Recently I shared a word about “Renewing Marriage Covenant Power.” A year or so back, the Lord began to place a major burden on my heart for the family unit. When this happens, I begin to set aside time to study the topic at hand, and then the Lord begins to release messages that deal with the issues where many are susceptible to attack.
Unlike other years where the sukkahs came down quickly following our Sukkot service, this year the Lord asked that I leave them up. What followed soon afterwards was a powerful time of prayer as the members of our congregation, as well as many online, chose to recommit their marriages to the Lord and to one another. While those who were single, divorced, or widowed made a commitment to renew their vows with the Lord, preparing their hearts for future spouses. I share those notes with you here…
The One New Man is a now a movement, and what we stand for is covenant. When you stand for covenant, you stand for family. Covenant blessings operate through the family structure. So on this night we set aside a time, specifically for our congregation, to renew the marriage covenant—as many of us were focused on serving the needs of our visitors during the actual Sukkot service.
The scriptures I share deal with the very basics of the marriage covenant. Many people who get married have no idea that these are the standards and the expectations written down in the Word of God. We want the enemy to understand that we know what is expected of us, and we are choosing to walk in accordance with scripture—activating these words in our lives.
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’”—Genesis 1:27-28
We understand that we’ve been created under a dominion mandate to subdue all things. That is why God sends us to the earth. When we are conceived a demand is made in Heaven to send a change agent to bring the earth back into submission, under God. The enemy, however, comes to confuse the seed in order that they won’t embrace that mandate. Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the Father, and His Spirit abides in us and desires to be unrestricted in and through us so that we can subdue the earth. Our families must take dominion over the seven mountains, bringing them into authority under the Word of God. This is why we have children, so that they might carry the torch.
Harvesters subdue every place they walk, just as their Father does in Heaven.
If you don’t have a dominion marriage, you do not have a marriage. Let me make this clear, marriage was not designed to produce children who are entitled and do nothing.
I recently spent time in Israel where I met with two different groups of Israeli business professionals. Both groups stated that they must succeed financially in order to secure the protection and survival of the Nation of Israel. This is so true for the remnant of the Body of Christ as well! If we do not prosper we are gone. Part of the battle of our witness comes from our success. Our dominion is part of the witness to others of why they would want to serve our God. The Bible is full of successful men and women.
We must come into agreement that we will depend on God… and God alone—understanding that if we are in alignment with God He will prosper the work of our hands. Will you come in agreement with the breakthrough? It does need to be bigger than money—it needs to be about purpose.
“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.”—Ephesians 5:22-24
I understand why some wives don’t wish to submit to their husbands, because their husbands are not anointed. However, they chose to marry that man, possibly believing that they could change him.
Being a dominion man is very attractive to a woman. A woman wants a man who is interested in taking the land and the community for God. A man who prays and studies the Word, fulfilling Bible prophecy. Women want to submit to men like these. But the man must be in agreement on the specific mandate their family is being asked to fulfill.
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word.”—Ephesians 5:25-26
Husbands should know that their job is to wash their families with the Word. They should be anointed teachers and preachers in their homes. It’s important that men teach, preach, and live a Godly life in their homes. Women should not compare their husbands to the pastor, but instead, they must encourage their husbands, and love them where they are at so that they will come to the House of God with confidence in order to be equipped.
“That He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”—Ephesians 5:27
People are so concerned with being raptured, but we still have so many “spots and wrinkles” that we are going nowhere. Rapture can only happen when the Church is aligned. When you have churches following doctrines that are against the truth of the Gospel, they are not going anywhere because they are not properly aligned with Him.
“So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.”—Ephesians 5:28
Men do not have to be wimps to walk this scripture out. For the record… I am Holy, and I am tender, but I am not a wimp. Many men choose not to come to church, because a religious spirit tells them they are wimps if they do. But it is interesting that many men like to come to House of David, because we embrace manly men who follow hard after Jesus.
If you really want to be strong in the Lord, you will be Holy. You want to be a man? Put God to His Word under the chuppah. Be a real man, a man of great faith… not a quitter.
“For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.”—Ephesians 5:29-30
We are members of His Body, and any disunity within our communities, our families, our congregation, our state, or our country poisons us. When you see me bringing reconciliation, it is for His Body so that we can have peace. A healthy Body is able to move forward into whatever God has asked it to do. A Body that has missing parts is crippled and cannot complete the work.
The next ten years will be a time of healing for the remnant. The wall is coming down.
“‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”—Ephesians 5:31
It is time to cut unhealthy soul ties within our families. Parents… quit trying to micromanage your children. And children, quit manipulating your parents. Take responsibility for yourself, understanding that the author of your faith is not your family, but the Lord in you.
“Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”—Ephesians 5:33
Men, if you chose to honor your wives, they will honor you. If a wife honors her husband the honor will also be returned. I’m not talking about perfection; I’m talking about honor.
You will never win every battle, no matter who you are. Sometimes even when you lose, it is actually a victory. Defeat is sometimes a better teacher than victory. So as a married couple, and as a family remember… remember that the effort you give is more important that the actual achievement. As long as you do your best, that is good enough. We cannot judge the happiness in our families based off of success or failure.
If you will just do the everyday small things right, that is where you will win. Know what you are good at, and do that to the best of your ability, focusing on what you can do and not on others. We cannot put a demand on our spouses to do things that are our responsibilities. We must realize and understand that what God put in each of us is exactly what we need to answer the call. If we seek the instruction, the call will manifest itself through it. The corrections made in our lives with the instruction of the Word will manifest in our lives. We cannot be bound by other people’s calls, but must take the dominion mandate for our family in our own unique way.
“Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”—Ecclesiastes 4:12
We must understand that He is the divine third-person in every one of our relationships. He will hold us together. When we are weak, He is strong.
“Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”—Mark 10:9
Marriage is God’s idea. Marriage is for increase, not decrease. When you dishonor the Word, the marriage fails, and this is why so many marriages are under attack.
We decree over House of David, Curt Landry Ministries, and over our families, that we are a marriage of dominion. We are a marriage that will be healthy and prosperous, and we will answer the call. It will produce and multiply physical and spiritual children.
Before we enter the chuppah and renew our marriage covenants, we must forgive the past and decree that we will walk according to the Word of God, and not according to worldly dysfunction.
Let us decree this together: As for me and my house, we are going to serve the Lord. And we are going to walk in dominion. We have been created to multiply and subdue the nations. Thank you Lord, for Your authority and Your anointing in our lives. In Yeshua’s name. Amen!