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Conditionals

  • Conditionals from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.

    Today I want to talk about conditionals in the word of God, blessings, promises, even curses that are triggered by a certain action. It is something that we should always be aware of. God’s laws work much like gravity: you drop a cup and it always falls towards the Earth. Many of God’s promises work like this, an action followed by a reaction.

    I have accidentally set some off in my own life and then discovered later that it was written in scripture thousands of years ago. A simple example to begin with is Psalm 37:4: “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” At times I have thoroughly delighted in spending time with the Lord and soaking in His presence with worship music and prayer, and soon the desires of my heart began being fulfilled. Things that I would not even have prayed about began to happen.

    I do a good bit of computer programming here and Psalm 37:4 interpreted for me would look something like this:

    if (Dion = 'Delights in the Lord') then {

        Give him the desires of his heart;

    } else {

        Do nothing and return;

    }

    When you examine this scripture, who will be given the desires of their heart? Those who delight in the Lord. Scripture is full of conditionals like this.

    Salvation: John 3:16 is possibly the most quoted verse in the Bible, and when you read it carefully, it has a conditional. John 3:16 NASB: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

    There are so many promises like this and we can use them in our lives. It is not a mysterious recipe. Many times God has given us very detailed instructions and it is simply our obedience that unlocks the blessing. He takes care of the math.

    Consider the promise of the Holy Spirit in John 7:37:

    The Holy Spirit: (John 7:37–39 NASB)  Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ ” But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

    Who does Jesus promise the Holy Spirit to? Those who are thirsty. The promise of the Holy Spirit is not given to pastors, priests,  or any man, woman, or child unless they are thirsty. It is for those who are thirsty for more of God. That is the requirement.

    Intimacy with God: Think of (Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV)  “you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Who will find the Lord? Those who search for Him with all their heart. It does not matter if you are rich or poor, famous or homeless. The blessing is rewarded when the condition is met.

    Here is a scary one: (Matthew 6:14–15 NASB)  “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” We can actually block our own forgiveness when we refuse to forgive others. Who gets forgiven? Those who forgive others.

    Finances: Malachi 3:8 is an interesting one that comes with blessings and curses: (Malachi 3:8–11 NASB)  “Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. “You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you! “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. “Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes,” says the LORD of hosts.

    If someone tithes, then the Lord promises to:

    * Open the windows of heaven for them

    * Pour them out a blessing until it overflows

    * Rebuke the devourer from their income

    If they do not, then:

    * Their finances are cursed

    * The devourer is allowed to destroy their income

    Oh, would God really do that to me? Yep. He is not a respecter of persons, you can be the president or a penniless widow, but no one is exempt. No one was to come to the house of the Lord empty-handed (Exodus 34:20). God wants to use us to bless others, and then He will multiply it and cause others to bless us. It is circular. That is the way the kingdom of God works.

    You can never out give God because He will take what you give to others, multiply it and give it back to you (Luke 6:38). But you will have to learn to trust Him to take care of you. Until then, giving will always be a struggle. Your mind will tell you to hoard, Jesus will tell you to give.

    Wisdom: If we need wisdom on something we can ask God and He promises to give it to us. It may come in a different way than we expect, so keep your mind open. (James 1:5 NASB)  “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

    These are just a few of over a thousand conditional blessings in scripture. When you are reading your Bible, I encourage you to look out for others. Figure out what is the blessing, and what is the requirement? Leave your own finds in the comment section.

    You can pray this with me if you like:

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me understand Your word and to be balanced in my life. Lead me to the right scriptures, help me make the right decisions, and open the right doors for me. Come and be a part of my life today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.


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23 comments
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck Amen,
Feb 17
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Marilyn Salter
Marilyn Salter I really enjoyed this sermon. Reading it reminded me of the lessons my parents taught me. The whole for every action, there is a reaction. To know what the consequence can be and to know the reward to be had.
Feb 18
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Maria Mesia
Maria Mesia

Obeying the Word of God, let the Word of God be our guide on our daily living is the key that opens the flow of blessings. Obedience rewarded. Bless is our heavenly Father.

Feb 16
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Feb 16
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord, amen

Feb 16
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

Thank you father this is so great it is a blessing time the way dion that I need to learn the fathers words thank you dion for helping me in this way have a blessed day 

Feb 17
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father, keep me in your word so I may do your will.

Feb 17
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen

Feb 17
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Help me to learn and understand your word and your teaching Dear Lord.  Amen

Feb 17
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Feb 17
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank you for that important message Pastor Dion. Amen!

Feb 17
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Pastor Dion for the message. Amen 

Feb 17
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Doug Campbell
Doug Campbell

Galatians 6:9

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Feb 17
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father thank You for Your guidance, help us to follow Your will and to do what is needed to be closer to You. Show us Lord the steps to a better life by doing Your designs, in the name of Your Son Jesus we pray.,Amen. Glory be to Your Holy name forever. 

Dear Pastor, great message for all to follow. God bless you and Sylvia. 

Feb 17
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

We must read and study your words to understand your word, so help Us all understand and give us wisdom as we read, study and apply your word Lord.  Amen 

Feb 17
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Doug Campbell
Doug Campbell

2 Samuel 22:31

As for God, His way is perfect;
The word of the Lord is proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

Feb 17
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Praise God Amen

Feb 17
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Doug Campbell
Doug Campbell

Isaiah 58:10-11

If you extend your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
And your darkness shall be as the noonday.


The Lord will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

Feb 17
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Amen! Help me Lord God to not just hear only what you say. But, help me DO ALL what you say too. In Jesus name Amen!

Feb 17
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!! Thank you Pastor Dion for opening the word to me to see that there is a reaction for every action and it is up to me to act/respond and do my part!!! Spirit Divine please lead me, guide me, fill me, for it is in the most holy name under heaven, in the name of JESUS, that I ask and pray, Amen!

Feb 17
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Feb 17
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Awesome... 

Thanks Pastor.

God bless!!!

Feb 19
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

HALLELUJAH

Mar 14