The Bible is divided into two sections—pre-cross and post-cross. The old covenant, or pre-cross section, was based on works, and required that the children of Israel do something first in order to be blessed. Jesus shedding His blood on the cross established the covenant of grace, the post-cross section, which is based on His finished works. We do not have to “do” anything for God’s blessing, just accept and believe His promises. Operating as if we were still under the old, invalid covenant will not give us the results we want. To receive God’s best, we must live according to the finished works of Jesus.