Pastor Tim Romero
Leviticus 26:3–4 (ESV): 3 "If you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments and do them, 4 then I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit."
The Bible is full of two kinds of promises, conditional and unconditional.Conditional promises require action on our part.Unconditional promises don't require anything of us except trust in what God has said.Know the difference!
God gives the Israelites a conditional promise in Leviticus 26 regarding obedience. "If" they are obedient "then" they will experience incredible fruitfulness (vs 1-13), but "if" they are not "then" they will experience incredible discipline (vs14-39).The if/then clause means it's all based on their action.If they walk erectly as God's chosen vessels it will go well for them, if they don't it won't.
The mandate for obedience hasn't changed for New Covenant believers but the ability has. The Old Covenant was demonstrating what was lacking in the lives of the people, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.Thus the New Covenant provides what the Old Covenant could not, the power of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit making the conditional promises doable. The New Covenant provides us with the ability to walk in obedience and thus we will experience blessing.However the same holds that if we don't we will experience God's discipline.God chastens those whom He loves.Walk in obedience Christian and experience the blessings of the conditional promises of God.Amen?
Father, we thank You for all the promises of the Bible.How blessed we are as a people under the blood covenant of Your Son.Let us walk in Holy Spirit empowered obedience.Give us wisdom in our choices and discipline in our daily walk we pray in Jesus name, amen!