Be Not Unfaithful….

Malachi 2:16 (CEV)

The LORD God All-Powerful of Israel hates anyone who is cruel enough to divorce his wife. So take care never to be unfaithful!

I love how much God loves marriage.  I love the fact that He is not going to hold the man (or woman) guiltless who abandons his or her marriage with no thought of return.  I am glad that He is not going to just let these men within the body of Christ get away with cheating on their wives, abandoning their wives and children, being dishonest, siding with the enemy, and mocking what God joined together for life.

In the verse above, Malachi warns us that the LORD Who is God, the All-Powerful God over Israel, the Creator of heaven and earth, HATES anyone who is cruel enough to make a covenant with his wife and then abandon the covenant.  God hates that!  Malachi is warning us we need to be careful not to do what God hates.

I am so grateful that God will not let the husbands, including my husband, who have walked away from their families, get away with making a promise, and then refusing to keep the promise that they made.  I am glad that God will bring down His judgment on those who disobey Him.  That is not because I want to see anyone punished, but it is because I do not want to feel as though God would allow a person to damage me and my children the way we have been damaged, and just get away with it.  God is faithful!

If any husband who has abandoned his wife is reading this, please know that you cannot escape God’s judgment.  His wrath will come down on you at the time that He chooses, and you will not be able to do anything except suffer under it.  It may seem like you are doing better now that you have your wife out of your life, but you will wish that you had kept the covenant that you made once God gets through with you!

Also, if you claim to be a Christian and have abandoned your wife, you need to understand that you cannot be a Christian and walk in the kind of demonic activity you are walking in presently.  No true believer can ever leave the wife he made a covenant with, and have no remorse or repentance over the separation.  Only the world behaves that way.  You are condemned by your own behavior.  God will judge you.  You are on the road to hell.  Hell is where you will spend eternity.  I hope you think about that.

Let’s Talk About The Covenant

Genesis 2:24

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

I want to talk about a word that people do not use these days:  covenant.  A covenant, as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary, as “a solemn agreement between believers to act together in harmony with the precepts of God’s Word“.  I know, that’s a foreign concept in the era in which we live.  Pastors and Bible teachers do not talk about the covenant of marriage.  This is a gaping hole in the picture of what marriage should look like, especially in the church.  So. let’s dig into what the biblical covenant really looks like.

Merriam-Webster defines the covenant as “a solemn agreement between believers to act together in harmony with the precepts of God’s Word”.  Let’s break that definition down.  “A solemn agreement…” is an agreement that one makes after much thought, prayer, and consideration of all implications associated with that agreement.  In other words, this is an agreement that should not be entered into lightly.  Most Bible teaching pastors who conduct wedding ceremonies make this issue plain to the couple getting married.  I remember when my cousin got married back in 2003.  The pastor who married her and her husband talked to them about the fact that this is not anything to play around with…marriage is work and selflessness and unselfishness and more work and giving in when you think you are right and giving up your own rights when you know that you have every right not to…I was so excited, because I had never heard it talked about like that, and I felt like so many of us who were there needed to hear that.  “Between believers…” is where it gets sticky.  Only believers, true born again Christians, believers in the LORD Jesus Christ, who are indwelt by His Holy Spirit will understand what a covenant really is and what is implied by entering into a covenant.  The Bible says in Romans 1:21, “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”  Their hearts were darkened because they did not know the LORD; His Spirit did not live in their spirits.  They did not UNDERSTAND, because there is no way a person can understand the ways of God without His Spirit living within them.  So, now we know who the true believers are:  folks who have the Spirit of God living in them.  Ephesians 4:17-18 says This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,  having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart…”  The Apostle Paul, who is the earthly author of the book of Ephesians, says here that we should not walk as the other Gentiles walk.  The Gentiles were the people who were not Israelites, and were not God’s chosen people.  They were those outside of a relationship with the LORD unless they purposely chose to believe in God.  The same thing is true today.  We are born Gentiles and the only way we can be in relationship with the LORD and have the understanding that we need is to purposely have a relationship with Him by repenting of our sins and surrendering our lives and wills to Him.  “To act together in harmony with the precepts of God’s Word” is something that only people who have His Spirit indwelling them can do.  Unbelievers cannot and do not care about acting together in harmony with the precepts of His Word.  Unbelievers only care about doing what they want to do, when they want to do it, and how they want to do it.  Unbelievers do not care about keeping promises or even telling the truth.  As a matter of fact, today truth is subjective to the world!  There is no way that an unbeliever can appreciate the implications of a “covenant”.  

