My Peace I Leave You – My Peace I Give You

Just before Jesus went  to the cross, in the upper room with his disciples, the Lord Jesus said these words.” My peace I leave you”.  He left us lasting peace.

The late  Dr. Billy Graham wrote an ” epic” book at  the time of the start of his ministry, masterfully explaining how each and every person can find this peace through The Lord Jesus Christ.   This classic book, which I highly recommend was called Peace with God.

In this book, as well as speaking at length of  peace with God , Dr. Graham addresses such issues as life after death, the nature of faith and the Christians  future hope. 

Jesus said, I leave you my peace

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John 14: 27 – Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
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All About God’s Peace

Jesus said, “I leave you peace, I give you my peace”. .  But the sad fact is that not all  Christians have discovered how to live in this sweetpeace.   Some still have agitation in the he art – and live in fear!  Many  are afflicted in secret with panic, agitation and sleepless nights.  Christians should NEVER have no need to fear this way!  Here is what the prophet Zachariah prophesied concerning the coming of the Messiah and the freedom from fear he would bring to us:

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Luke 1: 75, 76 To grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,Might serve Him without fear, 75 In holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.
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That Is Why Jesus Came

Beloved, this is why Jesus came into the world and died for sinners; so that we could walk with God without fear, resting in His peace all the days of our life ! Every day of your life!   PEACE!

No fear, but peace in the mind and in the heart, every day of our life! This also applies to the days of suffering, agitation, trial and uncertainty. God intends us to have his peace in both happy and sad days. No matter what we have to face, we must be able to live in that peace at all times.

Zachariah added these words about Jesus: “To shine on those who lie in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our steps in the way of peace” (Luke 1:79). He was saying that Jesus would lead all His children in the path of peace – not in restlessness, in loneliness or in fear, but in peace!

Jesus is the Prince of Peace. At His birth the angels sang “Peace on earth …” His gospel is called the gospel of peace. And he himself promised as recorded in John chapter 16 …. “…

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John 16:33These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
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Peace – Received Through The Gospel

It is PEACE that we receive through the gospel: In Acts 10:36 we read ….

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Acts 10:36The word which He has directed unto the children of Israel, proclaiming peace through Jesus Christ”
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Also, the apostle Paul describes the acceptable way in which believers must serve Christ.  Compare your life with what Paul describes:…………….

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Romans 14: 17 to 19For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, for those who serve Christ in these things are pleasing to God and approved by men, so we seek to achieve the things that contribute to peace and mutual building.
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The Believers Trials

Every Christian experiences trialsThe scriptures clearly teach that in this world we will face tribulation, persecution and painful trials – “… fights outside, fears from within (2 Corinthians 7: 5).

We will be tempted, we will suffer for the love of Christ. The winds of adversity will try to shake the building of faith that we have built on the Rock of our salvation, which is Jesus the Lord.  But we ARE ABLE continue to serve Him with righteousness. Filled with peace and joy in the Holy Spirit – at all times. Paul’s prayer for all believers was this………….

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2 Thessalonians 3:16 – “May The Lord of peace himself give you peace always and in every way [or circumstance] The Lord be with you all!
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Think about it! Peace in every circumstance!
I ask you: do you have peace in every circumstance? In every hour of the day are you filled with that absolute peace?

Here is a definition of peace: inner contentment, inner calm, serenity, tranquility, being free from any struggle, at rest, having calmness in the spirit.

Unfortunately, the world does not see this serenity in many of us. In times of crisis, many believers are not dominated by a calm, unperturbed spirit. Too often others see us struck by panic, worried and frustrated.

GOD’S PLAN – PEACE IN EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE

God’s plan for His children is that we can live free of all anxieties and worries! We know this. We claim to believe it, and the Scriptures confirm it! But very few Christians have really entered that peace. Few are really free!

Here is what the Lord wants for us: This is written in the Book of Philippians 4:6 to 7 …..

