The Importance of Covenant Part 5 – Covenant With Our Children

The Importance of Covenant Part 5
Covenant With Our Children

Covenant

“Where lives change and where life can begin again”

Deuteronomy 11:19 (NIV)

19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at

home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when

you get up.

 

Being a parent is such a huge responsibility. A parent has a covenant, a

blood covenant to teach their children the ways and the truths of God’s

word and who He is. It was commanded by God, that the parents teach

their children that it would be well with them by obeying their parents

when the parents taught them of the Lord. How? by talking about it

when you sit at home, walking along the way, when they go to bed and

when they get up.

 

Prayer time with our children is vitally important. We are called to have

a covenant with our children, and in this covenant, we teach them how to

have a covenant with God. Communication with God goes both ways and

the sooner that children learn this, the more successful their lives will

be. They do this by learning how powerful God is and that God lives in

each of us, which makes us powerful and strong. This knowledge will

give them the confidence that they need in bad situations when things

look impossible. With this covenant teaching, in the midst of these

challenges, they will already be acquainted with a powerful Father that

lives on the inside of them. We have a covenant with our children to

teach them the ways and the power of God and the power that is within

them.

 

Psalm 127:3-5(NIV)

3 Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.

4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.

5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put

to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.

 

Children are never a mistake! Each person that is born on this earth,

God has known before the foundation of the world. He knew each one

of us in our mother’s womb. Every child that is born with challenges,

both physically, mentally, or of any sort, God has plans for each one.

God takes the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. The

amazing accomplishments in the face of known limitations are

astounding in the hands of our God.

As parents, it is our covenant responsibility to raise our children with

love, strength, determination, and in full knowledge of who they are in

Christ Jesus and in the knowledge of who their heavenly Father is

personally to them. It is our covenant right and responsibility to teach

them.

 

Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV)

13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my

mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully

made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was

not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was

woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my

unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book

before one of them came to be.

 

God has “fearfully and wonderfully” made each one of us in His

likeness. Teach your children about God. Teach your children about

what Jesus has done for them. What is Christmas and why do we

celebrate it? What is Easter (Resurrection Sunday) all about? Tell the

stories and help them make a sound decision when someone tries to

come and challenge their faith. Explain to them about faith and why

that is important to God? Don’t just tell them to go to church but tell

them why it is important to go to church. Church is not just a place

where adults learn, but children learn about themselves and about a

faith-filled Body of Christ that grows and stands together as a mighty

army, learning and fighting together in Christ Jesus!

 

Psalm 22:6 (NIV)

6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are

old, they will not turn from it.

 

It is important to start children off the way they should go, so that they

can finish strong and be successful in the end. It isn’t how much we

accomplished for the world that God looks at, but how much we

accomplished for the Kingdom of God on this earth.

 

Children listen intently to the words of their parents. They watch

closely the actions and examples in their lives. Make your time count

well, teaching your children the ways of God, so that they will not turn

from it when they are older. My prayer is that each one of my children

will hear “Well done, my good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of

the Lord!” Be an example and honor the covenant to teach your children

about God and great shall be their peace, but great shall be your peace

as well!

 

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Growing Our Faith –

“The Problem with ‘No Faith’”

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The Importance of Covenant Part 4 – The Covenant of Friendship

The Importance of Covenant Part 4
The Covenant of Friendship

Covenant

“Where lives change and where life can begin again”

Proverbs 27:9 (MSG)

9 Just as lotions and fragrance give sensual delight,

a sweet friendship refreshes the soul.


The book of Proverbs tells it best, just like the sweet fragrance and the

feel of wonderful lotions, a friendship refreshes you and brings you to a

better place in yourself. A good friendship refreshes your soul and adds

to you.


A real friendship strengthens you and is honest and refreshing. It is a

bond between two people that is honored and trusted. The hard things

can be spoken, and the joy and trust are like no other relationships.

