The study notes in this section are Matthew’s personal outlines and therefore they have not been edited.  As a result, you will find some grammatical errors.

The Power Of The Blood Covenant

FOUNDATION STATEMENT: There’s power in the blood covenant. If we as believers are going to ever see the power of it working in our lives in fullness, then we must apply the pressure of faith, relying on it and only it. – Hebrews 9:16

I. There’s power in this blood covenant

A. There’s power in the BLC b/c it is the guarantee that what was promised will be carried out

1. EX: A contract carries power b/c its the guarantee that you will get what is promised

2. This is a promised contract

a. God cutting the covenant didn’t make it more true

b. God cutting the blood covenant gave us the guarantee & u can stake ur life on it

3. The blood covenant is powerful because it enables the believer to reach that place of full persuasion and single-mindedness

a. It’s 1 thing 4 God 2 promise it; it’s another thing for Him to stand in blood and swear by Himself

b. This blood covenant enables the believer to stick his neck out on the line with a full persuasion that He’s okay because he’s got it in blood

B. Abraham was looking for a guarantee so God stood in blood and swore by Himself, making covenant with Abraham (Genesis 15)

1. In Abraham’s day a BLC was the most serious agreement that could be entered into

a. God comes down on the level of man 2 do something that Abram can understand-Heb 6:16

b. When Abraham asks 4 a guarantee, God says I’ll cut the blood covenant w/ you

2. It was powerful when God said it, but now He cut covenant with Abraham & it is really serious; It takes on a whole new form when God stands in blood

C. God cut the blood covenant to show us the unchangeableness of his Word (Heb 6:13)

1. He guaranteed the promise w/ a BLC in which he stood in blood & swore by himself

a. He did this to show us that neither He nor His word are changing & if we’ll stand on his word & refuse to change then the circumstances will just have to change

b. He did this in his great desire for us to get singled minded because then and only then can we receive from him (James 1:6-8)

2. He came between the promise that he made and the man that he made it to & made a blood covenant, acting as the bridge that would enable the man to receive what was promised

a. This blood covenant is going 2 act as a bridge that enables man 2 receive the promise

b. It’s going to give birth to fully persuaded faith and earnest expecting hope

c. It’s going to take me to a place where I’m single minded and fully persuaded so that I can receive the promise

D. Have faith in the covenant

1. Have faith in the fact that God stood in blood and swore by Himself to show you the unchangeableness of is Word

II. To see the power of the blood covenant, we have to be steadfast in it

A. The only way to see the strength or power of an object is to put pressure on that object and see just how much pressure it can hold up under

1. We can put pressure on chair until it breaks and find out how strong that chair is

a. If that chair breaks under 401lbs of pressure then that chair has the strength to hold up 400lbs

b. Until we put pressure on that chair we’ll never see/know the amount of strength the chair has

2. To see the power of this covenant in our lives we have to begin pressure on this covenant called faith pressure

a. The more faith pressure you put on that covenant, the greater the power of that covenant you will see operating in your life; When you stand in faith you apply pressure to this covenant

b. When you apply pressure on this covenant in the area of healing you will see the power of this covenant to heal

3. How much are you demanding out of this covenant with your faith

a. The power of the covenant that is in operation in your life today is a direct result of the amount of faith pressure that you’re putting on that covenant

B. We’ve got to be faithful, steadfast, and continue in this covenant (Psalm 78:8-16, 36-42)

1. That act of continuing is where most believers miss it-John 8, James 1

2. People who aren’t steadfast in this covenant will turn back in the day of battle

a. People who aren’t training in this covenant will turn back when it’s time to fight; Faith is a fight

1) How much are u training in this covenant? How much are u reading it, studying it, & then living it? People who aren’t faithful to continue in it will turn back when it’s time to fight

2) David didn’t turn back in battle b/c he’d been exercising in his covenant

b. A steadfastness in this word will keep you from turning back in the day of battle

