Ciara Lilly is a Charlotte-area writer. Her faith-based column, Fishers of Men, is published here each Monday. Opinions expressed are solely her own.

We all know that blood is essential to our bodies. Without it, oxygenation would impossible, and oxygenation, our bodies could not function.

But what about the blood of Jesus? Do we really understand how powerful the blood of Jesus is? Hebrews 9:22 tells us that, “…without the shedding of blood there is neither release from sin and its guilt nor the remission of the due and merited punishment of sins.”

Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus donated His blood to save our lives. He purchased our ransom with His blood. He gave until every chain of sin that enslaved us was broken. His blood cleansed and permanently reconnected us to our Father.

Every drop of blood was donated for you. We often forget this. We forget exactly what Jesus’ donation provided. In times of trouble, we forget about the blood’s protection: “The blood shall be for a token or sign to you upon [the doorposts of] the houses where you are, [that] when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall be upon you to destroy you when I smite the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 12:13)

After receiving that grave diagnosis, we forget our healing was purchased with the blood shed at the whipping post: “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” (Isaiah 53:5)

I could go on and on, but here’s the point: Whatever tribulations you face, the blood of Jesus has already given you victory. So, instead of lending yourself to worry, stress, frustration or depression, remember that the blood’s got you covered!

“And they have overcome (conquered) him by means of the blood of the Lamb and by the utterance of their testimony…” – Revelation 12:11 (AMP)

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