Å℘◎ṧт◎ℓḯḉ Їη☂℮ґρґℯ⊥α☂☤☺η :
"4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it; For He has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you have vowed — 5 Better not to vow than to vow and not pay. 6 Do not let your mouth cause your flesh to sin, nor say before the messenger of God that it was an error. Why should God be angry at your excuse and destroy the work of your hands?" (Eccl 5:4-6).
The above verse speaks that when a person promises God to pay something out of his pocket voluntarily for something good he will receive from the Lord, and once he gets it, then after a while say if he changes his mind to restrain himself from fulfilling what he has promised God because of coveteousness coming to fill his heart, God says this has serious consequences. This was what exactly happened in the first century apostolic Church in which a husband and wife lied to God the Holy Spirit and acted as though they are giving what they have promised to give to Lord but secretly took some of the money for their own safety, they were stuck dead by God for lying to Him, first the husband and then the wife died on the spot and fell down at the word of Apostle Peter who spoke under the anointing of the Holy Spirit of God (Acts 5:1-11). When the Scripture says it is "better not to vow" than to make "God be angry at your excuse and destroy the work of your hands," it very clearly reveals that God never entertains deceit and will reward the person who deceives Him with a clear reward of His displeasure by thus denying to keep safe that which He has given. If we are not serious about the words we speak, we should not speak. According to the above Scripture, our mouth has the ability to make our flesh sin. It is never good to lie or say that our promise to God was not serious and therefore is an error to the messenger of God who is considered by God as representing Himself. May God help us all to keep the word of promise which we give to God, and fulfill it in its time for God's pleasure as He fulfills our desires which are inline to His purpose, will and glory in His time.
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Sunday, May 20, 2012
Åґ☂ ◎ḟ ʟ☤√ḯη❡ #60: "2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. 3 For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior..." (Isa 43:2-3).
Many elephants get hit by train when they do the crossing without knowing the danger that a train may come to hit it on the railway track before it will be able to move out its way. Many times we cross dangerous paths of life without knowing its danger, but thank God who knows it all. He preserves us supernaturally time after time, according to His promise. Even recently a couple of weeks before, there was a heavy downpour due to storm when I went to pick my wife from her work place. Actually because of it I got stranded in that place as I was waiting in a tea shop outside their company, I saw hopelessly that all the roads around had got flooded and traffic got to a stand still point. I prayed and took a different route to avoid the dangerous flood waters which get collected in the road and many times makes the potholes seem unnoticeable. As my wife is pregnant for the glory of God, I did even think twice of going the usual way which was flooded.
Then we went through a traffic chaos and did a detour in the rain and I took a turn in a corner and suddenly looked forward to find that the signal was green and a speeding car driver was exactly coming with great speed towards us who were returning back to our home in a two wheeler. My wife screamed seeing the car, but thank God at the last second the driver of the car who was only seeing the green light also saw us to brake the car in a micro second at the last moment, and the car came to a screeching halt. To our surprise, we still found ourselves to be alive and well. Without a scratch upon us, we came to our home praising God for his rescue that day in spite of the continuing rain which was not able to dampen our spirit's anymore.
Afterwards when I reached home safely, the following scripture came to my mind when I thought about the supernatural rescue of the Lord which could have suddenly turned in to fatality, "Our God is the God of salvation; And to GOD the Lord belong escapes from death." (Psa 68:20). I know for sure that if not for the angels of God that God uses supernaturally to rescue his saints, we both would have been no more alive. Actually I should have been careful enough to see the signal and must have stopped the bike, but in spite of my foolish mistake at that time, God's sovereign hand of protection was over our life. I truly believe that we the saints are truly immortal because our Savior saves us time and time again until God's purpose for our life get fulfilled fully. Praise the Lord!
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