Last week I had reason to think about the power and effects of covenants and agreements we make with others. The following is a reflection of some of my thoughts on this.
Covenants are powerful things and there are others who spiritually know a lot more than I do about them, but I wanted to increase your awareness of them. Many of us will be making big changes in our lives in the days ahead, some of us signing up for new businesses, properties, partnerships, friendships, commitments to organisations and community groups.
We usually think of a covenant in a legal sense e.g. agree by lease, deed, or other legal contract. Then there is biblical covenant i.e. an agreement which brings about a relationship of commitment between God and his people. The Jewish faith is based on the biblical covenants made with Abraham, Moses, and David. There are also I believe, 'informal' covenants we can enter into out of naivety e.g. pricking our thumbs as childhood friends and swearing to never be parted, or swearing to a friend or family member that we will look after them forever. There can be ungodly covenants that our ancestors have entered into, both natural, spiritual or demonic that stay on our bloodlines and affect the fullness of all that we are meant to receive from the Father.
There is a theme for this next decade that carries the words 2020 vision, clarity, focus, no longer distracted and healing. It is a decade of God's people entering into and operating from a place of rest. For many of us being focused and staying that way is a challenge. Not all of us are naturally good at it, nor are we good at organisation, planning and being disciplined. I want to introduce to you some challenges and tips to help us keep our focus and clarity. The coming year will see many of us healed and released into new ministries, assignments and purpose and we will need to learn some new skills to steward this well.
(I am using The Passion Translation, 2 Corinthians 8 and 9 for this article).
God loves an hilarious giver (2 Cor 9:7). When I was a baby christian one of God's principles that He impressed deeply upon me was that of helping the poor, and being a generous giver. I was barely a year old in my walk when He opened up 2 Corinthians 8 and 9 to me and revealed how generous His heart was and that it is His desire that ours be like that also. For me these two chapters reflect an attitude of heart we should strive for in all of our giving, however and to whomever we give. (I am not going to address the tithing question in here. If you're a tither do it with a generous spirited heart attitude).
Sitting in my prayer chair one morning the Holy Spirit downloaded this article (it's a little long but worth it I think) on stewardship to me. God is bringing His people out of Egypt at this time (Passover to Pentecost 2020) and with it comes the gold and the silver as it were. It is so important that we learn God's way of handling our resources. We need to get our minds out of the Egypt mindset to a Kingdom one.
Stewardship curates for the future, it multiplies and endeavours to create a legacy. God is big on stewardship. It demands accountability from us for all that we have. It asks what is the wisest use of what I have available to me right now?. It asks how to use what we have now, including God's added provision, to build or provide for the future?. It requires us to partner with the Holy Spirit and to engage with wisdom, understanding and might to build for the Kingdom. Stewardship is not about selfish personal use but is a heart attitude that says God has given me this to increase so I can partner with Him to build His Kingdom here on earth. Stewardship preserves purpose and carries a higher purpose than self. It is not wasteful and endeavours to make the very best of what you have regardless of how much or how little you have.