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He stretches out the north over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing.

Job 26:7 NASB

Five distinctives make up a spiritual covenant and must be recognized for you to be in covenantal alignment.  These include transcendence, hierarchy, ethics, sanctions, and inheritance.

Transcendence simply means that God is in charge. We call this attribute of God His sovereignty.  Transcendence also references God as  distinct.  He is not a part of His creation, but rather separate from it, above it.  Therefore, covenants are both initiated and ruled by God.

When the practical realities of God are dismissed from any covenantal relationship, it becomes an invitation to the devil to create havoc in the realm.  This happens because there has been a departure from transcendence.

If you are going to come under God’s rules, if you are going to serve in God’s government, if you are going to be blessed as part of God’s kingdom, then you cannot neglect the reality that God is in charge.  Sometimes at work, the boss has to remind people who is in charge.  The same is true with God.  Often, He has to remind His followers who is in charge, and He does this through a myriad of ways.

So the question you must raise about being under God’s covenant and in God’s kingdom is this: Is He in charge? Or are you trying to live independently of His “in-chargeness”? If you are, then you are in rebellion against His covenant.  You are either friend or an enemy of the King based on whether you pray and live according to “Thy will be done” or “My will be done.”  Transcendence means that God is in charge.

Why is God’s transcendence an important part of His covenant love? Why is God’s transcendence a truth that is important in your daily life? Take time to thank God for His transcendence and His covenant love.

Lord, You are in charge.  I know it doesn’t always look like that in my life.  I don’t
always show You the respect that is due to You.  Forgive me for those times
and help me to honor You more fully.


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