All that said, this is for believers only.  The covenant is an agreement made to act in harmony with the tenets of God’s Word, in obedience to God’s Word, subjecting oneself to God’s Word in submission to God’s Word.  A covenant is, as I have taught my children, a promise that cannot be broken.  God made a covenant with Abraham.  In Genesis 12:2-3, God told Abraham, And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”  God made this promise to Abraham, and to this day, He has not broken this promise.  God reiterated this promise to Abraham’s son, Isaac in Genesis 26:3-5:  I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;  And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed…Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws…”  God did the same thing with Jacob, Isaac’s son, in Genesis 28:3-4: “God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people;  And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.”  God also said to Jacob:  And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins;  And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.” (Genesis 35:11-12).

From that time until now, God has kept the COVENANT that he made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  He made that promise to them, and regardless of what they did, He will not go back on His promise.  So, why is it, when people don’t do exactly what we want done, we think it is ok to go back on our promises?  Why do we think it is ok to break the covenant that we made with the people we say we love?

Abraham sinned before God.  He lied to Abimelech about Sarah being his sister.  He thought that Abimelech would want to take Sarah for his own wife, so to protect himself, he lied and said she was his sister.  (She WAS his sister, but she was also his wife, and the marital relationship supersedes any other relationship.)  In spite of that fact, God kept the covenant with Abraham.  Isaac played favorites with his two sons, and gave the blessing to the “wrong” son.  (We know that God’s providence was at play here, so it was not a mistake that Jacob received Isaac’s blessing.)  In spite of that, God kept His covenant with Isaac.  Jacob sinned before God by tricking his brother Esau out of his birthright, playing favorites between his two wives, and playing favorites within his twelve sons, by preferring his two sons with Rachel over the rest of his sons.  He also did not do a good job of parenting his daughter, Dinah, who became close friends with some of the Canaanite women, became involved in a physical relationship with a man named Shechem, and wound up being the cause of all the men of Shechem being killed by her older brothers.  Despite all of this, God kept His covenant with Jacob.  God loved Jacob, and eventually, He changed Jacob’s name to Israel.  Despite all of that, God kept His covenant with Jacob.  If God kept His covenant with the people that He loved, despite all the times and ways that they sinned against Him, how is it that we think it is okay for us not to keep the covenant that we made with Him and the ones that we say we love?

Marriage is the covenant of which I speak.  When two people marry, they make a covenant.  They promise God and the person that they marry that they will stay together until death.  This is a promise that has been broken at least 50% of the time in America, if you follow the statistics on divorce.  Now, I don’t expect unbelievers to keep their promises.  I don’t expect for those who do not know the LORD Jesus Christ in a personal relationship to keep the promises that they make.  They are not being guided by the same directives as those of us who know the LORD.  They live for themselves; they have not surrendered their lives to the LORD.   But those of us who know Jesus, who believe He suffered and died for us, have His Spirit inside of us and we are led by His Spirit.  We are convicted when we sin against Him.  We are burdened when we make a promise to the LORD and break it.  We are willing to do whatever we need to do to please Him because we love Him and thank Him for the sacrifice that He made for us on the cross.  If that is the case, and I know it is, how are we, the believers, walking away from the covenant of marriage as if it doesn’t mean anything to God?

I am burdened for marriages in the church of Jesus Christ, not only because my own marriage is in peril, but because I know too many other people whose marriages are also suffering.  I know others whose marriages have ended in divorce.  My own marriage is more than likely going to end in divorce based on the hardness of my husband’s heart.  My husband was chastened by the LORD, but came out of the chastening a bitter, harsh, cruel man.  I know now that the reason he is so bitter and cruel is because he has never surrendered his life to the LORD.  He has never confessed his sins to the Father.  He has never humbled himself before the LORD.  He did an okay job of fooling me, but he never fooled the Father.  After years of living a double life, his sins were exposed, and the activity in which he was involved has wrought great spiritual warfare on my children and myself.  He is living in sin, still pretending to be a Christian, out in the open in the church (if you want to call it a church) and the pastor of his church has gone along with his sin!  What has happened to the covenant?

