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The blood of Jesus provides the only solution to man's greatest problem. I was a born into a fallen world, resigned to participate in a degenerate existence with no hope of recovery. The pain of sin and death immediately attached itself to me and put into perpetual motion the ravages of death, each day drawing me closer to my eternal demise. Even my own will, separated from God, would be owned by my greatest enemy to disseminate deceit and to seal my own fate. Apart from the redeeming power of the blood of Jesus Christ, I was doomed. But God demonstrated His own love for me in that while I was still a sinner, Christ died for me (Romans 5:8). My biggest problem solved!


Scripture Verses regarding the Blood of Jesus


The blood of Jesus has the power to release the grip of the great curse, the ramifications for that are immeasurable. I have provided a list below, along with a single verse for each item, to get you started on your journey through the richness of each glorious truth.


 

My debt is paid, once and for all

“So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.” (Hebrews 9:28)

 

I am justified

“Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. “ (Romans 5:9)

 

I am forgiven

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7)

 

I am spared from God’s wrath

“Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. “ (Romans 5:9)

 

I am being spiritually healed; one day even my flesh will be replaced with an incorruptible body

“…who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sin, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.” (I Peter 2:24)

 

I am spiritually alive

“Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.” (John 6:53)

 

My judgment has been satisfied and I am at peace with God

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)

 

The bloodstream of His people Israel will be purged

“For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the Lord dwells in Zion” (Joel 3:21)

 

I am cleansed

“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (I John 1:7)

 

I have the power to overcome the enemy

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Revelation 12:11)

 

I am no longer under the curse of the law

“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”).” (Galatians 3:13)

 

I have been reclaimed from the enemy

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” (Ephesians 1:7)

 

I am no longer a stranger to the covenant of promise

“…that at that time you 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. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:12-13)


 

I have been moved from the enemy’s kingdom into the kingdom of God

“Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” (Colossians 2:15)

 

I have gained the unmerited favor of God

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” (Ephesians 1:7)

 

I have been declared righteous

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

 

I have been justified (just as though I had never sinned)

“being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed…” (Romans 3:24-25)

 

I am able to come close to God

“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:13)

 

Jesus testifies on my behalf that I am clean

“…and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood and has made us kings[ and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (Revelation 1:5)

 

I am free

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1)

 

I am protected from judgment

“that you shall say, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice of the Lord, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.’” So the people bowed their heads and worshiped.” (Exodus 12:27)

 

I am freed from a conscience defiled by guilt

“let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:22)

 

I am no longer condemned

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1)

 

I have been separated from the world and declared holy (wholly) to God

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

 

I can proclaim total victory

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Revelation 12:11)

 

I can enter boldly into the holiest of holies…and live

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:19-22)



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              Depressed? Walls closing in?

Proverbs 12:25 mentions depression directly, "Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad" (NKJV).Type your paragraph here.

Mark 11:25 – “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

Forgiveness is the route that allows us to let go of that toxicity. Lack of forgiveness is us trying to maintain some semblance of power within our identity. It has the opposite effect; it changes us into something bitter, twisted, and enslaved. God has designed us to be something better – something glorious, beautiful, and free. We created the debt in our mind; we can write off the debt and let go of the shackles that tie us to our resentment. Additionally, God would like us to move into a state of being that is beyond understanding our relationships in terms of debt transactions. God wants us to see each other in terms of grace (a gift).

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"Why do Christian men cheat?” Good question. No one can claim the devil made me do it, for God has given us power over all the devices of the enemy. There are however reasons often given for a man who steps out of his spouse. Here are some of the most common.


1. Abandonment issues

This may sound weird to people who don’t struggle with abandonment, like why would a guy do something to destroy something he’s afraid of leaving him? That doesn’t make sense. At the same time, if all you’ve been told in life is that all good things come to an end, then it puts a fear of good things deep inside you.

We’ll see ourselves as inadequate, especially in good relationships, and by cheating we’re proving to ourselves that we’re unworthy. As dumb as it sounds, often destruction hurts less than rejection.



2. Bad community

No guy is perfect. Period. Every guy needs Jesus. Sometimes we even have Jesus, but we distract ourselves to the point where we’re isolated and trying to defeat the voice of Satan alone. Not good odds.

