter 12 (let me read to you verse 10 and 11) - "And they overcame him(they means the saints of God - it is talking about something that happens in the end times; talking about end time events; the saints of God) overcame him (referring to the Devil) by the blood of the Lamb (let me read verse 10 onwards)"Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down" - So a voice (a loud voice) was saying in heaven; salvation, strength, Kingdom of our God and the power of His Christ has come, for the accuser (see something has significantly happened) - for the accuser of our brethren who accused them day and night has been cast down. So the devil has been very busy; and until the end has been quite busy. Doing what? He is the accuser of brethren (that his full time job; full time means not 8 hours a day; 40 hours a week - he doesn't take any holidays; he accusing night and day; he does night shift and day shit. He is working 24 hours, accusing God's people day and night.

I mean if you can't believe it, just look at the history of Job; the devil goes before God and appears before God; and he says, "Now listen, that is not right, look that guy is a very unworthy guy. How can you bless him so much" Now Job had too much - talk about material blessings; he had thousands of thousands of cows and horses and donkeys and what not; thousands - just imagine 5,000 cows standing there, they would block up the whole area; 5,000 is a lot of cows. This guy had 7,000 - every single item, 7,000 like. I mean he had thousands and thousands. He was quite a rich guy; blessed by God, living in that way - a very blessed man. And the devil goes and objects to it, "How can bless him like that". And he says, "You have not only blessed him but you have put a wall of protection around him - You have built a hedge around him and You are protecting him so that no one can lay their hand on him". Now if that is not the best picture you can get of how God works for us, then I don't know where you can go. That is the best picture; God blesses and puts protection. I believe in divine protection also, and you need to believe also. I believe that God wants to bless us and protects us, because He knows that there is an enemy and God wants to protect us, and the devil is an accuser - he wants to somehow create abreach in the wall; he wants to somehow make an entry, get in there, ruin everything, destroy everything. He loves to see you and I destroyed; he would love to see us defeated; he would love to see us finished - especially if you are doing something for God, the devil would love to see that; he is the accuser of the brethren. He is constantly accusing, trying to bring up some accusation against us, some short coming; everything about our life that is a shortcoming, he highlights it before God; twenty four hours of the day. That is what he has been doing, and the bible says, finally he has been cast down - something has happened to him; and it says what happened to him - and it says what happened verse 11, "They overcame him ("they" meaning the saints overcame the devil; him). By the blood of the lamb (now listen how they overcame) "by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death"

How did they overcome? Three things there; the blood of the lamb, the word of God and their testimony. Three things brought the victory; the blood of the lamb, the word of God (what the word of God says) and their testimony (what they said). Now let me put these three things together in this way; how can we understand this? How can they overcome using these three things; I will put it like this - They began to confess with their mouth or testify about what the word of the God says that the blood of Jesus has done for them. This is how they won the victory. It came by three things: the blood of the lamb, the word of God and their testimony (What the word said and what they said).

See the blood of Jesus has been shed two thousand years ago - Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; that is why 1 Corinthians 5:7 is so important (it's there); the blood of Jesus has been shed for us; then we have the word of God. I have been preaching for 6 weeks including this week now, about what the bible says that the blood of Jesus has done for us and what it means to us today. So we have the blood (two thousand years ago it had been shed), we have the word, which says what it does for us and what it has done for us. The third element is very important - is what you say. Things don't happen just because the lamb has been provided 2,000 years ago, that God sent His son as the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world; He has sent 2,000 years ago, that job is over; it is finished. But just because it was finished there, things don't happen automatically here. The word of God is given telling us what the blood of Jesus has done and what it still does for us. So the word of God is very important; what it says is very important; but just because the word says it, it's not going to happen like it says in our life. The third element is very important - it's what you say. It's what you say about what the word says, about what the blood has done for us.