I repeat that teaching on the covenant is a foreign concept in the era in which we live.  No one cares about the promises that we make to God and to others.  No one cares about how one’s sin affects others around them.  No one cares that the husband or the wife who breaks the covenant is not only in sin, but they have broken the heart of God, the heart of their spouse, and the hearts of any children involved.  The covenant is a powerful, important issue in the body of Christ and we are ignoring it.

Pastors, teachers, leaders, elders…let’s get back to talking about the COVENANT!!!!!!!!!!

A Life Well Lived…

2nd Timothy 4:6-8

For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the LORD, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.

Lowell WYFI sign on

DR. LOWELL DAVEY

July 22, 1933 – February 18, 2017

Philippians 1:6
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Just after 4am Eastern Time Saturday morning, Dr. Lowell Davey, founder and president of the Bible Broadcasting Network, reached completion in the Lord Jesus Christ as he passed into His presence at the age of 83. All of us at BBN are deeply saddened for our loss here on earth, but we are equally joyful for Dr. Davey as he is now face to face with his Savior whom he loved and served faithfully for so many decades.

When Dr. Davey passed away, he did so with the testimony of a good and faithful servant. Lowell’s faithfulness to serving the Lord and leading others to serve Him is a legacy in itself. Truly great things are not measured in years; rather, their impact reaches into eternity. As we look at the good work that the Lord began in the life of Lowell Davey, we realize the accomplishments are all God’s. The glory is all God’s. The blessings are all ours.

Please pray for Mrs. Davey, their family, and all of us at BBN. God has not finished His work in us. There is still much to do. So even in our sorrow, we can still say, “To God be the glory. Great things He hath done!”

Lowell and Georgie

Never Let Bitterness Take Root…

Hebrews 12:14-15

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the LORD:   Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled…

Sometimes, as a Christian, life is just hard.  I avoid using the word “hard’ when it comes to trials because Paul told us that the stuff we go through is considered light afflictions, but after living through 2016, I have decided to just let it fly.  Life can sometimes be HARD.  I think back over what has happened in my life over the past couple of years, and there is just no other way to put it.  In that space of time, my marriage broke up, I had to fight for custody of my children, I had to sell my home that I had lived in for nearly 20 years, I moved to a different city, one of my closest friends turned on me and developed an inappropriate relationship with my husband, family relationships became strained, and on top of all of that, my dad died.  Life is just hard.

I remember the day that we buried my dad as if it were yesterday.  I looked at my handsome father lying in the coffin with a beautiful navy blue suit on, and I was okay, because four hours prior to his death, he asked the LORD to save him, so I knew he was in heaven.  It wasn’t until they rolled his coffin out of the church that it hit me:  my hero was gone.  All of this was happening literally at the same time, and I sometimes felt like I was not going to be able to endure it any longer.

Now that the bulk of that storm has passed, I have begun to thank God for what He has done in me since enduring all of that.  I could have taken the path of least resistance and allowed myself to become angry, discouraged and even bitter, but the LORD would never allow me to go there, and if I did go there, He would never let me stay there.  The LORD would always bring conviction on me if I felt anger or resentment toward my husband for any reason….He would convict me if I felt that I wanted to take revenge on the friend who turned on me and took up with my husband….I would sometimes get angry because I had to go to the courthouse for whatever reason (because I HATE the courthouse more than anything else in downtown) but the LORD would not let me hold on to the anger.  As a matter of fact, He would put a sense of compassion in my heart for my husband, who would sit across the courtroom from me looking pitiful, defeated, simple and lost; and God would remind me that he is a soul who is on the wide road right now, destined for hell.  I thank God for that because had He allowed me to become bitter, I would not be able to pray for my husband’s salvation; I would not be able to be a good example to my children of what a Godly mother looks like;  I would not be able to teach them to pray for their father; and I would not have fellowship with the LORD Jesus.

Many would be defiled, as the scripture says, if I allowed bitterness to take root in my heart.  I hope that my story of conviction will bring someone else to repentance if there is any bitterness that may be at work in one’s heart.  If you think you may be bitter, confess it to the LORD.  The Bible says in 1 John 1 that if you confess, He is faithful to forgive you and cleanse you.  Do not let the root of bitterness take you down…

Happy New Year!

2 Corinthians 5:17

If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things become new.

2017 is almost two days old.  So far so good….I am holding my breath that this is going to be a better year than last year.  I don’t think I can survive another 2016.

Scripture says that if anyone is in Christ he is a new creature.  I am a new creature who wants a new situation.  This year, I pray Jesus comes to rapture His people.  If He doesn’t come,  I pray that He will at least send a revival so that the world will not go through another year like last year.  Last year was too tough for me to go through again.