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Philippians 4:6 to 7 Do not worry about anything, but in all things make known your requests to God in prayers and supplications, accompanied by thanksgiving, and the peace of God, which overcomes all intelligence, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus
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We can bring all our burdens and cares to God in prayer? I mean, really everything? I have often said that I go to God without asking him anything, but simply loving Him. But God invites us to go to Him by making him know all our requests. He is pleased to receive us! The blessing you receive after having made your prayers known is not that you come out of your room and see your prayer answered instantly – the sickness or anguish gone, and every problem solved.
Rather, it is your heart that changes because God has given you His peace

When we go to our room to pray, unloading the weights of our souls, crying and making known our requests to God – we leave OUR PRAYER ROOM, having received peace!  The disease may not have disappeared IMMEDIATELY – but WE OURSELVES have changed! Conflicts, fears, anxiety have disappeared.

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MORE LOVELY THAN EVERY MUSIC

The news of the redemption that Our Lord Jesus accomplished for us on the rugged, cruel cross, is to the ear,  more lovely to than every music in the world.

Music to the sinner's ear.The redemption Jesus made for us  (buying us out of sin’s slave-market) is nothing less God HIMSELF coming to take the punishment for our sins. These are the sins that we committed against Him. 

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2 Cor 5:18, 19 – But all things are of God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and gave unto us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 to wit, that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, not reckoning unto them their trespasses, and having committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
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The redemption of Christ is God bearing that with which man has sinned against Him. Jesus of Nazareth id God!  If Jesus of Nazareth was not God, He would not be qualified to bear our sins. He is the very God whom we sinned against.
Our God has come down to earth personally and borne our sins. Today, it is God rather than man who has borne our sins. Thank God that He Himself has come to the world to bear our sins. This is the work of the Lord Jesus on the cross.

Watchman Nee wrote these words in his publication, ‘The Gospel of God (1)”…

“The Lord Jesus is not a third party; He is the first party. Because He is God, He is qualified to be crucified on the cross. Because He is man, He can die on the cross on our behalf. We must distinguish between these two statements clearly. He is qualified to be crucified because He is God, and He is able to be crucified because He is man. He is the opposite party; He has stepped over to man’s side to suffer punishment. God has become a man. He has come among man, joined Himself to man, taken up man’s burden, and borne all his sins. If redemption is to be righteous, Jesus of Nazareth must be God. If Jesus of Nazareth is not God, redemption is not righteous. Every time I look at the cross, I say within myself, “This is God.” If He is not God, His death becomes unrighteous and it cannot save us, for He is but a third party. But thank and praise the Lord, He is the party opposite us. That is why I made the statement that only two parties are able to deal with our sins. One is we ourselves, in which case we have to die ourselves. The other party is the God whom we have sinned against, in which case He dies for us. Other than these two parties, no third party has the right or authority to deal with our sins.”

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How Is God Seen and Heard

In the Old Testament God spoke by prophets.  How is God seen and heard now?   The bible says that Jesus is the brightness of God’s glory and God speaks by Him.

God speaks to us in Jesus

The Glorious Change In God’s Way of Speaking 

Since the coming of our Lord to earth, and his powerful death and glorious resurrection God now speaks to us  ALWAYS  in His Son.

God Is Now Speaking In His Son

In the Old Testament God spoke in the prophets, in men moved by His Spirit (Heb. 1:1; 2 Pet. 1:21).
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Heb 1: 1, 2God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
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2 Pet. 1:21 prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit
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In the New Testament, (after Jesus death and resurrection), God speaks in the Son, who is God Himself openly shown and expressed (Heb. 1:2-3)
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Heb. 1:2 and 3has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
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God The Father Has Been Revealed In Jesus

God the Father is hidden and not visible to human eyes, but God the Son is expressed.    The Son of God is visible.
The beauty and loveliness of God the Father could be seen as Jesus walked this earth. Today, we who have His Spirit can see the same beauty and loveliness of Jesus as the Holy Spirit reveals him to us. Thus we see the Glorious Father as we ‘look at Jesus’
No one has ever seen God, but the Son as the “Word of God, as the speaking of God, has declared and expressed Him.

John 1: 18  – No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is Himself God and is at the Father’s side, has made Him known.

Whereas God spoke through the prophets in the Old Testament, He did not have Himself expressed. But in the New Testament God speaks in the Son, who expresses Him. Formerly God spoke through the prophets indirectly, but now He speaks directly in the Son, that is, in the One who is the expression of the Father.

