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February 98

The Precious Blood of Jesus
1 Peter 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

The Pleading and Prevailing Blood
The blood has power. Jesus Christ loved us so much that He died for us and poured out His life. The life in His blood began pleading as it flowed from His veins onto the earth. We look to the blood because we want it to do something for us.

Hebrews 12:24, And to Jesus, the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

The blood of Jesus speaks. Scripture says it speaks of greater things than the blood of Abel.
In Genesis 4:1-15, Cain and Abel both offered a sacrifice to God. God did not accept Cain’s sacrifice because he tried to offer the fruit of his own labor. He thought he understood what God required… God told Adam and Eve to leave the garden. He decreed to man that by the sweat of his brow, they would to work to plant and bring forth a harvest even out the thorns and thistles about them, that they would provide their living by the dust of the ground. So Cain went out and by his sincere hard work produced a harvest and brought it to God, saying, " I’ve done what you said, and I did it good. I worked hard taking all the stones away, pulling all the thorns and thistles out. I provided you this sacrifice of my life and livelihood and have given it to you."

However, Abel went out, slew a sheep, and offered its blood to God. Gen. 4:4 tells us the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering. In Gen.4:5 however, But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. Cain was enraged, and his countenance fell. Cain thought that he had heard God, but God had no respect for his works. Sin can only be removed by the shedding of blood. Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin (Hebrews 10:22). God doesn’t want us to present ourselves to him as though we are some sort of exceptional person, because we are not. There is nothing we can offer to God. What He wants is for us to come unto Him with a covering of blood.

Because God had accepted Abel’s sacrifice, Cain became so out of control with rage and jealousy that he killed his brother Abel.

Gen. 4:8-10, "And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel, his brother, and slew him. And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is your brother? And he said, I know not: am I my brothers keeper? And he said, what hast thou done? The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground."

The blood of Abel cried out to God, because Cain slew him and shed his blood onto the ground. If a blood sacrifice is not offered as a substitution for our sin, the same blood becomes the judgement cry of vengeance, because of our sin.

Abel’s blood pleaded for righteousness sake; the blood began to cry out for God. He heard the blood and went to Cain and said, "You are guilty of shedding that blood which I have accepted unto myself." If the blood of Abel spoke and was so powerful, how much more the blood of Jesus, for the blood of Jesus sprinkled upon the altar of God pleads an even higher cause

Jesus died for our transgression. We are not being found guilty before the judgement seat of God for adultery, drinking, smoking, and the like, because Jesus died for all our sins. We are guilty of the one sin He could not die for. That was His own death. Guilty of the death of God’s Son, because, our transgression killed Jesus. From the earth, the blood of Jesus cries out a greater covenant. If we do not believe in the power of the pleading blood of Jesus Christ, we become guilty of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. As Cain received no respect from God for His works, although those works were worthy of praise, so we can receive no respect from God for our noble works. God only respects the blood of Jesus. The blood cries out, and there is none that can escape its cry for vengeance, except those who believe in the power of the blood that was shed as an acceptable sacrifice for sin. God will respect only this offering for the removal of sin. Any effort by our works cannot remove sin.

How can anyone say there is any salvation besides the blood of Jesus? How can we believe in anything but the blood? Christ’s blood cries out; it pleads its case continually. The bible says that from His wounds flowed forth blood and water into the earth and the earth cries out vengeance to God. Yet in Romans 8 it says all of creation groans and travails until the manifestation of the Sons of God. Through faith in the power of the blood, and the workings of the cross, He lives in us, and the Spirit of life in Jesus’ blood restores us back to life. We need nothing more! What traditions can be more important? We can’t get too far from the cross. There is a better covenant that speaks on our behalf— the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ on the mercy seat of God.

We all know that death is in this world. The law, though God sent it, cannot save us from sickness, poverty, and death. Works, no matter how sincere, always fail. Have the laws, trials, and disappointments of this earth hardened our hearts? Have we become so callused that when someone says something gentle and loving to us it our hearts are not stirred?

The blood of Jesus has the power to melt the heart. Jesus seemed naive in the callused eyes of this world. No one would think a man of such honesty could overcome the evil around us. Yet he gave himself for us, and the blood that was shed from His veins softens even the hardest heart. In Ezekiel 11:19 God said He would take the heart of stone; hardened by traditions, regulations, rules, legalism, hardships, and trials, and would turn it again to a heart of flesh. A heart pulsing with the life giving blood of Jesus. The blood flows to produce and maintain life. The blood cannot flow through a heart of stone, but the miracle, of the power of life, in Christ’s blood transforms our hearts and lives.

The Blood comes from God in pureness, honesty, and perfection. We might think ourselves self-sufficient until we stand before God, accountable for the death of His Son, Jesus Christ. When we realize Jesus gave His life for us and that His blood is signi-ficant, then our heart of stone surely will melt, bringing us back to a childlike heart. We all need Love, a special touch that only one in this world can ever give. Jesus is the one we turn and give our hearts to. The blood that flows to us changes our heart.

God says "all the old things are passed away and all things are become new." We can now enjoy the laughter of the spirit, the power of God’s love manifesting in our heart, fulfilling, and bringing us to the place where God wants us to be.

Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

God is talking about the pouring out of His blood— His grace to us. When grace touches our hardened lives and callused minds, it causes us to turn back to God. We realize He has offered up himself and the grace begins to flow. It turns our heart to mourning. It softens as though we have lost our own child. The blood that flows from the throne of God at the cross of Calvary causes every heart to turn to the Lord with a softened and repentant heart.

