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Sermon of the Week 
Wednesday, March 22 2017

I became aware of this as I was watching a program which was out to prove the existance of these creatures, and I realized that the proof was right in the bible....                                                                                                               (Oh, you didn't know Yetti's were in the bible? )                                                                                              

    Well, they are the  reigning world champions of hide and seek, so you've got to look very close and be very thorough if you're ever going to find them! But there are adctually many accounts of sightings of this illusive character in the bible.                                                                                                                                  

    In the story of Moses, there were some Yetti's that were sighted.....                                                           (Of course, I’m doing a bit of a word play on the name Yetti here)                                         All the odds were against Moses as he faced off with the most powerful leader of the most powerful nation and succeeded in bringing his people out of bondage, "Yet he overcame" his adversary....and then the odds of getting them through all the obstacles and into the promised land.... against all the odds, “Yet he overcame” the challenges of the wilderness…                                                                                       So, there are many other "YET HE" sightings in the bible....                                        These are accounts of those who beat the odds…overcame the challenges and discovered the life that all champions of the faith can know….                                              

    Hebrews 11:7 "By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as YET HE,(De’hon…. necessary by covenant) moved with fear, and prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. v8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. v9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:                                                                                                         v10 For he looked for a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. v11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, for she judged him faithful who had promised. v12 Therefore sprang forth even of one, who was as good as dead, so many that they were as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as innumerable as the sand which is by the sea shore."                                                                                  

    I want to go back to verse 6, which we didn't read, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him". Keep that in mind as we move forward today....There are great and amazing benefits and promises for all who live their lives, desiring to please God, and who make that their first priority!

    The next Yet He I want us to see is in .2 Kings 8:19  "The Lord would not destroy Judah for David his servant's sake, YET HE (De’hon) promised to always give him a light, and to his children as well”.  YET HE in the Hebrew is the word “De’hon, which .means ….”necessary by covenant”)

    This is an amazing promise to David that God had His hand on Judah and would preserve it for David’s sake…because after Solomon, the kings of Judah were .wicked and did evil before the Lord. As an example, Jehoram killed all 6 of his brothers, married Ahab’s daughter  and brought Baal worship into Judah. He built a temple to Baal in Israel and with all this, God kept His promise to David and did not let Judah be destroyed by the enemies who surrounded her. And ultimately it was Judah that was the line of the Messiah!

    I believe the purpose of this scripture is to let the righteous know that God has a covenant with their legacy, in spite of what some in their generational line may do, to preserve a remnant that would remain true to Him. God is faithful when men are not… God sees beyond what we see…… 

    There was a man who all of his life, every time he got paid he took $50 out of his paycheck & put it in a safe under his mattress.  Over the years, it had amounted to a lot of money. Then he got sick & knew he was about to die, so he said to his wife, "I want you to promise me one thing." "Anything you want" she said. "I want you to promise me that when I’m dead you’ll take my money from under the mattress & put it in my casket so that I can take it all with me."  Well, when he died, & his wife kept her promise. She went in & got all the money, then she went to the bank & she  deposited all of it, and wrote out a check and put it in his casket."

God is a lot better at keeping His promises than we are….With God’s promises, you can take it with you……

    Mary Madeline O’Hare did much to oppose Christianity and promote atheist causes…. But after all her indoctrination, her son William, became a preacher of the gospel….It’s interesting that her dad was a Baptist minister and God honored his faith in the salvation of his grandson, in spite of his daughter’s anti-god causes….

    I believe I am preaching the gospel today because my grandpa, who was a minister, prayed that his heirs would follow in his footsteps. Even though my mom, did all she could to pull me in the opposite direction, and when she abandoned me, it was through adoption, that I was brought up as a Christian and Grandpa’s prayers were honored. Our God is a covenant God and we are His covenant people!! Your obedience to Christ has incredible generational repercussions and ramafications….. 

    Let’s find the next YET HE…2 Chronicles_24:19  “ YET HE (De’hon) sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the LORD; and they gave testimony: but they would not listen”.("De’hon" is a covenant word connected here to God’s sending of the prophets) This (YET HE), is letting us know that God is totally committed by covenant to bringing the message of truth to every living human on the planet, even if they reject it, they will have no excuse….. 

    I am reminded that the gospel came to China through a Christian tract which fell overboard from a ship at sea. The tract floated to shore and was found by Chinese fishermen who found someone to translate it and shared it with the village. The entire village was converted and an angel appeared and told them about a man who would come to explain further the way of Christ. When the missionary landed years later, he found a thriving Christian church waiting to greet him and be taught the gospel. 

As we are faithful, God will work in ways we cannot imagine to fulfill the covenant He has with the earth and it’s people. 

    Max Lucado says… "In the garden, as Jesus felt the weight of the cross, He made a covenant decision. That He would rather go to hell for you than go to heaven without you." 

