Five Secrets for Peace in a Storm
The longer format allows us to explore the world that the story is set in - in more depth - and gain a deeper understanding of the characters in it. So, what is this world like? An alternate history, set in five years before the events of the comic , the United States now called the Great States has become an aristocracy, ruled by the families of several wealth industrialists called the Great Houses. As our story opens, the daughter of one of those Houses, Elizabeth Weldsmore, has married below her station: her former bodyguard and Pinkerton detective Samuel Hunter.
Her father, head of the Weldsmore house and essentially American royalty, is understandably not thrilled about the match. To make matters worse, Elizabeth begins to have visions of the future—an affliction she had hoped she had managed to get rid of. It also provides some background and origins for the characters we first met in the comic. Either way, both the comic and the novel are highly recommended. He was tempted in all points as we are, but He never sinned.
We do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin" Hebrews We are now told to walk even as He walked. Is that possible here on earth? Would God tell us to do something that He knows very well we cannot do? That is unimaginable. Even earthly fathers do not make unreasonable demands on their children. How much less God! Some of the saddest words written in the New Testament are found in Matthew - " He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief ".
The parallel passage in Mark states, " He could not do any miracle there ". He had wanted to do great things for those people in His home-town. They needed those miracles too. But He was limited by their unbelief. I wonder if there have been miracles that God had wanted to do for you , but which He could not do, because of your unbelief.
At the judgement-seat of Christ, will any of us have to hear these words, "I could not do all that I wanted for you and through you, because of your unbelief? It is good to think about it now. My early years as a born-again Christian were spent among a group of assemblies that majored on the study of the Scriptures. I am, in one sense, thankful to God for this, for it enabled me to have a good basic knowledge of the Scriptures. But their study was mostly through human reason, without the revelation of the Holy Spirit.
We studied the Bible like students study chemistry in school. We discovered the meanings of the Old Testament types etc. I knew that God had forgiven my sins; but I didn't have faith for anything more. When I saw the truth of the baptism in the Spirit in the Word and began to seek God for it, I found that I just couldn't believe. I fasted and prayed and was willing to pay any price for it, but I found it extremely difficult to believe that God had heard my request and granted it.
Jesus taught that whenever we prayed we were to believe that we had already received what we had asked for. I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you" Mark It took me a long time - many years - to come to simple, childlike faith in that statement. Finally, by God's grace, I did break through to believe that God had heard my prayer and granted it. I was baptized in the Spirit, by faith. The gift of tongues that unexpectedly followed, was then only a confirmation of what I had already received by faith.
As I look back now over those years of struggling, I see clearly that what hindered me was unbelief. The same principle applies in entering into a life of victory over sin. We can fast and pray and thirst - and still never get anywhere - until we believe that God can and will lead us into such a life. Satan knows that you can't get anything from God except through faith. So you can imagine how he will try to fill your heart with unbelief. Unbelief is a greater danger than lying or adultery, for these latter are easily recognized as sins, whereas unbelief isn't.
Hebrews says, Take care, brethren, lest there should be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart, in falling away from the living God. An evil heart of unbelief can cause us to fall away from God. Unbelief is the root cause of all the other sins - as we shall see in a subsequent chapter. Romans states, Sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law, but under grace. There the Holy Spirit tells us very plainly that if we are under grace, sin cannot have dominion over us.
That is so plainly written that even a child can understand it. In spite of that, many believers still do not believe in the possibility of living a life of victory over sin. God wants you to live in victory. It doesn't matter how dirty your thought-life is, or how long you have been defeated by anger. The Lord can set you completely free and give you a pure heart. But He can't do it for you until you believe. The Bible says that what we believe in our heart, we must confess with our mouth. Romans states, With the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation".
This is an important principle - for it is through the confession of our mouth that we give expression to our faith. This in turn leads to deliverance from sin's power. And so we must speak the word of our testimony to Satan, saying, "I believe that God is going to lead me into a life of victory over sin. They overcame him Satan because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death.
