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Covenant Resources

(Ps. 103:1-5) Bless the Lord, oh my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and forget not all His benefits:

  1. Who forgives all your iniquities,
  2. Who heals all your diseases,
  3. Who redeems your life from destruction,
  4. Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies,
  5. Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

My Heavenly Father renews my spirit (Eph 3:16). He offers resources, benefits and inheritance that strengthen my confidence and encourage my walk of faith. Each one of His benefits are promises to meet the need and teach me of His power and His Glory. Along the pages of my Bible; you’ll find written and dated Covenant principles that remind me of His provision for me. They are truths that will not fail!

  • He Forgives: (Isaiah 1:18)

Jesus tells us of the Father’s agreement through the blood of His own Son. A Covenant of Forgiveness and Grace. “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins” (Mt. 26:28).

  • He Heals: (Isaiah 53:5)

I love the way Jesus fulfills His Father’s will and establishes the truth for our provision at the same time. “When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” (Mt. 8:16-17)

  • He Redeems: (Psalm 34:22)

Jesus declares us - righteous by faith (Rom. 3:21-24)! A reality that cannot be accomplished by our own efforts is made available through a free gift. Because we take refuge in the promises of God, there is a fellowship in the Holy Spirit that enables me to be free from the grip of sin. I am free to live in the destiny God has for me. Redemption allows me to watch as God restores the brokenness and fears of the past.

  • He Crowns: (Psalm 8:5)

The word crown can also be translated “clothed” and we see that Jesus tells His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they were clothed in power from on high (Lk. 24:49). Its the Father’s will that His Children be clothed with Glory and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. The benefit of the Father’s Promise (Acts 2:4 & 8) gives us influence over the world’s system and releases supernatural impact right where we live.

  • He Satisfies: (Psalm 23:1)

Jesus makes the evidence of salvation a renewal every morning. He meets with me and satisfies my soul as a Good Shepherd leads sheep to pasture. His invitation becomes an abiding rest and empowerment. On the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus stood on a high place and shouted, “If anyone thirsts, let him come unto Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (Jn 7:37-38).

Into the Call of God

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 Jn. 4:4)

“…Christ in you, the hope of glory!” (Col. 1:27)

Bridging the Gap between Our Ability and God’s Call:

1. The Anointing of the Holy Spirit
“He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (2 Cor 1:21-22)

The Greek word for anoint is chrio, meaning ‘to smear or rub with oil’… and when used in the New Testament it speaks to the idea of the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon and within the believer to achieve great exploits.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18)

These verses emphasize the essentials to entering into the call of God! Just as Jesus was “anointed” and “sent” to fulfill God’s purpose, we are also anointed by the Holy Spirit and sent to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives. With the anointing of the Holy Spirit, we receive God’s power to do the work He has called us to do (Acts 1:8)(Eph 3:16). In the Old Testament, Prophets, Priests and Kings were the classes of people anointed with oil, foreshadowing Jesus the Messiah; and also signifying that the anointing sets God’s people apart for service to Him. In the New Testament, anointing is not a substance or impersonal power, but the Person of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit still sets us apart to do all that would fulfill the Will of God in our generation. We need to highly value and treasure the Spirit and His anointing. This puts a demand upon our hearts… WE MUST:

  • Maintaining an intimate relationship with Him and continue being filled with the Holy Spirit! (Eph. 5:15-18)
  • Be growing in our sensitivity… to obey Him and follow His timing! (Acts 13:2)
  • Value accountability and honor God-given leadership! (Eph. 4:11)
  • Treat His Presence and anointing with honor and respect! (Eph. 4:30)

As you do this, you can trust His anointing and abiding Presence to be evident and enter into the call of God for your life. So, if you are wondering how to get the supernatural results God intends for your ministry… remember that the source is not you; but is in you and on you. Its the Presence of Christ and anointing of the Holy Spirit.

2. The Grace of God
God says to us: “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness…” (2 Cor 12:9)

God offers us grace and power, sufficient for His purposes, but we must tap into it by the humility of surrender. The Apostle Paul tells us that he “boasted in his weakness”, because in so doing he was able to tap into God’s supernatural grace and power! If you are unsure where the strength will come to achieve what God has called you to do? Then you are right where God wants you! Just remember what the Apostle Paul heard from God and how that redirected his focus and his praise. God’s grace, “charis” in Greek, refers to the undeserved favor of God freely given to us in Jesus Christ. Grace is the favor that encourages and empowers us in our service for Him!