    No wonder then, that we find these awesome words in Ephesians 3:18 “That we may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; v19  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fulness of God. v20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that now works in us. v21 Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen”.

God has a way we haven’t even imagined yet! 

    Isaiah found a number of YET HE’S, but let me share this one....Isaiah_53:7“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, YET HE (De-hon) opened not his mouth, and is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth”.                                               

YET HE, ….here once again means "necessary by covenant" in Hebrew….

    700 years before Jesus was born, Isaiah was declaring how dedicated God was in keeping covenant with us. That in spite of how hopeless it might have looked, He had already provided a way. His plan would not be thwarted and His desire would not be stopped.                                                                                                                                                       

    Jesus didn’t have to open his mouth to defend himself, because His authority was the covenant that He was fulfilling. God has a covenant with you, and you can relax and take a deep breath and be confident that it is in place and already working, even though you may not see it!                                     

His “Yet” will overcome every enemy, every obstacle and every attempt that would stop you from entering into your destiny!

    The next  Yet He, I want us to see, is in John 7:39  “But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because as of YET HE (Ek-i-nos) (Jesus) was not yet glorified”.                                                                                                                 YET HE in this case is the Greek word "Ek-i-nos"...it is the covenant word which is connected to Jesus' glorification, assuring us of the coming of the Spirit. Jesus has a covenant with every believer to receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit. 

    You don’t have to earn it, it’s part of your covenant package. It’s not separate and apart from the redemption package you have already received. It is included, if you simply acknowledge it and accept it! The only thing you can do when it comes to covenant things, is accept that it is stuff that is already yours, that you just haven’t received yet!

    Matthew 5:6  "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled".

    DL Moody was to have a campaign in England. An elderly pastor protested the meetings, and he said "Why do we need this 'Mr. Moody'? He's uneducated, inexperienced, and doesn’t even understand our culture. Who does he think he is anyway? Does he think he has a monopoly on the Holy Spirit?" A younger, wiser pastor responded by saying, "No, but the Holy Spirit has a monopoly on Mr. Moody." Perhaps our emphasis shouldn’t be on how much of the Holy Spirit we have, but how much of us, the Holy Spirit has….

    Luke 24:49  “And, behold, I send the covenant of my Father upon you, tarry (wait for it) in the city of Jerusalem, until you are endued (filled) with power from on high”.

    Too often we place the emphasis on the sound instead of the power. We 

should all know that a door that enters a room, is not the room, it is only

the door. Speaking in a spiritual language as they did on Pentecost is a 

gateway gift. It is opening the door to a vast room, filled with all of the 

manifestations and demonstrations that are available in the supernatural 

realm. If you focus on the tongues, it’s like trying to sum up all that is in the 

room by only looking through the key hole.

If I had an empty glass and wanted to get all the air out, I would simply fill 

it with water…If we want to get the sin out of our lives, the best remedy is 

to be filled with the Spirit, then the sin will find no place to lodge….

    I want us to look now at the YET HE in John 9:30 “The man (who had 

been healed of blindness) answered and said unto them, (the Pharisees 

“Here in is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He came from, 

YET HE  (Ek-i-nos)... has opened my eyes.”  (YET HE, is a Greek word,     

"Ek-i-nos"...which is a covenant term based on the authority of Jesus as 

our healer) Friends, in our covenant package, healing is included! It has 

already been decided that it would be ours for the asking. 

    So, What is THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE  GIFT OF HEALING AND A 

COVENANT OF HEALING? A gift may surprise you when it comes, but a 

covenant is an obligation which God has placed Himself under that should 

be no surprise at all. (He has bound Himself to His word) That being said, 

covenant healing is something which we can expect to live in through out 

our lives. 

   If this is true, then we don’t need to come before God, struggling and 

begging and pleading over and over and over. When the Lord says, “I am 

the Lord, your Healer”. The I AM, always refers to the TIMELESS  and 

ETERNAL EXPRESSION OF HIMSELF, and the expression of His ministry 

toward us. Jesus made a covenant with us, that transforms our bitter 

waters into sweet. It was the covenant activated by His body and His blood. 

    When Israel was out of water and they came to Marah, they found only 

bitter water which they could not drink. Then the Lord showed Moses a tree 

which he was to put in the bitter waters and make them sweet. 

Archeologists can take you to Marah today and show you that there are 

bitter, undrinkable wells there. But no one has ever found anything growing 

in the area that neutralizes the bitterness of the water. Because the tree 

pointed to a covenant with God, represented by the cross of Jesus which 

would occur some 1500 years later. 

