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.

Hebrews 8:10 Is God’s Law On Your Heart And Mind?

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

In every nation around the world there are thousands of laws that the people are expected to follow. While most people try to abide by the laws, many ignore many of the laws.

Those who obey the laws have those laws upon their hearts and minds. They see the value of those laws and desire to be obedient.

Quoting from Jeremiah, the author of Hebrews quotes God saying that in the end He would write the laws upon the hearts and minds, so that they would be His people and He their God.

Often when people hear about the laws of God they run from them. Some run because they see following God’s law as being legalistic and claim grace under Jesus. Others flee because they see the laws as being restrictive, not allowing them to really live.

Every law that God has made was made to make life better for the individual in himself and with others. There is no law that He has made that was made to destroy a person, but to make him holy as He is holy.

Under the old covenant it was either obey all of the law or die. No one could fully obey it, because it was just written words and not on the heart.

In Christ, God now puts the law upon the heart and mind. This is done so that the true believer will strongly desire to obey all of God’s law. God’s Holy Spirit also comes upon him to give him strength to obey God’s law.

It is now a choice of love to obey God’s law, rather than a demand.

As a believer in Jesus, God expects you to grow to become more like Jesus. He followed God’s law with perfection. Learn God’s law and place it in your heart and mind.

Realize that God has given you His law so that you can live a righteous and holy life that Jesus purchased for you. Jesus took away the punishment of breaking God’s law, so that you may live. He then gave you His Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you to live for God.

Is God’s law on your heart and mind?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s law in your heart and mind; that you will desire to obey God in every area of your life; and that God will be your God and you will be His child.