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The Bible records a friendship between two men, Jonathan and David. They endured many trials throughout their friendship, yet they stuck together like glue. First Samuel 18:3 says, "Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul." You see, they had a covenant relationship.

A covenant is one of the strongest types of agreement known to man. By definition, it's "a pledge, vow, or promise between two or more parties to carry out the terms agreed on." The moment you become born again, you have a right to the covenant promises God made to Abraham—to be blessed (empowered to prosper) until all families of the earth have been blessed (Gen. 12:3).

Galatians 3:29 says, "...if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." In other words, when you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you become an heir, or a part of the blood covenant God established with Abraham. As such, you have a right to everything God promised him—wealth, wisdom, protection and provision.

Far too many Christians fail to lay hold of what is rightfully theirs because they don't understand their covenant rights. Ephesians 2:12 says you can be "...strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope."

If you are a stranger to your covenant, you'll never walk in the manifest promises of God, which in turn does nothing to draw people to Him. In other words, knowing who you are in Christ and walking as a child of God brings glory to Him and enables you to walk confidently in His promises.

Remember, God operates through His covenant promises. He is not moved because of a need you may have. Instead, God moves on your behalf when you use your faith to place a demand on the anointing to obtain what is rightfully yours. By speaking His promises aloud daily and standing on His Word, you can rest assured that it won't be long before the manifestation of those promises comes to pass (Hab. 2:3).

The Great Exchange
People today are always on the move. In fact, it's not uncommon for an individual to move several times throughout his or her lifetime because of a promotion, business relocation or a better opportunity. As a result, many friendships fall by the wayside. And although the relationship may have been very close at one point, distance, time and neglect can sever even the closest associations.

Covenant agreements were designed to make up for areas where people had differences. For example: Let's say there are two families. One family, the Burgs are strong in the area of agriculture. They can farm better than anyone in the country, but they have a weakness: They don't know how to protect themselves. So they enter into a covenant relationship with the Williams family. These people are mighty warriors, but they too have a weakness: They can't grow food. This sets up a perfect situation for these two families to enter into a covenant relationship with one another. Separately they may have great weaknesses, but together those weaknesses become strengths.

So the two families establish a covenant by first making promises to each other. The Burgs promise to grow food, while the Williams family promises to provide protection. To reinforce this, there is an exchange of coats. First the Williams give the Burgs their coat of armor, and in return the Burgs give the Williams their coat of farming.

Afterward, they cut their wrists and mingle the blood between them as a sign of the two families becoming one. Finally, there is an exchange of weapons and tools. Swords are exchanged for rakes and vice versa.

Where there was once weakness, there is now strength because of this new covenant relationship. And since the families are now joined together, they are no longer known as the Burgs and Williams. Instead, they are known as the Williamsburg family. Whether they feel like it or not, they are forever in covenant relationship with one another.

Child of God, a covenant is not based on feelings, but on agreement.

For instance, my marital commitment to my wife, Taffi, is not based on how I feel. It's based on our covenant agreement—till death do us part. Now don't get me wrong. I do have feelings for her; however, there's more involved than just emotion.

I have committed myself to love and care for her for as long as we are both on this earth. I will never break our covenant agreement just because my feelings were hurt or because I didn't like something she did. I'm in this for life.

When you are in a covenant relationship, you love when it's good and when it's bad. You love when things are up and when they're down. Regardless of the circumstances, you love.

Covenant Relationships
So if you're asking yourself, How do I fit in to all of this? The answer is simple: Partnership with a ministry is a covenant relationship. Psalm 111:5 says God is ever mindful of His covenant. That's the way it is here, too.

Everything at this ministry is done with our covenant partners in mind. I am completely wrapped up, tied up, and tangled up in relationship with my partners. I can't get you off my mind.

Remember, exchange is always involved in a covenant. If you slip or backslide in some way, it's not my job to push you away or condemn you. It is my job to pray until Christ—the Anointed One and His Anointing—is formed in you (Gal. 4:19).

When you are weak, I am strong. When you are at your lowest, my prayers for you will avail much (James 5:16), and vice versa. It's not about the mistakes you might make. It's about who you are joined with in covenant. You can partake of the anointing that rests on my life and exchange your weaknesses for my strengths.

How do you fit in? Without you, I miss out on the exchange that God has called me to. Together we change the world and make a mark in the lives of millions that can never be erased. With you, I'm better than I am by myself. Child of God, we are in covenant.

It's our partnership—our relationship—with one another that produces loyalty, trust and true friendship. That's what partnership is all about. It's about you and me being better...together!

Copyright © Creflo Dollar Ministries
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Author Biography

Creflo A. Dollar
Web site: World Changers Ministries
 
Creflo Dollar is the founder and senior pastor of World Changers Church International (WCCI) in College Park, Georgia; World Changers Church-New York; and a host of fellowship churches throughout the United States and internationally. WCCI also has offices in Australia (serving the Asia-Pacific region), South Africa, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, and the Ukraine.
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