Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. I Samuel 18:3
David did not know that he was going to get called out of the field to take care of Israel, but Jonathan saw it. He watched David wipe out a giant. Jonathan knew he needed to get connected with David. So, they made a covenant, and the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David. He loved David as his own soul. The exchange was written on their hearts. There are three ingredients to a covenant: a March, a Mark, and a Meal.
The March – An animal must be cut in half. As the blood pours out, the two people step between the halves. They recite an oath, choosing to die to self and live with the other in mind. Nothing but death separates the two.
The Mark – While standing in the blood, they would cut themselves and mingle their blood together so you could not tell one from the other.
The Meal – A covenant meal followed to celebrate the commitment to each other.
Jesus made a covenant with all who will follow Him. He bore our sins, died, was buried and went into the pits of hell to kick in the gates to march us into heaven: The March of Death. He mingled His blood for us on the cross in our place: The Mark of Death. “This is my body which is broken for you. This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and His people:” The Meal of Death.
A covenant is a commitment to a deeper relationship. God gave us everything. He was so committed that He gave His only begotten son. Let’s go deeper in our relationships. We need to make a renewed commitment to God, our families, our church, and our communities. But we cannot love each other without the love of Christ. Have you made a commitment to Him?
Now it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem, Judah, went to dwell in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. Ruth 1:1
In the four chapters of the book of Ruth is a story of a family. Because he thought things were rough in Bethlehem, Elimelech took his family to Moab. Elimelech and his sons died in Moab, so his wife, Naomi, went back to Bethlehem, taking her daughter-in-law, Ruth, with her.
Taking the family to Moab was like walking away from God and into the world. It may look better, but it is not! The devil has put a target on families to destroy the makeup of society. No family is perfect. We are secluded from each other, so we do not see what goes on in other families. Sometimes families get into Moab, and Moab gets into them. But, if you want out of your mess, you are going to have to be determined to get out.
There is something very strong about the family. Yet, we need something more, something even more than the church family. We need a relationship with Jesus. You can find grace in a relationship with Jesus. If you find yourself in Moab, follow grace back to Christ. We may not have it all figured out, but God will work it out. Our help is in the Lord.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Brother Dean Caldwell was in the House! He told us that a doctrine is a creed to live by. The doctrine of the blood of Jesus Christ is the doctrine we must live by to enter into the kingdom of Heaven. Romans 6:23 says that the wages of sin is death! That started in the Garden of Eden when God killed an innocent to cover the guilty. It is also seen in Exodus 12 when the Israelites killed lambs and put the blood on the doorposts so the angel of death would pass over their homes. Jesus covered our sin with His blood when He died and walked out of the tomb to conquer the blood and death. Because God is His father, divine blood flowed through his human veins, making Him both God and man simultaneously.
When we are born again, God removes sin and births the newness in Jesus Christ. When we go to heaven, our new bodies will not need blood because we are covered in the life blood of Jesus. You cannot live here without blood; you cannot live a life in Heaven without the blood of Jesus. The Bible is non-negotiable. When we leave this life, God calls us out of the blood. If we are saved and covered with the blood of Jesus, we will be alive and well. If we are not saved, we will not be given that privilege. What doctrine do you live by?
Then He asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
We dedicated this week to the burning of our $2.3 million dollar mortgage. Pastor Larry Moore returned to give us a word saying, “This is a pivotal point to fix your focus. A good time to ask at this milestone: Why are we here? What is our business? Where are we going? How do we get there?” His answer:
- Build the foundation on the Lord, Jesus Christ. If you will declare His divinity, He will release your divinity. He is the reason we are here.
- Our business is in the Conversion of the Sinner and the Confirmation of the Saints. We must pray like never before and stand for what we believe.
- This church has a glorious future. The best days are in front of us.
- We get there by doing the will of the Father. We cannot hide inside the church. We must take it out to the culture. John the Baptist was one voice crying in the wilderness. We can be that one voice crying in this world to get it ready for the second coming of the King, who is both the founder and the foundation.
As the countdown to the rapture takes place, let us be fueled up and fired up to reach a lost and dying world. Jesus said, “I am the door!” Let us lead the lost to the door that is Jesus Christ. Let us make a real clarification of whom Jesus is in our lives. Our efforts are for Him.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
I was so thrilled to have David & Kim Owens with us this week. I had the privilege of listening to his words of faith on faith and would like to share them with you.
A narrative is a story. A story has three elements: past, present, and future. We all have a story. No matter what our past, we have the opportunity to look beyond our circumstances into another dimension. Faith is the bridge that allows us to look into that dimension where God is. We need to be living in that dimension and allowing God to fill us with light, hope and revelation knowledge.
Jesus tells us, “Be not afraid. Only believe.” That is the present imperative tense telling us to stop an action taking place and cross over past the facts into the truth. Fear cannot go where we are going. It is time to start deleting our old stories by repeating our new stories. The blessings of the Lord will make us rich and put us in alignment with what the Father wants us to be. Our faith is authored in another realm and will be finished in another realm. The only thing that is going to survive is faith.
Faith can help you see beyond sight. Is it time to change your story?
But I will confirm my covenant with you. So, enter the boat—you and your wife and your sons and their wives.
Noah did not have children until he was 500 years old. He then spent the next 100 years both raising his family and raising his ark. He was a just man, perfect in his generation. Yet, he was a mockery to those around him. He held steadfast to what he believed. Noah did three things that gives us a method to build strong families:
- Model – The method starts with us modeling the Lord. We can not live one way at church and another way at home.
- Mentoring – God did not interact with the family, only Noah. After Noah modeled the Lord for years, the Lord began to speak directly to the family. Only the love that comes from the Father builds strong families.
- Manual Labor – Faith without works is dead. The ark was 4 ½ football fields long and three floors tall. Noah and his family worked diligently, side by side, for a century building it.
We need our families to be saved. There is only one door into the ark of safety. Jesus is our door. He is the pitch that covers our sins. There are three stories on the ark and three stories in us: Spirit, Body, and Soul. Give all three to the Lord to the redemptive grace of God. We are building more than houses; we are building homes. The most important thing we can give to our families is to live a Godly life.
Be checking back for Pastor Ronnie's next blog. I pray you are blessed.