Fulfilling Our Promises To God

“I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.” (Psalm 116:14)

This is such a simple principle but packed with eternal implications. Keeping my covenant with God is dependent upon me living that life in the context of tangible encouragement from my brothers and sisters in the Lord. I think it was Dallas Willard who said; “Your relationship with God is personal but not private.” In other words, if I expect to live a “with God” kind of life, I’ve got to pursue that together with others who are pursuing that kind of life. Covenant keeping with God requires covenant making with others.

This principle holds true for the universal covenantal promises God’s people are to live in light of as revealed to all in Scripture, but also with respect to the more personal and specific things. For example, I have felt God calling me to write during this sabbatical leave, and so I’ve “vowed” to do so. That vow was first made to God and then communicated to others who I hope will encourage me along the way until completion. And so vows have to be clear in one’s own mind, then declared before God and his people…not unlike the way we pronounce vows at a wedding.

As I think about it, it might be critical for some to prayerfully consider if they are aware of any specific vows they may have made with God under His prompting. This relates to dreams and goals that a person has had in their life that have related to their relationship with God and the life He has made possible. When God has revealed a vision or dream we should follow up with making a vow…a promise to God regarding our intent to move toward that by faith. Perhaps thinking it through with something like this in mind:

“By God’s grace I vow to…”

“By God’s grace I vow to follow through on _____________.”

“By God’s grace I vow to give my life for the sake of __________________.”

Give this some thought and let me know what you think!

About Bill Randall

Director of Pioneering Initiatives with Novo Mission Inc. www.pioneeringinitiatives.org bill.randall@novo.org
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2 Responses to Fulfilling Our Promises To God

  1. Brandon W. says:

    Dear Bill
    I been blessed with your words. I look for word to seeing more. I am glade to see you starting to really rest. God uses you in so many ways and its a great blessing to see our pastors taking time to grow in God and their faith. I pray that God opens his word for you in a new light and that you come back refreshed and ready for a new chapter in your life.
    Your brother in Christ
    Brandon Wickersham


  2. Joyce Kayser says:

    Dear Bill,
    A dream and goal I have had in my life for many years is to be used by God in a ministry of inner healing for those who are seemingly unable to move forward in freedom in Christ due to past pain, addictions, fear, and all manner of Satan’s devices. So I am now making a vow to continue to pursue this. “Not that(I am) competent in (myself) to claim anything for (myself), but (my) confidence is in God. He has made (me) — [and is making me] competent as (a) minister of a new covenant — not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills but the Spirit gives life” (II Cor. 3″5-6).
    Blessings and peace,


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