Covenant contract

2/28/17 Devotional

Luke 18: 1-8

Then he told them a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said, “There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, ‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’ For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, ‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.’” The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says. Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

When we come to the table of communion in full faith that the promise of God will be realized in our life, it’s a moment of covenant contract.

settled in heaven.

There’s a point where we become just like that woman and we say “God, I’m not going to put this off any longer. Your promise states “this.” “This” is what I’m believing for. “This” is what you’ve written on my heart. I am going to come and keep believing, keep pressing, keep knocking and keep asking.”

As a pastor I get to see people believe for great things in their life. It’s amazing to watch. It’s one of the privileges of being a pastor, that I get the opportunity to sit with people and hear what God has laid on their heart, hear what God has written on their heart, and watch as over time they access, take in the promises of God. The promises become real in the life of the believer. It’s one of the coolest aspects of being a pastor.

As I’ve watched believers grow through this cycle I have come aware of one warning; You can’t let the fact that the promise hasn’t been realized in full be a discouraging moment. We can’t let time discourage us. We need to keep our eyes on eternity.

His Word, the Word of God, is already settled in heaven and then he bound it in a book and planted in human form in the person of Jesus.

We need to re-hone, re-intensify faith. A re-intensified faith accomplishes something great at the table of communion. When we come to the table of communion in full faith that the promise of God will be realized in our life, it’s a moment of covenant contract. We take on God.s covenant. Taking in the blood, taking in the body as a reminder of what He has done for us. Because this promise is true, the promise of communion, I can believe for every single promise laid out in Scripture. Every single promise listed in Scripture is now mine because the covenant found in communion is real, because this one’s true to form.

It grafts us all the more tightly into His spirit. If we could just get past the nonsense. That we are saved by faith but we stay saved by the way that we live. If we could just get past that idea that in full faith we are saved by grace, but that we’ve got to do something to secure our salvation after that point. Listen, I understand Ephesians 4:1, that “I urge you to walk worthily of the calling of your life.” I understand that there’s a worthiness that we need to walk according to what God has called us to. But I also understand Romans 5:8 that “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” That we were never good enough to be brought into the family of God.