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
In every nation around the world there are thousands of laws that the people are expected to follow. While most people try to abide by the laws, many ignore many of the laws.
Those who obey the laws have those laws upon their hearts and minds. They see the value of those laws and desire to be obedient.
Quoting from Jeremiah, the author of Hebrews quotes God saying that in the end He would write the laws upon the hearts and minds, so that they would be His people and He their God.
Often when people hear about the laws of God they run from them. Some run because they see following God’s law as being legalistic and claim grace under Jesus. Others flee because they see the laws as being restrictive, not allowing them to really live.
Every law that God has made was made to make life better for the individual in himself and with others. There is no law that He has made that was made to destroy a person, but to make him holy as He is holy.
Under the old covenant it was either obey all of the law or die. No one could fully obey it, because it was just written words and not on the heart.
In Christ, God now puts the law upon the heart and mind. This is done so that the true believer will strongly desire to obey all of God’s law. God’s Holy Spirit also comes upon him to give him strength to obey God’s law.
It is now a choice of love to obey God’s law, rather than a demand.
As a believer in Jesus, God expects you to grow to become more like Jesus. He followed God’s law with perfection. Learn God’s law and place it in your heart and mind.
Realize that God has given you His law so that you can live a righteous and holy life that Jesus purchased for you. Jesus took away the punishment of breaking God’s law, so that you may live. He then gave you His Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you to live for God.
Is God’s law on your heart and mind?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s law in your heart and mind; that you will desire to obey God in every area of your life; and that God will be your God and you will be His child.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:2
Throughout the day there are many things that people think about. Depending upon what they are doing, will depend upon where their focus and mind is, money, bills, illnesses, vacations, pleasures, family, work, material things, and more.
Behind all of their day-to-day activities, many also have their minds focused upon dreams. Nearly everyone has something that they desire and many will spend a lot of time thinking about that thing and how to get it. Focus on these desires will often overtake other responsibilities and more important needs.
Paul points out that since a believer is now raised with Christ to a new life, he is to focus on things above, not the temporary earthly things.
While it is important to take care of the temporary things of life on this earth, such as jobs, bills, vehicle and house maintenance and more, there is a higher and more lasting priority of focus.
Everything physical in this life will break down, fade away and disappear at some point. Nearly all of these things will fade from the memory of most people shortly after it is gone. It is only in the here and now that they can mean anything, if anything at all.
Even though the believer is in this world and must take care of some temporary things, his primary focus must be more on the eternal things of heaven and God. A person may have all the physical things of this world, but if he does not believe in Jesus and have his sins removed, he will lose everything in the end and have only death left.
God has a mission for every believer. That mission will always have a focus upon eternity with God for himself and others. Believers must have a focus upon that mission that God has for him.
You have many things that you think about every day. Each one has a different level of priority in your life. While many of those things have some temporary importance to them, the greatest thing to focus upon is what God is saying and doing in and through you.
Instead of spending all of your time and efforts to gain temporary things, put your mind and efforts on the things of eternity and God. Jesus forgave you and saved you for an eternal purpose, not for temporary things.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will focus your mind on the things of God; that God would remove the lure of temporary things in your life; that you will have the mind of Christ in all that you think, say and do; and that you will know God’s mission for your life.
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put of your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; Ephesians 4:22-23
In the business world, people are expected to change, to increase in their abilities to be the best in their field of expertise. Corporations are always giving training on how to be better on the job. Changes are made to improve production and sales.
In order to make the needed changes, people must be willing to change their old habits and mindsets.
As Paul is giving instructions on how to live as a believer, he tells the people that they have been taught to put on their old sinful self by having a change of their mindset.
At the moment a person chooses to believe in and follow Jesus, there must be some change in his life. If there is no change, then the belief is made pointless and of no value.
Too many people have chosen to follow Jesus without changing their lifestyles. They want to have the best of both worlds, sin and heaven. This comes from thinking that sin is good or cannot be stopped.
Believers who have chosen to allow God to rule in their life will be given the ability to change. God’s Holy Spirit will come into a person and change their mindset to one that is like God’s. They will learn to hate sin as God hates it and then choose to flee from it. They will choose to put off their old sinful self so that they may live a holy and righteous life unto God.
Until a believer changes his mindset, he will be unable to live a holy life unto God.
If you have chosen to believe in and follow Jesus, you are a new creation. Allow your mind to be changed. Your old mind lived in sin and was dying. Learn to hate sin as God hates it, so that you will flee when temptation comes your way, as it will.
Renew your mind so that your thoughts and attitudes will be those of God. Live your life as Jesus lived His. With God this is possible. He has called you to live a holy and righteous life and has provided everything you need in order to live that life.
Change your mindset and live for God.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God to make you a new creation in Jesus; that your mind will be set on God’s ways; that you will live holy and righteously as Jesus did; and that you will think, speak and act as Jesus did.