This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people. Hebrews 8:10
Laws are something that people cannot really live without. Every nation has many laws put in place to govern the people. While many people will follow most of the laws without any problem, there are some laws that many people hate to follow.
It is the same in a household. Parents put into place many different types of laws (rules) for children to follow. Some children will follow the rules, while some will fight against obeying those rules.
During the time of Moses, God put out some laws for the people to follow. As one reads through the history of Israel, the people had a difficult time following those rules. They knew about the laws, but chose not to follow them.
The main reason people do not follow the laws and rules are because the laws are not really upon their hearts. The law is only in their mind. It is only a set of regulations and may go against their own personal desires.
Long before Jesus came, Jeremiah prophesied that God would place His Law upon the hearts and minds of His people. His Law would become a part of the person’s heart’s desire. It will no longer be a requirement to follow, but a desire to follow. It is as though the person wrote the law himself and so desires to obey that law.
Even in human laws, when a person loves the law or rule, he is ready and willing to obey it with no complaint. He wants to obey because he loves it.
You may have struggles trying to follow some commands God has put in place, such as to love your enemy. Allow God’s commands and laws to penetrate your heart. Learn to love God’s commands to know God has them only for your well-being. The law is not there to hold you down or harm you, but to build you up.
As you learn to love the law, you will be able to follow it with no complaints or struggles. It becomes a desire to obey and please God, not just a command or demand.
Follow God’s laws out of love, not force.
I pray today that you will know the commands of God; that you will have God’s commands on your heart; that you will love to obey God; and that you will see God is set to help you be your best for Him and others.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
A person’s mind is a powerful thing. It can control how a person acts very quickly. It can give a person power to do something, or has the power to keep a person from doing something.
It is the mind that thinks about fear of something. Many people throughout the world live in a constant spirit of fear. It could be fear of failure, fear of letdown, or fear of others. When there is fear, it paralyzes a person from getting something done that needs to be done.
After fear is the thought that one can do anything on his own. Many people in this world believe this way. They feel that they have full control of their own lives and their own destinies.
God does not want His people to have any fear, because He is perfect love and perfect love casts out all fear. And God does not want anyone to do anything completely on his own.
God is seeking a relationship with all people. He wants to be with them to guide them and strengthen them. God wants His people to lean on Him and trust Him.
There are many believers who struggle with fear and with the belief that they can do everything on their own. They are not relying upon God.
In order to change this, there must be a transforming of the mind, a change of the way the mind is thinking. This can only be done by actively focusing upon God and allowing Him to change the mind.
Knowing God’s word will allow the believer to change his mind to what God is saying, not what the world is saying. It will allow God’s love to penetrate the mind and transform the way it is thinking. Fear will be pushed out. Selfishness will be pushed out.
As you look at your life, think about how you think. What is your mind focusing on? Is it focusing on the failures, mistakes, others, or fear of failure?
Or is your mind focused on God and His power, abilities, love, and faithfulness?
Do not allow your thinking to be like the world’s thinking. Allow God to change your way of thinking.
I pray today that you will know God’s word; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide your life; that you will allow God to change the way you think; and that you will know God’s perfect love and faithfulness to you.
Test me, LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; Psalm 26:2
David had called out to God to vindicate him from his enemies. His reasoning was that he had trusted in God and never faltered in it. He then asked God to test him and examine his heart and mind.
When a person is working hard at trying to improve something, he may ask another person to examine it to determine if it better or not. Writers will often have an editor read through their book to search for any mistakes.
Many do not want anyone to look at it, for fear of being wrong or having too many mistakes in it. They do not want to be looked at as bad. Many fear the truth and know it in their hearts that what they are doing is not that good.
Believers tend to live their lives the same way. They live their lives one way at church and another way in the home or workplace. They fear if any other believer sees them as they really are, seeing the mistakes they make.
David made a very daring request for God to examine his heart and mind. God is the only one that can do that perfectly. God knows exactly every purpose of every action a person has done, and He knows every thought a person has had.
As a believer, you should be willing to dare to ask God to examine your heart and mind. Open yourself up honestly to God’s inspection of your life, not just the outward actions, but the inside heart and mind. These are the things that no other person can see at all. In fact, often, it is hidden from the individual himself, the real hidden motives of his heart.
The daring part of asking God to do this, is knowing what God may find there. God knows that you have sinned against Him. There is nothing that you have done or thought that God is not fully aware of. Now it is opening yourself up to allowing God to show you what He finds.
God will examine you in love, not to destroy you or find fault with you, but to improve you. He wants you to be like Jesus. This can only be done if the inner heart and mind is examined and changed.
Are you willing to take the dare and ask God to examine your heart and mind?
I pray today that you will trust God’s examination of your life; that you will allow God to change what is needed in your life; and that you will pass God’s examination of your heart and mind as faithful to Him.
He took the image he had made and put it in God’s temple, of which God had said to David and to his son Solomon, “In this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my Name forever.” 2 Chronicles 33:7
Manasseh had become king of Judah and led the people into great sins. He set up all of the temples and altars to Baal and Asherah, sacrificed children, practiced witchcraft and consulted with mediums. One of the images he had made, he put up in the temple of God to worship it there. This was where God said He would dwell forever.
People put up idols and images of idols to worship all over the world. In more modern countries, the images are not usually of the typical “gods” that you see in Asian countries. These images are of things that people put before God.
Although there are Christians who do have some things that they idolize out in the open, there are many more who have some things that are idolized only in the heart and mind. It is in the heart and mind of a person that one can hide things from other people. No one can see inside the heart and mind of a person.
It is in there that idols can be set up. Thoughts are allowed to run freely in the mind. As they run, often they go into areas that should not be, such as lust, pornography, greed, anger, vengeance, and more.
Jesus said that He would be with you forever. When you have accepted Jesus into your life, God had set up His dwelling place in your heart and life to live for all eternity. You are now the temple of God. It is in your heart that you are to worship God.
When you allow images of things of this world to be in your heart and mind, you have defiled God’s dwelling place. You have begun to set up images of false gods in your heart.
Do not allow these images in your heart and mind. Do not replace God with false gods. Keep God’s temple clean to worship Him in heart and spirit.
I pray today that you will love God with all your heart; that you will worship God alone; that God will help you remove any images from your life; and that God will be pleased with His temple.