I was a leper.

I Was A Leper

 

I had struggled for years with the same sin. I would do well for a little while and like a dog returning to its vomit, I would go right back to it. I have heard the excuse, “It’s OK, I’m only human, God knows this and He’s ok with it.”, “I’m just a sinner saved by grace.”

All I have to do is confess my sin, and then I’m ok to move forward with my license to sin. Here is the question that kept eating at me, “If this is OK, because His grace covers me, then why do I feel so terrible when I keep doing the same thing over and over again?”

Where is the power in the blood I’ve been singing about?

I love this song:

  1. Would you be free from the burden of sin?
    There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
    Would you o’er evil a victory win?
    There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

    • Refrain:
      There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r
      In the blood of the Lamb;
      There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r
      In the precious blood of the Lamb.
  2. Would you be free from your passion and pride?
    There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
    Come for a cleansing to Calvary’s tide;
    There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.
  3. Would you be whiter, much whiter than snow?
    There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
    Sin-stains are lost in its life-giving flow;
    There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.
  4. Would you do service for Jesus your King?
    There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
    Would you live daily His praises to sing?
    There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

 

If there is so much power in the blood of Jesus, so much power I can be free from the burden of sin, o’er evil a victory win, free from my passion and pride, have the cleansing at Calvary’s tide, whiter than snow, sin-stains lost in its life-giving flow……..then why do I often live a powerless, sin-filled life?

Look at the leper in this story:

Mark 1:40-42

40 And a leper *came to Jesus, BESEECHING Him and falling on his knees before Him, and saying, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” 41 Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and *said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.

BESEECHING Him…….when is the last time I BESEECHED God for anything?

 

Simple Definition of beseech

  • : to beg (someone) for something : to ask (someone) in a serious and emotional way to do something

 

He BEGGED, with everything he had in him. He fell on his knees before God. Was Jesus willing? ABSOLUTELY!!!!! “I am willing; be cleansed”

At this time, leprosy was viewed as a sin condition. Question: Do I have sin in my life? Am I a leper? What if I beseech Jesus to heal me? Would he, and if he does, do I really believe it? Does he have power to cleanse me from sin? How would I live, just for today, if I chose to believe it?

The sin I was speaking of at the beginning of this blog was smoking. I struggled for years to quit, only to fail again and again. I had leprosy (sin). It wasn’t until I beseeched Jesus for healing, acknowledged His sufficient power, and lived like I believed in the power of the Blood of Jesus to overcome my sin, that I quit smoking.

What are you struggling with today? I would suggest you aren’t struggling with what you think you are. You are struggling with belief. Do you believe Jesus has the power to help you overcome your sin?

Pray with me:

Lord Jesus, I BESEECH you today, help me overcome this sin I’ve been struggling with. I accept your deliverance and I believe you are strong enough to give victory. Amen

Earnestly contending for the faith,

Wylie

P.S.   Here is a picture I took of Pike’s Peak from my phone last summer.

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