My prayer for you is that God’s richest, choicest blessings are yours in 2017.  I pray that you come to know Him more intimately, that He draws you closer to Him and increases your faith, and I pray that He will manifest His presence in your life in a way that  you have never seen before.  I pray that He makes His presence so obvious that you know it is Him.

God bless, and Happy 2017.

Goodbye, 2016…

Exodus 14:13-14

And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.  The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

Unless you lived underneath a rock this year, you know that 2016 was a trying year!  So much STUFF happened this year…it is almost hard to believe that we actually lived through some of the things that we endured as a nation this past year.  For me personally, it is almost impossible to believe that I lived through the horror that I faced this year.  I am so glad to see 2016 coming to a close.

In 2016, we lived through a presidential campaign.  We saw people like Hilary Clinton, Dr. Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump throw their names in the hat as candidates for the next president of the United States.  Fortunately, for this nation, Barack Obama will be vacating the oval office on January 20, 2017.  We have lived through the trauma that he took us through over the past eight years:  forcing government-mandated healthcare down America’s throat;  patting Planned Parenthood on the back for the murder of babies in the womb;  shaming the state of North Carolina for voting that marriage is between one man and one woman; siding with the homosexuals to the point that he displayed the rainbow colors across the front of the White House, desecrating the symbol of America’s democratic society;  alienating us from the nation of Israel, declaring in his campaign speeches that America is a “Christian” nation, then changing his mind after he was elected, declaring that America is not a “Christian” nation; and spending time sticking his nose where it did not belong, like commenting on the death of Trayvon Martin, while doing nothing to alleviate the suffering of the people of places like Chicago at the hands of gangs and rogue police officers. However, I digress…

We endured the nastiest political campaign that I have witnessed in my lifetime.  We watched as Hilary Clinton was tried on Capitol Hill for allegedly misusing her personal email server by sending sensitive documents over it, risking those documents falling into the wrong hands, which they did, and causing the deaths of four Americans.  Of course, she lied her way out of any charges, and was allowed, under such a huge cloud of suspicion, to run for president.  It was my prayer and the prayers of many others, that she would not win.  Praise the LORD God that she did not.

We endured watching Hilary launch personal attacks against Donald Trump, and we watched Trump retaliate.  We endured the release of several recordings accusing Trump of making sexist remarks.  We watched gubernatorial races in several states take a nasty turn, not the least of which is the state of North Carolina, where the state senate and house is controlled by republicans, but the governor-elect is a democrat.  (Explain that one to me!)  North Carolina was one of only a handful of states where there were accusations of voter fraud, and my speculation is that there was indeed fraud if the house and senate are largely republican and the governor is a democrat.  However, I digress…

We watched as many things took place in the world of sports.  San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided not to stand during the pledge of allegiance.  He bowed on one knee in protest against abuses against Black people by police officers.  We watched the video of a young man from a college football team punching young lady in the face, breaking four bones.  The young man was supposedly “reprimanded” internally, and now he is preparing to enter the NFL draft, to be chosen to one of the 30 teams and make millions of dollars paid by adoring fans.  We read about a nine-year-old boy who was shot to death by his father’s rival gang members after being lured into an alley.  His death was in retaliation for something that his father did to the other gang.  We watched a football player die after a fender bender turned into a road rage incident, right in front of his wife.

