Consider the Terms
by Ramona Cook
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No one who knows God would consider limiting their thoughts of what He can do; God does what He pleases to do; however, He always honors His Word without fail.
There are promises made to us in the Scriptures that have different terms or conditions. One-Directional Covenants, or stand alone promises, are executed by God without fail. The Rainbow Covenant is an example of the stand alone Covenant. Whatever man may or may not do, God has promised to never again destroy the systems of the earth, and neither man, with a world-wide flood. God never violates His Word.
There is another type of Covenant that God has presented and offered to us that depends very much on whether or not we keep our part of the Covenant. We could think of these as IF/THEN Covenants.
As we read and come to understand these types of promises we must take note of whether we are keeping our part of the agreement. IF I keep my part of the Covenant THEN God will keep His part. God never violates His Word.
The Scriptures are filled with IF/THEN Covenants. One such is, “IF you confess Me before men THEN I will confess you before My Father which is in Heaven.”
A great portion of our experience and relationship with God is conditional, based on whether or not we are fulfilling our part of the relationship.
I am not here speaking specifically of the salvation experience but yes, it is also conditional: “IF you confess the Lord Jesus with your mouth and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead (THEN) you will be saved.”
“IF with all your hearts you truly seek Me, (THEN) you shall ever surely find Me.”
“IF My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray, and turn from their wicked ways and seek My face, THEN will I hear from Heaven and heal their land.”
Note that God distinguishes those with whom He is making the Covenant. All mankind is God’s creation and all receive their life and even the air they breathe from Him; those who are called by His Name are those who believe in Him, those who are Believers.
There are four requirements that are stated in the terms of the Covenant found in the Chronicles, because it is one of the IF/THEN Covenants. We as the Church must qualify on these four points before we can depend upon God to heal our land.
The truth is that each of us must follow these requirements in singularity and then the Believing Community as a whole will be in position to have God save us from that which is to come.
1. We must humble ourselves: Humility is to acknowledge that whoever we are, or think we are, that we are helpless and must rely on God.
2. We must pray: “You have not because you ask not.” We must ask God to intervene and to restore our land but we also must confess our personal sins and the sins of our Nation to be evil in His sight, and ask for forgiveness. “IF we confess our sins (THEN) He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
3. We must then forsake, deny identity with our wicked ways, and turn from them (repent) and then
4. Seek the face of God. That sounds like an elusive direction. How do we seek the face of God? “The pure in heart shall see God.”
Where is it that we learn about God and hear from Him? His Word! Overall the Church going people of our Nation do not know the Scriptures. We have for many years heard only half of the message and there has been little instruction on what the Bible has to say about sin and sins.
Mostly, we don’t recognize what is objectionable to God. The love of God and prosperity has been the high theme for many years. It leaves the parishioners with no plumb line by which they may judge themselves.
Seeking God’s face requires applied time; it requires applied time in the reading the Word and praying and listening for the voice of God. (We then refer again to numeral 3.) We must forsake our sins, and as we learn about the blessings that God promises to us when we are in agreement with Him, we then find it easier to abandon the sins we tend to clutch because we are looking for something that will satisfy us. “IF I regard iniquity in my heart, (THEN) the Lord will not hear me.”
We are so prone to tweak the truth saying that our case is different, that is not good enough.
We are given choice to enter into Covenant with God and have the blessings of His Power and Protection, and all other things that are good.
I read that the Lord says that I should keep His Laws before my face, so one way I am obeying it is to place a copy of the Ten Commandments beside my computer at work. I look over them and ask myself if I am in obedience to Him.
The Laws continue to be God's measure of perfection and they alert me if I am in violation of them. I can then judge myself and ask for forgiveness, not so that I may be saved but rather that I might be making effort to be holy as God is Holy.
How will you bring yourself into agreement with God’s requirements so that we may collectively obey God and have our Nation to be once again under the blessing of our God?
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Some great thoughts, and evaluation. Very interesting and informative. Thanks!