Do we have a covenant with Almighty God or a testament? What is the difference, and does it matter? I believe that it is the difference between freedom and bondage. The focus of each is entirely different. One is effort. The other is rest. Hebrews 8:6”But now has he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant established upon better promises.” A “mediator” is the middle person that sees to it that the contract between parties stays fulfilled. 1John 2:1-2”My little children, these things I write unto you, that you sin not.
Ephesians 3: 16-19”That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breath, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.” John 7:37-39 speaks of rivers of living water out of our innermost beings. Father God wants to flood and fill our innermost being with Himself.
God is love. He lives in us. Love lives in us. Romans 5:5”…the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts.” The reason for redemption and the motivating factor for creation, the cross, the new creation and all that Father God does is His love. Romans 8:1-4 tells us in verse 2 of the “law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.” That is the Royal Law of Love.
Romans 5:17 ”For if by one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” Revelation 1:6””And has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Pressure comes from the outside. Victory comes from the inside.
Philippians 1:6 ”Being confident of this very thing, that he who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ (second coming). That good work that God the Father has begun and will complete is developing us and putting us in fellowship and co-operation with others to advance His kingdom. Father God has a plan and a purpose for our life.
Never measure your spirituality by the amount of miracles that happen through your life. A miracle is designed to change the life of the person that needs a miracle. It is the same with healing. It is not to prove that we are a man or woman of God. We are men and women of God because God says we are. Do not think that miracles are going to get people saved. It is the message of the gospel of grace that saves a soul. We pray for the sick because God wants those people well and He commanded us to do it. It is not to prove who we are or to elevate our ministry.
1Corinthians 12:7”But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” Since every Christian has been given the Holy Spirit, he has the potential to demonstrate the particular gift which has been given him. In Jesus Christ, God has privileged us to live above the ordinary. Those who want to live on a lower plane and be “ordinary” can do so, but I refuse to be ordinary.
1Corinthians 2:16” …but we have the mind of Christ.” Proverbs 23:7”As a man thinks, so is he.” Romans 8:5”For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.” Matt.4:17”From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Jesus’ first message was to repent or the Greek word “metanoia” meaning to change your thoughts. Start thinking kingdom. If you can change your thoughts you will be focused on the kingdom.