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Saturday, July 08, 2006

A promise kept

Have you ever been walking along and see a beautiful rainbow? It's beautiful, isn't it? But many people forget that the rainbow is actually a remnant of a long-lasting covenant between God and Noah. Just like the covenant itself, it's beautifu, forever, and faithful So what does that tell us about a promise made by God?

Genesis 6:18
But I will establish My covenant with you, and you will enter the ark-you and your sons and your wife and your sons' wives with you.

The Bible is filled with covenants made between God and people. Six of those covenants were made with Old Testament people: Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and David. The seventh was made with His own Son, Jesus Christ. God is always the strongest partner in a covenant relationship.

God made a covenant with Noah to preserve the human race. This covenant involved Noah by building an ark. He'd never built an ark before. He'd never had a boat. It was a totally new concept to Noah and the rest of the world. Why would he need a boat in a dry land?

Noah didn't have to invent the ark; God gave him the plans-in specific detail. He didn't have to gget the animals-God led them into the ark. God even closed the door when they all came on board. God made it rain to prove why the ark was needed.

The covenant gave all Noah needed to complete his mission in life. When God spoke to Noah to do this thing, he needed only to respond to God's call to do it. Noah knew the covenant made with God was going to be fulfilled if he fulfilled his part.

If you've entered into a covenant relationship with God, you can be assured that God will uphold His part of the covenant. He's committed to fulfilling His covenant with you and to fulfill His purposes in and through your life. It only requires one thing on your part-obedience. He'll even provide grace and faith to you to help you fulfill your part of the covenant.

Each of us has a covenant with God. But we also enter covenants with others in our personal and business lives. How are you doing in fulfilling covenants to others? God has given us the example to follow. Ask God if you have any unfulfilled covenants you need to honor. He's called you and me to be covenant keepers.

Praying that we all keep our words,
Pastor Mike


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