The Power of the Blood of Jesus (Retah McPherson)

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

The Blood of Jesus Christ is the reason that we can rejoice. The Blood enables us to come boldly to the throne of grace – into the very throne room of Almighty God. As we confess our sins, the Blood removes the record thereof, completely blotting it out. The Blood also enables us and gives us the power to stop sinning.

If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will, purpose, thought, and action]. 1 John 1:9

It is the POWER of the Blood of Jesus, that reconciles us to God. It is the POWER of His Blood that heals us.

We need to seek the mercy of God, pursue redemption and make our adoption into God’s family a reality and truth – all through the Blood of Jesus Christ alone. Each time we repent, we receive a blood transfusion in the Spirit – exchanging our darkness for Life.

There are many challenges that we face, but we never, never need to become discouraged and stuck. Because of the POWER of His Blood, we are never hopeless.

His Blood makes us more than conquerors in the war that we are called to fight every day. War? You might ask.

Yes, in Ephesians 6 it does not say that some of us may have to fight a war. No, we are all called to be first class soldiers fighting the good fight of faith.

For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere. Ephesians 6:12

But we need to have faith in His Blood – the Blood of our Yeshua the Messiah, who is the faithful witness. Unto Him be the POWER and Glory, that loves us and washes us from our sins in His own Blood. Whom God has set forth to be our propitiation, through faith, by His Blood.

What makes His Blood so precious?
Have you ever thought about that?
It is the Blood of God.

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, remember it was Holy Spirit who appointed you to guard and oversee the churches that belong to Jesus, the Anointed One, which He purchased and established with His own Blood.

His Blood was and is incorruptible and undefiled.

Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the Blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge our conscience from dead works to serve the Living God.

Every dead work in me, needs to be exchanged from death to life – only through the POWER of His Blood. The Cross is our eternal trading floor.

The Blood of the Lamb makes it possible for the love of God to dawn in our hearts. It is God’s grace. He paid a price for us so that we can be one with Him, forever. Being engrafted as sons of God.

John the Baptist introduced Jesus and said, “I want to introduce you to the One who is coming. Behold Him, He is the Lamb of God!”

Do you know Him? The One who sits on the throne?

There is a law of sin and death, we see the proof of that every day. But the law of sin and death could not hold Him, had nothing in common with Him, because He never sinned. We are all sinners and the proof ARE that we all die, sooner or later.

But, He has provided a way for us. We can deal with our sin, repent and take full responsibility and walk in freedom. We need to bring all our struggles, our weaknesses, to the Blood – it is Most Powerful.

Don’t stay in bondage, don’t stay trapped – His Blood has the Power to set you free.
In the process your life will become a living testimony of His grace and love.

Worthy is the Lamb!

I am forever thankful for His Blood and grace.
Retah and family
https://retahmcpherson.com/

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Repenting for the Sins of America (Nita Johnson)

We are repenting of the sins of this nation. When a contemporary prophet says the cup is full, he’s mistaken. It may be very close to the rim, but it’s not full. If it were, there would be no way to dissuade the hand of God from His wrath. But it is not full, and it is not full because people are praying. People are pleading for forgiveness on behalf of this nation, repenting of our sins, just as the Scripture says: 2 Chronicles 7:14

2 Chron 7:14 KJV If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

How does that fit with today? Satan is trying to destroy the power of prayer. He’s trying to steal your faith. He’s trying to paint a different picture of the heart of God than what His Word says. If we will humble ourselves and pray. If we will humble ourselves and pray. Repent – which means to turn from our wicked ways. He will hear and He will heal the land.

In the book of Joel, verse 12 of Chapter 2.

Joel 2:12 Amp Therefore, also now, says the Lord, turn and keep on coming to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning….

Does this sound like a pleading God to you? Does it? Does it sound like a God that has something more in mind than wrath?

Joel 2:12f-13b Amp [until every hindrance is removed and the broken fellowship is restored]. Rend your hearts and not your garments and return to the Lord, your God….

