Family & Covenant #6: Our Relationship to Our Heavenly Father Part 2

As members of the royal priesthood, we continue in repentance and replacement in the area of culture of the Family in our Nation. This week’s topic is based on Scriptures relating to our Heavenly Father. As members of the royal priesthood, perhaps some of these repentance verses may not be items that we identify with in our personal lives. Please remember that even though we may not have a memory of doing these, at some point in our generations there have been ancestors that have participated in these sins. Not only are we repenting on behalf of ourselves and our generations, but also on behalf of us as a Nation. So, even if there are items that do not seem like one we have participated in, please include yourself in the prayer as well as praying for our generations and our Nation. We want to make sure that we are clean on things before we can pray about them on behalf of our generations and our Nation.

As a member of the royal priesthood, please repent of not being in right relationship with our Heavenly Father on behalf of us individually, our generations and our Nation for (items in regular font)…

As a member of the royal priesthood, please replace (items in italicized font)… 

1. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” Matthew 7:21 (NKJV)

  • Wanting to enter the Kingdom of Heaven by saying, “Lord, Lord” and not obeying the Lord (Matt 7:21)
    • Obeying and doing the will of our Heavenly Father in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (Matt 7:21)

2. “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:32-33 (NKJV)

  • Not confessing Jesus as Lord before men breaks down our relationship with Jesus and the Father (Matt 10:32)
  • Denying Jesus as Lord before men; therefore, being denied by Jesus before the Father (Matt 10:33)
    • Confessing Jesus as Lord before men so Jesus will confess us before the Father (Matt 10:32)

3. “For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” Matthew 12:50 (NKJV)

  • Not doing with will of our Heavenly Father breaks down our family relationship with the Father and the Son (Matt 12:50)
    • Doing the will of our Heavenly Father and being in right relationship with the Father and Son (Matt 12:50)

4. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)

  • Not making disciples of all the nations (Matt 28:19)
  • Not baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matt 28:19)
  • Not teaching them to observe all things the Lord has commanded (Matt 28:20)
    • Making disciples of all the nations (Matt 28:19)
    • Baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matt 28:19)
    • Teaching them to observe all things the Lord has commanded (Matt 28:20)

5. “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32 (NKJV)

  • Having fear (Luke 12:32)
  • Not believing it’s the Father’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom of Heaven (Luke 12:32)
    • Having the perfect love of the Father that casts out fear (1 John 4:18)
    • Believing and living from the reality that it’s the Father’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom of Heaven

6. “Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.” Luke 6:38 (NKJV)

  • Not being merciful (Luke 6:38)
  • Not representing our Father when being judgmental (Micah 6:8; Luke 6:38)
    • Being merciful like our Heavenly Father (Luke 6;38)
    • Doing good by loving mercy (Micah 6:8)

7. Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. John 5:19 (NKJV)

  • Doing what we think we ought to do without seeing what the Father is doing (John 5:19)
    • Following the example of Jesus and only doing what we see the Father doing (John 5:19)

8. And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” John 6:65 (NKJV)

  • Thinking that we come to the Lord of our own volition (John 6:65)
    • Knowing and accepting that it is granted to us by our Father to approach the Messiah (John 6:65)

9. Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.” John 8:42 (NKJV)

  • Claiming to love the Father but not loving Jesus (John 8:42)
    • Loving the Father and loving His Son (John 8:42)

10. “If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.” John 12:26 (NKJV)

  • Not serving nor following Jesus; thereby not being honored by the Father (John 12:26)
    • Serving and following Jesus so that we can be honored by the Father (John 12:26)

11. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 (NKJV)

  • Not believing and living from the reality that Jesus is the way (John 14:6)
  • Not believing and living from the reality that Jesus is the truth (John 14:6)
  • Not believing and living from the reality that Jesus is the life (John 14:6)
    • Believing and living from the reality that Jesus is the way (John 14:6)
    • Believing and living from the reality that Jesus is the truth (John 14:6)
    • Believing and living from the reality that Jesus is the life (John 14:6)

12. “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.” John 14:11 (NKJV)

  • Not believing the Jesus is in the Father and that the Father is in Jesus (John 14:11)
  • Not believing Jesus based on the sake of the works He performed (John 14:11)
    • Believing Jesus is in the Father and that the Father is in Jesus (John 14:11)
    • Believing Jesus based on the sake of the works He performed (John 14:11)

13. “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” John 14:12 (NKJV)

  • Not believing in Jesus (John 14:12)
  • Not believing that we can do the works Jesus performed (John 14:12)
  • Not doing the works Jesus performed (John 14:12)
  • Not believing we can do greater works than Jesus since He has gone to the Father (John 14:12)
  • Not doing greater works than Jesus did now that He has gone to the Father (John 14:12)
    • Believing in Jesus (John 14:12)
    • Believing we can do the works Jesus performed (John 14:12)
    • Doing the works Jesus performed (John 14:12)
    • Believing we can do greater works than Jesus did since He has gone to the Father (John 14:12)
    • Doing greater works than Jesus did now that He has gone to the Father (John 14:12)

 This is an excerpt from Chapter 5 of “Covenant & Family.” The remainder of this chapter and the complete book, “Covenant & Family,” is available for purchase here.

