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Bathing with the Enemy
by Victoria Tkachuk
2/25/2007 / Christian Living
"There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ."
In Christ Alone lyrics
Do you believe you were bought with His blood? Believe it or not, you were. And as something is bought, it then belongs to the buyer. You belong to Christ. Yet so many of us spend our days speaking out on His behalf, then going home and washing off His blood. Do you wash it off? Consider the following:
* Can you speak out of both sides of your mouth? I can. I love to give advice, especially scripturally-based, and then walk in the opposite direction I just pointed to. I wash off the blood when I second-guess Him.
* Do you plan for the future? Do you just know everything is going to happen for you? I do! I've been whispered to what my future holds. Who whispered it? I don't know, but it sure sounded good! Forget about the details of today; what am I really building up for? To be used for? I wash off the blood when I don't receive my daily bread.
* Is there a "public you" and a "private you?" Are you vocal of the Victory in your spare time, or your home time, or to a private audience, only to find yourself growing very, very quiet when your faith is challenged publicly? Anyone who knows me knows of my chameleon-like nature; I love to appeal to His side when it appeals to me? Yup. I put on the Armor with purpose before I set out for the day... then I put on a coat, hat, gloves, boots and purse over it. I wash off the blood when I back down from my faith.
* Do you secretly wish there was a way you could prove how good you could be, if only the circumstances were right? Do you feel a little jealousy toward those for whom it seems easy to accept being seen washed in the blood every single moment? Completely humbling yourself to Him is hard. Don't tell me it isn't. Then again, it's a joy to be humble, to relinquish the control over my life! I wash off the Blood when I believe I can be clean without it.
I don't know how to end this. All I can say is, if you think this isn't a BATTLE you are fooling yourself. Put on your armor.
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