2 Kings 11:17 Who Is Your Contract With?

Jehoiada then made a covenant between the LORD and the king and people that they would be the LORD’s people. He also made a covenant between the king and the people. 2 Kings 11:17

Jehoiada was a priest who followed God faithfully. He had just had Joash anointed as king. As Joash was made king, Jehoiada led the people in destroying the temples of Baal. He also had the people make a covenant with God and with the new king that they would be the Lord’s people.

People make covenants with other people all the time. Today they are rarely to never called covenants, but are called agreements or contracts. Contracts are signed to purchase something on credit; to produce a product for someone; to work with a certain company; to pay for a given service; and many other things in life. These are the written covenants or contracts.

There are also many unwritten contracts that people have. These are usually less formal. Some are: staying off of the neighbor’s property; keeping the noise level down in the evening near the neighbor; treating neighbor’s with respect; not throwing trash all over the place; and many other unwritten contracts or agreements.

One unwritten contract that every person has is to who they will follow and serve. Every person on this earth is serving someone. At a minimum, every person is serving either God or Satan. It is not an option. Jesus said you will either love one or the other, but you cannot love both.

There comes a point after you were born when you began to live a life of sin. At that point you had made a contract with the devil to live for him and serve him. Until that contract is broken or cancelled, you belong to Satan.

When you choose to believe in what Jesus did on the cross for you and accept His forgiveness and to make Him your Lord and Savior, you make a covenant or contract with God. You have chosen to live for Jesus and Him alone. You have made an agreement to live according to His standards.

Choosing to follow Jesus, breaks the contract with Satan and you are then obligated to follow and serve God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength.

Who is your contract with today?

Who have you chosen to serve today?

I pray today that you will choose to live for God; that you will trust and believe in Jesus; that you will no longer live for Satan; that you will sign a contract to serve God alone; and that you will be one of God’s people.

Exodus 34:12 No Compromise Or Treaty

“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

God is working on bringing the Israelites into the new land of Canaan. He says He will drive out all of the other nations in that land so the Israelites may have it. In that process of driving out the others, God tells the Israelites not to make a treaty with the people or there will be problems for them.

A treaty is an agreement between two nations that they will work together concerning various issues. Treaties are made all the time all over the world. Many times they can be a good thing, but with the Israelites it would not become a good thing.

The reason God did not want them to make a treaty is that it would become a snare to them. It would cause them to do something that God did not want done and they would not be able to back out of it because of the promise made in the treaty.

Although individual people do not make treaties as the nations do, there are agreements made that are like an unwritten treaty. Many people make agreements to do something with others that God would not want them to do.

All around you the world is trying to tell you how to best live your life. Many believers fall for the trap and live their life the way the world wants them to, rather than the way God wants them to. As you live the way the world around you does, it becomes a trap. It becomes a sinful habit that is hard to break. It destroys the testimony you have for Jesus.

It is easy to give in to a little sinful way, yet, you are supposed to flee all temptation. Do not give the devil a foothold in your life. When you compromise with the world and make a treaty with them, you have broken your treaty with God. It is one way or the other. Either a treaty with God or one with the world.

Who have you made a treaty with?

Have you compromised your stand with God?

Or are you sold out to God and refuse to make a treaty with the world?

I pray today that you will not be caught up in the ways of this world; that God will open your eyes to the compromises of this world; that you will flee all evil; and that you will stand strong and true for God.