PROMISES OR REQUIREMENTS

By: Mary Felde
From: November-December 2010
Found in: The Gospel of Grace

A certain thought has stayed with me these last weeks: Don’t turn the promises of God into requirements! Don’t turn the wonderful promises of who God is in our lives into requirements that we have to fulfil in our own strength.

The Old Covenant contained a lot of requirements that the Jews had to fulfil in order to be blessed. In the New Covenant there are also instructions concerning our lifestyle, but there is a huge difference. Now it is GOD who works in us both to will and to do according to His good pleasure (Phil 2:13). Christ in us, the hope of glory. When Paul and others gave instructions to born-again believers, He often emphasized that it was possible because we have a new nature and the love of God has been poured out in our hearts and God is working in our lives through the Holy Spirit.

Paul describes the new life that we now can live, not as a requirement to be accepted by God, but as a fruit of the new life in us. Let us keep our focus right, and keep remembering that Christ in us is the solution.

This truth also applies to areas like Guidance of the Holy Spirit and faith. Both are wonderful promises from God, so let us not turn them into a burden and something we have to try to achieve.

Enjoy the Christmas Season and know that Jesus came to be our life – and abundance of life.

By: Mary Felde

Mary Felde is a missionary and worldwide speaker of the Word of God. She has thought in churches, seminars, conferences, and Bible schools on four continents.

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