Day 1: 25th May – Thursday The Holy Spirit and the New Covenant

Under the Old Covenant, Israel failed to keep their commitment to obey God’s laws and to have no other gods beside Him. God is always one step ahead. He made a new Covenant with His people in which He undertook to help them live in obedience to Him. While the old Covenant was sealed with the blood of an animal, the New Covenant has been sealed with the blood of Jesus.

Under the New Covenant God has covenanted to put His Spirit within us so that we would obey His laws and keep His commandments,
to make us new creatures in Christ Jesus;
to have a new relationship with God;
to renew our spirits;
to give us new hearts of love;
to give us new desires;
To enable us to obey His Law and Commandments.

We invite you to prayerfully meditate on the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. May we hold nothing back from Him. May He draw us into His guidance and enable us to do away with all the old sinful things and become truly new creations in Christ.

The sense of transformation and the Spirit at work will begin at once; but the visible transformation may come immediately as we commit to Christ, or it may take some time to let go of old habits, speech and thought patterns, remnants of a former, Christless existence. With our hands outstretched and willing to receive, the Holy Spirit will pour into our hands all we need to make us more Christlike day by day.

Prayer: Lord, because you have made me, I owe you the whole of my love; because you have redeemed me, I owe you the whole of myself; because you have promised so much, I owe you my whole being. Moreover, I owe you as much more love than yourself as you are greater than I, for whom you gave yourself and to whom you promised yourself. I pray you, Lord, make me taste by love what I taste by knowledge; let me know by love what I know by understanding. I owe you more than my whole self, but I have no more, and by myself I cannot render the whole of it to you. Draw me to you, Lord, in the fullness of your love. I am wholly yours by creation; make me all yours, too, in love. (Anselm 1033-1109)