This is one of those funny sorts of questions to ask someone. But it actually is a life saving question that has to be asked. We are growing up in an era where permissiveness is the rule, people do not care about authority, and where blowing up of the human ego is commonplace. We only have to look at television for a couple of hours at night to see the filthy language, sexual deeds, robbery, murder and everything else that is dished up by the media for us. Not to mention even the humanism exhibited. I must admit that when I grew up, none of this happened as we did not have TV. Even the radio stations were totally different than today.
One thing that did not change during this time is the LORD. He is still the same today as He was 50 years ago. The church might have changed the message a little so as to fit in with our modern life style, but the LORD has not changed. In some churches they have changed the services drastically as we have to move with the times, and we have to attract the people back to the church. But is this the solution?
I have, in my own life, ended up in situations where I suddenly felt the need for God. The one time this happened, was when our son, he was only six years old, was involved in a motorcar accident. He ended up spending months in hospital. I was in such need to get an injection from the LORD just to carry me through this period, as I could not face it alone. Fortunately He is always trustworthy. I remember the one morning ten days after the accident that I went to the hospital on my way to the office. I asked the LORD to do me a favour. It might not sound like a favour to you, in fact, you might think how I could even contemplate such a question, but to me it was asked in all sincerity. My son was in a coma as a result of his injuries. He had a cracked scull, multiple fractures of the left leg, and a severely damaged left foot. This foot was so badly damaged that you could see all the bones in his foot from the top, with just the skin at the bottom of his foot holding it all together. No operations could be done yet, and the nurses had to ensure that his wounds were free from infection. I could not take it anymore to see him suffer, and asked the LORD to bring a change in his circumstances. I asked that when I get to his bed, that he would either regain his consciousness so that his wounds could be treated, or that he would die and his suffering be stopped.
I know it sounds ruthless to pray like this, but do you know how I cried when I got to his bed, and when I touched his hand that he said to me “Morning daddy”. The nursing staff cried with me, because when they changed his dressings five minutes earlier, his condition was unchanged. That injection carried me for a number of years, as I knew that when I ask something from the LORD, that He listens and answers prayer.
There were other times also when I got injections from the LORD. One of the injections I received, was a couple of days after a surgeon told me after a bladder scope that he found a tumour in my bladder, that he removed it, but that the tumour was malignant. Without any panache he told me that I was going to die of cancer, as everyone I had ever known to have cancer, was either dead or dying. But I prayed to the LORD that I would see my children grow up, the youngest was not even in school yet, and that they would not grow up without a father figure in their lives. The LORD is faithful, and after three years I was declared not to have cancer anymore. In fact, it is now, in 2003, seventeen years ago.
I don’t know what your circumstances are. Maybe you have had injections like this also. Maybe you also had experiences like I had that I am not proud of. Times in my life when I had an excuse every night why I had to have a beer after work or during lunchtime. I had excellent excuses every time as I had to meet some of my clients there to discuss business. The next moment you fall down on your knees again and ask the LORD for forgiveness, and you feel that you can face the world again.
The one thing I have discovered was that these injections worked, but it only lasted a while. Then I have to ask for another injection just to continue again. Others get a weekly injection at the church service on a Sunday, or others at the weekly cell meeting. That is the place where they refuel in order to last another week.
Maybe your life is like this. The Bible declares in Ezekiel 18 verse 4 that the soul that sins must die. Where is the life of man? Lev 17:11 “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.”
Every time I received an injection from the LORD, I tried to kill the germs that were in my blood. I tried to kill that which was wrong. It is like someone who gets an injection against AIDS. It cannot kill the AIDS virus as the virus is in the blood. The injection will only make life more manageable. The portion of scripture in Leviticus declares to us what must be done to get your condition changed forever and ever. Jesus poured His blood on the altar in order for us to get His blood.
I have to take myself to Him and ask Him to do a blood transfusion for me. I must get rid of my blood and my life, in order to receive His Blood and His Life. This is what the requires of us. We have to receive a blood transfusion from Him, in order to live.
As soon as I have done this, my life will change. I will not even be interested in watching all the rubbish on TV. I might even decide to take the authorities on because of the sexual and satanic programs we get bombarded with. You might even decide to discover the Bible. I can promise you, it is a journey where you will never reach the end. So next time you feel that you just cannot cope anymore, or that you cannot continue with life, ask Jesus to give you a blood transfusion. But remember one thing, He comes and lives inside of you.
This is what Ezekiel declares will happen to us. Ezek 36:26 “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”
Why do I have to receive a new heart? Because a heart of stone cannot give life, only a heart of flesh can do that. But the LORD has to do the operation. I cannot change myself and declare that I am now His child. No, I have to get rid of my blood and my heart, and get clothed with His Blood and His heart.
So next time you need a touch from the LORD, ask Him to do a blood transfusion, and not just an injection. Why wait time the next time when I need Him? Healthy people do not need a doctor. People who have problems, that cannot continue any longer, they need the Doctor. The same is true about our spiritual life. Only once I have tried all the earthly medicine and plans, will I be ready to ask the LORD to do it. Then I am ready for a blood transfusion.
This was also what Isaiah meant when he wrote Isaiah 61. Verse 1: “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.”