Meet the Authors.

Sarah Burlingame is passionate about Biblical truth. Her diverse church background has taken her through Mainline Methodist, Evangelical, Charismatic and Roman Catholic circles. Her calling as an intercessor led her to receive a certification in Advanced Spiritual Warfare from LMCI (Liberating Ministries for Christ International) lmci.org . Sarah has served as a small group leader, worship planner, liturgical dance leader and online ministry coordinator. She holds a M.S. degree in Education and lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and their sons. They attend North Rome Wesleyan Church.

Joanne Reinhart asked Jesus Christ into her heart at the age of nine in a Sunday school classroom in Maryland. Her journey with the Lord took her through various careers, colleges, and universities. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Art/Dance, Theology, and Education, and a M.S. degree in Educational Administration. Her passion for the Lord is evidenced through worship, dance, and teaching. She was liberated into her spiritual gifts and callings through the teaching resources of LMCI lmci.org . Joanne has danced and taught at Christian conferences and various churches in PA and VA. She currently teaches classical ballet and coaches dance for gymnastics. Joanne attends Lighthouse of Faith Church. She and her husband live in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

How We Overcome by The Blood of the Lamb



Revelation 12:11 Living Bible (TLB) They defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony; for they did not love their lives but laid them down for him.

Friends, we aren’t going to sugar-coat the condition of this world. Because of the disobedience of God’s original humans (Adam and Eve), we live in a fallen world full of strife, anger, poverty, perversion and sickness. Yes, it is so bad that who can blame themselves or another person for just wanting to crawl up into a tight, fretful, ball and crying, “I give up!” But, thanks be to God we also have a ‘spark’ in us. It is the instinctual survival ‘spark’ that gets us out of bed each day and it is the power of a loving God who gives us the desire to overcome this world. Many people have heard of the power of a “testimony” after they have been “tested” and then share the evidence of how they overcame in the face of adversity (sickness, danger, lack of provision, etc.).  Whether or not someone believes that they can be “tested” is not the subject of this article.  Perhaps you have heard of the “power of the Blood of Jesus Christ” but do not know HOW to appropriate that “overcoming power” in your life?  There are many old hymns that declare this: “Nothing But the Blood,” “There is Power in the Blood,” and “Thank You For the Blood,” to name a few.  One refrain repeats: “There is power, power, wonder working power, in the precious blood of the Lamb.”

If you believe that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead, and have called upon the name of the Lord, (Romans 10:9,10,13) then you have been redeemed. (See our last blog post,  Bought with A Price… Redeemed)  You have at your disposal the power of the Blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ to overcome any obstacle in your life!  But “how do I do that?” you ask?

The context of Revelation 12:9-11 is that “the great dragon, … that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world… was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him… for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”

There are three ways listed in this passage that tell us how to “overcome the devil”: 1) by the Blood of the Lamb; 2) by the word of our testimony; 3) by our attitude of laying down our lives (dying to self). We will talk about the first: the Blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ).

There is scriptural proof of the overcoming power of the Blood of the Lamb that shows us how to apply this in our lives today.

Exodus 12:11-13 (ESV) 11 … It is the LORD's Passover.  For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD.  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 no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.

You have probably seen the famous movie, The Ten Commandments, where the Israelites were enslaved under the Egyptian Pharaoh. Hollywood gave us a strong Moses in the form of, a brooding yet handsome and charming, Charleston Heston. But we know that the strength the Hebrews found in themselves didn’t come from charisma. It came from an unfaltering faith in the One true God. Similar to our world today, God’s people found themselves in a world ruled by brute force, immorality and greed. It appeared as though no victory could ever be won over the cruel Egyptians…… But, God had a plan…… His instructions were for each family to take a lamb without blemish, kill the lamb, and take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the house where they eat the Passover meal.  The lamb was killed and its blood was collected in a basin in the doorway.  Hyssop was used to apply the blood to the sides and top of the doorway, therefore the blood was “drawn around the door” from the bottom, up the side, across the top, and down the other side of the doorway.  A “circle of blood” sealed the house and kept the destroyer from entering.

Exodus 12:22-23 (NKJV) And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning.  For the LORD will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you.

The story of Rahab may not be as familiar. After the death of Moses, God commanded Joshua to take the children of Israel across the river Jordan and enter the promised land.  He sent spies into Jericho and they came to the house of the harlot Rahab.  She knew that the Lord had given them the land, and that their God was the true one.  She helped the spies escape harm and they promised to save her and her household when the Lord gave the Israelites victory over Jericho.

Joshua 2:17,18,21 (CEB)
 The men said to her,… 18 unless, when we come into the land, you tie this red woven cord in the window through which you lowered us. Gather your father, your mother, your brothers, and your whole family into the house with you … She sent them away and they went off. Then she tied the red cord in the window.

