04 Jul 2010

Vow and predestination


Why should we make vows to God and shall we do this at all? This was the topic of pastor Dmitry Vladykin on the Sunday meeting of the church “Philadelphia” on 4 July.

God calls us to make vows to Him, because keeping them we can have an enormous blessing but we should take it seriously. As wise Solomon wrote: “It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows” (Parables 20:25). If we promise something to God, we should keep this promise, otherwise we sin. It concerns the cases when we consciously give a vow. If we follow only our emotions we should ask God to forgive us, and He will free us from this promise. There are several examples from the Bible when the people promised something to God. Thus Jacob promised to give the tenth part of his income because God had blessed him (Genesis 28:20). Jephthah said he would sacrifice anything that would meet him first at home, if God gave him the victory (Judges 11). It is an example of an unwise promise, because the first person he met was his daughter. He didn’t burn her, but she never got married. We should remember this example and be wise making promises. Anyway, when we keep them, we are blessed.


Senior pastor Pavel Zhelnovakov talked about predestination that every believer should fulfill. Paul writes: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9). We, believers, should show His personality to people without any distortions. False image of God result in false believes. They produce religious hatred and fanatism. We are called to show perfect God, that is why we must become better and more like God. This forms our faith, which in its turn forms our believes. They mold our character, and it ends as our destiny. There is no limit in becoming perfect — we have a lot of things to reach.


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