    When we come to those bitter waters of affliction, trials and difficulties 

in our lives today, we need the Lord to show us His covenant tree, in the 

form of the cross of Jesus Christ. It will sweeten the bitterness, as we 

apply it to situations and circumstances that bring us unrest, rob us of 

peace and joy, and keep us in a state of turmoil.  Apply that covenant tree 

where you are hurting and it looks like there's no way out. His covenant is a 

way of life, it is a way of health. “I am the Lord your healer! 

    He is saying “I AM THE WAY OF HEALTH, NOT JUST OF GETTING 

HEALED”. This is the very LIFE COMING FROM THE HEALER AS IT FLOWS 

IN YOU AND THROUGH YOU. 

    While covenant originates with God, just as Adam and Eve were 

appointed as the first agents of the covenant in the earth, we also are the 

agents of covenant. Agents come and go, but the covenant remains 

effective as it still does today. 

    The next YET HE is found in John 11:25  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, YET HE  shall live”:  YET HE, is the Greek word "Ek-i-nos"... and it is a covenant word based on the fact that Jesus is the resurrection…

    I am told that during a tour of the Holy land, the tour guide was busy explaining what everyone was seeing, when he noticed one man had wandered off by himself and was checking out the tomb where Jesus body was laid. He went over to the man and asked him if he had been here before and knew about the area already. The man turned and said, “Yes, I was here 2000 years ago”…If you understand covenant, that’s how you respond!

    We know that life which is greater than death, is working in us and even though our bodies will perish, the real person we are in Christ, will never perish! When those who were dead encountered Christ and were raised to life in His earthly ministry, they could not have faith or believe for them selves, but were raised up in His covenant of life…. He entered into a covenant with the righteous dead, when He spoke the words “I am the resurrection and the life”….

   Death and the grave are now subject to that covenant until death is finally done away with at the end of the millennial age. There are covenants which deal with this age when time marks governs all things and there are covenants which deal with the age to come which is timeless. 

The eternal and timeless covenant can at seasons and places, come into and interact with this physical deminsion….That’s why it’s referred to as Super natural. 

    For example, our eternal covenant cancels the power of the grave for it cannot hold us. It also overrides the power of Satan, since we now have been given power and authority that will outlast his power and authority! 

Our eternal covenant is greater than time itself, since we will still be around when time is done away with….

    Therefore, it should not be surprising when things happen such as time standing still for Joshua, or going backward for Isaiah the prophet, or the opening of the Red sea, then there are the plagues of Egypt in Moses’ time, and enemies being defeated without even having to fight…. And oh, yes, God has some eternal covenant stuff lined up for us today, if we will understand the power of covenant!!!

    Let’s look also at the YET HE of Acts 7:5  “And he gave him (Moses) no inheritance in it, no, not so much as a place to set his foot on, YET HE (Ek-i-nos)....   promised that He would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as YET HE had no child”. 

    I know I’ve said it before, but you are not worth what you can see, your real worth is in your covenant with God, in things you cannot see. It is in the invisible covenant realm that your true value is established. We would be overwhelmed at what He has given us that we have never claimed. 

    A man had a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital. He could receive very few visitors and they were warned to not allow him to become excited.  While in the hospital a rich uncle died and left him a million dollars. His family wondered how to break the news to him, while keeping him from becoming excited. It was decided to ask the preacher if he would go and break the news quietly to the man. The preacher went, and gradually led up to the question. The preacher asked the patient what he would do if he inherited a million dollars. The patient said, "I think I would give half of it to the church." At which point the preacher had a heart attack.

It would shock all of us and we would be in awe, if we could see all that God’s covenant has provided for our inheritance! 

    Noah was able to handle the flood, because he viewed it all from the windows of the ark. The ark is a symbol of God’s covenant with Moses and his family. It’s amazing what we can overcome when we see it all through the windows of God’s covenant. 

    In 1926 there was a storm that hit Florida and Alabama that caused $1.2 billion in damage, leaving the city of Miami devastated and 372 dead. There was the Labor Day storm of 1937 that struck the Florida Keys with 200 mph winds and 20 foot storm surge, leaving 488 dead. It was the most powerful storm ever to strike the U.S. and one of only two Category 5 storms to do so. There was the 1947 storm that hit south Florida and Georgia that left 50 dead. Along with another hurricane and a tropical storm, all in a five- week period, the 1947 storm caused the worst flooding  in that area on record. There was hurricane Camille in 1969 that left 256 dead, $3.8 billion in damage and is listed as the second most powerful storm ever to strike the U.S. There are many others that I could name such as hurricane David of 1979, Andrew in 1992, Opal in 1995, Mitch in 1998, and Floyd in 1999. Yet all of these storms put together would not have the effect of the storm in Noah's day, which affected the entire world.

So just as Noah was hidden by God in the covering of covenant, so likewise, we are to understand that the same applies to all who believe, as we apply it’s privilege. 

