Overcoming By The Blood Of Jesus

I have some fresh rhema Word to share with you all, but are you ready for it? I just want to ask, FYI, how has everyone's week been so far, from Monday to Saturday?

September 25, 2023

I have some fresh rhema Word to share with you all, but are you ready for it? I just want to ask, FYI, how has everyone’s week been so far, from Monday to Saturday? Did anyone receive negative news or reports?

Receiving a negative report can be tough; it’s like when a small part of our body is hurt, the whole body feels it. Similarly, your negative report doesn’t just affect you; it affects the entire body here. So, first and foremost, I want you to know that we are here for you, standing together as one. Your pain is our pain, and we’re committed to supporting you so that your breakthrough becomes our breakthrough.

We are all interconnected as part of the same body, and it’s crucial to recognize that the devil often tries to distract us, especially during seasons of growth and change. Right now, we are in a season of stretching, and it’s essential to understand that harvest time is approaching.

This journey consists of three distinct seasons: sowing, stretching, and harvest. When we talk about stretching, we mean the period between sowing and reaping. Just like a farmer must patiently wait for crops to grow, this time isn’t for idleness but for preparation. Believers are currently in a season of stretching, preparing for the abundant harvest ahead.

It’s important to note that what you reaped in the past may not be what you’ll reap this year. To experience greater results, you must stretch yourself further. This is why we encourage you to expand your horizons, enlarge your territories, and stretch your faith. Fear can cause you to contract, but faith-filled individuals stretch themselves, especially in times of scarcity.

Consider Isaac, who sowed during a famine and reaped a hundredfold. While we may not necessarily achieve a hundredfold, it’s crucial to recognize that we are currently in a season of stretching. You might feel overwhelmed, wondering why all these challenges are happening, but remember that you are not alone. We are here to support you through these challenging times, including the various negative health reports that some of you may have received.

I’m aware that some of you may have faced disappointment recently. Some might not have obtained their visas, others received unfavorable health reports, and a few didn’t secure the promotion they were eagerly anticipating. However, let me reassure you that it’s okay. It’s perfectly okay. Why? Because we do not live our lives based on changing circumstances; we live by the unchanging Word of God. His Word remains constant, unlike our temporary situations.

Remember, these negative circumstances are temporary. They may seem like the most significant challenges in your life right now, but when you realize who resides within you, these afflictions become light and momentary. You might wonder, “How can they be momentary when I’ve endured them all week?” Well, it’s because of what you’ve stepped into.

This light and momentary affliction cannot be compared to the glory that will ultimately be revealed in you.

Now, when you receive a negative report, how should you respond? You must understand what the devil aims to achieve by sending such reports. His first goal is to silence you. Why does the devil aim to silence you? Because faith-filled individuals speak.

2 Corinthians 4:13 – Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak.

Faith isn’t just a matter of the heart; it must be vocalized. This concept is highlighted in Romans 10:8, which says, ‘For the word of faith that is in your mouth.’

So, why did God put this word of faith in your mouth? He did so because victory lies within your words. Your breakthrough is within your spoken declarations. When negative circumstances hit your life, it’s natural to feel discouraged, disappointed, and hurt. These emotions are part of life. However, what I’m emphasizing is that you must rise above your circumstances. Remember that a righteous person may stumble seven times but can still stand up.

What’s done is done; we can’t change the past. But what we can change is our present, right here, right now. Declare, ‘I shall not die, but I shall live and declare the glory of the Lord. I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Victory is my portion.

The devil’s agenda is to close your mouth because your victory and breakthrough are found in your spoken words. Don’t let your words depend on ever-changing circumstances. Whether times are good or bad, we will speak God’s word. Our words are rooted in His faithfulness, not our own righteousness. It might feel like you’re the biggest hypocrite when you declare, ‘I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus,’ especially when you feel like the worst sinner. But in those moments, declare it even louder. Why? Because your confidence isn’t in yourself; it’s in God’s faithfulness. Your qualifications to speak His word don’t hinge on you.

“When a king dispatches a messenger to deliver a decree, it’s not the messenger’s qualifications that matter. The messenger speaks because of the royal assignment entrusted to them. Amen. Therefore, speak boldly: ‘I am the righteousness of God in Christ. I am the righteousness of God.’ Amen. I am the righteousness of God.

