Daily Devotions with Spurgeon: 12th October

Mark of Covenant Grace

The Lord your God will circumcise your heart, and the heart of your seed, to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul that you may live. (Deuteronomy 30:6)

God alone can deal effectually with our heart and take away its carnality and pollution. To make us love God with all our heart and soul is a miracle of grace which only the Holy Spirit can work. We must look to the Lord alone for this and never be satisfied with anything short of it.

Note where this circumcision is wrought. It is not of the flesh but of the Spirit. It is the essential mark of the covenant of grace. We must see to it that we trust in no outward ritual but are sealed in heart by the operation of the Holy Spirit.

Note what the result is: “that you may live.” To be carnally minded is death. In the overcoming of the flesh, we find life and peace. If we mind the things of the Spirit, we shall live. Oh, that YHWH, our God, may complete His gracious work upon our inner natures, that in the fullest and highest sense we may live unto the Lord.

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