    My next YET HE, is found in 2 Corinthians_8:9  “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, YET HE (Ek-i-nos... is connected to His undeserved grace) became poor for your sakes, that you through His (self imposed) poverty might be rich”. 

    The biggest truth which I want to bring out here, is the difference between a testament and a covenant…. A testament is another name for a testimony. When the Lord of covenant shed His blood to seal the covenant once and for all, and make it an eternal covenant, He testified or gave proof of it by the very blood he shed. To testify is to speak forth, so the blood is speaking forth covenant. So the testament has to do with the blood which validated the covenant. To be accurate, the two divisions of the bible should be the old and new covenants. And what makes the new covenant exactly that, is the blood of testament that has activated it and opened it’s promises to all believers is not from an animal but from God Himself. . He gives us a new covenant by sealing it and validating it with His blood.  

    A professor of a contract law class asked one of his better students, to come to the front of the class and he asked, "If you were to give someone an orange, how would you go about it?" The student replied, "Here's an orange." The professor was outraged.  "No!  No!  Think it and say it like a lawyer!" The student said, "Okay.  I'd tell him 'I hereby give and convey to you all and singular, my estate and interests, rights, claim, title, and advantages of and in, said orange, together with all its rind, juice, pulp, and seeds, and all rights and advantages with full power to bite, cut, freeze and otherwise eat, the same, or give the same away with and without the pulp, juice, rind and seeds, anything herein before or hereinafter or in any deed, or deeds, instruments of whatever nature or in kind whatsoever to the contrary in anywise notwithstanding...” He got an A and I’m totally and completely confused!!!                                                                                                                                                                                        But rest assured that God has filled in all the blanks and all the spaces, concerning our lives…. His covenant is thorough and it is complete! He knows how to say what needs to be said so we can do what we need to do!!!

  Hebrews 12:24 “And we come to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaks (testifies)  of better things than that of Abel (the old covenant)”. When we come to Him in covenant, we will never be turned away or denied, but we will be given access to His inner court….Well, Hallelujah.

    This brings me to my final YET HE…..2 Timothy 2:13 "If we believe not, YET HE (Ek-i-nos)  abides faithful, for He cannot deny Himself".

    The difference in a contract and a covenant, is that a contract is broken when either one of the parties involved fails to keep their promise. We know it as a breach of contract. But this is not a contract with Israel or with the church. This is a covenant that God enters into with Himself. Contractors  put together contracts, God produces covenant, based on Himself and dependant on nothing else.

   Three contractors were bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House, one was from Indiana, another from Illinois, and the third from Ohio. They go with an official to examine the fence. The Ohio contractor takes out a tape measure and then works some figures with a pencil. He says, "I figure the job will run about $900...$400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me." The Indiana contractor does the same and says, "I can do this job for $700...$300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me." The Illinois contractor doesn't do any measuring or figuring, but leans over to the official and whispers, "I’ll do it for $2,700." The official, says WHAT?, I’ve got a $900 dollar bid and a $700 dollar bid, and you’re going to throw $2,700 at me…."You didn't even measure! How did you come up with such a high figure?" The Illinois contractor whispers, "$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire the guy from Indiana to fix the fence." (so much for contracts) Contracts can be manipulated, God's covenant can not be!

    Isaiah 49:15 "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, YET HE (De’hon… because of  covenant)  will never forget you!"

Psalms 89:34 “My covenant will I not break, nor can I alter the thing that is gone out of  my lips”

    He has engraven you on His hand, your face is ever before Him, He has counted your tears and heard your inaudible cries. He knows you better than you know yourself and He sees your deepest places. He has been where you were, He is with you now, and He has gone to where you’re going. He’s your Alpha and Omega, the author of your story and the finisher of your journey! Once God speaks covenant, He cannot take it back, but He binds Himself to it!       

Prayer….

Lord, I enter into covenant with You, I am no longer my own, but I place myself at Your beckon and call. I know that as I lift You up and exalt You, I will be lifted up. Put me where you want to, place me with whom You choose, and do as You desire. Let me be of use in Your kingdom purpose, no matter if it be lowly or great if it brings pleasure to You. Let me praise and worship You no matter if I am full, or if I am empty. 

    I am in Yours, if you choose for me to have all things, or if you choose for me have little. I freely and passionately yield all things to Your pleasure and disposal. Father, I continue to be Yours. Even though I have chosen You, Lord, in a greater way, You have chosen me.  Because You are a covenant God, your blessings flow to generations yet unborn. We trust Your plan for them as well as ourselves, and we ask that each one would come into your will and your calling. 

    Lord, this is the confidence we have, that if we ask anything according to Your will, You hear us and guide us in the right paths. In this knowledge, we can rest and not waste our lives chasing after things which are not of You. Your thoughts are higher than our thoughts, and Your ways are higher than our ways. You are worthy of all of our praise, in Jesus name, amen. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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