Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Living In The Joy of The New Covenant


As we learnt last week, we are the generation that has enjoyed the best covenant, the covenant of grace.

We represent a kingdom of excellence and greatness.

Jeremiah 31:31-34
Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah - 32 "not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD.

 33 "But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 "No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."

We are in the time of this new covenant that Jeremiah promised.

Luke 22:20, 1 Corinthians 11:25

In this new covenant we have no need for anyone to push us to know God, or even to rely on men to teach us about God. God Himself teaches us about Himself, and He puts it in our hearts. We deny ourselves blessings and joy when we refrain from studying the word and walking in it, allowing it place in our lives and hearts. The word is given to make us fruitful. When you allow the word of God to have place in your heart, then out of the abundance of your heart your mouth will speak (Matt. 12:34).

Mark 7:20-23, Prov. 18:21

The children of God have failed to pick the word of God and let it reign in our hearts as the new covenant outlines. For this reason, they fail to produce life when they speak, as they have not put life in their hearts through meditating in their hearts. Even in the midst of insecurity and lack in the country, we can still speak life when we meditate on God’s word, and our mouths speak with an abundance of the life in us.

God has already spoken the word. He has already told us that He is ready and willing to teach us about Himself; we have an obligation, to abide in His word and give Him an opportunity to teach us about Himself. We deny ourselves joy when we disconnect ourselves from the word of God.

The new covenant says we are forgiven. It does not matter what we did before we got in the new covenant, God says and promised that our sins are forgiven completely and He has forgotten them. We deny ourselves joy when we refuse to walk in this forgiveness, and walk in condemnation and guilt because of what we did in the past. We are forgiven completely. When the devil brings up our past, what we did back then, we should remind him that we are forgiven, and are under no condemnation. Not walking in forgiveness of sins that is under the new covenant hinders us from enjoying this new covenant that also guarantees us of an intimate relationship with God.

Hebrews 8:7-13
For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.
 8 Because finding fault with them, He says: "Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah-- 9 "not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the LORD.

 10 "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.11 "None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.12 "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more."

13 In that He says, "A new covenant," He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

The new covenant has set us free from accusations from wherever and whoever, because we have Jesus, our advocate. No one can accuse you now, as you have Jesus who makes you acceptable to God, in this new covenant. He is our advocate.

Job 1:6-12
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them.7 And the LORD said to Satan, "From where do you come?" So Satan answered the LORD and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it."

 8 Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?" 9 So Satan answered the LORD and said, "Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 "Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

11 "But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!" 12 And the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person." So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.

The devil is the accuser of the brethren. If we had not been set free from accusation, based on what we have already done, we would have so much accusation that we would not enjoy life.

The devil was roaming around the earth. When you have no plan and purpose in your life, you will find yourself talking about other people, minding other people’s businesses. The day we find ourselves walking around with no purpose, we are submitting ourselves to being used by the devil, falling prey to the devil. From today we should not live lives without a purpose or plan. We should wake up in the morning and find out what God wants us to do, to get a purpose and plan for the day.

God had a testimony of Job; what testimony does He have of you? What message can God speak of you? In those moments when we are pushed to the corner, what testimony can come out of our lives? We should enjoy a relationship with God and love Him with or without stuff.

Zechariah 3:1-5
Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. 2 And the LORD said to Satan, "The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?"3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel.

4 Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, "Take away the filthy garments from him." And to him He said, "See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes." 5 And I said, "Let them put a clean turban on his head." So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the LORD stood by.

Job did not have a problem or sin, yet God allowed him to be touched. Still, the Lord did not allow Job to be touched.

Joshua the high priest had filthy garments, which represented sin. Still, God defended him and gave him a new and clean turban and clothes. No matter what you have done, God defense you against accusations from the devil. Because of the new covenant, no matter what you have done, your dirty garment comes down today. We walk free today because of the completed work of the cross.

