MY definition of stipulation - a sneaky clause hidden in an arrangement or agreement, in order to avoid responsibility or additional benefits.
Here's the thing...I find that I place stipulations in my own life. Some are actually healthy and wise. I can budget an entertainment fund and enjoy dinner out, but once the money is gone for the week, no more eating out. My children watch TV and play video games, but nothing violent is allowed in the house. And some stipulations just make sense; my husband won't get paid each week, unless he does his job.
People try to put stipulations on God too. Most are for selfish gain. "I will manage my money better, if God will help me out of debt"...yet they continue to spend foolishly. "I will pray about things in my life"...but only when I need something I can't otherwise obtain on my own. "I will attend church to grow and fellowship"...only if I have nothing else going on and get out of bed in time.
Unfortunately, God doesn't read our fine print. It is a simple and straight forward arrangement with Him. Obey His ways, and live your life according to His commandments, and a life full of abundance will be poured upon you. Notice that He did not say 'worldly' abundance. Yes, you may still encounter financial hardships. Still have to fight temptations, and avoid conflicts. You may suffer from loss, illness or pain. BUT, you will handle those issues very differently, knowing you have a great and mighty God leading you through it. Your abundance will be rewarded once we have left all worldly things behind. No one said that being a Christian would be easy. You've heard the saying "Play now, pay later or Pay now, play later". I strive to 'pay now', by walking the path that leads to Him, so that I may 'play later' when my life on earth ends. What stipulations have you placed in your 'contract' with God?
"...Don't show your impatience by concocting oaths to hurry up God. Just say yes or no. Just say what is true. That way, your language can't be used against you." James 5:12 (The Message)