Sunday 17th January 2016
When they went from one nation to another, and from one kingdom to another people, he permitted no man to do them wrong; yes, he rebuked kings for their sakes, saying, “Do not touch my anointed ones, and do my prophets no harm.” (1 Chronicles 16:20-22).
Nothing like starting the New Year with the assurance that I am covered by the power of a covenant. The purpose of this anointing and communion service is to remind us that we are God’s covenant children and to renew our faith in the new covenant with God. As God’s children, God is obliged to honour his word to keep and preserve us.
God is a covenant keeping God. (Psalm 89:34); We are kept and sustained in life by the power of an indestructible covenant. If the Old Covenant could preserve God’s people, much more the New Covenant. God will preserve you through life.
God will always remember his covenant children. He remembered the children of Israel, he remembered Noah, Jeremiah when they were in trouble. He remembered his covenant with David. He remembered his covenant with the children of Israel.(Ex.2:24,25). He will remember and deliver you.
In 1 Chronicles 16:14-22, the writer summarizes the power of a covenant. When Israel was in the wilderness, he permitted no one to touch them and do them any harm. The same divine care is extended to us in the new covenant.
We are kept by the power of a covenant (Colosians 2:14,15). When Jesus went to the cross we were in him. (Hebrews 2:14,15) We were crucified with him and rose with him. Colossians 2:9,10 says we are complete in him. Today, we are kept by his power by faith.
We are kept by the love of God (Romans 8:35-38; John 10:27-29)
We are kept by the power in the blood of Jesus (Exodus 12:23; Hebrews 11:28; Ephesians 1:7)
We are kept by the power of faith (1 Peter 1:5)
No matter the trials, difficulties, temptation and problems you face in life know that you are a covenant child of God. We have a lot to learn from the attitude of Paul to challenges and adversities. Paul’s statements in the midst of difficulties should encourage us (Acts 20:22-24; 2 Timothy 3:11; 4:17,18).
If God could deliver Shedrack, Meshack and Abednego then he would deliver us.
One privilege which a covenant child has with God is the privilege to petition, hence David prayer thus in Psalm 74:10-12. God has respect for his covenant. (Psalm 74:20).
As we conclude, let us note that the prayer of David in Psalm 74:20-24 affirms that God is a covenant keeping God. His covenant extends to our seed. (Genesis 17:7; Leviticus 26:42-45).
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