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July 17 Devotion:Peace in The Blood of Jesus Christ

PEACE IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST

Ephesians 2:12-18 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

[13] But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

[14] For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

[15] Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

[16] And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

[17] And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

[18] For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

How often do we find ourselves hungering for comfort, for peace, joy, strength, hope, help, wisdom, or just the closeness of God HIMSELF, yet we do not go to HIM? I believe we form habits over our lifetime and we learn to try and get through the difficult times and struggles of life without the Lord. We just try and survive without going to the throne of God first. The question… is this living the life God has given to us?  Does God want us to merely survive?  When we are faced with a bad day, a memory, or a flood of emotions that come into our lives without warning, what can we do at that moment to receive what we need? How do we reach with what little faith we may have to lay hold of life in moments of despair?  Is there more to life as a Christian than carrying around the burdens that this life will sometimes bring us?  Do we have to carry the weight of our sorrows day in and day out or drag our worries behind us wherever we go?

My friend, there is a hope anchored in Heaven itself for every born again child of God. This hope is immoveable and it does not shift in its power even in the slightest or in its availability to us. This hope is anchored in Jesus, and it is deep. There is a vast supply and it is always ready for the Christian that is weary. This hope is no ordinary hope, as the world gives. It is not based on our emotions or feelings, praise the Lord! This hope has absolutely nothing to do with anything we do and it is not altered by what we have failed to do.  It’s based solely on the finished work of Calvary, and the labor of mercy, unconditional love, and grace that Jesus showed when HE took our place. It is the precious blood of Jesus that was poured out for mankind. There on Calvary, a fountain of peace, love and redemption was opened. This precious blood has not lost an ounce of its power. Still today, the Holy Spirit calls out to all who are lost and broken to come and find peace. Now we can come humbly to the cross and be right in the presence of God the Father. Hallelujah!

Because of the blood of Jesus Christ, there is no separation between the child of God and all of HIS blessings. Because we have been robed in HIS righteousness and Holiness, we can be in HIS presence. The closer we get to God the further away from the world we will be. The appeal of the world and all of its demands grow dim, as Jesus Christ and HIS will become clear to us. Unless we are moving away from the philosophies of the world and its influence, we are not moving closer to God. HE saved us in order to have us close to HIS side. We were far away from God, lost in our sin, but since HE saved us, we were given the right to have all the fullness of God in this life. It is here, humbly before the throne at the feet of Jesus that we find all that we need for the hour at hand. My Christian friend, if you are searching for peace today, this peace that only Jesus can give is not based on our circumstances. You may be in a dark place, and in an impossible situation. Maybe you have tried everything else, but you seem to not have peace. Jesus Christ is everything we need or will ever need, but we must run to HIM and there we will find rest.

Bro. Lawrence Longworth     Isaiah 61:1 “the opening of the prison to them that are bound;”

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