By Taiwo Ayeni
We speak many things casually in our culture: “I’ll pay you back next week.” “I’ll always love you.” “I’ll be there on Sunday at 10 a.m. for sure.” We fail to recognize that our words have power—and are witnessed by God. In the final installment of his provocative series, deliverance expert Taiwo Ayeni examines the power of Messianic vows in a believer’s life.
The vows made by the Lord Jesus Christ on our behalf are known as Messianic Vows, and they are binding on the church of God. The Psalmist in Chapter 56:12-13 presents this clearly: “Thy vows are upon me, O Lord: I will render praises unto thee. For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?” What follows are the various vows attributed to the Messiah.
Signs and Wonders
“Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders…” Isaiah 8:18) This is the picture of who God vowed for you to become—you weren’t meant to be anything less. Signs and wonders are evidences that you’re a vessel in God’s hands. If this doesn’t describe you, be willing to pay the price till God empowers you. When you’re strong, you can do spiritual exploits. When a man fails in the time of adversity, his strength is small (Proverbs 24:10). If a man knows he is failing, he needs to make a desperate cry: “The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles” (Psalm 34:17).
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father” (John 14:12). Jesus’ words are a divine endorsement for greater works. He made this vow to bring about victory and success in our lives, so we have no reason to live in defeat. Ignorance is a key element in life’s failures. The moment the truth of the redemptive works of Christ is clear to you and you work hard to appropriate them, you become a victor, not a victim. The book of Job 36:6b declares that He “….giveth right to the poor.” It is your right to prosper, to be healthy, successful, and victorious in life. You must rise up and resist Satan’s plan to keep you below the level of God’s promises for your life. His vows apply to you. Cry out to God who: “… does not withdraw his eyes from the righteous; But they are on the throne with kings. For He has seated them forever, And they are exalted” (Job 36:7).
“As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life” (Luke 1:70-75). Christ made provision for our deliverance if we are bound by satanic chains—so we will enjoy our God-given inheritance “in the land of the living.” Our deliverance is tied to our obedience: “If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge” (Job 36:11-12).
A sister who disobeyed God’s instructions to put her house in order lost an opportunity to get married. God instructed a man of God who was about to pray for her to stop. He asked why. God told him, “She is not ready!” Afterward, God revealed to him the state of the sister’s house—everything was upside-down. It was then that he advised her to come for counseling. As they met, he shared with her what he saw, and the sister confirmed with tears that it was true, but she couldn’t help herself. She received a prayer of deliverance, however, and was able to go and fulfill God’s instructions to her.
Dealing With the Gates of the Enemy
Having made sufficient provision for signs and wonders, greater works, deliverance and exploits by those who know Him, He went ahead with audacity to declare war against the devil. We are the instruments in His hands to achieve victory in this war. He vowed that: “…I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). This vow has committed us to battle whether we like it or not. It is His Church, and He must build it the way He wants. It is therefore compulsory that we become militant to achieve His desired result. Ceaseless praying will get us there!
Keeping all of the vows we’ve studied is mandatory. We get outstanding results when we obey God. The promise of King David encourages us: “My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him” (Psalm 22:25). As Ecclesiastes 5:4-6 points out, it is dangerous not to fulfill our vows. It is about time we stopped to reflect on our ways–God is a consuming fire.
You can view the other installments in Pastor Ayeni’s series at www.mannaexpressonline.com.
Taiwo Ayeni is president of Rehoboth Bible Ministries, Inc., in Grand Prairie, where he lives with his wife Abidemi and their son and daughter. You may contact him at rehobothbministries.org.