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