It doesn’t matter what you did in the past, the dirty and old garment has been taken away. Receive and walk in the new and clean garment, that has no spots or stains. No one can accuse you. Your mind and body are clothed with a clean garment, by the new covenant.

Revelation 12:7-12
And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
 10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

12 "Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.

The Bible says salvation, strength and the kingdom of our God has come. Satan right here on earth has a business to deceive people, steal them, and pull them to his side, knowing that salvation, strength and the kingdom of God have come, knowing that he has no access to you, to accuse you.

The mission of the devil is to try and cheat people, but he can no longer accuse us. We overcome the enemy by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony, here on earth. We can wake up in the morning and declare that we will have a great and victorious day, declaring we are covered by the blood of the lamb, we are blessed, victorious etc., and what we testify is what will give us victory.

Those who are in the world and are languishing in sin are like human beings without skin, exposed to many dangers. We who have the blood of the lamb and have Christ have a testimony that we are covered.

1 John 2:1
My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

What is it that you have done that makes you feel like you deserve death? You have an advocate with the Lord. Because of what Jesus did on the cross, the blood He shed, the sins He took on Himself, He is our advocate, and now we can walk in freedom and forgiveness of sin whenever we sin. This is not giving you a license to sin. But the Bible says that if we sin, we should not live in the condemnation of yesterday, looking downcast; we should get up, receive forgiveness and walk in freedom.

Condemnation and guilt hinders us from enjoying the blessings of God. People who live in condemnation will still go to heaven if they have faith in Jesus, but they will have missed out on enjoying the blessings of God, having done nothing on earth. Get out from that caging you have put yourself in, of guilt. Stop living in guilt, the new covenant has set you free from guilt and condemnation. Because we are free, we start possessing the blessings of our God.

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The above verse should not give us a license to sin, knowing we will be forgiven, as we are not of the devil:

1 John 3:8
He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

We are not of the devil, so we should not sin.

When the accuser comes to accuse you, Jesus presents Himself and what He did, and the 7 marks of perfection: the nail mark on His right hand, the nail mark on His left hand, the nail mark on His right foot, the nail mark on His left foot, the piercing on His side, the mark of the crown of thorns, and the marks of the stripes on His back). These marks represent our deliverance and perfection. The marks on the hands represent the freedom from toiling, that we no longer have to toil for blessing, making the work of our hands blessed, with no effort or toil. The feet represent what takes us to our blessings. Our feet are blessed, that wherever we walk or go, we possess blessings. Our backs, that carry blessings, have been set free to carry blessings, instead of carrying burdens and basically nothing. Now we can carry blessings when we go out and come in. Jesus had to receive the crown on His head, to represent the new mind and wisdom that He gave us. No one is foolish in Christ; have the reasoning capacity and memory of Christ in our heads. The thorns on His head caused His blood to trickle down all parts of His head, delivering every part of us from the curse of the law. Failure to reason and remember, ugliness etc., were all paid for by Jesus. The water and blood from his side because of the piercing represent us being cleansed and made whole.

Because of the work that Jesus completed on the cross, we were purchased and set free from all curses. Because of that we have the greatest key to enter to the covenant of love, peace, life, etc., that Jesus paid for for us to enjoy, in the covenant of grace.

We will continue from there, learning more about the covenant of God.

Amen. 


-- Pastor Mary Mugo.


13/04/14 Sunday service sermon.

Pastor Mary Mugo is the Administrative Pastor at Africa Transformation Mission, a ministry under Christ Harvesters Ministries.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Covenant with God Part 2



Covenants which have not been destroyed will hinder us from attaining our blessings. There are cultural covenants which were spoken and established over in our childhood, and which must be broken so that we can walk in the divine covenant of grace, where the precious blood of Jesus Christ speaks for the believers’ lives.

Nature hates a vacuum. Our lives must be attached to the glorious covenants of God or those of the dark evil world. We can never be in-between. Nature is influenced by covenants. Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) are agreements (covenants) made by nations to run and govern the world policies. Every country and government is led and controlled by established agreements.