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The BLESSINGS OF THE NEW COVENANT – (3)

We will now ask the question,  ” IN THE BLESSINGS OF THE NEW COVENANT WHAT DOES A HEART OF FLESH THAT  GOD PROMISED TO  GIVE TO PLACE INSIDE US US LOOK LIKE?  The answer lies in the hearts of man that needed change. A great change was needed.

WHAT IS A HEART OF FLESH?

  1. A Heart Inclined Towards Righteousness
  1. It is a “Truth Filled Heart
  2. A heart turned from foolish madness to wisdom

            (4) It is soft and readily responds to God

THROUGH THE WHOLE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT THERE WAS ALWAYS ONE TROUBLE. MAN’S HEART WAS NOT RIGHT WITH GOD. IN THE NEW COVENANT THE EVIL IS TO BE REMEDIED. ITS CENTRAL PROMISE IS A HEART DELIGHTING IN GOD’S LAW AND CAPABLE OF KNOWING AND HOLDING FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM.

As I said … We are given a new disposition!

THE “ HAVE TO’S “ OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE HAVE BECOME THE “ I WANT TO’S” – BECAUSE GOD IS WRITING HIS LAW ON OUR HEARTS.

Jer 31 33 –  But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

God has moved upon us in Christ so powerfully that the person of Jesus and our love for him becomes a consuming passion, and the truth of God’s Word inspires us with zeal and godly EMOTIONS to serve him.

As we experience, the power and reality of the New Covenant we don’t have to ” work up” a desire to serve God. We are motivated by God’s Spirit to delight and enjoy serving Him and doing his will.

The Tender Emotions In The Born Again Sons and Daughters

In the New Covenant we experience such tender and sweet emotions. The “ world” cannot even come close to experiencing the wonderful emotions and feelings we enjoy!

YOU CANNOT LIVE APART FROM FEELINGS! IT IS NOT EVEN POSSIBLE FOR THE HUMAN MIND TO EVEN WORK APART FROM FEELINGS. VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING WE DO IN LIFE OUR AFFECTIONS INCLINE OUR WILL ,

TRUE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. CONSISTS OF AFFECTION AND LOVE AND ZEAL FOR HIM,

Here are some scriptures that speak of beautiful and powerful emotions in a believer’s life …….

The Joy of The Lord

Num 8:10Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

Joy unspeakable

1 Pet 1:8 Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with an inexpressible and glorious joy,

The love of God

Rom 5:5 hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.

Peace

Phil 4:7 – the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

But all this is the new set of desires that God has given us in the New Covenant. WE DON’T WORK FOR IT- WE USE IT!

SOME MORE NEW COVENANT TRUTHS

(1) THE DESIRE TO DO THE WILL OF GOD IS THE GIFT OF GOD!

Righteousness is INSTINCTIVE. The GIFT OF GOD. The desire to do the will of God is not something I have to work up. It is something I can ” fall back upon” and rely on.

Psalm 40: 8 I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.”

Phil 2: 13 – 

Many Christians have tried so hard and so long to try and ” work up something” , that God says. ” Guess what – WHEN YOU BECAME BELIEVER, I PUT IT RIGHT THERE!

,,,, that desire may be DEEP!

Rom 7 ……..DEEP

(1) YOU ALWAYS DESIRE TO TO ALL THE WILL OF GOD AT THE DEEPEST LEVEL OF YOUR BEING

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Rom 7: 22, 23 I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
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The battle between the “ flesh and the spirit” is raging in this chapter. (Later Romans chapter 8 will show the power of The Holy Spirit giving victory). But notice, in Romans 7:22, the apostle says that he “ delights in the law of God according to the inward man”.

The word “ delight” in the original language of the bible is an extremely strong word!

  • Note: Paul does not say on GOOD DAYS…
  • Paul doe not say “WHEN I’M IN FELLOWSHIP” ..
  • Paul does not say “MOST OF TIME”
  • It’s a blanket statement!   ALL THE TIME!