Keep making that confession, each time you fall, until victory becomes a reality in your life. Don't be discouraged if it doesn't come overnight. God will surely honour the confession of your mouth. You too can overcome Satan. A bad habit that many believers have is that of taking God's Word lightly.
Take Jesus' words in Matthew , 37 for example: Every careless idle word that men shall speak, they shall render account for it in the day of judgement. For by your words you shall be justified and by your words you shall be condemned. Most believers do not believe that they will have to literally give an account for every single useless word that they have spoken. When we really believe this, all backbiting, gossiping, evil-speaking and anger will be eliminated from our lives.
All who take these words of Jesus seriously will be radical in cutting out useless words from every part of their speech. Jesus says here that we will be justified by our words. We all know about justification by faith. But faith without works is dead, and a faith that does not cleanse our speech is a dead faith. Think of all the words that you have spoken or written during the last three months - at home and in the office, to husband, wife, children, servants etc. Would a tape-recording of your speech prove that you are a justified child of God, different from the world around you?
Or would your words be similar to the speech of unbelievers? The speech of many believers has not been cleansed, because they have not taken the words of Jesus seriously. This in turn is because they do not fear God. They fear men more than they fear God. We cannot hope to make spiritual progress in our life if we don't develop the habit of taking God's word seriously. James says, If any one thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless.
If a man cannot control his tongue, his Christianity is worthless - for, as Jesus said, the words we speak show what our heart is like. The way we use our tongue is one of the clearest indications of our spiritual condition. Here is another example: God's Word says that husbands should never be bitter against their wives.
Husbands, love your wives, and do not be embittered against them. Colossians What does that mean? Does it permit a husband to be bitter against his wife even once? We know that when God's Word forbids adultery or murder, we must not commit such sins even once.
Yet when we read that a husband should not be bitter against his wife, it does not hit us with the same force. Why is that? It's because we pick and choose which commands of God's Word are serious and which are not. We don't realise that all of God's Word must be taken seriously.
Those who take every word of God seriously will mourn over their sin, each time they fail. Thus they will find the comfort strength of the Holy Spirit, and be led into a life of victory. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted strengthened.
Matthew Thus you will prove that you fear God - and the fear of God is the beginning of that wisdom that leads to a victorious life. God looks with grace and favour at those who are broken and contrite in their spirit and who tremble at His Word. God has always required obedience from man. Under the old covenant, the Israelites were given commandments to obey. But they discovered that they could not keep God's laws perfectly.
Under the new covenant, God promises to write His laws in our hearts and minds so that we will not only obey Him but love to obey Him. God's promise is: I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.
Obedience however is something that many believers have not understood. Most believers have so misunderstood 'grace' that they consider obedience to be an Old Covenant requirement. God's commandments, as a result, are considered to be a heavy burden.
This is a Satanic deception. It is the result of an ignorance of God's love. All of God's commandments are for our good and are meant to set us free. They all originate in the heart of a God Who loves us perfectly. Moses says concerning God giving His laws to Israel at Sinai , " At God's right hand there was a fiery law for His people - indeed this proves that He loves His people " Deuteronomy , 3 - margin.
The fact that God gives us His laws is a proof of His intense love for us. Some of God's commandments may require self-denial on our part. But in the long run we will discover that they are for our very best. A father doesn't give commands to his children to burden them or harm them - but only to help them. This is how we need to see the commands that God gives us too. To have faith is to believe in a God Who is perfect in love. When we have such faith, we will delight to do God's commandments, at any cost. Here lies the reason for so much of our defeat. The Devil has convinced people that God's commandments are either unnecessary, or a burden.
If we don't understand why God calls us to do something, that only proves our own immaturity. One day, when we are a little more mature, we will understand. When children are compelled to go to school, they may not understand why their parents won't allow them to stay at home and play. They may think their parents are being very hard towards them. But it is love that makes those parents compel their children to get an education. Like those little children, we too don't often understand God's ways.
But if we believed in His love, we would obey all His Word and submit to all His dealings, without any question. Consider the matter of suffering. Why does a God of love allow us to go through suffering?