People make agreements consciously while others engage the same unconsciously. These covenants eventually affect our overall way of life. Our great grand-parents may know of generational covenants made upon us which are unconsciously affecting our ways of life to a greater degree. These covenants claim over our lives and need to be broken for us to enjoy God’s blessings fully.

We are renewing our commitments to the Lord so that we can walk in excellence. We have to walk in God’s victory against covenantal demonic spirits which tend to control people and hinder them from being productive. We are the children who represent Christ down here on earth. We must claim the power over circumstances as bonafide children of God. When trials come we need to overcome them as children of God.

We are not the pioneers of covenants. God has been from the beginning a covenant maker and a covenant keeper. Thus we learn much from the covenants that God made with His people.


1. Noahic Covenant

Genesis 9:9  
And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you

The world was in wickedness and God became angry with the people.

Genesis 6:6   
And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart

Noah remained righteous amidst all the evil in his time. He revered God and got into a covenant with him since he stood out and was an exceptional person before the Lord. We thus learn that when we stand out in righteousness like Noah, God will establish a covenant with us and when destruction befalls mankind, we shall be spared.

Noah was a man who had found grace before God and this kept him from corruption hence spared from destruction. We too can make a choice to live in righteousness amidst an evil generation, like Noah, and be spared of judgment, or opt to get destroyed in sin. 


2. Abrahamic Covenant


Genesis 12:1-3 
Now the LORD had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, from your family and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.

The above scripture teaches us factors God considered  while making His covenant with Abraham which are equally a lesson for us today.

  • Separation: In order to renew your covenant with God, you need to ask God about your acquaintances. Will the people surrounding you hinder you from attaining the blessings of God? The need for separation is necessary so that God can take the first place. We need to separate ourselves even from our local environment and positions of residence.
  • Obedience is key when it comes to establishing a covenant with God. We need to take stock of our acquaintances since we cannot enjoy the blessings of the covenants with God since they will be sucking the blessings of God upon our lives. Abraham had to obey and separated himself from these people and thus his blessings stretched to our generation.
  • Alignment: We need not align ourselves with the wrong people and wrong places. These will drain our spirit and anointing. Every wrong character should be checked out of our lives so that we can be able to enjoy the Lord’s blessings unhindered. It is necessary for believers to align themselves with the Lord by abiding in Him.
  •  Believe: We need to believe in our God. Abraham believed what the Lord said and he was rewarded.

    Genesis 15:1-6
      
    After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward." But Abram said, "Lord GOD, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?" Then Abram said, "Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!" And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, "This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir." Then He brought him outside and said, "Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be." And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.
  •  Clarify: Clarify with God on what you are committing yourself with. Abraham went to the Lord for clarification. He wanted to get a clear picture of the facts regarding God’s covenant.
    Acts 7:1-44 distinctly elaborates on this issue.
    Everyone desires an assurance from our partners and spouses. We make marriage covenants and we need to stand and abide by them through assurance to our partners and children. We must learn to tell others how we love them in order for covenants to hold water.
 3. Mosaic Covenant
 
Exodus 19:4-6 
You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself. 'Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. 'And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel."

Children of the covenant will never forget what the Lord has done to them. If we are to walk with the Lord, we need to obey even before He speaks.

What commitments are we making before our God? Hannah made a commitment before the Lord. When we commit ourselves before the Lord, we make the covenant binding. Whatever we ask for before the Lord, God honors since He respects commitments. We too have an obligation to fulfil.



4. Davidic Covenant
2 Samuel 7:12 
"When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.


This scripture implies the setting up of the Kingdom of God through the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are also able to learn and glean from this covenant too.

  • Attitude: David’s covenant with God teaches us that David had a positive attitude into building for God and thus God made a house for David through Jesus Christ.
    We need to commit and have a positive attitude to allow God rule over our lives. When we submit, He is able to give us more.
  • Thankfulness: Covenant people are always thankful.
     