There are things that you can say to a friend that you can not say to

your “life-long” mate. There is an understanding and a trust that is

sometimes never spoken, but completely understood through the

relationship. When I am down, I am lifted up by my friend.


If you haven’t figured it out yet, men and women are quite different in

more ways than physical.

We have different ways of handling problems, children, relationships,

love, well just about everything. Yet, with women, we have a common

bond that knits us together because we are so alike in many ways. We

understand each other. And the same is true for men. There is a

common “brotherhood” that a woman simply cannot understand.


Galatians 6:1 (NKJV)

Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual

restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest

you also be tempted.


Friends don’t judge, they love and restore! Our covenant of trust and

honor sees the love and not the sin. Love never considers a suffered

wrong, but love hopes all things and believes all things good to restore

and bring back to brand new. Refreshed and better than before.


Proverbs 17:17 (MSG)

17 Friends love through all kinds of weather,

and families stick together in all kinds of trouble.


I love the way God sees us. He sees us righteous and clean and washed

in the Blood of Jesus. To truly have the heart of God, we must see our

friends and our brothers and sisters, with the heart and eyes of God.

We shouldn’t consider their faults and mistakes, but we should see

them as whole and righteous the way God sees them.

Friends don’t run when things get hard, or when our expectations are

shattered in pieces. Love creates a bond that nothing can shatter. There

may be cracks, but love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all

things, and endures all things. I will bear through a friend’s faults. I will

believe the best when everything looks to the contrary. I will hope for the

best in all circumstances until the best is achieved. I will endure to the

end because they are my friend and our covenant doesn’t quit or give

up. It stands in the face of adversity and loves anyway. When everyone

else turns their back, I will stand because of my covenant of love. When

everyone else speaks ill of the one I love, I will speak what God says

and believe for restoration and I know that love will prevail. Love never

fails!


1 John 3:16 (NLT)

16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So,

we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.


Very rarely will we have to actually lay down our lives for our friends,

but would you? Does your covenant of love go that deep? Jesus’s love

went that deep. He looked at our condition and despair and said “…I

will go…” He became that sacrificial lamb for us. Sometimes we must

lay down our prayers, our time, our finances, our home, and our

comfort for our friends.


As brothers, sisters, and friends in Christ, we are called to lay down our

lives in covenant love for our friends. We should never see a brother

who is overtaken by a fault and not help them. We who are spiritual,

should lift them up to restore them into the right place, physically,

emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually.


Proverbs 18:24 (NKJV)

24 A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend

who sticks closer than a brother.


His name is Jesus! The greatest example of covenant love. He no longer

calls you servants, but friends. (John 15:15)


Next week we will be talking about:

The Importance of Covenant –

“The Covenant with Our Children

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The Importance of Covenant Part 3 – The Covenant of Marriage

The Importance of Covenant Part 3
The Covenant of Marriage

Covenant

“Where lives change and where life can begin again”

Mark 10:7-9 (NKJV)

7 ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined

to his wife, 8 and the two shall become one flesh’; so, then they are no

longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together,

let not man separate.”

 

Marriage used to be a huge deal. When two people were joined together

in marriage it was forever. Through the bad times, horrible times, sick

times, “I want to “mush” your face” times, and the good times too. It is

much too easy today to walk away when things are not going perfect or

when it gets extremely hard. Those are the times when we need God to

remind us of the bond that we have with each other and the reasons we

chose to get married in the first place.

 

Last week I talked about two being better than one. God designed us to

have a mate and someone to support us, love us, protect us and grow

old with us. There are so many elements to love and covenant. I believe

it is all the characteristics of God that we are developing within

ourselves.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

gentleness, and self-control. These characteristics help us to keep a

good marriage if we are always mindful of them and growing in them

daily. Fruit starts off as a seed, but it grows to maturity with time and

the care taken to grow it.

 

Ecclesiastes 4:9

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their

labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity

anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down

together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?”

