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HAVING A COVENANT MINDSET AND IDENTITY:

Our “New Covenant” status, renews our minds and establishes our hearts, to walk in our New Covenant privileges and benefits. We have been “born from above,” and have set our affections on “things above,” and not on the temporal things of this world. Messiah has set our captive souls free, released our minds from bondage, and has returned hearts back to the Father’s covenant love. We love God, we love Life, we love PEOPLE and we love OUR CITY. We elevate to this new level, every time we read God’s Word. Our level of thinking changes our level of becoming, our lives are transformed as our minds are renewed.

  1. NEW CREATIONrenewed and regenerated spiritually [2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15]
  2. REDEEMED – purchased by the blood of Messiah [Isaiah 52:3,7-10; 62:12; Luke 1:68; Acts 20:28; 26:18; Ephesians 1:7,14; 4:30; Colossians 1:14; 1 Peter 1:17-19; Revelation 5:9]
  1. FORGIVEN – pardoned from offenses committed [Colossians 1:14; 2:13; 1 John 2:12]
  2. FREE FROM SLAVERY released from the yoke of sin [Hebrews 2:15; Romans 8:15]
  3. ADOPTED TO SONSHIP – placed into God’s family as children [Romans 8:15; Ephesians 1:5]
  4. SET APART AS HOLY – consecrated and declared acceptable vessels [Romans 6:22; Ephesians 4:24; 1 Peter 1:12-17]
  5. ACCEPTED – graced, favored and received as family [Romans 8:15; Ephesians 1:6]
  6. PREDESTINED – preplanned purpose and destiny [Romans 8:29-30; Ephesians 1:5,11]
  7. CHOSEN AS KINGS & PRIESTS – selected and set apart to reign in Messiah’s kingdom [Exodus 19:4-6; 1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 1:5-6; 5:9-10]
  8. INDWELT BY THE SPIRIT – filled with the dwelling presence of the Spirit in us [Ezekiel 36:25-27; John 14:17; 1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19; 2 Cor. 6:16; 2 Timothy 1:14; Titus 3:5]
  9. EMPOWERED WITH AUTHORITY – given kingdom authority and power [John 1:12; Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 10:19]
  1. MADE MORE THAN A CONQUEROR – given victory as a victor and not a victim [Numbers 14:3-8; Romans 8:37; 1 Corinthians 15:57]

The COVENANT mindset, that we now walk in and express daily, conforms us to the image of God. This new identity is the express image of God that Jesus reveals in and through us. We are a walking billboard of a changed life, as our transformation is made evident to everyone around us. We are no longer a slave to sin, or this corrupt world system. We are absolutely free from bondage, peer pressure, and people’s unfactual opinions of us. The only opinion that really matters, is the one that has been formed and fashioned by the Word of Almighty God. He has predestined us to look like His divine image and to walk after His divine likeness. The serpent in the Garden can no longer deceive or beguile us, or even manipulate God’s Word to trick us. We know who we are, and whose we are. We belong to God’s family now, and all of our insecurities have been swallowed up by the Spirit’s sovereignty in our lives. Wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty and freedom, as we are transformed into the Lord’s image, from one level of glory to another level of glory [2 Corinthians 3:16-18]. 


Happy New Year! LaShanah Tovah!

 

We are now in a new calendar year, 2018. This breaks down to two millenniums with 18 exceeding years. What is the significance to these last 18 years? The number 18 can be alphanumerically written as two Hebrew letters, which is where the system of Roman numerals came from. The original Semitic System that Hebrew developed from, assigns a numerical value to every Hebrew letter, as well as a pictographical image and idea that embodies the essence of each letter. These Hebrew consonants become signposts of significance, that reveal the root meaning to every word in Scripture.

EIGHTEEN Hebraically it is numbered by the Hebrew letter Chet ח (#8: Number of NEW BEGINNINGS), and the 10th letter Yud י, (#10: DIVINE ORDER & INCREASE), The numbers together spell the Hebrew word “LIFE”, CHAI חַי. Pictographically Yud י is a Hand, and Chet ח is a Fence, or Enclosure, like a “SHEEPFOLD”, to protect the LIFE of the SHEEP. Our Messiah taught that a GOOD SHEPHERD leaves the 99 SAFE SHEEP, to FIND one that is LOST, and bring it back to the FOLD.

