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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).

Waiting for Strength

“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart: Wait, I say, on the LORD!” (Psalm 27:14)

“But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord! Waiting is not just something we do in order to get what we want. Waiting is the process of becoming what God wants us to be. What God does in us while we wait is as important as what we are waiting for. Waiting – that is “biblical waiting”; is not passively sitting around for something to happen that will move us beyond our troubles. Waiting does not mean doing nothing. It is not resignation, but spiritual posturing… for our heart to be renewed.

Waiting is an Obedient Posture – of Trust:

Those who wait are those who expect harvest, because they know their work is not in vain. The farmer can wait all summer for his harvest, because he has done his work… sowing the seed and watering the plants. Those who wait on the Lord can go about their assigned tasks, confident that God will provide the strength in their lives and the blessing in their toil. Notice the emphasis on trusting in the Lord. Waiting is the confident discipline of an expectant believer. Faith is something active and sometimes even painfully stretched by trusting in God. It knows that we will reap a reward… if we endure to the end (Heb. 11:6).

When Jesus told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem (Lk. 24:49), He was offering a key to renewed strength. His strength is the primary means of experiencing His peace, His purpose, and His power. But you have to wait for it with a trusting heart!

Four powerful things happen in our waiting for renewed strength!

  1. We come to the end of ourselves. We stop moving, fixing and over thinking life. (Acts 1:8)(Zach. 4:6)
  2. We see God moving. We catch the wind of God’s Spirit. (Jn. 3:3-8)(Acts 2:1-4).
  3. We find a prophetic destiny that we cannot achieve on our own. (Acts 2:14-21)(1 Cor. 2:9-12)
  4. We unlock the door to the Father’s Heart. (Acts 2:38-39)(Jer. 29:11-14)

Flapping, Gliding or Soaring:

Ornithologists are people who study birds and they say birds have three methods of flight. Flapping is keeping their wings in constant motion, like a hummingbird or robin, to counteract gravity. Flapping keeps them in the air, but it is a lot of work. Second is gliding. Here the bird builds up enough speed, then coasts downward a while. It is much more graceful than flapping, but unfortunately it does not get the bird very far. Reality, in the form of gravity sets in quickly. Gliding is nice, but it does not last.

The third way is soaring. Only a few birds are capable of soaring like the eagle… but it is because of their ability to wait for the right winds. Eagle’s wings are so strong that they are capable of catching rising currents of warm air called thermal winds that go straight up from the Earth. And without moving a feather, they can soar to great heights. Eagles have been clocked at up to 80 mph without flapping at all. They just soar on invisible columns of air.

I believe its time to learn how to soar!

Maintain the Promise

Scripture: “…And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the remnant whom the Lord calls. (Joel 2:28-32)

Thought for Today: “Becoming A Power Team”

The Church that we see spoken of consistently in Scripture is a people of power. Jesus said the very gates of hell shall not prevail against Her (Mt 16:18). She is a people of Promise (Lk 24:49), called out of darkness and established upon a platform of supernatural love (Col 1:13-14) and Holy Spirit activity (Acts 2:4). She has stood in the midst of persecution and multiplied in the midst of division. Her character has been challenged from every angle and She has advanced in every culture. Yet, She fights Her greatest battles from within, from the very people who carry Her Promise. She will prevail, but not without a people who know how to maintain that Promise.

The Promise of the Father:

We, as God’s People; cannot emphasize this enough – The Promise of the Father is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit! Jesus told His disciples to go wait in Jerusalem until they were endued, or clothed with power from on high (Lk 24:49)(Acts 1:4-8). This is the Promise that was experienced on the day of Pentecost and continues even today, and it is the force that has made the Church most effective in the modern world. Power was released that made those early followers “witnesses” in their world and that same power is alive today if we will maintain the Promise of the Father.

Maintaining the Promise of the Father: (2 Chron 7:14)
If My people who are called by My name will… 1st) humble themselves and pray… 2nd) seek My face… and 3rd) turn from their wicked ways.

God’s Response: Renewal, Revival and Restoration
Then I Will… 1) hear from heaven… 2) forgive their sins… and 3) heal their land.

Please notice that God’s Promise is conditional, meaning we must maintain its reality. God will only do what He can do, when we do what we have been called to do. The Church is responsible for the spiritual condition of our neighbors, city and nation, because God has given us delegated authority to advance His cause in our World. We are the Power Team in the Earth. We are the carriers of revival to different spheres of society. We maintain the Promise of the Father by fervent, persistent and faith-filled praying. When we as God’s People humble ourselves and seek His face, He will hear and respond. God will not fasten our destinies to a dead end vision or lifeless system maintained by religion. Remind yourself that it is still His Church… He is simply wanting to rule and reign in it again!

Another Great Awakening:

I believe there is gonna be another great awakening, but it starts right here with us… God’s People; humbling themselves before God, praying and fasting, turning from their wicked ways and seeking His face!

God says through the Prophet Joel; “…afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.” (Joel 2:28)

The question to ask is; “after what?” Please do not forget what precedes the promise. “Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning…”(Joel 2:12) “Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly…” (Joel 2:15). God was saying, assemble a people who will fast and pray to recover what has been lost. This was God’s call to His People for the recovery of their Promise.

Another Example:

John the Baptist was a burning and shining lamp. It was the quality of his life and the fire of his devotion that captured a Nation. His authority to be a voice was in his lifestyle. Through prayer and fasting he prepared the way of the Lord. The same applies to us, through prayer and fasting we will prepare the way of the Lord. For Him to do a great work through us, He first has to do a great work in us. We carry the Glory of God within us… we are His Image Bearers; called to awaken and respond to His purposes in the earth (Hab. 2:14).

