God's Holy Fire: 'Confirmation!'

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Holy Spirit confirms this: This new plan I'm making with Israel isn't going to be written on paper, isn't going to be chiseled in stone [says the Lord] ; This time I'm writing out the plan in them, carving it on the lining of their hearts.
— Hebrews 10:15-16 MESSAGE

Key Thought

The Holy Spirit used the prophet Jeremiah to speak of a coming new covenant with his people where the Spirit of God places the will of God on their hearts (Jeremiah 31:31-34), and the writer of Hebrews references that prophecy in today's verses. There won't be a need for a written law because it will be written on their hearts. The apostle Paul connects this promise with the coming of the Holy Spirit to the followers of Jesus so that the Spirit can conform them to Christ (2 Corinthians 3:1-18). While we must seek God's truth in the Scriptures, our ultimate goal is to have the Spirit write the will of God on our hearts. Let's seek to have that goal happen in us by seeking Jesus with all of our heart and inviting the Spirit to transform us from the inside out.

Today's Prayer

O Father, I thank you for the Bible, and I pledge to seek your truth in the Scriptures. At the same time, Father, I open my heart and ask that the Holy Spirit write your will on my heart. Give me discernment and wisdom so that I can understand truth, recognize deception, and resist temptation. I want to be your holy child — loving you with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Illustration

Illustration of Hebrews 10:15-16 MESSAGE —

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About This Devotional

God's Holy Fire is a daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Thoughts and Prayer for God's Holy Fire are written by Phil Ware.

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