That's because suffering is a part of the syllabus in our spiritual education. It is through suffering that God leads us on to maturity. If you have not had much opportunity to suffer, you certainly could not have learnt much in life that has any spiritual value. Perhaps you grumbled and complained so much the last time you had a little suffering, that God now allows you to go your own way. That is sad, when God puts you on the shelf like that.
I'd rather go through suffering every day of my life than be set aside by God on a shelf. It is foolish to compare ourselves with others, when God leads us through suffering. That would be like your children wondering why they have to go to school when the poor children in the slums can play in the mud all day. All of God's dealings with us are in perfect love. He wants us to be happy - not with the superficial, frothy happiness of the world, but with that deep, everlasting happiness that comes through holiness of life.
And there is just no way to be holy except through suffering. He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness. Jesus was the happiest man Who ever walked on this earth. Yet He was the One Who suffered the most. His happiness came out of doing the will of His Father - not by having an easy way through life. That was the secret of His life. The root cause of all our spiritual problems lies in our not knowing God as a Loving Father and a Sovereign God. One truth that has revolutionized my Christian life is the glorious revelation that Jesus gave us that the Father loves us just as He loved Him,.
Jesus prayed to the Father, All Christians believe theoretically in a loving Father in heaven. But the fact that they are often worried and anxious and so full of insecurity and fear, proves that they don't believe it deep down in their hearts. There are very few who would dare to believe that God loves them as much as he loves Jesus! None of us could dare to believe such a truth if Jesus had not plainly told us that it was so.
Once your eyes are opened to this glorious truth, it will change your whole outlook on life. All murmuring and depression and gloom will vanish from your life altogether. I know this can happen, for it happened to me.http://sf.saymon.info/myd-how-to.php
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I lived in bondage to depression for many years and was defeated. That was not God's will for me; but I just couldn't break free from it. Things have been different for me ever since my eyes were opened to the truth that God loves me just as He loves Jesus. I now see that everything that comes my way has come from the hand of a loving Father.
I've seen that He cares for me as the apple of His eye; and so no circumstance in life can ever make me grumble or get depressed now. I have learnt, as Paul says, the secret of being content and praising God in all my circumstances. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. It's not because you don't fast and pray sufficiently that you are not entering into the victorious life.
Victory comes, not through self-effort but through faith. Faith in God's perfect love for you. Many believers live under the condemnation of Satan who keeps telling them, "You are not fasting enough. You are not praying enough. You are not witnessing enough. You are not studying the Bible enough", etc. They are constantly being whipped up by such thoughts of self-condemnation into an endless round of activity and into a multitude of dead works.
Do you realise that all your self-discipline, fasting, praying, tithing and witnessing are dead works, if they do not originate in love for God? And they cannot originate in love unless you are secure in God's love first. Paul's prayer for the Christians at Ephesus was that they might be rooted and grounded in the love of God. The Ephesian Christians were already converted and baptised in the Spirit.
Yet they needed to be strengthened by the Spirit in the inner man so that they might be rooted and grounded in God's perfect love for them, understanding the length, breadth, height and depth of that love. It was only after that, that Paul went on to speak of the gifts by which the body of Christ can be built up. To each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift That perfect security in the love of God must be underneath us always. We must be rooted and grounded in it, if our ministry is to be effective.
Elsewhere, the New Testament speaks of this as " entering into rest ". He then urges us to strive with all our hearts to enter this rest: " Let us be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall through following the same example of disobedience " Hebrews It is easy to fall away when we are not ' resting ' in perfect security in the love of God. The world is full of people who are looking for someone to love them. Many Christians go from church to church, wanting to be loved.
Some seek for love in friendships and some in marriage. But all this search can end in disappointment. Like orphans, the children of Adam are insecure and as a result are again and again overcome by bouts of self-pity. The sad thing is that even after conversion, many still remain insecure, when there is no need for them to be so.
