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Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Blood (part 1) – Wes Weaverling

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“The Blood part 1”

by Richard “Wes” Weaverling

Blood is very special to us, who are named after the name of Christ. We not only recognize it as the vital fluid, created by God, that gives life to our physical bodies, but it brought life to our spiritual bodies as well.

Many churches around the world love to sing the classic hymn, “Power in the Blood,” (by Lewis E. Jones, 1899). Yet do we really know what this power exists of? We can find the answer within the word POWER:

Purification
Ownership
Warfare
Eternity
Remembrance

So let’s take a closer look at each one.

Purification

Purification came about through the sacrifice of Jesus. Something went horribly wrong. God created everything perfect, but when sin was introduced it marred His creation. God know He had to do something, so, in His ultimate wisdom God decided to send His only begotten Son to take upon Himself the sins of all mankind. Purification took place when Jesus willing gave Himself over to be mocked, beaten, and crucified to set us free from sin, to reunite us with the Father, and to accept us into God’s kingdom and priesthood (Isaiah 53:4-9; Matthew 27:26; Mark 15:15; John 19:1; Romans 1:5-6).

Ownership

Jesus’ blood bought us (1 Corinthians 6:12-20; 7:17-24). Just like when we purchase a TV, we’re given a bill of sale saying we can do with it as we wish. We are God’s purchase to as He wills. God’s will is to deliver us from the power of darkness (Colossians 1:12-22) by making us heirs of His redemption and forgiveness of sins according to His grace (Ephesians 1:3-14).

Warfare

When we became born again we enlisted into a spiritual army. We are exhorted to put on the whole armor of God, (Ephesians 6:10-20) which is based upon the grace shown by the Father through the precious blood (which allows us to be overcomers – Revelation 12:7-12) of Jesus (1 Peter 1:13-21).

Eternity

Eternal life is one of the greatest gifts ever given to us, by God, as we accept Jesus as our Savior (John 3:16). Jesus Himself called us to be partakers of eternal life, for He was the Bread of Life (John 6:48-58) – meaning we had to make Him a part of us so that He could dwell in us now, and that we can dwell with Him in eternity.

Remembrance

From the Old to the New Testament blood has always found a way to be front and center before true worshippers, to reveal its preciousness (Leviticus 17:10-14; Exodus 29-30; Romans 5:6-11).

We are given the Lord’s Supper, or Communion, as a way to never forget just how much love God had for us that His very own Son’s blood flowed to redeem us (Matthew 26:26-30; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26). He became our propitiation (Romans 3:2-26) so we should never forget what grace was bestowed upon us.
May our lives be filled with all the power that the Savior’s blood generates within. Amen, and God’s blessings to you.

The Blood (part 2) – Wes Weaverling

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“The Blood part 2”

by Richard “Wes” Weaverling

Blood is a fascinating subject to ponder and meditate on. There are a couple of verses I want us to look at – “For the life of the flesh is in the blood and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” (Leviticus 17:11) “And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we now received the atonement.” (Romans 5:11).

The key word in these verses is atonement. Within the Old Testament the word atonement is used 80 times, and carries with it the meaning of covering (to cover), but in the New Testament the word is use only once (in Romans 5), and carries with it the meaning of reconciliation. God created blood with unique cells, each with special purposes:

Red: transports oxygen and carbon dioxide to and from the tissues
White: helps protect from infection and disease
Platelets: promotes blood clotting

From these cells we can see some amazing spiritual truths in regards to the atonement we now have through the blood of Jesus. So, let’s take a look.

Red – New Birth (Hebrews 9:11-18, 10:1-4)
The blood of Jesus, our High Priest, gave us eternal redemption. The redemption provided for us and removed the toxicity of the sinful old man, while giving breath to our new man. The new birth grants us an assurance of the promise of an eternal inheritance, as we are now children of the Father in heaven.

