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Our God is a Covenant Keeping God PDF Print E-mail
"It is because the LORD loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations" (Deu 7:8-9)

In the New Covenant, God graciously undertakes to secure and guarantee man’s part as well as His own. (Jeremiah 32.38, 40; Ezekiel 36.26, 27; 37.26) Jesus fulfills all righteousness and secures atonement through the sacrifice of Himself. The Holy Spirit indwells the believer to be the unceasing, universal, all sufficient worker of everything in the believer. God, faithful and true, does it all. God cleanses the heart and makes it new and puts His Spirit within. He makes His own promises true. We honor God by believing all that He has for us in Christ Jesus. We honor Him by desiring the promises of the New Covenant. God sends forth the Spirit of His Son into the believer’s heart. (Galatians 4.5, 6)

God is after your heart. The chief triumph of His grace occurs as the renewal of the heart becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit. God works inside out, to cleanse the heart from all that defiles flesh and spirit. The New Covenant blesses as it is a ministration of the Spirit. Thus we are exhorted not to limit the Holy Spirit, not to grieve or resist Him. Rather, we are to honor the Holy Spirit and yield to all that He wants to do within us. The Holy Spirit is the promise of the New Covenant and God’s gracious gift to every believer. He communicates, mediates, enables, and glorifies Jesus by bringing many sons to glory. By acknowledging the sentence of death on everything that is of the "self-life" and keeping the place before God of utter unworthiness and helplessness, we fix our heart in faith for every blessing of the covenant of grace.

The new heart can be yours. The law written in the heart can be yours. The Holy Spirit, seal of the New Covenant, can be yours. Walking and living in covenant relationship with God and knowing His love can be yours. Being taught by the Lord can be your experience.

"I will be your God, and you will be My son." Believe, and you will see God’s grace and love pouring forth into your heart today. 

What did Joshua do? Well, I will first tell you what he did NOT do: He did not say "This is the hand of God. We should never have entered into a covenant with those people - we only did so because they blatantly lied to us! We swore we wouldn't harm them and we won't - we'll let their neighbors destroy them. Our hands will be clean and yet we will be free from that covenant!"

Joshua's Heart

No, Joshua never said anything like that. Instead, he immediately called out his troops and rescued the Gibeonites by destroying the armies of those five kings. There is not even a hint in scripture that Joshua was reluctant or hesitant to fulfill his vows. Nor is their any reason to think the Gibeonites hestitated to invoke their covenant with Joshua. They knew they were in the "dog house" with Joshua; they knew they had done nothing to earn Joshua's assitance. Yet, they cried out to Joshua for help and he robustly responded.

Well, what about us? Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, is mightier than Joshua, and more faithful. And, our covenant with Him was His idea - He wrote it and then He signed it with His own blood. How could He ever fail to honor it?

Therefore, we must honor it, as well - by believing it is real, relevant, and effective. We honor our covenant, and our Savior, by invoking it. To become a Christian and fail to invoke the covenant would be like going to Grandma's house for Thanksgiving dinner...and not eat anything! You know she would be hurt by this. "Please eat something!" she would say.

"I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me." (Jer 32:40)

"For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you." (Isa 54:10)

"Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me." (Ps 50:15)

"The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth." (Ps 145:18)

"And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Act 2:21)

"For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened." (Lk 11:10)