Worship: For Heaven’s Sake
Some believe that God only put His laws in the hearts of mankind in New Testament times. But this is not what the Bible teaches. The Law was always written in the hearts of true believers. Today’s broadcast, featuring Pastor Shelem Flemons, discusses how.
Wellness: For Health’s Sake
Fresh air and exercise are required for the body to operate at its optimal level. Today’s broadcast discusses more.
For Heaven’s Sake…
It’s time to break the lease, which gives you only access to the property without ownership. It’s time to receive God’s offer of heirship, which gives us ownership, through the new covenant.
Confusion often arises in trying to distinguish between what exactly is the old covenant from what is the new covenant. As mentioned in the last three broadcasts, God’s covenant was given to Adam and Eve, to Noah, and to Abraham. God’s covenant is called the new covenant only because of its ratification date: AD 31, when Jesus Christ shed His blood on Calvary’s cross for our sins.
The old covenant is one initiated, not by God but by man, when Israel shouted, “All that the LORD hath spoken, we will do.” (Read Exodus 19:20.) What may not be readily noticeable is that their vow does not include the words, “By His strength.” The people actually vowed to obey in their own strength. Of course, this could not be accomplished. This is the old covenant. It was initiated by man, not God. It was an attempt at righteousness by works: an impossibility. This is why the old covenant is faulty.
Soon the people broke this vow, proving that their promises were faulty. The only way that we can obey God is to obey Him from the heart. There, again, is the confusion. Many believe that in Old Testament times, the law was not written on the heart. But the Bible does not teach this.
Deuteronomy 32:46 shows obedience must be with the heart: “And he (Moses) said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law.”
Joshua reiterated this concept in Joshua 22:5: “But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
Josiah showed faith through obedience from the heart. “And like unto him (Josiah) was there no king before him, that turned to the LORD with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him” (2 Kings 23:25).
Many other verses from the Old Testament were shared to support this concept. But maybe David said it best in Psalm 40:8 and Psalm 37:31, respectively, “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.” “The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.”
A popular modern song is based on this OT concept as expressed in Psalm 119:34: “Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.”
Solomon plainly states the same concept, but with a promise, in Proverbs 3:1,2, “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.”
The New Testament verse often referred to is really a repeat of an Old Testament scripture. Hebrews 8:10 is a repeat of Jeremiah 31:33: “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel aafter those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.”
The ceremonial, or Mosaic, laws were really ordinances in this old covenant and were done away with because they only pointed to some aspect of the ministry of Christ.
Additionally in today’s broadcast, Pastor Flemons promised to do a series called How to Study the Bible. No date was supplied. Tomorrow morning’s 5:30 broadcast will continue with Breaking the Lease.
For Health’s Sake…
Fresh air and exercise are essential for good health.
Fresh air provides cellular oxygen. Negative ions, which are really a good and positive thing, build the immune system.
Fresh air increases brain function. If you feel overtaxed and your thinking is cloudy at work, a supply of fresh air may be all that is required at the time.
Fresh air keeps infection down. It is interesting that hospitals tend to not have fresh air access to patient rooms.
Fresh air improves circulation of blood and lymph glands.
Exercise aids in eliminating toxins from the body.
Exercise strengthens the heart.
Exercise lowers blood sugar.
Exercise strengthens the immune system.
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