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The Blood of Jesus


Many struggle consistently in their intimacy with God, and in believing that God will answer their prayers. In fact
prob ably the most common problem that people face is a sense of not being good enough, that somehow I'm not
good enough, that there's something wrong with me and when I pray it doesn't look like God's going to answer. If
you're living with this it's b ecause there's some foundations are not b uilt and estab lished in your life and until they are,
let me tell you this; you will continue in what you're struggling with.
So we're in a great day. Isn't it a great day to be alive? [Yes!] Great day to be alive. Great day to serve God. I want
you to open your Bible for me in Ephesians 1, Verse 7. I want to share something I felt the Lord has just put on my
heart, to do two or three messages on it, and I want to speak about the blood of Jesus. I want to talk about the blood
of Jesus, and I reckon there's a heap of people haven't got a clue what it is, apart from it being a song and we talk
about it in church and, you know, [sings] I am redeemed by the blood of the lamb.
Yeah, we know these songs, but I want us to get some understanding. Without understanding you won't have faith,
and it's absolutely certain that if you're going to build a bu ilding, you need to make sure you've got something holding
it up, and if the foundation's not much good, then when it gets a shake, down she goes. That's what we saw in
Christchurch. We saw that - and it was actually completely predictable by the way. The surveyors had surveyed the
whole area before the town plan was put out and they advanced and built, the geologists already knew where the
places were that were unstable and what would happen if you built on there.
About 10 years ago a report was put out about what would happen, and it was almost accurate to exactly the
locations, so isn't it amazing? And yet in spite of the knowledge, it didn't make any difference. People still built there.
Isn't that amazing?
So buildings have to have foundations. Your life with God needs certain foundations in it. My experience in working
with Christians over a long period of time is many struggle consistently in their intimacy with God, and consistently in
believing that God will answer their prayers. In fact probably the most common problem that people face is a sense of
not being good enough, that somehow I'm not good enough, that somehow there's something wrong with me, and
somehow when I pray it doesn't look like God's going to answer. This is very common amongst Chris tians and it
could well be that that's what you're living with.
If you're living with this, it's because there's some foundations are not built and established in your life, and until they
are, let me tell you this; you will continue in what you're struggling with. It will not change. More meetings won't solve
it, more Bible studies won't solve it. It requires revelation to your heart, and then application to your life of some
things. Now I want to pick up one thing that is absolutely foundational to building your relationship with God, and it's
also my observation over counselling people for many years, that people start with it and shift from it. This is a huge
consequence in terms of how it works out in our Christian life.
 
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