The Anemic Body
by Shirley Williams
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“The Anemic Body”
Revelation 12:11, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
Hebrews 9:28-29, “He that despised (disregarded) Moses’ law died without mercy unto two or three witnesses:
29-Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who had trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant, wherein He was sanctified, and unholy thing, and has done (insulted) despite unto the Spirit of Grace?” (Holy Spirit works in the blood of Jesus).
Some time back while studying on the blood of Jesus, I stopped and said in prayer, “Father God, I’m so tired of an anemic gospel being preached today.” Prior to this day, I had been bothered that we weren’t seeing more of God’s power being demonstrated in churches. This had really been disturbing my spirit.
As soon as I had asked the question, Holy Spirit answered me and said, “Anemic means, there is a loss of blood.” When He said this, things started going off in my spirit and I knew that He often relates spiritual things to natural things. When a person in the natural is suffering from a loss of blood in their body, its called being ‘anemic.’ I used to be bothered with this when I was in my early teens but haven’t since. I saw how this in the natural correlated with that in the spiritual in relation to the blood of Jesus and the body of Christ.
As I quietly pondered on what Holy Spirit had said to me, He added, “Preach on the blood of Jesus. The Body needs a transfusion in order to have the power to operate properly in doing Kingdom business.” And so I have and I will continue to do so.
A Loss of Blood:
Following are some of the signs of a person suffering from anemia---a loss of blood in their body.
They will be weak in their immune system and unable to fight off sickness
They will experience a loss of strength and energy
They will be tired all the time, listless, no vitality
They will have dullness of mind
Experience depression, discouragement and hopelessness
Will often be irritable
Will often be passive--too much effort to do things
Will be unproductive
They will struggle to get through each day
These things listed are symptoms in the natural of anemia and how it works in the human body. The same thing can be applied to the many membered body of Christ. We so often see the same weakness, loss of spiritual strength and energy to get up and do anything for the Kingdom of God in a lot of our churches. We see and hear people in the body often complain about how tired they are. They are worn out and weary, just trying to get by and hang in there until Jesus comes. I’ve heard this said in talking with people.
They have no fight in them to lift up the sword of the Spirit against an enemy who wants to destroy them, not only with physical sickness but with ‘soul sickness’ as well. That is, depression, hopelessness, discouragement, fear, anger---focusing on hurts and wounds of the past, and so on. Many people in the body act as if they have no life in them. They are passive and listless, no desire to be active in the Kingdom of God---let someone else do it.
Clearly, we as the body of Christ, do not have enough understanding of the blood of Jesus and what it means to our lives. I don’t have all the answers either but I’m learning more about it myself as I’m willing for Holy Spirit to teach me. The blood of Jesus is our LIFELINE to God, the Father. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father but by me.” We’re only going to get to the Father by the blood of Jesus because the ‘life is in the blood.’ HE is the way, the door.
There has been teaching on the blood but in many circles, we have not had a true revelation of the blood of Jesus. We have more or less tossed it around casually to use and therefore, we ended up treating it as something common. Its time that we understand more fully just what we’re saying when we say, “By the blood of Jesus, I bind you, satan, etc., etc.,” The blood of Jesus is not some ‘magic potion’ we use against the devil and his demons. God, forgive us for trampling the blood of Jesus under our feet and for not honoring it as a holy thing.
Because of the cross, the body as a whole was empowered by the blood of Jesus and brought into unity by the Holy Spirit. But there are some churches body who has all but forgotten about the blood of Jesus and therefore, many members have become weak and ‘anemic’ just as Holy Spirit said. In going into different churches, I have seen the evidence of this for myself and each time, it saddens me, but how much more does it sadden Holy Spirit?
The Blood and the Spirit:
For far too long, we have preached and taught about everything else except on where we get the very essence of our life. We have failed to preach and teach about the blood of Jesus more thoroughly and the cross where it flowed freely to set all mankind free from the power of sin. The truth of that message still sets people free today if they will believe it and receive it by faith. But first, they have to hear it preached and taught in the power of the Holy Spirit. We have preached and majored more today on “things,” promising that God is going to give you all the “things” you want. We have minored on Jesus and His precious blood.
What do you think bought and paid for the “things” we enjoy today? They were purchased by the anointed blood of Jesus. It was then, after the crucifixion that He could say in Mark 11:24, “Therefore, I say unto you, what “things” soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.” Its not wrong to be blessed with ‘things’ because God has given us all things to enjoy, but lets make sure we’ve got the right perspective about them.
