Sunday, 30 September 2007

I can’t do it.

And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

I can’t do it.
I can’t do it.
I can’t do it.
I cannot do it.
I just can’t.
I am not able.
No, I can not.
Who thinks that they can do it?
Who has the arrogance to think that they can do it.
Tell me the man who thinks He can do anything.
We are deceived!
We think we can do it!
We think that we are the “one”.
I cannot change my heart.
Tell me the man who can.
I can’t
I cannot do it!
I am not the propitiation!
I am not the sinless one.
I am helpless.Within my self there is no good thing and I can NOT change my heart!
I am not able.
I cannot overcome sin.
I am useless.
There is no way that I can do anything good.

I am not my own. I have been bought with a price.
I am not my own.


You cannot do it

You thought you could do it.

WE so often think we can do it. Who has bewitched us?

That is the lie, the deception, that which has ensnared the world.

So, when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of the fruit and ate. Ensnared.

Self Denial

Deny your self
Self denial is not so much an action as it is the realization that our self is actually deceived and our self can do nothing. Only Christ. Christ and Christ alone. Do not deny Christ. Deny your self. No flesh can glory.


A few years ago, while I was attending a Missions College, the Lord began burning on my heart the desire to KNOW Him, not just about Him. I also really wanted to know what Jesus had really done on the cross. I knew my sins were forgiven, but I knew there was far more to that than I had yet come across. Of course I was taking all sorts of bible classes and I was attaining much knowledge, but it was intellectual and I just was not satisfied. I was just being taught someone elses “theology”, someone elses “experience” with the Living God. There was such a hunger burning in me and yet I thought that I would never be able to attain what I desired. Soon a verse started coming into my head that I could not get away from: ‘Lean not on your own understanding’.

A few months passed and I found myself just being completely honest with a friend and admitting that my motives, a lot of the time, were not pure. A few days after that I went out to coffee with a couple friends who I’d just begun to get to know at the College. We ended up at a Denny’s like restaurant called Embers. It was midnight and there were prostitutes and transvestites and drunkards all around us. And in that place my friend Dan was sharing something that the Lord had shown a few of them a few days ago. It was a picture of what Jesus had done on the cross. But it was a picture I had never seen before.

It was a picture of an endless tunnel of light that shot through the universe. And that Tunnel was Jesus, what He had done on the cross when He cried out, ‘It is Finished’. It was a tunnel of light that had no beginning and no end. And what made up the tunnel was righteousness, holiness, sinlessness. . . And we saw that when we put our faith in Jesus we were instantly transferred into this tunnel and immersed in it. We became part of that tunnel. And we partook of every aspect of that tunnel, every aspect of Jesus and what He had done FOR us.
I saw (truly saw – not intellectually) that I was totally Holy, totally pure, totally righteous only because of what Jesus had done FOR me. That I was FREE! Free from my self. Free, free, free. . . Free from striving to be sinless and holy and righteous in my own effort.

They overcame him (adversary) by the blood of the Lamb.

They overcame him (adversary) by the blood of the Lamb.

By what did they overcome the adversary?

The Blood of the Lamb.

Why the blood of the Lamb?

How does the Blood of the Lamb overcome the adversary?

What did the Lamb do?

Took away the sins through a sacrifice of shed blood.

Life given up to take on the sins of the world.

So, the taking away of sins is how the adversary is overcome.

Think about that for a minute.

Why would the adversary be overcome, overwhelmed, crushed, engulfed, overpowered, prostrated, devastated, staggered, confounded, by the sacrifice of the Lamb?

Because the sin is taken away, covered, removed, gone, sin is no more.

Thus the power of the adversary must lie in the sin of mankind.

If the sin has been taken away, then the adversary would be stripped of his power.

“Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”

Our sin has been removed from us as far as the East is from the West.

It has been taken away

We have boldness to enter the Holy of Holies because of the blood of the Lamb.

We are sinless because of the Lamb of God who has removed the sin from us.

We are cleansed from sin. We are clean and free from sin.

The adversary has nothing against us.

Our faith does not rely on ourselves, on our efforts, on our goodness, on our ability to feel victorious.

Our faith relies only on what Christ has done: taken away the sin of the world.

Our faith lies in Jesus Christ and we testify alone of the shed blood of Jesus.

That is why Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of our faith.

A living testimony of those who believe in the power of the blood of Jesus Christ: true prophecy.

This is it! All we need to know is Christ and His death that took our sins away!

And I heard a great voice saying in Heaven, Now has come the salvation and power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ. For the accuser of our brothers is cast down, who accused them before our God day and night.
Rev 12:11 And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the word of their testimony. And they did not love their soul until death.

The Deceiver

We heard a story from a friend of ours the other night about a type of snake that they have in Ontario. He thinks that it might be called a ‘mud’ snake. Anyway, if you were to tread anywhere near the snake it would quickly rise up off the ground and blow up its face just like a cobra would. Upon seeing it most anyone would assume it was a cobra and quickly make their escape. Now, if you had been forewarned about this particular snake, you would have been informed that this snake actually had no venom, that it was completely harmless, and it’s whole rising and face blowing up was just a fa├žade and nothing more. The fact is, is that if you were to continue to come closer to the snake it would fall down to the ground and play dead. It appears dangerous, but it is actually completely harmless.