Thursday, November 20, 2014

You Shall Not...

The old covenant law contained many "shall nots" which had a purpose that is now fulfilled. We are not under that old legislation anymore. Now we are under the new covenant where God provides all for us as a gift and we are free in Him. This covenant also contains some "shall nots" - yet they are so different from the old "shall nots" - rather than making me feel depressed and guilty, they make me feel safe and warm and joyful in Him! They are focused on our secure relationship with God rather than our erratic behavior, for the New Covenant has a relationship focus and not a works focus. These are the "shall nots" I have found in the new covenant. I only used Jesus' words in John. I'm sure if I looked through the rest of the New Testament, I could find many more! Anyway, here are those "shall nots" that I found:

His promises to us in the New Covenant of grace:

1 - You SHALL NOT hunger, but shall be fully satisfied with Him (John 6:35).

2 - You SHALL NOT thirst, but shall have within His very Spirit as an ever-flowing fountain of eternal life (John 4:14).

3 - You SHALL NOT walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (John 8:12).

4 - You SHALL NOT be a slave to sin or the devil's lies, but shall be free indeed (John 8:32-36).

5 - You SHALL NOT perish, but shall have everlasting life (John 3:16).

6 - You SHALL NOT be snatched from His hand, but shall be safe (John 10:27-8).

7 - You SHALL NOT come into judgment, but have already passed from death to life (John 5:24).

8 - You SHALL NOT follow a stranger, but shall know and follow your Shepherd (John 10:4-5).

9 - You SHALL NOT have your joy stolen, but shall rejoice with great joy (John 16:22).

10 - SHALL NOT be left desolate, but shall have the His Spirit with you always to comfort you (John 14:16-18)!

With His very Spirit inside us as our best friend and LIFE, holding us, loving us, keeping us, living through us AS us, how can we go wrong? If God is for us, who can be against us? We shall not be put to shame but will always be led in triumph, love and grace! All as a gift through Jesus' work for us and His wonderful grace, not ever through our efforts! What a wonderful covenant the New Covenant is!


  1. When I read this I got chills and a huge rush of energy ,excitement,peace ,and joy.I connect and I feel his love so deep ! I read your last post to and can closely relate . Thank you Sparrow and I wish you and yours the most wonderful and greatest Thanks Giving ever ! Thanks for being such a wonderful light to the world ! A true blessing !
    In Christ Jesus

  2. Sparrow ,
    I read through some of your blog again tonight .I was just craving to hear more about his goodness and love that he has for me . You have the best blog ever ! I mean that . Im so blessed to have found your blog many years ago . Happy thanks giving to you Sister !

  3. Mathew, that is so wonderful! His love just renews us in so many ways, I am like you and crave hearing about His goodness and love over and over..thank you for all your kind words of encouragement, I can't find words to really say how much it means to me, especially when sometimes I wonder if I should keep blogging or not! I wish you the best Thanksgiving ever as well! We have so much to be thankful for, our lives all wrapped up in His ever-loving, ever supporting presence, wow!

  4. Sparrow ,
    I was thinking about what you said about wondering if you should keep blogging or not and wanted to share some things with you about myself . Sometimes I just walk away for months on end . I walk away from study of the word ,from reading blogs,from books,from God .I focus on other things like hobbies, work and other things , but I know he understands and is always there loving me unconditionally . Its kind of like being married and retreating to the garage for space (only better LOL because he never complains or gets angry LOL ) . I know hes always there and I feel safe ,loved and comfortable, never pressured .Then I come back knowing his love for me even deeper . So if you want to quit blogging for a while I think your O.K. There are no demands on you . I always love your blog post, read them all and I think there are many others who have been blessed by your work .If you quit you can always come back and with a deeper understanding of how much he loves you and with an with and even greater burning desire to tell about his great love .
    your friend In Christ Jesus

  5. Mathew what you wrote is so are right, there is no pressure to keep blogging, I am free to go on or to stop..such a relief to know that there is no pressure whatsoever..what you shared about walking away for some 'space' and then being free to come back whenever you want - that is so beautiful and perfectly describes our relationship with Him under grace..thank you for sharing that, it ministered to me today! Blessings to you my brother!

  6. I want to explain it to you in more detail so im going to send you an email . Just give me some time its a short week at work and thanks giving thursday so i will try to get to you next weekend sometime .
    You buddy in christ

  7. Thank you Mathew and Happy Thanksgiving to you!


May the amazing grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, and the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. 2 Co. 13:14