My first time out of home as a teenager was at a State University. I was just about sixteen years old. One night, I was all alone in the flat when sickness struck. I had no phones to call home. My temperature was high. I was scared. 

As I shook with feverish rigour under the thick blanket, I began to say, “God that my father calls on, help me,” “The Lord that my mum cries to, help me.” I knew I slept off and woke up better. That impression never left me. 

You can be blessed or trapped by a covenant you are ignorant of. You cannot joke with covenants. Saul, in his zeal, killed the Gibeonites. In the days of David, famine struck. When they asked the Lord, it was revealed that Saul’s action triggered it. The Gibeonites asked for seven sons of Saul. Those sons were impaled. Saul was ignorant of the covenant of Joshua with the Gibeonites that the Israelites would never kill them. Those sons were caught in the net of trouble because of their father’s ignorance of another leader’s covenant. Covenants are powerful. 

Beloved, covenants are powerful. You can even be a beneficiary of a covenant you were not a part of. For instance, Mephiboseth would have died a pauper, but one day, David the King remembered his covenant with Jonathan. He asked if there was anyone left in Saul’s house that he could favour him (because of Jonathan’s sake). 

When Mephiboseth was found, his dignity as a prince was restored – lands, houses, servants, vineyards and even given access to the palace to eat at the king’s table. All of it happened in a day. Covenants are powerful. 

Ignorance of a covenant is not an excuse, as we saw with King Saul and Mephiboseth. 

As a child of God, never underrate the power of covenant. Covenants can open a fountain of mercy. 

But the Lord was gracious to them, had compassion on them, and regarded them because of His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not yet destroy them or cast them from His presence.

II Kings 13:23 NKJV

Covenants are rooted in relationships. When people pray from the covenant standpoint, there is always a change. We have the covenant of life now because of the blood of Jesus. 

Live with covenant sense. It changes everything for you. It stirs strength and courage in you. 

Mordecai lived with a covenant sense. They warned Haman that as long as Mordecai was a Jew, Haman would fall before him. 

When Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends everything that had happened to him, his wise men and his wife Zeresh said to him, “If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of Jewish descent, you will not prevail against him but will surely fall before him.”

Esther 6:13 NKJV

Some seeds are struggling because of strange covenants that their patriarchs entered into. It has led to oppression and strange afflictions. By the mercies of God, every affliction ends in your life today! 

Never joke with covenants. Live by a sense of covenant. Our covenant in Christ Jesus is superior to any other covenant. A man in Christ can only be oppressed or afflicted if he permits it. Live with a sense of covenant. 

He is a covenant-keeping God!

We must be covenant-living sons and daughters. 

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