What is a covenant? Someone said it's an unbreakable contract. We also discussed that there are many types of covenants. There are housing association covenants, marriage covenants, business covenants...
Websters 1828 Dictionary defines Covenant as:
9 "I will look favorably upon you and multiply your people and fulfill my covenant with you.
Covenant In Business
I have a covenant of blessing. That covenant allows me to succeed in business despite what my competition does. If fact if my competition is not a believer I will take over that business and those clients just like the Israelites drove out the sinful inhabitants of the land God promised them. If my competition is a believer than I am able to pray for his success and God will bless us both with more than enough business. In fact the competition of believers will only serve to make us sharper and more cutting edge. The bible says that as iron sharpens iron we sharpen each other. So just like Microsoft and Apple sharpen each other and feed on each others innovations, my business whatever it is, will only be sharpened and enhanced by the presence of believers in my competition.
Covenant Promises are Conditional
Deuteronomy 28 and Leviticus 26: 9 and 14 say that Obedience causes Blessing and Disobedience causes Curse.
Having conditions; Does the new covenant override/supersede the old covenant?
We have a better covenant with better promises. The gentiles were told repeatedly by Paul not to enter the old law but embrace the new grace. The Apostles of Jerusalem instructed believers to only focus on four things and not all the issues of the Law. Jesus fulfilled the Law. God has placed his law in our hearts now. Therefore the law is still being obeyed, but it's a natural outgrowth of the Love in us, not a forced ritual from the outside.
Because of the new birth we get stuff because he loves us as Father. Under the New Covenant we do not DO to GET, we DO from LOVE.
Who is the New Covenant with? It is between God the Father and Jesus Christ. We enter through Jesus as substitutes, literally as him. Separate from Jesus we have no covenant. We live in his stead on earth and reap his reward.
Do VS Receive
As men, we are very production oriented. In sales we have a do, do, do mentality. We are told over and over must make/receive X amount of calls in order to get certain results. But in Christ we must come to terms with the fact that we were blessed before we DID anything. We cannot carry that do mentality over into our relationship with God. In fact, the do mentality may hinder our sales at work too if we don't first allow the grace of God to lead us in our work. In Christ we don't have to knock on 100 doors before lunch, we have to pray and knock on the doors he tells us to. Then we'll get better results for less superfluous effort.
Joshua 1 shows us to meditate on the word and do the word to get results. Genesis 1 shows us that God blessed mankind before man ever had a chance to speak a word. The very first words spoken between God and man were not man speaking to God but God speaking to man. God blessed man before man said or did anything. God is still blessing us before we do anything.
God is our source.
There was a man from, ORU Dr Thomson Matthew, that was speaking on a video for the ministry of helps team and he said that we must come to think of our work paycheck as a bonus not as our main source. We are cared for as kids by our Father in Heaven. We use our "Paycheck" as seed, it is our bonus not our income. God is our income and he can provide a million dollars a billion ways.
Fellowship not Checklist
Good fathers want fellowship with their sons. This is especially true of the father-son relationship as they are both adults. We must remember that our heavenly Father wants fellowship with us. We must not treat prayer time as the part of our checklist saying, "OK... prayed for ten minutes... what's next?" We must spend time fellowshipping with the Father and having a TWO way conversation with him. Only then will we be prepared for our day and the trials that lie ahead.
Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us that His plans for us are GOOD plans. Not plans to harm. We must not be scared of his will. His Covenant is here for us. We are in Covenant through Him. Put that Covenant to work, trust Him to meet your needs. No matter what life throws at us, we can overcome through the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of OUR Testimony. We put it to work by putting His Word in Our Mouths.
Pray for your parents and your relationships with your kids. See them how God sees them and ask what He wants for them.
Darrell G. Wolfe