Monday, 27 January 2014
Covenant: There Is Joy Behind the Definition
Do you sometimes feel that your faith is somewhat weak? I do. Sometimes it feels like I am only 2% there when it comes to where I want to be spiritually, and perhaps even less when it comes to where God wants me to be. Times like that can be a real downer!
This morning I came across this little blessing:
"Many of us do not differentiate clearly between the promises of God, the accomplished facts of God (His mighty works), and the covenant of God. Promises are given to encourage faith, but often we cannot rise to God's promises. At times we cannot even lay hold of divine facts; appearances seem to belie them. But when this is so we still have His covenant. And the covenant means more than the promises, more even than the mighty works. It is something that God has committed Himself to do. The covenant is a handle given us by God on which faith can lay hold. Morally we have no claim on God. But He has been pleased to bind Himself to a covenant, having thus pledged Himself to act for us, He is - and I say it reverently - bound to do so. Herein is the preciousness of the covenant. It is this that gives strength to faith when faith is at its weakest." (Watchman Nee)
Are you feeling a little down today? Does God seem strangely absent? Be encouraged; God has bound Himself to you with a covenant.
"The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.' Then he adds: 'Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.' And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin." (Hebrews 10: 15-18; NIV)
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers ..." (James 1:2; NIV)
Have a wonderful day. God loves you.
Watchman Nee Source: A Table in the Wilderness