By David Oyedepo
Welcome to the concluding part of this teaching! I hope you were blessed by the teaching for last week. Today, we shall focus on Covenant Gateways to Financial Dominion!
From scriptures, we understand that financial dominion in the Kingdom anchors on the covenant of “sowing” and “reaping”; that is, giving and receiving (Genesis 8:22; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8; Luke 6:38). This connotes that giving is “sowing” and receiving is “reaping”. Therefore, the covenant of giving and receiving is God’s anchor for His financial fortune plan for the saints. In other words, we are empowered for wealth based on God’s covenant of financial fortune. A covenant, in this context, is a deal enacted by God based on well-defined terms and sealed with an oath, committing God’s integrity to make good His promise (Deuteronomy 8:18; Jeremiah 33:20-26; Malachi 3:6-11; Genesis 14:19-21).
Furthermore, it is important to understand that God’s financial plan is ONLY accessible to those who are interested in the terms of the covenant.
But, what are the Gateways to This Covenant?
- We Must Commit to Kingdom Promotion Opportunities with Delight as they Arise From Time to Time: The Bible says that when we take pleasure in the things of the Kingdom, the heaven over us will not be shut from dew, the earth will never cease to yield her fruits to us and things will answer in our lives in the positive. We must also remember that God will not ask us to bring an ‘Isaac’, if He has not given us one. This is because God only demands what He has given to us (Psalm 102:12-14; Haggai 1:2-14).
- Giving to the Poor as “engraced” by God: The Bible says: He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again (Proverbs 19:17). This was the secret that Job traded and God blessed him till he became the richest man in his days. We must break the donation mentality in our giving life; even when giving to the poor. This is because if we don’t give to them, someone else will. Therefore, let’s give to the needy with a heavenly transaction mentality that delivers undeniable returns to us (Job 29:12-13; Psalm 41:1-3; Proverbs 28:27; 2 Corinthians 8:1-7).
How Does God bless us in Return for our Giving?
- Through the Rain of Divine Ideas: Every empire on earth is built on ideas. For instance, Abraham’s empire extended from one generation to another because he received divine insight from God to build the first cattle ranch. Furthermore, he dug a well and founded the first borehole technology. Isaac also operated in divine idea when he designed the first irrigation farming system and became “the farmer” of his generation (Genesis 13:2, 24:34-35, 26:12-22).
- Through the Works of our Hands: It is written: Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land (Job 1:9-10). That means Job became the greatest man in the East because God blessed the works of his hands.
- Through Divine Favour: God’s favour is what makes high flyers in the Kingdom. Nobody fails with favour because it advances destinies supernaturally and always culminates in fortune. For instance, Joseph had God’s favour and became the heir apparent to Potiphar. That favour followed him to the prison where he became the head of the inmates and thereafter, a Prime Minister in the palace (Genesis 39:5, 21; Psalm 102:13-14, 45:12).
- Through Priestly Blessings: Priestly blessings change people’s stories for good. This is because while God speaks to our lives, prophets speak to our moments. For instance, when Abraham gave his tithe, Melchizedek proclaimed a blessing upon him and God confirmed it. As a result, Abraham became a possessor of heaven and earth, and Christ died to connect us to that Abrahamic order of blessings (Genesis 14:19; Galatians 3:13-14). Therefore, we must embrace and appropriate priestly blessings to see them manifest in our lives and in many generations to come.
In addition, we must understand that the covenant of financial abundance is not only for financial blessings but also for things that money cannot buy, and that includes longevity. For instance, all our covenant fathers enjoyed long life: Abraham lived to be 175 years old, Isaac departed at 180, Jacob died at 147 and Job lived for 140 years even after his ordeal. That means among the fringe benefits of the covenant of abundance, is longevity (Genesis 25:7-8, 35:28-29, 47:28; Job 42:10-17; Galatians 3:13-14, 4:28, Romans 2:28-29).
This helps us to recognise that old age is good and that it is God’s perspective for all His children. However, we must understand that all our covenant fathers engaged the covenant of giving and receiving as a lifestyle and that engendered their longevity (Genesis 14:19-21; 28:22-28). That means when God’s blessing comes upon us, we become indestructible. Every effort to destroy Joseph failed because there was a blessing on him. This is because covenant blessings put us above circumstances that destroy others, including death.
In conclusion, the covenant of giving and receiving is a mystery. That is why the devil wants to rob us of the blessings therein. We must understand that our giving capacity defines the limits of God’s blessings in our lives because we are blessed primarily to be a blessing. That is why we will not be blessed beyond our capacity to being a blessing. For easy access to covenant gateways to financial dominion, you must be born again. Are you born again? If you are not, this is an opportunity to do so. Simply say the following prayer: Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Today, I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now I know I am born again!”
For further reading, please get my books: Understanding Financial Prosperity, Breaking Financial Hardship, Covenant Wealth and Hidden Covenants of Blessing. I invite you to come and fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, the covenant home of Winners.
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