Monthly Archives: January 2008

It’s About The Blood! by Elaine Davenport (Thursday, January 27, 2008)

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Rahab and The Red Chord

One of my favorite stories in the bible is in the Book Of Joshua. If you haven’t read it; all of it is a treat. I have had powerful things happen to me just as a result of my meditating in each chapter for a solid week all the way up to Chapter Six when the walls fell down, but that’s not what I want to talk about right now.

This is about a woman who could believe in a God that she did not know in the midst of a crisis. Her name is Rahab and she was a prostitute.

Joshua was a praying man and a man who diligently sought God. He had served years as an understudy to Moses. Moses disobedience had kept him out of the Promised Land, but Joshua was allowed to go in and be in charge. God had to build Joshua up for his big assignment; to take down Jericho. He received the word of the Lord that told him: I will never leave you or forsake you. He told him to be strong and full of courage and you will lead them into the land that I swore to give them. He also told Joshua to be careful to obey all the law not missing it to the left or to the right.

So, you can believe that when Joshua (carefully) picked two men to go in as spies and said: “even Jericho,” that he knew what he was doing. The two men went into a strange town and met Rahab a harlot and stayed in her house. It had to be Divine that they met a woman of means who was quick witted and had the ability to own her own house separate from her family. All throughout the bible; we see traditions of families living together. Nowhere had I read of single woman that were never married who lived on their own like many single women do not. It’s not at all surprising that a harlot would have her own place. So, this was a good hide out for the two spies. Unfortunately, in a small village it’s likely that someone saw the strangers go in and word got back to the king who sent for Rahab.

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Now, I believe that there is something very significant here in that God chose a harlot to be the rescuer. I believe that God wanted us not to be “hung up” on what someone did before giving their lives to Christ. I also believe He wanted us to value women more. The King sends for Rahab and says basically I know you have two men in your house, they are spies sent here to search out the country, bring them here. Rahab could have pretended to go get them and instead went and hid them and said I did have two men, but I don’t know where they went. Or, she could have hid them before she left and just replied Yes, I had two men that came, but I don’t know where they went. She then explained importantly that she saw them leave the city gates. Her being a harlot was the perfect cover. She then went and hid them with stalks of flax upon the roof of her house which was on the city wall.

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Rahab, then helped the men escape; but before she left; she made a deal with them. She literally said:

We heard what the Lord did for you in Egypt, what happened to the two kings of the Amorites who the Lord utterly destroyed. She continued by saying: our hearts melted as if to say the land was in fear. However, Rahab made a decision. She explained that she had shown them kindness and wanted them to show kindness to she and her family by sparing their lives. The mean agreed. They told her to get her family and put them in her house and to get the fine scarlet thread (chord) that she had let them down by and to bind it in the window. They explained that this would save her and all of her house if she did not turn on them or give them away. Rahab kept her end of the deal and so did the men.

THE RED CHORD

A lot of people don’t understand the significance of the red chord. The red chord was a symbol of Salvation, Safety, Protection and Zeal. The Red Chord represented the Blood in a way that the New Testament makes it so clear. In the Old Testament the Israelites made sacrifices of animals blood. There was no power in that either, but it was the faith in what God asked that allowed for the atonement. It could have been a green chord, a yellow one or a black on; but it was red. No, the chord had no power; but it was the faith in the real power of God.

The Red Chord was a covering, a sign that told Joshua and his army to literally pass over this house. It was a sign that said: Hands off, in the midst of death and destruction.

I have friends who go to the fabric store and purchase red chords and pray over them and hang them for safety and protection.

Think about that.

Walk in the light by Mike Waters Used with permission (Saturday, January 26, 2008)

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Cartoonist’s Comment: The world around us is dark & scary & full of sin. But if we stay close to Jesus, we will be safe in His light.

Find Out The Truth! by Elaine Davenport

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<But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all[a] sin. 1 John 1: 7

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3: 23

Years ago, one Christmas someone knocked on my door. It was the Jehovah’s Witnesses. We said: “It’s Christmas.” As if to say how could you possibly come out to interrupt us as we celebrate the birth of Christ.

The person straightened up and looked us all in the face and said: “We don’t believe in Jesus.”

I remember that as much as I remember my 12th grade English teacher, Mr. Lawrence. I don’t think he liked me but he never said so. Well, I guess he did; he gave me an A.

Well after many more encounters with Jehovah’s Witnesses; I’ve come to learn that they’ve done some growing. Two years ago a woman and her daughter were quick to tell me: “Oh we believe in Jesus, we just believe that he was a prophet.”

Out of respect for the mom; I didn’t say much…I just prayed for them after they left.

However while they were there I simply said: “You’re getting there.”

Then about two weeks ago; I encountered a young Jehovah’s Witness who “said” that he knew Jesus was the Messiah, but it bothered me that he literally ran when I asked him if we could pray together.

So…in conclusion I don’t know what the truth is for the Jehovah’s Witnesses. I just know that I’ve never met a woman or a man that is incapable of committing a sin. Thank God for the Blood!

1John 1:9 says

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

If you have sin in your life, make a decision to change, to confess it God and to ask for forgiveness. God will forgive you and cleanse you.

If you are in a faith where you believe that Jesus is a prophet; let me tell you how you can find out what the truth is. Say a prayer alone by yourself and ask Jesus to show you that he is real. In a short time; there will be circumstances that change and people that will be sent most unknowingly to give you the confirmation that you need!

God is not an oppressive God. Jesus wants to be Lord and Master of your life. Open your heart today!

