erms and conditions apply”; we have come across these words on several occasions.We do hear them on the radio,watch them on TV,see them on the internet, newspapers,magazines or elsewhere.And these normally come up during promotions or advertisements.
During these promotions and advertisements,interesting offers or packages pop up which most people feel interested in and are eager to participate in them.But sometimes,once we hear “Terms and Conditions Apply”or after hearing what the “Terms and Conditions”entail,we lose interest in them.At the end,even though we were all interested in winning the price,only few take up the crown.These few take up the crown because they accepted the “Terms and Conditions”and complied with them.
Such are the Blessings,breakthroughs, favors, etc. we seek from God.Even though most of us are Christians,only a few have accepted and are acting according to the “Terms and Conditions”of God and they are prospering.The question now is,what are God’s “Terms and Conditions?”The terms and conditions of God is the Bible.This is the book that contains all we need in life and this is our life manual.It holds the dos and don’ts of life.This is the book that teaches us how to gain prosperity just as it is in Joshua 1:8.”This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
We sometimes want God to bless or change our situation,but we aren’t willing to accept His “Terms and Conditions”. Some of us after receiving the blessings or breakthroughs we prayed for,then our lifestyle or attitude changes.And just as some students lose their scholarship packages due to change in lifestyle other than what is expected from them,so shall we lose our blessings if we begin to live differently from what is expected of us.
So here is a young graduate who has been going round the capital just to find a very good job to cater for himself and his family.But everyday on his way out,he meets this beggar who asks him for money to buy food and cater for his poor children.But this graduate has no compassion for them and always passes by.Mean while,this same graduate prays to God always to give him a job but he isn’t willing to give out to the poor forgetting that in Luke 6:38″give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.“God wants us to give if we also want to receive from Him.
Here is also a woman who has been married for five years without a child.She fasts and prays every week but has so much hatred for her stepchild and always mistreat her.But in Luke 10:27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”,we are encouraged to love all,no matter what.
So in life,if we want our desires or prayers to be answered,then we must also be ready and willing to meet and comply with God’s “Terms and Conditions”. And we can’t do this on our own, we need the Holy Spirit to help us just as it is in Zachariah 4:6 Then he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts. He is the one who can help us fulfill the scriptures.