 

God saw the condition of man and saw that it wouldn’t be good for

man to be alone. There is always a completeness that happens when

God brings the right person for marriage into your life. So many are

picking their own mates and find that they are not happy. It ends with

frustration and disappointment. We must learn to consult God in

everything and especially in life-long decisions. It will ease the pain of

many future, unnecessary struggles. You will have struggles with your

“Man or woman sent from Heaven”, but with God at the center of your

life and marriage, you will get through them better than before and

stronger.

 

Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NKJV)

12 Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand

him.

And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

 

I have found that many married couples try to work things out on their

own and often do a horrible job of fixing things. Usually, after banging

your heads against a wall for way too long, you run for help.

Unfortunately, many run to secular counselors to have them help them

with their problems. However, the answer is always God.

 

Mark 10:9

“Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

 

Unfortunately, many couples do not consult God on their problems or

even when they decide to get married. The key is to let God “join” you

together.

 

If you haven’t gotten married yet, good! Wait!!! and let God bring that

right person into your life. Ask Him and believe Him for the right

person. If you are married, great! Let God be the center of your

marriage. There is nothing sweeter than knowing God is there through

everything and that He will answer your questions and your concerns.

Couples that pray together, truly stay together. They get their wisdom

from God and not themselves.

 

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths.

 

The beautiful part of the marriage covenant is that God will be with you

always and will lead you and guide you through every trial and every

challenge. Bind Him as the middle of that three-fold cord and make

Him a total part of your marriage covenant. It is a binding agreement

made in love to last forever. Trust God with all your heart and not

yourselves! And your marriage will last forever!

 

Next week we will be talking about:

The Importance of Covenant – “The Covenant of

Friendship”

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The Importance of Covenant Part 2 – Covenant between Man and the Church

The Importance of Covenant Part 2
Covenant between Man and the Church

Covenant

“Where lives change and where life can begin again”

As we talked about last week, a covenant is a binding agreement. Some

covenants are legal and binding, but most of all they should be a binding

or a joining of the heart. When it comes to a covenant with God, it is

with a heart of love and faith that we make a covenant with Him and He

makes a covenant with us. It has nothing to do with papers and lawyers

and law, but a decision of the heart to follow Christ all the days of our

lives. To keep the covenant in this way of love, you must stay close to the

Word and in close communication (prayer) with the Father. Learning to

hear the voice of God and trusting the voice in your spirit that when it

is good, it is God. When it is bad, it is not! The closer we get and the

longer we stay in covenant, the easier it gets, and the more joy we will

find in following the Savior.

 

Ephesians 4:11-16

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some

evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of

the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the “Body” of

Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge

of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of

the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed

to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery

of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking

the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—

Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by

what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which

every part does its share, causes growth of the “Body” for the edifying

of itself in love.

 

The church is the “Body” of Christ. There is the Body of Christ as a

whole that consist of all Christians everywhere. And there are small

Bodies of Christ that support communities and cities and countries all

over the world. We are all doing our part of the Kingdom’s work as the

“Body” of Christ in our individual responsibilities where God has sent

us.

 

The best, and most eternally beneficial work that you can do is in your

local church. Making a covenant to do the work of the Kingdom for the

purpose of spreading the gospel to all areas of your community, city or

state is a very important part of what we were called to do. The church

has made a covenant to teach and grow the “Body” to be equipped to

go to their families, co-workers, communities, and friends with the

gospel of Jesus Christ. To educate them in who they are in Christ and

the true authority that they walk in and possess.

 

12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the

edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the

faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the

measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

 

The church makes a covenant with the “Body” to teach them to walk in

their true identity in Christ, that they are more than conquerors, and

can do all things through Christ which strengthens them. Satan has

made an all-out attempt to dismember the “Body” and call the church

irrelevant and outdated, but it is a necessary part of the growth and

equipping of the children of God. It is a part of God’s plan. This is why

Satan is doing all he can to destroy the credibility of the “Church”.

 

16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every

joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part

does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in

love.