AT THE DEEPEST LEVEL OF MY BEING … AT THE CORE OF MY SOUL ….GOD HAS PLACED WITHIN ME NOT JUST THE POWER BUT ALSO THE DISPOSITION TO PLEASE HIM.   DEEP WITHIN ME IS THE DESIRES TO DO WHATEVER THE WILL OF GOD REQUIRES IN THIS SITUATION TO HONOUR GOD

(3) THE HAVE TO NOW BCOME THE WANT TO’S BECAUSE GOD GIVES BOTH THE DESIRE AND THE POWER

( 1 John 5:3, Phil 2: 13, John 4:34)

OBEDIENCE IS INDULGING YOUR NEW NATURE, ( HAVING A FEAST)

MAN LOOKING AT CAKE – most CHRISTIANS SEE THE WILL OF GOD LIkE THAT

OUR TASTE BUDS HAVE BEEN SUPERNATURALLY INPLANTED

(4) THE SCRIPTURES CLARIFY IN MY MIND WHAT I ALREADY DESIRE TO DO IN MY REDEEMED HEART

WE READ THE SCRIPTURES AND ARE GETTING IN TOUCH WITH WHAT WE ALREADY DESIRE TO DO.

RELEASE THE REALITY

(5) YOU CAN TRUST THE REDEEMED HEART ……AND THE REDEEMED HEART OF OTHER BELIEVERS

It’s NOT …. what do I want to do – and THEN DO THE OPPOSSITE

(Psalm x: x) – DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE LORD AND HE WILL GIVE YOU THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART

OUR ROLE IS TO DRAW FORTH WHAT PEOPLE FUNDAMENTALLY DO WANT TO DO THOUGH SOMETIMES IT IS BLOCKED BY SIN AND INSANITY .

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The Blessings Of The New Covenant – 2

We will now ask the question,  “WHY DID GOD HAVE TO BRING US INTO THE BLESSINGS OF THE NEW COVENANT?  The answer lies in the hearts of man that needed change. A great change was needed..

WHY DID GOD HAVE TO BRING US INTO THE NEW COVENANT?

GOD HAD TO BRING US INTO THIS NEW COVENANT BECAUSE THE GREATEST PROBLEM WITH MAN 
……..IS………….. THE HEART OF MAN!

THROUGH THE WHOLE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT THERE WAS ALWAYS ONE TROUBLE. MAN’S HEART WAS NOT RIGHT WITH GOD. 
IN THE NEW COVENANT THE EVIL IS TO BE REMEDIED. ITS CENTRAL PROMISE IS A HEART DELIGHTING IN GOD’S LAW AND CAPABLE OF KNOWING AND HOLDING FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM.

What is the Heart of Man?

The ” heart” of man includes the will, longings, desires, emotions and also the conscIence. The heart is the MAINSPRING of man!

LET US LOOK AT THE HEART OF UNSAVED MAN AND WOMAN WITHOUT CHRIST

(1) The UNSAVED heart is evil (Gen 8:21)

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Gen 8: 21And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is EVIL from his youth;
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Ecc 9:3 Truly the hearts of the sons of men are full of EVIL; madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead. 
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(2) The UNSAVED heart is DECEITFUL

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Jer 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? 
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(3) The UNSAVED heart is FOOLISH, AND LACKS GOD’S WIDOM
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Rom 1:21although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their FOOLISH hearts were darkened.
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(4) THE UNSAVED MAN’S HEART IS – HARD
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Matt 19:7, 8 They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?” 8 He said to them, “Moses, because of the HARDNESS of your hearts, Permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. 
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Ezek 36: 26I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the HEART OF STONE out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
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LET’S NOW READ ABOUT HOW GOD GAVE HS HOLY LAW TO PEOPLE WHO WHERE INCAPABLE OF KEEPING IT.

Turning to Deuteronomy chapter 5. God is giving the Law to the children of Israel through Moses.

The children of Israel seem to be ready, willing and enthusiastic to do the will of God. In verse 27, we read that they are saying to Moses …..
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Deut 5:27 – You go near and hear all that the Lord our God may say, and tell us all that the Lord our God says to you, AND WE WILL HEAR AND DO IT.’ 
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It was just like a ” revival meeting”!. They seemed SO WILLING AND COMMITTED to serve The Lord! But God knows that although their intentions are good . They need A NEW HEART to love and serve him.

And in verse 29, it is recorded that God says ………

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OH THAT THEY HAD SUCH A HEART in them that they would fear me and always keep my commandments.
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WHAT DOES “SUCH A HEART” THAT GOD WANTED TO GIVE THEM LOOK LIKE?