5. New Covenant 

The Bible tells us about the establishment of a new covenant. We need to know the benefits of this new covenant established through the blood of Jesus Christ to all believers.


2 Corinthians 3:7-18 
But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels. For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious. Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech -- unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Jeremiah 31:31 
"Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah - "not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD."But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. "No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."

Hebrews 8:7 
For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.

Hebrews 8:13 
In that He says, "A new covenant," He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

We can only pick lessons from the old covenant. The new covenant is for the people who have accepted the Lord.


The Benefits of the New Covenant


a. The new covenant has made us children of God.

Romans 8:16 
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.

John 1:12 
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.
  
We should refuse anything which is contrary to the Word of God. We should never allow people to oppress us. Let us remind every voice that we are children of God. 

b. Heirs

The new covenant has made us heirs with Christ and thus we are able to enjoy birthright blessings and benefits.

Romans 8:17 
...and if children, then heirs--heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

Galatians 3:29 
And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

We deserve this inheritance as stated by James.

James 2:5
Listen, my beloved brethren: has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? 


c. We are a chosen Generation

1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;


d. Bride of Christ

2 Corinthians 11:2
For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.


e. Body of Christ

1 Corinthians 12:12
For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free--and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.


We will continue from there next week. 


Amen. 





-- Pastor Mary Mugo.


11/04/14 Sunday service sermon. 


Pastor Mary Mugo is the Administrative Pastor at Africa Transformation Mission, a ministry under Christ Harvesters Ministries. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Covenant with God

Today I want us to talk about making and renewing our covenant with our Maker. We have learnt quite a few things over the past few weeks, about trusting in God, and having a thankful attitude. As we do these, there are some things that may hold or keep us back from walking with God, things that many people tend to overlook or be ignorant about. They are the covenants they have entered in, keep entering in, or are contemplating on entering in. Many people tend to take covenants lightly, but they are more powerful than we think. 

Read 2 Chronicles 29-31. 

In the above chapters, King Hezekiah saw that the land had become desolate, unfruitful and troubled. He realized that it was because the children of Israel, who had started well with God, had come to a point of forgetting that they were children of a covenant with God, and started compromising through bowing down to other idols.

When God makes a covenant with you, He never breaks it. He is constant and faithful; we are the ones who depart from His covenant.

In 2 Chronicles 29-31, King Hezekiah called the people together to repentance, so that they may renounce their ways and get back to doing what the covenant required of them. The priests led the people in sacrificing, because blood had to be spilled for their return to the covenant. The result was the children of Israel being filled with true worship and praise, dancing to the Lord not for entertainment but to worship Him for who He is.

If we get back to our covenant with God, we will stop dancing to the Lord for entertainment and for our own selfish reasons, but get back to worshiping Him in truth and in Spirit.

Sometimes as human beings we forget that God had already drawn a plan for us to walk in, and charted out the course for us, and we start leading ourselves. The only thing that can get us back to being children of the covenant once again is if we repent and allow the blood of Jesus to cleanse us, to get back to the original plan with God.

Today I want us to get back to where some of us dropped the ball, where we stopped living as children of the covenant.

Read Hebrews 8-10

In the Old Testament, they used to be cleansed and return back to the covenant through the blood of animals; now we are cleansed and return back to the covenant with God through the blood of Jesus.

God is a covenant-keeping God. He is a God who makes covenants. His covenant makes Him keep the heavens open for us, if we remain in His covenant. His covenant is guided by His truth. The covenant of God works in our lives in proportion to how we know the truth. The truth you do not know can never help you, it can only destroy you. When you know the truth, it will set you free. When you see me walk and dance around, it is because I have known the truth, which has kept me in a covenant with God. Knowing this truth I can never fear, knowing that God is faithful. I can never be scared by what the devil thinks of me, I am following the great Warrior who is always fighting for me. In His covenant, I know that I should never fear. In His covenant, I also know that I am in Him, and Him in me, and He is greater than all who are in the world (1 John 4:4).

