The Internal Covenant

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Jeremiah 31:27-34
Psalm 119:97-104
2 Timothy 3:14-4:5
Luke 18:1-8

 

For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Isra’el after those days,” says Adonai: “I will put my Torah within them and write it on their heartsCJB  In his commentary on this passage from Jeremiah, Augustine wrote, Then consider what follows, and see in how clear a light the fact is placed, that people who have faith are unwilling to trust in themselvesACCS

His comment put a new light on the lesson for me. Why would people of faith be unwilling to trust themselves? The Teachings that God gave to Moses were written out for all to read and know. The presence of the Holy Spirit in my life is unseen and unheard. How can I know if the Spirit is speaking or I am speaking?

The Psalm reading today, from the middle of the alphabet Psalm, speaks of learning the law. I meditate on it all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with meNIV That is old school. The New Covenant is written in our beings. The Holy Spirit dwells within us and guides us.

I can study the Teachings, the History, the Prophesies; I can memorize Scripture; I can enter every worship service, and still not know God. None of that is of use until I have the Spirit.

Think of Abraham. The Scriptures had not yet been written. Moses had not been born. Still, he knew God. He knew Him through faith. The Spirit of God was present in his life, and he trusted the Presence.

Once we allow God into our lives, He remains with us to guide us, as Paul wrote, Yet you must go on steadily in all those things that you have learned and which you know are true. Remember from what sort of people your knowledge has come, and how from early childhood your mind has been familiar with the holy scriptures, which can open the mind to the salvation which comes through believing in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the faith and correcting error, for re-setting the direction of a man’s life and training him in good livingPhillips

It is when we combine the reading, studying, praising, and memorizing with the guidance of the Holy Spirit that we come to trust in that Still Small Voice. Sometimes we allow our voice to dominate, but with constant referencing scripture and others filled with the Spirit, we can learn to hear the Truth and trust that it is the Truth.

Be as persistent as the widow.

 

Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

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