(1) “Such a Heart” is A heart that can obey and love God

(2) iT’S a heart that has been operated on……. that has been ” circumsciced”
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Deut 30:6 – And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love 
the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.
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The apostle Paul wrote about such a ” circumcised heart” in Romans 2:28, 29 .
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Rom 2:28, 29For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; 29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.
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(3) “ SUCH A HEART” is a heart that actually “ knows” God
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JER 24:7 Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.
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(4) it has a heart that has a respectful and reverent fear of God
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JER 32:40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put MY FEAR in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me.
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It is also a heart that has been changed FROM ( unfeeling). Hardness,, into a heart of “ flesh” that is 
tender, soft and yielding to God.

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Ezek 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
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The BLESSINGS OF THE NEW COVENANT – (1)

For hundreds of years this wonderful promise given through the prophets about the blessings of The New Covenant made to restored Israel had been forgotten.

THE NEW COVENANT OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST

Blessings of The New CovenantTHE THEME OF THE TEACHING – GOD HAS GIVEN TO US A WHOLE NEW SET OF DESIRES, A NEW HEART AND A NEW POWER TO CARRY GOD’S DESIRES OUT

The promise, given through the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel had been made SPECIFICALLY TO ISRAEL.  These promises specifically concern what God will do the Israel nation when Jesus returns to earth.
God , in that day will fill every redeemed Israeli heart with an intimate knowledge of and a fellowship with the Lord Jesus.  Every Israeli heart will one day be filled with a desire to do God’s will.

READINGS – from the Prophet Jeremiah and Ezekiel

Jer 31:31 to 34
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Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah– 32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” 

Ezek 36: 26 to 34 Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah– 32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” 

This promise of the New Covenant  had been forgotten  for hundreds of  years.  Forgotten, until the night of the last supper  that Our Lord Jesus had with his disciples before he suffered. As he offered the wine to them , the Lord spoke these words to them ……..

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Matt 26: 28this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
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As the Lord Jesus spoke these words to his apostles he established the New Covenant with His blood to His Church. We the church can now have a preliminary foretaste of the blessings of the new covenant that will one day be fulfilled completely to the Nation of Israel. Today is the age of the new covenant.
In the New Covenant the Lord’s special grace is poured out to us his redeemed sons and daughters who make up his church.

You see, the bible tells us that when Jesus enters our lives, MANY THINGS HAPPEN….

The New Covenant given to us is so wonderful – and sometimes we don’t realize the power and blessing we have because of the New Covenant Jesus has purchased for us with His precious blood. Because we do not fully realise what is our inheritance in Christ, sometimes we are satisfied living sub-standard spiritual lives.

A New Disposition To Righteousness

TO US WHO ARE SAVED AND BORN AGAIN, GOD HAS MADE HIS REQUIREMENTS THE INSTINCTIVE DESIRE OF OUR REDEEMED HEARTS!
IN THE NEW COVENANT GOD GIVES US A NEW DISPOSITION; A NEW SET OF DESIRES. WE ARE GIVEN A NEW INCLINATION TOWARDS RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT WE DON’T WORK FOR, BUT WE MERELY HAVE RECEIVED – THAT WE CAN CLAIM AND LIVE IN ON AN ONGOING BASIS.   WE ARE  ALSO GIVEN A NEW DYNAMIC POWER TO CARRY THROUGH THOSE DESIRES!

In the New Covenant, God places us INTO CHRIST to such a degree that we are completely identified with Jesus.  Because of this identification with Christ – we have a NEW SET OF DESIRES.   These new desires are POWERFUL because we have the power of the Life Giving Spirit of Jesus Christ. 

The New Covenant is The Basis of All Spiritual Life

The new covenant is the basis of all spiritual life.  Because we have the blessings of the New Covenant:

  • our sins can be forgiven
  • Our conscience can have peace.
  • Because we have the New Covenant we can obey God and do what He pleases.
  •  Because we have the new covenant we can have direct fellowship with God
  • Because we have the new covenant we can have  a deep inward knowledge of Him.

Without the New Covenant we would have no confidence that our sins are forgiven. It would be difficult for us to obey God and do His will or to have anything deeper than an external and ordinary fellowship with God. But, praise God, we have the new covenant! And this new covenant is a covenant which He has established. Therefore, we can rest upon and rejoice in this covenant.

