The children of Israel were being trained to conquer and rule. One step at a time God was molding them as a potter does
clay; slaves were being formed into ambassadors of the Living God. One of the most basic and fundamental principles He
was trying to convey to them was the essence of a covenant relationship. These people were descendants of Abraham
who had covenanted with God over 400 years before. That covenant was as real and as dynamic to them as it was that
night Abraham witnessed Father God (the representative of the Godhead) and Jesus (the representative of man) walk the
path of blood and establish forever this sacred bond of oneness. (Genesis 15)
Notice what God says to the Israelites: “…If you diligently heed…and do what is right…” The tendency these people had is
probably the same tendency you and I have which is to hear the promises of God and give little attention to the
considerations that accompanies them. The idea that God was their healer was no doubt wonderful to their ears, just as it
is when we hear God to say to us, “…by whose stripes you were healed.” (I Peter 2:24) But the truth of the matter is had they
failed to heed the consideration in His statement to them they would not enjoy the wonderful promise He made. The same
is true for us today.
The lesson we take from this study is simple: obey God and enjoy His promised blessings. In order to cement this principle
firmly within us let us look at several promises God makes to us and along with each we see the consideration that is
necessary for that promise to become a blessing:
1) Mark 11:23 – The promise is victory over insurmountable odds; the consideration is your act of faith when you
speak using the powerful name of Jesus.
2) Luke 6:37 – The promise is forgiveness; the consideration is you forgiving others.
3) Luke 6:38 – The promise is financial abundance; the consideration is your giving to God.
4) John 1:12 – The promise is God gives you the right to be His child; the consideration is to receive Jesus as Lord
5) II Peter 1:3 – The promise is that you are given everything you need for life and godliness; the consideration is
that you have obtained faith in Jesus Christ and are established in righteousness.
6) I John 1:9 – The promise is forgiveness and cleansing; the consideration is confession.
7) I John 5:14-15 – The promise is answered prayer; the consideration is that you pray in faith according to God’s will.
You and I have a Daddy that loves us so very much. He loves to give good things to us. Let us ever be mindful that our
responsibility is to believe what He says and act accordingly. Then all will go well for us. Praise the name of the Lord!
|Learning From Their Journey
|Considerations Accompany The Promises
By Bishop Randy Barnett
“And said, ‘If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what
is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I
will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians.
For I am the Lord who heals you.’”