The word of God tells us what the blood of Jesus has done for us and we must take it and believe it, and we must begin to say; and when we begin to say, that is how we sprinkle it in our situations, in our lives today, (in various situations in our lives). We don't sprinkle exactly on our door, we sprinkle it in some other way. In the bible I can show you (maybe in the coming weeks I will go through some of that - we will look at some of that)but the term: "the blood of sprinkling" is very common - it called not just the blood; blood of sprinkling, because without sprinkling it means nothing, it does nothing.That is why it is called "the blood of sprinkling". Let me give you one example; let me read it in Hebrews Chapter 12 (turn with me to Hebrews chapter 12 - very interesting term; "the blood of Sprinkling"). Is it not just enough to say the blood of Jesus that was shed? No. it is called "the blood of sprinkling" because it maybe the blood of Jesus, it may be shed but it doesn't do anything just because it was shed or it's the blood of Jesus - it does something only when it becomes the blood of sprinkling (when it is sprinkling or applied). ("Sprinkled" is an old term, new term is "Applied")

Chapter 12 verse 22: "But you have come to the Mount Zion" - it is a very interesting passage; he is telling the believers where they have come now. Why? Because this is written to the Hebrew Christians; the Hebrew Christians were the most persecuted in the first century. They came from the Hebrew religion and embraced Christianity after Jesus rose again. Now the Hebrew people...the Jews looked at them and laughed at them, and ridiculed them. They said, You believe this Jesus that hung on the cross naked and crying, 'My God, My God, why has thou forsaken me?' You mean to say this Jesus that couldn't even save himself and died shamefully like a criminal on the cross is Lord and you confess him as Lord. And you believe and belong to what is called Christianity. This thing established in his name. What is wrong with you?we have such a grand religion; we belong to the Jewish religion - we have Moses, we have Abraham, we have the Temple in Jerusalem, we have sacrificial system, we have a high-priest who goes into the holy of holies every year and sprinkles that blood so that our sins maybe be forgiven. Angels spoke to our fore-fathers like Moses and Abraham, and so; angels came and spoke; we have the 10 Commandments - we have such a grand respectable fantastic religion of old, for thousands of years has been there. And you believe in this Christ naked, crying; who died on the cross crying, "My God, My God why has thou forsaken me?" Aren't you ashamed? Why are you following him? You don't have a temple to go to; you don't have a high-priest now. You don't have blood of sacrifice, you don't have this sprinkling anymore - you don't have nothing. You don't have our grand religion, with its rituals and ceremonies; see some people like rituals and ceremonies. The more rituals, more ceremonies are there - the better, and they would look at people that don't have rituals and ceremonies, and they would say, "What kind of rituals do these guys have?"

One person walked in here and looked at the stage and said, "You do not have nothingthere." She was shocked that we didn't have nothing behind me. She expected a lot kinds of things to be behind me and me to be turning around this way,and doing something, but it was not so; there was nothing behind me and I was turning this way the whole time and never turning back; because she is used to that kind of situation; everything is behind and the preacher also turns over thereand keeps doing something, people keep watching and waiting when he will be through. So she was shocked to find that kind of a church.

