TOPIC: FULFILL YOUR VOWS
MEMORISE: “Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.” – (Ecclesiastes 5:5)
READ: Psalm 15:1-4 (KJV)
1. LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
2. He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
3. He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.
4. In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.
Open Heaven for Today 10 November 2021 Wednesday | MESSAGE:
One common and deadly habit of many 21st century Christians is making a vow and not fulfilling it. This is foolishness of the highest order. When funds are being raised for the work of God, careless children of God make very big vows ‘in faith’, that they are not able to fulfil. They justify themselves by saying “God understands!”
Ecclesiastes 5:5-6 says: Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error; wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?
One of the most sensitive and delicate vows is that of the marriage covenant. People no longer accept the fact that marriage vows remain valid until death separates both the husband and the wife. They give all sorts of excuses for divorcing their spouses. One of my children normally asks such people “When you were saying ‘for better for worse’, did you put a limit to the extent of the worse you were talking about?”
Whoever decides to end a marriage is a covenant-breaker and has failed to fulfil the wedding vow! This is why some of Jesus’ disciples exclaimed, after He had explained the sanctity of the marriage vow to them “…If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry” (Matthew 19:10). Jesus replied “…All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given… He that is able to receive it, let him receive it” (Matthew 19:11-12).
Beloved, do not be a covenant-breaker, because no such person will enter into the Kingdom of God. Have you made any vow before the Almighty God that you have broken? Repent now, seek His forgiveness and see to it that you take the necessary steps towards amending your ways and fulfilling such vows. The Bible says: But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby. – (Ezekiel 33:19). Beloved, fulfil your vows.
ACTION POINT: Think of all the unfulfilled vows you have made and make amends without further delay.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Isaiah 29-33
HYMN 20 – PRAISE TO THE LORD, THE ALMIGHTY, THE KING OF CREATION
1. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation;
O my soul, praise Him, for He is your health and salvation!
Come, all who hear, now to His temple draw near,
Join me in glad adoration.
2. Praise to the Lord, above all things so wondrously reigning;
Sheltering you under His wings, and so gently sustaining!
Have you not seen, all that is needful has been sent by His gracious ordaining?
3. Praise to the Lord, who will prosper your work and defend you;
Surely His goodness and mercy shall daily attend you.
Ponder anew, what the Almighty can do, if with His love He befriend you.
4. Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore Him!
All that has life and breath, come now with praises before Him!
Let the Amen, sound from His people again;
Gladly forever adore Him.
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