Psalm 111:7-10 (NLT)
All he does is just and good, and all his commandments are trustworthy. They are forever true,
to be obeyed faithfully and with integrity. He has paid a full ransom for his people. He has guaranteed his covenant with them forever. What a holy, awe-inspiring name he has! Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!
There once was a pastor whose church fell into financial distress. When the board of deacons gathered together and examined the accounts, it was discovered that the mighty man of God had been emptying the accounts to the needy and poor that would come asking of the church. When the benevolence fund ran out, his compassion for the people caused him to desperately seek what was needed to provide for his sheep. The elders of the church seized control of the accounts to preserve the congregation and control the preachers spending. I have been to opulent sanctuaries lined with theater-style seating and state of the art technology yet find myself missing the pastor in that little church whose heart was passionately in love with Jesus Christ. His budget may not have always balanced but his heart continuously in alignment with God. Where are such people today?
We live in a generation of broken blessing. Diversified lives with accounts firmly split between the things of this world and Kingdom of God. It is a comfortable fit as we use grace to justify a lack of commitment to Jesus Christ who has instructed us to give this life away to save our very soul. (Matthew 16:25-26) Our lives have become disordered as human control supersedes godly influence. We preserve our own life and then use what is left to serve others. Salvation is man’s invitation to enter into covenant with God. Grace forgives our past debts allowing us to enter the Presence of God to sacrifice our life to love and serve Him. It is a privilege. It is for our own good and benefit. A covenant is an agreement. It comes from the Latin word “convire” meaning coming together or to agree. A life of sin and darkness will never come together with God or live in agreement with His Commandments making His Blessing impossible. We seek the Blessing of God without commitment of covenant. Covenant provides but division takes away. You must live in agreement with the Lord to have His Promises according to His Covenant with mankind. Those who decide to accept this covenant as a lifestyle choice will be blessed even when they mess up or fall short because their commitment to God comes first.
I Corinthians 11:23-29 (NLT)
For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often as you drink it.” For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again. So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup. For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself. That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died.
There is an order to the Blessing with God called covenant. You must live a life committed to the Lord to partake of His Grace, Mercy and Love worthily. Anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sin. How is this possible under the provisions of grace? Grace is accepted through salvation which is entrance through the Blood marking a covenant choice to love and serve the Lord with our whole life. Covenant is not a new idea but by Old Testament design. When Noah entered covenant with God, it required that his whole family enter an ark as the entire world was destroyed by the great flood. Noah obeyed the Lord and did exactly what He said by faith and trust in the Promise of God for salvation. Anyone left behind would have perished but by righteous uncompromising faith of in the covenant – they were blessed. (Genesis 6:17-19; Genesis 9:1-3) Covenant is a total commitment. You must be all in body, mind and spirit with nothing left behind to experience all that God has promised. Abram decided to give up what he had to have all that God had promised. Entering this covenant required forsaking his son, Ishmael, to live in obedience to God. He gave up everything to have it all. This was evidence that Abram who soon was called Abraham trusted God more than his own ability. He was willing to give his all to the Lord by faith in procurement of confident hope that resulted in Isaac which led to numerous descendants just as God had promised. (Genesis 15:2-6; Genesis 17:18) Our choice to enter covenant with the Lord certainly impacts future generations. If you do not make the commitment for yourself, would you consider your children or grandchildren worth the effort? (Deuteronomy 29:14-15) To live in agreement with God ensures our success both now and forever. (2 Samuel 23:5) What is keeping you from experiencing all of God’s Promises today? Where is the breach in your pact with the Lord? What is too good to give up to have more of Him? That very thing is keeping you from the full benefit of your relationship with the Lord! Anything that comes between you and Jesus is an obstacle of faith that should be removed so His Glory can fully manifest in your life.
Matthew 14:17-21 (NLT)
“But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered. “Bring them here,” he said. Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children!”
