It Is a Lie!
Have you ever been told you could have something you really wanted, but only if you met the conditions? Then when the conditions were revealed, you were disqualified because you could not meet them. Perhaps, it was a scholarship, or a new position at work that you really wanted, but you did not meet the qualifications required and so you were disappointed and discouraged.
In Deuteronomy 28:1-14, God promised a number of wonderful blessings to His people that covered every possible need they could have. He promised them victory over their enemies, protection from evil, and abundant prosperity. But to enjoy these blessings, they had to “fully obey the Lord…by keeping all the commandments I am giving you today.” The promises were wonderful, but the condition of obedience Israel had to meet for the fulfillment was so high they could not qualify.
Thank God, in the New Covenant, things are very different. God no longer makes the fulfillment of His promises dependent on how well we are doing in keeping the Ten Commandments. Instead, God enters a covenant with Jesus to bless all those who are in Christ, based on how perfectly Jesus obeys Him. You see, in the New Covenant, God makes the promises directly to Jesus on our behalf. Then He looks to Jesus, not to us, to meet the condition of perfect obedience He requires for His promises to be fulfilled in our lives.
The Scripture declares, “For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.” (Romans 5:19 NASB)
Do you see how it is Jesus’ obedience, not ours, that makes us righteous and gives us the right to all the promises of God?
This is what the Apostle Paul had in mind when he exclaimed in 2 Corinthians 1:20,
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” (NIV)
Child of God, this means whenever you pray and claim a promise God has made to the righteous, He will always answer with a big “YES!” You see, in the New Covenant our failures and inability to obey God perfectly do not disqualify us from enjoying God’s best and choicest blessings. And that’s because God looks to Jesus, not to us, to meet the conditions required for us to walk in the blessings He promises to the righteous.
Now, is there any condition we must meet? Yes, there is one. And that is to believe we do not need to meet any other condition because Jesus met them all for us! And then to boldly say regarding each promise, “Amen! It is so.”
Child of God, it is a lie when the enemy tells you that God will not fulfill His promise to answer your prayers and supply all your needs because you have not met the condition of obeying the Lord perfectly. Do not believe him for a second. Tell him you are in Christ. And tell him Jesus met every condition for you, so that God will bless you in His name, in spite of your own failures and shortcomings.
Now, that is something that deserves a resounding “Amen” and a shout of praise. Thank God for Jesus!