Reminder: Yesterday we resolved to live a life of repentance. We invited the gaze of Jesus to search every part of our heart. Say it again to Him, Know me, Lord.
After repentance comes cleansing. One way believers are cleansed is by what Scripture calls the sprinkling of the blood of Christ (Heb 12:24; 1 Pet 1:2). That is not customary language in our culture, so let me explain what the Bible means by it.
The idea of sprinkling comes from Old Testament times when the high priest would dip his fingers and sprinkle the blood of the sacrifice on various things, such as the altar, the priests, the people, and the mercy seat. That practice pointed to the cross of Jesus. Now, Jesus sprinkles and washes us with His own blood which He shed on Calvary (Rev 1:5).
Jesus’ blood is the most powerful detergent in the universe. It’s the only thing that cleanses someone’s conscience.
Having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus…let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience. (Heb 10:19,22)
Here’s the primary New Testament passage that speaks of being sprinkled by the blood of Jesus:
Two things accuse us of sin: our conscience and Satan (the accuser). Where one leaves off, the other picks up. Both are completely silenced by the sprinkling of the blood of Christ. The blood of Christ washes our conscience so thoroughly that we actually feel clean. To feel clean before God is the best feeling in the world!
When Satan accuses us of sin, the blood of Jesus silences him. Revelation 12:10-11 says we overcome the accuser by the blood of the Lamb. When we’re covered by the blood of Christ, the accuser is muzzled. The blood shuts him up. This is great news.
You don’t have to get sprinkled with blood only once in your life—just as you don’t have to shower just once in your life. You can get cleansed by Christ’s blood as frequently as you get defiled in the world. For most of us, that’s every day.
PRAY. I suggest this simple prayer, Jesus, sprinkle me with Your blood. By faith, see yourself under the blood of Christ. Now your conscience is cleansed. You’re beyond condemnation or accusation.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (Ps 51:7)
David also prayed for cleansing:
A branch of hyssop was used to place the blood of the Passover lamb on the doorposts of a house (Exod 12:22). Hyssop, therefore, represented the cleansing of the lamb’s blood. David was confident that God’s washing would leave him clean both inside and out.
PRAY. Express your confidence in the blood of Jesus. Give thanks to God for such a glorious provision. Worship the Lamb of God who is worthy of all honor and praise. Rejoice in how clean you are right now!
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” (Matt 6:33)
Take some advice from Jesus:
God’s righteousness is given to us when we place our faith in the cross of Christ. Why did Jesus tell us to make righteousness our first pursuit? Because His righteousness makes us bold to draw near to the throne of grace. Jesus told us to seek His righteousness first because He wants us to draw near Him in intimacy.
Decide, therefore, to get cleansed every day by the blood of Christ and draw near to God. This is how we seek God’s righteousness and honor the sacrifice of Calvary.
Stop for a minute. This is an important moment in your prayer Reset. You’re putting down a marker in your history with God. You’re resolving to get cleansed daily by the sprinkled blood of Christ. This means that every day the voice of your conscience will be satisfied and the accuser will be silenced. You’ll have great boldness to draw near to God every day.
By checking this box, I indicate my holy resolve to get sprinkled with the blood of Christ every day.
PRAY. Ask God to remind you every day to get cleansed spiritually. Tell Him you intend to seek His righteousness continually. Thank Him for making a way, through the cross, for you to live in His presence all day, every day.
You are super-clean right now in the presence of your Father. Enjoy your stay in the throne room today!
RESET: 20 Ways to a Consistent Prayer Life Copyright © 2018 by Bob Sorge Published by Oasis House
Reproduced with permission.
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