Copyright 2016 Rivkah Isaacs

Family & Covenant # 5: Our Relationship with Our Heavenly Father Part 1

As members of the royal priesthood, we are revisiting the area of culture of the Family in our Nation relating to covenant. This week’s topic is based on Scriptures pertaining to keeping covenant with our Heavenly Father. Please join me in praying for repentance and replacement concerning our relationship and covenant we have with our Heavenly Father. Having our relationship in right alignment with our Father in Heaven will help our relationships in our natural families. We cannot be in right relationship with our families if we are not in right relationship with our Heavenly Father.

As a member of the royal priesthood, please repent of breaking covenant with our Heavenly Father on behalf of us individually, our generations and our Nation for (bulleted items in regular font)…

As a member of the royal priesthood, please replace (bulleted items in italicized font)… 

“They have corrupted themselves;
They are not His children,
Because of their blemish:
A perverse and crooked generation.
Do you thus deal with the Lord,
O foolish and unwise people?
Is He not your Father, who bought you?
Has He not made you and established you?”
Deut 32:5-6 (NKJV)

  • Corrupting selves (Deut 32:5)
  • Not being the children of the Lord (Deut 32:5)
  • Being a perverse and crooked generation (Deut 32:5)
  • Dealing with the Lord in being foolish and unwise (Deut 32:6)
    • Our Father bought us (Deut 32:6)
    • He made us (Deut 32:6)
    • He established us (Deut 32:6)

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 (NKJV)

  • Not letting our light shine before men (Matt 5:16)
  • Not allowing others to see our good works either by hiding them and/or not doing them (Matt 5:16)
  • Not glorifying our Father in heaven with our light and good works (Matt 5:16)
    • Letting our light shine before men (Matt 5:16)
    • Doing good works and allowing others to see them (Matt 5:16)
    • Glorifying our Father in heaven with our light and good works (Matt 5:16)

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust…. Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:43-45

  • Hating our enemies (Matt 5:43-45)
  • Cursing those who curse us (Matt 5:43-45)
  • Not being true sons and daughters to our Heavenly Father by hating our enemies and cursing those who curse us (Matt 5:43-45)
  • Not being perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect (Matt 5:45)
    • Loving our enemies (Matt 5:43-45)
    • Blessing those who curse us (Matt 5:43-45)
    • Doing good to those who hate us (Matt 5:43-45)
    • Praying for those who spitefully use us and persecute us (Matt 5:43-45)
    • These actions are done by sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father (Matt 5:43-45)
    • Being perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect (Matt 5:45)

[Jesus said,] “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.” Matthew 6:1-4 (NKJV)

  • Doing charitable deeds before men to be seen by them in order to have glory from men (Matt 6:1-2)
    • Doing charitable deeds in secret in order to be rewarded by our Heavenly Father (Math 6:4)

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” Matthew 6:5-6 (NKJV)

  • Praying in order to be seen by men (Matt 6:5)
    • Praying in the secret place to be rewarded by our Heavenly Father (Matt 6:6)

“And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.” Matthew 6:7-8 (NKJV)

  • Do not pray vain repetitions like the heathen (Matt 6:7)
  • Not praying in the manner of the Lord’s prayer (Matt 6:9-15)
    • Your Heavenly Father knows what we need before we ask (Matt 6:8)
    • Pray in the manner of the Lord’s prayer (Matt 6:9-15)

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14-15 (NKJV)

  • Not forgiving others their trespasses; therefore, not being forgiven from our Father for our trespasses (Matt 6:15)
    • Forgiving others their trespasses so our Father will forgive our trespasses (Matt 6:14)

 This is an excerpt from Chapter 4 of “Covenant & Family.” The remainder of this chapter and the complete book, “Covenant & Family,” is available for purchase here.

Copyright 2016 Rivkah Isaacs

Families: Covenant Part 4

It is important that we keep covenant with the Lord in our families. The mercy of the Lord is on those who fear Him and He gives generational blessings to those who keep his covenant and follow His commandments. The family is the foundation and building block to our society and from there to our government. When the family is strong and keeps covenant with the Lord, then it flows from the families up to the government from there.

