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If........Then

June 12, 2015
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   If………Then

 

These are two of the most powerful words in all of the English dictionary. We can clearly observe a conditional element to the relationship between each word in the title of this blog, along with an incremental and collaborative dynamic and understanding. These two words set the stage for how you will live out your existence here on this earth. God’s Word supernaturally captures their impact on mankind.  It is reported (sermoncentral.com) that the word “if” is used 1522 times in the Word of God. How fortunate are we as Christians to have these numerous teaching moments; to have these spiritual cause and effect descriptive illustrations to guide us as we formulate a Christian leadership worldview? 

These words are conditional in that there is a presupposition of an action that must take place prior to an eventual outcome. In other words, there is an inherent understanding in the relationship that some type of thought, event, movement, or directive must commence and take place before an end result occurs. For example, God uses the nation of Israel to play out various conditional outcomes as an illustration for King Solomon. He first portrays the positive conditional ties between Israel’s actions (the “if”), and what will happen as a result of their actions (the “then”).

2 Chronicles 7:14 – If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

All God wanted from the nation of Israel was their commitment and obedience to live a righteous and holy life, while making Him the sole spiritual priority. God wanted their complete submission to His authority in their lives. God then goes on to personalize His message for King Solomon based on his own level of faith, obedience, and commitment.

2 Chronicles 7:17-18 – And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe my statutes and my judgments; Then will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have covenanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man to be ruler in Israel.

Then, God takes it one step further and gives clear warning of what the consequences will be for their disobedience in yet another if/then illustration.

2 Chronicles 7:19-22 – But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations. And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the Lord done thus unto this land, and unto this house? And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.  

The incremental aspect of the if/then relationship can be seen as we live out our experiences of life either as a nation or individually under God. Generally speaking, the cause and effect process of our actions takes much time to mature and to simmer. It is like a great big vat of Italian sauce sitting on the stove marinating to perfection……….or perhaps marinating to destruction. We let that secret sauce of our actions mature as we add various ingredients either to our pleasant surprise or disappointing demise. We make decisions as a nation or individually that will ultimately impact our spiritual outcomes, successes, and lasting Christian legacies. The totality of the if/then arrangement will play out on that God given stage of life…... His creation. So the question must be asked, will the if/then decisions in your life lead to a fine Italian sauce or one that is bitter and repugnant to the taste?  And finally, we see the collaborative nature of the two distinct forces. It is impossible to have one without the other. Outside of God Himself, an outcome cannot be rendered and materialize, without specific and actionable input from the human race. Both input and output work in tandem and in parallel charting the spiritual graphs of life. They move in concert with one another. If the input (the “if”) is man focused and inherently evil, then out output (the “then”) will be tainted with the evidences of this present world. Some may even choose the path of compromise for their existence here on earth; where the input (the “if”) is conveniently straddled between the things of the Lord and the things of this present world. Once again, the output (the “then”) assumes a position similar to the Church of Laodicea. In this example God makes it very clear what he thinks about compromise.

Revelation 3:15-16 – I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.

If however, and to the “praise of His Glory”, the input (the “if”) is God-centered and motivated by the Spirit of God, then the output (the “then”) will be covered with that life giving blood of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. We will then bask in the light of His Glory and reach unknown spiritual heights according to His will. We serve a God of love that simply wants us to be obedient to His Word. Will you join me today and determine that the if/then decisions in your life will lead you to a clear path to almighty God? Please pray with me to that end!  


Comments

Bishop Daniel Carter June 30, 2015 @ 8:03AM
This Word was timely and properly seasoned, I needed this at this time. I'm blessed to review and receive it. Thank you.

Jean La Pierre June 21, 2015 @ 12:07PM
I have been Blessed many times. Michael LaPierre is one of them. Praise God!!

Michael LaPierre June 18, 2015 @ 7:37PM
Brother Cates, I agree! I believe that R.A. Torrey would agree with you as well! Thanks so much for you feedback.

Sidcates June 13, 2015 @ 7:23AM
As I have said in Chapel many times..."If you have a doubt about something then pray it thru or don't do it.". Or, "If God is not blessing your life then check up on your walk."

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