Applying the Blood: Your Key to Victory
Who will overcome Satan? The people who properly employ the blood of the
Lamb and the word of their testimony are who. These two elements—the blood
and your testimony—work together to produce an overcoming life.
Testimonies are born out of the Word that’s been sown in your heart. Out of the
abundance of the Word that’s been sown in your heart, you will speak, “I’m
more than a conqueror through Him who loved me.” When it’s no longer just a
positive confession and wishful thinking, it becomes your testimony. When this
becomes your testimony, you’ll never be turned back by the enemy of your soul.
When does this testimony come? It comes when you’ve heard it enough for faith
to come and out of the abundance of your heart, you begin to make
proclamations. “My wife and I are heirs together of the grace of this life. My
children will never beg for bread. They’ll never depart from the way that they’ve
been taught and raised.” Your testimony becomes what God says you have and
who you are by virtue of the blood of the Lamb.
What’s the blood intended to do? It’s intended to redeem, sanctify, justify, draw
you near, and set you apart. Hebrews 9:22 says there’s no remission of sin
without the shedding of blood. If we’re going to have faith in the blood (that’s
the only way Jesus becomes our atoning sacrifice), we need to know something
about the blood.
Applying the Blood
Today we’re going to talk about one specific aspect of the blood: how to apply it
to our lives. Believing the blood isn’t simply a passive acceptance of something
the Word says is truth. James 2:17 tells us that faith without corresponding action
is dead. Believing is the first thing that must occur on the heart level, but then
action is what makes faith come alive. Faith in the blood means we have to do
something with the blood. What do we do with the blood? How do we
practically on a day-to-day basis utilize the blood of Jesus? We apply the blood of
Jesus to our lives.
If we look back to the Old Testament and the Old Covenant, we see this truth
emulated physically. (The Old Testament is the physical revelation of spiritual
truth in the New Covenant.) The blood had to be literally applied by the priest to
release the force of life that’s in the blood. In the New Covenant, you’re a priest
of the most high God. The blood of Jesus has been shed once and for all. We
apply it specifically to our lives as believers and participants in the New
Covenant by the words we speak—not just in a religious sense, but from the
abundance of our hearts. The words we speak put the blood to work in
designated areas of our lives and release the power of life that’s in the blood.
What Should We Speak?
Once we understand that we apply the blood by speaking, it becomes necessary
to consider what we speak. Well, the best way to do that is to realize that the
blood speaks and our job is to be in agreement with the blood. After the
shedding of Abel’s innocent blood, the Lord says that Abel’s blood cried out to
Him from the ground (Genesis 4:10). We see this same thing about the blood of
Jesus in Hebrews 12:24. And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to
the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. (KJV)
Abel’s blood cried out for vengeance, but the blood of Jesus cries out mercy and
grace. When we get our speaking in agreement with what the blood of Jesus
speaks, power is released. If we speak out of anger, fear, unforgiveness, or
resentment, we are not speaking in agreement with the blood of Jesus and no
power is going to be released to make you an overcomer in that area of your life.
It should be our purpose and our determination to speak in agreement with
what the blood speaks. The Word of God reveals the things that the blood
bought and that the blood speaks about in line with the mercy and the grace of
The Blood Erases Sin
We apply the blood in two principle ways: first to the sin that separates us
individually from God, then to the result of living in a sin-cursed world and the
effect sin has on our lives. Let’s look at a familiar truth in 1 John chapter 1. But if
we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another,
and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we
have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our
sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness. (1 John 1:7–9 KJV)
Each day, you need to examine your life and if God quickens something to you
(He will if you’ve missed it somewhere), it’s time to confess. What does the word
“confess” mean? The Greek word homologeo means literally “to acknowledge.”
It carries the implication of repentance because part of the meaning of the word
is to promise or to covenant with God. Essentially what you’re doing is
acknowledging that you missed it and saying, “Lord, I commit to You that I’m
not going to do that again.”
