When God establishes a covenant, His covenant is binding. God doesn’t alter His covenant based on personal bias, altered plans, or fickle feelings or beliefs. John 3:16 and John 10:27-29 are examples of covenantal promises. God is Who He says He is and will do what He promises to do. Yet, when it comes to keeping our covenants, we often see a different outcome.
We sometimes make and break daily covenants (promises/ commitments) with God. I will set time aside each day to spend with God in study and prayer. I promise to be more patient with others daily. I’ll eat healthy and exercise to take care of my body, His temple. Here’s another example: After accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior, we begin the process of participating in His divine nature. In other words, you and I take upon ourselves His name. Yet, we often lose sight of who we are and whose we are. And before we know it, we fail to reflect the image of Christ to those around us. Another thought: When water baptized by full emersion, you and I go under the water (symbolizing our participation in the burial of Jesus Christ/ the death of our old sin nature) and rise up out of the water (symbolizing our participation in His resurrection, becoming a new creation in Christ), we essentially “put Christ on” and move forward with His grace and mercy leading the way. But we don’t always “put on Christ” daily.
Truth: Covenant keepers are commandment keepers. When we blatantly decide to pick and choose which Scriptures we apply to our lives and/or obey while ignoring others, we are breaking our covenantal relationship with God. It’s easy to say, “Lord, I will love You with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength,” until that commitment begins to take on the appearance of denying self, addressing the crowd we hang with, or how we spend our hard-earned money and limited free time.
This isn’t a cliffhanger; Scripture provides a solution. First, may our “yes’” mean “yes” and our “no’s” mean “no”: Words matter to God. Second, let’s keep our promises to God or don’t make them at all. Finally, may we never forget… Spirit-filled Christians do not abandon the faith: They persevere. Perseverance is God’s test of true, authentic, and lasting trust and faith. May He find us faithful.
Jude 1:24 (NASB) offers biblical hope: “Now to HIM WHO IS ABLE to KEEP YOU from stumbling, and to make you STAND in the presence of His glory BLAMELESS with great joy…” (Author Emphasis)
You and I are kept by Christ. We unable to sustain our covenantal relationship with God, but He is: Choose wisely every day and let Him keep you.
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted
Based on Guard the Truth on September 28th, 2019 - Watch Sermon