The Coming Release of Blessings
Get to know the Lord and good will come into your life.
Understanding God’s covenant changes everything for the believer.
It’s up to you to move into your covenant relationship with Him by trusting in Him.
My dear friend Oral Roberts once told me about a man who came to him and blurted, “You preach about miracles all the time, but I don’t believe in miracles.”
“Do you believe in the Bible?” Dr. Roberts asked. “Yes!” the man responded emphatically. “It’s just that I don’t believe that miracles happen today to people like what happened in the Bible.”
“Give me your Bible,” the internationally recognized evangelist said. The man complied, and then Oral said, “Now, see if you can find me some scissors.”
Within a few moments, the man had found a pair of scissors. “Here they are, but what are you planning to do?”
“You, not me,” the Bible teacher responded. “I want you to go through Bible and cut out every portion that talks about miracles or healing.”
“I can’t do that!”
“Why not?” Dr. Roberts asked. “You said you don’t believe in miracles today, so cut out every portion that you don’t believe or that you think doesn’t apply to you.”
“But,” the man sputtered, “I’d be destroying the Word of God if I cut those pages out.”
“Yes,” Oral Roberts said, “that’s exactly what you are doing when you say you don’t believe in miracles for today!”
Receiving miracles, as well as all the other covenant blessings God provides—including abundance in your finances—are an intrinsic part of your covenant relationship with Almighty God.
Don’t cut out the covenant promises God has given to you in the Bible—either literally or figuratively!
Contract Between God and You
Like a blood-red thread flowing through the pages of God’s Word, the covenant between God and His people has been a succession of binding agreements in which God makes promises to His people who are then required to fulfill their part of the contract.
In the Old Testament, the primary agreements were between God and Adam (Genesis 1-3), Noah (Genesis 6-9), Abraham (Genesis 12, 15, 17, 22), Moses (Exodus 20), and David (2 Samuel 7).
The New Covenant proclaimed that all of God’s covenant promises were fulfilled through Christ, and because of His sacrifice has become “Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises” (Hebrews 8:6).
Truly, this New Covenant represents the culmination and consummation of God’s saving work among His people, and it is the foundation for all the blessings He desires to pour out upon believers today!
Understanding God’s covenant changes everything for the believer, since the key to walking in victory, both today and in the future, is your covenant relationship with God!
God Has Placed a Vast Difference Between You and the World
Because you are a covenant person, God has promised to take care of you, even in seasons of difficulty, conflicts, and distress. While the world may struggle, you can rejoice, for the One you serve has given you abundant promises.
Just as God declared (through Moses) to the Egyptian Pharaoh, “I will make a difference between My people and your people” (Exodus 8:23), believers today who have been washed in the blood of Jesus may be in this world, but they don’t belong to it. Neither are they run by it!
No matter what happens around you, your position is one of strength and power as you trust in your covenant-making, covenant-keeping God!
He has already done His part. Are you doing yours?
Trust and Obey
One of the best explanations of covenant blessings is found in Deuteronomy 28, which begins with these revealing words:
Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God. (Deuteronomy 28:1-2)
What follows afterward emphasizes the choice we must make. If we trust and obey Him, blessings untold are promised. If we don’t receive His Word and follow His guidelines, we step away from His overflow.
Four Guidelines for Obedience
#1 Acquaint Yourself with Him
We are told, “Acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you. Receive, please, instruction from His mouth, and lay up His words in your heart” (Job 22:21-22).
How can you know the guidelines and benefits of your covenant relationship with God unless you get to know, purposefully and intimately, the God of covenants?
Abide in Him. Get to know the Lord and good will come into your life. He will build you up! Fulfill your part of the covenant relationship! Love His Word as a covenant believer. Spend time with Him.
Remember, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Don’t look for the bread He gives—look TO the God who gives you that bread! It’s up to you to live by the Word He has made available for you.
#2 Fear Not
Corrie Ten Boom used to say, “The Bible tells us ‘fear not’ 365 times, one for every day.” We are told, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
God has promised to protect you from everything the devil throws at you! The supernatural joy of the Lord is your strength. He has already done His part. If you are allowing yourself to be crippled by fear, you aren’t accessing the blessings of your covenant with Him.
Instead of being fearful, rest on God’s promises. Empower yourself with Job 5:20-22. Then put on your spiritual armor (Ephesians 6:11-18)…and do your part.
#3 Realize that He is Your Source
The God of the covenant is the King of glory. Everything belongs to Him. We are told, “The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1). God says, “The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine” (Haggai 2:8). He created it all. He owns it all. He wants to bless you beyond measure.
“Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who delights greatly in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches will be in his house, and his righteousness endures forever” (Psalm 112:1-3).
The word “fear” in this passage doesn’t mean to be afraid of God. It means to love, honor, and respect Him with a desire to please Him.
#4 Look to God the Provider, Not to What He Provides
Often, we look to what God has provided us. The Israelites were guilty of doing this. They often looked at the daily manna that fell from heaven, but what God really wanted them to do was to look at Him, the Provider of the manna.
God wants us to do the same. There’s no influence from the world and its economic systems that can overcome us when our eyes are on the Lord.
God has already fulfilled His part of the covenant. Now it’s up to you to move into your covenant relationship with Him by trusting in Him as your Source. How?
And when He becomes your source, there’s no fear of giving. There are no worries. There’s no influence from the world and its economic systems when your eyes are on the Lord!
#5 Entrust Your Resources to God
When we give to the work of the Lord, we demonstrate our obedience to our part of the covenant as well as our trust in God’s desire to bless us.
The Word of God says to:
“Honor the LORD with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine” (Proverbs 3:9-10).
When we give, we show that we believe in the covenant, that we believe in following the guidelines He set forth. We demonstrate that we:
- Know Him and what is important to Him
- Are not afraid of what might happen to us
- Accept Him as our Source for everything, including our finances
- Have our eyes focused on Him and not on the world, our circumstances, or our possessions
- Trust Him with all we have
Our reliance on God is evident in our giving. Giving is natural to those who love the Lord and live fully in His covenant blessings, so you can sow seed for the Kingdom knowing He is the God of both the seed and the harvest.
What step do you need to take now?
God has already fulfilled His part of the covenant. Now it’s up to you to move into your covenant relationship with Him by trusting in Him and fulfilling your end of the covenant relationship.
Your Covenant Relationship with God
Earlier, I recalled how my precious friend Oral Roberts was confronted by a man who questioned whether the covenant blessings throughout the Bible were for today. The well-known evangelist shocked the man by telling him to get a pair of scissors and to cut out all the portions of Scripture that talked about things he didn’t believe.
My question to you today: “Are you cutting out parts of the Bible because you aren’t accessing all of the blessings as a covenant believer?” Worse, have you allowed the enemy of your soul to blind you to the promises available to you?
God has already done His part. Now it is up to you to discover His promises anew and act upon them.
This is not me saying it. It’s from God’s Word.
God wants to bless His people so that they in turn can become a blessing to others.
God Has Already Done His Part
As we have covered, we are told as covenant believers to:
• Acquaint yourself with Him
• Fear not
• Accept His as your Source
• Look to God the provider, not to what He provides
• Entrust your resources to God
When you give toward the spreading of the Gospel, you show that you know the Lord, you have no fear of the future, you recognize Him as your Source, you look at Him instead of your surroundings, and you trust Him with all you have.
We must do our part with what He has already placed in our hands. As the apostle Paul wrote:
“Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness” (2 Corinthians 9:10).