Reread that promise of God to find out the conditions for the fulfillment of that promise. How do you know if there are any conditions? Look for the word, “If”. The promise of God hinges on your response to this little word, “If”. And let’s face it, we do not always appreciate this word as it implies a condition or a responsibility that must first be met. Let’s look for an example of this from the Scriptures.
As I read Proverbs 2 from New King James version this morning I see that there are three conditions to be met for His promise to manifest in our lives. Let’s look at these conditions more carefully.
Verse one tells us, “If you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you.” In verse three we see the second condition, “If you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding.” And verse four gives us the third condition that we need to meet, “If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures.” So as we review these conditions we see that our responsibilities start with a spiritual heart that is receptive and treasures God’s words. And then from the spiritual heart our desire for discernment and understanding must be voice activated. After we voice activate our desire then we must put our faith in action and actually seek and search for God’s wisdom. This confirms that the manifestation of many of God’s promises for us depend upon our response to the conditions of “If”.
After the conditions of “If” are laid out in the Scriptures we see the word “then”. What does it say in this example from Proverbs two? Starting with verse five we see the promises of “then” explained. “Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path.”
And after the word “then” comes the promise of “when”. Let’s look at verses ten and eleven, “When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you; understanding will keep you.” And starting with verse twelve to verse twenty-one we read the benefits of “when” this promise is fulfilled.
And then it ends in verse twenty-two with the word, “But”. This is where a warning is issued to those that do not fulfill the conditions to this promise of God, “But the wicked will be cut off from the earth, and the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.”
As I stated throughout this article we need to look at the promises of God to find out if there are conditions and responsibilities that need to be met on our part for the promise to manifest in our lives–most often there are.
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