The Danger of Vows
The Lord has been recently teaching me the danger of making vows. Now, when I say “vows” I don’t mean marriage vows, or making a vow to serve God. I mean making a vow based on fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of pain, or any other fear based motivation. The Lord started teaching me about this when a good friend of mine challenged me to go through my life and get rid of any fear-based or bitterness-based vows that I have made.
Here are some examples of the vows that I have made in the past:
§ I will never be in that kind of profession
§ I will never be controlled by anyone again
§ I will never be friends with a _________________ (certain race/culture/personality)
§ I will never work more than 40 hours a week
§ I will never share my heart to ________________ again
§ I will never use credit cards
§ I will never live in that state/ country
§ I will never go back to full time ministry
The list goes on… For the most part, the motivation for all these vows was rooted in the fear of pain, either by rejection or failure. Though there can be wisdom in vows, they can also be potentially dangerous. Dangerous, for they may keep me from fully serving my God at 100%.
What if there was a guy, who out of his broken heart, made a vow that he would never marry someone promiscuous. One year later, the Lord tells him to marry a prostitute. I can only imagine the turmoil he would go through to have to break that monstrous vow in order to be obedient to God.
Sometimes it’s hard for me to comprehend that the second part of that story actually happened. God told the prophet Hosea to marry a prostitute named Gomer. What if Hosea had made a vow that he would never date let alone marry someone who was promiscuous?
What if Abraham, out of a broken heart, made a vow that he would never hope again, as he waited for over 25 years?
What if Moses, out of anger, made a vow that he would never go back to Egypt?
These vows (fear-promises) that I have made with myself, have been paralyzing to my life. I see now, how there were so many decisions I made in the past that were completely rooted in the soils of all those fear-promises.
I thank my God that He has recently liberated me from many of these subtle but deadly vows.
About Michael Trillo:
Michael spent the first eleven years of his life in the Philippines, before he moved with his family to Los Angeles. He graduated from Columbia International University. He was involved in youth ministry for many years before he was sent by his heavenly Father to the marketplace mission field.
Michael currently resides with his wife and children in the beautiful Northwest. He is an avid sports fan, with a special interest in basketball and Jiu Jitsu. He has also competed in the sport of arm wrestling since 1996.
Michael believes that knowledge is a means to an end. The end purpose of life is developing a loving relationship with God and others (Matthew 22:35-40). The result of that end is producing fruit, doing good works, and changing the world. It is an enslaving purpose to pursue knowledge and fruit producing as an end in itself.
His Favorite Verse
“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19
For more from Michael, visit www.MichaelTrillo.com
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