We watched as many people that we felt we knew and loved died this year.  Zsa Zsa Gabor, famous socialite, died at age 99.  Alan Thicke, one of America’s most beloved dads, died at 69.  Florence Henderson, mom of tv’s “Brady Bunch”, died at 82.  Gordie Tapp, one of the musicians from the tv show “Hee Haw” died at 94.  Dr. Heimlich, creator of the Heimlich maneuver, died at 96.  Bernard Fox,  Dr. Bombay from tv’s “Bewitched” died at 89.  Joe Ligon, founder and lead singer of The Mighty Clouds of Joy, died at 80.  Sports journalist John Saunders died at 61.  Sports announcer Craig Sager died at 65.  Ron Glass, who played officer Ron Harris on the sitcom “Barney Miller” died at 71.  Janet Reno, the first female attorney general of the United States, died at age 78.  Tommy Ford, actor who was well known for his role on the sitcom “Martin”, died at 52.  Arnold Palmer, famous golfer, died at 87.  Jose Fernandez, baseball player, died at age 24 in a boating accident.  Bill Nunn, who played Radio Raheem in Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing”, died at 63.  Liesl, from “The Sound of Music”, Charmain Carr, died at 73.  Gene Wilder, famous actor who played Willie Wonka in “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, died at 83.  Tim LaHaye, evangelical minister and author of the “Left Behind” series, died at 90.  Garry Marshall, creator of “Happy Days”, died at 81.  Noel Neill, who portrayed Lois Lane on the tv version of “Superman” died at age 90.  Pat Summitt, coach of the women’s basketball team at University of Tennessee, who was also the winningest coach in college basketball, died at 64.  Kimbo Slice died at 42.  Muhammad Ali died at 74.  Morley Safer, legend of CBS News, died at age 84, a week and a day after retiring from his post of 46 years.  Prince died at 57.  Vanity died at 57.  Doris Roberts, the mom from “Everybody Loves Raymond” died at 90. Country music legend Merle Haggard died on his 79th birthday.  Patty Duke died at 69.  James Noble, the governor on the tv show “Benson” died at 94.  Garry Handling died at 66. Ken Howard, former basketball player turned actor, mostly remembered at the high school basketball coach on “The White Shadow” died at 71.  Larry Drake, Benny from “L.A. Law” died at 66.  Frank Sinatra, Jr. died at 72.  Nancy Reagan died at 94.  Actor George Kennedy died at 91.  Tony Burton from the “Rocky” franchise died at 78.  Harper Lee, author of “To Kill A Mockingbird” died at 89.  My longtime neighbor, Ann Harris, died at 73.  A dear and precious family friend, Nellie Williams, died at 91.  My father died at 73.

We endured one of the most challenging trials of all this year.  When I say “we”, I am referring to my children and myself.  We endured the loss of my marriage and any chance of a civil relationship between their father and me.  We endured numerous court appearances, we spent thousands of dollars in lawyers fees, we moved out of our home that we have loved for nearly 20 years, we moved to a new city and had to begin the adjustment of getting to know totally different surroundings.  It has been a challenging, heart breaking, depressing, sad, long, weary, hard, trying, difficult year.  I am glad to see it go.

I can only hope, for my sake and the sake of my children, that 2017 will be better.  I can only hope that the LORD will be merciful to us and show us His grace by giving us a break on the trials.  I mean, trials make you stronger, I understand; but I should be as strong as Andre the Giant by now!!!  I pray that the LORD will give us a few years reprieve on all the burdens and heartache that we have had to endure.

I hope that your 2017 will be better also.  Even if you had a good year in 2016, I hope the LORD will bless you and allow your good to be better.  May you prosper spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically.  I pray that each day of your 2017 will be filled with love, laughter, and light.

I also hope that this year, 2017, Jesus will come….

A Message From Dr. Carson

I read this message from Dr. Ben Carson this morning, and I thought it was so eloquently written that I wanted to share it.  I heard it said recently that we are losing any shred of integrity that we have.  That is so true.  Thank God for men like Dr. Carson, who believe in the principles written in the Word of God, and are willing to fight for them.

“In a very telling moment, Hillary Clinton maligned me and millions of other Americans as racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic and Islamophobic “deplorables.”

I’m so tired of this line of attack that normally taunts conservatives. Well let me be very specific in my response. I believe in expanding opportunity, not welfare; that’s not racist.

I believe every life is worth protecting, particularly the unborn; that doesn’t make me sexist.

I believe marriage is between one man and one woman; that’s not homophobic.

I believe in borders, the rule of law and our sovereign right to decide who to let into our country; that’s not xenophobic.

I believe radical Islam is a mortal threat to America and Western civilization; that is common sense, not Islamophobia.

My nationwide ‘Fight for the Court’ project is about explaining and protecting our Constitutional values. As you can see, they’re under constant assault, and if we allow the Left to institutionalize their vision of a European-style, government-dominated, secular society through our courts, we are going to lose our country for a generation.

If you’re tired of being vilified for believing in the Constitutional, Judeo-Christian values that made America great, please help me send a message by signing up to join me now.

We must use moments like this as opportunities because this is not just name-calling. The Left is using every tool at their disposal to whitewash our history and undercut our institutions.

The difference is that I believe in our nation as it was founded. I believe in “We the People,” but it requires us to constantly reach out, inform, and mobilize conservatives.