The previous three posts on the families and covenant involved repenting and replacing. Scripture is an important weapon of warfare. Here are scripture verses to declare over our individual families, the families of America and the families of Israel. In addition to declaring them over our families, please ask the Lord to help you live in the truth and reality of these verses.

It is written:
Psalm 103:17-18 (NKJV)
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

It is written: Deuteronomy 6:4-7 (NKJV)
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”

 It is written: Joshua 24:15 (NKJV)
“…Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve….But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

 It is written: Psalm 103:17-18 (NKJV)
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

It is written: Proverbs 12:7 (NKJV)
The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
But the house of the righteous will stand.

It is written: Romans 8:16-17 (NKJV)
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

Copyright 2015 Rivkah Isaacs

Families: Covenant Part 3

It is important that we keep covenant with the Lord in our families. The mercy of the Lord is on those who fear Him and He gives generational blessings to those who keep his covenant and follow His commandments. The family is the foundation and building block to our society and from there to our government. When the family is strong and keeps covenant with the Lord, then it flows from the families up to the government from there.

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.
Psalm 103:17-18 (NKJV)

Let us join together in unity to pray for our families. Please repent in our individual lives, for our past family generations and on behalf of our Nation for not keeping covenant with the Lord and obeying His commandments in the family in the following area:

  • Not serving the Lord with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything
  • Please read Deuteronomy chapter 28. The verses at the beginning of the chapter speak of the blessings that come from obedience to the Lord. The verses beginning at 15 talk about the curses that come from disobedience. This verse in 47 talks about what happens when we do not serve the Lord our God with joy and gladness for the abundance of everything, which means, that if we serve the Lord with joy and gladness of heart for the abundance of everything, then the opposite of what is listed will become available. The curses will be turned to blessings.
  • Repent as individuals, as a family and on behalf of your generations for any way you have not obeyed the commandments of the Lord and breaking covenant with Him.
  • Repent on behalf of the families of our Nation who have not obeyed the commandments of the Lord and have broken covenant with the Lord.
  • Repent as an individual, as a family and on behalf of your generations who have not served the Lord with joy and gladness for the abundance of everything.
  • Forgive those in your family who have not served the Lord with joy and gladness for the abundance of everything.
  • Repent on behalf of how we as a Nation have not served the Lord in our families with joy and gladness for the abundance of everything.
  • Please ask the Lord to remove any of the curses and consequences that have come from disobedience and from not serving Him with joy and gladness for the abundance of everything in your life, your family and the families of our Nation.
  • Please ask Him to restore the things that have been lost. I invite you to take time to make a list of that which was lost. You may choose to make a list lost relating to the families of our Nation.
  • Please take time to thank Him and ask Him to help you, your family and the families of our Nation to serve Him with joy and gladness for the abundance of everything.
  • Please read the entire chapter of Isaiah 55. This is a good example of the results of serving the Lord with joy and gladness for the abundance of everything.

    “For you shall go out with joy,
    And be led out with peace;
    The mountains and the hills
    Shall break forth into singing before you,
    And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”
    Isaiah 55:12 (NKJV)

Copyright 2015 Rivkah Isaacs

Families: Covenant Part 2

It is important that we keep covenant with the Lord in our families. The mercy of the Lord is on those who fear Him and He gives generational blessings to those who keep his covenant and follow His commandments. The family is the foundation and building block to our society and from there to our government. When the family is strong and keeps covenant with the Lord, then it flows up to the government from there.

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.
Psalm 103:17-18 (NKJV)

Let us join together in unity to pray for our families. Please repent in our individual lives, for our past family generations and on behalf of our Nation for not keeping covenant with the Lord in the family in the following areas:

