You shall be careful to perform what goes out from your lips, just as you have voluntarily vowed to the LORD your God, what you have promised.
- Deuteronomy 23:23
When a man makes a vow to commit his life to Jesus Christ, he voluntarily takes up a warrior's commission. US Military personnel take up a commission and swear an oath to ‘support and defend the Constitution,’ being formally asked to function by one who is in authority.
Disciples of Jesus go a step further. Along with vowing to ‘Love the Lord’ with all they have, they make an oath to ‘love their neighbor as themselves; to produce life by The One who is the Authority. In light of Jesus’s command that it is “By our words we shall be justified, and by our words shall we be condemned,” we should consider our commission.
I made a vow, entered into a covenant, and took up a commission to be a husband. By my words to Linda and before God, I voluntarily took up the tender warrior’s commissioning. But when the pressures of this life began to tear at the fabric of our marriage and Linda distanced herself from me…internal and external voices counseled me to consider abandoning my vows.
Men who do not take vows seriously have no firm rootage within themselves. They are mannequin boys seeking a better offer. A man’s commission must and will be tested by the pressure of such circumstances within marriage and other relationships.
Daily Battle Order:
Internal and external persecution will come because of your vows. Warriors, decide your path before the pressure arrives. Wait until the fight arrives, we will fail. Acknowledge the authority embedded within your vows. As a man speaks, so he is!