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Are You Washed in the Blood

Are You Washed in the Blood

Sunday’s Song and Devotional: Are You Washed in the Blood

Are You Washed in the Blood is a song full of questions rooted in the main question, are you washed in the blood. Though it asks this question in many forms, the ultimate goal is asking the question as to whether or not an individual has been saved from their sins through the saving and redeeming power of the blood of Jesus Christ. Hebrews 9:22 tells us, “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”

            What do we need to be forgiven of? We need to be forgiven of our sins, and the bible teaches us that we have all sinned. (Romans 3:23). The bible also teaches us that the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23). If we were to die in our sins without being forgiven, we would have to pay the wages of those sins for all eternity in death, in hell. But, praise God, that Jesus went to the cross to pay the wages of sin for us. Ephesians 1:7 tells us, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.”

            Since life is in the blood, blood is the required offering for the atonement of sin. (Leviticus 17:11). Since Jesus was sinless, He, and He alone, is acceptable to be the sin sacrifice. Therefore, the only means to salvation is placing our faith in Jesus and His finished work on the cross. And the good news is, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).

You are a part of the whoever! Isn’t that something to give God praise and glory for? Apart from Jesus’ finished work on the cross through the shedding of His blood, the world would be hopelessly lost and eternally condemned to hell. So, give God the praise, honor, and glory He deserves for His work of salvation and His invitation to the whole world for that salvation. If you have not accepted God’s gift of salvation, put your faith and trust in Jesus today by asking Him to forgive you of your sins and by inviting Him into your life as Lord and Savior. When you pray, believe that God will hear you, and believe that God will answer you by saving you from your sins. That’s the very reason He went to the cross.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2021 in Devotional

 

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Higher Ground

Higher Ground

Sunday’s Song and Devotion: Higher Ground

The end goal of this beautiful hymn is summed up in the line, “My prayer my aim is higher ground.” What higher ground is the hymnist speaking of? Spirituality, of course. Not only is that the end goal of this wonderful hymn, but it should also be the end goal of every Christian. We need to understand that there isn’t a point of stagnancy within a Christians walk with Jesus. Either we are growing closer to Jesus or, we are slipping further away.  

            Peter tells us that, “Newborn babes long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.” (I Peter 2:2). The newborn babe is the new believer in Christ. He is telling us that if one has indeed tasted of the kindness of Jesus Christ through salvation, they will have a longing for the pure milk of the word, which is the Word of God. As a result of fulfilling that thirst for God’s Word, the newborn babe will grow in respect to their salvation.

            Notice that the hymnist wrote, “my aim is higher ground.” The reality is if you aren’t aiming for anything, you aren’t going to hit anything. If you aren’t aiming to grow in your walk with Jesus and find that higher ground, then you certainly won’t find it. If you aren’t making plans and setting goals, you most certainly will not fulfill them nor achieve them.

            During this time of year, many are thinking about setting goals or making resolutions. If your prayer and your aim is higher spiritual ground this year, might I suggest starting with the pure milk of the word? Though the Bible serves many purposes, one clear purpose, as stated by Peter, is that you grow in respect to salvation. In other words, you will grow in your walk with Christ; you will reach higher ground.

            Set your aim, your goal, at reading and studying the Bible every day. There are many Bible reading plans you can find online. Once you do that find a Bible-believing church with a Bible-preaching pastor and allow him to feed you a full course meal of God’s Word. Lastly, get plugged in to a Sunday School class or Bible study group. Don’t go to a social gathering they call Bible study, but one where they will genuinely break open the Bible and feed you the bread of life.

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2021 in Devotional

 

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