Believe God - He Can
By: Danny Wallace
God has set us free from the bondage of the Old Covenant to be ministers of His New Covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the New Covenant, the Spirit gives life, writing words of love, mercy, and Grace on the very lining of our hearts. God sent us Jesus, and He is asking us to live in the glory of His completed sacrifice. In this single step of faith, our true destiny is revealed, and true life begins.
I am reminded today of a powerful line from the movie, “The Help.” Miss Hilly Holbrook had been secretly “put in her place” by a new book called, “The Help,” that was really just an expose’ of how black maids were treated by white women in the 1950’s. The maid whose stories were the inspiration for the book, Aibileen Clark, was being fired because Miss Hilly had accused her of stealing pieces of silver from the family. Of course, it was all a lie, and everyone knew it was a lie. Aibileen took a quick step toward Miss Hilly, coming nose-to-nose with her as she said, “You are a Godless woman. All you do is run around trying to scare and intimidate people. Ain’t you tired, Miss Hilly? Ain’t you tired?”
It is a question that I believe our Lord asks of us today, as tears stream down His glorious face. Surely we are tired of clinging to a covenant that He took such abuse and cursing to free us from – to the point that I can almost hear Him ask us through the tears, “Ain’t you tired Church? Ain’t you tired?”
What a heavy burden we have passed on from generation to generation since the glorious sacrifice of our Lord. It was a sacrifice that rendered the spotless, Lamb of God a “curse” on our behalf.
GALATIANS 3:13 says, “ Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into Himself. Do you remember the Scripture that says, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”? That is what happened when Jesus was nailed to the cross: He became a curse, and at the same time dissolved the curse. And now, because of that, the air is cleared and we can see that Abraham’s blessing is present and available for non-Jews, too. We are all able to receive God’s life, His Spirit, in and with us by believing—just the way Abraham received it.”
Clinging to the Old Covenant drives us deep into division, hatred, and judgment over one another. At a time when The Church needs to stand in the glory of the Lord and His finished sacrifice – we are found divided, strategizing, and deciding whom within the family is “favored,” and who should be shunned, and damned forever. Surely the face of our Lord is washed with tears to witness His children in such competition and disarray.
The end draws nearer with each passing day. A light must be held high into the darkness so that all of God’s children can come home. The Jew, and the Gentile – the weak, and the strong, have all been purchased by God’s own blood. Hold the light of Jesus high for all to see in these perilous days ahead. Turn your ear away from gossip and criticism, and seal your lips from idle talk, and vicious slander. With your ear, hear the voice of the Spirit say, “Come to me.” And with your lips, speak with joy the glorious name of “Jesus.”
Release what is fulfilled, and walk in the steps of the One who is the author, and the finisher of our faith. Logic can’t reason how the miracle could possibly happen, and neither can the Law cause it to be. Now this is faith: “Believe God – He can.”