You have been set apart for Me. There are many ways the world can see you are Mine. Your joy and your testimony are just two ways. Keep your covenant to follow Me and obey My commands so the world will see you are different.


After 40 years wandering in the Wilderness, after sticking with God anD watching miracle after miracle happen, the Hebrews crossed the Jordan River into the land of Great Promise at Gilgal. There, God said they’re going into a whole new covenant. The outward sign of the covenant for the Jews is the sign of circumcision.

These hillbillies didn’t know anything about circumcision and you have to understand that some of these dudes were 40 years old, and they’re like, “Excuse me? We thought it was going to be awesome over here?”

That’s when God says, “Yeah, it is going to be awesome, but here’s the deal: sometimes covenant is painful and you’re going to have to learn how to handle difficult days. Sometimes it isn’t going to feel good. Sometimes you can’t believe life is happening this way. Just remember, I Am with you in this place.”

The covenant required of them in the Old Testament was upgraded in the New Testament. The covenant required of them in the Wilderness was upgraded in the Promised Land and there is a cost.

The thing about upgrade is it comes with its own set of issues. That promotion at work is an answered prayer, yet with it comes different responsibilities and more hours. Fear and anxiety might even rear their ugly heads.

That bigger house you just bought because your little family is growing comes with a higher mortgage and higher maintenance. Most upgrades are accompanied by learning, pain and eventually gain. Hang in there, upgrade is better and God will be there too.

“This is My covenant, which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: every male among you shall be circumcised.” – Genesis 17:10