The Covenant of Promise (Part 3)

by Creflo Dollar | 26 Aug 2018

Summary

Jesus Christ has done everything necessary for our deliverance and salvation, but we must not think that we can now sit back and become passive Christians. God has done His part through His grace; now, our part is faith. The covenant under which we now live is finished because God, Himself, said so. However, the devil is fighting us and trying to trick us into thinking we must perform to get God to do what He already did. The enemy is hoping that we are so uninformed about what we already have, that he can fool us into believing what he tells us. We already have healing, salvation, prosperity, deliverance, and everything else we need in life, because God said so. With this in mind, it is time to get our fight back.

  1. The new covenant gives us hope and encouragement that the world does not have.
    1. Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world (Ephesians 2:11, 12).
      1. In the Old Testament, circumcision was a sign a man was involved in the Abrahamic covenant of promise. Now that we are in Christ, the new covenant is marked by a circumcision of the heart.
      2. We live in a hopeless society, because most people are limited to what society promises them. As Christians, we must be familiar with God’s covenant.
      3. If we are familiar with our covenant with God, we will be able to withstand the enemy’ s attacks.
      4. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
    2. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3).
      1. We must not forget the authority we have been given through God’s grace. Authority is the right to command, and to enforce spiritual laws.
      2. Eve was deceived into thinking she had to do something to be like God, but she was already like Him. This was a finished work on God’s part.
    3. But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent (2 Corinthians 11:3, NLT).
      1. We must not be deceived into trying to get God to do what He has already done. We are already righteous and redeemed, and already like God.
      2. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17).
  1. Whatever God says is true. The covenant of promise is based on His unchanging Word.
    1. It is not in God’s nature to lie. What He says comes to pass, because it has to. Because He is incapable of lying, if He says it, then it is good
      1. In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began (Titus 1:2)
      2. God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19).
    2. Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high (Hebrews 1:3).
      1. God ’s Word is powerful, and His power is in His Word. Everything came into existence by His spoken Word.
    3. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost (2 Peter 1:19-21).
      1. We live not by what we see, but by what God says.
      2. When situations arise that contradict what He says, we must verbally declare that we are not moved by what we see. This is how we take authority over our thoughts.
      3. We are in a fight with the devil; the Word is the weapon we use to win.
      4. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you (Luke 10:19).
      1. God is responsible for what is written in the Bible, not human intellect or reasoning.
  1. Believing God’s promises always gives us victory, regardless of physical appearances.
    1. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead (Romans 4:18-24).
      1. God told Abraham he and Sarah would have a son. This was hopeless in the natural realm, but there was hope in the covenant of promise.
      2. When the situation seems hopeless, we have a choice of either considering the situation or considering God’s promise. What we consider the most is what is most likely to happen.
      3. Whatever we do not consider at all is the thing to which our hearts will be hardened. If we do not consider the promise, our hearts will become hardened to it and it will not come to pass.
      4. When we are fully persuaded of something, we rest and prepare for it.
      5. Abraham responded to God’s promise as a sure Word and a finished work.
    2. We have been given authority and power to execute and edify. Power is the ability to get the job done.
      1. For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed (2 Corinthians 10:8).
      2. Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction (2 Corinthians 13:10).
    3. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses (1 Timothy 6:12).
      1. Every fight we engage in as Christians is a good fight, because we win. It is a good fight because Jesus has already won.
  1. We can be confident that we are winners in the fight because Christ has already won.
    1. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7).
      1. We are not trying to fight for victory, because we already have it. Paul’s testimony can be our testimony as well.
    2. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand (Ephesians 6:10-13).
      1. The fight we are fighting is not on the physical level, but in the spiritual realm.
      2. We are not strong in our own ability, but in God’s.
    3. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel(Ephesians 6:14-19).
      1. To “put on the whole armor of God” is to put on all the victory, finished works, and to trust in the spiritual laws that have been given to us.
      2. Our fight is not to achieve victory, but to maintain the victory we have already received. It is a good fight because we start off winners and remain so.

Scripture References

Ephesians 2:11, 12

2 Peter 1:19-21

John 10:10

Luke 10:19

2 Corinthians 11:3

Romans 4:18-24

2 Corinthians 11:3, NLT

2 Corinthians 10:8

1 John 4:17

2 Corinthians 13:10

Titus 1:2

1 Timothy 6:12

Numbers 23:19

2 Timothy 4:7

Hebrews 1:3

Ephesians 6:10-19