Abraham’s Blessings are mine x2
I am blessed in the morning and blessed in the evening
Abraham’s Blessings are mine…
This is a chorus we sing many times in church with great excitement; Oh yes, Abraham’s blessings are ours but in reality,do we understand what they are and are we enjoying them? It is imperative that we find out what those blessings are hinged on, perhaps we would deduce a more realistic meaning from that song when next we sing it.
I have been studying in recent times the basis of the covenant God had with Abraham and it occurred to me how truly blessed the man was. This is by no means an exhaustive write up on the Abrahamic covenant but just a hint on what we stand to benefit from it.
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.” (Genesis 12:1-3 NKJV)
The covenant God had with Abraham is one of the fundamental pillars of our faith as he is known as the Father of Faith. The whole essence of the covenant is spelt out in the verse above. Whilst this verse reveals to us the commitment of God to blessing Abraham, the fifteenth chapter of Genesis consists of the ceremony (between Abraham and God) that was commonly used in the ancient world to formalize a covenant. Time will not permit me to explain how blessed Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were: In wealth and prosperity, they enjoyed the blessings of God immensely and generations after them benefitted and are still benefitting from their relationship with God.
Let’s look at another scripture….
“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments; (Deuteronomy 7:9 NKJV).
When we connect these two scriptures together, bearing in mind that the covenant God had with Abraham is applicable to us and will continue to remain potent for many generations after us, the phrase “a thousand generations” automatically reveals the everlasting commitment of God to us which is the essence of this post. It is interesting that God promised His blessings not only to Abraham but assured him also that in him will ALL the families of the earth will be blessed and this includes you and I. Once we realize the person we have a covenant with can never lie, it births in us faith, hope, an anchor for the soul.
When the Israelites were in bondage in Egypt and it looked as if they would be perpetually oppressed, God remembered His covenant with Abraham and just before their final exit, they were instructed to strike the top bar and two side posts of their houses with the blood of lambs and they were spared from the destruction that cut across Egypt. This cuts the picture of the cross as everything in the Old Testament typifies what was to come.
Going back to our Deuteronomy text (earlier quoted), let’s explore briefly the thousand- generation scope this Abrahamic covenant spans over. Talking about a generation; simply put, a generation is created when you have an offspring. The next question is how many years make a generation? Studies show that a generation could span between 20 to 50 years: 20 years assuming people have children quite early and 50 years being a more applicable age with reference to the bible times(Don’t forget that God caused a generation to wander for 40 years in the wilderness, raising another generation in the process).
Matthew chapter 1 shows us that between the time Abraham existed till the time Jesus came into the world, there were 42 generations and if Jesus came about 2000 years ago (using a conservative generation length of 20 years), we have another 100 generations from then to date. In essence, the thousand-generation span for which God is able to keep His covenant commitment for, has not been attained by even a quarter- from the time He made the covenant with Abraham and apparently the quota cannot be exhausted in centuries and millenniums to come. In essence, the scripture earlier quoted , which talks about God keeping His covenant to a thousand generations has us covered and many more generations after us. We serve a God whose rule transcends generations from ages past to interminable eternity!
The prosperity Abraham and His immediate descendants enjoyed should be the minimum benchmark for us, because the same covenant that worked for them still works for us and that is why we can sing that Abraham’s blessings belong to us. In essence, we are too loaded to be blessed. That covenant cannot be broken; it remains potent and valid and we are qualified beneficiaries because we are children of Abraham (if we follow his footsteps). Isaiah 51:1-2 says Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, You who seek the Lord: Look to the rock from which you were hewn, And to the hole of the pit from which you were dug.2Look to Abraham your father, And to Sarah who bore you; For I called him alone, And blessed him and increased him.”
So it means we are eternally blessed, the covenant still works for us, for our children and for many more generations coming after us. Wow!
There is a better covenant! Jesus Christ, by reason of His death ushered us into the new covenant under which we are justified by God's grace and mercy .It is now possible to have the true forgiveness of sins, healing, prosperity, soundness of mind, the establishment of God’s kingdom in our lives, enjoying the supernatural in our natural world and many more. Jesus Himself is the Mediator of this better covenant between God and man (Heb. 9:15). Jesus' sacrificial death served as the oath, or pledge, which God made to us to seal this new covenant. This covenant is far more powerful, potent than all other covenants God had with the patriarchs of old.
Christ’s death moves us into another dimension entirely; we are blessed from now till eternity,over and again. The coverage encompasses our health, prosperity, guaranty of eternity and every GOOD thing we can imagine from generation to generation; for those who will accept Him. So when we claim the covenant of Abraham, and then that of Jesus Christ, words cannot describe the extent of our blessing and greatness.
How do you see yourself? The truth is that your reality is not defined by your circumstances but what the word of God says about you.
You are blessed and cannot be stressed
You are prosperous in spite of the boisterous situation of the world economy.
You are gifted and cannot be shifted
You cannot be one with God and be broke.
You can't be a small child of a big God.
What can't be denied God can't be denied you.
There has to be a mentality shift in you today. You are who Christ says you are and by faith you lay hold on all He has made available!
This covenant works only for those who love HIM. A covenant relationship with God means we have entered into a life time relationship with him.
Can He get a life-time commitment from you?