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A Look At Scriptures On The Blood of Jesus (Sunday, January 20, 2008)

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The Blood: Forgiveness

Hebrews 9:22 “Without the shedding of blood, there is
no remission of sins.”

1 John 1:7″… the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth
us from all sin.”

Revelation 1:5 “… Unto him that loved us, and washed us
from our sins in his own blood.”

The Blood: Victory

Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood
of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony …”

The Blood: Sanctification

Exodus 29:37 “Seven days thou shalt make an atonement for
the altar, and sanctify it; and it shall be an altar most holy…”

Hebrews 10:10 “… we are sanctified through the offering of the
body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

Hebrews 13:12 “Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify
the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.”

The Blood: Assurance and Reconciliation

Colossians 1:20 “And you, that were sometime alienated and
enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled …”

Hebrews 9:14 “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who
through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God,
purge your conscience …”

Hebrews 10:19, 22 “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter
into the holiest by the blood of Jesus … Let us draw near with a true
heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an
evil conscience …”

The Blood: Protection

Exodus 12:13 “… and when I see the blood, I will pass over
you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you,
when I smite the land of Egypt.”

The Blood: Conditional Cleansing

But if we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations]. 1 John 1: 7

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Praise Harvester by Mike Waters Used With Permission Thursday, January 17, 2008)

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Cartoonist’s Comment: This verse makes a correlation between praising God and receiving a harvest. Whatever it is that you are believing God for, don’t forget to praise Him and thank Him for it in advance.

Pleading The Blood; Set Me Free! by Elaine Davenport (Tuesday, January 15, 2008)

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I believe in the power of the Blood of Jesus. I plead the Blood over everyone and everything in my life. Listen to this:

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10: 10

I wanted to give you a clear picture of the word: thief; so let’s look at Webster’s 1828 Dictionary:

THIEF, n. plu. thieves.

1. One who secretly, unlawfully and feloniously takes the goods or personal property of another. The thief takes the property of another privately; the robber by open force.

2. One who takes the property of another wrongfully, either secretly or by violence. Job.30.

3. One who seduces by false doctrine. John 10.

4. One who makes it his business to cheat and defraud; as a den of thieves. Matt. 21.

I want to make it clear for you. Keep that thief in mind up there. Let’s talk about faith. Do you see those mummies at the top of the page? It doesn’t matter what race, color, family size, job , education or country they are from; they are bound.

I’m writing because people are bound even though Jesus already set them free! The thief that I referred to above is Satan and “he” prefers that we remain bound! He will keep you bound through various means but the bottom line is he wants you bound.

(Sometimes, I read where faith writers are divided about their thoughts; not clearly convinced that God’s Word is completely true and I quietly say to myself with a nod: “the thief.” )

I’ve been bound a few times, but one time in particular I remember being bound up in my faith.

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I wanted to go on a trip with a group of friends. Fact is, I couldn’t afford to go. It was a Faith Workshop that was to last an entire week. I began to believe God for the monies to go on the trip early on in the year. The Lord ordered my steps through the whole process but it kept coming up in my thoughts that I might not go. I just kept on believing God. Right around the time when I had all of the monies that I needed to go; God spoke to me very clearly and told me to send more than half of my savings to a Ministry affiliated with my church that was in dire straights. No problem, I did it. I didn’t hesitate. I didn’t whine or moan. The money was sent, the seed was sown. It was less than two months before it was time to leave and it was going to take a miracle for me to get that back and the remainder. Thus entered the thief. He bombarded me and tormented me. In the midst of it all, another expense came up, a debt that was owed wasn’t paid and I could go on and on. I stayed in faith but if there are levels and there are: mine was low. I began to plead the Blood of Jesus over my finances. I plead the Blood over everything; why not my finances?

Right when it was time to go; God supernaturally sent all of the monies by various means. Very few people will admit to having anxiety over how God’s going to do it, or when He’s going to do it or even if He’s going to do it. I have to tell you: He’s always come through for me and there is no reason to be bound…we just have to remember this because Satan aka the thief won’t stop trying just because we say we know.

I was led to read Mark 5. In Mark 5; Jesus not only performed three miracles; but he also set free three people that were bound:

(READ MARK 5 HERE)

Jesus set free:

1. The man roaming in the caves with the demons called Legion in him that had made him crazy, suicidal and out of control
2. The Woman with the Issue of Blood.
3. Jairus’s daughter; who had died by the time that they got there.

* Also, he’s not in Mark 5, but please remember Lazurus.

Now if you are bound by anything read Mark 5 and get in your Bible and rehearse the promises of God.

2 Pet 1:4 – He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1: 4

Promises of Victory: Exodus 34: 24a, Deuteronomy 28: 1-13, Psalm 138: 7

Power In The Blood: Romans 5: 9, Colossians 1: 13, 14, 20

Defeat The Devil: Ephesians 6: 10-18

Jesus Is Lord: Ephesians 1: 18-23

Power & Miracles: Joshua 3: 5

Security, Safety, Salvation: Psalm 138: 7

The Lord Will Hear My Cry: Psalm 34: 4, 5, 15, 17

Every Fear Cast Out: Genesis 15: 1, Isaiah 44: 8, Hag 2: 5

and there are many more promises which include: The benefits of righteousness, healing, salvation, provision, increase in God, hope, faith, peace, wisdom, favor…the list goes on and on. You have a training manual called the bible. If your car is acting up….get out the owner’s manual and call the dealer!

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