 

Isn’t that covenant? The whole “Body”, is joined and knit together by what

every joint supplies…

A covenant causes two, to become one, united in one purpose and in

one goal. Unified in the faith and doing more for the cause of Christ.

It excites me every time I think about the covenant that we have

together as the “Church”. We are called to be accountable to one

another and to walk in unity to accomplish a common cause.

 

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NIV)

9 Two are better than one,

because they have a good return for their labor:

10 If either of them falls down,

one can help the other up.

But pity anyone who falls

and has no one to help them up.

11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.

But how can one keep warm alone?

12 Though one may be overpowered,

two can defend themselves.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

 

Together we can accomplish more. Together we can accomplish

ANYTHING! Let’s go take the world for Jesus!

 

Next week we will be talking about:

The Importance of Covenant – “The Covenant of

Marriage”

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The Importance of Covenant Part 1 – Covenant between God and Man

The Importance of Covenant Part 1
Covenant between God and Man

Covenant

“Where lives change and where life can begin again”

Some people don’t understand the meaning of covenant let alone the

importance of it. Let’s examine the simple definition of a covenant.

 

Covenant – a binding agreement.

Most covenants were made with two or more people and in biblical

times, it was done by the shedding of blood.

 

When God made a covenant with man (Abram) he had Abram be

circumcised and all the males in his home, even servants, be

circumcised. This cutting and shedding of blood signified that there

has been made a bond that cannot be broken. Even though Abram only

knew the voice of God at that time, he obeyed and knew the

importance of covenant with God. This would change Abram and his

entire family and generations to come, including you and I.

 

God always knows what he is doing. He knows the end from the

beginning. (Isaiah 46:10) God’s promises to man are forever, no matter

what. Upon taking a journey through the old testament, you will see

time and time again where a man broke the covenant with God through

disobedience but never changed. He expressed his disappointment

and the resulting consequences because of their choices, but he never

gave up.

 

To God, a promise is a promise. He is the God of faithful and true until

the end. God is a God of integrity and honor.

 

Romans 8:38-39 NKJV

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor

principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor

height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate

us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of God. His

determination to be close to us and to love us for eternity is already

etched into His eternity.

 

Now man is a different story. Even though we are made in the image of

God and have many of His attributes, we also were given a choice. No

one, including God, wants to force someone to love them. Would that

be true love? I believe each one of us has the ability to love just like

God, and that our capacity to love and have faith is huge. As humans,

we develop our capacity to love through our study and time with God

and we become more like Him and closer to him as we learn who we

are.

 

After the fall of man, God brought the covenant “proposal” to Abram.

Abram received the agreement and walked with God. He left his entire

family to find God and who he was in God. Have you ever felt like there

was something greater on the inside of you? And that there is more to

this than you can see? …there is!!! There is a treasure in the field and

those that sell all that they have to find the treasure will receive more

than they ever thought they could have. (Matthew 13:44) After 25 years

of walking with God, God fulfilled His promise to Abram and then He

changed his name. What great faith! He made a decision, that no matter

the obstacles or what he could see, Abram held on to the covenant that

God and he made, and our lives are the way they are today because of

Abram’s honor and integrity to that covenant.

 

Romans 4:18-20 NKJV

who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father

of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your

descendants be.” [19] And not being weak in faith, he did not consider

his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old),

and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. [20] He did not waver at the

promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving

glory to God,”

 

Not breaking the covenant with God does not depend on how many

great deeds you do. Nor does it depend on how perfect you are. Rather

it is by the determination to stay the course, even when we make

mistakes; determining to keep ourselves fixed on the promises of God

by staying on the journey of faith and giving glory to God through it all!

Knowing that no matter what “I believe and trust God. I’m not backing

up, I’m going forward in what He has promised me and I’m walking it

out to the end”. God promises to do the same with you. That is a

covenant that He will never break!

 

Next Week:

The Importance of Covenant – “The Covenant

Between Man and the Church”

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