White – Healing (Isaiah 53:3-6)
The only true healing that has ever been seen here on this earth came through the Son of God. In the prophecy given to Isaiah, we read that in God’s loving mercy His very own Son would be despised and rejected, a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief, bearing our grief, bruised for our iniquities, and chastised for our peace. All this would be put upon Jesus so that we would be
healed by his stripes. (1 Peter 2:24) A study of God’s healing through Jesus reveals it’s for everything we are – spirit, mind, and body (and a great example is seen in Mark 5:1-19; compare verses 2-5 with verse 15).

Platelets – Unity (Ephesians 2:11-22, specifically verse 19)
We were once without Jesus – this made us aliens to the commonwealth of God’s holy people, and strangers from God’s covenant. But the precious blood of the Son abolished what separated us from God, and reconciled us; making us no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.

What grace we can discover when we meditate on how special the blood truly is. May we never forget what our sins cost, nor take for granted what Calvary means to us as Christians. Amen.

God bless you!

Hallowed Be Thy Name – George K. Walker

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“After this manner therefore pray ye: our Father which art in heaven,

hallowed be the name.” Matthew 6:9

Dear Reader,

I was having a conversation with one of my brothers and he asked me this question: “why can’t we have the same commitment to Jesus that we had with our friends when we were in the streets?”  I said that is a good question and I think it comes down to what you believe.  I used to believe in my friends so much that if they wanted to jump on someone I helped them, no questions asked.   Why can’t we be like this with Jesus?

As I was spending time with God drinking from His cup reading Matthew 6:9, He took me to Hebrews 12:9 and He told me: “Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?”  Wow!  Thank you Jesus is all I could say after He shared this with me.  I was viewing my relationship with my friends as a father figure and I yielded to them and I gave them honor.  The second part of Hebrews 12:9 says: “Shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?”  We shall!  But now I have a relationship with Jesus and his Word says: “for thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a Jealous God” (Exodus 34:14).  Nothing comes before Him.  He is teaching me about His love and sacrifice for me so that I can live for Him.  I know Jesus died for me and now I put nothing before Him!

God has shown me that He is my Father which art in heaven, and I am to revere Him and Him only. Revelation 4:11 tells us: “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

Yours in Jesus,

George Kevin Walker

Have You Sinned Today? – Jerry Fletcher

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HAVE YOU SINNED TODAY?

Three pastors were on a camping trip to Canada’s Northern Wilderness. While there they became quite close and began sharing their innermost thoughts. One confessed that he’d been guilty of certain sins. He named them and urged the other two to confess their weaknesses.

The second pastor confessed that he too had certain weaknesses and recounted them in detail.

The third pastor remained silent for a long time. Pressed by his fellow pastors to reveal his weaknesses he finally said, “Brothers, I don’t think you want to know my weaknesses, but since you insist, I’m going to tell you. I just love to gossip, and I can hardly wait to get home!” (Naomi Becher)

A short time ago I read an excerpt on sin that went like this: “What is the longest you have gone without sinning? A week, a day, an hour? How can we answer a question like that? If we are being truthful, we should say, ‘I can’t live a day without sinning.’ If we look back over the past week, we might see that we haven’t confessed even one sin to God. But, we would be fooling ourselves if we said we hadn’t sinned in our thoughts or actions in a week.” (Ann Cetes)

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8)

I’ve read and heard that verse many times, but now when I read I see it in a new light. I did not believe that I needed to be overly concerned with that verse. Whenever I heard or read it, I always concluded that I was in fact trying very hard not to sin. But, I do sin, that’s just reality.

Webster’s defines sin as, “An offense against a religious or moral law.” Under “moral” it says, “Relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior.” Every time I do wrong I have sinned. In a prison environment we can become numb to doing something wrong. Especially some things we consider “small”. We can overlook our small sins, and not see them as sin at all. But wrong behavior is sin, period.

Do you feel that you’re not communicating with God or that God is not communicating with you? When we finally are willing to admit that we do sin, we will let down the wall and truly open up our hearts, which will allow us to get closer to God. When we do so we learn to rely on Him everyday and not us.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I don’t want anything in my life to hinder my fellowship with You. You know what’s in my heart. Reveal any area of my life that is not pleasing to You and forgive me. Amen.
In His Love and Service,
Jerry Fletcher
Carson City Correctional Facility