SID: Now how would you like this? One day the Holy Spirit speaks to you and says, “You are a stranger to my covenant.” That’s what happened to you. What happened?
CRAIG: That’s exactly what happened, Sid. I was reading in Ephesians, chapter 2, verse 10 through 12, when it says that people were strangers to the covenant and the Holy Spirit said, “That’s you.” And I said, “What do you mean?” And what he began to explain to me, you can be in covenant, but not even understand other provisions of the covenant. It’s like this. There was one older man I heard about, 100 years ago, that was, his life-long dream was to travel from Scotland to the United States. He had a cousin in the United States. So he purchased a ticket and saved up for a long time, boarded the ship and headed for America to fulfill his life-long dream. The only thing was he didn’t have enough money to be able to buy any of the food in the restaurant on the ship. So he would go back to his cabin every day and eat dried bread and meat, and cheese, that he brought with him. He’d pass by the restaurant and see the other passengers that were partaking in these luscious seven-course meals. Well as he was coming into New York Harbor near Ellis Island, he was standing on board the ship seeing the sights, and he got to talking to one of the stewards, and the steward said, “How did you enjoy your passage?” He said, “Well it was great. It’s been a fulfillment of a life-long dream, but the only problem is I wish I would have enough money to go in a restaurant and eat some of the food.” The steward said, “Oh my, could I see your ticket?” He looked at the ticket and the steward said, “Sir, didn’t you realize all the food was included?” He ran in the restaurant and began to eat what he could on the last half hour of the journey. That’s like so many believers that are in covenant. And that’s what God said to me: “You’re like that man. You have a covenant, but you don’t know what’s included, and because you don’t know what’s included, you miss out on half of the things.” Healing is included. Salvation eternally is included. Provision is included.
SID: If you didn’t understand exactly how an Eastern covenant operates…
SID: And you were at the skiing slope when your son got injured, your son would have died. What happened?
CRAIG: You know, that’s really true. What happened, Sid, when my, I have two sons. My oldest, when he was teenager, they were out snowboarding and we weren’t wearing helmets in those days. Well I came to the top of the lift with my wife Jan, and there was my name on a ski patrol sign. We went to the ski patrol shack and I said my name, and this woman turned and said to the guy behind her, in the ski patrol place, “You better tell him.” I thought, tell me what? Well this guy and said, “Well about 45 minutes ago, your oldest son went off a jump, landed on some ice on his head, and he has the most severe closed head injury I’ve ever seen. He was flaying about like a chicken, uncontrollably, unconscious. We had to sedate him. He’s right now down in the hospital at the base of the slope, in the town, undergoing some MRIs and CAT scans, and you’ve better get down there right away.” Well immediately, you know, the thought came to my heart, he’s going to die or he’s going to be a vegetable for the rest of his life. You know, that kind of thought comes to a parent’s mind.
SID: Of course.
CRAIG: And immediately, another thought rose up out of my spirit because I had just been teaching on blood covenant, and I realized what covenant means is God is 100 percent faithful to do what he said. So I remembered my own teaching, which was this. When you’re in crisis or under pressure, a person who doesn’t understand Eastern covenant will say, what am I going to do? A person who understands covenant will say, what has God said? We prayed and released the authority that God had given us, which released God’s power to do a miracle. My son was supernaturally healed and completely restored to normal.
SID: Now I’m curious. You taught a class on blood covenant.
SID: But it’s one thing to teach it and the other thing to be in that circumstance. If you had not understood, there’s, how could you have taken that bold a stance?
CRAIG: I think, Sid, there were three things that have to be true in order for a covenant to help someone. Number one, you have to be in the covenant. What that means is you have to be born again. You have to have received Yeshua, Jesus the Messiah to forgive you for of your sins, and then you’re in the covenant. But lots of people are in the covenant. But the second thing that has to be true, you have to know the provisions of the covenant. Otherwise, you’re just like the man on the ship who doesn’t even know what’s available. If I didn’t know that healing was available by the blood of Yeshua, I wouldn’t have known how to release that so my son could be healed. But not only do you have to know it, the third thing is you have to know it strongly enough with enough confidence in your heart to be willing to enforce it against enemies. And really—
SID: And if you could know the first, you could know the second. But if you don’t know how to enforce it, if you’re not, you don’t have such confidence.
SID: That you have been delegated all authority. But here’s where most people miss it. They don’t know the difference between a covenant and a contract. When we come back, we’re going to know the difference. I want it nailed in your life.