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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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The explosion of light echoed across the sky and triggered a myriad of sirens along its course.  Pellets of frozen rain crashed against the window pane with staccato rhythm.  Moments later, the car alarms faded and the hiss of falling rain crescendoed in the symphony of the storm.

The idea of enjoying a storm might seem paradoxical, but there is something serene, even romantic, about being home during the mist of a storm.  The home provides a fortress against the storm’s fury.   Though we might occasionally shudder at the sound of thunder, we find comfort in the security of shelter.  We are dry.  We are warm. We are safe from the elements.

Being unsheltered during a storm, on the other hand, is a different story.  There is nothing peacefully there.  Heavy rainfall can impair visibility while walking or driving.  Lightning strikes can cause fire and charge bodies of water, making commuting difficult.  For these reasons, most advisories usually recommend that individual remain indoors until the storm has subsided.

If being caught in a storm wasn’t bad enough there are actually people who have made careers of chasing storms.  That’s right.  These people actually study weather patterns and reports so that they could be in the midst of the storm.  Crazy huh?

Maybe not!

As I was reflecting on my season of spiritual storms, I started to realize how my spiritual storms paralleled that of actual storms.  Just like in case of an actual storm, the best place to be during a spiritual storm is in the security of shelter.  Under the coverage of shelter, there is protection from the elements.  In the natural realm, our home is protection from the storm.  In the spiritual realm, God is our shield.  Psalm 91:1-4 says,

1. Those who live in the shelter of the Most High

will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

2. This I declare about the Lord:

He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;

he is my God, and I trust him.

3. For he will rescue you from every trap

and protect you from deadly disease.

4. He will cover you with his feathers.

He will shelter you with his wings.

His faithful promises are your armor and protection (NLT).

 

The passage says that anyone who lives in God’s “house” will find rest in Him.  In other words, if we are walking with God and seeking His presence, He will protect us.  He will shelter us from the storm.  Even though the rain might be pouring down and the hail might be beating against the doors of our lives, God will keep us dry, warm and safe.  We just have to rest in His presence.  The problem is, many of us have decided to leave the safety of coverage and venture out into the storm.  There are an even smaller few who haven’t just stumbled into the rain.  They are storm chasers.  They are the ones who go out looking for storms—looking for problems.  Whether we just stagger into the rain or go chasing after storms, the results are the same.  When we get caught in the rain, we become subject to fatigue because we are fighting elements that we might not be equipped to fight.  We become lost because sometimes the darkness of a storm can be so thick that visibility is reduced.  We become sick because we succumb to our environment.  In order to recover, we have to seek shelter.  We have to return to a place of safety where restoration can begin.  Sometimes, the answer to ending our storm is simply stepping out of the rain.

 

Lord,

Today, I pray that we would have the courage to step out of storm and into your house for shelter.  Lord protect us from the elements.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen!