When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. 2 And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.” 3 Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: 4 “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. 5 No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. 7 And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. 8 Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” 9 And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. 10 This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised; Genesis 17:1-10 AMP
1. God is a covenant making and covenant keeping God
Old Testament: Covenant ( Hebrew word : BERIYTH)
•Means to cut
•Implies the shedding of blood
Jesus the Lamb of God was wounded and bruised at the cross and shed His blood for us.
New Testament: Covenant. (Hebrew word: DIATHEKE)
•Imposition of the will is a Superior, that is GOD, upon the will of the inferior, that is man.
Covenant: You can accept it or you can reject it, But you cannot ALTER it. It is always on God’s terms.
Once we step out of the kingdom of darkness into God’s kingdom of LIGHT, there is a transformation that takes place.
2. When Christ sets us free, we now live by the laws of the Kingdom.
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. Genesis 17:1 AMP
A). There can be no liberty without a law.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8 AMP
If things are going wrong, check by which law you are living.
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,[a] who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1 AMP
The law of the Spirit
The law of sin and death
B) In Covenant. – I am connected to the LIFE SOURCE
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will[a] ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. John 15:5-7 AMP
No covenant. – No answers to prayer
No covenant. – No fruit
No covenant. – No success
When you in Covenant with God: Gen 17:1-10
God’s Response. – I will prosper you
•I will bless you
•I will multiply you
•I will increase you
•I will never leave you nor forsake you
•I will change your name
•I will change your nature
•I will cause you to be fruitful
•I will open up the womb of your wife and out of you shall come a blessed nation.
2. (a). In covenant when things go crazy: it’s time TO STAND BEFORE THE LORD.
Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the Lord. Genesis 18:22 AMP
(b). The power of Covenant gives you the right to remind God of His Promise.
And Abraham came near and said, “Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Genesis 18:23 AMP
(c). When in covenant, you can feel your way forward in faith.
23 And Abraham came near and said, “Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 24 Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it? 25 Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
26 So the Lord said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.” 27 Then Abraham answered and said, “Indeed now, I who am but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: 28 Suppose there were five less than the fifty righteous; would You destroy all of the city for lack of five?” So He said, “If I find there forty-five, I will not destroy it.” 29 And he spoke to Him yet again and said, “Suppose there should be forty found there?” So He said, “I will not do it for the sake of forty.” 30 Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Suppose thirty should be found there?” So He said, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.” 31 And he said, “Indeed now, I have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose twenty should be found there?” So He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty.” 32 Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?” And He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.” 33 So the Lord went His way as soon as He had finished speaking with Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.
Genesis 18:23-33 AMP
Benefits of a covenant partnership
1. He lives in me and I in Him
For in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ Acts 17:28 AMP
2. I have understanding and knowledge in Him
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
1 John 5:20 AMP
3. In Him I have Life
For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you. 2 Corinthians 13:4 AMP
4. I am established in Him
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, Colossians 2:6 AMP