People are hooked to ceremonies and rituals, you know, they think this is ridiculous - you don't have any grand stage, you don't have an altar - you don't have this, you don't have that; that is exactly what they were saying; They were laughing at them saying, "You don't have a temple, you don't have sacrifice, you don't a high-priest, with all his robes and everything. And you don't have this blood to go and sprinkle at the mercy seat. You don't have all this ceremony of the Day of Atonement, and Passover and all that - you don't have none of these things. You don't have the 10 Commandments. You don't have nothing; how can you follow this Christ? Where do you go now? You don't have the temple and author of Hebrews writes; the whole subject of the book of Hebrews is the superiority of Christ over Moses, over Aaron over Old Testament pattern of worship, the Temple and the high-priest.Our high-priest is a better high-priest, our covenant is the better covenant, the blood is not just the blood of animals - the blood of Jesus itself. Comparing that and this, the author of book of Hebrews for the Christians, he is comforting them by telling them - you are in a far better shape; they have only a shadow. Those things were only just a shadow, but you now have the reality of all those things - the reality of all those things represented. So there is a wonderful passage to read really; and it comes down; if you read all the 11 chapter sand then come down to this it is very interesting. I just gave to you in 5 minutes. But let's read verse 22, he says: "But you have come to Mount Zion (he is talking about where they have come. They have not come to Jerusalem in a Temple) He says, "You have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels" ... Look at what he is saying, "You have come to the heaven itself". When you stand before God, you are standing before God Himself, not in front of a temple; not waiting for the high-priest to do something for you;you are standing in the city of the living God, heavenly Jerusalem to the innumerable company of angels. He is describing the scene there in heavens; the presence of God. And says, "We can come right into the presence of God. The blood of Jesus gives us the boldness to come into the presence of God (according to chapter 10). He says, "You have come here itself" - he says, "In the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect" - (I don't have the time to go through all that) It is talking about how the New Testament saints are there around God (New Testaments saints are there), angels are there, innumerable company of angels. It is the city of the living God. It is the place called, "Mount Zion" - in the company of angels, in the general assembly of the first-borns registered in heaven to God, who is the judge - and around Him are angels, Old Testament, New Testament saint - and all of them angels (and all of them are there; And then look at verse 24, he says, "To Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel" - very interesting: he is describing the heavenly scene and he says, "Why bother about going to the Temple and having a high-priest going in there to the holy of holies where God is, once a year, that too. Is that better or you coming straight to God better? You coming straight to God is far better. If you come straight to God it is far better. He is saying, You come straight to God - you come into the very presence of God. There are angels, Old Testament saints, Old Testament saints are there; all of them are gathered there, and Jesus is there he says. He is the mediator of the New Covenant. And then he says something very interesting: "To the blood of sprinkling which speaks better things than that of Abel". Now with all these important people - Old Testament, New Testament saints, the angels, Jesus; why do you need the blood there? Why is blood kept there? And it is called... (I will explain why the blood is kept there).

But the main thing is; it is called "the blood of sprinkling". Why it is called "the blood of sprinkling"? Without sprinkling it is nothing. Sprinkling is the application of the blood to ourselves in our various situations. Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us. If we don't apply, if we don't sprinkle like the people of Israel sprinkled upon their doorposts and lintels - if we don't sprinkle in our situations, the shed blood has no value for us, has no meaning for us, has no significance for us, brings no results, no benefits for us - that is what he is saying. So the pleading the blood is something I began talking about last week. It is an idea or truth that is based on the legality of our redemption; it is a legal word/legal terminology. You hear the word "plea" made in the courts of law. And lots of spiritual things are legal terms; are put down in legal-terms; a mediator, advocate...lots of these legal terms are used, when bible describes our relationship with God. There was a legal problem - man could not come before God. God is holy, man is sinner; holy God cannot have sinful-man in His presence. There was a barrier. How the barrier was removed;it must be removed legally. Sin must be punished; the soul that sins, shall die. Bible is full of legality; legal terms - it has to be done properly. And what was done on the cross was to deal legally with the issue of sin; that was what was done on the cross of Calvary. So it is full of legal terms and terminology - and here once again a legal term is used, and "pleading the blood" is another legal term.

So what is pleading the blood all about? It is the truth about the legality of our redemption and all inheritance, rights and privileges that our redemption brings for us. It has to do with our redemption - the legality of our redemption and all the inheritance, rights and the privileges that the shed blood of Jesus brings for us. So I showed last week that pleading is not really a simple begging; where you cry to God and He gives you something. It is not like that. It is actually a legal term; it is a pleading like the lawyer is pleading - the lawyer is not just simply crying before the judge; certainly he goes there humbly and so on. But the thing is; the lawyer is pleading the case before the judge on the basis of certain laws which gives the client certain privileges and certain rights.

