2 Kings 23:3 Renewing Your Contract

The king stood by the pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord–to follow the Lord and keep his commands, statutes and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, thus confirming the words of the covenant written in this book. Then all the people pledged themselves to the covenant. 2 Kings 23:3

On a regular basis people are required to renew contracts with various companies, businesses, organizations and other groups. This is done in order to keep the services requested and to protect both parties involved. If the contract is not renewed, then the services are stopped.

After finding and reading the book of the covenant, God’s word, in the temple, King Josiah chose to renew his covenant with God to obey all of God’s commands. The people also renewed the same covenant.

The world thrives on having contracts made up to govern how a partnership in some situation will act. All the agreements as to what each party will do or not do are laid out in the contract.

Most contracts are written for a limited timeframe. Both parties need to renew the contract when the time limit is up or if one of the parties breaks the contract.

Although believers do not have a written contract with God, they do make a covenant contract with God at the time they choose to believe in Jesus and follow Him. Following Jesus means that one agrees to obey all of the commands of God, both written in the Bible and given by the Holy Spirit. This contract is for eternity.

However, there are times when a believer walks away from God and breaks the covenant with Him and walks in sin. Even though one may have stepped back into sin, God is willing to renew the contract with him, forgiving and saving the person. He must be willing to renew his contract with God.

God is ready and willing to make a new contract with you or renew one if needed. Jesus died so that you may have life. All you need to do is be willing to believe that and obey God in every area of your life.

If you have done this in the past and have fallen away into sin, God is still willing to renew that agreement with you. Give your life to God, obeying Him and renew your contract with Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will have a contract with God to obey Him; that you will choose to obey all the commands of God; and that you will pledge yourself to live for God in every area of your life.

2 Kings 11:17 Be God’s People

Jehoida 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

It is common for people to belong to all kinds of different types of groups. People like to be together with other people who think and do the same things. It gives them a sense of belonging and self-worth. It can also give them support and strength to keep moving forward in the expected way and bring about unity.

When Joash was made king, Jehoida made a covenant between the Lord, the king and the people to be His people.

Throughout the world there are two groups of people, those who belong to God and those who choose not to belong to God. Most people do not belong to God but will belong to other groups.

Regardless of which group a person is a part of, he must be willing to follow the rules and regulations of that group. Each one has a set of rules on what it means to be a part of that group.

The moment a person chooses to believe in and follow Jesus, he belongs to God. This means that the covenant the person made with God is that on his side he will give up his old ways of doing things and no longer do the things of the world. It also means that he gives God complete control of his life.

Belonging to God is allowing God to direct one’s path, in action, thought and deeds in everything that he does in this life. It is putting away the former covenant with the world and sin and taking on the righteousness and holiness of Jesus, becoming a new creation for His glory and honor.

As a believer you are no longer to be in covenant with the world and its sinful ways. You have chosen to bind yourself to God in a legal binding covenant of relationship and lifestyle that is directed and controlled by God.

Do not allow yourself to be tricked into going back into a covenant with this fallen world that will lead you into sin and death. Destroy and cast out the sin in your life and become holy as God is holy. Put on the righteousness of Jesus living for God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will make a covenant to live for God and by His rules; that God will strengthen you to live according to His plan; that every area of your life will belong to God; and that God will strengthen you to flee the sinful ways of this world.

Joshua 7:11 Losing God’s Favor

Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions. Joshua 7:11

Staying in favor with someone requires that the person does what is expected or agreed upon. These agreements can be written or unwritten agreements as to how one is to act or what he is to do or not do.

Once a person begins to do things outside of those agreements, favor can be lost. Stealing and lying are two ways to quickly lose favor with anyone.

God pulled His favor from Israel allowing them to be beaten in a battle. He told Joshua that they had sinned, stolen, lied and taken what was to be destroyed.

It is commonly thought that there is nothing that a person can do to get God to turn against him once he becomes a believer. With this type of thinking many people choose to purposely sin against God.

Lying and stealing are the most common ways to sin against God. People will lie about their faith, trust and devotion to God. People will steal what belongs to God to be used for themselves, holding back tithes and offerings.

God’s love is not removed, but His hand of favor is removed. He will allow the world to win against the believer who is sinning, lying and stealing from Him.

Although God may pull His favor for a time, He is open to repentance and change. Any believer who repents of doing something wrong will immediately regain God’s favor in his life. The Holy Spirit will intervene and give him strength to win the battles against the world. The plans of the enemy will be stopped.

There may be times in your life in which you will choose to sin against God in some form or other. Your choice to sin will break God’s favor with you.

Choosing to sin is refusing to obey God, rejecting His ways and making yourself in control. It is lying about who God really is. It is stealing what belongs to Him–your whole life.

Do not allow yourself to be found in lying and stealing from God. Just as you do not want anyone to lie or steal from you, neither does God desire those things.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will not lie to God or others; that you will not steal anything that belongs to God; that you will be devoted to God and His ways of living; and that you will know God’s favor in your life.

Exodus 24:7 Obeying The Covenant

Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey.” Exodus 24:7

Contracts are drawn up all the time between two or more different parties. These are agreements as to what one can and cannot do. It gives all of the expectations of both parties and what will occur if the agreements are not followed.

Anyone who signs a contract is agreeing to all of the terms listed in it. Most people are willing to abide the terms and keep themselves from getting into trouble.

Moses read the covenant that God had made with the Israelites to the people. All the people agreed to obey everything God commanded in the covenant.

Any time a person chooses to repent of his sins and believe in the saving grace of Jesus, he signs a covenant or contract with God. God promises in the covenant to remove all sins and give the person eternal life. The new believer agrees to obey all that God commands.

In this contract, God will never ask a believer to do something that is sinful or spiritually harmful. God will guide a person to become more like Jesus, holy and perfect, separated from the world.

Throughout the Bible, God gives directions as to how to live a holy life here on this earth. Commands are given as to what is allowed and what is not.

Every day a believer has the ability to choose whether he will obey God or not. When temptation arises to sin, he must choose whether to give in or flee, obey God or sin. God will never fail to uphold His side of the covenant, so the believer must strive to do his part.

At the moment you chose to believe in Jesus, you agreed to a covenant with God. You chose to give your life to God and to become more like Jesus.

Do not allow yourself to break the covenant by disobeying God and stepping into sin.

Study God’s word and seek His Holy Spirit to guide you in how to live your life. Then be willing to obey everything that God commands. He will never lead you wrong but will always be building you up to be holy and perfect as He is.

Are you obeying God or are you breaking the covenant?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will agree to obey all of God’s commands to you; that God will show you what He requires of you; that you will grow more like Jesus every day; and that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin.

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.