Listen to this. This is the heart of God. Return. Return. Return. America, return. Church, return. This is His heart. He is not standing with the bowl of wrath in His hand, saying, “I’m fed up with you! I’m not going to wait any longer!” He is saying, “Turn, turn, turn!” How? With weeping, with fasting, with prayer, with repentance. Rend your heart. He’s not talking about sitting in your armchair like someone who is looking at the world through someone else’s travel experience. He is saying, “Get your heart involved! Weep! Cry! Bend! Rend! Let your guts hurt under the anointing!” Friends, cry like you’ve never cried before because your nation is falling away, and you’ve got a God that wants to restore! It is Satan that wants to drive America into the ground through sin. It is not God wanting to reject America. Please don’t believe anything else. Do you believe me? Remember, I’m the one that got up out of the sick bed because I love your faith. And I don’t like people trying to breaking it. Amen?

Joel 2:13 Amp Rend your hearts and not your garments and return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in loving-kindness; and He revokes His sentence of evil [when His conditions are met].

Now I want to ask you a question. Do you believe the Bible? Do you believe that when He says this, He means it? How much time are you spending in prayer? Are you lifting this passage up to Him day and night? Do you sacrifice sleep to pray? Do you sacrifice eating to pray? Prayer is not something I’m telling you to do. The Holy Spirit is pleading with us. Someone else might not be praying, so we may have to make up for their lack, we must pray until we have prayed it through. God will answer!

Sin begins to pile up when a nation is born. It gets greater and greater until the cup that has been created to hold all that sin becomes full. If repentance does not turn the tide, the cup continues to fill. However, when God is saying repent, and He finds a people who will take action and the cup begins to empty according to the intercession. It’s not like one big outpouring to empty the sin out of the cup. Little by little, through repentant intercession, we are getting further away from the rim. Now of course, America keeps sinning, but God keeps forgiving. Boy, am I glad. It’s taken us 400 years to get where we are and I am so glad it is not going to take us 400 years to undo it. Our job is to repent. God’s job is to change the heart of the people. We cannot do that, but He can. But what happens when sin drenched circumstances happen, as we see every day, you become weakened in your faith. I want to tell you something and I’ve got to say this to you, please listen; you have got to put your hand up in the realm of the Spirit and say, “We will not let sin dominate this nation! We will not let sin dominate this nation! We don’t curse the sinner. We bless him with a love for righteousness, but we will not let sin dominate this nation!” You’ve got to take that stand.

Many remember the childhood story about the little boy who put his finger in the dyke to save the city. What would have happened if he had taken his finger out of the dyke? The city would have been lost. That is how we have to see ourselves. We cannot put our hand down. We have got to stand for God’s glory. We have got to stand for this nation to be purified and healed of unrighteousness. We must. We cannot ever put our hand down. The minute we put the hand of faith down, America is lost. Yes indeed, I tell you, Jesus said it Himself, you, dear intercessors, are standing in the gap, preventing the wrath of God. A wrath He does not want to send. How important is that? Those who are here, and those who are online and those who will hear through this message on our website: how important is that? It is so important, every Christian and every nation all over the earth prays for us, “Stand strong. God help them stand strong.” We need America to be strong, but strong in God.

By Nita Johnson in “Never Give Up” Prophetic Insight (Part B)

Forever You are Faithful (Retah McPherson)

Our lives are all telling different stories and we all face challenges.

Every day, there is something challenging on our plates and we need to look it in the eyes and make a choice to overcome, whatever it is.

You should think of it as spiritual weight training. You start with light weights but as time progresses and you become stronger, you move on to heavier weights. The same applies to our faith muscles.

We start with light weights – issues that require only a small measure of faith – and the stronger our faith muscles become, the more we can stand victorious in the midst of hardship.

I have learned from preparing to run a marathon, that training is hard – and when you have stopped and then start again – that is the hardest. It feels like you have to start from scratch. Training requires dedication, commitment and always keeping the end goal in mind.

This is why Holy Spirit urges us to keep on training our spiritual muscles, every day of our lives.

I have learned that the stronger your spiritual muscles are, the quicker you grow into maturity. The more mature you become, the more discernment and wisdom you have when you are faced with problems.

