We can promise to change our lives in return for a request we ask from God, but should we do this? Although not forbidden, making vows is a risky business.
Jephthah's vow has been a bone of contention for centuries. Did he really sacrifice his daughter? What kind of man was Jephthah?
Like the marriage covenant, counting the cost is the most serious part of the baptismal agreement, not something to be taken lightly.
Just as important as follow-through is in an athletic motion, its spiritual counterpart is vital to our life in Christ. We must have the will and commitment to carry our devotion to God through to the very end.
How sure is your word? One's word is not worth a whole lot these days in the world, but in the church what we say and promise should be good as gold! John Reid writes that God listens to what we promise—so we had better perform it!
John Ritenbaugh, reminding us that when a culture liberalizes, there will be a corresponding rise in irresponsibility, maintains that freedom to obey God is not free. It has cost the life of Christ, as well as our own, as we become living sacrifices. When we enter into the new covenant, we solemnly pledge to respond to God, …
The New Testament strictly forbids oaths of any kind, as our word should always be honest and trustworthy.
Martin Collins, focusing upon the subject of martyrdom, spiritual conviction, and sacrifice, reflects upon the conviction, deaths or sacrifices of Abel, Jephthah's daughter, Stephen and, most notably, the example of Christ. Christian martyrs, convicted by God's truth, having an ardent love for Christ, empowered with God's Holy …
Martyrdom is not a penalty because a person has failed to qualify for the Place of Safety; rather, it is a badge of honor for those who have overcome.
Malachi assures the people of Judah that if they repent, God's favor will resume, but if they continue defiling the Covenant, a day of reckoning will come.
Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting that all of us have anticipated a magic day, like graduating, getting married, birth of children and grandchildren, or getting a promotion, cautions that we must be prepared to wait for the event to happen, living our lives one day at a time. We get ourselves ready for that special day. In the last …
Richard Ritenbaugh, focusing on Israel's culture during the time of Judges, suggests that Israelites were a poor, downtrodden agricultural people, having few luxuries. The Philistine culture (related to the Mycenaean civilization) was more sophisticated and cosmopolitan. Israel's arms, mainly farm tools, were primitive compared …
When Solomon visits the Temple, he comes away with a sense that too many treat religion far too casually, forgetting that they are coming before God.
How different would our lives be if God had not called us? God's intervention in our lives improved their quality exponentially, and we must respond in kind.