Last week may have felt like a defeat. You might have been distracted, disappointed, and even discouraged. At times, you may have questioned your own salvation. But today, this fleeting affliction ends. Today, I declare the word of faith. I am the righteousness of God. Nothing can separate me from Him. Therefore, there is no condemnation. I am no longer separated. Everything begins anew. I am a new creation. The old has passed away. Stir it up, my friends. Don’t allow the devil to intimidate you with negative circumstances.

Do you know what those negative circumstances are doing? They’re trying to speak to you, attempting to convince you that your reality won’t change, and your future will only get bleaker. But here’s the key: just as Jesus responded to victory, you need to speak back to your circumstances. Jesus didn’t just speak; He responded to victory. He said, ‘From now on, I rebuke you. You are cursed.’

So when negative reports come your way, when you receive medical diagnoses, take a look at those reports and speak back to them. Declare, ‘I do not believe this. I believe that Jesus finished it on the cross. It is finished. It is done. I stand on God’s word.’

Suppose you were supposed to travel to South Africa, and the plans didn’t come through. Stand firmly on God’s word. Remember, Elijah didn’t need a passport or a visa; the word says he was transported by the Lord. So why shouldn’t we believe in the word for that reality to happen instead of getting discouraged when visas and passports don’t come through? How the Lord will fulfill it is not your concern. Your role is to believe in the word.

If the Lord has spoken that word, it must happen. It has to happen. Don’t be swayed by your circumstances or situation. The Bible says that He became poor so that I could become rich. When you look at your bank balance and it doesn’t align with that truth, don’t be disheartened. Why? Because you are rich because the word says so. Your bank balance might say otherwise, but you rebuke that and declare, ‘The word says I am rich, and that’s the truth.’

We firmly stand on the Word of God. Jesus had a treasurer who was embezzling money from the treasury, and even though Jesus knew about it, He did not remove the responsibility from him. I’m not suggesting you do the same, but this is how Jesus operated because He understood there was an overflowing supply.

In fact, there was a time when they needed to pay taxes, and Jesus didn’t take money from the treasury. Instead, He told Peter to go catch the first fish, and in the fish’s mouth, he would find a coin to pay the taxes. Jesus could pay taxes through a fish. Do you see what I’m getting at? Don’t place your hope in the bank or the company you work for; put your hope in God. He can bring things into existence through the power of His Word. The Word has creative power.

At the beginning of this week, we received a medical report that sent my mind in a different direction. Throughout the week, it led me down various tangents, financial concerns, emotional turmoil, and worries about ministry growth. The devil tried to convince me that my future was bleak and that I was hopeless. But then the word of the Lord came: ‘The word of faith is in your mouth. Release it.’ Immediately, I remembered what the Lord had spoken to me last year: ‘The blessing of the Lord shall come upon you and overtake you.’

I declared, ‘The blessing of the Lord shall come upon me and overtake me.’ I said it repeatedly, despite having a long list of bills to pay that seemed never-ending. Yet, I knew that beyond the endless bills, there was an even greater supply of blessings upon my life. So I continued to proclaim, ‘The blessing of the Lord shall come upon me and overtake me.’

Why am I shouting, you might ask? Well, it’s not for God’s benefit. God can hear your faintest whisper. It’s for your own heart and mind to align with the Word. Some of you find confidence in the intensity of the sound you release because the devil has cornered you, telling you that you are defeated, that your breakthrough will never happen. These are all false narratives. The devil wants you to think logically, practically.

This doesn’t make sense, it’s impossible,’ he says. But I choose to stand on the Word of God. If the Word says it, I believe it. There’s no wavering in that. I will stand on the Word of God.

Let me share a moment from Friday night. I was praying at 2:00 AM, and I had this vivid vision of Jesus entering my room. I saw myself holding onto His feet and weeping at His feet. It reminded me of the story of the woman with the alabaster jar. Yes, that woman came to Jesus with great expectation. Perhaps the day before, she had lived a life considered sinful, maybe even doing things she had to do to make a living. But her desperation to encounter Jesus was far greater. She entered uninvited, even though her reputation was tarnished. She was so desperate for a miracle and redemption in her life.

She brought her most precious possession, an alabaster jar, worth an entire year’s wages, possibly her escape plan from her previous life. But she knew that when Jesus came to town, He was the solution to her problems. She stopped trusting in her earthly possessions and put her confidence in Jesus. She broke that alabaster jar because she knew it was worth it. She knew Jesus was worth it. She knelt at His feet, poured the costly perfume, and began to worship.

