UNDERSTANDING THE SPIRITUAL IMPACT OF A SPOKEN VOW
Matthew 12:36-37 ESV
I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
(READ WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT VOWS)
The bible speaks about VOWS and the spiritual impact that a VOW has on our lives!
A Vow can serve to BLESS and it can serve to CURSE
A VOW IS LEGALLY BINDING - IN THE SPIRIT REALM
AND CANNOT BE BROKEN. - UNLESS it was a SINFUL PERSONAL VOW and this would require genuine repentance and the application of the blood of Jesus Christ against satanic enforcements.
- There are those that have pronounced vows over their lives in a time of anger, that the enemy has used to keep you bound in certain areas-
- And many do not realize why they have not been able to move forward.
- Some people are facing things in their lives that are continuously ending up in a dead end. Not being able to progress. And do not realize in can be traced back to a spoken vow.
THREE AREAS WHERE VOWS ARE ENTERED INTO OR MADE:
1. In your Personal Life (this can affect, personal accompliments, achievements, emotionally, mentally etc.
2. In a Marriage Relationship - ( These are your Marriage vows made at an Altar or in the presence of witnesses.
3. Promises made to God - in times of desperation or when you want something badly. Whether you thought it through or not...
A PERSONAL VOW:
This Is the promise you make to yourself, or in the presence of others.
Some people make these personal vows without knowing it
for example they will say:
"I will never get over the pain of what you did to me"
"I will always have this struggle in my life"
"I will never be free from this sin"
"Every church I go to I have problems with the leadership"
"I will never forgive this person for what they did to me."
"I will always be broke"
These are personal vows made to YOURSELF - The devil uses our words as a binding and legal contract in the spirit. Why does he feel he has the right to do so? - Because you are violating Gods word - regarding IDLE speech.
…35"The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil. 36"But I tell you that every careless/empty/idle word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. 37"For by your words you will be justified/acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.
New International Version
All you need to say is simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the devil.
WE NEED TO PRAY AND BREAK EVERY DESTRUCTIVE PERSONAL VOWS WE HAVE MADE. -
(Pause at this time and lead the people to Pray Now to break all destructive personal vows made..)
Let us continue - VOWS MADE IN MARRIAGE!
נֶדֶר neder, neh'-der; or נֵדֶר nêder; from H5087; a promise (to God); also (concretely) a thing promised:—vow(-ed).
The bible literally says that God was a witness at our Wedding. When we pronounced our vows in the presence of friends and family - It was not only they that were present BUT GOD SAYS IN HIS WORD THAT HE WAS PRESENT AT OUR CEREMONY!
He was a Witness - When we pronounced these vows or something similar:
" I, ______, take you, ______, to be my wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow."
Then the Officiant says -
"Will you have this woman/man to be your wife/husband, to live together in holy marriage? Will you love her/him, comfort her/him, honor, and keep her/him in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, be faithful to her/him as long as you both shall live?"
AS TIME PASSES many FORGET Their VOWS -
But God says in - Malachi 3:6
"I am the LORD, and I do not change...
We allow compromise - we begin to entertain thoughts of infidelity - OR we can no longer put up with a sickness OR financially things are hard and we blame the other person for our condition
WAIT! BUT YOU SAID - In sickness or in health - through riches or poverty - YOU VOWED TO BE FAITHFUL FORSAKING ALL OTHERS.
Listen carefully to what God says - MALACHI 2:13-15
- Message Version
13-15 And here’s a second offense: You fill the place of worship with your whining and sniveling ((because you don’t get what you want from God.)) Do you know why? Simple. Because God was there as a witness when you spoke your marriage vows to your young bride, and now you’ve broken those vows, broken the faith-bond with your vowed companion, your covenant wife. God, not you, made marriage. His Spirit inhabits even the smallest details of marriage. And what does he want from marriage? Children of God, that’s what. So guard the spirit of marriage within you. Don’t cheat on your spouse.
VOWS MADE TO GOD -
The first time the word VOW is used in the Bible is in Genesis:
"And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God: And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee" (Genesis 28:20-22).
Jacob was in trouble. He had lost his home. His life was in danger. His brother had threatened to kill him.
People generally don’t make vows to God - unless they are in trouble and they are backed into a corner.
That’s when he vowed - That if God would get him where he was going and back, he would give a tenth (TITHE) of everything he owned.
SO his vow activated a Protection from the Lord - He was protected. He served his Uncle Laban for 21 years. Then God spoke to Jacob:
"And the angel of the Lord spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob:
And I said, Here am I. And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and grisled: for I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee. I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred. (Genesis 31:11-13)
God showed Jacob all that he had been given, and then came the reminder about the vow.
Perhaps Jacob had forgotten about the vow he had made 21 years before, but God never forgets.
VOWS AND THE WORD OF FAITH
There are many, many examples in Scripture of people making vows—
Jephthah (Judges 11:30),
Hannah (1 Samuel 1:11),
David (Psalm 56:12),
Solomon (Proverbs 7:14),
Jonah (Jonah 2:9),
The Apostle Paul (Acts 18:18).
There is power in a vow!
I have been reminded of that each time I have made a vow. Recently I was in the presence of the Lord and I felt the Lord say you made a Vow to me you have not kept” and folks this hit me hard. He reminded me about a vow I made 3 years prior when I was in a desperate situation, but I did not keep my vow. Though I had forgotten my vow, God did not. I told the Lord - I will quickly continued fulfilling my Vow.
You may say well it can't be that serious Well not when You’re dealing with your world of reason, BUT I’m dealing with my world of faith; and the world of faith rules the world of reason.” Making a vow is serious. Fulfilling your part of the vow is critical.
God never forgets vows. We are told, “Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me” (Psalm 50:14-15).
Ecclesiastes 5:4-7New Century Version (NCV)
4 If you make a promise to God, don’t be slow to keep it. God is not happy with fools, so give God what you promised. 5 It is better not to promise anything than to promise something and not do it. 6 Don’t let your words cause you to sin, and don’t say to the priest at the Temple, “I didn’t mean what I promised.” If you do, God will become angry with your words and will destroy everything you have worked for. 7 Many useless promises are like so many dreams; they mean nothing. You should respect God.
Likewise, we are taught, “I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows, Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble” (Psalm 66:13-14).
The psalmist knew that when God’s people are in trouble, making and fulfilling a vow sometimes is the only way out. David himself made a vow because he was in trouble, and the Lord got him out of it as a result of his vow.
Whenever I have faced serious challenges and have made and fulfilled a vow, God has answered every time.
In the New Testament Jesus tells us a vow is so serious that we should simply not make a vow at all because some people make vows that they can not keep. The devil knows how God feels about broken vows - So Jesus warned that the devil may attempt to make you enter a vow that is impossible for you to keep as to put you in enmity against God.
(Recap and Pray)