Now there is a term that is used in the bible in other ways also; let me just give you another example also. 1 Samuel chapter 24, you will understand it there a little betterwhen you look at some examples here where pleading is based on certain legality is done.1 Samuel chapter 24 and the story is about David and Saul, and what was going on between them; this is a chapter where you read about David sparing Saul even though he could kill him -Remember David is on the run, remember Saul becomes very jealous over David afterthe people sang after he had defeated Goliath - that Saul killed thousand, and David called 10 thousand and he became very jealous and he wanted to get rid of him. So David is on the run, Saul is hunting him with thousands of soldiers aiding him in the hunt; they arehunting for this little boy. He wanted to kill him because of jealousy. And David is hiding, and Saul is hunting; and there David is hiding with his men in a cave; in theback of thecave, and Saul goes and enters there to basically to attend to his needs;he goes into the cave putting all his soldiers outside. He enters the cave, not knowing David and his men are there. And they are out there and Saul didn't see them. The men belonging to David told him; Remember God told you that He will give you your enemy in your hand to do whatever you want; the day has come, the prophecy has been fulfilled. Here he is - Saul has come, inside the cave, his men are outside; you can clearly kill him now, take your sword. Finish with him, and this is the day that the Lord has made for you. Do it.David says, "No, no I will not touch the Lord's anointed". But he goes and cuts off a piece of the robe from Saul while he is inside the cave without his knowledge (cuts of a piece of robe). And when Saul gets up from there and comes out and comes right behind him and calls on him and when Saul turned back he gives him a respect that ought to be given back to a king. He really prostrates himself before the king and greets him. And says to him, "You have been hunting me and want to kill me. But look I could have killed you. I have proof. I could have killed you very easily, just a few minutes ago.The proof is this piece of cloth I have cut off from your robe. If I could have cut off a piece from your robe, I could have cut off your head and given it to you. I could have killed you very easily. This is a proof that I do not want to kill you; I don't consider you as my enemy. There are people that are always talking to you about taking vengeance on me and hunting me down and killing me, and all that. Don't believe them please, believe me. I am not your enemy; I am not trying to kill you. I will never lay my hands of you. Please. And he literally pleads with him; (listen to this - verse 10) Look, this day your eyes have seen that the Lord delivered you today into my hand in the cave (he is telling Saul), and someone urged me to kill you. But my eye spared you, and I said, 'I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord's anointed.' Moreover, my father see (he is calling him father), see!, Yes see the corner of your robe in my hand (isn't that evidence)! For in that I cut off the corner of your robe, and did not kill you, know and see that there is neither evil nor rebellion in my hand, and I have not sinned against you. Yet you hunt my lifeto take. Let the Lord judge between you and me, and let the Lord avenge me on you. But my hand shall not be against you. As the proverb of the ancients says, 'Wickedness proceeds from the wicked.' But my hand shall not be against you. After whom the king of Israel come out? Whom do you pursue? A dead dog? A flea? He says I am a little guy. Why are you hunting me down? I am nobody. Why are hunting me down as if I am someone big? Why so many soldiers?" he says. And listen to verse 15 it says:"Therefore let the Lord be judge, and judge between you and me, and see and plead my case, (he says) and deliver me out of your hand." - it's a good example, a proper example; he is not trying to convince him without evidence, he has come with evidence - the piece of his robe. And he says, "I have come with evidence. I could have easy cut your head-off (killed you). But I did not do it. I do not have evil intentions for you. Please believe me," he says. And finally he did not know if he could convince him like this. So he says, "The Lord be the judge, let him judge between you and me; and see and plead my case". In other words he is saying, "Justice is on my side. I am right. I am not wrong. I have not done anything evil - God knows my heart and its intentions - let God plead my case; may God open your eyes and help you to see that I am not your enemy, and spare me, forget about hunting me down; let God plead my case" he says. This is how pleading is used in the bible. Now this is the kind of pleading we are talking about when we say, "Plead the blood".

