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GOD IS COVENANT “GOD PURSUES INTENTIONAL RELATIONSHIP” The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant. PSALM 25:14 Failed Commitment Efforts: Pinky Promise – Cute – tradition if promise is broken, aggrieved breaks the finger of the offender. Not So Cute Blood Brothers – right idea about cutting (Covenant) but only blood of Jesus makes us brothers. Swears and Promises – Our head and hearts make promises we cannot keep. We turn to inward self-reliance instead of focusing upward to God dependence. HEAD – But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. Matthew 5:34-37 (NIV) HEART – “The heart is deceitful above all things And it is extremely sick; Who can understand it fully and know its secret motives? “I, the Lord, search and examine the mind, I test the heart, To give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds. Jeremiah 17:9-10 (Amplified Bible) SUCCESSFUL COMMITMENT EFFORT: Covenant What is Covenant? – Covenant shows the character of God (Trinity) – intentional and intimate – Tangible partnerships between God and People. Marriage – Binding promises to work together for common goal – Redeem humanity. – Signified by oaths, signs, and ceremonies. Police and Military take Oath – Accept Jesus – Public Profession of Faith – Why keep secret? – Different from Contract – relational versus professional. NOTE: WE MUST BE INTENTIONAL ABOUT CONNECTION. God never enters into the relationship casually or informally. SPIRITUAL REBAR NOTE: WHO ARE YOU IN COVENANT WITH? Intentional God Covenants We Should Enter Into: 1. Relationship with God 2. Relationship with Spouse 3. Relationship with Kids 4. Relationship with Believers – Discipleship – Paul & Timothy – Intentional What’s A Contract? Professional or Business relationship. – Usually 50 / 50 benefit – Exit clause – Benefit at expense of another – Expiration date – Performance based success metric – Failure is penalized – I seek to impose my will NOTE: Would you say most of your relationships are Covenant or Contractual? God’s 5 major covenants: Today’s Covenants – Marriage covenant – (ADAM & EVE) This includes your relationship with God as you become the body of Christ who will be reclaimed as the Bride of Christ. – Grace covenant (NOAH) – God extends you salvation through grace. You can’t earn it and don’t deserve it, but through covenant, you receive it as a free gift. – Multiplication covenant (ABRAM)– You are commissioned to multiply the kingdom. God also calls you to multiply in provisions – FIVE TALENTS (Matthew 25:14-30). – Deliverance covenant (MOSES) – God offers freedom from bondage of sin and the blessings of a Promised Land in heaven if you’ll covenant with Him. – Kingship covenant (DAVID) – You are a joint heir of Christ and He made you kings and priests (Revelation 1:5-6) if you’ll covenant to be washed of sins. – Redemption covenant (US) – Jesus died for you to covenant eternally with you –For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-1
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