Hello there everyone!!
After having the home I live in get sideswiped by a tornado,
I am back. God was good to me in that even though our internet
connection got interuppted, the home was not touched and
we were all safe. We have such a wonderful Creator in and
though our Messiah Yeshua (Jesus)!!
This weeks Sabbath Gleanings is about backing up your promises
Yeshua (Jesus) said we are to love one another. He then
describes what that love is. According to Yeshua (Jesus), to love
your neighbor means that you walk in His holy (set apart)
commandments “A new command I give you: love one another.
On that day, you will realize that I am in my Father, and you
are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands AND
obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will
be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself
to him. If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My father
will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with
him. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just
as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in His love.
This is my command: love each other” (John 13:3, 14:17, 20; 15:10, 17).
We are what we speak. Such as a man thinks in his heart, so is he." Prov. 23:7 What we say will come back around to us; we reap what we sow from our own thoughts and speech. If we sow honorable and good seed, we will reap blessings, favor from God and man and a good harvest. If we have poor, selfish or evil thoughts and speech, we will not reap blessings but, rather, invite poverty and destruction to come into some area of our life (physical/spiritual/relational). We bind our own souls with what we dwell on and speak in our hearts. We are accountable to God for the words we say. He is faithful to the curses as He is to the blessings. If something has happened in our life to cause us pain (physical/spiritual/relational), this should not have any effect or hold on our future unless we allow it to. We can change our status by forgiveness through repentance (turning away), and blessing others. We make choices daily and hourly for which realm we walk in. Blessings or curses – the choice is up to us.
For the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word (The teachings that Jesus gives in the Bible), and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves (James 1:20-22).
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man (Mark 7:21-23).
Yeshua answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word (His teachings); and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me" (John 14:23-24).
What happens when promises that were spoken have not been followed through? What if the person making the vow/oath does not intend to keep it, or if after thinking about it, the person feels they cannot fulfill their vow and oath?
The Word of God is very clear that we are bound by the vows and oaths (promises) we make from our mouths. We tend to think vows are only made during serious occasions like vows in marriage or in cotracts for business. What we have not been taught is that a commitment made from our mouth to others or to God is a vow and oath.
Below are areas that expose these errors.
Empty (false) Expressions:
These days, many people make vows all the time with no intention of keeping them. We say things like “I’ll call you sometime,” “We’ll get together,” “I will do this or that,” “You will have it on time,” “That’s a promise,” “We’d love to come,” etc. These expressions, if they are empty, become acceptable closing remarks rather than sincere promises.
Next, there is example of starting but never completing a project. Initially the intentions are there, but after a few days the enthusiasm wears off and the project is set aside, forgotten and eventually left unfinished. Other projects around the house may even be started before the first one is completed whether it’s cleaning the garage, fixing toilets, helping in the yard, fixing the railing or a simple painting project. Weeks later when asked how is it going? The response is “fine”. Months later when asked again it can bring a frustrated “I’m get to it!” and in the end the unfinished project becomes a broken vow and oath. Years can go by with projects that start up and are never completed and the resulting clutter of these projects continues to build up challenging all who live amongst it. For those who live with empty vows and oaths manifesting in unfinished projects, the environment reveals a double minded spirit, a lack of Torah (Biblical) principles and disorder within the heart (James 1:8).
Then there are excuses like the birthday card with a note saying “the gift was late and will arrive in a few weeks time. It’s a great surprise, you’ll really like it!” Months pass, the mysterious gift still has not materialized and is now long forgotten.
For the recipient of these excuses, special dates become seasons for relationship sabotage as they expose ungodly characteristics in the giver and produce pain in the receiver.
We who are disciples of Jesus' promises realize His words (teachings) are like principles/covenants, once spoken they are linked to God's kingdom as we are His ambassadors. If the promises are empty, and we are saying things we never (or we think He will never) intend to fulfill. We are then misrepresenting God, Jesus and the kingdom. we are a part of. "With it (the tongue) we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so" (James 3:9-10).