Can you imagine? She dropped her entire year’s wages at Jesus’ feet, unreservedly worshiping Him. When I saw that image, I wept the whole night. I began to cry and said, ‘Lord, You are worth it. You are worth it.’ I want to share with you what I said to the Lord because I hope it encourages you. I told Him, ‘Lord, whether my circumstances change or not, I will still hold on to You. Regardless of whether this situation changes or not, I will cling to You because You are worth it. You are the love of my life. I will not let go. I will continue to believe in the goodness of the Lord. I will continue to believe that what You have spoken over my life will come to pass. My circumstances will change; it has to change.’

When I woke up in the morning, this is the word I received: ‘Surely, there’s a future.’ Say it with me: ‘Surely, there’s a future.’ ‘And your hope will not be cut off.’ Any circumstance that tries to convince you that it’s hopeless and that there’s no future is a lie from the pit of hell. Speak to that circumstance and declare, ‘Surely I have a great future and my hope will not be cut off because my hope’s name is Jesus. My hope will not be cut off.’

I want to encourage you, don’t give up. Stand firmly on the Word. Stand on the Word, for it is filled with promises for you. We have a choice: either we believe in this Word or we do something else. If you’re here, let’s believe what the Word says. And the Word says that you are above your circumstances.

1 John 5:4 – For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world and our faith.

So, if you are born of God, you are an overcomer. You are the conqueror of any circumstance trying to bring you down. You may have faced setbacks last week, but remember, the battle isn’t over until you win. And you will win because you are an overcomer. You cannot be defeated. The match is fixed; you are an overcomer.

1 John 5:5 – Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Yes? Excellent! Now, when you read verse 4, which says ‘whoever is born of God overcomes the world,’ the devil may try to plant doubt in your mind, suggesting you’re not truly a child of God. He might point to your past and question your worthiness. But verse 5 reaffirms it: ‘Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.’

Regardless of your history or last week’s challenges, if you believe in Jesus as the Son of God, you are an overcomer. You’re not an overcomer because of your own strength; you’re an overcomer because Jesus is the Son of God. If you believe this, you are an overcomer, no doubt about it.

1 John 5:6 – This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.

1 John 5:7-8 – For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.

What do they agree on? What do they testify to? They testify that Jesus is the Son of God. The water testifies to it too. Think about Jesus’ baptism in Matthew 3. When He emerged from the water, the Father’s voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’ So, the water testifies that He is the Son of God. In fact, in the Bible, water often symbolizes God’s word. When Jesus says, ‘I am the living water,’ it signifies God’s word.

Ephesians 5:25-26 – Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word.

It says, ‘that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word.’ So, in this context, water represents the Word of God. The Word testifies to Jesus being the Son of God.

The blood of Jesus also serves as a powerful testimony. How does the blood testify? It’s because Jesus’ blood is superior to the blood of bulls and goats. In the Old Testament, there was a special day known as the Day of Atonement, happening once a year. On this day, they would sacrifice for the sins of the entire nation of Israel. However, they had to do this every year because the blood of bulls and goats could only cover sins for one year; it was not perfect.

But the Bible tells us that Jesus’ blood is so perfect that it surpasses the blood of bulls and goats. His sacrifice was complete. Consider this: the high priests in the Old Testament had to offer sacrifices repeatedly, day after day, striving to cover their sins. But Jesus, after His sacrifice, sat at the right hand of God. This is remarkable because no other high priest sits. Why? Because they have daily duties; their work is never done. However, Jesus is the only high priest who sits because His work is finished, completed once and for all. This is why the blood of Jesus is more powerful than that of bulls and goats.

What Jesus accomplished on the cross is an eternal sacrifice. It exists beyond the confines of time. If we envision time as a linear progression, starting from BC and moving through AD to the present year of 2023, Jesus’ sacrifice transcends this linear timeline. When we focus on the blood of Jesus and reflect on what Christ has done, it feels as though it’s happening right now—eternal and timeless.

The power of the blood of Jesus lies in its perpetual freshness, just as potent as it was 2000 years ago. This concept is illuminated in the book of Revelation, where it refers to the Lamb who was slain before the foundation of the earth. This signifies that even before our individual existence and the creation of the world, the Lamb was sacrificed in a timeless realm. While it occurred in historical time 2000 years ago, it remains an eternal sacrifice. Consequently, every time we turn our attention to the cross, the blood of Jesus is as fresh and powerful as it was then.

This is why we partake in communion, declaring the death of Jesus. We acknowledge that this sacrifice retains its freshness and potency. It differs significantly from the sacrifices of bulls and goats, which served as annual reminders of sins—temporary coverings that necessitated repeating. The blood of Jesus, on the other hand, is not a recurring reminder of our sins.