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.” (1 Cor 15:10)

Grace effects us at the deepest level when trying to accomplish the Will of God. This enabling grace relates to our specific calling from God… it is the favor within His voice that clarifies your purpose in life and strengthens your resolve. So you and I run into the will of God with passion because the call of God become the beat of our hearts! We Pursue Him – Make Him your highest aim and you will never, never be without strength in the days ahead.

“Through Him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for His name’s sake.” (Rom 1:5)(1 Cor 3:10)

When the call of God is daunting, remind yourself that you are of God …and “Christ in you” has already overcome!

Meeting the Need

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.” (2 Cor. 1:3-5)

Take a deep breath. Release it slowly, telling yourself quietly: I let go. I let God fill my mind with His thoughts, fill my heart with His love and fill my life with His power… My God meets all my need according to His riches in Glory in Christ (Phil. 4:19). I can simply accept the reality that God’s wisdom is present and available, ready to fill me with new understanding, light and strength. It is my spiritual discipline in faith, to let God fill every void, every emptiness that seems to separate me from the peace of God in my heart. I step into faith, believing that as I let go… God fills every need!

God’s substance is supernatural and when I step into His Presence, a divine activity moves through my life. God’s creative process is awaiting me and all I have to do is receive. This is life in the Glory Realm… its effective, productive and healing; and it is activated as quickly as I let go of my “self”. I feel my life being lifted up to where He is. The Presence of God dissolves all fear and doubts and removes every hint of frailty. I can feel His pleasure, His acceptance of me and His wealth of kindness… which washes all uncertainty away. This is love at its best, comforting and meeting me right where I am. God’s love is worth beholding, unlocking and experiencing!

3 Spheres of Supernatural Stability offered by the Father’s Love:

  1. He Strengthens My Inner-Man: (Eph. 3:16) My Spirit is revitalized with supernatural energy!
  2. I become Rooted and Grounded in Love: (Eph. 3:17) My faith creates a dwelling for Christ!
  3. I am filled with all the Fullness of God: (Eph. 3:18-19) My knowledge is established by experience – Holy Spirit rushes in!

Downloading Spiritual Love:

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” (Eph. 3:20)

Begin now to relax from the strain and effort of questioning, planning, and reasoning. Take a few moments to calm your thinking and place all your attention upon the words: “I let go. I let God fill my need according to His riches… found in the Glory Realms as received by faith in Christ”. As you breath out, allow the Holy Spirit to breathe into you… strength, stability and spiritual substance that meets all of your needs. Immediately, you will experience visible and tangible benefits, inside and out. You will feel renewed strength and faith, boldness and courage will well-up within you. Your prayers will be more effective, and your understanding of the Presence of God within you will be clearer. You will find that God’s love takes care of what you cannot accomplish. As you let go, God will freely and abundantly fill every need.

God is Jehovah Jireh – Our Provider:

God always provides! As the Apostle Paul has so well proclaimed, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not also freely give us all things?” (Rom. 8:32). No indeed, if God be for us – tell me who can be against us! God gives strength, guidance, understanding, faith, healing, and supernatural supply. So be the “conqueror”, step into all that you need by faith. He loves us! Whatever life throws at you, you have; at this very moment. Make the most of every opportunity… let go of your personal striving and let God move in you and meet your every need!

“…casting all your care upon Him for He cares for you.” (1 Pet. 5:7)

Bridging the Gap

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 Jn. 4:4)

“…Christ in you, the hope of glory!” (Col. 1:27)

Bridging the Gap between Our Ability and God’s Call:

  • 1. The Anointing of the Holy Spirit

“He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (2 Cor 1:21-22)

The Greek word for anoint is chrio, meaning ‘to smear or rub with oil’… and when used in the New Testament it speaks to the idea of the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon and within the believer to achieve great exploits.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18)

Just as Jesus was “anointed” and “sent” to fulfill God’s purpose, we are also anointed and sent to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives. With the anointing of the Holy Spirit, we receive God’s power to do the work He has called us to do (Acts 1:8)(Eph 3:16). In the Old Testament, Prophets, Priests and Kings were the classes of people anointed with oil, foreshadowing Jesus the Messiah; and also signifying that the anointing sets God’s people apart for service to Him. In the New Testament, anointing is not a substance or impersonal power, but the Person of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit still sets us apart to do all that would fulfill the Will of God in our generation. We need to highly value and treasure the Spirit and His anointing. This means…

