(By Iheanyi Ezinwo) – A covenant has been described as an irrevocable agreement between two persons indicating the duties and responsibilities of the parties; and that, unlike a promise that can be broken, a covenant cannot be broken once entered into, including God’s covenant with the people of Ikwerre ethnic nationality in Rivers State.
These declarations were made by Pastor David Ibiyeomie while speaking at the 18th Ikwerre National Day of Thanksgiving with the theme: ‘The covenant keeping God,’ on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 in Port Harcourt.
The senior pastor of Salvation Ministries further explained that God has never failed to play his part in the covenant, and that things go awry only when man fails to fulfil his own part of the agreement, stressing that God remains committed to playing His own part, which is activated when ever man accepts responsibility.
Quoting from the Scriptures, Pastor Ibiyeomie hinted that God’s covenant with man remains in force as long day and night are changing positions, and that whatever cannot stop the circle cannot stop the fulfillment of the covenant.
He said: “When gratitude becomes your way of life, you keep gaining altitude”, while commending Ikwerre people for being the only ethnic nationality in Rivers State that has been finding time to annually gather and thank God for His goodness and mercies in the last 18 years.
Recalling that the United states that have been thanking God in the last 200 years has remained the greatest country in the world, Pastor David Ibiyeomie assured that greater testimonies await Ikwerre people as they continue to give thanks to God but warned against politicising the initiative which he hinted remained the reason for the favours that are being enjoyed by Ikwerre people today, including producing the governor of Rivers State back to back since 2007.
Pastor David Ibiyeomie also explained that thanks giving secures God’s attention, and divine presence, and also guarantees supernatural victory and favour.
Earlier, the President General of Ogbakor Ikwerre, Prof. Simeon Achinewhu had given thanks to God for His mercies, adding that it remained his fervent hope that Ikwerre people will continue to embrace Christ and gather annually to thank God in order to continue to enjoy His blessings.
The thanksgiving attracted Ikwerre people from all walks of life, including representatives of the Yoruba community and other non indigenes in Rivers State, while Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike was represented By Hon. Martin Amaewhule, leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly.