Hebrews 8:7-10

7 If the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no need for a second covenant to replace it. 8 But God himself found fault with the old one when he said: “The day will come, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. 9 This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and led them out of the land of Egypt. They did not remain faithful to my covenant, so I turned my back on them, says the Lord. 10 But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds so they will understand them, and I will write them on their hearts so they will obey them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This passage is a quotation from Jeremiah 31:31-34, which compares the new covenant with the old. The old covenant was the covenant of law between God and Israel. The new and better way is the covenant of grace. Christ death on the Cross to offer Himself for our sins and reconcile those who believe in Him to God. This new covenant goes beyond Israel and covers anyone who has faith to believe in Christ. It is new in application because it is written on our heart and in our mind. It offers a new way to forgiveness, not through animal sacrifice but through faith. If our heart is not changed, following God’s rules will be unpleasant and difficult. We will rebel against being told how to live. The Holy Spirit, however, gives us new desires, new feelings, a new direction and He helps us to want to obey God (see Philippians 2:12, 13). With a new heart, we find that serving God is our greatest joy. If this is not true of you today, look at where your focus is. Are you focused on His Word? Or are you more focused on what is good for you? As His child you have the unlimited power of His Spirit to work within you and give you the desires, the wisdom and the power to live effectively for Him. Don’t let the world or Satan keep you for being all that you can be for your Savior who died for your sin. Go before Him and cry out to Him for wisdom. Ask God to remove anything that is getting in the way of living effectively for Him. Be open to hear His voice speak to you about what in your life is holding you back from being all that God intends for you to be.

Have a God Day!