God did not say it is impossible or difficult, but simply commanded us to be holy. So it is not an option, but a command to be followed.
We should be thankful that God pointed us to himself as the model to follow for holiness (see Leviticus 11:44). The Bible declares that God … Read the rest
Sexual fantasies occupy much space in a man’s mind. If he is not on his guard, not right with God, or is not walking with God at the moment; the sight of a woman can trigger a lot of sexual thoughts in his mind.
This is because men are stimulated by sight. It doesn’t matter … Read the rest
God is merciful. He will show you compassion.
But if that is all, then you have got a wrong picture of God. He is holy.
You need to look at the holiness of God before you find reasons to justify your surfing the internet to see or read porn.
God understands your struggle. You do … Read the rest
In prayer, Jesus showed us his total dependence on his heavenly Father. It was his goal to please him. In fact, Jesus did nothing without seeking God’s approval.
He addressed God as “Abba, Father (Mark 14:36).” (Abba is an Aramaic term which young children used to address their fathers. It can be translated as “Daddy.”) … Read the rest
So many people suffer from guilt. It need not be a great crime like murder that troubles, but it can be the little wrongs they have done.
Their past haunts them.
They suffer silently as their minds torture them.
They feel someone accusing them all the time.
Unable to open up to anyone they carry … Read the rest
“For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life (Leviticus 17:11).”
The infinite power of Jesus’ blood to cleanse us from all sin (1 John 1:7) lies in his … Read the rest
This Lesson is part of John’s Gospel Easy Notes Series.
It was Zechariah who looked forward to a day when a fountain will be opened for cleansing people from sin and impurity (see Zechariah 13:1). The blood of Jesus is that fountain.
This has given rise to these famous lines in the hymn:
There is … Read the rest
[The following paraphrase is taken from Bob Lamb’s Book The Overcoming Blood]
The phrase “pleading the blood” is not in the Bible. But to understand the concept let us use the phrase “appeal earnestly.” Let us take a look at that Passover night when 2.5 million Israelites walked out of 430 years of slavery in … Read the rest
The cry of Jesus, “It is finished” should encourage us to seek to understand and experience the benefits through his shed blood on the cross. Here are a few helpful and encouraging starting points for moving into a deeper fellowship and intimacy with God through the blood of Jesus.
“Now, once again, the Lord is … Read the rest
The Passover was a moment in history of the birth of the Israelite Nation. Yet what happened during one night has significance for you and me today.
At the time of the first Passover God said, “The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see … Read the rest
“Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22).
“In him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Ephesians 1:7).
Let us look at what Jesus said during the Last Supper: He took the cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for … Read the rest
The story is told about a man who called the Rolls Royce Company when he had a breakdown of his car in his European Tour. The Company flew a mechanic in a helicopter and repaired his car. When the man asked what the bill amount was; the mechanic told him that he will be informed … Read the rest
Revelation 12:11 speaks about our means of victory over Satan. He is called the accuser because he accuses you and me before God all the time.
“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.”
Now several believers live in discouragement because of certain habitual sins that overtake … Read the rest
Imagine that when you walk into an office to meet the CEO of a MNC, to your surprise you find that his Secretary is someone who knows you and speaks on your behalf to him.
How much more confidence you can have when Jesus himself is interceding for you and speaks on your behalf to … Read the rest
The words Atonement or Propitiation means “to cover.” It literally means to appease God’s wrath. God is angry against sin and the sinner. But since God’s love is also in operation he made a provision through which animal sacrifices would cover the sin from his eyes. Ultimately, Jesus through his blood sacrifice turned away God’s … Read the rest
One of the first things that happened after Adam and Eve sinned was that the fellowship with God was immediately broken. It became impossible for holy God to be friends with man anymore. Sin had to be punished by death. That was God’s holy law.
But then God’s love began to seek man and make … Read the rest
Many believers are satisfied with the initial experience of forgiveness which is called “born again” (John 3:3) experience. It is like laying the foundation of a building and then forgetting all about constructing the house.
Sanctification refers to the moment by moment cleansing we all need through the blood of Jesus. Imagine you taking a … Read the rest
We all love to have a brand new beginning in life. The first thing to do to have a new beginning is to accept that we are sinners. Christ died for sinners (Romans 5:8). Therefore you can look to him in faith and be saved.
Even after we accept Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, … Read the rest
This is a term that can be understood in the context of a slave-market. The word Redemption means “especially of purchasing a slave with a view to his freedom (W. E. Vine, An Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words).” Now God did not need to pay Satan anything to set us free. Instead it was … Read the rest
The favourite title that John uses for Jesus Christ is “Lamb” or “Slain Lamb” in the Book of Revelation. He uses that title no less than 26 times. It reminds us of the words with which John the Baptist introduced Jesus Christ: “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world … Read the rest
No man’s biographer in this world has given such an emphasis to the last week of a person’s life as the Gospel writers did to Jesus’s life. 29 out of 89 chapters (about 30%) in the gospels are devoted to the last week of Jesus’ life. John 13-19 describes sunset to sunset, the last 24 … Read the rest
“Be holy, because I, the LORD your God, am holy” (Leviticus 19:2b NIV).
First of all, we should be thankful that God has given us no less a standard than he himself. There is no doubt about this command. “Be holy,” leaves us with no doubt that this is impossible.
Then why did God issue … Read the rest
You have hope. You are not a failure in God’s eyes because you are struggling with the habit of masturbation!
You’re probably reading this article because you are longing to find victory over this sinful habit. You have struggled to overcome this habit for so many years; but have failed. Each time you failed, you … Read the rest
Do not think you’re a hypocrite. You become a hypocrite only when you try to hide your sins from God. Confess them and seek the cleansing through the precious blood of Jesus.
Do not wait for the right moment. Do not wait for the next day. Seek His forgiveness and washing with His precious blood … Read the rest
We are brought near to God through the blood of Jesus alone. There is no other comfort to a Christian than the knowledge that he has been washed, cleansed and purified by the blood of the Lamb of God.
A Christian’s walk of victory is often clouded by frustration as he forgets this divine truth. … Read the rest
Evil is on the increase everyday. Whether you like it or not, you are constantly being exposed to evil influences.
The different kinds of evil influences that surround you are deadly. For example, the many advertisements that you see constantly make your mind a battlefield. The colorful sights and seductive sounds that abound around you … Read the rest