One of my homework assignments this week was to write a personal covenant with God.
A covenant is a two-way promise. God promises us certain blessings in return for our keeping the terms we accepted when making the covenant.
In considering my covenant with God, I looked at the following to draw inspiration:
- Myrtle & Charles Fillmore’s covenant
In reading all of these, I came to the realization that our covenants with God actually start on God’s side and promises made, and on our side is our acceptance and fulfillment. So, I chose 5 verses on which to base my personal covenant:
1- Jeremiah 29: 11 – I have had this on my vision board all year (2017), as part of my vision of who/what I am and the life I am building:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
2- Psalm 46: 10
Be still & know that I AM
I got this tattooed on my back at the beginning of the year to remind myself of where my strength comes from! With a phoenix rising out of the fire, and a reminder that out of the burning bush, God speaks to us with a small, still voice.
3- Jeremiah 31: 33-34
I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.
4- Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
5- Philippians 4: 6-7, 9, 13, 19
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
13 I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.
19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
And so, based on all of this, I decided to try to put into words my Covenant:
I am a strong woman, blessed with everything I need and having everything to give! I take to heart the promises of Divine Supply: I know that my every need is already taken care of and that God’s purposes in my life are to prosper me, plans for hope and a future. I release all anxiousness & worry, knowing that my prayers and gratitude have power on earth and in heaven. My God will take care of my needs.
I promise to be still: I will allow the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, to guard my heart and mind through Christ in me, the hope of glory.
I promise to learn and receive and do, to allow God’s law to be in my mind and written on my heart: to be a shining child of God, knowing God from the inside out! I accept that I have been chosen and called, and I respond, saying “yes”.
I am strong and courageous, things of this world do not frighten or dismay me, because God is in me, with me and for me, and God is with me wherever I may go.