IN THIS NEW COVENANT We Are Blessed With So Much

(1) blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ (Eph 1: 3)

(2 ) We are complete in Him…..
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Col 2: 9, 10For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him
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(3) In The new Covenant we are infused wuth Jesus very own nature ….
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2 Pet 1:4( To us) has been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be PARTAKERS OF THE DIVINE NATURE, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
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(4) In The New Covenant we have received Christ’s fulness and grace.
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John 1: 16, 17And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
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WHEN WE BEGIN TO SEE THE DIVINE REALITIES THAT GOD HAS PLACED AT OUR DISPOSAL …… WOW! OUR LIVES CAN REALLY CHANGE!

God’s LAWS WRITTEN ON OUR HEARTS

Instead of God writing a ” rule book, manual” ( Tablets of stone) ,, God NOW writes His requirements in our hearts!

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Jer 31:33 – “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
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2 Cor 3:3you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.
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God Has A Wonderful Plan For your Life

GOD HAS A WONDERFUL PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE

When you fully realise that God has a wonderful plan for your life, things will never be the same for you anymore!   Our God has an AWESOME PLAN for his sons and daughters!  He has chosen you and placed you into Christ.

God has a plan for your lifeIf we know Jesus as our saviour, the reality is that God actually picked us out for Himself as His own in Christ before the foundation of the world… He foreordained us.   He destined us, planned in love for us to be adopted as His own children’

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Eph 1:4 to 5 – .He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,
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Eph 1:11we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,
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( To be predestined means,,,,,, chosen……before the universe was created, God the father loved you. You and I were so important to him).

Many non -Christians struggle with their self- image! Sadly, so do some Christians. But we who know and love Christ don’t have to struggle with a low self-image. We know we have been chosen and prepared by God for a unique and great work!  We can with excitement and optimism find out who we are and what God planned that we are living for.  When we serve him. his beauty will rest upon us and be seen with spiritual eyes.

it’s truly amazing the way some people work on their Facebook or other social media profile! Some people spend hours and hours and hours on their Facebook profile taking pictures and pictures and pictures and rewriting the profile over and over again. –  because these people have a low self image and strain with all their energy to impress.

But we don’t have to have a low Self Image because God has called each one of us to be special in his Kingdom and giving us a beauty that is from him.  And so …. We can with excitement and optimism find out who we are and what God planned for us to do!

GOD’S PLAN COMES WITH TRUE RICHES

If it is His will, God MAY give us wealth and possessions. Money is not everything however!  One thing we can be sure of as we walk after God’s ways and will. He will meet our every need.

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Matt 6:33But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow.
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God will always meet our needs, However he will never “MEET OUR GREEDS” – just so that we can be selfish. However, God certainly does make some of His children rich; He allows them to have great riches and they are able to be “rich in good” works, giving money to help others.  Not every Christian has great earthly riches from God. ….

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Acts 3:6But Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!”
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You may not have every material blessing you want. The  apostle Paul was in prison when he wrote this letter to the Ephesian Christians but he was rich; God has blessed you ‘with every spiritual blessing in Christ’ .

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Eph 1:.3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.
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NO FAILURES IN GOD’S PLAN

We have no need to think or say, “I’m a failure.”  God chooses NO FAILURES!   We have no need to think or say,“I am no use to God; I can’t think why He bothers with me.”
We have no need to think or say,“He wouldn’t want to answer my prayers.” The Lord has endless love for us ….and if we are living with a clean conscience He WILL HEAR AD ANSWER OUR PRAYERS.

OPTIMISM IN EVERY TRIAL

We can rest because God has planned that we have a power at our disposal far greater than oor own. We have the power of God’s Holy Spirit at our disposal.   God’s plan in our lives is sent to make us a blessing in
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IN HIS PLAN GOD HEALS OUR BROKEN HEARTS

Even though at times we MAY suffer heartbreak, God WILL  restore our joy again! Sometimes life does hurt! LET’S BE HONEST … We may suffer, fierce persecution that makes us sad.  We may weep for the sins and sadness of men and women ‘ outside of Christ’. But God’s providence is sent to make us a blessing in God’s kingdom.
He heals our wounded hearts. After he has healed our hearts, God can use us to bring blessing to the wounded in a new way David says,,, (Psalm 109:22)…

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Psalm 109:22 My heart is wounded within me’.
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God loves to use people who have been wounded and then healed because no one can minister better than a person who has had the same wound and then been healed by God. This is taught by the apostle Paul in Second Corinthians…..

