“Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.” (Revelation 1:4)
Matthew 23:8, (TPT) “But you are to be different from that. You are not to be called ‘master,’ for you have only one Master, and you are all brothers and sisters.”
Matthew 25:40, (TPT)“And the King will answer them, ‘Don’t you know? When you cared for one of the least important of these my little ones, my true brothers and sisters, you demonstrated love for me.’”
If you believe in Jesus, you are my Brother or my Sister! Yes, none of us have it all together–but all together with God, we have Him, and the eternal Covenant (unbreakable agreement through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross to forgive sins and cleanse and restore people to relationship with Him) of protection, abundance, freedom, fullness, strength, direction, favor, mercy, grace, success, and more!
I thought again this morning about the two siblings I have in Heaven–that I have not yet met. They died in my mother’s womb. They were very loved and wanted. Although they did not live on this earth, I know they are alive in Heaven–they have been with Jesus, our Covenant God. Because they did not live on earth, my parents tried again–and God sent me.
I have a Covenant with my parents (and Dad has been in Heaven a couple years, getting to know his first two children!), and, when I turned 9, the Holy Spirit introduced me to Jesus. I now have a Covenant with Him. The benefits of this blood Covenant have amazed me, protected me, and are retoring to me all of my rights and benefits as a Child of the King!
In this world where families are unstable and the term is loosely defined, you need a Covenant with Jesus; you need Him to always have your back and be looking out for you, providing for you, directing you. Once you receive Him, He becomes your Big Brother—and you get a family of millions of Believers who are now your Brothers and Sisters in Christ!
Psalm 106:44-45 (TPT), “Yet even so, you waited and waited, watching to see if they would turn and cry out to you for a father’s help. And then, when you heard their cry, you relented and you remembered your covenant and you turned your heart toward them again, according to your abundant, overflowing, and limitless love.”
(TPT) Proverbs 10:30, “God’s lover can never be greatly shaken. But the wicked will never inherit the covenant blessings.
Acts 3:25, (TPT), “And you are heirs of their prophecies and of the covenants God made with your fathers when he promised Abraham, ‘Your descendant will bring blessing to all the people on the earth.’”