Monday, January 28, 2008
The Covering - Part Three
Gal 3:29 “If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
I was watching one of the major golf tournaments recently. The weather was overcast and a storm was moving in. At the first sighting of a flash of lighting, a loud horn began to sound over all the golf course. It was the alarm letting people know they were to get off the course so that no one would get struck by lighting. They wanted everyone to get off the course and under cover.
We've been talking about a covering in the last couple writings of Fresh Manna. God’s covering is a source of protection from attacks of the devil in our lives. This covering is accessed by faith through belief in the promises of God that pertains to the particular issues of your life or whoever you are praying for.
Twenty plus years ago when I was a young father, it was this promise of covering - of protection from God that allowed me to leave home for days at a time for my job in peace and not fear. Thoughts would try to come - "Jeff is going to wander in the street when you are gone and be hit by a car." I'd rebuke those kinds of thoughts and the devil in Jesus’ name. Then I'd thank the Lord for the promise of His Word. In Isa 54:17 it says, that said, "No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me," declares the LORD." God said this was my heritage as a believer. I began to put my faith there and speak this verse to those surfacing lies and fears every time they raised their ugly heads - every time I went out of town.
I knew that Satan worked destruction in the lives of people every day, but I took comfort from the promise from Psalm 91:7 that said, “A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you." It went on to say, in Psa 91:9-11, " If you make the Most High your dwelling-- even the LORD, who is my refuge (my covering) then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your dwelling (home). For He will command His angels concerning you to guard (cover) you in all your ways." I believed that. I knew that God wanted to cover us with these promises so I trusted them and thanked God in faith for them.
I've told this before but one day I took Jeffrey to a park to play. He was about five years old. As we pulled up to the park - parking on the opposite side of the street, he opened the car door and jumped out before I could say a thing. I started to call out to him but he had run around the front of the car into the street. Just then a car was going by and screeched on its breaks. The car hit Jeff and knocked him down. The woman got out of the car panic stricken. As I was running to him he just jumped up with a big smile, brushed himself off and said, "It’s okay dad, it didn't hurt!" He did not have a scratch or a bruise on him. It was one of those moments where you are thankful and upset with a child at the same time. The woman in the car could not quit apologizing but I assured her I wasn't upset with her. I told her that is was completely my fault. All I could think of was all the times I had thanked the Lord that no weapon would prosper and that His angels had charge. I thanked the Lord for his angels watching over Jeff. I think Jeff kept some working overtime.
The covering of God is something that we play a part in. God wants to cover us. God had established a covenant of promises with us through the death and resurrection of Jesus. These promises have become our inheritance. These four verses from Galatians help us understand how those promises of covering become ours. Gal 3:18 & 22& 28-29 say, "For if the inheritance depends on the law (our ability to perfectly obey everything God has asked us to do), then it no longer depends on a promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.... But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe... There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."
To keep the covering of God working in our lives we must be in fellowship with Him walking in His ways. We must also keep our hearts and lives free from schism, division, and relational turmoil. Then our faith and trust in His promises will become the footbridge of blessing and covering extending from Heaven into our lives.
Remember, "if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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