By: Darrelyn L. TuttThe past several years have been life changing for me.Altered by the decision to deal openly and concretely with sin, I began to lay my life out in an open way so that Christ could do exactly in me what He told me He had already done for me.Namely: to cleanse me from my sin, to wash me in His blood, and to renew me and restore me to His beautiful self.The ramifications of accepting Christ's "blood letting" on me began to dramatically alter the way that I loved, looked, and lived. I began to see an invisible "blood" circle unite itself around the centrality of God's promises and link hands with me and grant me life and empowerment.I began to experience true fellowship and camaraderie with the saints.I began to recognize the beauty and integrity to be found in sincere truth telling and in the forgiveness of sins. In hindsight, I had never dared to put Christ's blood to the ultimate test on account of pride and fear of man. I was always hiding some little pocket of sin in order to be thought well of, and in order to be liked and retain a position and status among men. It was a poorly run system with the effects of hypocrisy, Phariseeism, and judgement running swiftly and steadily through me.It was certainly not in keeping with the "blood story" of Jesus or conducive for drawing others unto Him.The story was a lot about me and a very little about Him.Hmmm ...-------Suddenly, I couldn't stand myself, my sin, or "my" ugly anymore.The bondage of sin and pride had spread through me like an incurable cancer and I simply grew desperate to be relieved of myself.I wanted to be "hosed down" with the blood and knocked off my feet by its power.I wanted Satan to flee and see the blood on his evil backside and to experience his departure from my life.And Jesus did this for me.I came clean about my sin ... and I've been experiencing more of Him ever since.I no longer have a "position" I fear losing or a "status" I'm working at defending.My present reputation testifies to a sure and complete transfusion of blood from my Savior and nothing more.Nothing has brought me more peace in all my life than this "red" reality. I'm free to live.-------And now I make it my goal to hold on to the first hand I see while holding on to the "blood letting" circle gatherers who have criss-crossed my path and shared their beautiful blood stories with me.We are a community of blood bathed saints, made clean through the blood of Jesus Christ.Our declaration and salvation is birthed, steeped, and realized in Him alone.No man preventing.God created "community" to be empowering, restorative, and revitalizing. This is the community I seek to participate in.All are included and none are excluded ..."Nothing but the blood of Jesus."------PLEASE NOTE THAT THE "READERS AND WRITERS" MONTHLY WRITE-UP IS BEING REPLACED WITH "CREATING COMMUNITY."I hope you'll be blessed.
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