Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
When you begin to appreciate that the Ten Commandments have become ten promises, life becomes a constant springtime, a mountain-peak experience. Yes, it means you will never fall into sin.
It means that the Good Shepherd has found you, the lost sheep, and is bearing you (present tense) on His shoulder back home (Luke 15:3-6). It means that the Lord Jesus will hold you by your "right hand," telling you over and over "Don't be afraid!" (Isa. 41:13).
It means that on the unknown pathway of life "Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, 'This is the way, walk in it,' whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left" (Isa. 30:21). That "word" won't necessarily be an audible Voice; it's a "word" that the ears of your soul will hear distinctly. Talk about a new Navigation System! Believe that truth in the Preamble to the Ten and you have that system built-in to your soul from now on.
If you're a teen, that's a huge burden lifted from your heart; you wonder what you're going to do in life, or who you're going to marry: your Navigation System will guide your every step.
If you're an elderly person, you can look back and sing Hallelujah that the dear Lord has already held you by the hand and saved you from innumerable pitfalls, the most horrible of which is the "dominion" of sin (Rom. 6:14).
A galaxy of New Covenant promises is in Ezekiel 36: "You shall be clean ... from all your idols," you are given "a new heart," there's "a new spirit" installed within you, the old "heart of stone" that has plagued you all your life, removed, the Holy Spirit is placed "within you," and your greatest joy becomes "walking in [the Lord's] statutes" (vss. 25-27).
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: April 27, 2006.
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