Friday, October 2, 2009

The Blood of Jesus

From my journal on 2 October 2009:

Amazing revelation today. Actually King Wai had shared it with me before earlier in my journey but it seems it takes 5 to 6 times of telling me the same thing before I really understand what it all means! Dennis tells me statistically, it takes up to the 7th time of listening to the gospel before a person receives Jesus. Anyway, this amazing revelation is about the blood of Jesus and the state of our mind when taking communion. Incidentally, I went for a healing rally by Vera Lim at PJ Hilton recently with Alvin Foo and Elaine. Vera Lim explained to us and also showed clips of recent healings to demonstrate that the blood of Jesus heals. The blood of Jesus delivers and protects. I witnessed myself how she delivered 2 persons from ringing in their ears and healed a paralysed man in a wheelchair. His fingers could move a bit and he could rock his body to and fro. A lady suffering of lupus was also healed and for the first time she could bend her left leg with lesser pain. She rebuked the disease from her body and asked for the blood of Jesus to heal her. She told us we could do the same at home. Whenever we are sick, we can pour ourselves a glass of water, believe that it is the blood of Christ and drink it and be healed. Do the same with bread, the body of Jesus broken for us and by His wounds we are healed. We are to take the bread and "wine" with this attitude daily and we will be healed.

I shared with King Wai it's not that I don't believe in the blood of Jesus but I don't want to place my faith in the blood of Jesus as if it was some magic potion. My faith is in Jesus who broke his body, shed his blood for us so that we may now have right standing before God - not by what we have done, good works etc but by what Jesus did for us on the cross. And this Jesus, our God, was raised from the dead and we are all made alive in Him as well. Because we have right standing with God and we are His children, he will hear our prayers. He will fullfil His promises if we claim His promises. That's why receive whatever blessing we need be it healing, deliverance or prosperity.

I think Vera Lim has been pleading the blood of Jesus for so many years and her faith in Jesus keeps growing and growing each time she witnesses another healing. For me, I have to double check where my source is before I ask for the blood of Jesus to heal me. For her it is automatic, she sees the connection straight away. For me, I take baby this journey.

This morning, I decided to write down my prayers before praying . I picked this up from reading OMF Books' "World Prayer". This man prepares his prayers like sermon notes before he gets down with business with God. That is how much confidence he has that God will answer his prayers. After all, God told us to approach Him this way (1 John 5:14,15). With confidence that He hears us and because He hears us, He will give us what we ask of Him.

I'm writing all this after a facial at Curve, sipping "Body Builder" at Juiceworks. I feel so blessed today.

Oops, I have yet to reach this revelation for the day! I was praying in spirit when I remembered what King Wai said about the blood of Jesus and while praying in spirit, I flipped to 1 Corinthians 11:23-33 and read it in my mind. I learned this multi tasking technique in Deeper Life Seminar under Margaret Falls. I started to cry when I read verse 24 "This is my body which is for you". I have read it so many times but I never quite understand the penalty He had to pay for us. I did not know in addition to taking away my sins, he also took away my disease. We never have to get sick again. Even if we do, with His help, we can overcome it. Then I read this part "This cup is the new covenant in my blood". By His death, by shedding His blood and paying the price for us, we now have right standing before God. But it's not until this journey that I realised what righteousness or right standing before God means. I always thought that I am not worthy (I am a sinner) compared to say, Peter Lim. Let's ask Peter to pray becuase he is more righteous! That's all wrong thinking!

Because of what Jesus did for us, we are now made worthy. God sees us sinless, blameless, pure even though we are in a state of fallenness. That the beauty of our God. We only need to let Jesus be our Lord and saviour. He loves us so much. And in this love relationship, we can come in confidence (like Vera Lim) approaching God for whatever we need and we know He will answer us because the bible says so (1 John 5:14,15, Mark 11:24, John 16:23). "My Father will give you whatever you ask in My name. Ask and you will receive and your joy will be complete" Jesus said. This is the beautiful relationship we can have with God.

I still haven't come to the revelation part! It goes on to say how if we eat the bread and drink the cup in an unworthy manner, we are bringing judgment upon ourselves. This is the part that opened my eyes "That is why many among you are weak and sick and a number of you have fallen asleep". That's why we fall sick, that's why our children fall sick and we can't attend home groups, church etc, that's why I have cancer. First, we take our eyes off Jesus, then we take our eyes off His word, then we do things the way our limited mind thinks fit, worse, we become obsessed over certain things and punish our physical bodies as a result. Worst, we become spiritually dead (fallen asleep), we put God in a box, say our prayers but do not anticipate any miracle because we have lost understanding of how powerful and how loving our God is.

But with our right standing before God, we can ask whatever we need or desire for in Jesus lies the answer to every human need!

I used to think that when taking communion, I should be more reverent, be silent, think of Jesus and what He did, ask for forgiveness. I guess it all seems correct but only when I started this journey, did I really know what it meant for Jesus to pay the price for us. We are more than worthy now to come before Him because we are His children now. And that's the thankfulness in my heart to have when taking communion and to ask for forgiveness to align myself back to God again if I have in anyway lost focus in Him.

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