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2 Corinthians 1:3 to 7 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. 6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer;
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This is how it works……

(1) we have trials God allows.  (2) God pours grace and comfort into us.  ( 3) we pass that comfort and encouragement t others

WE HAVE THE ANSWER TO THE WORLD’S NEEDS

We Know we have the answer to the worlds’s need. Isaiah
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Isaiah 52:7How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news… who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”’
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God’s salvation is such good news that it makes even the smelly feet of the messenger seem beautiful!

GOD HAS PLANNED FOR US TO  HAVE THE PEACE OF A CLEAN CONSCIENCE

Out conscience can be free of nagging guilt.. We will see that Part of God The Father’s plan in choosing us in Christ – is that we are Redeemed, forgiven and free.  We have been redeemed through His precious blood.

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Eph 1:7 in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
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Isaiah 52:3For thus saith Jehovah, Ye were sold for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.
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Isaiah 52:9Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem; for Jehovah hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.
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‘Redeemed’ was the word used for the buying back of a slave – a captive set free for a price.

PEACE IN THE PLAN – IN ANY STORM

We have peace in Any storm. because we know we are in GREAT plan.

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Rom 8:28we know that to them that love God all things work together for good; to them that are called according to his purpose.
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How wonderful to know that We have been chosen, destined and adopted in God’s mIghty plan.  We rejoice in the glorious HOPE for the future!   My christian brother and sister,  your eternal inheritance is guaranteed.

WE ARE ABOVE EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE IN GOD’S PLAN!

Power belongs to God, but he has come to live within you and to give you ‘endless energy, boundless strength!’

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Eph 1:18 to 20having the eyes of your heart enlightened, that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 and what the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to that working of the strength of his might 20 which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and made him to sit at his right hand in the heavenly [places],
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You are seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (v.20).  God has placed you ‘in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments’ (vv.20–21, MSG).

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God’s Great Provision In Christ

We had looked at God’s Plan and his choosing of us before the world’s foundation.  Now we look at God’s Great Provision In Christ he has made to redeem us.

AAA_30We saw that in the Godhead, all things are “of” The Father. Everything is “by” the Son and then the The Holy Spirit implements these things and brings them into reality. Since all things are “OF” the Father, it was He who PLANNED the great scheme of salvation, (Eph 1: 3 to 5) !  Since all things God does are “by” the Son, it was He who came to earth and in awesome love went to the cross and accomplished that salvation. MAKING THE PROVISION for men and women to be saved according to the Father’s will..

The wonderful provision of our eternal salvation was made by Christ in His coming to earth to redeem us and is succinctly stated in Ephesians chapter one, verse seven.

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Eph 1: 7 –   in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 

The Son of God Jesus, in His wonderful love and grace, at an awesome cost,  redeemed us from our sins through His blood shed on the cross of calvary,  (1 Pet. 1:18-19).

1 Pet. 1:18-19 knowing that ye were redeemed, not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, from your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers;  but with precious blood, as of a lamb without spot, [even the blood] of Christ

The gospel of Matthew as well as the book of Hebrews tells us that the Son’s redemption through his blood is the forgiveness of our offenses. 
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The Lord Jesus told his disciples on the night of his last supper with them, before his death.
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Matt. 26:28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many unto remission of sins. 

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Heb. 9:22 – .according to the law, I may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and apart from shedding of blood there is no remission
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Redemption and forgiveness are actually two ends of one thing.  Because Jesus  has accomplished redemption for our offenses on the cross ,we receive forgiveness the very moment we believe in Christ.   Although redemption was accomplished on the cross when Christ shed His blood, it was not applied to us at that time. The application did not take place until we believed in Christ and made confession to the righteous God. At that very moment, the Spirit of God applied to us the redemption Christ had accomplished on the cross. Hence, redemption is the accomplishment, and forgiveness is the application.

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