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In the simplest of terms, a covenant is an agreement, a contract or a bond between parties—a binding promise.  When a covenant is called into effect, there is an expectation that the agreed upon terms will be enforced.  In our legal system, most people go into covenants with the assurance that the legal system will enforce the terms and conditions of the agreement.  However, while the law can often guarantee that all parties will abide by the term of the covenant, a level of trust is still required between the parties.  Most people do not enter into covenants with people whom they know to be unscrupulous.  Most legal covenants are often measures that reasonable people establish to safeguard themselves against unforeseen events.  Again, most people enter covenants with the assumption that the opposing party has a certain amount of integrity.  This brings me to the point of this blog: God’s covenants.

 

Number 23:19 says, God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill,” (NIV)?  This passage indirectly speaks to the Abrahamic Covenant where God promised Abraham that he would bless the Israelites and Abraham’s family line.  In Number 23, Balak wanted Balaam to curse the Israelites, but Balaam replied with, “‘I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it,’”(v. 20, NIV).

 

God cannot and will not change His mind.  He is in covenant with His people.  Number 23:19, not only speaks to the nature of God, but it is also a covenant in and of itself.  God is saying that his Word is bond.  Once he has said it, it is done.  Below is an exercise that I challenge all of us to do.

 

Covenant Agreement Between God and me

This Agreement made this __________ day of ____________20______ by and between _______________ and God.

 

Standing on the promises of the Abrahamic Covenant, I am believing God for:

  1. _______________________
  2. _______________________
  3. _______________________
  4. _______________________

 

The Bible verses that I rest my beliefs on are:

  1. _______________________
  2. _______________________
  3. _______________________
  4. _______________________

 

This agreement encourages us to remind God what He has promised.  With that said, we should also remember that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8).  There will be times that our prayers go unanswered for reasons we cannot understand, but we should go into agreement with God knowing that He has heard our petitions and that He will answer; and if the answer is not what we expect, it is what God intended because He has deliberate acted.  Below are a just a few examples of how God acted on behalf of his people’s prayers.

 

Prayer for healing:

  • Hezekiah was on the brink of death and cried out to God to spare his life.
    • “‘Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life,’” (Isaiah 38:5, NIV).

 

Praying for a Godly partner:

Abraham, though his servant, prayed that God would find a specific wife for Isaac.  God led Abraham’s servant to Rebekah.  Isaac and Rebekah were later married (Genesis 24: 1-67).

 

Praying to have children:

Isaac pleaded with the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was unable to have children. The LORD answered Isaac’s prayer, and Rebekah became pregnant with twins,” (Genesis 25:21, NLT).

 

Released from jail:

“But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out,” (Acts 5:19).

 

Financial breakthrough:

“The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it,” (Proverbs 10:22, NLT).

 

Spiritual breakthrough:

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds,” (2 Corinthians 10:4, NIV).

 

Fulfillment of God’s promise:

  • God had given Joseph a dream that he would become a mighty man. However, over the course of time, he was kidnapped, sold into slavery, accused of rape, imprisoned and forgotten.  Fortunately, God did not forget about him or the promise that he made to him.

 

  • 38 And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?” 39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are. 40 You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command. Only as regards the throne will I be greater than you,” (Genesis 41:38-40, ESV).

 

Today, I pray that you remember the covenant agreement that God has made with you and with Abraham.  Stand on His Word as you pray for His favor!

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Lately, there have been so many talking donkeys in my life.  It’s been very difficult to resist the urge to beat those asses.

For those of you who don’t know or have never heard the story of Balaam and the Donkey, let me give you a brief synopsis.

Balaam was a prophet in the Old Testament.  King Balak, king of Moab, had sent messengers to request that Balaam curse the Israelites who were living in Moab.  This directive was against God’s orders.  Nonetheless, Balaam saddled his donkey and went with the Moabite officials.  God was angry with him for disobeying His order, so he sent an angel to oppose him.  When the donkey saw the angel standing in the road, it went off the road and into a field.  Balaam beat the animal and forced it back onto the road.  The angel appeared a second time further along the path.  Again, the donkey saw the angel and hesitated.  Balaam beat the donkey a second time.  The third time the donkey saw the angel, it laid down under Balaam.  This time Balaam beat it with his staff.  God allowed the donkey to speak.  The donkey questioned Balaam about the beating. Balaam threatened to kill the donkey.  The Lord allowed Balaam to see the angel standing in the road with his sword drawn. The angel informed Balaam that had it not been for the donkey’s resistance, he would have kill him (Numbers 22).

Crazy huh?  Maybe not!  How many times during the course of our day do we experience donkeys that try to protect us?  Many of us may likely never experience a literal talking donkey, but we do experience them metaphorically speaking.  Lost keys, delayed traffic, missed flights—these are all talking donkey in our lives.  Instead of trusting our “donkeys,” we resort to beating them.  Some of us get worked up to the point of wanting to annihilate our roadblocks, not realizing that death or disaster is imminent.

One of my prayers is that we learn to recognize our talking donkeys.  To begin, we should question resistance.  Is our resistance a part of the travails of life, or is it indicative of danger?   The truth is, only God can answer that question, but we need to present it to Him so that He could give us revelation.  Some circumstances could be avoidable if we just take heed.  Our prayers, should involve asking God for wisdom, discernment and peace about the situation.  When we do, we allow God to step in and implement His divine will.

Today’s Prayer:

Lord, allow us to embrace our talking donkeys.  Provide us the wisdom, discernment and peace regarding your will.  May your will be done in our lives.  Protect us from all harm.  Let us rest in your peace regarding our life’s decisions.  Bless us in our coming and our goings.  We love you.  We trust you.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.