It’s not a reminder of your guilt; it’s a reminder of your justification. It’s a done deal, once and for all. You are declared not guilty. Pastor Sam, I don’t feel that way. Well, you don’t have to rely on your feelings; you have to believe it. Belief is what matters—believing more than your feelings. Feelings will catch up.

Imagine this: Suppose someone got married a few months ago and comes to me today saying, ‘I don’t feel like a husband.’ I’d probably give them a reality check.’ But it’s not about feelings; it’s about the truth. And the truth today is that you are justified by the blood of Jesus.

So, water testifies that Jesus is the Son of God. The blood testifies that Jesus is the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit testifies that Jesus is the Son of God. What’s crucial here is that if these three—the Word, the blood, and the Spirit—are testifying to Jesus being the Son of God, it means they are also testifying that you are God’s children. You are like Him because, just as He is, so are we in this world.

So, when you read the Word, it tells you that you are God’s beloved, in whom He is well pleased. When you see the cross, the blood of Jesus reminds you to forget all your past sins and that His perfect sacrifice has completely redeemed you from your old sinful nature. You are new; you have been redeemed. The Holy Spirit within you isn’t like an alarm bell that only goes off when you do something wrong. No, the Holy Spirit’s role is to point you toward Jesus, affirming that you are the righteousness of God, accepted, chosen, and redeemed by His blood.
Three things are testifying: the Word, the blood, and the Holy Spirit. You can hold onto any one of these truths. Even if you grasp just one, you can live a victorious life. The Word says you are the righteousness of God. The blood says you are the righteousness of God.

The Holy Spirit declares you to be the righteousness of God. While you don’t necessarily need all three—Word, blood, and Spirit—to affirm your status, these three testimonies are in agreement about you. Even if you grasp the testimony of just one, you can live a victorious life. You can overcome it.

When you received Jesus, your spirit was recreated by the Word. This transformation is why 1 Peter 1:23 states that you are not born of perishable seed but of imperishable seed, which is the living and abiding Word of God. In other words, your new identity, your true self, is not your mind, your heart, or your body; it’s your spirit. You are a spiritual being born of God’s Word.

What makes this new creation so unique compared to Adam is that when you were born of God’s Word, you were also sealed with the Holy Spirit. So, inside your spirit, it’s no longer just ‘I,’ it’s ‘we.’ ‘I’ has been crucified. Therefore, it’s your spirit that is born of God’s Word, and it is in perfect union with the Holy Spirit.

For those of you who are single, know that you are already married, sealed with the seal of the Holy Spirit—perhaps the most profound union you can ever experience. Now, consider this thought, your spirit is united with the Holy Spirit, sealed together. Once God has sealed this union, no one can break it. The Word and the Holy Spirit are together within your spirit. Wherever you go, the Word and the Spirit are with you.

But what adds to the beauty of this union is that it is ratified by the blood of Jesus. The blood of Jesus covers this union. Why does it need to be covered by His blood? Because the blood of Jesus has become your protection and your security, ensuring that nothing can hinder or break this divine union.

The blood of Jesus becomes your security. Does that make sense? In a covenant relationship, blood is the institution of that bond. Your sealed relationship with the Holy Spirit is established by the blood of Jesus. The blood of Jesus serves as your security, signifying that God is always with you. He is for you just as much as He is inside of you. This is what ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’ means—it’s not a reality that exists only when you come to church. It’s a constant reality, even when you find yourself in the depths of despair and hopelessness. Even then, Christ is in you. That’s your spiritual reality.

However, you might wonder, ‘Why do I feel this way if Christ is in me?’ The reason you feel this way is that you’re entertaining negative words. Spiritual warfare, at its core, is a battle in your mind, a war of words. Remember this: Spiritual warfare is the war of words. If bad news can affect your mood and outlook so drastically, imagine what good news can do. It’s the bad news of your circumstances that brings disappointment, discouragement, and a loss of confidence. But what will the good news do? It will lift you up, right? It’s a battle in your mind where the devil bombards you with bad news, trying to overshadow the good news of Jesus.