The Shepherd of our souls promises to give us LIFE, and that LIFE more ABUNDANTLY, in John 10:10. This year is a of NEW BEGINNINGS coupled with INCREASE, because we are operating within the divine FENCE of His divine ORDER. This will therefore become a year that God motivates us to EXCEED all limitations and expectations. This is a year of EXCEEDING ABUNDANCE & RESOURCES, to accomplish the Father’s plan in our sphere of influence. Don’t live by last years limits, or become stuck by previous pressures or spiritual struggles! Live a life that is EXCEEDING in ABUNDANCE, above all that you could personally ask or think.


Going Back To The Beginning


The Bible starts with the famous words, “In the Beginning” [Be’reshit  בְּרֵאשִׁית in Hebrew – which literally means “in the first,” or “at first”], to give us an orderly time line of events starting with Creation, as well as an understanding of His priority and purpose for creating the world, and all that dwell in it. The biblical text says that God, or in Hebrew, Elohim אֱלֹהִים created everything! In fact, it specifically tells us that He created the Heavens [ha’shamayim הַשָּׁמַיִם], then He created the Earth [ha’aretz הָאָרֶץ].

This coincides with what the Apostle Paul writes to the believers of Colossae, in Colossians 1:15-16, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.”

Look at another verse, out of Hebrews, that speaks of this divine order in Creation:

1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. – Hebrews 11:1-3 (NKJV)

So we can see in these verses that the invisible realm of the heavenlies, was established before the visible realm of earth was created, and that the visible things of earth were created by invisible heavenly realms. In fact, Job 38:7 describes angels, or “sons of God,” rejoicing as their Creator laid the foundations of the world:

4 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. 5 Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? 6 To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, 7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? – Job 38:4-7 (NKJV)

The Master of the Universe even gave us the order of six progressive days of Creation, with the crowning of the seventh day [Sabbath, or Shabbat שַׁבָּת in Hebrew], as the mark of perfection and rest, as He was enthroned as King over His Creation. Days one through four established the foundation and lighting system in God’s new habitation. This all happened before life, whether animal or human, was even brought into existence. The completely submerged earth needed the light of God’s glory and intervention, to separate light from darkness, and waters above from below. Swamp-like land became dry soil, which made the earth a viable place for mankind, the apex of His Creation. Day five caused sea creatures to swim in the gathered bodies of water, called seas, and fowl to fly in the air of the new firmament created on day two. All these events prepared the new earth for what would happen on day six, when God would bring forth all kinds of living creatures from the earth.

That day was not complete though, until a capable ruler was given dominion over every aspect of Creation. Fulfillment was not found until God created Adam, and his helpmate Eve, to reign as king and queen over His Kingdom. So we can see that the domains created in days 1-3, coincide perfectly with days 4-6, establishing an appropriate ruler to reign in dominion over each domain. While six days completed the creation, only day seven, the Sabbath, established the Sovereign Ruler over all His creation, and that is the Lord of the Sabbath, God Himself.

Eden, which means a “pleasurable place,” was more beautiful than the Hawaiian islands, more lush with green foliage than Ireland in springtime, more sublime and divine than a day spent in the rain forest of Brazil, with its comforting moisture that balanced the summer heat of its tropical humidity. With an exotic environment like Eden, who would need a honeymoon vacation? Who were the recipients of this wonderful reward? Who did God have in mind, to run His earthly resort, and perfect paradise?

The Genesis account unfolds from that Sixth Day, after the creating of mammals and land creatures. God went back to the “drawing board,” and formed a masterpiece from a lump of clay. The Potter placed His loving hands on the lifeless substance, and squeezed its form into a vessel that met His approval. The “center of His Wheel” was like the “center of His Will,” to make a mold that He could pour Himself into. This work of art, would be the masterpiece that would display His outstanding creativity, skill, and workmanship. His final paint stroke of this amazing creation would reveal the multifaceted character and invisible attributes of His unimaginable abilities and divine qualities.

While the Creator of the Universe is Himself beyond comprehension, His revelation of His personhood could somehow be on display through the man that reflected His Divine image, and creative potentials. Even God, in all of His Sovereignty, stood back and watched His first created son, ingeniously name everything that the Almighty had spoken into existence. Nothing in Creation reflected His power and authority more, than the royal son that He crowned with His own glory and honor. So, as HaShem’s royal family, of son and daughter, left reflect the perfect character and invisible attributes, in visible ways and action, that bring Him glory, and draw people closer to the Eternal and Ever-present God, Adonai Elohim! May His Name be blessed by all the living, for all eternity! Amen!

Shalom, shalom, from Rabbi Brian Bileci