GOD’S COVENANT OF PROVISION
Designed for the Garden of Eden, we instead live in a fallen world; and our needs and distresses are largely due to the activity of the Evil One and his minions in that diseased environment. On the Cross, Jesus took on the Powers of Darkness and triumphed; cancelling out their operations in our lives, and setting us free—a freedom which we access by faith—and perseverance.
But it didn’t finish at the Cross; Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into heaven when He sent the Holy Spirit to us to finish the job. Our needs aren’t just met by the cancellation of the Evil One’s work; they are met by the pulsing life of the Spirit working in us.
Remember the leper who came back to Jesus to thank Him [Luke 17:12-19]? Scripture records that he received ‘sozo’ which means deliverance, wellness, restoration, wholeness—and salvation. The other ten, who did not return to give thanks, were cleansed (katharizō)—a great result undoubtedly, but they missed the best part.
It’s not just about healing our sickness, but about filling us with life; it’s not just about taking away poverty but releasing heaven’s resources; not just about enabling us to forgive, but about restoring relationships; and it’s not just about mending our brokenness, it’s about re-positioning us as Sons and Daughters of the King of Kings.
Our God doesn’t give us just enough to get by; He is the God of abundance—life that wells up and runs over; the provision of more-than-enough—because there’s a world out there which needs Him too.
HOW DO WE ENTER INTO THE ABUNDANCE HE HAS COVENANTED TO GIVE US?
2. Ask to be filled (again) with the Spirit. The page ‘Overflowing With Life’ will lead you through the process.
3. Declare over yourself the truth of God’s provision, through the death and resurrection of Jesus, and the coming of the Holy Spirit. You can find 90 such declarations in the Rest-bites section of this website.
I have an inexpensive MP3player, on which I have recorded hours of scripture & declarations. I listen to them before I go to sleep at night, and at quiet times during the day, especially if I am facing particular issues; I have found it an enormously valuable tool over the years.
4. Give thanks for what the Lord has already done in your life; but also thank Him for the promises which haven’t yet manifested. Take a leaf out Abraham’s book; you can face the present ‘reality’ and yet still believe God’s promises:
—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead.
Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God,
but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,
being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.
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