We need to understand that the word of God and the blood of Jesus works together by the Holy Spirit---the Anointing Himself. The Holy Spirit not only works WITH the blood, but He also works IN the blood to give it power. When you take of the supply of the cross and by faith you apply the blood of Jesus to yourself, to others and situations in the church, the home, at work, etc. in prayer, God’s power comes alive. It actively starts to work in unison with faith. The blood came through God’s love and was made a living thing by the Eternal Spirit. Praise God forevermore!
The blood of Jesus applied to the mercy seat in heaven, ever speaks on our behalf before God, the Father. The blood of Jesus exercises its full power through the Spirit, through the Anointing, and the Spirit manifests His full power through the blood. Hallelujah! That’s powerful! Is it any wonder that satan has worked so diligently to get us to treat the blood of Jesus as casually as we often have? Praise God, we’re coming into more and more revelation truth today. Therefore, we’re not going to continue being a people uninformed and ignorant of the full and wonderful blessings of God. Amen!
The blood of Jesus truly is a blessing from God that far exceeds our natural understanding. It has to be revealed to our spirit-man by the Holy Spirit, Who is the Spirit of Truth. You can’t separate the word of God and the Holy Spirit’s work, anymore than you can separate the Holy Spirit and the blood of Jesus. I want to say it again, Holy Spirit works WITH and IN both to manifest its power in our lives individually and corporately.
Maybe we have forgotten that Holy Spirit was with Jesus at the cross when He died for our sins---working IN the blood that was pouring out of the Lord‘s beaten and bruised body. Holy Spirit was with Jesus when He went into the bowels of hell to take back the keys of death and hell from satan. Holy Spirit is also the glory. He’s the Anointing and its by His dunamis, resurrection power that Jesus came up out of the grave alive. Hallelujah! It was through the Holy Spirit that the blood of Jesus had the power to conquer sin and death.
We can add to this, Hebrews 13:20 that says, “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.” This is so by the Holy Spirit working IN the blood, giving it power. If you’ve never accepted God’s gift of salvation through the blood of Jesus, you can do so today because it has the power to save you and raise you from deadness to life again and into vital union with God, the Father.
Life After Salvation:
Because of the blood of Jesus, there are many aspects of the Christian life but I like to simplify it and say it is:
A life of devotion to Jesus Christ (present your bodies a living sacrifice unto God as an act of worship--Roman 12:1)
A life of faith (the just shall live by faith)
A life of love (love one another, even as I have loved you)
A life of obedience (obedience is better than sacrifice--not my will but your will be done).
We can’t successfully live the Christian life without revelation of the power of the blood of Jesus and how to apply it to our daily lives as an act of reverence and worship. Life has become so ‘busy’ these days and so full of stresses that its easy to forget how to get quiet before God and just rest in His presence. To allow Him to speak to us and quiet our soul (be still and know that I am God). We need more revelation and understanding of how the blood of Jesus and our faith actively works together to manifest its power in each of us. The power of eternal life is through the word of God and through the precious blood of Jesus. It doesn’t come any other way except through Jesus and His finished work on the cross.
In order to walk victoriously in this Christian life, we must cultivate our faith in God‘s word, our hope and our expectation of His glory, while learning to “love one another, even as I have loved you.” We need to get in God’s presence seeking revelation and ‘seeing’ in the spirit how the precious blood of Jesus is an ever flowing fountain of life from the throne of God. And its available to us continually. We need its cleansing daily and the Holy Spirit helps us to receive this cleansing and powerful flow of the blood by our active faith in God’s word. Heb.4:15-16, we can come to His throne boldly and receive grace and mercy (by the blood) in our time of need. Thank God! What a promise!
Pentecost is the celebration of the opening of this fountain of the blood that ever flows to usward. It was after Jesus had shed His blood on the cross that the Holy Spirit came in full power on the day of Pentecost. He came as fulfillment of a prophetic promise that the Old Testament prophets foretold and said was coming. Peter said to the crowds in the street, “This is THAT which was spoken of by the prophet Joel…” The Holy Spirit came to bear witness to the blood that was now flowing freely to every person on the face of the earth. To those also in the past, and to those not yet born into this world. It was now, after the Holy Spirit had come in power that people could be born again.
The path to Pentecost power first goes through Golgatha---to the cross. It goes through the blood and the resurrection of Jesus. Finally, may we be willing to allow the Holy Spirit to bring a fresh and vital transfusion of the blood of Jesus to us individually and to those churches and its people who are weak and anemic. Amen.
Plain As Day Ministries
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