What are we saying? We are not just going before God crying and trying to get something from Him - that is not pleading; we are trying to go before God. We are going with evidence; we are going with proper proof; we are going with a proper case that is on our side - justice is on our side. We are right, we are on the right side of justice. The cross - this blood that was put on Calvary has put us on the right side - made us right. Justice is on our side; we must be shown mercy, we must be shown favour, we must be protected, we must be blessed - because of what the cross has done for us. On the basis of that we go and stand and produce the evidence. Now when you go to the court, the judge is there, the accused is there, the accuser is there - and the advocate who talks on behalf of the accused is there (everybody is there). Most important thing if the accused is not really guilty, he needs one very important thing; to prove that he is not guilty - he needs evidence; evidence that must speak loud, evidence that must be very clear that this guy is not guilty, is not to be punished, that he is to be blessed (evidence must be there). That is why Hebrews12: 24 says, "That in the presence of God, where angels are, where New Testament, Old Testament saints are, where Jesus the mediator of the New Covenant is, there is also the blood that speaks better things than the blood of Abel - the blood of sprinkling." Why is it called "the blood of sprinkling?" It is called the blood of Sprinkling because somebody is claiming that as their evidence. Somebody is sprinkling it - somebody is using it as their evidence; somebody is saying the blood speaks for me; the blood of Jesus is the proof that the penalty for my sins has been paid off. It has been paid in full - it has been paid more than enough; the blood of Jesus is more than enoughpenalty that has been paid on the cross of Calvary; sufficient damages have been paid. I don't owe anything. I am not indebted in any way; totally paid off. What is the proof? The blood that speaks better things than the blood of Abel. It's the blood of sprinkling that means, somebody is believing, claiming, standing on it, and claiming that as their evidence for the rights and privileges that have come to them through redemption. Somebody is claiming that; that is why it is called "the blood of sprinkling".

Now this is a very interesting thing; every time we claim the blood of Jesus or plead the blood of Jesus as the old Christians used to say. As I was growing up I used to hear it all the time; "plead the blood" they would say. Very valid term; I didn't understand in those days this well. But I knew that there was power in it. I have seen devils run, I have seen victory happen, I have seen things happen, miracles happen when they plead the blood of Jesus. When they plead what did they do? They were simply taking what word says about the blood of Jesus and what it has done for us. And simply speaking it out on the basis of telling the devil to get out of their lives and take his hands off and let them go free; because the blood has been shed -they now take it and apply, forbidding the devil from touching them, forbidding the devil from destroying them, forbidding the devil from doing anything with them. So the blood has been shed, now they take; every time they take what the word of God says concerning the blood and begin to speak it, and confess it, and proclaim it, and on the basis plead their case, it has to work because it a legal thing; law always works. It sometimes appears like it doesn't work, but it will work; if you keep persisting on the law to do the job; it will work, it will come around and justice will be established. And that is the same way in Christian life. When you speak you are speaking in legal terms, when you are speaking you are speaking heaven's law -when you are speaking you are speaking about the blood and what it has done; you are talking about heaven's constitution - heaven's law book. And heavenitself cannot deny your request and hell cannot help but bow before you, because it is the truth.

