A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, July 31, 2014
“Then the Lord said to me, ‘Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying: ‘Hear the words of this covenant and do them.”’ – Jeremiah 11:6
What or who are you straining to hear, my brother? What things, situations, and people have blocked your ears from hearing the truth concerning you, my sister? The Lord commands us to listen to the words of His covenant, and do them.
To “hear,” as used in this verse, is shama (pr. shaw-mah), which means “to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention and obedience), attentively call” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). The Lord is our Jehovah Shammah—“The Lord Who is there.”
Do you think that the Lord is not there for you? Then you better check again! “Never will I leave you nor forsake you” declares the One Who loves us with an everlasting love (Hebrews 13:5, Jeremiah 31:3). The Great “I AM” is not a man that He should lie, and every promise in Him is a resounding “YES” and “AMEN!” (Exodus 3:14, 2 Corinthians 1:20).
If you think God is not there with you, then maybe you need to stop listening to your flesh, and start listening with your faith. Just sayin’…:-). You cannot “hear intelligently with attention and obedience” if your flesh is in the way. The Father of us all assures us that if we call to Him, He will answer and tell us great mysteries that we do not know (Jeremiah 33:3).
Are you listening, family? Our Holy Hearer beckons us to put Him in remembrance of His Word (Isaiah 43:26); not because the Omniscient (All-Knowing) God forgets what He says, but rather so we can be built up in His every promise. As we continue to recite and come into agreement with our Great Covenant-Keeper, it builds us up and sparks great assurance and expectancy within our spirit!
The “covenant” that God establishes with every believer is beriyth (pr. ber-eeth), and is “a compact made by passing between pieces of flesh.” In the Old Testament days, when a weaker person, tribe, or nation was to cut covenant with a more powerful party, they would sacrifice a large animal by cutting it into two or more pieces (depending on how many parties were involved); the blood of the animal was spilled out, and the individuals would pass between the pieces of flesh; thus signifying that they were now one.
The covenant was meant to be immovable and irrevocable, and passed down to generations to come. Anyone who decided to break the covenant would be killed (like the dead flesh cut for the covenant). The weaker being immediately inherited all of the possessions and power of the stronger entity.
When Jesus Christ shed His Blood on the Cross for all humanity, which became the atonement for our sins, The Savior of the world opened up the invitation for all to cut covenant with the Father through Him, by the tearing of His flesh and the spilling of His Blood, which also tore the veil separating us from coming into the Holy of Holies and communing directly with the Father.
It is this covenant that speaks. The covenant of “God Who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).
Do you need some answers, my brother? Seem at a loss of what to do next, my sister? Then be still and know that God is indeed God (Psalm 46:10). And listen to the still, small voice of the Covenant (1 Kings 19:12), which came at such a monumentally-great and brutal price, paid for by the Lamb of God, Who opened not His mouth as He was led to the slaughter for you and for me (Isaiah 53:7).
Father, help us to be still and know that You are God—our God. Speak Lord, speak, for your sons and daughters are listening (1 Samuel 3:10). Help us to focus on our Covenant with You, established through Your Son at the great price of His life. We call forth the peace of your Holy Spirit, which surpasses all understanding, to wash over us right now (Philippians 4:7). In Jesus Name, we thank You for speaking to us continuously, and that we hear Your voice clearly, accurately, and loudly; and the voice of s stranger we will not follow (John 10:5). Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to listen to God’s voice through His covenant cut with you. Make a daily practice of being still and listening to what God desires to say to you. Spend quiet time in the Father’s Word morning, noon, and night. And continue to fight the good fight of hearing attentively and obediently for the Word of the Lord; for God, Who allowed Himself to be silenced on the Cross so that your ears could be opened, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.
All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.