Daily Devotional – 6/25/12 “Did you read it before you agreed to it?”

Are you aware that there is an agreement that we agree to when we become Christians? Well, if you attend or have ever attended a Baptist church, you’ve probably seen the Church Covenant on the Wall, right? Have you ever taken the time to read it? A covenant is defined as a solemn agreement that is binding on all parties and it is commonly found in religious contexts, where it refers to sacred agreements between God and human beings. Yea, the one that is hung in the church was man made but it was established from the covenant that God left for in Genesis 9:9, God said to Noah; “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you.” And this mean us and I don’t know who all reading this is “Baptist” Christians but if you’ve accepted Christ into your life and become a member of any church then you’ve agreed to the covenant that God left for us. Yea, we are all guilty of sometimes signing things without reading and I will be the first to admit that I’d never taken the time to read the covenant that I agreed to so many years ago but now is a very good time to start. I won’t elaborate on every part of it because it is self-explanatory but I felt the need to share it with you on today because the church, in this day and time, is going to hell faster than any sinner in the world and the only way to stop this downward spiral is to start back at the beginning. See, we’ve grown accustomed to going to church out of habit instead of making a habit out of going to church (you’ll get that later). We’ve got to get back to doing God’s will but we can’t do this without knowing what we’ve actually agreed to do. The first step is having a belief in God, confessing that we believe, being baptized and then doing our Christian duties. Oh, but we think once we get baptized in the water one Sunday we’ve done all we need to do. Baby, that water you’ve been dipped in has nothing to do with you receiving Salvation because if you don’t know what being baptized means, then you’re still lost. Yea, the preacher can lower you in that water 5 times but the bible says in Matthew 3:11, “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” See, once you’ve been baptized, God will allow the Holy Spirit to abide in you and having the Holy Spirit allows Him to intervene for you in those moments you need God but you’re not sure how to call him. Don’t believe me? Read Romans 8:26-27 which says “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” So take a moment and read the church covenant below and my prayer is that you’ll be just as enlighten as I’ve been.

Church Covenant
Having been led
as we believe, by the spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, angels and this assembly most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.

We engage therefore by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love, to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality: to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the spread of the gospel through all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use on intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior.

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior, to secure it without delay.

We moreover engage that when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.

And now unto Him, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, be power and glory forever. Amen.

To sum it up, when we become a Christian we become one body which means that no one in the church is higher or lower than the next person and it also means that no one should fall without having someone there to help them back up. See, when we agree to this covenant, we agree to love one another, participate in the up building of the church by studying God’s word, paying your tithes and by spreading the word to those outside of the church. We also agree to teach our children God’s word, devote prayer time to your family, fellowship with other believers, to be faithful in what we agree to do, be passionate about Godly business and become our brother/sister’s keeper. It is our responsibility to be an encouragement for one another without judgment and harsh criticism. We, as Christians, have to carry ourselves as such in order to save those that maybe lost and wandering without direction but we can’t do that if we can’t get along with those who are supposed to be already saved. Learn how to admit when you’ve made a mistake and apologize. Don’t hold grudges and stop running from the church every time someone makes you mad. Running only makes you tired and soon you’ll turn away from God when all you should have done was talk to the one who made you feel like running. I am not saying you should stay anywhere if it doesn’t feel right but if you decide to leave a church, you’re supposed to unite with another one as soon as possible. Allow God to move you from one church to another and not man because man will move you away from God’s path and if you’re not focused on the right thing, it may be too late when you notice. Study God’s word for yourself because you are the only one responsible for your ticket to Heaven.

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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