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Walk with Integrity! Let your YES be YES and your NO be NO.

Good Morning Heavenly Father! Thank you for my breath and my life. Thank you for my food this day. Thank you for my home and my family. And thank you for the scriptures for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: (Matthew 5:33)

This is what was said in the old time (and from my favorite book of the Bible):

If a man vow a vow unto the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth. (Numbers 30:2)

Here is the full context – to be sure NOT to take this out of context:

33 [Jesus said] Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:
34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:
35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. (Matthew 5:33-37)

Lord, I’m here again. I am here and enjoying sitting with you. Thank you for speaking to me yesterday and arranging things for me. But right now I am here on behalf of Lindsey, your daughter you love. Lindsey, today’s scripture God gave me for the basis of your prayer is interesting. First Jesus refers to oaths and vows that are part of the Old Testament scriptures. But then he continues by saying that now you need only to say YES or to say NO. That your word should be enough, no need to swear by heaven or anything else. And so that is my prayer. Lindsey, I pray that you would continue to be a woman of integrity. I pray that your reputation would precede you. I pray that people will just know that when you say Yes that you indeed mean Yes. And likewise that when you say No, you mean No.  I pray that likewise, you continue walking in integrity, doing what you say you will do, and refraining from all that you say no to. I pray that God would grant you the ability to know when to say YES and when to say NO. I pray that he would grant you great discernment. And I pray that God would then grant you the courage needed to actually do what you said you would do. I pray that things that distract you would fade and that your goal would glow bright before you. And we will give the glory to God. All the glory goes to him. I pray this all in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen

New Testament (Matthew 5:33 HCSB):
33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to our ancestors, You must not break your oath, but you must keep your oaths to the Lord.

Old Testament (Numbers 30:2 HCSB):
When a man makes a vow to the Lord or swears an oath to put himself under an obligation, he must not break his word; he must do whatever he has promised.

New Testament FULL context (Matthew 5:33-37 HCSB):
33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to our ancestors, You must not break your oath, but you must keep your oaths to the Lord34 But I tell you, don’t take an oath at all: either by heaven, because it is God’s throne; 35 or by the earth, because it is His footstool; or by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great King. 36 Neither should you swear by your head, because you cannot make a single hair white or black. 37 But let your word ‘yes’ be ‘yes,’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no.’ Anything more than this is from the evil one.

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KJV translation note

The King James Version is a beautiful translation of the original Hebrew and Greek, however I sometimes find Old English hard to understand fully. 1 or 2 other translations can help clarify what it is saying so I can understand it. More Info CLICK: References