Deuteronomy 23:23 Keep Your Word

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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

Every day millions of people make promises about something to someone. This can be promises to other people or to God. At the same time there are millions of people who break their promises and do not fulfill what they said they would do.

Breaking the promise is such a common problem, that people have to sign extremely detailed contracts to make a promise on many things. These contracts are legally binding writings stating that the person will do what was promised, or there will be consequences.

During the time of Moses, having a written contract was not common, it was just the word of the person. God tells them that they must keep their promise, because it was the person who freely, from his own mouth, made the promise.

It does not matter why or how the promise was made, it must be kept, despite the consequences. People will come up with every excuse possible as to why they have to break the promise. Yet, it must be kept. God holds the person accountable for that promise.

Many people will also make a sudden rash promise to God in the heat of the moment. Often this is done to make God happy with them and to get Him to change the situation. God will hold that person responsible for that promise.

God always keeps every promise He has ever made. He is and will be faithful forever to His word. Believers are to be just like God and keep their promises. They are not to suddenly refuse to keep the promise, regardless of how hard it may be to keep it.

Jesus kept His promise to you in providing you salvation and forgiveness for your sins. Keeping His promise cost Him His life. He had to die on the cross in order to keep His promise to save you.

Each day you have options on what you will say and what you will do. As a believer, you must always be a person of your word. Fulfill every promise that you make. Every time you make a promise to anyone, remember that you are also making that promise to God, and He will hold you accountable.

Be careful what you say, and always keep your promise.

I pray today that you will only speak what God wants you to say; that God will strengthen you to keep your word; that God will see you as faithful to your word; and that God will help you to keep from making rash promises. 

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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.

Judges 16:17 Giving In To Pressure

So he told her everything. “No razor has ever been used on my head,” he said, “because I have been a Nazarite dedicated to God from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man.” Judges 16:17

Samson was a child God had given his parents when they were unable to have a child. He was dedicated to God at birth to be a Nazarite. There were certain vows that were made to God that had to be kept.

As a Nazarite, God gave him supernatural power and strength. When he married Delilah, the Philistines threatened her to get her to find out the secret of his strength. After lying to her several times, Samson gives into her pressure and tells the truth. She then has his hair cut and he loses his strength and is captured by the Philistines.

Pressure is what gets something to work. The build up of pressure from the gas being on fire in an engine is what starts to move the pistons, which in turn gets the engine running and moving the car down the road.

However, pressure can also be done in a way that is not good. The world will always try to pressure a believer into doing something wrong or allowing something wrong to be done.

Delilah put a lot of pressure on Samson to tell her the truth about his strength. The world will put the pressure on you to give in to temptations or to reveal something that is to be kept secret.

There will be times God will tell you something that is not to be shared. It is only for you to know. Do not allow the world to pressure you in to revealing that information. Do not allow the world to pressure you to sin against God.

God is stronger than the one who is in this world and He is in you. He can give you the strength to withstand the pressure.

Are you relying on His strength to overcome the pressure?

Or are you relying on your own strength to overcome the pressure?

I pray today that you will know God’s plans for you; that you will recognize pressure that is against you and God; that you will not give into pressure to sin; and that God will strengthen you to stand up for Him under pressure.

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.

Numbers 30:2 Fulfill Your Promise

When a man makes a vow to the LORD or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said. Numbers 30:2

Right after giving the rules on the various offerings and sacrifices, God tells the people to fulfill all of their vows. God may have been thinking that with all the rules on sacrifices, men would make pledges to do a sacrifice or an offering.  Once a man makes a pledge he is to make sure that he fulfills that pledge by doing what he said he would do.

People like to make promises all the time. Promises to God are especially common during a major disaster or sickness. When going through a difficult time, many people promise God that if He will get them out of that situation they will serve Him more or do something for Him different. Most often that promise is forgotten or ignored, never to be fulfilled.

Not only do people promise God things, but they also promise other people things. Some do actually intend to fulfill them, but are unable to do so. Many are made with no real intention of fulfilling  the promise.

Be careful in what you promise. It does not matter whether it is to God or to another person. When you make that promise, God hears it and holds you to it.

Once you have made a promise, do everything within your ability to fulfill that promise. Do not break your word on it.

Breaking your word on a promise is the same as telling a lie, which is a sin. Do not be like the world and fall into sin. The world, led by Satan, will continue to break their word. They do not like it when a promise is broken to them, but in turn they will break their word.

Who will you be like today?

Jesus, who has fulfilled every promise He has made?

Or Satan, who has broken every promise he has made?

I pray today that God will guide you in the promises you make; that you will only promise what God wants you to promise; that God will strengthen you to fulfill every promise you make; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to this world.