We've all entered into an agreement in our lives. Whether it was a mortgage, car loan, employment, marriage, or other contractual agreement, the parties agree to the terms that are spelled out in the contract.
For any type of loan, the terms are set and one party agrees to give the other money under conditions that the other party agrees to repay the amount loaned plus interest, on a specific day each month for a predetermined and agreed upon period of time.
When you are employed, you agree to work a specific job, for an agreed upon wage. You usually agree on the amount of hours per week you have to work, as well as to the policies of the company you are working for. In return the employer agrees to cut you a check (weekly or bi-weekly) for the services you provide.
Even in marriage, when you go to get your marriage license, your are entering into a legally binding contract that you verbally vow, and contractually obligate yourself before God and witnesses, that the vows you made will be honored for as long as you both shall live.
An agreement that is signed on the dotted line, symbolizes you trust that what is in writing will be honored by both parties. Verbal agreements are even more binding emotionally than written because you are trusting the person’s word.
God not only wrote it, but spoke it.
Just as agreements spell out what is expected, the goal to be accomplished, and the ultimate outcome, God’s word does the same and cannot come back void (empty). So when you agree with what He has revealed to you, and operate according to the plan, it has to work!
Isaiah 55:11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. (NIV)
Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
Deuteronomy 32:2 Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.
Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever."
Here is YOUR contract: Deuteronomy 28 New International Version (NIV) Pros If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 2 All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God: 3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. 4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. 5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed. 6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. 7 The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven. 8 The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. 9 The LORD will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the LORD your God and walk in obedience to him. 10 Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they will fear you. 11 The LORD will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you. 12 The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. 13 The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. 14 Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.
This contract sounds so good doesn't it… Just reading it makes me want to make a firm decision, and to commit to it right now! But….WAIT! Never commit to anything that you haven’t read thoroughly! READ THE ENTIRE CONTRACT!
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Just like any contract… there are Default Clauses which come with severe penalties attached. When making any vow or promise to anyone, make sure you now the ends and outs of the deal. So many people rush and sign things that they have not thoroughly read. As they go through the agreement, they default over and over again.
But for right now, I want you to meditate on what God has promised you. Meditate on these verses, and hear what the Holy Spirit speaks. Once your excited about these promises and serious about obtaining them, begin to do your homework. Read Deuteronomy 28 in its entirety (The whole contract).
Now take a deep breath and say.... "I can do this" #icandothis