“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ 34 But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37 All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
What is an inner vow?
- An inner vow is a self-oriented commitment, we make in our hearts, in response to a person, experience, or desire in life.
The Dangers of Inner Vows
- Inner vows are sinful.
James 5:12 Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise, you will be condemned.
- Inner vows cause us to overreact.
- Inner vows become a guiding force in our life.
How to achieve freedom from Inner Vows
- Recognize any unhealthy inner vows.
Psalms 139:23-24 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
- Renounce the lies that caused inner vows and replace it with truth.
2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
- Release all judgments toward others and extend forgiveness.