Covenantal Relationships Part 3

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Apostle Duane Swilley preaches with a panel of powerful leaders at Hope United Church on the importance of a Christians responsibility and purpose while in covenant relationships based on the story of Ruth and Naomi.


Principle: There are different parts of the body of Christ where you are joined. Because without them, you would be incomplete and ineffective. 

Principle: You are joined because in your weakness, you were made strong.

Principle: Be aware of the boundaries God has set, “just be you!”

Principle: Both sisters received the blessing, but only one goes on the journey of a covenantal relationship.

Principle: Covenantal relationships change location because of God’s will, not because of fear of finances. Remember, Boaz had stayed in Judah/ Bethlehem, and was blessed and prosperous during famine. 

Principle: Covenantal relationships will keep you in the “Goshen Blessing.” You tithe not because you have abundance, you tithe to get you to abundance.

Principle: Covenantal relationships birth option three, the will of God. Satan makes you think there is only two options, and neither are God’s will.

Principle: it’s the Elisha/Elijah principal. God always gives you the option, you can stay where you are, are you can follow him.

Principle: Covenantal relationship always has the element of the redeeming spirit. God wants your family blessed to 1000 generations.

Principle: One covenantal relationship opens the door for another covenant relationships.

Principle: Lot and his family got out of Sodom and Gomorrah, but part of Sodom and Gomorrah never got out of them.

Principle: Although Naomi could neither see nor feel God’s “ḥesed” (covenant of love-in-action), he was working to accomplish his loving purposes for her.

Ruth 1:16-18 New International Version

16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. (following after you)

Principle: I’m bonded to you- I can’t go against who I’ve become!

Principle: Breaking a covenant is a betrayal to the person, and a betrayal to God.

Principle: We are one, and I cannot undo what God is joined. God made and baked the cake. 

Principle: Covenant doesn’t let you go back, even when you’re weak, you are strong.

Ruth 1:16-18 New International Version

16 …Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. 

Principle: You have agreed to walk together, change directions together, and stay together.

Principle: Covenant is the highest level of agreement because God is in the middle of it. He is always there for you.

Principle: In covenant when you journey in life, get two rooms. Even if you have a bad day or want to change your name to “bitter,” we’re still in the next room.

Ruth 1:16-18 New International Version

16 …Your people will be my people 

Principle: Family may not always be covenant, but covenant is always family

Ruth 1:16-18 New International Version

16 …and your God my God. 

Principle: Your level one is my level one.

Ruth 1:16-18 New International Version

17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. 

Principle: A covenant relationship goes the distance.

Principle: When things die in you, they will die in me.

Principle: We started together and we will finish together. Remember covenant is generational.

Ruth 1:16-18 New International Version

17 …May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” 

Principle: Only death can divide us or separate us. Covenant is very serious.

Ruth 1:16-18 New International Version

18 When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.

Principle: If God joined us together, you’re not getting rid of me.

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