December 29, 2014

Read: 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

God made covenants in the Old Testament. Some were conditional, such as the one He gave to Moses - the Covenant of the Law. Some were unconditional, such as the Abrahamic Covenant. The Law (Old Covenant) would become obsolete with the instituting of the New Covenant by Jesus through His death. He celebrated this first with His disciples at the Last Supper, when He said to them, "... this is the new covenant in my blood..."

When we surrender our lives to His lordship at salvation, this is a solemn, binding agreement we are entering into with our God, the initiator of covenant. He is also the one who seals this oath, and is the guarantor of it. He enables us to keep our commitment to Him.
 
What does it mean to us that I am in a covenant relationship with Almighty God through the blood of His Son?  It means that He sought me out by His Spirit, and drew me to Himself.  It means that He did all that is required to reconcile me, a sinner, to a holy God.  Because He does the "keeping", I cannot ever be lost again. Our Father is a covenant-keeping God.

Has the enemy of our souls robbed us of the assurance that we are loved with an "everlasting love" as a covenant partner with Jesus Christ?  The eyes of the lost are blinded to the beauty of such a relationship.  As a true believer, we are not to be ignorant of our position in Christ.

Thank You, Lord, for bringing us into a covenant relationship with You. Help us to live and act as those who know we are loved unconditionally and sacrificially.  Amen.

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God for growth in your desire to know and please Him.  Ask Him to give you a greater love and commitment to Him.  Ask Him for the grace to glorify Him in your life.  Intercede on behalf of your local church, other churches, evangelism and discipleship ministries and other concerns you may have.  Offer prayers for your activities for this day and any special concerns you might have.