There are a lot of challenges before us and a lot of problems to solve. I’ve decided to concentrate on a few. ‘Fight for the Court’ is about protecting our Constitutional values.

Elections every few years are our opportunity to correct course if necessary, but the Supreme Court can be lost for a generation or more.

I ask you to join me by signing up and helping us to continue this fight.

Thank you for your commitment.”

“Of the three branches of the federal government, the judiciary branch was supposed to be the weakest.

However, after decades of judicial overreach, the Court has accrued so much power that the opinions of nine unelected judges can dramatically affect the lives of every American.

This means that 2016 is not just about who will sit in the Oval Office. It’s about what kind of justices will be nominated to the Court — and the next President may have to fill two to three seats.

Whether it’s the protection of religious liberty or the 2nd Amendment, the legality of executive amnesty, or the future of school choice, we are facing two very different futures and we must ensure that every American understands the stakes.

Help us keep this issue front and center. Help us fight for the Court, and sign up now.”

Ben Carson, Chairman, Fight For The Court

American Legacy Center

Sign up at http://www.fightforthecourt.org

Keeper of the Covenant

Judges 2:1

…I will never break my covenant with you.

This is a promise made to the children of Israel by an “angel of the LORD”.  When God makes a promise, He keeps it.  Oh, if only humanity lived by that same principle!

We live in the age of covenant breakers.  People get married, only to walk away from their marriages when the going gets a little rough.  People have children, only to abandon and neglect them when they become an inconvenience.  People commit to responsibilities, only to decide a little ways in that the job is a bit more than they anticipated.  These and other examples of going back on one’s word is the stick that that is beating down all hope for promising relationships in the present era.

The good news is that God, the faithful and true God of the Bible, does not go back on His Word.  When He says that He will do it, you can take that promise to the bank.  When He says that He will not leave you, you can always know that He is there.  When He says that He will fight for you, you can know that the battle is already won.  God is the ultimate covenant keeper.

Have you made a covenant with the LORD?  Have you promised Him that you are going to live for Him for the rest of your earthly life?  If you have, then make sure that you do not go back on your word to Him.  He would rather you not make a vow to Him, than to make one and break it.  If you have not made a covenant with Him, it’s time.  He is soon to return, and you do not want to be outside of a relationship with Him when He comes.

Choose To Depend On Him

2 Chronicles 20:15b

Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

I heard this story told recently…I have no idea whether it is true.  I do, however, like the point of the story.

Two good friends were hanging out on the beach.  One of the friends was an on-duty lifeguard.  While hanging out, talking and laughing, the lifeguard’s friend noticed a man who had begun to struggle in the water.  “Hey, man,” he said, “that guy looks like he is having some trouble.”

“Yeah, he is,” was his friend’s reply.  He then continued their previous conversation.

“Dude, I really think that guy needs some help,” said the lifeguard’s friend.

“Yeah, he does,” replied the lifeguard, who still was not making his way down to the water to help the struggling man.  The struggling man, at this point, begins to scream and fling his arms in desperation.

“Ok, dude, what gives?” the lifeguard’s friend asked.  “Why are you ignoring that man’s need for help?”

The lifeguard looked at his friend.  “I am not ignoring him,” he began. “You see, while he is struggling, there is no need to go down there to help him.  He thinks that he is doing all he can on his own to keep himself from drowning.”

The lifeguard’s friend looked confused.  “That is so cruel,” he answered.  “You are standing here letting the man panic before you go and rescue him.”

“Well, what you don’t understand,” replied the lifeguard, “is that while he is struggling, no one can help him.  He thinks he can do it all on his own.  As a matter of fact, if I go out there and try to help him now, he will likely pull me under also.  Once he gives up, then I can go rescue him, because he will have no choice but to depend on my help.”

When I heard that story, I thought of my own struggles.  I thought of how there have been times in my life when I thought I was drowning, and I would fling my arms, kick my legs, scream and yell for help, and no one, including God would come to my rescue.  Finally, I would get tired of flinging my arms, kicking my legs, screaming and yelling for help, and I would just give up the fight.  That is when God would come in and do what He promised, which is to fight the battle for me.  There would be no need for Him to come in before that, because as long as I was fighting for myself, manipulating situations, and trying to work it out in my own, then I was acting as if I didn’t need His help.

The point I am making is that I have finally learned that God has a plan, and if we just let go of our agendas and let God work His plan, then everything would work out for our good just like He said in His Word.