19 Mar A Challenge For Real Change
March 19, 2021
Now because of all this we are making an agreement in writing.
Real revival in our lives means real change in our lives. Do you want God’s favor in your life? Are you willing to say, “God, I so want You to bless me that I am willing to do whatever it takes to secure Your favor in my life,” just like the Israelites did in Nehemiah 10? Perhaps you have a lot of good intentions, spiritually speaking. You want to please God. You want to honor Him. That is what your intention is. But until you are willing to put those intentions down on paper into clear, specific steps of action, just like these Israelites did, you will never experience God’s favor in your life.
I want to give you a very practical challenge. At some point in the next week, get alone–just you and God and a piece of paper–and say, “God, where am I falling short in Your plan for me?” That is one prayer God is sure to answer. Ask Him to point out any area of your life you are falling short–in your family life, in your worship, in your work, in your giving. Then what I encourage you to do is to write a letter to God: “God, I confess this is where I have fallen short and this is the change I am willing to make. These are the commitments I am willing to make to You. And I am inviting You to judge me if I fail to live up to these standards, but I am expecting You to bless me if I obey these standards.”
I issued that challenge to a church congregation one time. The next week, a couple in the church brought to me a large piece of paper with this beautiful calligraphy on it. It was a contract that they had made that week with God, and they wanted me as their pastor to have a copy of it to hold them accountable to it. Here is what their contract said: “Dear God, Master of the universe, Creator of all things. You are truly King of kings and Lord of lords. We write to You today asking Your forgiveness for our sins. Forgive us for not doing our part in Your house, which we should have done. We ask for wisdom, that we might know Your will for our lives. Our oath to You, given in faith, is this. Number one, to give our tithe no matter what. Number two, for the next three years to give an additional 10 percent to the building fund. Number three, to read our Bibles and pray every day. Number four, to have a time set aside each week as a couple to pray and read the Bible together. Number five, to do some kind of charity work at least once a month. Number six, to practice Matthew 5:16: ‘Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.’ And number seven, to pray for our pastor and our church every day.”
This couple realized that such a contract was not a legalistic obligation. Instead, it was the life-changing catalyst that would bring God’s favor and blessing into their lives. Are you willing to enter that kind of covenant with God?
Today’s devotion is excerpted from “Declaration Of Dependence” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2010.
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