Ecclesiastes 5:2 Slow To Speak To God

Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. Ecclesiastes 5:2

While very few people pray to God on a regular basis, there are many who will cry out to Him in times of trouble. It is common for people to cry out to God when they are in danger, and as they cry out they often make promises to God.

These promises are usually along the lines of promising that they will live for Him, or give a certain amount of money, or do some ministry for Him if He gets them out of the situation. Although the promise itself may not be a bad thing, one has to be careful about the promise.

As many make the promise, most do not fulfill the promise. They forget about the promise within moments of God providing the help. It is often said that it was made in a rash moment without thought. People think that God understands why the promise was made, and yet not get fulfilled, that God will forgive them.

God looks at the promise as it is–a promise. As a believer you are told to live your life like Jesus, to imitate God. God has made many different promises over the history of mankind, and never has He was broken a promise or go back on His Word. He is always true and faithful to His Word.

You also need to be true and faithful to your word. If you make a promise to God, be sure to fulfill it. Better yet, be slow with your words and not so quick to make a promise.

You do not have to promise God anything in order for Him to love you or take care of you in any situation you are going through. His love for you is perfect all the time. Just bring your requests before God and trust Him to take care of you. Do not be quick to promise anything.

If you do promise God anything, then be very quick to fulfill that promise. Trust God to help you fulfill that promise, because God will hold you accountable to it.

I pray today that your words will be true to God; that you will trust God in all situations; that God will strengthen you to fulfill all promises made; and that you will slow down and think on how you speak to God.

Psalm 119:50 Comfort While Suffering

My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. Psalm 119:50

While going through suffering or a difficult time, it is very difficult to keep the hopes up high. There seems to be very little comfort in life during that time. The world seems to be falling apart and is completely against a person.

During times of pain and suffering many feel as though God has abandoned them and that all hope is gone. There does not seem to be any purpose or reason for the pain and suffering that is going on. The suffering does not appear to have an end and many feel as if there is no reason to try to go on with life. Some will go to the point of suicide because of the loss of hope.

The psalmist says that during those times, his one comfort that he finds is in God’s promise.

As a believer is going through a great time of suffering, he must keep His focus on God and His promises. God has promised that He would be with every believer and never leave or forsake a person. He has also promised victory in the end.

At the time it may appear as though the world is winning the battle. That Satan has received the upper hand in this world. That God is no longer in control and all is failing.

Take a look at Jesus when He was on the earth and they were getting ready to crucify Him. It looked as though He had failed and that the Father had failed Him. Yet, three days later, He rose from the dead, triumphant and victorious. God’s promise to preserve Him was fulfilled.

If you are going through a tough time of suffering, keep your eyes on God’s promises. Hold on to those promises, knowing that God is with you and will fulfill all of His promises to you. He will never leave you, nor forsake you.

You may die the physical death in this life, but Jesus will give you eternal life with Him, if you trust Him. Keep your hopes up high as you suffer, knowing you will be victorious with Jesus in the end. Find comfort in know that God will fulfill His promise to you.

I pray today that you will know the promises of God; that you will trust the promises of God; that you will find comfort in God’s promises; and that you will not lose hope in suffering.

Psalm 106:13 Forgetting And Not Waiting

But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold. Psalm 106:13

The psalmist is talking about the time when the Israelites were taken out of Egypt and were in the desert. They had almost immediately forgotten what God had done to get them out of Egypt and started complaining about the desert. They were unwilling to wait for God to fulfill His plan for them.

When a promise is made to a person, it is usually expected to be fulfilled very quickly. If a person borrows some money from a friend, it is usually expected to be paid back within a few weeks or maybe a month or two, but not having to wait a few years for the payback. With businesses, contracts are usually drawn up and signed to state when the agreement must be fulfilled.

With a friend, one must look back on how that friend has been in the past to know what to expect in the future. If he has always fulfilled his promise, then most likely he will continue to do so in the future, though it may take some time.

God is faithful in keeping His promise to do what He says He will do. However, often people must wait for the promise to be fulfilled.

