Examining the Covenant of Scriptures for Our Dominion in Christ! By Bishop David Oyedepo
Topic: Examining the Covenant of Scriptures for Our Dominion in Christ!
WELCOME to February! I believe every one of us must have had definite encounters with God via fasting and prayer in the course of the month of January, 2020, I pray that each of us will keep telling the story of our diverse encounters for life (Amen)! This week, we shall focus on: Examining the Covenant of Scriptures for Our Dominion in Christ!
We understand from Scriptures that the Bible is a book of covenants and that is why we have the Old and New Testaments which also mean Old and New Covenants. As it is written, 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 perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works (2 Timothy 3:16-17). A covenant is a deal enacted by God based on well-defined terms and sealed with an oath. The deal is contained in the book of deals called, the Bible. However, to draw on it, there are demands that should be kept. The reason people remain in captivity, despite the profitable provisions God has reserved for them, is that most Christians are afraid of taking responsibility.
We serve a covenant-keeping God, Who has left for us a Book of covenants for anyone who is interested in any of His provisions. The plans to be met are clearly enumerated in the Book of covenants, but we have to search, find, and apply them, so they can work for us. A covenant is not a mysterious or mystical statement that cannot be decoded; it is committing to the conditions of a promise. We are only empowered to access and take delivery of our inheritances on the platform of the covenant. Christianity is a faith, based on shared responsibility. I once said in one of the teachings on faith that, ‘Any faith that seeks to make God absolutely responsible for the outcome of our lives is an irresponsible faith’. We have a share of the responsibilities in order to have our inheritances delivered.
Other Covenants That Guarantee Our Turnaround In All Areas Of Need Are:
1. Covenant of Health: Life at its best will be theoretical without health. Just as doctors have their prescription for certain illnesses, God also has His prescriptions for our total health and the price has been fully paid. It is written, For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s (1 Corinthians 6:20).God has a full healthcare package for His children (3 John 2). Our total health is very important to God and health is the only way to validate abundant life. The price has been paid for a sickness and disease-free life. He said, by His stripes we were healed. This implies that our healing was settled from the beginning (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24).God’s Word carries God’s nature and is immune to sicknesses and diseases. When we receive and believe the Word, we buy into the divine nature that establishes our dominion over every assault on our bodies.
2. Covenant of Favour: Nothing beautifies destiny like favour. The beauty of the destinies of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came on the platform of favour that the Lord gave them. Joseph enjoyed favour in slavery and in the prison; and favour took him finally to the palace. Favour is one of the returns that we are entitled to when we seek God’s Kingdom first. The Bible says, Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come. For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof. So the heathen shall fear the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth thy glory (Psalm 102:13-15).Therefore, His favour brings us glory and beauty.
3 The Covenant of Prosperity: Every child of God is a seed of Abraham and is ordained to be an heir of the blessings upon Abraham. Therefore, God is still in the business of turning people into financial giants because according to the Bible, we have access in Christ, to whatever God said to Abraham. As it is written, And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3:29). God’s prosperity plan has no respect for prayer because it is a covenant and not a promise. It is the revelation of the covenant of prosperity from the Scriptures that puts us in command of financial fortune. This is because God’s Word is the highway to our inheritances and we must be committed to finding what it takes to access it.
The anchor law of the covenant of prosperity is giving. This is because only givers qualify for God’s blessings. It is the giving law that launches men into realms of financial fortune because our seeds entitle us to harvests (Genesis 8:22; Job 22:21-27). Therefore, giving is the gateway to supernatural supplies (Psalm 112:9).Also, there is the law of tithing, which is the gateway to a world of financial fortune (Leviticus 27:30; Deuteronomy 14:22). It is God’s commandment that opens the windows of heaven to us, for the showers of God’s blessings. Tithe is the tenth of our increase or income. It is the covenant acknowledgement of God’s blessings in our lives that entitles us to a continuous flow of such blessings. It is also God’s portion that makes the remainder meaningful. When we stop tithing, we stop the flow of God’s blessings in our lives (Malachi 3:10).This is why we must understand that tithing is not a church doctrine; it is a covenant of the Kingdom that launches the believer into realms of financial prosperity.
In conclusion, Jesus already paid the price with His Blood, which is all we need to live life at its best. But, you must be born again. Are you born again? If you are not, this is an opportunity to do so. Simply say the following prayer:
Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Today, I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me! Now, I know I am born again! For further reading, please get my books: Turnaround Power of the Word, The Force of Freedom, Walking in Dominion, Satan Get Lost, Born to Win and Fulfilling your Days.
I invite you to fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, the covenant home of Winners. We have four services on Sundays, holding at 6:00 a.m., 7:50 a.m., 9:40 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. respectively. I know this teaching has blessed you. Write and share your testimony with me through: Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, P.M.B. 21688, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria, or call 01-4548070, 01-4548280, or E-mail: email@example.com, Facebook: David Oyedepo Ministries International, Twitter: @DavidOyedepoMin.
Bishop David O. Oyedepo is a Nigerian Christian author, architect, preacher, and the founder and presiding bishop of the mega church, Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners’ Chapel.