Exodus 34:12 Make No Treaty With Them

Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land where you are going, or they will be a snare among you. Exodus 34:12

Treaties are something that are often thought of as being done only by two or more nations together. They are agreements to some set of rules between different nations on how things will work between them.

Although not called treaties, people will often make agreements with each other in life. These are done for the mutual benefit of both parties. Some treaties can be good and helpful, while other ones will bring a party down.

God told the Israelites not to make any treaties with the people in the land where He was bringing them. Doing so would cause them to be caught in a trap.

Believers are not traveling to a new land where there are enemies as the Israelites had done, but they are traveling through this fallen world. Travelers are often expected to abide by the rules and participate in the activities of the place they are in.

The world does this to believers and wants to make a treaty with them. The world will do what it can to get believers to agree to participate with them in sin and walk away from God. And all of this is done in the idea of enjoying life to the fullest, though all it does is bring about death and destruction.

Many believers have fallen for the lies of the world and made a treaty with it, choosing to live in or play with sin, while believing in Christ.

True believers will flee all sin and the enemy. They will not see how close they can get to sin, but how far they can stay away from it. No treaty will be made with the world of sin and death.

As a believer, you are to be set apart from the world. You are in this world, but not of it.

People of this world will do what they can to make a treaty with you in order to get you to sin against God, though it will not be worded that way. Sin will be made to look as good and fun and the right thing to do, however all it will do is bring about death and separation from God.

Do not allow yourself to be brought into a treaty with death but live separate and holy unto God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will strengthen you to flee all sin; that you will not make a treaty with the world and sin; that you will repent of all sin and strive to be holy as God is holy; and that you will be a light for Jesus in this dark world.

Exodus 19:8 Will You Do All God Says?

The people all responded together, “We will do everything the Lord has said.” So Moses brought their answer back to the Lord. Exodus 19:8

Agreements are made all the time between two or more people, or between a person and businesses, or even between businesses. Under the agreement both parties must be willing to do everything that was said and agreed upon. People are willing to make those agreements with others and with businesses and hold to the agreement.

In most agreements, both groups understand what is required prior to making the full agreement. Very seldom will someone agree to something without full understanding of the requirements.

As God begins to lead the Israelites, He tells the people that if they will obey Him, they will be His people. The people tell Moses that they will do all that God has said.

At the point a person chooses to repent of his sins, have faith in the work of Jesus and become a believer, he makes a choice to begin to obey God. No one really knows what all that it means to obey God at the moment of salvation. It is a whole new life for them, the old is past and the new has come.

Growing in the Lord Jesus causes a person to begin to understand more and more what it means to obey God. Jesus obeyed God the Father perfectly, even including going to the cross to die for the sins of others. There was absolutely nothing He would not do for His Father.

Every believer needs to live in the same way, totally committed to obeying every command God gives, no matter how difficult or crazy it may sound. Commitment is to be complete and not only when it feels or looks good.

When you became a believer, you did not know everything God would tell you to do. Nor do you know everything God will yet to tell you to do.

Every day and in every moment, you have a choice to make as to whether you will commit yourself to obey all that God says. It is best to make that commitment now, so that when God says something you will be ready, willing and able to do it.

Do not allow room in your life to disobey God and not do what He commands. Despite failures in the past, make that commitment to God today for your future.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be committed to obeying God; that you will hear when God tells you what to do; and that you will trust God in all of His commands to you.

Genesis 9:9 An Established Contract

I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you Genesis 9:9

The term of covenant is not something that is commonly used in today’s society. It is now called a ‘contract’. Contracts are used on a regular basis all over the world by both individuals and groups and businesses.

It is an agreement between two groups as to what can and cannot be done and what is expected of both. Included is also what occurs if something wrong is done according to the contract. It provides protection for both groups that agree to the contract.

After the flood God made a covenant with Noah that would be for all his descendants after him. This would be to never destroy the earth by a flood again.

The contract God made with Noah is one that stands to this day with each and every person that walks on this planet. It is not the only contract that God has made, nor did He make ones only with the whole of mankind, but He makes contracts with individuals.

Although the contract of not flooding the earth is great, there is one that God is willing to make with each and every person that is even greater. Any person who has chosen to believe in Jesus and repent of his sins, is given a new contract with God.

This new contract has things that the individual believer must do or not do and things that God must do, and results of not doing those things. Every believer is expected to begin to leave his life of sin, to flee sin and turn towards God in all that he does.

It breaks the contract when a believer claims to believe, but purposefully continues to live in sin and not repent. He does not love Jesus, if he does not obey Jesus. When he does his part, God will have grace and mercy and do His part of saving the person.

Ask yourself if you have signed the contract with God?

Believe in the work that Jesus did dying on the cross and raising from the dead to take away your sins. Now be willing to repent of your sins and flee all sin. Turn towards God and what He has for you.

God is ready to forgive you and give you life according to the contract, but you must believe and follow Jesus to get it all.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be in agreement with God for your life; that you will flee all sin and turn towards God; and that you will trust God with all of your life.

Hebrews 8:10 A New Way Of Doing Things

This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Hebrews 8:10

Contracts are drawn up all the time by two different parties to have written down what is expected by both parties. The purpose of it being written down is so that if there is any discrepancy about what to do, it can be seen and resolved immediately.

Following a contract has nothing to do with the heart, but just a matter of obligation.

Quoting from Jeremiah 31, the author of Hebrews shows that God had planned to make a new covenant with the people. This one would be written on the hearts and minds, so that He would be their God and they His people.

When a law is just a law on paper, but not in the heart, people obey it only when seen and only to keep from getting caught. It is not something that they want to obey, but just have to in order to keep from getting into trouble. Very few people desire to be in trouble.

If the law is not a part of one’s desire, it will be extremely difficult for the person to fully obey it. He will find ways to circumvent the law or just straight out not follow it.

The people of Israel had this problem with God’s Old Testament law.

When Jesus came, God changed how things would be done. Instead of being written just on paper, His law would be on the hearts and minds of the people.

Having the law on the heart and mind, makes one want to obey the law, not forced to. It becomes part of one’s own desire to do.

If you are like most people, you struggle with obeying God’s law. You want to, but often fail.

Allow God to place His law upon your heart. Instead of His law being something you have to do, make it something you desire or want to do.

Hide His law in your heart, so that it becomes a natural part of who you are. It will become easier to obey God, since you know in your heart that He is your God and you are His, not just on paper.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have God’s commands upon your heart and mind; that you will live to please God; that you will know God’s love for you; and that you will be a part of God’s family.

2 Chronicles 7:19 But if…

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“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.