DIG for Wednesday the 26th of July…..not “you will” but “I will” and now “I have”…..Hebrews 8 v 10

I hope you are as glad as I am that we live under grace rather than law, under the New Covenant rather then the Old.

The Old Covenant was all about what men had to do in order to be blessed, however the New Covenant is not about our religious performance or our good works.

The New Covenant is all about what Jesus and the Father has done.

Hebrews provides us with a wonderful description of the New Covenant in so many ways.

Hebrews 8 v 10 is a key verse and the two key words are “I will”.

The key of this covenant that we hear about in this verse is that God will do what is required.

He says “I will” rather than “you will”.

He will deal with sin through the finished work of His Son.

He will make us righteous as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus (2 Corinthians 5 v 21).

He will provide the healing and prosperity that He desires we have.

And the really good news is that it is not even “I will” any more, it is “I have”.

It changed from “I will” to “I have” when Jesus said, “It is finished”.

The New Covenant now is not about us; it is about what Jesus has done for us, what we are made and what we have through Him.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I now live under grace and not under law”.

Hebrews 8 v 10…..For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after these days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts; and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people

DIG for Tuesday the 25th of July…..for his mercy endureth forever…..Psalm 136 v 1

I am of the opinion that if something is repeated in the Bible it is an indication of its importance.

Take Psalm 136 for example.

This has 26 verses, with every verse ending with “for his mercy endureth forever”.

This word mercy means loving kindness in the Hebrew, and is one of the best descriptors of the nature of God.

God is kind and God loves us; yes, theology can be that simple.

The simple truth that God is kind and loving is one of the most important truths about God the Father, and this Psalm tells us this twenty six times.

This is a simple yet profound truth that we need to shout out to the world.

It is the goodness of God that leads men to repentance (Romans 2 v 4); it is not shouting at them for being sinners!

You may say of course I know that God is kind and loving, but many of us in the church think that God sends disease and illness to ‘humble’ and ‘improve’ us.

This is a perversion of the truth.

What loving and kind Father sends cancer and leukaemia to ‘help’ His children?

A kind and loving Father would provide healing and wholeness, peace and prosperity, and these are what the Word says God has provided for us.

He is kind and loving.

And He sent Jesus to provide you with life, and life in abundance, through His finished work on the cross.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Father that you are kind and loving and thank you that your mercy will last forever”.

Psalm 136 v 1…..O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever