Be Mindful of the Covenant
"Remember his marvelous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth...Be ye mindful always of his covenant..." I Chronicles 16:12 & 15
The scriptural definition of covenant is a legal agreement between God and man, initiated by God. His covenants are a way to communicate with us, redeem us and guarantee us eternal life in Jesus Christ. God’s covenants are promises, and His promises cannot be broken (John 10:35).
Remember is a power word. To remember is to cause someone or something from the past to come back into your mind again; it recalls the same thing with increased energy and creative ability. We are called to be choosers… choose this day! “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” Deuteronomy 30:19 (NLT).
When we continue to discuss regrets, disappointments or hurts, they grow stronger. The past always wants a repeat performance. Remembering negative events, what the doctor predicted, what parents said or the negative words we’ve speak about ourselves is scripturally illegal! Isaiah said, “Do not (earnestly) remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43: 18-19 (AMP). There is no way to know the ‘new thing’ when we are preoccupied by negative memories.
Isaiah foresaw the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He was raised from the dead by the glory (results) of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4). We have the boldness (ability) to say, “I’m in the newness of life because of Jesus Christ to enter into the holiest by His shed blood.” (Hebrews 10:19-20). The holiest is the New Covenant where we are declared not guilty. It is a new and living way which Christ Jesus dedicated for us. The one time sacrifice releases the revelation of a new way of thinking and speaking based on God’s Word.
When we remember the New Covenant, we stop blaming anything or anyone, but rather take responsibility for our thoughts and actions. We are what we are today because of our beliefs. Connect to the blessing of Abraham which is the promise of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 3:14). When we receive the Holy Spirit because of Jesus Christ, the promise becomes the reality. Take the negative events, family traditions and places you have been stamped as failures, write them down, ask the Lord for forgiveness, receive His forgiveness and let them go.
Heavenly Father, by Jesus Christ’s name, I release this event to You and I forgive all that is involved, including myself. I accept Your forgiveness by faith, and I stamp this time with Romans 8:28. I no longer remember this event as something controlling of my life. I apply Jesus Christ’s blood to that place of defilement and replace it as a teacher and strengthener for my life. It no longer matters what they did or didn’t do. It no longer matters what I did or didn’t do. It’s disempowered by the blood of Jesus Christ. Amen!
Be Mindful of the New Covenant (Ezekiel 36:23-30)
1. When the Lord sanctifies Himself in us, He will be sanctified. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, we are supernaturally moved into a new position of life. Get used to your new position. We go from a lost sinner to a found saint by one name, Jesus Christ. We are now empowered by the Holy Spirit to live as an example of Him living in us (vs. 23).
2. God takes initiative by telling us what He will do.
- “For I will take you up from all the nations and bring you home again to your land.” (vs. 24)
- “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols.” (vs. 25)
- “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you.” (vs. 26)
- “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statues.” (vs. 27)
- “You shall be My people, and I will be your God.” (vs. 28)
- “I will call forth the grain and make it abundant and lay no famine on you.” (vs. 29)
- “I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields.” (vs. 30)
3. We are required to stop trying to be good in order to be accepted by God. Instead, we are to trust in the Lord and the power of His might (Ephesians 6:10).
4. I have the potential for total provision and continuous supply because of the New Testament. I believe it to be so. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ. I live because of you! Amen.