The day we will discover who we are and in Whom we are as the new covenant says, we will never walk in fear, nor be shaken by the world. When I am in a covenant with God, I know that there is nothing too hard for my God, and I will lack nothing. In this new covenant, I know that my God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory (Phil. 4:19).

The truth you know is what will guide the covenant you have with God, and keep you going in the covenant. The lives we live in this universe, since we are in the world though not of the world, are under a lot of influence of covenants. We have to be in a covenant in this universe, either in the kingdom of darkness or that of light. There are covenants, and you will either be led by covenants of the world, or that of God. Choose for yourself. It is important to know in which covenant you are, and what the covenant is about.

People enter into covenants even without knowing, e.g. those who pour libations to the dead. They are entering covenants with the dead without knowing. Some undergo cuttings in their customs, while others tie things around their waists without knowing that those symbolize covenants. Others enter into covenants by swearing, putting marks on their bodies etc. As long as such covenants remain in our lives, they will keep drawing us back to where we were. We will never benefit from the word of God and in serving God, as these covenants will keep pulling us back and hinder us from moving forward. Such covenants are always demanding something from us, never being satisfied.

Parents sometimes get their children into covenants while not knowing what they are getting them into - a life of problems.

Covenants keep believers in sufferings, always wondering whether God neglected them. Today we must come to a realization that the new covenant was for you and for me, to set us free. Jesus died for us once and for all, and we have to realize this and what it means to be in the new covenant, what to expect. There is no need to enter into any other covenant, since we are in a new covenant, that Christ paid for with His own life and blood. We have to break off and separate ourselves from any covenants that are not of Christ, and keep declaring that we are redeemed by the blood of Jesus, that in Christ and in a new covenant. It is time we start ruling as kings and priests in this universe, walking in the new covenant, in Christ.

A time has come that we must denounce every covenant that is contrary to the will of God.

Hebrews 12:18-24
For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest,19 and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore.20 (For they could not endure what was commanded: "And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or shot with an arrow."

21 And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, "I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.")
 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

Deuteronomy 9:9
When I went up into the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant which the Lord made with you, then I stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights. I neither ate bread nor drank water.

On this mountain that God used to meet with the children of Israel, they used to fear and tremble.

There are two types of covenants:

  • Covenant of works
  • Covenant of grace


In the covenant of works, we have to keep doing works, which are burdensome, for God to do something for us. In the covenant of grace, it is purely by favor. Whatever comes to a child in the covenant of grace meets favor and protection, and will never touch the child.

Whatever comes our way under the covenant of grace, is totally by favor, not by merit or works.

John 1:12-13
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Heb 12:24 (AMP)
…and to Jesus, the Mediator (Go-between, Agent) of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood which speaks [of mercy], a better and nobler and more gracious message than the blood of Abel [which cried out for vengeance].

As long as we are children of God, in Christ Jesus, we have come to mercy, to a better covenant where the blood of Jesus is speaking noble things, better things and more gracious message.

Genesis 4:10
And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground..."

While the blood of Abel is speaking vengeance, the blood of Jesus is speaking great things about us. We have no reason not to know that the blood of Jesus is speaking noble things about us. The blood that Jesus shed has saved us, given us victory, and joined us to a better covenant than that in which the children of Israel were in. Jesus gave His best, His life and heart, for His blood to speak forgiveness. The blood of Jesus speaks cleansing of our sins and forgiveness, healing, death etc. If the blood was not speaking healing, then we’d have been destroyed by the sicknesses when they came our way. If the blood of Jesus was not speaking against death over our lives, then we’d have died in accidents and other things that were sent to take our lives. The blood of Jesus speaks great things over our lives, for our benefit.

