‘Your faith in God has become known everywhere…how you turned…from idols to serve…God.’ 

1 Thessalonians 1:8-9 NIV
When God truly turns us around, His Spirit lives in us. When that happens, we begin to see things differently. We’ll begin to notice things that we didn’t before. Our heart will start to be broken for the things that break His, bringing us more in line with His will. He will change the way that we feel, think, and operate, for the better. It has been thought by several Christian writers that, after Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and God giving the Holy Spirit to us for every day, we can read the Ten Commandments as promises, rather than rules. With a changed heart, when God says ‘you will have no other gods before me’ (Exodus 20:3 NIV), He is describing what our lives look like with Him, and telling us that we won’t want our idols any more. When we become His, God expects us to live a life that reflects Him, and He equips us to do that by taking care of our hearts. He won’t let us off the hook when it comes to things that matter to Him, but not because He’s standing over our shoulder ready to punish us. We’ll stay in line with His will because we want to. If we ask God to change our hearts, we’ll become more like Him, more like we were designed to be. Our hearts will change and we’ll start to move away from what’s wrong to what’s right naturally. Let Him do the changing, and you’ll never turn back. 

What now?

Read the Ten Commandments, and take hold of them as promises for your life. If you’re ready, spend time in prayer asking God to break your heart for the things that break His.

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