Commitment and Covenant: covenant healing
The last few days have been very difficult for me in so many ways, sometimes I’ve wanted to step out and do something when God has told me to leave it, let go and trust Him, at other times I’ve wanted to just give up because all the waiting and the hoping seems so futile against the agony of reality. But there is something that keeps me on the path that God has laid out for me and that is His promise to me and my acceptance of that promise; He has whispered something into the depths of my heart a promise of something to come and in return I am asked to follow Him and stay on that path and He will lead me there. I have desired this thing for so long, but it’s never been something I’ve been committed to work for, it has always been like a hazy dream somewhere in the distance, something that could or would happen when all the broken pieces of my life were made whole, so why now? What has caused the haziness to solidify into something more substantial, more real that causes me to step out in faith and obey? Two things, He has given His word and I have accepted it.
In Genesis 15 YHVH gives Abraham the promise of a child and Abraham believed (accepted as true) God’s word and this was accredited as righteousness. It was this acceptance of God’s promise which paved the way for a covenant being formed. I don’t know why I suddenly believe God now and before felt that it was something that could happen if God was so inclined but it feels to me like I have entered into a covenant with God simply because I believe His word. Last year I read a great book called ‘Marriage Covenant’ by Derek Prince (affiliate link) although it was quite thin it is the only place that I ever learnt about the true meaning of covenant.
In a covenant there are several things which happen:
- God makes a promise or vow with those He wishes to enter into covenant with
- the person/people are informed of the terms of the covenant (what is expected of them) and they are left to accept or decline them and
- the covenant is made binding through the shedding of blood during sacrifice.
We see this occur in all 5 of the biblical covenants that God has entered into with man, for example God promised Abraham that He would be the Father of many nations, that He would bless His descendants, make them to inherit Canaan and be called God’s own people. We also learn in chapter 17 that in return Abraham had to circumcise all the male offspring on the 8th day from their birth (the sacrificial offering that seals the covenant is described in chapter 15). We also find that any male child who was not circumcised were cut off from Abraham’s house and as a consequence they were not included in the covenant promise.
And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham’s house; and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him. And Abraham [was] ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. And Ishmael his son [was] thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. In the selfsame day was Abraham circumcised, and Ishmael his son. And all the men of his house, born in the house, and bought with money of the stranger, were circumcised with him.
The above verses say it all, you can imagine how committed Abraham was to fulfilling the terms of the covenant agreement, even at the age of 90 he was willing to carry out minor surgery on the most intimate part of his body and do the same for every male member of his household young and old even though he knew that the pain would be excruciating and that the discomfort would be lengthy!
Why am I saying all of this? Well, I really just wanted to briefly capture the essence of covenant because earlier on I said that I felt as if I had entered into a covenant with God based on the promise He has given to me. I would like to clarify that I don’t believe God has made a new covenant with me, but that the word He has given to me is already a part of an existing covenant and that my acceptance of this word is binding through this covenant. Which covenant am I speaking of? The New covenant, the Messianic covenant the covenant which says:
Yeshua was wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53: 5) and which tells me that Yeshua was anointed to preach good tidings unto the meek; to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound (Isaiah 61: 1). That He was anointed with the power to heal (Acts 10: 38) and to give life in abundance (John 10:10). And that if God promised to heal His people under the Old covenant more imperfect covenant, imagine the blessings that are available to His people under the newer and perfect one.
I can’t say this any better than a great article I found on covenant healing (see link below).
It’s not just about healing for me, healing is one part which will enable a deeper desire, God’s whispered promise to become a reality. It is the understanding that God is aware of this desire and that He has made provision for it to come to fruition which makes me committed to obeying His voice. Yes, I know that sometimes it feels like my soul is so exposed that I want to run and hide and that my body feels like breaking (well actually most of the time) and that all I really want to do is give up and do things my way but the terms of the covenant state “abide in Me”. So simple yet so hard, but I’m not willing to take the risk of being cut off and missing the promise.
God chose to make eternal promises to us, He sealed his desire to bless, heal us, make us whole and give us life in abundance through the blood of the lamb, all of this is available to every blood bought child of God and all we have to do is say “Yes, Lord I accept Your Word as truth” and follow Him, it’s not easy I know but can you really contemplate living life any other way. Let us pray.
I am praying for myself and every other person out there who is broken and who needs your healing inside and out. Lord God, you have already purchased our healing and wholeness, you made provision through the sacrificial blood of the Lamb (Yeshua HaMashiach/ Jesus Christ) and bound these blessings up in an eternal and unwavering covenant. Lord God, all you ask us to do is accept that this is true and by faith in Your word, by faith in your majesty, by faith in the power of the sacrificial blood that promise is manifested in us to the glory of your name. Abba father, this is your covenant promise and you ask us today to enter into the covenant with our eyes open with understanding that this is a holy and spiritual bond which requires commitment in our walk in order for us to abide in You. You are a covenant keeping God, you do not lie neither do you go back on your word and You are faithful even when we have no faith. Lord God, we are your sheep, your children and You are our Shepherd and you lead us into all righteousness for Your name’s sake. Lord keep our eyes always focused on You, keep us committed to obeying you and keep our feet planted firmly on the path that leads to salvation. We can not do this thing called life without You, help us to fully accept and to walk in your covenant promise.
Hear our prayer,
In Yeshua’s name I pray.
Covenant healing article – I am not endorsing the teachings held on this site but feel that this particular article sheds a lot of light on covenant healing, please weigh all material accordingly through the Holy Spirit.
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