In the Old Testament, the covenant revolved around a promise of conquest, authority, prosperity, and inheritance.
In the new covenant, there is no doubt a covenant of blessings given, however, the higher promise is that what we have been given, multiply in our lives when we allow ourselves to be a place of multiplication.
And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples and the disciples to the multitude.
The miracle of multiplication happened in the hands of the Apostles.
The promise was never intended for this promised gift of the Holy Ghost to simply stop with the vessel on which the blessing pours, but to be a vessel from which the blessing pours.
You see this in the promise of Jesus in John.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
The gospel writer clarifies this by making this qualifying statement.
39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
How to deal with your problems,
To help others with theirs.
How to deal with your depression, make it your mission to encourage someone else.
How to Deal with your stress, find a way to help someone with theirs.
This is true in principle the world over,
When we have been born again, we have been given access to a resource that is greater than simply our own wit, ingenuity, compassion, and concern.
The greatest blessing we will ever experience on this side of heaven is when we realize that we are a part of God‘s solution for the hurting, wounded, souls around us.
Lift up your eyes.
Look beyond yourself.
In the Old Testament, the edges of the field were to be left for the poor,
The farmer sowed the seed, but the intent for the edges was for others.
“ ‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you. I am the LORD your God.’ ”
In the old Covenant, in the blessing, there was built in the provision to provide.
The Abundance is an intrinsic nature of the Gift of the Holy Ghost.
To fully appreciate the unspeakable gift, we must allow ourselves to be a conduit of blessing.