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Focus Verses: Hebrews 8:10-12
This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that
time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write
them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 11
No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother,
saying, 'Know the Lord,' because they will all know me, from the least
of them to the greatest. 12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."
laws are not able to transform the heart and mind that opposes and
resists them. Because God desires to forgive our sins, make us his
people, and be our God, he declares that he will put his laws in our
minds and write them on our hearts. Instead of doing good things to
become God's people, God will make us his people in order to help us do
good things. This is the covenant he makes with all who place faith
in Christ Jesus.
Response and Action:
need to surrender my heart and mind to God. I should expect him to
change me and guide me. I must meditate on the Scriptures and
prayerfully ask God to help me apply them to my daily life. I can't
settle for a "behavior modification" approach to following Christ; I
need my heart and mind to be changed so that Christ-like behavior will
flow out from what I am in Jesus.
God, you are my rock and my salvation. Forgive my wickedness and
forget my sins. Save me from the inside out. Heal and transform my
heart and mind. Be my God, and make me one of your people. Make me new
by the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are
being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which
comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Renovation of the Heart
by Dallas Willard