Here’s how it works! You give God your all, everything, holding nothing back to enter a new covenant. He blesses it then multiples your life. Abundance is a result of covenant with God not to woo you or convince you He is worthy! Five loaves of bread and two fish in the natural could not feed 5,000 people in the natural, but the same loaves and fish were more than enough with excess to be collected when handled by the Lord. The details of your life do not have to change dramatically to experience the abundance of the promise, your life just has to be handed over to God! All in with a complete commitment from the inside out to the Lord leaving nothing out produces the fruit of faithfulness and harvests of confident hope. God has provided all that we need. (Philippians 4:19) All of His Promises are Yes and Amen! (2 Corinthians 1:20) So what is keeping you from all that God has for you? Could it be a lack of commitment to our covenant with the Lord? We want His Very Best but give Him the leftover portions of our life. The boy gave the disciples all of his lunch. He was fed and 5,000+ other people. Would the story be the same if the boy only gave what he had leftover?
The LORD is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray. He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way. The LORD leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep his covenant and obey his demands.
Covenant with God require more than what is leftover. It is a commitment to come as you are leaving it all on the altar. Are you all in today? If you are not experiencing more than enough and are not more than a conqueror, maybe it is time to commit your “whole” life to your covenant with God. Combine all the accounts of your life and reconcile them to Jesus Christ, every single one even the secret life you live when no one else is watching. (Colossians 1:21-23) It really doesn’t matter what other people think about you whether you are a great person, godly individual or a renowned hypocrite, covenant begins in the heart. God can use anything to create success and abundance in our life except sin. Remember He is working out every detail for good for those called by His Name including you, but you cannot experience such a life until you surrender every moment to God. He cannot work on the things that have not been offered willingly to be blessed and broken instead too many people are experienced broken blessings due to a lack of commitment and living in disagreement with God! “O LORD, I give my life to you.” (Psalm 25:1)
Psalm 50:3-6 (NLT)
Our God approaches, and he is not silent. Fire devours everything in his way, and a great storm rages around him. He calls on the heavens above and earth below to witness the judgment of his people. “Bring my faithful people to me—those who made a covenant with me by giving sacrifices.” Then let the heavens proclaim his justice, for God himself will be the judge.
God does not change! Hallelujah! Our God does not change! Lord, help me! I am glad that God does not change when it comes to His Plan, Promises and Provision for my life. The challenge is in the fact that God does not change therefore change is up to me. He will not change His Way so I must learn to walk in it daily. Faith is a requirement because His Ways are so much higher than our own. I must learn to love and trust Him more to vacate my life to live in agreement with the Lord. God’s Mercy is for those who seek to live in constant covenant with Him. (Deuteronomy 4:31) God does not honor lip service. (Psalm 78:36-39) He desires loyal hearts. Is your heart loyal to the Lord today? Your life will emulate the condition of one’s heart. Your words will betray its secrets. Evaluate your heart, soul and mind, it will be worth every effort to continually turn your life over to Jesus Christ. He will bless it, multiply and divide it for your benefit every time. Brokenness is painful when God is reworking our life for our own good and His Glory. But broken covenants end the blessings God predetermined for our life. We must turn our hearts over to Jesus completely and strive to leave it there day by day! “But the love of the LORD remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments!” (Psalm103:17-18)
Hebrews 13:20-21 (NLT)
Now may the God of peace—who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—
may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.
Our new covenant with God is guaranteed by the Blood of Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 7:22) The Lord has provided a better covenant than the original but in no way nullifies God’s Commandments and expectation of His People. (Hebrews 8:6) But allows us to be empowered to walk in a way that is pleasing to God! He has poured out His Spirit which will never leave us or forsake us. (Isaiah 59:21) God desires an everlasting covenant with you His Beloved. (Isaiah 55:3) He has done everything possible to make this a reality in your life. The rest is up to you. You decide what you sacrifice to God! The sacrifice that the Lord desires is a willing heart, a true commitment. He wants all of you not just some of you or what is left over after you have given most of it to the things of this world. Repentance turns our heart back to God. Commitment including obedience, righteousness and holiness keep us consecrated to God! He wants your whole heart. He wants to bless you! Will do your part and give Him all of your heart?
Psalm 51:16-17 (NLT)
You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.