Abba Father has an amazing ‘”weight training program” available to all His children. The purpose of this program is to transform our spirit man into becoming a new creation.

The name of this weight is – GOD is FAITHFUL! “Faithfulness” is one of the attributes of God’s unchanging nature.

He trains us so that we will be able to carry the whole measure of faith. We get to exercise our faith through trials, challenges, afflictions and troubles. Every situation we face, gives us the opportunity to trust in, lean on and rely upon Him – building our strength, resistance and faith. Through these circumstances and challenges you build faith, confidence and a memory bank of trust and reliance. So that the next time you face difficulties, you can say – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. With my God I can leap over a wall.

We view our slight, short-lived troubles in the light of eternity. We see our difficulties as the substance that produces for us an eternal, weighty glory far beyond all comparison, because we don’t focus our attention on what is seen but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but the unseen realm is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18 TPT)

Today, I am asking you – do you know God as a Faithful Father?
Because if you do know Him as Faithful – then it will be much easier for you to face all your challenges.

If you are trained with the weights of faithfulness and are familiar with your Faithful Father, then you will be able to speak life in the midst of darkness, never doubting Him, leaving no place for doubt or fear. You will be steadfast and confident in Him.

The more resistance in the weight training, the stronger we become. While we train, we should release a sound and a vibration of faith and hope. We should study the Word, speak the Word and stand on the Word.

Ps 36:5 But you, O Lord, Your mercy-seat love is limitless, reaching higher than the highest heavens. Your great faithfulness is infinite, stretching over the whole earth. (Passion translation)

Lam 3:22-23 It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not. [Mal. 3:6.] They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness. [Isa. 33:2.]” AMPC

God was faithful to provide a ram for Abraham.

God was faithful to bring Joseph out of the Egyptian prison.

God was faithful to bring Noah and his family safely through the flood.

God was faithful to protect Daniel in the lion’s den.

God was faithful to spare the lives of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego when they were thrown into the fiery furnace.

God was faithful to care for Elijah when he was so depressed, he begged to die.

And God was faithful to deliver us from eternal death through the sacrifice of His only begotten Son.

God is still faithful, God has always been faithful and God always will be faithful.

What are the sounds that you release as you are training your spiritual muscles? Are you complaining? Do you go into self-pity? Do you blame God for forsaking you? Or others? Are you releasing sounds of faith, hope, love? Remember these are seeds in the soil for your next season – and exactly what you sow, you shall reap.

The enemy needs you to come into agreement with your generational dark vibrations of unbelief, doubt and fear. By doing so, the iniquity force and stronghold is strengthened. And this in turn makes you weak and the battle more intense. Don’t supply ammunition for the enemy to kill, destroy and steal from you.
God wants us to override these dark sounds within us – He wants us to overcome.
Your words carry power and you need to speak life to override the death.

God is faithful to keep all of His promises.
Ps 145:13b You are faithful to fulfil every promise You’ve made. You manifest Yourself as kindness in all You do.

God is faithful to deliver us in times of trouble.
Ps 50:15 Honour Me by trusting in Me in your day of trouble. Cry aloud to Me, and I will be there to rescue you.

God is faithful to deliver us in times of temptation.
1 Cor 10:13 We all experience times of testing, which is normal for every human being. But God will be faithful to you. He will screen and filter the severity, nature, and timing of every test or trial you face, so that you can bear it. And each test is an opportunity to trust Him more, for along with every trial God has provided for you a way of escape that will bring you out of it victoriously.

God is faithful to forgive us.
1 John 1:9 But, if we freely admit our sins when His light uncovers them, He will be faithful to forgive us every time. God is just to forgive us our sins because of Christ, and He will continue to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

God is faithful even when we are faithless.
2 Tim 2:13 But even if we are faithless, He will still be full of faith, for He never wavers in His faithfulness to us!

The truth is that everyone of us go through trials and troubles that test our faith. Some days, we pass these tests and some days, we fail. Some days we are eager to exercise our faith muscles and on others the battle is just to get out of bed. Today I am so thankful that God is faithful till the end.

Today, He asks of us to keep on exercising our faith, because in the times that we are to face we will not be able to stand, if we are not trained in His faithfulness.