You know the number of promises God has made for you. Some of those are to all believers, while others are specific to you alone. You may be waiting for some of those to be fulfilled.

As you are waiting, you must think back to all that God has already done for you. Think about all the promises He has already fulfilled in your life.

When you forget what God has already done, you begin to question whether He can do more or whether He will actually do more for you. God has not forgotten you or His promises to you.

Be patient and wait for Him to unfold His plan for you. In the right time God’s plan for you will be fulfilled. His promises will come about at the perfect time.

Do not give up on God. He is faithful to you. Keep waiting and trusting, and in the end it will be worth it.

I pray today that you will know God’s promise to you; that you will remember what God has already done for you; that God will give you strength to wait for Him; and that God will finish His plan for you.

Psalm 76:11 Fulfill Your Vows

Make vows to the LORD your God and fulfill them; let all the neighboring lands bring gifts to the One to be feared. Psalm 76:11

It is easy for a person to make a vow to God or to another person. Promises are made all the time. Yet, the fulfillment of many of those vows is not very high.

Lawyers are paid big money in order to find ways for a person or business to not have to fulfill a vow or promise. The seek out loopholes in the contracts agreed upon. Most of the loopholes are found in that one party or the other had not fulfilled some part of the agreement, thus breaking the contract or vow.

Marriage vows are now often made with clauses in them, that if one spouse does not fulfill certain requirements, the marriage will be ended. People seek out ways to keep from being held accountable to their promises.

Every person who has chosen to believe in Jesus, has made a vow to God. He has promised to believe in Jesus and the work He did on the cross. He has promised to live for God and obey Him. This is the very base vow that every believer has made with God.

Other vows may also be made to God. Promises to give more tithe and offerings, to be more in service, to be more of a witness, to give up some habit or sin, to pray more, to read the Bible more, and the list goes on.

Whatever vow you have made to God, be willing to fulfill it. Do your best to hold up your part of the agreement with God. Do not seek loopholes to get out of what you promised God.

Doing this shows the world you believe in and trust in God. It also represents how God also fulfills His word all the time.

God has made many promises to you. He has never failed to fulfill a single promise.

How are you doing at keeping your vows?

Is there some vow  you made to God you have not kept? Seek God’s forgiveness and strive to fulfill that vow. God will forgive and guide you forward, if you allow Him to do so.

I pray today that you will trust God with your life; that God will strengthen you to fulfill every promise you made to Him; that you will be a witness of God’s faithfulness to this world; and that God will guide you in any vows you make to Him.

New Year’s Resolutions

As the new year of 2017 begins, many people make some resolutions. Some, like myself, tend to refrain from making resolutions because they know they will not keep them very well. They want to start out the new year making some changes in their lives. Most often these resolutions are to make things better for their lives.

Some of these resolutions are for their own personal lives. They can be to start exercising more, read more, stop smoking, eat healthier, stop drinking, relax more often, go on a bigger vacation, save more money, finish school, and the list goes on with no end. These resolutions are usually to help a person be in a better position down the road.

Others will have resolutions that deal with other people more. Some of these can be cut back on working long hours, spend more time with family, visit relatives more, give more to those in need, volunteer more in the church or community, physically help those in need, and again, the list goes on endlessly.

While all of these resolutions can be good for a person to do, they are not the most important ones to be focused on. The first resolutions that a person should be making is ones that deal with their relationship with God. Paul had prayed that God would give the people a Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that they would know Him better.

No person can know God too much. No matter how much you know God, there is always more to know about Him. No matter how much you understand the things of God, there is more to understand. Strive to know God more and more.

The way to know God more is to read and study the Bible more. Make the resolution to spend more time in the Bible and to apply to your life. Spend more time in prayer so that you are in constant communication with God. Keep yourself heart’s ears open to what God has to tell you. These things will build your relationship with Him.

The next thing to make a resolution on is with becoming more like Jesus.

Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. 1 John 2:6

John says that if you have a belief in God, you must live like Jesus did. You must patter your life after that of Jesus. You must act, think, and speak like Jesus did

For this reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5-8

Peter gives the practical side of what it means to think, act and speak like Jesus. All of these qualities that Peter listed are ones that describe Jesus. Jesus was the perfect man, the perfect example of what each person is expected to be like.

