Matthew 5:37- But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.
We live in a culture today where people are either committing to all kinds of things without thinking …..or choosing not to be tied down to any kind of commitment. It’s kind of like the FaceBook invitations for a FB event and you have three possible answers,”Yes, No or Maybe?” In this increasingly non-committal culture, the value of people’s words means less and less. There may be more words but they mean nothing. Today if many want to change a promise made, they just say “things have changed, I need to do something else now”. Marriages that began with a solemn vow before God and men are quickly broken, justified with “I didn’t know it would be quite like this”. Financial commitments are walked away from, citing,”I didn’t know this would be so hard”. Even our president said,”if you like your plan you can keep it,period.”, all the while knowing it was untrue!
There are righteous and unrighteous vows. Marriage is a vow we make to the Lord and our mate, to love & stay in sickness and in health. When we get baptized we vow to follow the Lord. When we buy a house or finance a car, you make a vow to pay for a certain number of years on the contract. To walk away from it is breaking that vow. When we go through deliverance, leaving the occult or illicit relationships, we break the vows/ties we made with the enemy or the person(s) in those relationships. We sever those ties we made once and for all so to follow Jesus forever.
Most Christians say they want that same authority Jesus has, but to have it, the believer must value their promises made and be people of truth. It is far better to promise nothing then promise and not deliver. To have Christ’s authority operating in us, we take on His nature with that same kind of integrity with our words! We live in a land of lies and liars but Christians must live differently and let their yes be yes and no, no! To expect sicknesses and demons to obey us, we must live our lives uncluttered with broken promises and commitments. If we make a promise or a commitment we should think it through first and then choose to follow through with it or get out of it.
Pastor Marc Lawson
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