My life, my body, soul and spirit should cry out – Faithful is God! This should be your first response in time of difficulty. Start proclaiming it even now.

My family and I also go through challenges, just like everyone else – but I found myself, even last night, facing a situation, and with joy I spoke to the mountain.
“Mountain, you know you might look big and difficult to move, but I want to tell you about my God – He is faithful till the end, He is mighty, He is strong, He is faithful, He is true to His Word, He is I AM.”

I could feel how I was lifting a heavy weight in the spirit and the more I lift it, the easier it became. Later I started to sing and worship and just like that, the mountain vanished from my sight as my King was lifted High. All I could behold was His faithfulness. I saw my King, High and lifted up. Higher than any mountain, higher than my fears, higher than what I can see with my eyes – and a new dimension of faith opened up and God started showing me His Kingdom and all His promises.

“Retah, this is how you unlock My Kingdom, and bring it down to earth”

And all I could do was to respond, Father, let Your Kingdom come, let Your will be done – on earth as it is in heaven.

God bless you my dear friend, lets run the race of faith and keep on training our faith muscles.

Retah and family

Retah McPherson’s ministries can be accessed here: https://retahmcpherson.com/

Will We Allow the Holy Spirit to Reign in Our Lives? (Nicky Cruz)

In his letter to the Galatians, the apostle Paul wrote, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25). Throughout Scripture it is clear that God wants every one of his children to surrender to the reign and rulership of the Holy Spirit. In fact, the Spirit’s primary purpose for living within us is to direct and guide us in all that we do.

The Holy Spirit provides absolute and detailed instructions to those who walk with him. When we walk in the Spirit, we don’t walk in confusion or doubt. His direction is clear and distinct. The early disciples of Christ understood this truth, and they allowed the Spirit to direct them in every decision, every move, every action. The Spirit talked to them and guided them in their every waking hour. No decisions were made without first consulting him. The church’s motto throughout the New Testament was, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit has to say.”

You and I have this same opportunity today. The same Spirit that guided the early believers in their walk with the Lord is living within you and me, beckoning us daily to listen, to submit, to heed his will and direction. He promises power and effectiveness beyond our wildest dreams. The only question is, will we allow him to reign?

I am always amazed at how much fun it is to move in the blessing of God. When God directs your path, it is always invigorating and seldom what you might expect. It’s never boring, never predictable, never ordinary, and always refreshing.

In the many decades I have followed God wherever he leads, I have seen him work in ways that are too awesome for words. God has displayed the power of his Spirit and his Word so many times that I have long since given up trying to second-guess him. When the Holy Spirit guides your path, the best you can do is hang on and try your best to keep up.

Hearts Captive By the Saviour’s Love

“Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles. He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street” (Isaiah 42:1-3).

This passage is all about Jesus. The Holy Spirit had moved upon the prophet Isaiah to bring forth a revelation of what Christ would be like when he comes and the image that comes forth from these verses is clear: Christ would not come with a loud clamor or noise. Rather, he would come as a tender, loving Savior.

We read the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy in Matthew 12:14 where we see the Pharisees planning to kill Jesus because he had healed a man on the Sabbath. When Jesus found out about it, he “withdrew from there.” He did not retaliate in anger or try to get revenge, although he could have summoned a legion of angels to deal with his enemies on the spot.

This tender spirit, Matthew says, reveals the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy: “He will not quarrel nor cry out, nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets” (Matthew 12:19). So, what did Jesus do after he quietly withdrew from Jerusalem? The Word says he immediately went outside the city and continued to heal all who crowded in on him: “Great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all” (12:15).

Jesus instructed the people, “Don’t tell anyone about the miracles you see.” Even after healing two blind men, Christ told them to keep it to themselves (Matthew 9:30). You see, Jesus did not want the people following him for his miracles. He wanted their devotion because his tender words had captured their hearts.

Jesus wanted everyone, including every future generation, to know he came into the world as a Savior: “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:17). Today, focus on the Savior’s love and his great gift of salvation for all mankind.

David Wilkerson
(1931-2011)