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We have a choice as to how to live, but our quality of life depends on whether we choose to live under the old or under the new covenant. There are people in the world who cannot find value or significance in who they are, and these broken people need emotional healing. We find what we need not from any external source, but only through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Living under the correct covenant is important because it brings us into direct contact with Jesus, the author of healing and wholeness. Christ is able to heal like no doctor or medication can, and there is real power in a covenant relationship with Him. God deals with us through covenants, and if we are living under the wrong covenant, the wrong things will happen in our lives. The covenant of the law has expired, and the covenant of grace that Jesus established is now in force; living under this new covenant empowers us to exchange all the bad in our lives for the good things that God wants for us.
When we are expecting things from God, it is important to be aware of the covenant under which we are living. We can expect different things from each agreement, and we do not want to live in expectation of something that is not in the agreement. God wants to bless us abundantly, but a religious mindset will keep us struggling and wondering why we are not receiving from Him. The Law of Moses was only between God and the Jews, but the current covenant of grace is between God and Jesus; all believers—Jew and Gentile alike—are the beneficiaries. The old covenant was based on performance and God’s blessings were contingent on how well the people kept the law. The new covenant is based on faith; the only requirement to be blessed is to be born again and accept what Jesus has already done. This means that to see any manifestations from God, we no longer have to perform empty works, but simply use our faith consistently.
When we go through dry spells in our lives in which we see no manifestations, we need to understand how faith gets us through those times. The issue is never about having more, bigger, or stronger faith, but about consistency in using it. We need to keep our faith out on the field, and continue to employ it until we see the results we want. The enemy wants us to faint spiritually during times of adversity, and he hopes we will abandon our faith and quit. We become spiritually dry when we stop trusting in God, but our trust has no correlation to our feelings. As believers, we do not live by feelings, but by faith. In between seed time and harvest time, constantly and consistently working our faith will bring us to the point where we can finally reap our harvest.
In our prayer lives, praying in the Holy Spirit takes us to a deeper spiritual level than praying in our own language ever could. Praying in tongues bypasses our intellectual understanding, and brings us to the point where we must rely on inspiration from the Holy Spirit. Many churches do not teach about tongues because they do not understand it, but this is where the deeper manifestations of God begin. When we pray in this manner, not only are we depending on the Spirit to give us utterance, but we are also building up our spirits, our souls, and our physical bodies. In the New Testament we see Jesus, Himself, praying in the Holy Spirit during His most difficult and painful times. Groaning in the Spirit is one of the most powerful things Christians can do when we feel the need to pray but we do not know the right words. If we want to change the world, we begin by praying with groanings too deep for words in order to receive power from the Holy Spirit to successfully do so.
We can accomplish great exploits if we know God, but to know Him, we must correctly interpret His Word. Many people today think they know God, but they have an incorrect interpretation of the Bible. If the Word of God is taught wrong, we will believe wrong, and wrong-believing leads to wrong-living. God deals with us through covenants; the major biblical covenants are the covenant of Abraham, the expired Law of Moses, and the current covenant of grace. All three covenants were sealed with blood, but unlike the first two agreements that were marked by animal blood, the covenant of grace involved the blood of Jesus, Himself. This third covenant also differs from the other two in that the only requirement to be forgiven of sin and in right-standing with God is to believe in His Son. The knowledge of this allows us to walk in the blessings God wants for us.
To commune with the Holy Spirit means to get to know Him intimately. This type of relationship is important, because He is the administrator of the new covenant of grace under which we live. In this covenant, we need to believe in Jesus and His finished work; the Holy Spirit guides us and helps us to do that. A relationship with Him involves two-way communication and fellowship, which includes praying in the Spirit to sharpen our awareness of when He is speaking to us. God wants to converse with us all the time, not just at church, and He wants to teach us things about life that we could never discern on our own. The covenant of grace has many layers to it, and we need the Spirit of grace to take us through each one. Speaking in tongues is a vital part of our union with Him, and this type of prayer brings us multiple benefits.