The Covenant Advantage
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world”. – 1 John 4:4
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith”.
1 John 5:4
Renowned biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins is said to have once expressed bewilderment at the phenomenally high number of Jewish people who are Nobel laureates. However, this is just a fraction of areas where Jews have distinguished themselves. A study from the Pew Forum Institute in 2008 found that they are the richest religious group in the United States. More than 100 of the Forbes 400 (or 400 Richest Americans) happen to be Jews, while six of the venture-leading capital firms in the US are owned by Jews. There is also a significant amount of Jewish presence in Silicon Valley, Congress, Wall Street, Hollywood and Media. These statistics are particularly striking because the Jews constitute only 2% of the American population.
However, the success of Jews is best appreciated when cast against the backdrop of historical oppression. As a race, they faced the most political massacres, with a striking two million executions by the Nazis. They have often been dislodged from their native dwellings, and endured slavery, wars, and desecration of their temples of worship. Yet, they have risen to global acclaim, exercising leadership in every sphere of life.
For the average Jew, success is an ideology predicated upon the covenant between God and Abraham. They walk in the consciousness of being chosen as God’s special people. They approach enterprise, science and politics with the expectation that they will lead. Regardless of historical antecedents, they simply believe that as descendants of Abraham, they are bound to a life of victory.
Interestingly, as Christians, we have a better covenant. As the Bible states, “But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises” [Hebrew 8: 6]. Indeed, God did not only give us His promises, He gave us His Son, that through His death and resurrection we might be partakers of His divine nature here on earth.
Our scriptures for the year speak succinctly on this matter. We are of God. We are born of God [1 John 4:4; 1 John 5:4]. Therefore, we are chosen to manifest the life and victory of God in all our endeavours. Regardless of the lies of the enemy, despite the events of the past, this is a new dawn, a new beginning, a time to walk in the inheritance God intended for us.
I am convinced, more than ever, that these times call for covenant consciousness. So make up your mind about 2018. Decide to experience the best of God. If the Jews manifest such astounding results simply by being conscious of the Abrahamic covenant, how much more you and I, who are spiritual children of Abraham and who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb? In other words, you are of God. Your victory is assured.
But remember, it is by faith that we access our divine inheritance. So rather than worry and speculate about the future, why not anticipate the move of God like never before? Declare His promises over your life. Pursue your passions with vigour. Be diligent. Stay in the place of prayer. Involve God in all your pursuits. Your testimony will confound the world.
This is the year you have been waiting for. Expect radical deliverances, astonishing miracles, and mind-boggling promotions. It is time for the manifestation of the children of God. Your light will shine in every corner of the world. Even your detractors will see the grace of God upon you. You will walk in supernatural health and peace. Joy will be the bedrock of your relationships. It’s your season of long-awaited breakthroughs, your year of unusual wisdom and insight. God’s creative power will flood your life and make you a channel of witty inventions. You will testify, in Jesus name.
Welcome to 2018, your year of Covenant Realities.
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God bless you.
Pastor Taiwo Odukoya