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This word has been rustling in my spirit for some weeks now. I made a vow to God that I would not only declare the words He has given me but would apply them to my own life. Transactional ministry is preaching with no personal application. It comes out of your mouth but never makes it to your heart.

One of the ways that we bind and hinder ourselves in the spirit realm is by making inner vows, oaths and agreements. These are spiritual contracts that remain enforced until they are annulled. A vow by definition, is a contract, a binding agreement, a commitment or pledge. The root word is to vote. An oath is a judicial swearing, a solemn promise often invoking a divine witness regarding one’s future action or behavior. The Greek word for oath and vow is Horkos which means a fence, enclosure or confinement. Therefore, when we make a negative vow or oath we are confined by that agreement and our lives cannot move beyond them.

A person must be careful to observe every negative oath and vow that emerges from his lips. When a person enters into such an agreement he cannot breach his word but is under strict obligation to take the required steps to fulfill his pledge. Everything in the spirit realm is aligning itself to fulfil these obligations. These inner vows are deadly because they are generally made in childhood as a response to a hurt or a traumatic situation and unfortunately forgotten. They are the “I will never or No one will ever…” statements. These agreements have tremendous psychological and spiritual power and resist change. They lie dormant in a person’s soul until they are triggered by an event or purpose.

These agreements either make an object forbidden or holds the executor hostage. Such as a person making the statement, “I don’t ever want to get married,” in response to their parent’s divorce. Thus, marriage becomes forbidden and the person making the agreement may have changed their mind but is now finding it difficult to find a mate. A spiritual principle is what your lips utter is what you must keep. Numbers 30:2 (NKJV) says, “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.” Even God bound himself to His own promise by an oath. Hebrews 6:17 (NIV) says, “Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath.”

Although God is not a legalist Satan is. He will use every legal tactic he can to keep God’s saints bound, impotent and useless in the earth realm. Which is why we must be mindful of every word we speak and agreement we make. Satan stands in the courts of heaven and accuses the brethren. Although, he has no authority over any spirit-filled blood bought believer he does have the authority to accuse you with the words that you speak and those spoken over you.

Canceling an inner vow is initiated by asking the Holy Spirit to reveal it to you. Next identify the area of hurt and ask the Holy Spirit to heal your heart. Your next step is repenting for making the vow because repentances gives God legal right to intervene in your situation. Lastly, you cancel out the agreement and make it null and void. Sometimes the inner vow is so intricate and has woven itself around a person’s life that you need the help of a person who has an anointing to uproot it. Once these contracts and agreements are cancelled you are free from Satan’s hold because John 8:36 says, ‘So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

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