Sunday March 9, 2014 – Making the right commitments as a Christian is important in building a great foundation in Christ. Submission to God’s Word, separating from the world and it’s views and being a support to God’s works keeps believers grounded in their commitment to Christ and His Word.
Aren’t you so glad that Jesus Christ was so committed to us and to the defeat of sin? Aren’t you glad that God the Father was so willing, out of His great love for us, to send His only Son to this world, be so committed to us that he would walk to a cross and die on that cross for my sin and yours? Aren’t you so glad that he never gave up on us all along the way? – Pastor Dwayne Terry
How To Make The Right Commitments
A Practical Guide to Building, Part 09
Numbers 30:2 – When a man makes a vow to the LORD or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said.
Ecclesiastes 5:4 – When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.
Jeremiah 31:32-33 – …they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. 33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
Mark 14:24 – “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.”
Vow #1: Submission to God’s Word.
Nehemiah 10:29 – all these now join their fellow Israelites the nobles, and bind themselves with a curse and an oath to follow the Law of God given through Moses the servant of God and to obey carefully all the commands, regulations and decrees of the LORD our Lord.
2 Chronicles 16:9 – For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
Vow #2: Separation From the World
Nehemiah 10:30 – We promise not to give our daughters in marriage
to the peoples around us or take their daughters for our sons.
Nehemiah 13:26 – Was it not because of marriages like these that Solomon king of Israel sinned? Among the many nations there was no king like him. He was loved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel, but even he was led into sin by foreign women.
2 Corinthians 6:14 – Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?
1 Peter 3:1-2 – …your godly lives will speak to them without any words. They will be won over 2 by observing your pure and reverent lives.
Vow #3: Sabbath for God’s People
Nehemiah 10:31 – “When the neighboring peoples bring merchandise or grain to sell on the Sabbath, we will not buy from them on the Sabbath or on any holy day. Every seventh year we will forgo working the land and will cancel all debts.
Matthew 6:33 – But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Vow #4: Support For God’s Work
Nehemiah 10:39 – …We will not neglect the house of our God.
- It was responsible.
- It was obedient.
- It was systematic.
- It was proportionate.
- It was sacrificial.
- It was comprehensive.
- It was prescribed.
Matthew 6:21 – “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”