“My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.” – Proverbs 4:20-22
I recently had a dream where I witnessed a man speaking to an other man. One said to the other, “do you know why God’s word must be written in your heart?” The second man asked, “why?“. The first man replied, “so that it’s just as close to your hands as it is to your mouth. To be a real Christian you must do more then speak the word, you must just as easily demonstrate it. It needs to come out of both your heart and your hands.”
God’s law residing only in one’s hands (or actions) is works, God’s words residing only in one’s mouth is dead faith, but God’s words and law residing in one’s heart is the grace that bridges the gap between faith and works and changes everything.
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.” – Jeremiah 31:31-33
This is possible because of the gift that Jesus promise to give us after His resurrection, and that gift is His Holy Spirit. Because of Jesus’s atoning sacrifice, we can have our sins washed clean by His blood through faith in Him and what He did and said. Then we are able to receive God’s grace, which is favor, power, and divine influence by way of the Holy Spirit of God coming to reside within us. This inward river of living water springing up from deep within promised by Jesus, brings us revelation, conviction, communion, authority and all the elements of God’s grace as it writes His words and desires upon our very hearts, empowering and driving us to do what we ourselves otherwise could not. That is, to not only speak God’s words, but to also demonstrate them with our lives and actions.
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” – Acts 2:38-39
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” – Revelation 12:11
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” – James 1:22
“For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” – 1 Corinthians 4:20