Your confession is a proclamation of your testimony that “I am no longer a
captive to the sin nature. I am no longer captive to pornography, anger,
selfishness, resentment, or bitterness. The blood of the Lamb has set me free.”
Your confession is a proclamation of who you are in Christ. When you say “I’m
not going back to that place in my life again,” you’re proclaiming the power of
the blood and who you are in Christ. You are the righteousness of God in Christ
Sin separates you from God. You can’t ignore it; you need to deal with it. I’m
not suggesting it’s going to be easy. If sin becomes a regular practice for you,
hammer it with the blood every day. The enemy will resist you at every turn in
the road. When he sees a weakness in your flesh that he can exploit, he’s going to
exploit it. You have to be determined to apply the blood with regularity and
profess your freedom in Christ by virtue of the shed blood.
This is how you put on the new man and break the power of whatever you are
dealing with over your life. In my prayer time, one of the first things I do is just
spend time with the Lord and let the Holy Spirit show me things that I may need
to put under the blood. Throughout the day, sometimes you know right away
when you’ve messed up. If that happens, I encourage you to go find yourself a
place where you can confess your sins and put it under the blood as soon as
Really, Mac? Is it that important?
Yes, sin is deadly. As soon as you have an inkling that you’ve messed up,
repent. We have victory over it, but the victory is in the blood. Say, “Lord, I
repent. I’m not going to let this happen again. It is not my purpose that this
occurs in my life. I thank You for the power of the blood that has made me the
righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.” Make your proclamations and apply the
blood to your life.
The Blood – Enforces Our Covenant
The second area to apply the blood to is the effects of sin. The sin problem and
resulting corruption isn’t going to be rectified until the end of the millennial
reign when the earth is renovated by fire. That means we are dealing with not
only the corruption that is physically impacting the earth, but we’re also dealing
with men and women whose hearts and souls have been corrupted.
In addition to that, we have to deal with the things that we did wrong that still
seem to affect the way we live today. This stuff keeps us from overcoming, so
these areas are where we make the second application of the blood. You may
have heard it referred to as “pleading the blood.” Plead is a legal term that
comes from Isaiah 43:26. Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare
thou, that thou mayest be justified. (KJV)
This is God speaking. Justification comes through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
God says come, let us plead together, and declare who you are because of the
shed blood of Jesus Christ.
You are justified. You’ve been set free. You’re no longer condemned or guilty.
You are the healed. You’re delivered from sickness and disease.
The Bible says if He violates that law He put in place, the whole creation fails to
To plead is to make a legal declaration of why you’re justified, why you’re
healed, why you’re delivered from debt, why you have prospered so you can
abound to every good work. You’re going into the court of heaven. It is a
declaration of your justification in this life.
Anywhere we see the redemption that the blood has provided for us is not a
fact of our lives, we need to plead the blood in that area. During Passover,
every family member under the lentil and doorpost covered in the blood was
protected. Our families should be covered in the blood. In the Old Testament,
they took hyssop and soaked it in blood and applied it to the lentil and the
doorposts. Today, we apply it with the words of our mouths. We plead the blood
over our families, our businesses, our finances. We plead the blood over our
children, spouse, conscience, heart, and soul. We plead the blood over our bodies
and our physical welfare. We keep our lives under the blood.
“Well, aren’t you getting a little extreme, Mac?” Not at all.
This is the Word. It begins with the blood. How many times do you apply the
blood a day? I don’t know. You plead the blood when you run up against
something that is an obstacle to the will of God for your life.
Of course, if it’s something you can act on, the Lord expects you to take
responsibility. You don’t plead the blood on a red light and then cross the street.
If you haven’t worked for a month and you’re not looking for a job, don’t plead
the blood over your finances.
Do what you’re supposed to do, and then when you come up against something
that’s not the will of God for your life and you can’t do anything about it, plead
You overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony. You’re
not looking to be an Overcomer. You are an Overcomer. Enforce it in your life.