On Sunday the Lord ministered a powerful message through Apostle. The title of the message was “God Changes Our Conditions When We Met His Conditions”. This morning I will be using that same title.
As Apostle shared on Sunday there are many examples of God changing conditions once His conditions were met. There are instances upon instances of the Father supernaturally stepping into a situation once His terms have been fulfilled.
Condition-have a significant influence on or determine (the manner or outcome of something); bring (something) into the desired state for use.
So when I meet God’s conditions He will change my position. Well what are God’s conditions?
One of His conditions is to honor
Romans 12:10 (NIV) Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV) Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Philippians 2:3-4 (MSG) Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
Titus 2:7 (NIV) In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness
God’s conditions required that we be living, walking, breathing examples of His goodness
Why would I bless and pray for someone who is cursing me out? Because that’s a part of God’s condition?
Luke 6:28 (NIV) bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
Luke 6:28 (AMPC) Invoke blessings upon and pray for the happiness of those who curse you, implore God's blessing (favor) upon those who abuse you [who revile, reproach, disparage, and high-handedly misuse you].
Even now when I see that neighbor I make it my business to say hello or greet him.
Exodus 20:12 (NKJV) Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
Exodus 20:12 (AMPC) Regard (treat with honor, due obedience, and courtesy) your father and mother, that your days may be long in the land the Lord your God gives you.
Ephesians 6:1-3 (NIV) Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.
Ephesians 6:1-3 (GNT) Children, it is your Christian duty to obey your parents, for this is the right thing to do. “Respect your father and mother” is the first commandment that has a promise added: “so that all may go well with you, and you may live a long time in the land.
If all is not well with us is possible because the terms and conditions in Ephesians 6 is not being met?
Being considerate of your leaders is another one of God’s conditions
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (NIV) Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (GNT) We beg you, our friends, to pay proper respect to those who work among you, who guide and instruct you in the Christian life. Treat them with the greatest respect and love because of the work they do. Be at peace among yourselves.
Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
God’s conditions don’t change
Hebrews 13:7-8 (AMPC) Remember your leaders and superiors in authority [for it was they] who brought to you the Word of God. Observe attentively and consider their manner of living (the outcome of their well-spent lives) and imitate their faith (their conviction that God exists and is the Creator and Ruler of all things, the Provider and Bestower of eternal salvation through Christ, and their leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness). Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages).
Taking care of your leader will cause your conditions to experience a divine turn around
In Philippians 4 Paul is commending and releasing blessings upon the church in Philippi because of their sensitivity to his needs
Philippians 4:14-19 (NIV) Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
The conditions of God requires you to be spiritual and not carnal
Galatians 5:16-17 (NIV) So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.
You are in the middle of war zone between your spirit and your flesh. Who you obey determines who will win battle.