“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—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” (Rom 4v18-21)
Throughout all of time Abraham would be known for one thing more than anything else – faith. He had a faith that “did not waver”. He was “fully persuaded”. His faith “did not weaken”. His faith was more than just “believing”, it was KNOWING! It was the kind of faith that “gains what is promised” (Heb 11).
It was the kind of faith that Paul had when he said “I know whom I believed”. Like Abraham, Paul went on a journey from believing to knowing. Today many Christians believe God can heal, but don’t KNOW that God that WILL heal them. Many Christians believe God can provide, but don’t KNOW that God WILL provide for them. Many Christians believe God can save, but don’t KNOW God will save their family. But we need the kind of faith that doesn’t just believe, doesn’t just hope – but KNOWS! It’s the place where we can thank God for it before we see it. This is the kind of faith that pleases God.
But Abraham didn’t get this kind of faith by accident. He wasn’t born with supernatural faith. In Genesis 15 you read how Abaraham went from believing to knowing. How he was “strengthened in his faith”. God came down and entered into a blood covenant with Abraham. A blood covenant was where animals were slain and the two people making the covenant would walk between the pieces of the dead animals – it was known as the walk of blood. A blood covenant was a formal agreement of legal validity, one under a seal, a binding agreement, a contract, a solemn promise. A blood covenant was irrevocable. It was unbreakable. God made a blood covenant with Abraham. Abraham knew God could never ever ever break a blood covenant. This was why Abraham KNEW God had to do what He had said. This was why Abraham did not waver – He had a blood covenant. This was why he was fully persuaded – he had a blood covenant.
Even though circumstances were against him, even though it was a medical impossibiblity, even though his body was as good as dead, even though Sarahs womb was dead, even though he was 100 years old – he had a blood covenant! And God had to keep it – it was sealed in blood!
“In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” – Jesus Christ
Friends – you have a blood covenant!!! What does your covenant include? EVERYTHING! Your covenant is that ALL the promises of God are yes and amen in Christ Jesus. In the Bible there are over 6000 promises. Promises of forgiveness, healing, protection, provision, blessing, wholeness, freedom and the fullness of the Holy Spirit. This is our covenant – made in the blood of God’s Son – Jesus Christ!
God kept His covenant with Abraham. If God kept the covenant made in the blood of animals, He is certain to keep the covenant made in the blood of His Son. How much greater is the blood of Jesus than the blood of animals?
Whatever God has said in His word – you can know for certain He will do it. It is more than just words on a page, it is more than just promises, it is more than just hope, it is more than just memory verses – it is a covenant God has made with you, sealed in the blood of His One and Only Son!
I will be blessed – its my covenant! I will be healed – its my covenant! I will lay hands on the sick and they shall recover – its my covenant! God shall supply all my needs – its my covenant! I will have eternal life – its my covenant! I will experience the presence of God every day – its my covenant!
“Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf” (Heb 6)
God has to do what He has said! The blood of Jesus demands it! God must honour the covenant sealed in that blood! That covenant contains EVERY promise God has ever made! All heaven is waiting for, is for someone to actually believe it, claim it and receive it!
Your future is as bright as the promises of God! Our hope is built on nothing less than the Word of God, with His Anointed One as the anchor of our souls. In Him our future is bright, indeed glorious!