Abraham entered into a covenant of peace with
Abimelech and called that place Beersheba because the two of them swore an oath there.
After making the covenant at Beersheba, Abimelech returned to the land of the Philistines along with his commander
of the army. Then Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there called
on the name of the Lord, the Everlasting God i.e. El Odam in Hebrew. God was a witness to the covenant of peace Abraham made
Under the New Covenant, the Everlasting God made
a covenant with us through the Blood of the Cross of His Son. Abraham and his people lived in peace in the very land of Philistines
who were enemies to them. Similarly, we dwell in the midst of people like the
Philistines who war against the people of God. Let us not fear them because the
Everlasting God Who made the covenant with us through His Son would protect us from the inhabitants likened to the Philistines.
Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba
as a token of the covenant. For us, the Everlasting God made the Cross out of
a tree at Calvary as a token of the Covenant. The tamarisk tree planted
by Abraham does not exist today. Similarly, the wooden Cross, on which our Lord
was crucified, may not exist today. But, His Cross does exist in the life of
every disciple of Christ.
Paul said, But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of
us. We are hard pressed on every side yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but
not in despair; persecuted, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed ALWAYS CARRYING
ABOUT IN THE BODY THE DYING OF THE LORD JESUS, THAT THE LIFE OF JESUS ALSO MAY BE MANIFESTED IN OUR BODY, for we who live
are always delivered to death for Jesus sake, that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us but life in you (2 Cor.4: 7-12).
If we carry about in the body the dying of the
Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal body. So
death is working in us but life in those to whom we minister. Dear Minister,
if you want to be used of God mightily, you have to carry about in your body the death of your Lord so that His life may be
manifested in your mortal flesh. This is the secret of success for your ministry. It is not the mere operation of the gifts of the Spirit but the death of Christ, which
you carry about in your body that will release a mighty manifestation of His Spirit power through your ministry.
Your life in Christ radiates the glory of His
Cross. The Everlasting God Who made the Cross of His Son as a token of His Covenant
with us is attracted towards the glory of His Cross, whereas the devil is frightened of the glory of His Cross. Jesus chose
the glory of the Cross so that His eternal life is manifested in His body, the Church.