I have a story I can tell about broken promises from my father and the hurt it caused me and my siblings as a young children, through our teen years and into our adult lives:
Our mother had died when I was 7 years old and all three kids (me, my sister and my brother) were the unknowing recipients of social security checks every month till we were 18 years old OR had graduated college OR elected not to attend college. When I was 18 I got a look at the monthly checks I was recieving because I was enrolled in community college and it was a modest sum of $400.00 or so a month. This sum was just for me. My brother and sister also had similar checks, so my dad had been getting extra money to take care of us 3 kids for over 10 years.
He had told us kids one day that since our Grandmother was living in Florida and we had been visiting her for 2 months out of the year every year during the summers in between grades, he would take us to Disney World one summer. That year it did not happen. The next year we reminded him of his promise to us and he told us kids he did not have the money to do it, yet he had all year to save for it from the extra money he was getting from our social security payments. Eventually, when we would go to visit my grandmother during the summer, my dad would just drop us kids off at our grandmothers house for the summer and go drive back to New York for 2 months to have "time for himself". In the 10 years he had those extra social security payments, he never once brought us kids to Disney World.
This caused us kids to not trust his promises he would make and sometimes the "facts" he would tell us unless he had followed through with his promises OR we could see the proof in front of our own eyes of what he had told us was a fact or the truth. It hurt his authority over us because we now did not trust what he told us.
I am sure you read of the freedom from secrets my dad held from us until his death and the problems those secrets caused for all of my siblings and I in another post about being set free.
Empty promises to impressionable childrens hearts by the parents they look up to is a sad blue print some parents impart to the next generation. If this is the foundation we build our families on, what good is there for God to multiply?
We hear this continually, “I don’t have time!” Those words mean I have no time for you but I have time for me and what I want to do, for my interests and my down times are important to me. It’s all about selfishness. The word of God says to "not just look to your own interests, but others interests as well....". This excuse is ages old.
When I was hurt and frustrated by things that had happened to me in church, I gave this excuse as well, to my own hurt. God’s kingdom has no time – it’s only eternity. Time was created for man. What we do with it is up to us. Time can be a blessing or a curse. Time is like money.
If we walk in God’s (Jesus') ways we will be blessed and have lots of time to do the things we need to do, as we have entered into God's order (Sabbath rest - Hebrews 3-4) for our lives. If we walk outside God's principles, time becomes short; we never have enough hours in the day to do things, we may even blame others for our lack of time and eventually run out of time.There is a saying I have heard more and more... "He/she died before their time". There were STILL things to do and the person ran out of time to get it all done.
Being late is another excuse we start to use to cover up our disordered lifestyle because we have not managed our time. What we do with our time will either help and prosper us or curse us and destroy us.
People who are part of our lives are affected by our undependability and that puts extra accountability on top of the responsibility others already carry because of our missed deadlines, arriving late to appointments without calling ahead of time, etc.. Breaking vows and oaths has to do with not honoring or valuing others. Disrespect is a form of rebellion. Not honoring our own word dishonors our selves and reveals deception or duplicity in a heart. Dishonor of self and others is a common factor that creates distrust among others.
Caring about others welfare is important and if our word is not our bond nothing can be built on empty expressions, promises and excuses. Self- idolatry and a double minded spirit plagues people who do not honor or treat others with respect. If your word is not your bond you are unstable in all your ways (it is called being double minded), you find difficulty in following through on your word but that follow through is what heals the hurting heart (James 4:8-10).
"Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall....." (Matthew 7:24-27).
Can you see the application to YOUR real estate business here ?
Can you see the blessings, healing, favor and prosperity that will result in being a person that can be trusted when they make a promise and keep it?
Here are links to other Sabbath Gleanings posts:
Sabbath Gleanings....... are you looking at the wrong thing(s)?
Sabbath Gleanings.... how to keep a brokerage or a real estate team healthy....
Sabbath Gleanings.... the power of an example, for good or bad..... =-O
Thanks to: Franz Liszt
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the great pictures!!