  1. Not loving our family as ourselves
    • “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:39 (NKJV)
    • Repent for any ways we have not loved our family as ourselves in our lives and in our generations; forgive those in your family who have not loved you as they have themselves. Repent on behalf of how we as a Nation have not loved our families as we love ourselves.
  2. Not forgiving family members and holding bitterness, which is comprised of: unforgiveness, resentment, retaliation, anger, hatred, violence and murder
    • But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:14 (NKJV)
    • Repent for any bitterness on your behalf and your generations
    • Forgive those who have held bitterness against you and your generations
    • Repent on behalf of how we as a Nation have participated in bitterness of families.
  3. For jealousy/envy of family members
    • A sound heart is life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones. Proverbs 14:30 (NKJV)
    • Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, But who is able to stand before jealousy? Proverbs 27:4 (NKJV)
    • Repent for any jealousy/envy on your behalf and generations
    • Forgive those who have been jealous/envious of you and your generations
    • Repent on behalf of how we as a Nation have participated in jealousy/envy in families
  4. For rebellion, witchcraft, stubbornness, iniquity and idolatry
    • For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. 1 Samuel 15:23 (NKJV)
    • Repent for any rebellion, witchcraft, stubbornness iniquity and idolatry on your behalf and generations
    • Forgive those who have directed rebellion, witchcraft, stubbornness iniquity and idolatry toward you and your generations.
    • Repent on behalf of how we as a Nation have participated in rebellion, witchcraft, stubbornness, iniquity and idolatry.
  5. For witchcraft and control
    • The purpose of witchcraft is to control. Control is witchcraft.
    • Repent for any control of others, as it is witchcraft, that you have participated in your life and on behalf of your generations. Repent on behalf of how we as a Nation have participated in controlling others in our families.
  6. For participation in the occult
    • For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. 1 Samuel 15:23 (NKJV)
    • …having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 2 Timothy 3:5 (NKJV)
    • Repent for any occult activity in your life and on behalf of your generations.
    • Repent on behalf of how we as a Nation have participated in occult activity in our families.

 This is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of “Covenant & Family.” The remainder of this chapter and the complete book, “Covenant & Family,” is available for purchase here.

Copyright 2015 Rivkah Isaacs

Families: Covenant Part 1

It is important that we keep covenant with the Lord in our families. The mercy of the Lord is on those who fear Him and He gives generational blessings to those who keep his covenant and follow His commandments. The family is the foundation and building block to our society and from there to our government. When the family is strong and keeps covenant with the Lord, this covenant keeping then flows from the family unit to society and up to the government. Let us join together in unity to pray for our families.

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.
Psalm 103:17-18 (NKJV)

Please repent in our individual lives, for our family generations and on behalf of our Nation for not keeping covenant with the Lord in the family in the following areas:

  1. Not serving the Lord as a family
    • “…Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 (NKJV)
  2. Not loving the Lord with all our heart, soul and strength
    • “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
      “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” Deuteronomy 6:4-7 (NKJV)
    • When we love the Lord with all our heart, soul and strength, it also serves as an example to our children. They see how we live more than what we say.
  3. Not teaching our children to love the Lord with all our heart, soul and strength - Deuteronomy 6:4-7
  4. Not teaching our children to obey the commandments of the Lord - Deuteronomy 6:4-7
    • When we do not teach our children the commandments of the Lord, we do not teach them how to live in covenant relationship with Him.
  5. Not living in unity with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and not living in unity as a family
    • I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. John 17:20-23 (NKJV)
  6. Adultery and fornication (fornication breaks covenant with a future spouse)
    • “You shall not commit adultery.” Exodus 20:14 (NKJV)
    • Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication…. Galatians 5:19 (NKJV)
  7. Divorce in the event of hardness of heart
    • He [Jesus] said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.” Matthew 19:8 (NKJV)
      • In the event of adultery in marriage, the covenant was broken prior to the divorce. In these cases, divorce is the legal dissolution of a broken covenant relationship. Also, I am not advocating that people remain in abusive marriages. In these cases, the adultery and abuse are covenant breakers and need to be repented of as such.
  8. Improper discipline, either too lenient or too harsh
    • He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines [instructs] him promptly. Proverbs 13:24 (NKJV)
    • And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4 (KJV)
    • Improper discipline is not loving our children. We are to love the Lord our God and when we love Him, we will obey Him. Inappropriate discipline does not teach our children how to love the Lord. Leniency does not teach our children how to love the Lord no better than harsh discipline does.
  9. Dishonoring father and mother
    • Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God given thee. Exodus 201:12 (KJV)
  10. Choosing not to provide for family
    • But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 1 Timothy 5:8 (NKJV)
    • The Lord makes a covenant of peace with us. The Hebrew word for peace is shalom. Shalom includes definitions of prosperity. When parents choose to not provide for their family, they violate the covenant to their family that the Lord has entrusted to them.
  11. Not taking care of the welfare, health or safety of family members
    • The Lord makes a covenant of peace with us. The Hebrew word for peace is shalom. Shalom includes definitions of welfare, health and safety. When these are not provided for in a family, the parents violate the covenant to their family that the Lord has entrusted to them.
  12. Abortion
    • “Thou shalt not kill.” Exodus 20:13 (KJV)
    • Abortion breaks covenant with the unborn child. In covenant, parents are to protect their children. 

 This is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of “Covenant & Family.” The remainder of this chapter and the complete book, “Covenant & Family,” is available for purchase here.

Copyright 2015 Rivkah Isaacs