101 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT HEALTH AND WEALTH
- You talk about the blood covenant of Christ all the time but what has this to do with health and wealth? Understanding the mysteries of God is all about having a revelation of what they mean and embracing them into our life? Anyone that has ever been truly changed by the truth of God has received a personal revelation of God’s intention. Before Saul of Tarsus became Paul the Apostle, he experienced a very dramatic spiritual encounter with the living God and to say the least Jesus became the greatest revelation in his life. We all may not have such a powerful testimony of our conversion but nonetheless when we surrender our will to Jesus we receive a life-changing understanding of His love. Having a revelation of God’s gospel is being totally convinced that it is true – and being willing to lay down our life for it. This level of faith is what the martyrs had when they were burned at the stake while singing Amazing Grace. Until God’s Word becomes a revelation within our heart and mind – it is just an accumulation of facts. Knowledge is wonderful because building our education expands our collection of information but it does not necessarily cause us to KNOW or experience what we have learned. For example, we can read about what it was like in a concentration camp but we will never really know what it was because we were not there. The same is true with reading about certain individuals and learning about what they accomplished yet without knowing them personally it leaves us with only a surface comprehension. Experience is our most effective teacher as it is one thing to read and know about what Jesus did, but it is nothing compared to actually knowing Him.
The Word of God is very much like other things in life in which we learn and practice. When we were small, we were told the Bible stories and were excited about the characters and awesome events that were thrilling and captivating. However, these true stories were not just so that we could know what they went through; they also serve to help us build a solid foundation of spiritual wisdom within OUR life. God has every intention for His children to grow and mature into a more serious student of His Word so they may continue to be delighted with the mysteries and secrets of His glory and since His Word is His will, it makes perfect sense to realize that the more of His Word we absorb – the more our relationship with Him can develop into deeper levels of intimacy. We can read and study as much as we want and in turn this means we can have as much of God as we desire. Nothing or no one is actually stopping us from knowing Him except US and in this context, may we choose to learn how to be more than just a religious spectator holding a ticket to heaven. May we develop a passion to love who He is.
Surface Christians do not want anything to do with blood covenant because it is a holy vow of commitment to resist sin. I realize that many Christians have chosen not to believe in total salvation or the absolute truth of blood covenant theology because as we have mentioned before there are many levels of spirituality and we can choose to wade in the shallows or swim in the deep – it depends on how serious we are about studying God’s Word and how serious we are about our faith. We sing, “O how I love Jesus” and many times it seems that we just love what He has done for us and not what He is expecting of us. It is true that He loves us very much and is very happy that we responded to His call, but that only pertains to HIS part of the covenant. The other side of covenant that most Christians are not interested in has to do with their accountability and responsibility associated. The idea was that God would save us and fill us with His Spirit and then we would absorb His Word and allow our mind to be renewed which would continue transforming who we are. All of this was not just a vision of us being blessed while we lie on the couch and eat potato chips, it was for a PURPOSE and that was to allow God to speak and move through us just like the Father moved through Jesus! “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, He gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that His commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me – so I speak.” Do we believe that God has sent us and gave us His commandments just like He did with Christ? Were we not called to sacrifice our will so that God’s light could shine within us? Was it not God’s idea for us to OVERCOME sin and the devil so that His glory could be manifested? Maybe we have never realized that we are on a mission from heaven and that God is waiting for us to put on our spiritual armor and become engaged in the war against the kingdom of darkness. I know this sounds repetitive but if we look around we will notice that Christianity has become tired, fat, comfortable and lazy. The Lord desires to share with us about our sin and yes it may require us to re-examine our theology and be willing to expose our heart. In order for us to research the scriptures and obtain the revelation of absolute truth, our doctrines and the creeds of our religious background may need to be dis-assembled to make room for a more complete perception of divine reality. “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in me: or else believe Me for the very works sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he (you and I) do also; and GREATER works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. IF YE SHALL ASK ANYTHING IN MY NAME, I WILL DO IT.” (John 14:11-14) What in the world does this mean? Do you believe this is really true? Now brother, we know this cannot be taken literally, this must be taken as just a figure of speech. Well, if we take a scissors to the Bible and cut out all the things that we have been told are not true and that disagree with what our church says, then it seems we would be building our own concept of God’s intentions. We must agree that if we misinterpret God’s Word, we will not fulfill His will because His will is His Word. If we try to manipulate and reconstruct what it means because we do not want to be completely sold-out to Him, I believe we are following in the footsteps of the Pharisees, but if we are serious about abandoning our will and obeying Him as the disciples did, then we will KNOW what He is talking about. His blood covenant has nothing to do with a life that we design on our own but it has everything to do with spending time with Him in the secret place praying, studying and doing what He says. His blood covenant explains who we are IN HIM and what He has provided for us but is conditional upon our obedience TO HIM.
- Some Christians believe that spiritual authority and miracles ended when the disciples died, is this related to the blood covenant? His covenant is a divine connection between Himself and man and we enter into this holy vow through our faith and obedience. Salvation is provided by the blood of Jesus and is the door to our holy covenant with God. Receiving Christ is where our old life ends and our new life begins and this includes understanding the entire truth about covenant. Most people only want to learn about how they have been redeemed, heaven is waiting and they can live however they want. However, we cannot truly comprehend God’s Word without the Holy Spirit opening the eyes of our heart and unveiling the revelation of divine truth. We are saved because we heard God’s Word thus leading us to see our lost condition and our need to be redeemed. This conviction of our conscience allowed us to see the illumination of God’s endless love and we responded in faith to embrace His forgiveness and His salvation. The privilege of being born-again is beyond words however, what most Christians have never accepted is that this is only the beginning. The idea of being saved as a one-time event is limiting the concept of salvation because we are actually BEING saved every moment. We have also not been taught that salvation is not only referring to spiritual deliverance and security but TOTAL salvation also includes the covenant promises that pertain to all areas of our life including the physical, mental and emotional dimensions. God is NOT mocked or deceived with what most so called Christians believe about salvation. The sad truth is that many who are convinced they are scholars of religion are actually lost and blind.
Many people have been told that all a person needs to do is believe in God and they will have salvation. I am not saying this is not a necessary component of being redeemed but I am saying this is not ALL that is required. If this was all that was needed to be “saved” we could agree that Satan and his demons are included with God’s family and will be in heaven with us. Believing is complicated because it involves faith and trust on a spiritual level. Much of what humans believe is based on emotions and is centered on making them feel good. When people hear about Jesus paying for our sins and that all they need to do to go to heaven to live forever when they die – is believe, this takes a load of worry and fear from their mind. Sadly, this is about all that most people want to become involved with because when it comes to learning the details of salvation they are not interested. It is like buying a refrigerator but throwing the owner’s manual away. All we need to know is that we plug it in and it works. People do not want to invest the sacrifice to study and learn about what God has called them to do “within” the grace of salvation. Since they do not want to discipline their flesh in order to walk in the Spirit of God, they are willing to live without the miracles and wonders that could be a part of their life. The believer’s spiritual authority is an avenue of power from the throne of God and is very much alive as it was when Christ walked the earth. The disciples dying had nothing to do with the believers becoming lethargic and spiritually lukewarm. Jesus has never changed and has always called His people to carry on His work but this will always include understanding and embracing His blood covenant.