2 Chronicles 7:19 But if…

Hand agreement

“But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them,” 2 Chronicles 7:19 

Contracts are common between businesses, businesses and people, and people and other people. Every contract has some type of clause in it that if one party or the other does not hold up to the agreement in the contract, there will be consequences.

The types of consequences can be very severe or very mild, but there will be a consequence. Every contract will be different in what the consequences are. They are there to protect both parties from anything going wrong. Pages and pages of clauses can be written into some contracts, while others only have one or two lines.

God had made a covenant with the Israelites, this was His contract with the people. As Solomon was following God and had built the temple, God told him that He would always be there and bless him and the nation of Israel. However, Solomon and the people would have to continue to follow Him. If they chose to not follow God, then there would be severe consequences and His hand of blessing would be removed. He would set out to destroy them.

Jesus had made a new covenant between God and mankind. He shed His blood to remove the consequence of sin. However, there is still a clause in following Jesus. One must follow and trust Him with all of his heart. It is a belief that Jesus does the saving and removing of sin, not works or self. It would also be that He would be God and God alone, no other gods were allowed to be followed.

If one chooses to begin to follow other gods or idols, God will remove His hand of blessing on that person. He will always love the person, but cannot have him in His presence, because of the sin in his life and refusal to follow Jesus.

You have a choice to make. Will you follow Jesus or will you follow some idol or false god?

As you follow and trust in Jesus with all of your life, God will pour out blessings upon you. However, if you choose to walk away and follow some idol or other god, He will pull back that favor and blessing.

Don’t be a statistic of walking away from God, but follow Him with all of your life. Don’t make God say ‘but if’.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust in Jesus alone for your salvation; that God will keep you close to Him; that you will turn from self and idols to God; and that you will know the blessings and favor of God in your life.

1 Kings 8:6 The Most Holy Place

Daylight in forest

The priests then brought the ark of the LORD’s covenant to its place in the inner sanctuary of the temple, the Most Holy Place, and put it beneath the wings of the cherubim. 1 Kings 8:6 

Shortly after becoming king of Israel, Solomon chose to begin building the temple to God that his father, David, had wanted to build, but was not allowed to. After a lot of work of building the building, the priests brought the ark of the covenant into the building and placed it in the Most Holy Place.

At the time the ark of the covenant represented God’s presence and His agreement with the Israelites. It was an agreement that if the people followed His commands, He would be their God and take care of them. In it there was a copy of the ten commandments, a jar of manna, and the budding branch. This represented what the people had to do, God’s provision and God’s leadership.

This ark was placed in the Most Holy Place. It was the place that God would directly dwell when among the people. It was behind a huge curtain and was a place of no sin and only the high priest was allowed in once a year. It was God’s place.

A thousand years later, Jesus had died upon the cross, ripping the curtain in two and open and making a way for every person to go into the Most Holy Place where God is. The new location for God’s place to dwell was no longer in a temple, but in the heart of a person.

When one seeks forgiveness and believes in Jesus, his heart is made pure and holy–the Most Holy Place. It becomes the dwelling place of God. There is now a covenant–an agreement–between God and the person placed in the heart. There is also a sign of the provision for forgiveness and eternal life placed in the heart.

Believe in the work that Jesus did for you to remove your sins and give you eternal life. Accept His work in your life and become a believer. Do not allow the covenant of sin of this world to take a place in your heart.

As a believer, you now have God’s covenant placed in your heart. Your heart has become the Most Holy Place–the dwelling place of God. God is with you and will not leave you.

Believe in Jesus and allow God’s presence to be in your life daily.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to rule in your life; that you will allow God’s presence to fill your life; and that your heart will be the Most Holy Place unto God. 

Psalm 105:8 God’s Promise

He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations, Psalm 105:8

Promises are made all the time by people all over the world. Some of those promises are kept and faithfully fulfilled, while many are broken.

Some of those promises are made in the heat of a moment, but never really intended to be carried out. People in the middle of a heated sales pitch, make a purchase of an expensive item, bought on credit, and never really think about how they will ever pay the credit card off. They ignore the bill and decide not to pay for it.

Others make a promise about something and intend to keep it, but when hard times come, they forget about it or excuse it away. Reasons for not fulfilling the promise abound greatly.

The problem with not fulfilling a promise is so great that contracts have to be signed with a ton of legal babble all the way through it. All the legal babble is in there to hold the person accountable to his promise, regardless of what happens. It covers all the loop-holes that may be attempted to be used to get out of fulfilling the promise.

Since man is this terrible at keeping promises, many do not trust God with His promise. The promise shown here is His covenant with Israel that they would be His people forever. That promise has never changed and never will.

Added to that promise are the people who believe in Jesus. If you are believer in Jesus, you, also, are part of that promise. You are one of God’s people forever. In fact, now you are a child of God.

You can rest assured that God will keep you as His child. Since you are His child, you can also rest assured that He will take care of you in the best way possible. God has not, nor will ever forget His promise that He made.

He will keep it for more than a thousand generations, it will be kept forever.

You can look forward to the day when Jesus will return to take you home to heaven for all eternity. You will inherit all that God has to offer someday. Do not worry or fear that it is all in vain.

Trust God, He has not forgotten His promise to you.

I pray today that you will know the promise of God to you; that God will remove fear that He has forgotten His promise to you; that you will rest on the promises of God; and you will know the peace He has for you.