Keep declaring and pleading the blood of Jesus over your life and things that come your way, and watch it work in your life. When you are conscious of the blood of Jesus, you will never fear, even when you sleep. Fear not. Many people fear accidents and many other things, even though they are believers, because of ignorance of what the blood represents and speaks over their lives.

Unlike in the Old Testament, we do not have to keep killing animals to be forgiven or get reconciliation with God, because Jesus paid the price once and for all. Those who do not know what the blood speaks miss out on what the blood is speaking over their lives. We will enjoy being Christians, when we know what the blood of Jesus represents, and what it is speaking over our lives.

Jeremiah 31:31-34
Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah-  32 "not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD. 33 "But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 "No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."

Luke 22:19-20
And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me." Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.

1 Corinthians 11:25
In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."

The time for the new covenant is here. In this covenant, we do not need someone to keep teaching us, we have the Holy Spirit to teach us (1 John 2:27). Whenever we ask for a revelation from the Holy Spirit regarding the word of God, He will give to us, irrespective of who we are. We can take the word and hear from Him directly, not having to go through earthly mediators. God has already spoken, we do not need anyone to teach us or speak over our lives. We can take the bread of life that has been given, break it and partake it in our lives, in order to enjoy the new covenant.

As God says through Jeremiah, we have been forgiven sins. Forgiveness of sins is the best gift we could ever have received, as we are no longer indebted because of our sins, all the sins we made from birth. When Jesus came, He entered us into a new covenant, that gave us the forgiveness of sins. Christ Jesus paid a debt that we could have never paid. Now that we are in Him, He can rule our lives as He wants, being Lord over our lives, knowing that He has forgiven us and set us free from the debts we were in.

Hebrews 1:1-6
Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, 2 a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man .3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it is necessary that this One also have something to offer.4 For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law;  5 who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, "See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain." 6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.

This covenant we are in has better promises. The work of Jesus is to keep the covenant we have with Him, that directly affects us.

Hebrews 10:16-17
“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” 17 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”

Hebrews 7:22-25
...by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant. 23 Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. 24 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

In the new covenant we have entered, there is gladness and joy. We do not have to feel helpless and defeated; we can enjoy life with gladness and joy, knowing we have better promises in the new covenant.

Remain in Him and Him in you, because you are a child of the covenant. Do not look for help from elsewhere; Jesus is all you need. Remain in the covenant; remain in Christ, and whatever demons or doors in your life will flee. Jesus is the only answer. The covenant with Christ will keep the enemy from having dominion over you, as you have authority over the enemy. Time has come for believers to know where they are standing, and on Whom.

Psalm 24:1
The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein.

It is time we knew that all we need is in our God. We need no one and nothing to give us anything; all we need is God. Stay in Him, and let Him stay in you.

Ephesians 1:3-4
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

Colossians 2:10
...and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

We are blessed with every blessing, complete and forgiven completely.

Colossians 2:13-14
And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

Jesus wiped away completely all that was entitled to us as a result of our sins, all that the enemy had said over us. Whatever was written about your life has been deleted, purged completely. We are new creatures.

Ephesians 2:1, 5, 6-9
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 

5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Galatians 3:29
And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

I am a new creature because of the new covenant.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

2 Corinthians 8:9
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

Jesus traded His place for yours, so that you can be rich, forgiven, made new, blessed etc., in the new covenant. He paid a dear price for us to be in this new and great covenant, and His blood keeps speaking better things over our lives, the things that He died and rose again for. He is sitting at the right hand of the Father interceding for us, mediating for us, to ensure that we continue enjoying the benefits of the new covenant. 

For this reason, we should forever remain as children of the covenant, since we are in a new covenant. Whose are you? Do not allow the devil in your territories, that he has no authority or dominion over you, since you are in a new covenant.


You are a child of the new covenant. 


Amen. 



-- Pastor Mary Mugo.


30/03/14 Sunday service sermon.
Pastor Mary Mugo is the Administrative Pastor at Africa Transformation Mission, a ministry under Christ Harvesters Ministries.