Now turn with to James Chapter 4 (turn there because I think some of people may not be familiar with this; some of the newer people may not be familiar with this verses. It is better to read James chapter 4:7, "Therefore submit to God. Resist the deviland he will flee from you" - Now the New Testament puts it very simply; puts it as if the devil is not a big problem; it says, "Resist the deviland he will flee from you", telling the Christians. Some people makea big deal of the devil and give him a big build up as if he is something great. The bible simply says, "Resist the devil and he will flee from you". You know, people give the devil a big build up and make him look something big; but really he is not something big. You know you have seen a dog; a dog sometimes look big, but sometimes big dogs are useless. I used to have a useless big dog; many years ago - it was a huge dog. You got to give him eggs and all meat and everything; and we fed him good. And I remember one time, we went out of the country, and I had to leave somebody to take care of him. He is supposed to take care of my house you know, but I had leave somebody to take care of him; give him food and make sure that nobody takes him away. He is a huge dog and anybody would be afraid. If they come near our gate, they will not come in because he is a big dog; but if you start chasing him, he will run. He is that kind of a dog. He is absolutely no boldness. And I got so tired of that; he just even doesn't help you at all. Anybody; any thief comes he will be wagging the tail -inviting them. Thank God nobody knows that this dog is like that. Everybody that goes down the road is afraid of the dog; it looks big, it looks impressive, but it is nothing. If you chase, he will run, that is the kind of dog. And the devil is like that; because Christians are to be credited with giving him a big build up there; they have been giving him a big build up over the years, so the devil looks big in our eyes.Actually if you resist him, he will flee from you. Jesus is a perfect example of how to resist the devil. Remember when he was tempted by Satan, after his 40 days of fasting and so on, he was tempted by the devil: The devil said, "Makes these stones to bread" He said, "Man cannot live on bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God". You know what that is? That is the verse from Deuteronomy. He is taking a verse from Deuteronomy; Deuteronomyis one of the first five books of the bible, and among the books of the bible that his very much doubted and contested; and held as suspicious. Its source and its authenticityis questioned many time by the modern day scholars; Jesus is quoting from that; Deuteronomy-and the devil is not a modern day scholar, he is the same old guy; he knows that it is the truth. Modern day scholars have a problem with Deuteronomy. They say, "Well we question its authorship, we question its truthfulness, and all that; but the devil had no question; as soon as when Jesus, "Man cannot live by bread alone, but from every word that proceeds from the mouth of God". He said, "Ok! Ok! See you later", he fled. Then he comes again, takes him to the pinnacle of the Temple and he says, "Jump from here so that everybody will know that you are the son of God". Again Jesus quotes from Deuteronomy, "You shall not tempt the Lord your God" - again he quotes from Deuteronomy. Again the devil never replied.

Sometimes some of these people that doubt the bible if they just look at just what the devil does, they will know what the truth is. He unknowingly betrays what the truth is. The devil is by his actions simplysaying, "The book of Deuteronomy is absolutely the truth". He shuts up and leaves the second time. Third time he takes him to a high mountain and shows him the kingdoms of the world and the glory of it all, and says, "If you fall down and worship me, I will give all of the kingdom of the world and the glory of it" (the riches of it literally; "the glory of it" means the riches of the kingdom of this world I will give you. He is talking to the one who made everything; what a big joke.) "I will give you the riches" - he thought he will be impressed. Jesus said, "I will worship only God and not anybody else". And that also is the verse he is quoting from Deuteronomy. From Deuteronomy, he quotes three times. For all those who say, "I am the Old Testament preacher". (Hello). Jesus quoted allthree times from the Old Testament; and the devil was defeated just by the Old Testament. If he can be so defeated by the Old Testament, how much more by the New Testament. "The devil left him", the bible says. You read after the three temptations, the devil left him. All the temptations were handled by the word of God; Jesus simply took what the word says and spoke it out, and the devil fled.And the bible says, "Resist the devil and he will flee from you".

I will tell you, in many times in your life you will find the devil coming and attacking you - in your mind; in your spirit, in your body - he will make you loseheart, he will make you afraid, he will make you feel a sense of failure, disappointment, frustration. He will put in you a sense of loneliness; an emptiness, you know, indescribable agony will come over you; because it is a devilish attack. The devil loves to attack God's people, bring them down, cripple them,make them fear, make them breakthem down and go to pieces. He would love to see that; attack them in their spirit, attack them in their mind - got to be very careful with your mind; what it thinks; you should not take fear easily and think that it is something that just because of some circumstances or something like that. Fear is not from God. God has given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and sound mind " the bible says. Sound mind is from God my friend. When your mind is not sound, it is not from God. When you are confused it is not from God; when your mind is going a thousand directions, torn apart, it is not from God. The devil attacks the mind like nothing else. I taught about Ephesians; listen to Chapter 4 to Chapter 6, it's all about the mind and the attack of the devil upon the mind especially in chapter 6 about spiritual warfare. How the devil comes against the mind; the war is raged in our mind, and I talkedabout how the sword of the spirit, the word of God must be used in that warfare.