This was a sign like the blood of the lamb that was “drawn around the doorways” of the Israelites in Egypt.  This red cord was tied around the open window for the army of Israel to see.  Rahab and all who were in her house were saved when Jericho fell. “And Joshua spared Rahab the harlot, her father’s household, and all that she had.” (Joshua 6:25)

Today, we are not commanded to tie a red cord around our windows nor are we to kill a lamb and paint his blood around our doorways.
The Blood of Jesus Christ spoken / applied is our DEFENSE against the enemy.  When we “speak: I apply the Blood of Jesus Christ to my: family, health, finances, or whatever the need” ....... or speak, “I draw the Blood line of Jesus Christ around me and all that pertains to me and my family;” we are keeping the enemy from attacking us.

There are other “defensive” and “offensive” spiritual weapons we can use against the enemy that are described in the Word of God.
In the book Living Above the Snake Line written by James Malone, the author states, “Psalm 91 teaches us that there is a literal place of existence in our lives that is free from the constant vexations of the enemy. A place where we are so hidden in Christ that the devil and his angels are incapable of finding us. We have termed this living above the Snake Line. 
This secret place is found in abiding, perpetual resting in the presence of the Lord. I am thoroughly convinced 90% of our issues would be taken care of if we would devote the necessary time of waiting upon the Lord, ministering to Him in praise and worship, serving Him just by remaining under the shadow of His wings.”

Note* You can find this book at Amazon:  Living Above the Snake Line.
We will continue to discuss these defensive and offensive spiritual weapons along with the "literal place of existence" where we meet with Jesus …. Where we overcome by the blood of the Lamb.

~ Joanne and Sarah






Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Bought with A Price… Redeemed



What does it mean to be ‘redeemed’? It means to purchase something with a price. It also means to gain or to regain possession.
Let’s say you are in a grocery store or a street market and you spot some beautiful, ripe oranges. You purchase a full bag of the oranges and immediately see potential for the citrusy fruit. As you head home your mind begins to think about how wonderful the oranges are going to taste. Maybe you’ll make orange juice or perhaps you will poke a few of them with cloves to create a crisp and spicy aroma in your home. Yes, the oranges you purchased have great creative potential and so do you.
 
What about the second meaning of the word redeemed which means to regain possession of something. Did you know that when you give your life to Jesus and ask Him to be your Savior He regains possession of you from the prince of this fallen world? That’s right, without Jesus, you cannot enter the kingdom of God.

On Calvary’s tree (cross), Jesus Christ redeemed all men unto God by His perfect sacrifice.  His last words were, “It is finished!” (John 19:30) What did He mean? When we confess with our mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead, we are saved and our eternal life with God begins! (Romans 10:9,10) Our spirit is saved, and sealed by the Holy Spirit. Our soul (mind) is being renewed day by day through the Word of God, but our bodies will not fully be redeemed until we are with the Lord (at the rapture or as the dead in Christ arise). (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17)

Ephesians 1:13-14 (ESV) In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee[a] of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it,[b] to the praise of his glory. [a. down payment; b. until God redeems His possession]

Each Spring we have an opportunity to remember Christ’s sacrifice, His triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, and His glorious resurrection on Easter Sunday.  The truth is, we should remember Christ’s sacrifice for us on a daily basis.  Jesus Christ paid for our salvation and wholeness… He redeemed us from the curse of the law and from the hand of the enemy!  Why did He do that? Because He loves you. He wants you to be part of His kingdom and He wants a relationship with you today.

Galatians 3:13 (NKJV) Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”[a]) [a. Deut. 21:23]

Psalm 106:10 (NIV) He saved them from the hand of the foe; from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them.

Revelation 5 (AMPC) And [now] they sing a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the scroll and to break the seals that are on it, for You were slain (sacrificed), and with Your blood You purchased [redeemed] men unto God from every tribe and language and people and nation.

We have been given directions from the Lord how to remember him through the Holy Communion:

Luke 22:19-20 (NKJV) And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 20 Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.

Matthew 26:26-28 (NIV) While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” 27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Matthew 8:17 (AMP) so that He fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES [upon Himself] AND CARRIED AWAY OUR DISEASES.”

The Lord Jesus’ shed blood represents the New Covenant.  The seven ways He bled was for the forgiveness of our sins, transgressions, and iniquities.
Jesus’ body was beaten, bruised, and pierced which represents our bodily weaknesses, sicknesses and pains taken upon him on the cross.  When we remember what this means, we take communion worthily.  We were not worthy for this divine exchange, but Jesus Christ is…

1 Corinthians 11:29-30 (AMP) For anyone who eats and drinks [without solemn reverence and heartfelt gratitude for the sacrifice of Christ], eats and drinks a judgment on himself if he does not recognize the body [of Christ].30 That [careless and unworthy participation] is the reason why many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep [in death].

Of course there is much more to Holy Communion than remembrance. It is a gift from Jesus that truly speaks to our whole beings. We hope you explore these ideas further by looking at the following books we recommend with links to where they can be purchased on Amazon.com:
1. Health And Wholeness through the Holy Communion, by Joseph Prince;
2. Perfect Redemption, The Purpose of His Passion, by Dale M. Sides,
    or at lmci.org
3. The Meal That Heals, by Perry Stone

Finally, we want you to remember that in these waning days of Grace before Jesus returns to make all things new, we are still in a fallen world. You see it around you each day but know you are REDEEMED….. and God sees your potential. Rest in Him.

Joanne and Sarah