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A New Covenant

“Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah- “not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD. “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: 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.” Jeremiah 31:31-34

The bible is full of accounts of kings making decrees and they would become laws and reality. For example,   in the first year of Cyrus king of Babylon, King Cyrus issued a decree to build this house of God (Ezra 5:13). In the first year of King Cyrus, King Cyrus issued a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem: “Let the house be rebuilt, the place where they offered sacrifices; and let the foundations of it be firmly laid, its height sixty cubits and its width sixty cubits, with three rows of heavy stones and one row of new timber. Let the expenses be paid from the king’s treasury.  Also let the gold and silver articles of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took from the temple which is in Jerusalem and brought to Babylon, be restored and taken back to the temple which is in Jerusalem, each to its place; and deposit them in the house of God” (Ezra 6:3-6).  King Ahasuerus was advised to issue royal decree be recorded in the laws of the Persians and the Medes, so that it will not be altered, that Queen Vashti shall come no more before King Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal position to another who is better than she. As a result he made the decree and the Queen was replaced with Esther who later caused the king to write other decrees to protect the lives of her people, the Jews. The bible records:

On that day King Ahasuerus gave Queen Esther the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. And Mordecai came before the king, for Esther had told how he was related to her.  So the king took off his signet ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai; and Esther appointed Mordecai over the house of Haman.  Now Esther spoke again to the king, fell down at his feet, and implored him with tears to counteract the evil of Haman the Agagite, and the scheme which he had devised against the Jews. And the king held out the golden scepter toward Esther. So Esther arose and stood before the king, and said, “If it pleases the king, and if I have found favor in his sight and the thing seems right to the king and I am pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to annihilate the Jews who are in all the king’s provinces.  “For how can I endure to see the evil that will come to my people? Or how can I endure to see the destruction of my countrymen?”  Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther and Mordecai the Jew, “Indeed, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and they have hanged him on the gallows because he tried to lay his hand on the Jews. “You yourselves write a decree concerning the Jews, as you please, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s signet ring; for whatever is written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s signet ring no one can revoke.”  So the king’s scribes were called at that time, in the third month, which is the month of Sivan, on the twenty-third day; and it was written, according to all that Mordecai commanded, to the Jews, the satraps, the governors, and the princes of the provinces from India to Ethiopia, one hundred and twenty-seven provinces in all, to every province in its own script, to every people in their own language, and to the Jews in their own script and language. And he wrote in the name of King Ahasuerus, sealed it with the king’s signet ring, and sent letters by couriers on horseback, riding on royal horses bred from swift steeds. By these letters the king permitted the Jews who were in every city to gather together and protect their lives-to destroy, kill, and annihilate all the forces of any people or province that would assault them, both little children and women, and to plunder their possessions,  on one day in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar. Esther 8:1-12

King Ahasuerus gave Queen Esther the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews, and had hanged him on the gallows because he tried to lay his hand on the Jews. And Esther appointed Mordecai over the house of Haman.  King Ahasuerus also told Queen Esther and Mordecai, the Jew, to themselves write a decree concerning the Jews, as it pleased them in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s signet ring. And Esther and Mordecai did just that. The decree in the king’s name permitted the Jews who were in every city to gather together and protect their lives-to destroy, kill, and annihilate all the forces of any people or province that would assault them, both little children and women, and to plunder their possessions. Later Esther also requested and received a decree Haman’s ten sons be hanged on the gallows (Esther 9:13-14). Decrees are very important in the life of Kings and those in authorities. The bible also tells us:

“Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees, Who write misfortune, Which they have prescribed.   To rob the needy of justice,  And to take what is right from the poor of My people, That widows may be their prey,  And that they may rob the fatherless. What will you do in the day of punishment,  And in the desolation which will come from afar?  To whom will you flee for help?  And where will you leave your glory? Isaiah 10:1-3

Jesus Christ also defeated our prime enemy Satan, and has given us, His brothers and sisters, all his spoils and wealth as well as the riches of heaven. He has also given us the right to make any decree that we desire in His name. God’s word is true and unchangeable:

“And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; “they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mark 16:17-18

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. John 14:13-14

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. John 15:16

The Holy Spirit whom the Father sent in Jesus  name, not only  teaches us all things, and brings to our remembrance all things that Jesus taught but He also helps us make proper decree that affect and change our world, society and life by removing people or mountains or kingdoms in our lives. God’s word is unchanging:

Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.  See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms,  To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant.” Jeremiah 1:9-10

“And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19

“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Mark 11:23

Yes, God has given His true anointed ones, the power of decree and proclamation to use to their advantage and that of the Kingdom. Under the new covenant Jesus gave us His blood, He gave us His name and He gave us His Word. He gave us the authority to rebuke the devil ourselves.  Under the old covenant, you would do what you were supposed to do and God rebuked the devourer.  Under the new covenant we are not to wait for God to rebuke the devourer. God is waiting for us to act on the authority He has given as a result of the blood. God has given you the name of Jesus and the power and authority to do it yourself. When the devil gets in your face, you say, “I rebuke you devil in the name of Jesus.”

Jesus said, “You say to that mountain ‘be removed and be cast into the sea.’”  Many times in the Bible the word “mountain” means kingdom. Under the old covenant you did what you were supposed to do, and then you waited for God to move the mountain (kingdom). Under the new covenant Jesus said, “Say to the mountain ‘be removed and cast into the sea’ and believe in your heart that those things you say will come to pass and you will have whatever you say.” To me it’s a greater covenant and a greater promise, but with every greater promise comes greater responsibility. Under the old covenant you do what you are supposed to do and just wait for God. Under the new covenant you do what you are supposed to do, take authority yourself, and stand in faith without wavering. [i]

[i] Life is in the Blood by Larry Ollison

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