What is the answer of the gospel to this problem? The answer is to find our security in the love of God. Jesus repeatedly told His disciples that the hairs on their head were all numbered and that a God Who fed the millions of birds and clothed the millions of flowers would certainly take care of them. A greater argument than all of that, is: He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up freely for us, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things " Romans One reason why God allows us at times to be disappointed with our fellow human beings is so that we might learn to stop leaning on man.
He desires to free us from such idolatry for it is a form of idolatry to depend on man , so that we might learn to lean wholly upon Him alone. And so when God orders your circumstances in such a way that you are disappointed on every side, that shouldn't discourage you. It is just God weaning you away from the arm of flesh so that you might learn to live by faith in Him. Learn to find your security in the fact that God loves you as He loved Jesus. All competition and jealousy among Christians arises out of this same insecurity. A man who is secure in the love of God and who believes that God made no mistake in making him the way He made him, and in giving him the gifts and talents He gave him, can never possibly be jealous of another or compete with another.
All problems of relationships among believers are also basically due to this same insecurity.
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Just think how many of your problems will be solved when your eyes are opened to this one truth - that God loves you exactly as He loves Jesus. Life becomes wonderful when we see that God has a purpose - a glorious purpose - in everything He permits to come into our lives.
When He says 'No' to our prayers, that too is an answer that comes from a heart of perfect love. When God sent fiery serpents to bite the Israelites in the wilderness, was that out of love? The Lord sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. Numbers That was certainly an act of love, for that was the means that God used to make those Israelites repent and turn back to Him so that He could bless them. He wanted to bless them, but He could not do so until they had repented.
I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for calamity - to give you a future and a hope Jeremiah One reason why God has permitted this world to be an uncomfortable place to live in - with disease and sickness and poisonous snakes etc. And so we can see how God uses even the evil that Satan causes , to work for the furtherance of His purposes. When we meet the ransomed in eternity, and hear their stories, we will discover more fully how God used snake-bites, financial difficulties, cancers etc. We will also hear how God used suffering to sanctify His children so that they might partake of His nature.
In that day, we will thank God for many things that we could not understand here on earth. But the man of faith does not have to wait until that day. He believes in God's wisdom and love right now - and so he has already begun to give thanks for everything.
The ultimate purpose in all of God's dealings with us is that we might partake of His nature. God works all things together for our good - the good being that we might be conformed to the likeness of His Son. God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren".
Romans , Why does God allow us at times to lose money accidentally, or to be cheated by unscrupulous people. Many of us have had the experience of having our pockets picked in crowded trains and buses. I've always made it a point to pray for the thief or the cheat on such occasions. But apart from that, God also desires to detach us from an inordinate attachment to money and material things. He doesn't want us to be so calculating, that we worry over every rupee that we lose and rejoice over every rupee that we gain!
He wants us to find our joy in Him - a joy that cannot be increased by any material gain or decreased by any material loss. Jesus walked on earth like that - and we are called to walk even as He walked. If someone had given Jesus a gift of ten thousand denarii, out of gratitude for His ministry, that would not have increased Jesus' joy even slightly. His joy was already full and overflowing in His Father.
At the same time, Jesus' joy would not have decreased through any material loss either. Judas Iscariot was often pilfering much of the money that came in as gifts to Jesus. Jesus knew about it; and although He must have felt sorry for Judas, He was never disturbed over the loss of the money itself. What a different story it is today, with many preachers, and their attitudes to the offerings of God's people! But let us leave the preachers alone! What about us? Can our joy be increased or decreased by material things?
Then we certainly need to work out our salvation from such an attitude, by judging ourselves. If you are really earnest about partaking of the life of Jesus, God will allow a thousand-and-one things to happen to you, in order to deliver you from the love of material things, from seeking the honour of men, from self-pity and many other un-Christlike attitudes. Few find this way to the abundant life in Christ because few are willing to pay the price - of total death to Self. We cannot live by faith if we do not die to Self. If we are not willing to be crucified with Christ, our knowledge of God's perfect love will always remain theoretical.
