Throughout the Bible, God gives certain conditional promises. You could say they are “Ifttt” promises. Ifttt stands for “if this, then that”. They are conditional in the way that if we act or do something, then He does something according to His word.
One of the toughest Ifttt promises in my own personal life can be found in Proverbs 3. Ironically it has become one of my favorite Proverbs, since it has proven to be true.
It’s important to remember that true, doesn’t always mean easy. When it comes to God and His “if this, then that” commands, they always prove to be rewarding in one way or another.
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
Proverbs 3:3-4 NIV
Here is one example of an Ifttt statement. If I live my life orientated around love and faithfulness, if I make these characteristics a living reality in my life, then I will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
Favor and a good name are indeed a blessing to man, from God.
Are there people in your life that you can just trust and rely on?
Are you someone that people can count on, to be trusted with information or tasks?
When a Christian applies for a new position in a company, his or her name should ring in the ears of those in charge. The phrases “trustworthy, loving, reliable, fair, excellent work ethic” should linger in the minds of the co workers around you. Not just in the work force, but also in your family, church and community.
In every church, there usually is a select few that just exemplify this life style. You tend to be drawn to them, as either an example that you inspires, or someone you can entrust your toughest struggles with.
Love and Faithfulness are actually attributes of God Himself. It’s not that He has the ability to love and be faithful, He in fact IS Love and Faithfulness. So it would make sense as Christians, who represent Christ on earth, to have love and faithfulness written on their hearts as well.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
This has been a reoccurring verse in my life. As a I mature in Christ, this has been a main theme of my life.
I am so tempted to do things my way. I know best right?
Time and time again I find myself in confusing and situations that I had got myself into simply because I leaned on my own understanding. It’s truly amazing the things you can learn by trusting in the Lord with all your heart. In every area of life. Work, ministry, love, enjoyment, and finances.
If you submit your ways to Him, then He will make your paths straight.
I once read in one of my favorite booksThe Complete 101 Collection: What Every Leader Needs to Know by John C. Maxwell that,
“it’s what you learn after you know it all that counts”.
This is so true, because if I have an attitude that I don’t need to learn anything new, well then I won’t learn anything new or profitable to help others.
It’s neat how ifttt recipies can work in either a positive or negative way!
The last verse we will look over can also be a sensitive topic for most of us.
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.
Proverbs 3:9-10 NIV
Whether you are Christian or not, I’m sure you have at least heard the story of Cain and Abel.
Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. 4 And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.
Genesis 4:2-5 NIV
The narrative illustrates how Cain brought “some of the fruits of the soil” while Abel brought “fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock” of his flock, while Cain.
It’s important to know that the actual substance of the offering isn’t the issue. It’s the heart behind the offering. Cain offered “some” while Abel offered the “first” of his.
The last if this, then that promise is found in our finances and how we handle them. The proverb teaches us that if we honor God with the “firstfruits” of our crop, (our income), then we will be taken care of financially. We will have enough to not only provide for ourselves but for our family and others in need.
This where the concept of “tithe” comes in. Tithe means “tenth”. We honor God by showing that we trust him with all of our heart, (even our money), and give him the first ten percent of our income, knowing that He can do more for us and through us with our ninety percent, then we could do with our one hundred percent.
I encourage you to invest yourselves into these conditional promises of God, to see for yourself how good God is!