CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 84

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 21:15. “And after those days we took up our carriages, and went up to Jerusalem”

Apostle Paul did not make empty words only to abandon his commitments but acted his on words. Our key scripture says he and his team took their carriages and went to Jerusalem.

Many people are empty talkers. They say very high sounding words only to forsake their vows, commitments or pledges. Apostle Paul quickly acted on his pledge. There are some of us who make pledges of various sums of money during fundraising programs, only to fail to honour our pledges. There are also occasions that church members promise to make themselves available for evangelistic activities, yet when time is up you only find a handful of people present. Please note what the Lord says about vows or pledges. Num 30:2 “If a man vows a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth”. This is what the Lord says to all those who make vows, make sure you honour your words. A man who honors his words would be able to trust God no matter the challenge that rises. He will always have the confidence of people

These days many marriages are under stress because parties are dishonoring their vows. One of the biggest challenges many marriages are facing is trust, this is most unfortunate. Infidelity abounds all over. This should not be said about the Christian. The Lord is always the ever present witness to your pledges or vows to your spouses. Malachi 2:14 “Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant”. God is not only a witness to the vows made, but a third party to that union. The marriage of Christians is a threefold chord. Ecclesiastes 4:12 “And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken”. The marriage of the Christian is a threefold chord and our Father is the third party. Your vows are to him as well. God is the one who would come against your unfaithfulness.

Honour your pledge always and life would be simpler and fulfilling for you.

CONFESSION

I have the spirit of faithfulness in me. I honour every vow ,pledge or promise I make. My life is very fulfilling because God is pleased with me and blesses me.

FURTHER STUDIES

Job 22:27. Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.

Psalms 61:5. For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.

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