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Today we come to the conclusion of this month series on COVENANT IDENTITY And AUTHORITY as it relates to our preparedness to BREAK CAMP and ADVANCE. In particular this week we need to reflect on THE DEMAND AND BLESSINGS OF THE COVENANT relationship we enjoy with God. As already mentioned in previous weeks, a covenant is a binding commitment between two or more parties ratified with a promise and an oath. This is how God is committed to us through the Abrahamic covenant into which we are integrated. The scripture states: “When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself,”-Hebrews 6.13. In Galatians Apostle Paul shows us how we are integrated into this covenant through Jesus Christ. “The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,] meaning one person, who is Christ. 17 What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise, But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.” -Galatians 3.15-17, 22. However it is important to understand that this covenant has expectations of both parties to activate its full blessings to the parties especially the human beings. In Exodus 20, God is outlining the requirements of his covenant agreement with his people.

We shall highlight three key ones here:

1.  Obedience: This is the paramount expectation of God to His people on their covenant obligations and thereby
realizes the stipulated blessings. “If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I
give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on
you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God:”-Deuteronomy 28.1-2

2. Stewardship: God has given us the privileged and prominence of identity and authority as His covenant
 people so that through our stewardship of these blessings He is glorified and mankind is blessed. “I will make you
 into a great nation, and I will bless you; “The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and
 your father's household to the land I will show you. I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.”
-Genesis12.2. Moses reminded the children of Israel this demand lest they forget the element of stewardship “ But
remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his
covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today”-Deuteronomy 8.18

3. Faithfulness: The covenant identity and relationship we have with God necessitates that we are totally
obligated to Him in worship and service. In our attitude and actions towards Him and His work we must
demonstrate fidelity and unreserved worship of Him. In Exodus 20:1 we read “And God spoke all these words,
saying, 2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. He
further lays out for them the terms of the agreement: It essentially meant you must worship me exclusively; you
must not worship a misrepresentation of me; you must carry my name with proper honor; you must spend time
enjoying your relationship with me. You must honor those I have placed in authority over you; you must value the
life that I created, the life that bears my image. The children of Israel got into trouble and stumbled at this demand
of the covenant upon them to the point of regret, indifference and resentment of God and His work. “7 Ever since
 the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will
 return to you,” says the LORD Almighty. “But you ask, 'How are we to return?'8 “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet
 you rob me.“But you ask, 'How are we robbing you?' “In tithes and offerings. 9 You are under a curse—your whole
nation—because you are robbing me. 113 “You have spoken arrogantly against me,” says the LORD. “Yet you ask,
'What have we said against you?'14 “You have said, 'It is futile to serve God. What do we gain by carrying out his
requirements and going about like mourners before the LORD Almighty? 15 But now we call the arrogant blessed
Certainly evildoers prosper, and even when they put God to the test, they get away with it.”-Malachi 3.7-9; 13-15.

It is evident that they first forgot this demand of the covenant and thereby took God for granted. Malachi points
the people to their unfaithfulness to the marriage covenant as a reason for God's ignoring their worship. Beloved
let us joyful embrace and express an attitude of obedience, stewardship and faithfulness to God as the core
demands and blessings of the covenant identity and authority that he has given us .

This is key to how effective we shall BREAK CAMP And ADVANCE.

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