“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 (NKJV)
“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 (NKJV).
The word covenant is a term which is not frequently used in this dispensation, but it is as old as time itself. We find that it was first used in the Bible during the time of Noah in Genesis 6:18, after God told Noah to build an ark because He was going to destroy the earth with flood due to the sins of its inhabitants. After the flood ceased and the waters had receded, God made a covenant never to curse the ground or destroy every living thing from the surface of the earth again because of man.
A covenant is usually between two or more parties who come together to make a pact, agreement or treaty. The agreement clearly stipulates the responsibilities or duties of each party and benefits for adhering to the terms of the covenant. Take for instance, God’s covenant with Abraham; God told Abraham to walk before Him and be blameless. If Abraham obeyed, he would be a father of nations, God would be his God and the God of his descendants’, and He would bless anyone who blessed Abraham and curse whoever cursed him. But if he did not obey, the promises would be void in his life.
Invariably, God was telling Abraham, “I will be a friend to your friends and an enemy to your enemies. I will fight your battles.” This we clearly see God do on his behalf when his wife was taken from him on two different occasions.
We also see the strength or efficacy of a covenant in the story of the Gibeonites. In Joshua chapters 9 and 10, the Gibeonites tricked the children of Israel by making them believe they came from a distant land, and got them to make a covenant with them. Three days later, the Israelites discovered that the Gibeonites were part of the neighbouring cities that God had instructed them through Moses to destroy. But, because they had entered into a covenant with them before God, they could no longer destroy them. And due to the peace treaty between the Gibeonites and the Israelites, five Amorite kings rose up in battle against the Gibeonites and the Israelites came to their defence. The amazing thing is that this was just a covenant among men, and the Israelites went all out in defence of the
Gibeonites against these other kingdoms – fighting a battle that was not directly theirs, all because of the covenant. How much more a covenant initiated by God with man?
We are told in God’s word that the Old Testament is a shadow of the things to come and we are so privileged to be living in the dispensation of the new covenant ratified by the blood of Jesus Christ, who became sin for us, took our place and died on our behalf, reconciling us to God and restoring all that man lost due to his fall in the Garden of Eden. Now, we are born of God and have become overcomers due to the finished work of Christ. We have the Holy Spirit resident in us permanently. Consequently, we can do all things and are victorious because the greater one lives in us.
Let us therefore walk in the consciousness of what Christ has done and secured for us through the everlasting blood of the covenant. Walk with the mind-set of a conqueror in Christ. I see every Goliath and mountain crumbling before you in 2018, all because of the blood of Jesus.
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Pastor Nomthi Odukoya