Perception Built On The Divine Law Of Love – 2016 February Fast (Day 2): Devotion By Rev. Geoffrey Muchai
The first couple of days of a long fast are normally difficult because of the war between the flesh and the spirit so, rest assure that as we continue, the flesh will just die as the spirit man arises in grace and truth.
Today, I would like us to consider the following admonition from Jesus:
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.Matthew 22:37-40
When the Israelites received the law from God, they focused more on what God had said instead of what He meant. This was not a bad thing by the way but there was something deeper to what God had given them.
God had given them a constitution as a nation but they missed out on the heart of the Father’s plan and so Jesus had to come to reveal this.
One of the dangers of being born again for a number of years is that you can get used to hearing from God to the point where you assume He always means the same thing. If in doubt, ask Moses.
The Israelites were perfect in executing laws such as:
Your eye shall not pity. It shall be life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.Deuteronomy 19:21
So when God began revealing the mystery of grace, all those that were fixated on this mindset were completely thrown aback.
It is impossible for us to be delivered from such a state of religion without our acknowledgement of such degradation within us. God wants us to acknowledge that we don’t know how to keep the law so that He can write this law of love in our hearts. God was never after a people that could keep the law but a people whom He could write the law in their hearts.
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.Hebrews 8:10
It is only when God writes His law in our hearts and puts it in our minds that we can be able to love our neighbours as ourselves. The law described in this passage is not the letter but the Spirit of truth. The truth concerning who God says we are and who we are to Him i.e. sons.
The process of discerning one another in Christ starts from the place of acknowledging the work of God in our lives first and realising that the same work is taking place in the lives of all men; whether they are born again or not. When we realise this then we are able to appreciate people irrespective of where they are in life. Be it dead-in-sin, backslidden, religious or even Spirit-filled-tongue-talking-devil-killing-hell-chain-breaking, etc.
God is in the business of people. Any other business you try to get into without this in mind will just fail.
Today, let us lay down all that we have heard about God and let us allow Him to remove every perception as He installs new insight and perspective based on His commandment of love.
Let us also repent for the way we have seen people in the law and let us pray for a new perspective/insight/vision to see people from the lens of grace and truth.
Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.2 Corinthians 3:4-6