May 30, 2017

Today you should read: Nehemiah 10:1-39

Promises

Ever make a promise to God?  A vow?  Nehemiah had lead the people to rebuild the wall.  They finished it up in chapter 7.  In chapter 8, Ezra, the prophet reads the Book of the Law and the people confess their sins in chapter 9.  It’s amazing how things come together when the situation gets healthy.  God used Nehemiah to be a leader!  To lead God’s people to a good place.  Now, in chapter 10, they are making a vow to God.

The document was signed by Nehemiah, the priests, the Levites (religious leaders), and leaders of the people.  In it, they make the following promises:

  • To stay a people pure for God (v.30)
  • To honor God and the Sabbath (v.31)
  • To be faithful in their gifts to God (v.32-38)
  • Not to neglect the Temple of God (v.39)

The people promised to honor these commitments before God.  We make promises like this too.  Vows when we get married – for better or for worse; our baptism is a promise to follow Jesus all the days of our life; plus many commitments and promises in special services or times with the Lord.  Have you made promises like these?

It’s healthy every once in a while, to go back and revisit these.  To make sure that you’re doing what you said you would do.  To shore up the areas you’re weak in and grow deeper yet in your commitments.

So let me ask you about your promises to God as you ponder on them today:

What are some promises that you feel like may need a little attention in your life?

How can I pray for you today about them?

Please reply in the comments so I can pray for you – and let me know if I can help in any way.

Remember…

When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.  It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it. Ecclesiastes 5:4-5

By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

3 thoughts on “May 30, 2017”

  1. I’d say the promises I tend to break the most are the seemingly small things at home like “I’ll take out the trash in a moment” & not doing it for hours or “ill be home at 6pm” & coming home at 6:15pm. I’ll tell myself & my wife that these type of examples are not a big deal but it’s not letting my yes be yes & no be no so I know that I must follow through with everything I say, especially the small things that add up at home.

  2. I think this post was God ordained, because this weekend was all about a review of my two largest commitments in life. To God and to my wife.

    First, the wedding of Chase and Sarah refreshed in my memory the vows Erin and I made barely 8 months ago.

    Second, God brought me back to my vows made to become a missionary (and His calling on my life at the ripe old age of 17) to serve Him fully. I keep trying to do this ministry thing purely from willpower and my own energy and each time I feel overburdened and tired. Then I return to God hurt and disciplined knowing that I may say the words with passion, but only He can move a heart. True to His character, He forgives and eases my burden 🙂

    Please pray for my submission to Him.

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