If you remember I shared with you how Dineen and I met, the journey of our friendship and our ministry beginnings. Let me pick up now where I left off. In January Dineen and I attended a conference together and it was on the last night of the conference, I heard God speak to me heart, “Lynn, you need to wash Dineen’s feet.” I will remind you that for a month God focused my heart and study on learning about covenant. Finally, this was the night God called me to put my faith into action.
So as we arrived back at our hotel at 11:00 p.m., I said to Dineen, “I just heard God tell me to wash your feet.” She looked at me.
“But, I know we are both too tired right now to do that. Let’s get some sleep,” I said.
The next morning, however, in the shower, I clearly hear the Lord speak again, “Wash her feet.”
“Okay, Lord, I will wash her feet.”
I finished getting ready and packed my suitcase to leave. I say to Dineen, “God told me again this morning, to wash your feet. Since you have just had a shower, I’m going to remove your shoes and rub lotion on your feet.”
She sat down. I removed her shoes. I kneeled before her and I spoke looking up into her eyes and I made a covenant before God to always love Dineen and to protect our friendship. She got teary. I got teary. We then wiped our eyes and giggled.
Then it was off to the airport.
My friends, within days the entire army of hell was deployed to destroy us. So much came at us and our friendship that I could have never anticipated. But we have persevered. Why, because I have sworn an oath before God that I would always love Dineen.
Satan HATES covenant. He hates it because God’s relationships are covenant, blood-bought, eternal relationships. That’s why our adversary deploys relentless pressure, temptation, confusion, and evil into our world to destroy marriage and family. It’s marriage and family that model God’s Kingdom family. Do you see this?
The minute I spoke into the realms that I was entering into a covenant relationship, WHAM! Targeted and arsenals delivered…. Selah!
It’s covenant that scares the devil. Because God is Covenant.
God will never leave us nor forsake us. And He wants the same for our relationships with one another on earth. Because it’s covenant-commitments that UNIFY the Bride, defeat the enemy and change the world.
I’m reminded of Kris Vallatton’s words from the conference:
*So many people are looking for their destiny when they should be looking for their people (family).
*What began as an accident needs to be now done on purpose.
*Cohabitating: You are in it for what you get.
*Covenant: You are in it for what you give.
*Find your family.
Covenant relationship is not for the faint of heart. You can’t withstand the devil’s assaults if you aren’t equipped with the love of God first. Covenant relationship with God empowers you to enter into covenant with people. And I’m convinced that when we stick in there with a difficult marriage, or any covenant relationship, you will reap the blessings that come from triumph. Covenant relationship flies in the face of everything our culture preaches. Our throw away, I’m done with you, society cannot understand this kind of love and commitment. But God is looking to His people to model a love that doesn’t make since. A love that is patient, and a love that is kind. A love that does not envy, that does not boast, and is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. A love that does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. A Love that always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13)
Today, it’s imperative that you pray, right here and now for your covenant relationships. Please pray in the comments and I will contend with you for your relationships, your marriage and family.
I love you my SUMite family. I truly love you, Lynn
Photo credit: By nuchylee, published on 27 November 2012
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Lynn has wonderfully mapped out the steps we all need to walk through to develop and grow this vital relationship with Him. This was the Lord’s intent for her transformation journey all along, and His intent for you too. Here she has spelled out the spiritual truths behind the principles and talked us through how she applied them. These truths are universally applicable to us all, though as the details of our lives, situations and hearts will be different, we will apply them differently. - Reader Review from Barnes & Noble.