Going along with this is the epidemic in the church of men idolizing women. No community is tough, but being surrounded by guys that consistently point out women’s features before their personalities wears on you and subconsciously trains you to value women for looks. Once the objectification determines our attraction, it only becomes a matter of time before someone else offers something that you don’t have. Men need to be surrounded by godly men with big voices who aren’t afraid to call a guy out who starts to stumble. If you catch Satan’s lies early, they are a lot easier to defeat than when you wake up next to a stranger and realize how wrong it all was.

3. Grass is always greener

Discipline. Women, pay attention to how well men do things that they don’t want to do. The annoying things in life. How do they handle bills? How do they treat laundry? Can they do the dishes? Seems basic, but our culture is FULL of phrases like “do what makes you happy” and “you deserve better.” Just turn on any episode of Grey’s Anatomy, and you’ll find the show trying to get you to cheer for a break up or an affair because the one they’re with isn’t “the one.”

Men cheat because they believe it’s an option. They buy into the lies that culture tells us, that we have needs and we have a right to go where these needs are met. The reality is, love, by definition, is self-sacrifice. Dying to your own desires to serve the desires of someone you…love. Love isn’t shown in buying flowers or saying nice things during the honeymoon phase, it’s shown in the service. Find a man who ACTS like he loves you and you’ll never need to hear him say it (okay totally not true, you’ll still want to hear it, but you get the point and it sounded more poetic to end like that).

4. Feeling wanted. Men might try to tell you otherwise, but they want a Nicholas Sparks-esque relationship. We want the woman to be crazy about us, we want to be impressive, we have a level of masculinity (sometimes arrogance) that wants to be needed. Women have this too, it just can look differently.

We love opening the jar that’s too tight for you to open, we love paying for dinner and holding doors, and we love being appreciated. The problem is, we can tend to base our love off of TV shows and movie screens instead of biblical responsibilities. When we feel like fulfillment is tied to a necessity that our girlfriend doesn’t have, we look elsewhere. This doesn’t even have to be a physical thing. I’ve often seen high school pastors find unhealthy satisfaction from female attention from teenagers, I’ve seen CEOs flirt with their receptionists, and I’ve seen men running nonprofits only hiring college girls who will laugh at their jokes. Sometimes the girls don’t even realize their involvement and are just simply innocent bystanders in making men feel needed.

5. God

As children of God, we were created to desire a love where we’re fully known and fully loved. When we look to find that kind of love from humans, we’re left wanting, we’re disappointed and can cheat thinking that we’ll find it in the next one. God is the only one who is capable of being “your everything.”

Strategies for Dealing with Depression

Here are some practical strategies for helping others who are facing depression. However, never assume there are no medical issues that need attention.

Describe the experience. Ask people to describe their experience of depression in vivid detail. People are different, so depression comes in many shapes and sizes. 

Identify the causes. Depression often is not just something we have, it is something we do. Invite people to examine their own hearts with this question: If your depression could speak, what would it say? What does it say about you? To others? To God? Depression is an active experience and can result from many sources other than the physiological: guilt due to unconfessed sin, false guilt, misplaced shame, ungodly fears, suppressed bitterness or hatred, hopeless grieving, and unbiblical expectations.

Read and observe Scripture. Ask people with whom you work to study Psalms 42-43. How does the psalmist address God? What does he preach to himself? 

Act on the truth. Those who seek help first must accept the challenge of faithful obedience, even though they do not feel like it and are skeptical that anything will make a difference, it's important to have faith. Also, explain to them that progress out of the pit is step-by-step, bit-by-bit. Small, practical, consistent faith-based change occurs in the details.

Look at lifestyle. Evaluate and provide recommendations for lifestyle problems, such as overworking, lack of exercise, sleep difficulties, procrastination, unresolved stressors, absence of spiritual disciplines.

Resolve conflicts. Deal with troubled relationships, past or present.

Get to work. Assign active loving tasks performed for the benefit of others. Helping others can provide a new perspective on life.

See a doctor. Refer depressed persons to a Christian physician to rule out physical causes if a physician has not been contacted already. Persons who are already taking multiple medications may need a physician's care to avoid further complications.