1) If you’re not steadfast in the covenant, you’ll turn back in battle & lose

2) If you don’t turn back you’ll win (Galatians 6:9)

c. They turned back b/c their soul’s not anchored, there soul’s not anchored b/c they have no hope, they have no hope b/c they aren’t conscious of their covenant

3. People who turn back and compromise limit the power & the ability of this covenant

a. This New Covenant made in the blood of Jesus has the ability to heal, deliver, prosper but you’ll never see that ability if you’re turning back in the day of battle

1) Compromise works to keep you from God’s best

b. This compromising attitude came b/c they weren’t steadfast in our covenant

4. The didn’t remember the covenant that they had

a. They were with God and had the power to win, but were just like people who didn’t have covenant with God because they forgot their covenant

b. When u forget your covenant you operate on the level of natural man w/o God

C. This covenant requires a selling-out, undying, unending, never compromising, never-wavering commitment on the part of the believer (James 4:4)

III. The working power of the blood covenant

A. The power of the Old Covenant

1. They put so much faith pressure on that covenant they saw the greatness of the power of that covenant to hold them up in any situation

a. EX: Caused a 100 year old man & a 90 year old woman to have a baby; Caused a 17 year-old average boy to defeat a warrior specialist; Caused 3 Hebrews to be delivered from a fiery furnace; A man thrown in the lion’s den & came out safe; Parted the Red Sea

2. Hebrews 8:6 – We have a better covenant established on better promises

B. This covenant will care for you (Psalm 89:28)

1. Stand fast-Nurse, nurture, care for, be a guardian, be faithful, be trustworthy, be established, trusty, assurance

a. My covenant will nurse him, nurture him, care for him, be a guardian for him, be faithful with him, be a trusty assurance for him

b. The covenant will care for it, my job is to put faith pressure on the covenant

C. The covenant of peace (Isaiah 54:10)

1. The covenant of shalom (peace, safety, prosperity, well-being, wholeness)

a. This covenant carries the power to produce nothing missing and nothing broken

b. It will not ever be taken away from me

2. This is a covenant where you have everything that you could ever need (Genesis 17:1)

IV. The power of the blood Covenant births for me covenant rights

A. We have obtained an inheritance, we have to receive it-Eph 1:11, 18, Col 1:12, 3:24, 1 Peter 1:4-5

B. We have covenant rights to this inheritance (Hebrews 9:15-17)

1. A will, testament, or covenant has no power as long as the person whose will it is lives, but when that person dies then that will, testament, or covenant gains force, strength, and power

a. Force – firm, strength

b. Testament – covenant, solemn agreement, will, a legal document by which property is transferred to heirs

2. When somebody wills something to another person, that person has no right to those things that have been willed until that person dies. However, when that person dies, that inheritance has been willed to a person and it is rightfully his, no matter what anybody says. Because there was a covenant made that said so and when that person dies that covenant or will takes force and works to ensure that I get what is rightfully mine.

a. That covenant is working to ensure that you get the healing, prosperity, deliverance that is rightfully yours, but you got to work it.

3. This word is not my privilege to have; it’s my right to have

a. Acts 20:32 (AMP) – And now [brethren], I commit you to God [I deposit you in His charge, entrusting you to His protection and care]. And I commend you to the Word of His grace [to the commands and counsels and promises of His unmerited favor]. It is able to build you up and to give you [your rightful] inheritance among all God’s set-apart ones (those consecrated, purified, and transformed of soul).

b. That’s why Satan’s a thief; he’s coming to steal what’s already rightfully yours (John 10:10)

4. Luke 13:11-17 – Does not this woman have a right to be healed seeing that she is a daughter of Abraham and the friend of God.

C. We are joint heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17)

1. Joint-Heirs (Sunekleronomos) – Sun – partnership, cooperation; Kleros – portion, allotment, part of something that belongs to a person or to a specific thing for which the person is responsible — Two people joined together sharing an inheritance, co-inheritors

2. Whatever He gets we get through covenant-Ephesians 1:19, 1 John 4:17, Matthew 28:18