Designed to Obey God
"And it came to pass, as he spoke these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it." Luke 11:27-28
While the Pharisees and scribes discredited and hated Jesus, the woman (Luke 11:27) praised Him and His teachings. Jesus led her to a higher level of thinking. It is a privilege to hear God's Word, but blessed of the Lord are we who hear it, keep it and do it. "Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built a house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock." Luke 6:46-47.
The Apostle Paul reveals what the foundation of the New Covenant is built upon: the prophets of the Old Covenant, the apostles of the New Covenant, with Christ as the Chief Cornerstone (Ephesians 2:19-20). Christ came to provide a rock solid foundation for our lives (Isaiah 28:16). It is impossible to build a solid life without Jesus Christ. He reminds us of the importance to have a foundation built upon Him, the Rock (I Corinthians 3:11, Luke 6:47-48). Faithful adherence to the teachings of Jesus places us on a solid foundation; provides a place of refuge; gives life meaning, purpose, satisfaction and fulfillment.
We are created in God's image to have a relationship with Him (Genesis 1:26). Having a relationship with God is the only way to quench our soul's longing. The void inside is designed to bring us to the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior. God offers us a close relationship with Him, gives us His life and His grace in abundance through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Jesus became the mediator of a new and better covenant (Hebrews 8:6, Matthew 26:28).
When we accept Jesus Christ as Savior, something supernatural happens inside. We know our sins are forgiven, our names are written in heaven, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, we are loved, favored and victorious. Coming to Christ is a miracle! God arranged circumstances so we knew we needed something or someone more than what the world offers (John 6:44).
God, who contains this universe, is so big we cannot connect with Him. But, He came to earth as a human, named Himself Jesus, so we can connect with Him and He is with us. It is a miracle that God came to have a personal relationship with each of us.
Adam was the natural man with a living soul. Jesus was the last Adam from heaven with a quickening Spirit (I Corinthians 15:45-49). Everything Jesus did on earth was to give us the opportunity to become a New Covenant designed human. The New Covenant invites the sinful person to join with a Holy God through Jesus Christ. Jesus satisfied every demand of God and created an opportunity for everyone to live a new, healthy, prosperous life. It requires boldness to enter into this new and living way that gives total provision and continuous supply (Hebrews 10:19-20).
God gave Ezekiel the revelation of His promise of the New Covenant. "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 a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them." Ezekiel 36:26-27. Statute is to engrave, implying permanent and unchangeable regulations. God doesn't change. Judgment is a decision God has made that we are 'not guilty' because of Jesus Christ. We joyfully live by His judgment by this 'new' design.
God is our power source. If we believe we are not good enough or we do not do enough to be acceptable to God, we are living in disobedience to what He said in His Word. Fear, insecurity and unworthiness are destructive patterns. 'God will not give me more than I can handle' is a religious idea. This belief indicates we are living without God as our source, our helper. We do not have to 'handle' life; our attitude about life will free us from strain and struggle. Learn to respond to all things with grace and faith; the open door for God's good to come forth. It is the Holy Spirit at work in us, giving courage, strength and energy. He is our power to choose our attitude for every day. Amen!