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Devotional - week of January 5, 2014


IN MIND AND ON HEART

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.  Hebrews 8:10

Probably all of us have hesitated to do something we had on our mind that we should do. At times, we would say, “I got it on my heart. Then I did it.” That process is likely what God had in mind with the first words of His covenant with all who have received Jesus as Lord and Savior.  

This beginning statement of the New Covenant in Hebrews 8:10 is obviously a reference to the Holy Spirit. He puts things in our minds and on our hearts. In 2 Corinthians 3:5-6, Paul writes:

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

The first feature of the New Covenant Paul mention is the Holy Spirit. We can believe that it is the Holy Spirit who does the work of putting God’s will in our minds and on our hearts. When we do those things the Holy Spirit puts in our minds and on our hearts, we will experience the blessing of God in the event.

Many years ago, some uninformed Christians made fun of people who would talk about the Holy Spirit. Some who believed in the Holy Spirit were afraid to speak of him to others. According to Scripture, we should continually have an awareness of the Holy Spirit and His place in our lives. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He is God. He is one with the Father and the Son. He is in us and speaks to us and gives us motivation.

We will experience the process of the Holy Spirit putting things in our minds and on our hearts continually when we are continually filled with the Holy Spirit. In Ephesians 5:18, the Apostle Paul commands us to continually be filled with the Holy Spirit.