That’s why every time you speak the good news of Jesus, release the word of faith from your mouth, you are operating in your spiritual reality. Your spirit is sealed with you; you are born of God, and the blood of Jesus has sealed this union. That’s why it’s crucial, my friends, vital, that when you read your Bible, it’s not just about reading it; declare the Word. Don’t just read, declare. When you encounter the enemy’s bad news, respond with the good news. Declare, ‘I stand on the good news of Jesus. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for He has anointed me to proclaim the good news.’ Good news needs to be proclaimed, not just thought. So, when the devil tries to silence you with bad news, proclaim the good news. Stand on the promises of God, affirm that His promises are ‘yes’ and ‘amen.’ It is finished. It is done.

Release your words of faith. You are an overcomer. ‘He who is born of God has overcome the world.’ You are an overcomer. Don’t give up, my friends. Even if last week was tough, don’t give up. Today is the day of salvation. If you hear His voice, release your faith. The moment you start releasing your faith, all the afflictions that once burdened you become light and momentary. They become momentary and done. It’s finished the moment you speak. You have overcome that circumstance.

The blood of Jesus is your security. The Bible tells us that the blood of Jesus speaks a better word. Why? Because it speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. When Abel died, his blood condemned Cain, crying out for judgment. But the blood of Jesus does not speak words of condemnation; it speaks words of justification.

I’m telling you about three things that are speaking words over your life: the Word of God, the blood of Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Three powerful sources. When the devil attacks you with one, remember that God has equipped you with three times more. You are three times more powerful. God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. You are equipped with three times more.

Revelation 12:11 – And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.

This verse speaks of the saints who have conquered the devil. Insert your name instead of ‘they.’ Sam has conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of her testimony.

The blood was shed on the cross—Jesus did that. What’s your responsibility? The word of your testimony. Speak it out. Release it. Say, ‘I am not defeated. I am victorious. I am more than a conqueror. I am no longer separated. I am not condemned. I am victorious in Jesus.’ Speak God’s word. Keep speaking God’s word. Remember, it’s ‘the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony.’

Don’t wait for some grand event to occur. The moment you even catch a glimpse of good news, speak it out. Tell ten people. Now, let’s talk about why we often hesitate to share our testimonies. The reason is fear. We’re afraid that if what we’re sharing doesn’t come to pass, our reputation will be tarnished, right? It’s a common concern.

For example, think about someone dealing with a health issue. They receive a small glimmer of good news, but they choose not to share it. Why? Because they think, ‘I’ll only share it once I’m completely healed. What if the problem returns tomorrow? How can I face the church then?’ It’s all about worrying over our reputation. Does that sound familiar?

But let me share something important. If you look at the Bible and all the people considered faith warriors, you’ll notice that the first thing they often did was lose their reputation. God asked Abraham to change his name from Abram to Abraham, which means ‘father of many nations.’ Imagine an elderly man, 90 years old, being called ‘father of many nations,’ even though he didn’t have any children of his own. It’s embarrassing, right? You have to let go of your reputation.

Consider Noah. God instructed him to build an ark at a time when there was no concept of rain. He spent 200 years building the ark and preaching the gospel. Imagine the ridicule and loss of reputation he endured during that time.

It may seem foolish, even downright stupid at times. To be on this faith journey, to witness miracles and wonders, you have to be willing to let go of your reputation. If you hold onto your reputation too tightly, you’ll miss out. That’s why any testimony you have, you should release it, share it with people. Why? Because it’s not about you; it’s about Jesus. He’s the one who has done it.

Even after enduring ten bad news, if you receive just one good news, share it. Share it as if it’s the greatest thing that has ever happened in your life. ‘Pastor, I had a toe pain, and it got healed.’ That’s amazing. You see, because someone’s toe pain getting healed can become another person’s breakthrough in healing from a major illness.

Don’t place too much confidence in your reputation. Let it go, my friends. The Bible tells us that when David was dancing before the Lord, he danced with all his might, even to the point of losing his clothes. It was undignified, yet we sing, ‘I will dance like David danced.’ But do we really? We often remain too dignified. What hypocrisy, right? Lose your reputation. The ‘I’ has been crucified. I put my complete trust in Jesus. He is my qualification. He’s my reputation. If the Lord has instructed you to do something, do it.

So, when you receive a testimony, regardless of what might happen tomorrow, regardless of what the enemy might try tomorrow, testify about it today. Share it today. If you have good news, testify. Release it, because we stand on the word of God. We stand on the goodness of Jesus.

About the author

Samuel Thomas

Samuel is a second-generation pastor with a rich heritage in the Holy Spirit. He has been the pastor of Lighthouse Church since 2017 with a two-word mission statement: transforming lives. Samuel's priority in life has been to know Christ and to grow deeper in His love.

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