Commitment Or Promise


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Commitment Or Promise

  1. 1. COMMITMENT OR PROMISE • Promise - Make somebody Expect something, A word of Assurance, Swear, Undertake to do something etc. • Commitment - Responsibility; Loyalty; Firmness Promises are made by many people but they are never kept. Many marriages these days are failing because they do not keep to the promises they made to each other. It is far better to be a Christian of Commitment than a Christian who makes promises [which are not kept]. Commitment is being loyal, keeping your word and always achieving what you were committed to do. We all make promises to God which are never kept and we find a million excuses and reasons for not keeping them. Do not make promises to God – make Commitments to Him. Romans 12 – 1 & 2 Therefore, I urge you , brothers in view of God’ s mercy to OFFER your BODIES as a LIVING SACRIFICE, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship. • Offer è It is a “Voluntary Act” • Your Bodies è This means the whole person / body. • Living Sacrifice è We must present our bodies as dead to sin as the temple of the Holy Spirit. • Holy and Pleasing to God è 1 Peter 1 vs 13 – 16 Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is Revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy. Page No: 1
  2. 2. 1 John 2:15 says:- Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. Bury your old nature with all it’s sins. Don’t hang on to a few of them. Give up your bad habits, don’t let them control you. The devil will work on your mind and make you justify what you are doing. BUT don’t be fooled. If for 1 second you have a doubt in your mind; or if a friend advises you that what you are doing does not please God. Give it up immediately. Do Not try to reason out. Ask God to help you to overcome. Sin in your life is like a cancer and it keep’s growing. Many Christians are outward Christians without an Inward Change. They come to church on Sundays and the rest of the week they forget about Christ. In Church they are very pious and may even be leaders of the Church. God is not pleased with such a life. Let your change be from Inside. Ephesians 4:23 says: to be made new in the attitude of your minds; Be Transformed – A change from the Inside. Your mind is the gateway to your heart and emotions. Colossians 3:10 says: put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Your attitude is extremely important. At all times learn to give Thanks to God. Learn to have a POSITIVE ATTITUDE at all times. If you are trying to do something and it does not work, don’t give up – try another method. When God closes one door he opens another which is far better. To a believer there is nothing called Failure….Coincidence….Chance…..Luck…..God is at work in everything that happens in a believers life. The choice is your’s. Choose to be Positive. Romans 8 : 28 says:- And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Page No: 2
  3. 3. Prove your commitment to God by the way you live your life. Run with patience and end the journey successfully, THREE AREAS FOR COMMITMENT 1. Commitment towards PERSONAL GROWTH. Disciples means Learners. Acts 2:42 says: They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. FOUR AREAS YOU NEED TO COMMIT FOR PERSONAL GROWTH:- • Teaching – Builds your inner character for maturity. • Fellowship –sharing of experiences; being among a group of like-minded people • Breaking of Bread – Reminds us that we are one body. • Prayer – Changes my heart to receive what God has for me. 2. Commitment to Local Body. God works through the Local Church. Hebrews 10:25 says: Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another— and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Commitment to local church is more than attendance. It is being Loyal and faithful to God. 3. Commitment to The Ministry. Matthew 28:19 says: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,… … Matthew 9:27 says: Page No: 3
  4. 4. … ."The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Share with everyone the Good news of Salvation. MAKE A COMMITMENT TO WALK IN THE WAYS OF THE LORD. BECOME A NEW PERSON IN CHRIST. CHANGE FROM THE INSIDE. GO AND TELL EVERYONE ABOUT JESUS! Page No: 4