Many believers are so caught up in looking to their own faith to save them and bring about blessings in their lives. What they don’t realize is that it is not their faith that saves them. It is His grace, His blood alone that saves them. When you believe that it is the blood that saves you, God sees that as faith in the blood. Yet, it is not your faith in the blood that protects, delivers, or saves you. It is simply the blood alone that saves you. Let me illustrate this truth with an enactment of what might have happened on the night before the Israelites were delivered out of Egypt.
On the night of the Passover, God said, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.”1
Remember, there were nine plagues, but it wasn’t the plagues that delivered the Israelites out of Egypt. It was the blood of the lamb. After the nine plagues, Pharaoh’s heart was still hardened, so God finally used His trump card and only then did Pharaoh release the Israelites.
God’s trump card was the blood of the lamb. The devil has no defense against the blood. You see, the Israelites’ firstborn children were protected not because they were good. They were protected because of the blood of the lamb. If the children of Israel had failed to apply the blood of the lamb to their doorposts, their firstborn children would not have been spared – they would have died along with the firstborn children of the Egyptians. They were protected not because they were Jews, either, but because of the blood of the lamb. God did not say, “When I see your good family name, all your wonderful titles, or that you are of a particular nationality, I will pass over you.” No, it was based entirely on the blood of the lamb! “When I see the blood…”
What does the blood of the lamb speak of? It speaks of the blood of our sacrifice, Jesus Christ. He is the true Lamb who takes away the sins of the world.2 In the same way, today, God does not look at your good behavior, law-keeping, Christian heritage, or titles to bless you and keep you from evil. No, He looks at the blood of Jesus. From the moment you received Jesus Christ, His blood covers you perfectly!
Now, let’s look at how two Jewish families might have spent the Passover night.
In the first family, where both father and son are firstborn children, the son asks his father, “Daddy, did you put the blood on the doorposts?”
His daddy says, “Yes, son, I have done as Moses instructed. But I really hope that I have enough faith in the blood.”
“Daddy, Daddy, do you have enough faith?”
“I don’t know,” the father shrugs helplessly. “I really don’t know if I have enough faith in the blood!”
As they hear the screams and cries coming from the Egyptian houses, they hold each other tightly, trembling in fear throughout the night.
In the second family, another firstborn father and son are waiting to pass this significant night. But in this household, both father and son are singing praises and worshipping God.
The father smiles at his son and says, “Son, we have done what God told us to do. We have put the blood on the doorposts and lintel. Now, we leave the rest to Him. He will protect us. We don’t have to fear.”
They too hear the heartrending screams and cries coming from the Egyptian houses, but they continue singing praises and worshipping God.
Now, let me ask you this: Which family was delivered? Which family was saved? The answer is BOTH! Both families were delivered because the angel of death saw the blood on their doorposts and passed over both households. The first family therefore feared and suffered needlessly. For the second family, it was neither their faith in the blood, nor their praising and worshipping God that saved them. The blood alone saved them! However, because they believed that the blood would save them, they did not worry and tremble in fear needlessly, but spent the night in rest, joy and shalom peace.
When you believe that it is the blood that saves you, God see that as faith in the blood. Yet, it is not having faith in the blood that saves you. It is the blood alone that saves you. Stop wondering if you have enough faith and just believe that it is His blood that saves, delivers, and blesses you. Believe that it is His blood alone, and not His blood plus your own works (your own faith), or His blood plus your keeping the commandments that saves you.
So don’t be caught up in or dependent on your ability to have faith, or on your works to keep your faith up. Have a fresh revelation of Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross, and you will see His grace for you. You will have no doubt that God, who did not withhold His son, will freely give you all things!3
My friend, when you see His grace, God will see you in your faith. Faith is no longer a struggle when you see Jesus! It will spring forth unconsciously and you will walk in true victory over every area of defeat in your life today!
1 Exodus 12:13
2 John 1:29
3 Romans 8:32
Joseph Prince is Pastor of New Creation Church, a dynamic and fast-growing church in Singapore. He also leads an international ministry called Joseph Prince Ministries, Inc. He is the author of Destined To Reign from which this article is excerpted. He is also the author of Unmerited Favor.
© 2007 by Joseph Prince.
This article was excerpted from Destined to Reign. Used by permission from Harrison House Publishers, P.O. Box 35035, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74153 www.harrisonhouse.com