“And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.”1 Samuel 1:11.

Its strange and new to many that the covenant requires an oath for performance. Many with the fatalistic view of an oath switch off and wonder. It’s amazing that some believers have lived without deep commitment to Christ. Most employers ensure a sign-in daily, and a letter of appointment issued at employment which is signed for. Salvation is signed-up for actively by a prayer of commitment. Every deeper walk with God is signed into actively. Without these signing-up moments, many have lived as freelance Christians. Check your commitment chart, check what is signed-up for in Christ. Fruitfulness is a covenant, healing is a covenant, protection is a covenant. When the blood is the seal, a deal must be cut actively not passively. This is why many confess Christ and yet end up disappointed. They have no deal, covenant responsibilities apart from church attendance.

“If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”Isaiah 1:19-20.

Unless a covenant is cut, the affliction continues. God has sworn by himself, brethren you’ve got to swear to partake. If you do not subscribe, the goods cannot be delivered. It’s for the willing and obedient, nothing for observers or spectators. Only covenant partners are entitled to covenant goodies. Without a covenant with God, the gospel becomes a second hand document. God deals with sons not with strangers! The covenant is the restriction to free lance Christianity. Without covenant responsibilities, a dearth of testimonies occur. Worship becomes routine and the gospel is viewed with suspicion. The good of the land is subscribed to by the covenant actively not passively. Sign up to become a sign or sigh through life. The choice is yours.

“For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.”Malachi 4:1-2.