Whenever we speak about covenants, we must always look back to the covenant between God and Abram.
One of the first things God spoke to Abram was: "I will bless you" (see Genesis 12:1). These words have been at the very heart of God's desire for all men and women. He is a giver and He is committed to bringing His blessings to His people. In establishing a covenant with Abram, God clearly stated what He would bring to him through this agreement. Notice 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" (NKJV).
The Amplified Bible says it this way: "I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors]..." He wants to bless and favor us. This is not man's idea; instead, it has always been God's desire.
Think about that: abundant increase of the favor of God. God considered it such a priority for His blessings and increase to be brought to mankind, He declared that it was the first thing He would do for Abram—if Abram would only obey God.
As Abram began to obey God and to walk with Him, he saw the power of God's covenant in action. Immediately he would see the increase which it brought him. In Genesis 13:6, it tells of the abundance that Abram and his nephew, Lot, received from the Lord:
"Now the land was not able to support them, that they might dwell together, for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together" (NKJV).
Their possessions had increased abundantly. It was more than they could contain as long as they stayed together. If Abram was to continue to increase, he would need to go on with God and be separated from Lot.
God's covenant brought Abram an increase of possessions. But there would be more, God would give him land as far as his eyes could see. He would give Abram descendants, land, increase of wealth as well as influence, all because he would continue to live by faith in the covenant between himself and God Almighty.
We can walk in the kind of faith that is modeled by Abraham—the faith that pleases God. Hebrews 11:6 says, "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him" (NKJV). We can believe that our covenant with God will bring us increase for the rest of our lives.
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