Becoming a promise keeper
“That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform; even a freewill offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the LORD thy God, which thou hast promised with thy mouth.”
Deuteronomy 23:23
Do you know that God pays attention to every word you communicate through speaking or writing? What comes out of your mouth matters to God. God takes your oaths, vows, pledges or promises seriously; that is why it’s better not to vow, than to vow and not pay. The Bible says, “When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.” Ecclesiastes 5:4-5
Keeping your promise is a decision!
Redeeming your pledge is a decision!
Paying your vows is a decision! David said, “I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.”
Psalm 116:14
The easiest way to damage your relationship with God and man is to be a promise breaker, as broken promises can lead to broken relationships. Our God is a Promise Keeper, and He wants us to keep promises which we have made to Him or to people. God promised to bless Solomon with wisdom and He fulfilled it. God is a faithful promise Keeper! “And the LORD gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him: and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they two made a league together.”
1 Kings 5:12
If God has promised to bless you, be rest assured that He will stay true to His word. The Bible says, “For the LORD thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee.”
Deuteronomy 15:6
Our God is trustworthy! He can be trusted to deliver on His promises.
Nothing destroys trust faster than making and breaking a promise.
Conversely, nothing builds, fortifies or strengthens trust more than keeping a promise. It is very easy to make promises, but very hard to fulfil them. Train yourself to resist the temptation of making promises. You should only say, “I promise!” when you are cock sure and totally sure you will keep promises no matter the challenge.
3 practical ways to becoming a promise Keeper:
1. Write down your promises!
To guard against forgetfulness, try to write down your promises in your diary. Putting your promises in writing shows you are serious about keeping them!
2. Make practical plans to fulfil your promise. There is nothing stopping you from drawing up a step by step plan toward fulfilling your promise.
For instance, you can save money weekly or monthy so you don’t fall short on your commitment.
3. Involve others in your quest to becoming a promise Keeper. Let some people hold you accountable to your promise. Ask your spouse, a friend or colleague to remind you about the promise you have made. Also in these days of technology, your electronic gadgets, such as phone or iPad can do a good job if you engage them to remind you. There is a reminder app in all modern phones! Check your phone for it and use it. By all means, be a promise keeper, not a promise breaker!
I decree and declare that you will not end up with a broken string of promises in your life in Jesus mighty name.
Yours sincerely,
Joe Jesimiel Ogbe