What would you think if a preacher told you, “Every time you get in trouble just shout, “Shazaam!”? You might want to think, “Why would he or she tell me to say that? Is that in the Bible? Is that a spiritual law? Is that God’s protocol? Is it guaranteed to work?”
I can assure you that shouting “Shazaam!” is not a trouble shooter. It is not in the Bible. It is not spiritual law. It is not God’s protocol. It is not guaranteed to work. Likewise, I can also assure you that saying, “I Plead the Blood” is not in the Bible. It is not a spiritual law. It is not God’s protocol. It is not guaranteed to work.
“If ye abide in me and my words abide in you, you shall ask for what you will and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7). Jesus teaches his disciples that if we want things “done” the key is to abide in Him. To “abide” in the True Vine is to share in His life. We make ourselves at home in Him.
There is another abiding. “My words abide in you”. We abide in Him to share His life. His words abide in us that we might speak His language. We can only get things done if we are sharing in His life and speaking His language. I am convinced that while there are many who are abiding in Him, all do not have His words abiding in them. “He that has the Son has life; he that has not the Son of God has not life” (I John 5:11). They are saved. They share in His life. They don’t however speak His language.
Jesus is crystal clear – You abiding in Him and His words abiding in you guarantee accomplishment and achievement ! If you want things done in the Spirit realm you must share His life and speak His language.
If you are speaking His language what you are speaking is of the Spirit and in the Scriptures. If the words Jesus speaks are “Spirit and life” (John 6:63) then the words we speak must also have His spirit and carry His life. You cannot claim that what you speak has Spirit and life in it if it is not corresponding or echoing the words of The Word. What gives what we say power is not what we say. What gives what we say power is that we are saying what Jesus has already said and what the Spirit is right now saying.
Let me help you with that. Jesus says, “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 18:18). Binding is restricting. Loosing is releasing. We, believers, have the judicial, executive, legislative spiritual authority to bind and lose on behalf of the kingdom of God. How do we exercise this authority to bind or loose? We must speak what Jesus has already spoken. Whatever he has said in the heavens is what we can say in the earth.We say what He says! This is the source of our authority and power.
When Peter and John meet the lame man at the gate called Beautiful (Acts 3) they are able to bind and loose in that situation because they said what Jesus said. “Rise up and walk!” Where did they get that from? When Jesus heals the man with palsy in Luke 5:23 he uses the words, “Rise up and walk”. When we say what Jesus says we are bringing His spirit and life into our situation.
Why expect things to be done if the words we speak are not His words abiding in us? We should not use omnibus hollow nouns and verbs in our prayers, declarations, decrees and confessions of faith. We run the risk of “vain repetition” (Matthew 6:7). The words we speak are too important to speak things that came to us through religion and not revelation.
The term “plead the blood” means what? The word “plead” is used in the Bible thirty-nine times. It is only used in the Old Testament. The top three greatest uses for the word “plead” that I studied are in context: 1) The pleading of God with His chosen people to return to Him (Ezekiel 20:26). 2) The pleading of one on behalf of a personal cause or a great concern (Micah 7:2). 3) The pleading of a witness against a defendant (Micah 6:2).
Nowhere in Holy Scripture is the word “plead” and “blood” found together or connected in the same verse. There is no need to “plead the blood”. The pattern and revelation we see in the Passover night makes the blood of the Lamb a living reality and spiritual dynamic in the life of the believer. “Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt (Exodus 12:13-14).
The Blood is the abiding power of God’s salvation, protection and destruction. The Blood represented the supernatural strategy of God’s salvation. They could not save themselves. We are saved only by the Blood of The Crucified Lamb. The blood represented divine protection. They were being protected from the plagues of an unsaved society and anything that might destroy God’s purpose in their lives. This is the power of The Blood! The Blood also represented divine destruction. The power of the enemy was broken by the power of the Blood. The Blood “smites”. The Blood is a substance of and for spiritual warfare.
How was the blood made a “token” on the houses? “And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning” (Exodus 12:22). The word “strike” means to “apply intimately”. The blood is personal and powerful. The Blood will also be applied and “sprinkled” at other times in the priesthood and in the Temple worship (See Hebrews 9). “Striking the blood” and “Sprinkling the Blood” is “Applying The Blood”.
“Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant ” (Hebrews 13:20). The Resurrection of Jesus was through the Blood. The Blood that is applied to our lives is the Blood of the everlasting covenant. We don’t have to “plead” the Blood. It is our eternal possession. “The life is in the blood… ” (Leviticus 17:11).
So when we pray to secure the manifest benefits of the Blood of Jesus we should first praise God for The Blood that saves, protects and destroys. We should then ask for the benefits of The Blood to be manifested in the particular situation that needs salvation, protection or destruction. We can and we should with confidence lay claim to The Blood in prayer. Declare The Blood applied. Decree salvation, protection or destruction according to The Word. Close your prayer thanking God for Jesus and The Blood that still works.