“If you ever had power, you will not maintain it except by the daily, earnest, intense study of that Book.” (Taken from my article) Sir, I want to ask, “where does this sit with Roman 11:29?

Rom 11:29, “ for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable”. This scripture is a reference to Israel. Since they are chosen God will never totally abandon them. Ultimately Israel will be saved. So this scripture is not strictly relevant to your question. The important thing to know is that God’s power is not independent of

Him. If He is not living within by His Spirit there is no power without. Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Reading and studying the Word are vital in keeping plugged in to God.

What is the place of the blood of Jesus in our prayer life? Is it right to plead the blood of Jesus? If so, how do we do this effectively thinking of Rev 12:11?

Nowhere in the New Testament is ‘pleading the blood of Jesus’ used in spiritual conflict. Rev 12:11 is often cited as pointing in this direction, “They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” Actually the Blood is between the believer and God; not between the believer and the devil. Exodus 12:13 says, The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.

The blood of the lamb was to protect the Israelites from the killer plague sent by God. The blood was not to defeat the enemy but to placate God. When God sees the Blood He knows I’m covered. This is the meaning behind Rev 12:11. “They overcame him by the blood of the lamb”. Overcoming the enemy was not from physical danger, because the verse goes on to say, “They did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death”. The victory over Satan was more fundamental than physical preservation.  

Satan’s master plan was to cause man to sin against God. Then God’s righteousness judgment would take its course. But in a stroke of divine genius and self-sacrifice, Jesus steps in the gap to fulfil God’s demand for justice. Let’s not get the idea that it is our pleading the Blood that overcomes the devil. It is being under the Blood that defeats the devil. The believers has been redeemed by the Blood, and Satan’s plan to damn their souls thwarted. So, they can face anything he threw at them. We don’t actually need to defeat the devil, either by prayer or by the Blood. Jesus has done it all on the cross for us. “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it” (Col 2:15). There is no mention that the believers actually said anything to the devil. They just overcame. A very effective way to drive home the defeat of the devil is to ignore him and pay more attention on Jesus. On one occasion, Wigglesworth awoke during the night aware of a satanic presence. Looking across the room, he saw the devil himself standing there. Wigglesworth said to Satan, “Oh, it’s only you.” Then he turned over and went back to sleep.

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