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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).

Supernaturally Engaged

“You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me to have life.” (Jn 5:39-40)

Have you ever felt something was in your way? Maybe you were driving some gravel road and had to get out of the car to move a branch or a garbage can? The Bible passage above shows us that even good things can become obstructions in our journey to finding the invisible God. The lesson here is that if you cannot get past the obstacle, you will not discover the joy on the other side.

God is calling us to engage our hearts beyond the natural, beyond our sensory perception… seeing, hearing and touching.

To be engaged in something is to become bound or obligated to it. These folks were so engaged in the Scripture, that they couldn’t imagine the very person standing right in front of them, could be their Messiah. This was an amazing moment; the same person they had longed for and communicated about, for hundreds of years, now stood before them and they stumbled over Him. There were lots of reasons, but the main ones were pride, jealousy and fear. If they really wanted to embrace the Messiah and engage the promises of God, they could have humbled themselves as Nickodemus had earlier. They could have recognized how well Jesus fit into the prophetic teachings of their Torah. But, they were engage in their natural position before men. They felt that if they opened themselves up to consider this Jesus, as the Messiah, they would lose their important role as those who judged for God.

“the just shall live by faith” (Hab 2:4).

Living by faith means letting go and trusting in an invisible God. We can find ourselves so tied to the natural realities that seeking purpose and value from the God you cannot see, feels overwhelming and spooky. Perhaps that is why engaging the supernatural realms of God, begins with forgiveness and the lifting of sin’s burden. We must let go of perceived reality and allow God to define the rules of engagement for us. He wants to be discovered, but He also wants the discovery to be authentic and real. God is spirit, therefore; we who look for Him are in great need of direction. Jesus said, “Come to Me!” and I will show you the Father, His heartbeat and His supernatural life!

  • “Come all who are weary” (Mt 11:28) …for rest and refreshing!
  • “Come all who thirst” (Jn 7:37) …for the drink of revival!
  • “Come and dine” (Jn 21:12) …for fellowship that restores strength!
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