We are the firstborn of the nature of Adam. Yet, Jesus came as though He was the firstborn, coming as the second Adam, to take our place for the punishment of our sin— death. When we look at Jesus we can begin to see what he did was something very personal, because He took our place. Our mourning of this blood, this grace that flowed was not for a stranger. It mourns the death of ourselves. It mourns the passing away of everything that we are. His love was so complete and perfect, that what flowed from Him was perfect favor from God.

Even as the blood cries out for the death of His son, this same blood brings us into the place where God called us to be— a place where our hearts might be changed. We don’t have to go through our lives thinking that we have to be hard or strong. God called us to be those with a gentleness of heart. There is only one thing that kindles hope and changes this earth. This is the power in Jesus’ blood.

How do we come to repent in sorrow and mourning for our sinful life? By being told how bad we are? No, this hardens us. God sent the law and all under the law became hard and stiff- necked. How many times can we be told we are wrong before we stop listening? Nevertheless, when we connect with God’s love for us, in that Jesus died for us, what man could not say, to turn us from wrong, the precious blood of Jesus speaks. We then begin to mourn our first life. Not to justify or defend it, just mourn it. Its judgement is real, and it’s absolute, but the blood offers grace. It offers a brand new life. The Word is Spirit and life and is in the blood. When the blood speaks it changes the heart. We look to Christ— The resurrected life of Christ.

The blood of Jesus Christ has the power to still our hearts. The blood satisfies us for he has bequeathed us a gift that we could not bring about on our own.

The Year of the Word
Rev. Dianne Doonan

My sisters in Christ and I had gathered on December 11th, 1996 for our Wednesday afternoon Intercessory prayer. These times of approaching the throne of grace had become very precious to us. The anointing of corporate prayer was flowing from our Great High Priest to His body. As I was praying in the spirit, I walked up behind the pulpit and as I leaned on the podium, the power of the Lord overwhelmed me as I began to prophesy the words spoken to my heart.

Jesus said, "I want to cause in each and every heart a newness of purpose, and reveal that my father is an abundant God who blesses obedience. You must allow Him to work in each and every one of your lives, through the difficult situations, with diligence of faith, and know that He can finish what He starts. It is truly the time to reap the harvest of blessing of the fruit of your labor. He is going to perform things in the next year that would seem an impossible task to man, but with God all things are possible. It will be the "Year of the Word."

I praise God that I am a part of a church where, when revelations are spoken, they are recognized as the truth. As Pastor Doonan, Pastor Carter and all attending Amazing Grace Community Church received the words that the Lord spoke to me, it became our hearts desire to see this will fulfilled in us.

When we contemplated the "Year of the Word," with all of its prophetic implications, we realized:

1) The Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory; He is full of grace and truth.
2) The man Jesus Christ, being the fullness of the Godhead bodily, is the Word of God seated on the throne.
3) He gave us His Holy Spirit so we would be witnesses of His death and resurrection being performed daily in our lives.
4) Signs and wonders would follow the Word as He proved Himself the same yesterday, today, and forever.

God truly amazed us, as the bounty of His Word became an everyday occurrence in our midst.

In 1997, we started three new Bible studies, plus an advanced study for those choosing to become ministers. We held a revival in the Austin area that was the forerunner to a major move of God’s presence in Pastor Carter’s Bible study on Monday evenings.

Evangelism rang out on dark corners, empty lots, and gang infested streets as Pastor Carter and his wife Rosalind took portable equipment and preached God’s word every Friday and Saturday. When November came, the Hope House ministry started and has been a fruitful source of giving God’s word to every hungry soul.

The Amazing Grace puppet ministry did "Lift Jesus Up" puppet shows for the park district of Chicago and 300 or more children gave their hearts to Jesus Christ. In the anointing of the word, we wrote a children’s teaching workbook, called "The Tabernacle of Moses." It teaches how God came to dwell with man. Just as there was a "dwelling place" in the Old Testament, it all speaks of Jesus as He is represented in the fabrics, curtains, furniture, Mercy seat, and every article therein. Finally, how the Tabernacle is in heaven also, and is our final habitation. The thread of redemption runs throughout the Bible and is the truth of the word.

Pastor Doonan has been having his single tape messages transcribed into mini-books, intending to give them away to those that hunger and thirst after righteousness. Two hundred and fifty of the "Handiwork of God" books were given to the Cook County jail, as Rev. Bill Revello, our Chaplain there, gave out the Word to the men.

The teens of the Gracetasters Youth Group each have grown so much in the Word as they diligently went out into the streets and witnessed to all that would listen. They also attended seminars and as they freely received, they freely gave.

As the Word was preached, our church body witnessed many signs and wonders. Touching the hem of His garment, Jesus’ mercy flowed and physical healings were manifested. Emotional anxiety broke as peace began to embrace our hearts and the word of God became the anchor of our souls.

One of the greatest blessings of 1997 is this news-letter. We desire to reach out and touch lives with His glorious truth. We believe in the preaching of the gospel of grace by demonstration of the Holy Spirit. It is such a joy to hear from those precious hearts that have written to us and are being blessed by the Amazing Grace Gospelletter.

Are we blessed?! Is Jesus Lord?! Again, He has proven that with God all things are possible. May every year become the year of the word.

Published by Amazing Grace Ministries Evangelistic Association Publishing, Westchester. Illinois Distributed by Amazing Grace Ministries Evangelistic Association Publishing, Westchester. Illinois
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