  1. Maintaining an intimate relationship with Him and being filled with the Holy Spirit! (Eph. 5:15-18)
  2. Being sensitive to obey Him and follow His timing! (Acts 13:2)
  3. Valuing accountability and honoring God-given leadership! (Eph. 4:11)
  4. Treating His Presence and anointing with honor and respect! (Eph. 4:30)

As you do this, you can trust His anointing and Presence to be evident and fulfill the call of God in your life. So, if you are wondering how to get the supernatural results God intends for your ministry… remember that the source is not you; but the Presence of Christ and anointing of the Holy Spirit.

  • 2. The Grace of God

If you are unsure where the strength will come from to achieve what God has called you to do? Then you are right where God wants you! Just remember what the Apostle Paul heard from God and how that redirected his focus and his praise.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Cor 12:9)

God’s grace, “charis” in Greek, refers to the undeserved favor of God freely given to us in Jesus Christ. Grace also refers to God’s empowerment in our service for Him:

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.” (1 Cor 15:10)

This enabling grace relates to our specific calling from God:

“Through Him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for His name’s sake.” (Rom 1:5)(1 Cor 3:10)

When the call of God is daunting, remind yourself that you are of God and “the Christ in you” has already overcome the world!

Snares and Traps

Do we want to be free?

God holds the power to set us free

Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Mt 5:6)

A snare or trap was set for me the other day and I fell in, because the bait was something I was surprised to find strangely appealing. The bait was pride that was cloaked in an opportunity to judge others simply because I did not approve of their behavior.

It happened just the other day when a driver passed our minivan in a “no passing” zone. I thought, “Hey buddy I don’t mind you endangering your life, but don’t pull my family into your foolish behavior.” I noticed that as he flew by, he gestured with his hand out the window as if I had done something wrong.  As much as I tried, I could not shake the experience from my memory. It felt like I had a smoldering fire inside that made me watch this car the rest of our trip into town… it provoked me. Well, into town we went, but at the first stop light there we were side by side, both of the vehicles waiting for the light to turn green. You could cut the tension with a knife. Fortunately he turned left across traffic into McDonalds and I journeyed on to my destination without any further problems on the road.

Yet the irritation inside remained.

 It sat just below the surface and festered like it was alive… I couldn’t seem to let it go. I put on my Christian face and walked into the fellowship with a smile and a sweet little “how do ye do”. My guess is that nobody noticed; ’cause like most of us, offences are something we ignore and assume they will simmer away into nothing more than a distraction in the routine of life.

Yet with God, nothing is routine!

As our gathering concluded, we jumped into the minivan and started toward home. Little did I know that the spiritual lesson of the night was about to reach a lot deeper. We had gotten no more than three miles from town when once again someone passes us in a “no passing” zone. Now I am back in amazement, looking at the car in front of me, saying… “what kind of crazies drive these roads?”.

That’s when I heard the voice of God say, “Snares and traps are only effective when they are baited with the stuff you have an appetite for.” I immediately realized that I was caught; snared by anger and trapped, because of a pattern of wasted opportunities. God was saying, “I am showing you this, for it to end tonight.”

 I had become used to living as the victim of circumstances. In allowing myself to become lazy in my thoughts, I had formed an appetite that was reactionary, natural and fleshly. What God was impressing upon me was that He wanted me to be spiritually minded and supernatural, drawing upon heavenly resources. Rather than settling for the fat little baby food of “just gimme what makes me happy”, God wanted me to become proactive in my thoughts and stronger in the inner man (2 Cor 10:3-6)(Eph 3:16).

God wants us to become spiritual people.  

  The Holy Spirit was quick to remind me that Jesus said to love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you and pray for those who spitefully use you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven (Mt 5:44-45). The Holy Spirit wanted me to allow His power to work in and through me so that I could respond to circumstances without a loss of peace, joy or love.

 By allowing resentment and anger to rule me, I was deceived into thinking that the fruit of a selfish lifestyle would not effect me.

 Well, it was effecting me and it effects us all when we are ruled by our selfish desires, rather than being ruled by Christ. This was the night when snares and traps began to lose their entisement… the night when I began to hunger and thirst for righteousness.

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