A vow is a solemn or binding promise, which must not be taken lightly. You have to be a person of integrity and judge yourself on the matter of keeping your word. By doing this, you will encourage others to do the same as God wants us to encourage one another. The bible says in Ecclesiastes 5:2-5, “Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty with your heart to utter anything before God. God is in Heaven and you are on the earth, so let your words be few. As a dream comes when there are many cares, so the speech of a fool when there are many words. When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfil your vow. It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfil it”.

When you tell someone they can depend on you, let it be so and make every effort not to let them down. When you promise your brethren that you will be at a particular place at a particular time, do not disappoint them. If you promise to pray for someone, endeavour to carry out such promise, as God looks at the heart. The person you have promised may not know that you have not kept to your word, but God knows. Prophet Samuel’s mother, Hannah, made a vow to the Lord that if He gave her a son, she would give him back to HIM. God heard her vow and blessed her with Samuel. Hannah then paid her vow by giving Samuel back to the Lord. Because she paid her vow, God blessed her with three sons and two daughters, while the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.

It is very dangerous to make a pledge and not fulfil it. If you do not fulfil your vow, you are widening your credibility gap. I encourage you to allow God’s Word motivate you to the highest standard of integrity. The Psalmist says in Psalm 116:14, “ I will fulfil my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people”. I encourage you to let this be your testimony to the glory of God. Do not make vows rashly as this will set a trap for you. One of the Israelite Judges, named Jephthah, made a vow to the Lord that if HE gave the Ammonites into his hands, “whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the Lord’s and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering”. Judges 11:31.

After he returned home, it was his daughter who came out to meet him and she was an only child.  Jephthah had no choice but to sacrifice her as a burnt offering to the Lord as he had already vowed. It was a very painful vow to pay but Jephthah had no choice but to honour his vow. He understood that it is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfil it.  Our God does not take vows lightly; hence you must make sure that you can pay your vow before you make one. Remain focussed before you make any vow and understand what the vow is all about. Child of God, whenever you vow, you need to pay later. I pray that God will grant you His grace to do this always.  PEACE

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PRAYER OF SALVATION

If you have not already committed your life to Jesus and you would like to do so now, please pray this prayer:

“Lord Jesus, I am sorry for all the things I have done wrong. Thank you for dying for me on the cross, to set me free from my sins. I ask you to come into my life as my personal Lord and Saviour, and fill me with the Holy Spirit. Thank you Lord Jesus. Amen.”

Congratulations, if you have prayed this prayer. Please look for a Bible-believing church, to fellowship with the brethren. Please do not hesitate to contact me, if I can be of any assistance to you. Remain blessed and enjoy the presence of the Lord.

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Ronke Immanuel

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