Understanding the Old Testament as a New Testament Christian can be tricky. It can almost seem like we are picking and choosing what we believe. It can seem like we are ordering from a menu, “I’ll have the blessings but hold the curses.” This is a challenging topic and can in no way be answered in a FB post at 5:00 am by a sleep deprived math teacher.
But I’ll just tell you my rule of thumb.
1. I believe God’s character is revealed throughout the New and Old Testaments.
2. Because of the atoning work of Christ, because of His perfect obedience, the promises found in the Old Testament are ours in this New Era.
3. Because we are now in Christ, seated with Him in heavenly places, completely and perpetually forgiven, none of the curses listed belong to us.
Now, I said all of that to say, I am claiming this promise hidden away in Leviticus as my own this morning:
““I will look favorably upon you, making you fertile and multiplying your people. And I will fulfill my covenant with you. You will have such a surplus of crops that you will need to clear out the old grain to make room for the new harvest! I will live among you, and I will not despise you. I will walk among you; I will be your God, and you will be my people. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt so you would no longer be their slaves. I broke the yoke of slavery from your neck so you can walk with your heads held high.” Leviticus 26:9-13 NLT
I have the favor of God. God is giving me greater revelation. I bear much fruit and my sphere of influence is increasing. I freely give away my resources because God replenishes at a greater rate than I can give away. God is with me. He is my God. I am His daughter. He brought me out of the bondage of sin into a life of righteousness. I am completely free and I walk with my head held high with no shame, no guilt, no regrets.