We cannot be the disciples of Jesus, if we do not forsake everything of this world,. Jesus said, No one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions. We looked at John earlier: I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, that the world may know that Thou didst send Me, and didst love them, even as Thou didst love Me.
Jesus wasn't praying there for the world or for carnal Christians. He was praying for His eleven disciples who had forsaken everything to follow Him. Those disciples could find a security in the Father's love that carnal Christians and worldly people could never know. Why is any Christian a carnal Christian? Isn't it because the Devil has deceived him into thinking that he can be happier if, instead of yielding himself totally to God, he tries to get "the best of both worlds" as they say.
But this is a deception. If we believed in God's perfect love, we would gladly give up everything for Him, unreservedly. We would then be totally free from anxiety. Philippians , 7 commands us: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Carnal Christians are always wondering whether their boat will sink in the middle of the storm. Jesus could sleep right through the storm, because He was secure in the love of His Father. He knew that the Devil couldn't drown Him so easily. His Father was watching over Him all the time. How wonderful life becomes when we realise that the extent to which the Father loved and cared for Jesus, He loves and cares for us too. When we finally see God, we will be surprised to discover how much greater His love for us was, than we had ever imagined.
We will then realise how foolish all our anxieties were. But what will be the use of realising it then? Now is the time to have our eyes opened to the fact of God's love and to live by faith. There is a tremendous comfort in it for all of us. It says, God is faithful, Who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able , but with the temptation trial will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.
People often say that they are going through unbearable trials and sorrows. That may be true for the children of Adam; but it certainly cannot be true for the disciples of Jesus - for God watches carefully over every trial and temptation that comes their way. Satan and those who hate us, may desire to trouble us in many ways. But they cannot get at us without God's permission.
Even in the Old Testament, Satan realised that God had put a hedge around Job, so that no evil could touch him. Satan told God, Hast Thou not made a hedge about Job and his house and all that he has, on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. Job But for Job's sanctification, God allowed that hedge to be opened up, and Satan was permitted to attack him. The extent of the opening in the hedge was however determined by God.
It was opened a little bit initially Job 1 and a little more later on Job 2. The Sabeans and the Chaldeans who stole Job's property had all come through the opening that God had made in that hedge. The Sabeans attacked and took them. They also slew the servants with the edge of the sword The Chaldeans formed three bands and made a raid on the camels and took them and slew the servants with the edge of the sword. The storm that blew down the house on Job's children, also came through that same opening in the hedge.
The opening however was not wide enough for disease to come through to attack Job's body. But later, when God opened up the hedge a little more, disease too could come through and afflict Job. Job didn't realise initially that God was in control of everything that was going on. He realised it much later - at the end of the story. But we can't blame him, for he did not have the written Scriptures, as we have. But now we have the Word of God to show us Who controls the opening in the hedge.
The hedge is actually God Himself as a wall of fire around us. For I will be a wall of fire around her, and I will be the glory in her midst, says the Lord" Zechariah But, as we read in the Old Testament about Elisha's servant, our eyes are often blind and we don't see the wall of fire that surrounds us.
Elisha however saw it and so he had no fear. When the attendant of the man of God Elisha had risen early and gone out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was circling the city. And his servant said to him, 'Alas, my master! What shall we do? The servant was terrified because he couldn't see what Elisha saw. When Elisha prayed for him, his eyes were opened. Then he came to rest. We need to have our eyes opened too. God knows when to close up the hedge too. He controls our circumstances very carefully and exactly, according to our spiritual capacity and according to our eagerness to press on to His highest.
When we are spiritually immature and weak, God won't allow us to be tempted by any massive temptation. Neither will He allow Satan to attack us too violently. At the same time, if God sees that we are not interested in His purpose for our lives, He will allow us to have an easy way through life.
The loss will then be ours in eternity. It was because Job was one of God's chosen servants that God allowed him to face such intense suffering. God won't allow that in everyone's life, for few have matured to the place where they can bear it. Very few are interested in such spiritual maturity, in any case. Jesus was taken by His Father through every possible temptation that we can ever face. It was thus that He became perfect. See Hebrews : We do not have a high priest who cannot sympathise with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Look at Hebrews as well : In the days of His flesh, when He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and who was heard because of His piety.
Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered; and having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation". That's how Jesus completed His education as a Man and became perfect. There is no other way for us to be perfect either. The fact that God won't ever allow us to be tempted or tried beyond our ability is the reason why we can be sure that we can live in victory all the time.
If it were not for God's guarantee given to us in 1 Corinthians , we could not have had such confidence. God guarantees that every trial and temptation that comes our way is conquerable. Why then do we fall? It is to humble ourselves - even to the death of the cross, as Jesus did. He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. This is the narrow way to the abundant life, that few find. Pride is so deeply rooted in the flesh, that few find this glorious way of humility - or even understand what it means to humble oneself.
This is indeed a mystery - but God will reveal it to all who are wholehearted. We may think that it is the pressures of life that make life unbearable for us. Actually, it is our pride - the high thoughts that we have about ourselves - that make life difficult.
I have meditated on this at times when I have had to travel in a crowded, unreserved compartment in a train.
Not having a seat to sit on, I've had to sit on the floor in a corner, or at times to stand. The compartment is packed with people and luggage, right at the starting station. It gets worse at each station along the way, with more people and more luggage coming in.
The pressure constantly increases. And then I've thought, "If only I could become the size of an ant here, there would be no more pressure on me. A fatter man would certainly find it worse! It all depends on our size. An ant however, would find that crowded compartment quite spacious, and wouldn't be complaining about the pressure at all. That anyway, is the answer spiritually. When the pressure increases from the outside, if I can become smaller and smaller in my own eyes, the pressure eases and gradually disappears.
God desires to reduce us. He has to reduce us to nothing in our own estimation, before He can fulfil His purpose through us. Why, for example, do we get offended with others? Isn't it because we have a high opinion about ourselves and about our rights? We feel that people are not giving us the respect that we deserve, or perhaps that they are taking away our rights. We feel hurt when people speak evil about us behind our backs. It is our bloated pride that causes us such suffering. Prick that balloon of pride and when we are truly deflated, we'll find that there is no pressure at all.
While people around us are complaining about a thousand-and-one things, we will have no complaints whatsoever, because we have taken the way of escape - of humbling ourselves. There is yet another reason why God wants us to humble ourselves - and that is, in order to give us His grace. However much He may love us, He cannot give us His grace, if we are proud.
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And if we don't get grace from God, we cannot live in victory. The power of temptation can be overcome only by the power of God's grace. Under the Law the old covenant , people struggled and struggled against temptation in their hearts, but were always defeated. Saul of Tarsus lived a perfect life according to the external standards of God's laws. In Philippians , he gives his testimony concerning his own life, " As to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless ". Yet he found that he was powerless against lust and covetousness in his heart.
He says in Romans ,. The Law could not enable people to keep their hearts pure from lust.
It was not meant to. The Law was meant to show man his sinfulness and his helplessness against the lusts of the flesh, and to keep him from external sin through the fear of punishment. A man could have a perfect life externally, in the eyes of men, through the Law. Yet his heart could be like a sewer of sin!
That was the best that the Law could accomplish. But the good news of the new covenant through Jesus Christ, is that what the Law could not do, grace can. God's grace is not just His undeserved favour forgiving our sins. It is more than that. It is God's power that can enable us to overcome sin. In 2 Corinthians , ' grace ' is equated with ' power ', for the Lord says, " My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness. Let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.
Then we can keep our heart from being defiled by lust and covetousness. This is the good news of the new covenant. In Hebrews God says, " I will put My laws into their minds and I will write them upon their hearts ". Under the old covenant the Law , God told man, " Thou shalt But notice in this verse that under the new covenant, God Himself takes the responsibility saying, "I will put God does His work in our minds and hearts through the Spirit of grace.
That river is still flowing as a waterfall from God's throne to earth today. The inhabitants of God's heavenly Jerusalem the church may still come under that waterfall and be drenched with God's grace.