ACTIVATING THE COVENANT AND ITS BENEFITS.
1. PRECIOUS PROMISES – KNOW THEM.
2 Peter 1:3-4
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
2. REPEAT THEM – RECALL THEM.
2 Corinthians 1:20 AMP
For as many as are the promises of God, they all find their Yes [answer] in Him [Christ]. For this reason we also utter the Amen (so be it) to God through Him [in His Person and by His agency] to the glory of God.
2.1. EVERY AREA OF CONCERN IS COVERED BY A PROMISE.
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
2.2. ISRAEL FAILED OFTEN BY DESPISING THE PROMISE.
Then they despised the pleasant land;
they did not believe his promise.
3. CELEBRATE THE GIVER OF THE PROMISES.
3.1. HE DOES NOT CHANGE.
My covenant will I not break,
nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
3.2. HE IS FAITHFUL.
2 Timothy 2:11-13
Here is a trustworthy saying:
If we died with him,
we will also live with him;
if we endure,
we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
he will also disown us;
if we are faithless,
he remains faithful,
for he cannot disown himself.
3.3. HE HAS A TRACEABLE RECORD.
Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.
3.4. JOSHUA TESTIFIES.
“Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.
4. PARTAKE WITH ABSOLUTE CONSCIOUSNESS THE BREAD AND CUP.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
4.1. STAY AWAY FROM THE NEUTRALIZING CUPS.
1 Corinthians 10:18-22
Consider the people of Israel: Do not those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar? Do I mean then that food sacrificed to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons. Are we trying to arouse the Lord’s jealousy? Are we stronger than he?