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Lesson 10

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A Sacred Commitment with yourself

“If a man vows a vow (or promise) to the Lord or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.” - Numbers 30:2

Making a sacred commitment to yourself is significant because it is a promise or vow you made to yourself, someone else and God. It is a conscious choice you made to be one hundred percent committed with pure intention to live it out. It is a sacred promise to uphold and honor your integrity.

Jesus is the ultimate promise keeper.  We are covered by the blood of Jesus and his promises. When we are tempted to be frustrated, give up, give in and or quit, do as Jesus did, recite the Scriptures. Remember to utilize the sword (Bible) to stand on his word and overcome temptation.

Making a sacred commitment with yourself means loving one’s self  and others. It means we don’t enter into a sacred promise and commitment completely unprepared or with false expectations. When we break our promise, we are completely missing the experience to learn and grow. It is a sacred commitment with someone who is going to challenge us with the opportunity to participate in feeling every emotion that we have a capacity to feel. How are you? Manage promises and commitments to find your character before man and God.
What if you approached your promises from God‘s perspective? What have you valued your promise and commitment as God does? “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold.” Proverbs 22:1. Forgiveness, integrity, and sticking power of promises are the main ingredients of commitment.

“ I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a man’s word should be as good as his bond; that character – not wealth, or power or position – it’s a supreme worth.” J.D. Rockefeller


Why is it significant to make a sacred commitment with yourself? It is significant because it is a promise or vow you made to yourself, or someone else and God, about a choice you made to be 100% committed with pure intention to live it out. It is a sacred promised to uphold an honor your integrity.  keeping your word, and a promise or vow is a commitment. It is not just a one and done. It is a covenant (by the way, a covenant is the highest form of a promise between you and God). 
How can you make a sacred commitment with yourself? 
1. Ask yourself why this commitment is being made and how important is it to you? What is the meaning behind it and also what will motivate you to keep the commitment.
2. Believe in yourself. Do you believe in yourself? Do you trust yourself? Do you have what it takes? When you answer these questions be mindful that your limiting beliefs don’t become the biggest hurdle for you.
3. Make a plan. A goal with no plan is just a dream. Your plan needs to be broken down on how you will achieve your commitment. 
4. Be accountable to yourself. Put it on a calendar. Set a reminder. You can even share with a friend and ask them to help you by checking in on you to make sure you are on track.
5. Give yourself grace. One slip up does not mean you can’t keep commitments. It just means you did not keep that one. Give yourself grace and move on.
Keeping your commitments will empower you,it will give you a sense of value and worth. The Bible says, “a good name is to be chosen, rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold”- Proverbs 22:1. Forgiveness, integrity and sticking power of promises are the main ingredients of commitment. 
YOU have everything it takes to hold sacred commitments with yourself! 

Going Deeper in the Word

We are going to peek into the Apostle Paul’s life. When I think of a committed soul in the Bible, he is one of the greatest examples. He was so committed to the point he even declared that we as believers should follow his example.
1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
Philippians 3:17 Join with others in being imitators of me, brothers, and observe those who thus conduct themselves according to the model you have in us. 

Paul was not only confident in who he was, but he was most confident in who he was in Christ. He believed in the gospel and his value of his belief is what made his commitment so great. Below is a list of where he was committed and then scriptures to follow.
1. Preaching the gospel of Christ.
(Romans 1:14-16; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Gal. 1:6-9; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-6; 2 Timothy 4:2)
2. Teaching the gospel.
(1 Tim. 2:7; 2 Timothy 1:10-11; 2 Timothy 2:1-2)
3. Serving God and Jesus.
(Romans 1:1,9; Romans 12:1-2; Philippians 1:1)
4. Serving fellow Christians.
(Romans 12:10, 13, 16; Gal. 6:10)
5. Serving all men.
(Romans 12:17-20; Romans 13-15; Gal. 6:10)
6. Unity in the body of Christ.
(1 Corinthians 1:10; Ephesians 4:1-16)
7. Being a godly example.
(1 Corinthians 8:12-13; 1 Corinthians 11:1; Ephesians 5:1-5; Philippians 3:17; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-8)
8. Practicing self control.
(Romans 6:12-14; Romans 8:13; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Ephesians 4:22; Colossians 3:5)
9. Encouraging the church.
(1 Corinthians 14:3,4,12,26; 2 Corinthians 12:19; Ephesians 4:12)
10. Faithfulness.
(1 Corinthians 16:13; Ephesians 1:1; Colossians 1:2; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-5; 2 Timothy 3:10-15; 2 Timothy 4:7-8)
11. Obedience to the gospel.
(Romans 1:1-6; Romans 6:16-17; Romans 16:25-26)
The Bible says, when we commit out our daily living to the Lord we will be successful. (Proverbs 16:3; Joshua 1:1-9).
When Paul finished his race, the beautiful words he uttered were, “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:6-7). 
What a beautiful example of his sacred commitment to self. 

Real Talk

When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said.- Numbers 30:2
This scripture is saying, God will hold a person responsible for every promise made. God had told the Israelites that anyone who makes a promise, oath, or vow, must not break his word. He had set consequences for breaking the promise.
God places great importance on the words that come out of our mouth. This is why our word is our bond, not only to him but to ourselves and others. When we break our promise we are completely missing the experience to learn and grow.  Developing a sacred commitment to yourself is raw and real, it subjects you to vulnerability and shines the light on your faults, fears, dreams, joys, failures and accomplishments. How you manage promises and commitments defines your character before man and God. A lack of commitment with self will keep you in a holding pattern and stagnant.  
You were created on purpose and for purpose. Step out in faith and hold fast to the sacredness of your word. Watch the possibilities explode when you are a woman/man of integrity. As a believer, you should be known by your word as truthful and faithful.


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