Mind; the devil is very interested - because he can cause a real break down in our minds. A lot of people don't recognize is the attack of the devil; accusations are brought, your old sins are brought to light - he talks to you how unworthy you are, how unfit you are to be a Christian. And how useless you are, how no good you are; and how if Jesus came today, you will not going to go with him, and how you wouldn't go to heaven; and how your prayers will not reach up to the roof - all this evil talk, all these devil's language to make you feel despondent, useless, worthless, as a sinner; so that you stop praying, stop reading the word of God, stop going to church, stop being interested in the things of God; because you will think, "What's the use. After all I have sinned. After all the, yeah devil right, I have done this and that.Whatever he says is right only. Certain things have happenedin my life that proves that I am unworthy spiritually. If you go like this my friendthat's it. The next time, it will completely destroy you. He is a destroyer; his name is "Destroyer".

Not only your mind - the devil attacks even your body in so many ways; through many illnesses, weaknesses, sicknesses to cripple you, keep you down. Mainly a fear about illnesses, fear about how you may die and may not live; make it and all that business. Sickness is one thing, but devil's work through sickness is totally another realm that is; he uses sickness so well to make his attack very severe. But what do you do? The blood of Jesus has been shed for us already 2,000 years ago; Christ our Passover has been shed for us. How do you deal with this now? You need to apply the blood. How do you apply the blood? You need to take what the word of God says concerning the blood. The bible says that "By the blood of Jesus you have the boldness (Chapter 10 of Hebrews) to enter into the very throne room of God". You have the boldness; the confidence (one translation says). You can come to God with boldness. You are child of God. You can come and obtain the grace in the time of your need. You are qualified before God; you are a child of God. God doesn't see your faults; He sees you in Christ. You are surrounded by the grace of God; God loves you. So what should you do? It's not enough to just think, "God loves me, I am surrounded..." No. Thinking is alright, but you need to open your mouth and begin to speak it, and manytimes speak right to the devil himself. "Devil take your hands off of me. I am not your target- you cannot touch me, you cannot come near me, you cannot lay hands on me. Take your hands off of me because I am God's property. I belong to God. The mark of the blood of Jesus is upon me. Since the day I put my faith in Jesus, and confessed him as my Lord; the mark of the blood of Jesus is upon me. Do not lay your hands upon me. You have no right, no authority, no power over me.

Everybody say with me."Devil, you have no power, no authority, over my life, over my mind, over my body. Take your hands off of me; I am God's property, I belong to God, the blood of Jesus, is sprinkled around me, all upon me, upon my family, upon my house, upon everything that I own. God has blessed me and has protected me. I am protected by the blood of Jesus. It is a wall of protection roundabout me. Devil you are defeated. I am more than a conqueror through Jesus." You talk like that (clapping)...when you start talking like that, half-way through your talk, the devil will be running. Resist the devil means exactly like that. Lot of people read bible verses like this; they don't ask how do I resist the devil? It says, "Resist the devil and he will flee from you". How do I resist the devil? You need to literally stand right in the midst of your situation and pull up everything that bible says about the blood of Jesus and how it has washed your sins away, how it has cleansed you, made you whole, how your sins are put away by the blood of Jesus, how that you are been made whole by the blood of Jesus. That you are a child of God. You must proclaim it; put him to shame - he is trying to accuse and tell you are a sinner; you stand there proclaim who you are in Jesus Christ. That is the way you resist the devil.

