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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).

Ministry of the Spirit

“This man (Apollos) had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John. So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.” (Acts 18:25-26)

Christian Accuracy:

This story is a powerful example of how Christian Truth must go beyond just getting the facts correct. The dedication of Apollos was wonderful and needed in Ephesus, yet for some reason it was ineffective at transforming the culture and calling the region into the Kingdom of God. He was eloquent in speech, fervent in delivery and fully committed to the information he had. But, there was something missing in his ministry, between what he knew and what he needed to know by experience. The text says Aquila and Priscilla explained some things to him that enabled him to become more accurate.

What He Knew:

Apollos’ ministry consisted exclusively from experiences received from a season in John the Baptist’s ministry. That is, he was preaching the Kingdom of Heaven and practicing water baptism for the same reason John had taught and preached it. Remember, John did baptize in the wilderness and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins (Mk 1:4). It would seem very possible that anyone who had experienced such a powerful ministry would find it of value and want to pass it on as God’s message to the world.

What He Did Not Know:

Now, what was it Apollos did not know? Keep in mind that Aquila and Priscilla had served with the Apostle Paul and had learned some amazing things from experiencing the mantle of grace that rested upon Paul. They had a congregation of saints that met in their house and Paul had frequented that ministry often releasing his revelation and exposing the true nature of effective ministry. They had some marvelous opportunities to experience both the teaching of Truth and fellowship in the Holy Spirit. The Book of Acts tells of how Paul was filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:9), spoke the Word of God with boldness and did ministry with powerful miraculous signs followed him everywhere he preached (Acts 14:3)(Acts 19:11).

The Substance Within:

The Apostle Paul carried an enormous anointing within his ministry and this is the substance that makes accurate Truth carry accurate manifestation. An effective Christian life is full of Truth and full of power. The ministry of the Holy Spirit releases us into effectiveness, because we are equipped with power from on High to live as God’s Children, clothed in the Father’s Glory and manifesting His power right where we live. We can walk as people of Truth only as we have the energy of Heaven flowing through us to allow the Truth to make an impact.

Power Flowing From Heaven:

The key to making accurate Truths more effective is the authority of the Holy Spirit who stands behind it. We must be thankful for God’s servants who are gifted and zealous in their ministries; but zeal and knowledge can be a dangerous thing if not accompanied by the work of the Holy Spirit. It has done great harm to the Church through the centuries to see a pattern of religious fervency carry no power to transform the culture (2 Tim 3:1-5). We must have a more accurate teaching of the Truth.

The Presence of the Holy Spirit:

Many today are still laboring under the Kingdom ministry of John the Baptist and have no clue of the more accurate ministry given by Jesus and expressed by the Apostle Paul (Acts 19:2). It was not a new message, but a more accurate message, accompanied by the Presence and ministry of the Holy Spirit (Jn 16:13-15).

Life Support

Brings me refreshing

Alone with God

Our devotional life is the substance of our personal relationship with God. As a passionate Christian, I have found my devotional life to be my “life support system”. It includes seeking Him through prayer, Bible reading or study and fellowship in the Holy Spirit. My tendency is to lean on likeminded believers to create a false sense of Christian devotion and substitute their thoughts for true spirituality. God will often remind me to return to my first love.

 Real revival is kept ablaze only in His Presence!

A healthy spiritual life feeds and draws its energy from the intimacy and relational growth enjoyed in fellowship with God (Ps 1:1-3). This kind of life has all sorts of dynamics that stir its effective development. Balanced growth has a lot to do with our personal time reading and prayerfully studying the Bible as our platform of knowledge. It is easy to fake it and live on the thoughts from the last time we read, but Jesus makes it clear that we are to live daily from the words that come from the mouth of God. Yesterday’s manna will actually “ferment” in our mind quicker than we want to believe and when we fake our spirituality we will live in “rotten” counsel and yesterday’s knowledge.

The Elephant in the Room:

In church life, our devotional difficulties can become like the proverbial elephant in the room that everyone knows is there, but nobody wants to talk about. This is frequently true of Christian leaders. We find it difficult to openly encourage others in their devotional lives, because we are struggling with our own. Often our lives become too busy doing those things we believe are urgent and lose our devotional time with God. These devotional moments are vital, because they connect us relationally to God. The Apostle Paul said that we must set our minds on the Spirit to be lead by the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:5). The prayer life or ”secret place”, is where we learn to hear and know the voice of the Spirit. We discover our hunger for love and relationship needs more than just knowing Christ as our Saviour and Lord. By developing this life support system, He becomes our strength and closest Friend.

Some other thoughts:

  1.  Jesus demonstrated and talked about a devotional life with God.  (Mk 1:35)(Mt 14:23)(Lk 21:37)(Lk 5:16)
  2. It strengthens us in times of temptation. (Mt 26:40-41)(Ps 119:11)
  3. It becomes our guidance in everyday life decisions. (Jn 10:27)
  4. It is the platform for spiritual assignments and fruitfulness. Others around us benefit from our devotional lives. (Jn 15:4-8)
  5. It plugs us into God as our Source of Power. (Jn 7:37-38)(Acts 1:8)

Our spiritual life support is like a well that provides Living Water to all of the growing parts of our being. Our wisdom and understanding must come from His Presence, and it must be current for us to live in Christian maturity. We would never want to willingly restrict the water flow in our home to a trickle; but this is what we do, when we try to live without a healthy devotional life. It is through our devotional supply line that we experience God’s power and hear God personally speak to us about His love, His purposes and His destiny for our lives… It is our life support!