The Blood of Jesus Cleanses Us, Truly!
This is the continuation of a series of Podcasts started in Episode #594.
“The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” This is the promise! But what if it seems like you have a besetting sin that won’t go away?
We didn’t mention the book Let. There’s also another book on there, ‘let’. And what I’ve got to write about what not to let. The scripture says, “Let not your heart be troubled.” But letting, letting is relinquishment. I used to tell Jacquelyn on trips, “Relinquishment is everything.” That’s all there is to it—relinquishment. Relinquishment, to me, is going further than surrender. It’s giving up possession. It’s giving up ownership. This whole war of the universe, both spiritual and natural in man, is the vying for ownership. People want to own another person. People want to possess and dominate. And I think the ‘resist not’ command of Jesus is “Don’t own it” as much as it is “Let it be.” Don’t play God, don’t get in God’s way. Let Him be God and let go of possession. I asked Jennifer. I said, “Jennifer, I am on ownership again. I feel like, I come around, that’s a circle I go back to all the time.” She said, “Yes, you’ve done how many tapes? Five tapes on ownership.” But ‘let’ is relinquishing ownership. And we have it, we have it in us because we, that’s the old man. To live owning nothing is rare and it is, I don’t think I have it, but it’s ultimate freedom. So let everything be what God wants it to be and nothing for me. Doesn’t need to be for me. So you remind me of that, you and Morgan reminded me of the issue of ownership.
I think it’s just that this is all real to me. It’s becoming so real to me within the past year of my life, the reality that I can do nothing. And I just, I feel so completely aware of how incapable I am and it’s pretty scary, especially in my marriage. I just, I’m so aware of how incapable I am of truly, purely loving JD because I love myself so much more than I love him. I just feel like God’s just shining on me and I’m just like, “Ah!” But this is also good because it’s just so real. And I think I’m frustrated because there’s this cycle. It’s like, “Ok, God, I choose.” I’ll, you know, blow up at JD or I’ll, I do have a temper and I do have, my emotions are sometimes just out of control. And I’ll explode or I’ll just whatever and then I’m like, “Lord.” And then I’m like, “I choose You.” And then a couple of days later I explode again and I’m like, “Ohhh, Lord.” I’m like, “Am I truly choosing You, am I really bowing to You? Do I really mean what I’m saying? Like, in my heart I feel like I do but I keep doing the things I don’t want to do, Lord. Is Your life really within me?” So I think that I… Y’all have answered all the questions. It’s like you’ve said everything there is to say or I feel like it. But I’m like, I choose but I feel like there’s got to be something else that I do. Do you know?
You have heard my testimony that my problem was a red-headed, Irish anger. And this was what I did about it. “If we really are living and walking in the light as He is in the light we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin and keeps us cleansed from sin in all forms and manifestations.” So what I would… I would have a temper fit and throw the waffle iron in the back yard and throw the pillow across the room and can’t even remember what all. And I could not conquer it. I would go sit like you are sitting with the Lord and say, “Here I am again. I am asking You to forgive me. I am so sorry.” And I would read that scripture, 1 John 1:7-8, and it would say, “If you confess your sins He is faithful and just to forgive your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness by the blood of Jesus.” Now I didn’t know I was asking for the blood of Jesus at the time. But that’s the answer. And one day I woke up and thought, “I don’t have a, I haven’t had a temper fit in such a long time.” And when I would, when my children were adults, I would go to them and say… And I mean, it was a royal temper. It was red Irish and, with yelling and all kinds of things. I never hurt them. I never hurt my children but they saw plenty of fits. And I would go and say, “I’m so sorry. I had such a bad temper when you were little.” And every one of them would say, “I don’t remember that!” And it was pretty, somewhat my temper that drove me to the Lord because I couldn’t bear it and I couldn’t conquer it. I was Romans 7. The good I want… I know the good. I was born again. Now I know the good! The love of God had come into my life with a big huge boom and miracles were happening but not to me in that area. And I went every single time. Sat like you’re sitting in the chair. “Here I am again, Lord. I am so sorry. I am here again. Can You bear it?” And I would confess and I would confess that scripture in particular and it was about the blood of Jesus. And it vanished and it vanished from their memory. And that’s incredible. It’s utterly incredible. The kindness and mercy of the Lord on them and on me. And He says in the covenant, the everlasting New Covenant, “I will forgive your iniquities and I will remember your sin no more” and I thought that meant between God and me. No, it means from the earth. The Lord told me. Does that help you, love?
Yes, it’s perfect.
He will give you the victory, as through the miracle… He will give you the miracle of the victory but it’s through the blood of Christ. The blood of Christ… The reason I can’t finish Cain and Abel… I think it is finished in my experience now and it has to come, the writing has to come from experience. And I think I have experienced something that will finish the book. But really it’s the miracle of the blood and the blood is one of the greatest mysteries to me in the gospel. It’s ethereal, it’s not visible. But the blood of Jesus…and that astonished me because I only thought that you could go to God for forgiveness. He’d forgive you. No! He cleanses you from the thing you’re confessing so that you don’t have it anymore. And that is the wondrous miracle.
So our part is simply confess, “Yes, Lord, I’m so sorry.”
You said, Morgan, that you had to memorize Romans 8. How wonderful! The answer is there and it… I’ve been in Romans 7, too, because I’ve been writing somewhat about it and He says, “Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thank God, Jesus Christ.” So the solution is the law of the Spirit. And the law of the Spirit is… The fruit of that is life and peace but the law of the Spirit… The only way to live it out is to live in the Spirit and to be led of the Spirit in everything. And that’s the resurrection life. We’re back again to the resurrection life.
The Blood of Jesus Cleanses Us, Truly! – Episode #600 – Shulamite Podcast
“The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” This is the promise! But what if you’re stuck? What if it seems like you have a besetting sin that just won’t go away? Have hope, because the blood of Jesus truly is enough to cleanse us all!