Facing Change

Matthew 7:24-27… records a short parable about two men who built houses; one built on the rock and one built on the sand. A storm came to both houses. One house stood and the other house fell. Jesus said that you are a wise person if you hear what He is saying and you build on the rock. Life has many storms, and a foundation is necessary for survival. There are a lot of arguments about how much change there will be this year. A good question is, “How can I be secure in an environment that is constantly changing?” An old song says, “I don’t what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.”

We must see God as a covenant-keeping God. Deuteronomy 7:6-9 reads, “For thou art a holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations” (KJV). In other words, God sets His affections on the people of His choice (1 Peter 2:9-10). God has, in times past, established covenants that guaranteed security and stability to His people. We are His people, and Jesus is full of grace and truth. We receive of His grace and truth. God made a covenant because He sees our lack of capabilities and our insecurities. He made a covenant to alleviate our fears. He gave us guarantees of salvation and help in times of need.

One such covenant is seen in Isaiah 55:3, “Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David” (KJV). What are the sure mercies of David? They are salvation, forgiveness of sins, anointing, healing, deliverance in times of trouble, access to God, peace, long life, security, establishment, and a lot more (Psalm 89:20-37). In the New Testament, we have the sure mercies of Jesus, and it is seen in the gospel. The blood of Jesus sealed that covenant. A covenant is something that tells us how God will act towards us. Great changes and storms are coming. King David said in Psalm 23:4, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me.” We must believe this, and face the days ahead with faith and confidence. Solomon wrote in Proverbs 3:25-26, “Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.” Believe in the faithfulness of God. If God is a covenant-keeping God, are you a covenant-keeping person?

The seven covenants to make are as follows…

a) 2 Kings 11:17… A covenant to be the Lord’s people. Not the devil’s people. “Lord, I want to be the man (or woman) that is fully committed to be Yours.”
b) 2 Kings 23:2-3… A covenant to obey God and His word. To keep God’s word with our whole heart, soul, and body and to perform it. Avoid compromise; don’t play games with the words of God. If God has said it, believe it. Put the “com” in compromise at the end–make it “promise.com.”
c) Jeremiah 29:13-14… A covenant to seek the Lord. When the nation, the church, or the home is out of sorts, when there is lack of good teaching and preaching, seek the Lord. Be a praying person, a person that talks with the Lord with the spirit (heart), not just with the tongue. Seeking the Lord will develop a relationship between you. You and the Lord should become great friends. Seeking implies repentance when there is sin in your life. Sin hides God. If we seek Him, God will not stay hidden for very long. Jeremiah 29:13-14 says, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD” (KJV).
d) Joshua 24:24-25… A covenant to serve the Lord. This is a decision-making covenant. We will be faced with many choices. Some of these choices will be temptations to follow the devil’s way of thinking. Stick with God. “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15, KJV). Ask yourself, “What would Jesus do in this situation?”
e) Nehemiah 10:29… A covenant to walk with God. This refers to friendship, relationship, talking. Good things happen when the friendship of God is in your home and in your life (Job 29).
f) Exodus 6:1-11… A covenant not to walk with the world. God wants you to be separated unto Him, away from the world. The world is not your friend. Many people love the world to the point that their soul is in danger. Cling to holiness and righteousness. Are you a Christian? Then abhor the ways of the world. Don’t make yourself a transgressor (Galatians 2:18). Don’t build things into your life that can hurt you.
g) Jeremiah 50:5… A covenant to unite yourself and join with the Lord. This refers to harmony and unity with the Lord and with your family. God does not appreciate your having a divisive spirit and a heart full of conflict with parents and with uncles and aunts and brothers and sisters. In these verses Israel and Judah reunited after being at odds for years.

These are good covenants to make for your life. A covenant works two ways… God has His part to keep and you have your part. Face each year with all its changes with faith and courage. At the end of the year you will see the faithfulness of God towards you. Keep track of God’s hand towards you… Write things down and see what He has done for you.

Pastor George Belobaba

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