I am trusting that in your choosing to read my blog, you have a belief in Jesus to some degree or more. I am trusting that you have accepted the salvation that Jesus has offered you.

If this is true about you, then your goal in life must be to be like Jesus more and more.

While having resolutions to change something in your life is good, the primary resolutions should be to be to know God more and to be like Jesus more. As you focus on these two things, God will guide you in to what changes you need to make. In those changes you may see  the need to exercise more, or eat healthier, or some other common resolution.

As you begin this new year that God is blessing you with, what is God telling you to focus on?

What can you start doing to know God more?

What can you start doing on a regular basis to be more like Jesus?

I pray that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit and guide you in the path He has for you this new year. I trust God will help you change what needs to be changed so that you may be more like Jesus.

God can and will give you the strength you need to be what He has called you to be–like Jesus.

May you have a very blessed and happy New Year in our Lord Jesus Christ!

1 Samuel 2:3 Deeds Are Weighed

“Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed.” 1 Samuel 2:3

Hannah was getting older and had no children. She cried out to God in desperation for a son and God heard her prayers. She vowed that she would give the child over to God. After Samuel was born, Hannah brought him to the temple to live and work there. She had fulfilled her vow to God with her son.

Once she gave Samuel over to the priest, she gave praise to God. One part of that praise is her stating that no one should talk proudly because God knows the deeds of a person and watches them carefully. There were many other women who had many children, but did not fulfill their vows to God. They did not honor God with their lives or their children as Hannah had done.

People have not changed over the years. People pray for God to do something and promise that if God does it, they will do something, but in the end do not fulfill their promise. They end up boasting that God answered their prayers, or boasting how God loves them and gives them what they desire. Yet, in the end they do not do what they said they would do.

God sees what they are doing and not doing. He sees all the work they do and knows for what purpose it was done.

In your life, you may have promised God something if He answered a prayer. God answered that prayer. Have you done the work you said you would do for God?

Allow God to weigh your work and find it is fulfilled as promised and not to be found short, but completely filled. Do not allow yourself to promise God something, and then not finish that promise. God knows and weighs everything you say and do.

Are those things for God or for yourself only?

I pray today that you will honor God with all you say and do; that you will fulfill all of your promises to God; that your work will be what God wants you to do; and that you will not boast in yourself but in God alone.

Deuteronomy 23:23 Fulfill Your Promises

Whatever your lips utter you must be sure to do, because you made your vow freely to the LORD your God with your own mouth. Deuteronomy 23:23

Moses brings up a good point about vows or promises. He tells the people that no matter what they promised God, they must do it. They were not forced to make the promise, so there is no one else to blame for the promise.

Promises to God are easily made. This can be very true when a person is going through an extremely difficult time. Many people have been known during an accident or a major sickness to say to God, “if you get me out of this situation I will serve you…(fill in the blank)”. The end of that statement is often serving in full-time ministry, going to church, being a missionary, giving more money to the church, or some other sacrificial serving of God.

The sad part is that God, often, brings the person through the situation and the person forgets about the promise. They try to say that they made it while stressed and wasn’t thinking correctly. They excuse it away.

God does not allow it to be excused away. If you make a vow to God, it is you who made it, not someone else. No one forced you to make the promise, so you cannot blame someone else for it. God did not even force you to make that promise.

Since you made it, you must fulfill it.

Jesus had said to be careful, because ever idle word will be taken into account. Quick promises to God are examples of idle words. God does not take any of your words lightly or try to excuse them away.

If you make a promise and do not fulfill it, you are guilty of a sin. It is better to not make a promise, then to make one and not do it. This is true with promises to God as well as with promises to people.

What promises have you made to God?

Have you strived to fulfill them?

Or did you ignore your promises?

I pray today that God guide you in your words; that you will not make any quick promises; that God will strengthen you to fulfill every promise you made; and that you will watch the words you speak both to people and to God.