Revival starts with us, because we are the commissioned ones… we must maintain the Promise!

Recovering Promise

“Therefore let all the House of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:36-37)

The Church that we see spoken of consistently in Scripture is a people of power. Jesus said the very gates of hell shall not prevail against Her (Mt 16:18). She is a people of power, because of God’s Promise to accompany Her as the habitation of God by the Spirit. Clearly, She is a people called out of darkness and established upon a new platform of supernatural love and Holy Spirit activity. And She has overcome!

She has stood in the midst of persecution and multiplied in the midst of division. Her character has been challenged from every angle and She has advanced in every culture. Yet, She fights Her greatest battles from within, from the very people who carry Her Promise. She will prevail, but not without a people who know how to maintain their Promise. And, I think there will always be a need to recover what gets lost in battle or watered down by those with weak convictions.

The Promise of the Father:

The Promise of the Father is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit! Jesus told His disciples to go wait in Jerusalem until they were endued, or clothed with power from on high (Lk 24:49)(Acts 1:4-8). This Promise was experienced on the day of Pentecost and continues even today as the force that has made the Church most effective in the modern world. Power was released that made those early followers “witnesses” in their world and that same power is alive today if we will maintain the Promise of the Father.

Maintaining the Promise of the Father: (2 Chron 7:14)

  • If My people who are called by My name will… 1st) humble themselves and pray… 2nd) seek My face… and 3rd) turn from their wicked ways.

God’s Response: Restoration & Revival

  • Then I Will… 1) hear from heaven… 2) forgive their sins… and 3) heal their land.

Please notice that God’s Promise is conditional… meaning we must maintain its reality. God will only do what He can do, when we do what we have been called to do. The Church is responsible for the spiritual condition of our cities and nation, because God has given us delegated authority to advance His cause in our World. We are the Power Team in the Earth. We are the carriers of revival to different spheres of society. We maintain the Promise of the Father by fervent, persistent and faith filled praying. When we as God’s People humble ourselves and seek His face, He will hear and respond. God will not fasten our destinies to a dead end vision or lifeless system maintained by religion. Remind yourself that it is still His Church… He is simply wanting to rule and reign in it again!

Another Great Awakening:

I believe there is gonna be another great awakening, but it starts right here with us… God’s People; humbling themselves before God, praying and fasting, turning from wicked ways and seeking His face!

God says through the Prophet Joel; “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.” (Joel 2:28)

The question to ask is; “after what?” Please do not forget what precedes the promise. “Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning…”(Joel 2:12) “Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly…” (Joel 2:15). God was saying, assemble a people who will fast and pray to recover what has been lost. This was God’s call to His People for their recovery of the Promise.

Another Example:

John the Baptist was a burning and shining lamp. It was the quality of his life and the fire of his devotion that captured a Nation. His authority to be a voice was in his lifestyle. Through prayer and fasting he prepared the way of the Lord. The same applies to us, through prayer and fasting we will prepare the way of the Lord. For Him to do a great work through us, He first has to do a great work in us.

Revival must start with us, because we are His People; called by His Name to recover His Promise!

Time to Soar

Waiting is not just something we do in order to get what we want. Waiting is the process of becoming what God wants us to be. What God does in us while we wait is as important as what we are waiting for. Waiting – that is “biblical waiting”; is not passively sitting around for something to happen that will move us beyond our troubles. Waiting does not mean doing nothing. It is not resignation, but spiritual posturing… for our heart to be renewed.

Waiting is an Obedient Posture:

Those who wait are those who expect harvest, because they know their work is not in vain. The farmer can wait all summer for his harvest, because he has done his work… sowing the seed and watering the plants. Those who wait on the Lord can go about their assigned tasks, confident that God will provide the strength in their lives and the blessing in their toil. Waiting is the confident discipline of an expectant believer. Faith is something active and sometimes even painfully stretched by trusting in God. It knows that we will reap a reward… if we endure to the end (Heb. 11:6).

When Jesus told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem (Lk. 24:49), He was telling them that this was a means of experiencing His peace, His prosperity, and His power.

Four powerful things happen in our waiting for renewed strength!

  1. We come to the end of ourselves. We stop moving, fixing and over thinking life. (Acts 1:8)(Zach. 4:6)
  2. We see God moving. We catch the wind of God’s Spirit. (Jn. 3:3-8)(Acts 2:1-4).
  3. We find a prophetic destiny that we cannot achieve on our own. (Acts 2:14-21)(1 Cor. 2:9-12)
  4. We unlock the door to the Father’s Heart. (Acts 2:38-39)(Jer. 29:11-14)

Flapping, Gliding or Soaring:

Ornithologists say birds have three methods of flight. Flapping is keeping their wings in constant motion, like a hummingbird or robin, to counteract gravity. Flapping keeps them in the air, but it is a lot of work. Second is gliding. Here the bird builds up enough speed, then coasts downward a while. It is much more graceful than flapping, but unfortunately it does not get the bird very far. Reality, in the form of gravity sets in quickly. Gliding is nice, but it does not last.

The third way is soaring. Only a few birds are capable of soaring like the eagle… but it is because of their ability to wait for the right winds. Eagle’s wings are so strong that they are capable of catching rising currents of warm air called thermal winds that go straight up from the Earth. And without moving a feather, they can soar to great heights. Eagles have been clocked at up to 80 mph without flapping at all. They just soar on invisible columns of air.

I believe its time for us to soar!

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