Message from Dr. Jack Gatlin
“Starting Over” Jeremiah 31:31-34
31 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that 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 bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
33 But this shall be the covent that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD; for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD; for i will forgive their iniquity, and i will remember their sin no more.
In reading these passages of scripture we are reminded that no matter how often we fail, no matter how many times we fall, God always gives us the opportunity to start over. At times in our lives we all wish we could start over and through the precious blood of Jesus we are given that opportunity.
In these verses we look at God and his relationship with Israel. Israel was a nation blessed by God and chosen to be his people, but they rebelled against him and wanted to do it their own way which led to them finding themselves forced to live in a foreign country and were held in captivity and they felt hopeless and fearful. This time allowed them to reflect and see all their mistakes and to understand why and how they failed the living God. They feared that their special relationship with God was over but they never gave up and continued to hope that one day God would restore them to their previous relationship. They hoped God would forgive them and that someday God would give them another chance. God is a God of second chances.
God said that the people of Israel that there would be a New Covenant written in their hearts and no longer just written on tablets of stone. We can be the person, family or church that God wants us to be, he is always willing to give us a second chance. In this passage God promises Israel a new chance if the people would just be faithful to Him. The new covenant involves a new relationship between God and man, God wants to have a relationship with all of us. He gives us the opportunity to either accept or reject this relationship with Him.
Under the New Covenant we will be new creations in Him as he will reside in our hearts. Now, we may know God intimately through Jesus if we will let him into our hearts. To know God personally and intimately, calls for a life transforming relationship in which the will of God directly influences our lives in all ways. This New Covenant was manifested through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus shed his blood on the Cross so that we may have a new life, a life lived fully with Jesus in our hearts guiding us each step of the way.
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Verse of the Day
Psalm 27:1 "The Lord is the Strength of my Life. (KJV)