Covenant with Death
(Ariel Gate dd 11 Oct 2017 to 21 Oct 2017)
(Notes taken by Joan E Lottering)
(Edited Ian R Lottering)
1 Covenant with Death
1.1 How often do we lie?
Any place we are either a witness of life or of death. When/where ever wanted to kill someone, we are connected with the spirit of death. Any tearing down of something/anything leads and relates to death. Any thought of suicide is linked with spirit of death. The Lord sets before us death and life; blessing and cursing; therefore choose life_ _ _ (see Deut 30:15-20). Our thoughts are not hidden from God. Our hearts are predominately evil.
Therefore any gossip or corrupt speech, is bound to lead us in the way of death and /or destruction if we are not careful about what we say. With David we need to ask the Lord to put a watch on our mouth. Because that which is in our heart and mind is sure to reveal itself through our speech. Often Scripture reminds us that which is in our hearts will overflow out of our mouth (see Mt 12:33-37). We/our lives and outcome are determined through the rudder of our soul, the tongue. Often we need to bridle our tongue!
Behold! I have set before you today life and good, and death and evil, in that I command you today to love Jehovah your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, so that you may live and multiply. And Jehovah your God shall bless you in the land where you go to possess it. But if you turn away your heart, so that you will not hear, but shall be drawn away and worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days on the land where you pass over Jordan to go to possess it. I call Heaven and earth to record today against you. I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Therefore, choose life, so that both you and your seed may live, so that you may love Jehovah your God, and that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him. For He is your life and the length of your days, so that you may dwell in the land which Jehovah swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give it to them. (Deu 30:15-20 MKJV)
Remember in Christ Jesus (Yeshuah Ha Massiach) we are connected to life. Jew and Gentile in Him are become one new man. Christ paid for us through His death and shedding of His Blood, so that we are able to live (see Eph 2:11- 17). Christ Jesus is our giver of life which is a different Spirit to that of the spirit of death. The spirit of death has no concern, neither does he care less whether we live or die. Remember death and life are in the power of our tongue (see Pr 18:20-21; Pr 12:28). This is the reason we are reminded to guard our hearts, above all else because from out of our heart, flow the issues of life (see Pr 4:20-27).
This covenant with death eventually starts killing us from within, bringing forth destruction even to our generation and those after us. Although the covenant with death is able to destroy us, personally and generationally. Even though neither of our generations nor ourselves are killed due to our covenant with death_ _ _! We need to break its hold over us through our authority given us in Christ Jesus. Repentance on behalf of ourselves, our generational bloodlines and over our seed after us, is therefore; often necessary and much needed.
1.2 Original Sin brought Death
We involuntary are entered into this covenant of death because of Adam and Eve’s sin. For when they acted in disobedience to the Lord’s instruction concerning the knowledge of good and evil heeding the serpent instead of hearkening to the Lord, Death and Destruction entered into all of Creation. Thereby we also inherited death and destruction. Instead of Blessing we inherited the Curse. This curse cut us off from lifetime fellowship with God.
This was never God’s intent for His crown creation. He originally planned for us to enter into an abundant, pleasing life of fellowship with Him. His abundant manifold Love, far greatly surpasses our human understanding. He promises to give Life unto all whom call upon Him. His Name far surpasses all other names, in Heaven above and the Earth below. He desires to call us by His Name. Yet we are only be able to partake of it through our acceptance of His Death, Resurrection and Ascension.
God is no Mickey Mouse god, made through the hands and sleights of men. He is thrice Holy, Gracious, and Righteous without sin. The Sinner is unable to stand in His Presence. We through original disobedience, committed High Treason. We sinned against this Holy, Righteous and Just God; thereby entering into death. Through one man’s sin and disobedience Death entered in (Rom 5:7-21). The Lord forewarned His Crown Creation, the day he would eat of the Tree of The Knowledge of Good and evil, he surely would die (see Gen 2:15-18). This includes all the seed and descendants of mankind, from Adam right through; even until our present day.
Remember Jesus Christ (Yeshuah Ha Massiach), came to Earth to bring and give us Life which is Life More Abundantly. What or how does this abundant life seem to look to us? Are we able to imagine what abundant life means for us? We are entitled to that which God promised us. When I am Born Again, I need to be baptised. Thereby I partake of His Death, Resurrection and Ascension. This Baptism comes with repentance in our hearts.
1.3 After Baptism
We are able to partake of the abundant life. We die to self, living a crucified life. We are then circumcised in our heart. No longer circumcision of the flesh, but circumcision of our heart. This circumcision is a cutting of the heart. Our hearts be broken with that which breaks the Heart of God.
More to follow shortly_ _ _