1 John 3:8 it says, "He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil." - See when Jesus came he came for the purpose of destroying the works of the devil. And if that is true, and it is true that he has done his work and completed his work, and what he saidon the cross is true; it is finished. He has dealt with the devil - it is finished. And he has given us the authority to trample upon serpents and scorpions and so on; that is the way he puts it. You trample upon the powers of the devil; if that is true then the works of the devil must be rebuked, we must stand against it, we must speak against it; we must speak against every attack of the enemy, even in our body by way of sicknesses, weaknesses and all of these things. We must constantly be aware of the fact that we are blood sprinkled people and we must constantly keep sprinkling the blood by speaking what the blood of Jesus has done.

Now some of you might say, "What has the blood of Jesus have to do with healing?" Well it has a lot to do with healing; because Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil when he shed his blood on the cross; made atonement for us, he united us with God and pulled us away from the devil. Delivered us from the chains and the bondage of Satan, and if you pulled away from the devil and freed from the chains and bondages of Satan, then he has no right to inflict upon you all kinds of sicknesses and kill you with it. And you need to let him know that; you need to speak up many times. You need to open your mouth and proclaim it, speak it and stand in the name of Jesus. Lot of us what we do is that we just end up watching, standing and watching instead of standing and speaking. We just let the devil do everything and we just say, "Well, brother I don't know what to do." Well you got to speak up. This is something that you can do immediately. Every day you must do it. You mustsprinkle the blood of Jesus, constantly; it is the blood of sprinkling. Everybody say, "Blood of sprinkling" If you don't sprinkle it, it is of no use, it is a blood of sprinkling. You have got to sprinkle it; otherwise the fact that it was shed it is there; but until you sprinkle it you will receive nothing from it. It is the blood of sprinkling.

So the pleading the blood of Jesus is a heaven-given resource. It gives us license to stand in dominion over the works of the devil and all of hell; we can use it like an attorney uses it before the court; and make our plea on legal grounds based upon a body of evidence. And the evidence is right there in the very presence of God; the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 12:24 says). The evidence is in the presence of God; and the evidence is not ordinary evidence; it is a speaking evidence - it speaks very loud. It is proclaiming. The thing is God is on our side; the Judge. There is an advocate, the best advocate in the world; Jesus is my advocate. He is not just my advocate; you know you don't have to doubt this advocate whether he is really on your side or not; he is really on your side because he gave his life for me, he shed his blood, he came down and lived on this earth; and shed his blood, and died, and suffered untold agony for me; to do everything for me. He died and rose again, and he is now my advocate.

And the blood is so powerful. This powerful blood of Jesus is also in the very presence of God; so God is on my side, Jesus is totally on my side and the blood is also speaking good things about me. Now only two other people left; the devil and me. The devil is not going to change; he is going to keep on accusing. What I do is very important. You know why? Because if God is on my side, if Jesus is also on my side, if the blood is also speaking for me; if I don't speak the right thing, nothing is going to happen. I have got to reform, I got to change; I got to start speaking what Jesus is speaking, what God is speaking, what the blood is speaking; I need to align my speaking with them and I need to believe in the power of this blood; I need to claim its benefits. I need to stand on what it means for me today, and I need to proclaim so that what I say aligns with what my advocate says and aligns with what the blood has done. When that is done the devil no matter how big he is, he is a loser. He is never going to win. I will tell you in all of lives' battles, you are already ahead. That is why the bible calls you, "You are more than conquerors". You are already ahead, you are a winner, no way you can lose. Only one way to give up your victory is by your mouth. Get that aligned, speak. Let the mouth work like the hyssop,dip it in the blood, dip it in what the bible says, the blood of Jesus has done and speak it out. And no matter what the situation is the blood will be your protection, the blood will bring healing, the blood will bring victory, the blood will bring the blessing of God in that situation.

Amen.

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