Topic: Unveiling The Benefits Of The Giving Covenant!
Welcome to another impactful week of great things. I hope you were blessed by last week teaching. Today, we shall focus on Unveiling the Gateways to Financial Dominion!
We discover from scriptures that covenant practice is the platform for empowerment into realms of financial fortune. That is, God empowers us for wealth on the basis of His covenant (Deuteronomy 8:18). It is important to note that God’s financial dominion plan anchors on the covenant of seed time and harvest, which connotes giving and receiving. Remember, a covenant is a deal enacted by God based on well-defined terms and sealed with an oath, committing God’s integrity to make good His promise (Job 22:21-26; 2 Corinthians 8:9). This covenant is as reliable as the covenant of day and night. That means, as the day and night keep changing positions and the sun and moon continue to rule the day and night, this covenant remains in force (Psalm 89:34; Jeremiah 33:20-21, 25-26; Philippians 4:15).
Let us also recognise that we either engage the covenant of abundance or we are not candidates for God’s financial fortune plan. This is because it is obedience to God’s commandments that puts us in command of His blessings. We must, therefore, take fast hold of instructions on any subject of interest to us because that is our guarantee for taking delivery of such provisions. God’s plans are authentic and His purposes are established in heaven forever. All we need is to position ourselves through obedience to take delivery of our portion (Genesis 12:1-3; Deuteronomy 5:32-33).
One great mystery behind financial fortune is having Kingdom advancement dreams. That is, for the financial giant in us to come alive, we must be big-time Kingdom dreamers. Without a Kingdom dream, we are not candidates for financial fortune. This is because God’s financial resources are primarily entrusted to promote His Kingdom. As it is written: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33). We must recognise that Kingdom wealth is an entrustment, not an achievement. That is, it is entrusted to people God can trust to fulfil His purpose with it (Luke 16:11; Exodus 35:4-5, 16, 22; Haggai 1:5-11). When we identify a cause in the Kingdom and invest in it with delight, we access God’s favour which makes us triumphant where others struggle. Therefore, the bigger our Kingdom dreams, the larger the coast of our financial fortune.
Interestingly, the returns on our givings are not only limited to financial blessings but other fringe benefits that money cannot buy. We understand from scriptures that when Israelites entered into a covenant to serve the Lord, which they proved through their sacrifices, He gave them rest roundabout (2 Chronicles 15:15).
What, then, are the Benefits of the Giving Covenant?
It Averts Curses: Curses are real and there are many victims of generational curses in the world today. We saw from scriptures that Noah reared an altar of sacrifice and God averted the curse upon humanity (Genesis 8:20-22). Also, as a result of David’s sin, God plagued the Israelites. However, when David offered a sacrifice to God, the Bible says: …So the Lord was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel (2 Samuel 24:24-25). If God averted the curse that He proclaimed through the altar of sacrifice, any other curse working against any destiny can be cheaply averted through the covenant of giving and receiving, which includes sacrifice (Malachi 3:6).
It Engenders Divine Health: Anytime we give to the needy, we are giving to the Lord and servicing His interest (Proverbs 19:17; Matthew 25:40-41; Psalm 41:1-3). Moreover, as we minister to the needy, God delights in adding more years to us on the earth. This is because true givers are not permitted to be tormented by sickness. We must understand that life is about ministering to the needs of others around us as ‘engraced’ by God. Money cannot buy health but giving secures and insures our health against satanic assaults.
It Engenders Divine Protection: As God remembers our offerings, He stands to defend us (Psalm 20:1-3). The giving covenant invokes God’s blessings on our lives, which makes us indestructible. For instance, every plan to destroy Joseph failed because the blessings of his father prevailed on his life. Likewise, when God pronounces us blessed, the assaults of the wicked cannot prevail on our lives. (Psalm 112:10; Genesis 49:26). When we engage in covenant practice, our protection is as sure as eternity. Moreover, every covenant practitioner has an impregnable wall of fire around him that the devil and his agents cannot break through (Job 1:9-10, 22:23-25).
It Engenders Fruitfulness: The covenant of giving and receiving terminates barrenness and grants us access to supernatural fruitfulness. Abraham and Sarah in their usual liberality entertained angels unaware. As a result, God terminated their shame and blessed them with Isaac, even in their old age. Also, the Shunammite woman and her husband ministered to Elisha and God blessed them with a son in return (Genesis 18:1-10; 2 Kings 4:8-17; Psalm 113:9).
It Engenders Favour: When Solomon reared an altar of sacrifice to God, He appeared to him (Solomon) in a dream and said: …Ask what I shall give thee (1 Kings 3:5). He asked for wisdom and God granted him more than he asked for. The giving covenant offers us an open cheque to secure God’s favour in our affairs (1 Kings 3:3-5, 13; Psalm 45:12).
I invite you to come and fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, the covenant home of Winners. We have five services on Sundays, holding at 6:00 a.m., 7:50 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. respectively.
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