Day Two: Fill’er Up!

Ezekiel 36:26-28 (NIV)I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.

Jeremiah 31:33-34 (NIV)
“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel
   after that time,” declares the Lord.
“I will put my law in their minds
   and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
   and they will be my people.
No longer will they teach their neighbor,
   or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me,
   from the least of them to the greatest,”
declares the Lord.
“For I will forgive their wickedness
   and will remember their sins no more.”

While God’s culture forming laws were first introduced to ancient Israel in Exodus 20-23, we also read in Ezekiel and Jeremiah that God had a plan make the eternal law an internal reality. By the work of the Spirit, it is no longer a matter striving to live up to the demands of some external law by your own means. On the contrary, living according to the law is “natural” for Spirit-filled people because the law is in them. When we realize that the Spirit has written the law in our heart and minds, it becomes a matter of simply “flowing” and “keeping in step” with the Spirit.

Spend time praying throughout the day for renewed filling of the Spirit. Listen to music that opens your heart the Spirit. Living out God’s culture in this world is much easier as you and I are filled with the Spirit of God. The Spirit will help us live naturally according to the law already written on our hearts and minds.

– ES