Dominion In Your Family Life (Part 4), By Pastor Faith Oyedepo
Topic: Dominion In Your Family Life (Part 4)
You are welcome to this week’s teaching on Family life. So far, I started by examining how obedience will enable you to have dominion. I tried to explain how you can live peacefully with your family members and others. I equally examined how you can enjoy rest in your family. Today, I shall be talking about Family Friend.
It is impossible to amount to anything outside the company you keep. You cannot expect to live a better life than your companions if they are truly your friends. This explains why the Bible says: He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed(Proverbs 13:20). A friend is someone with whom you and your family relate intimately. He is someone you identify with, share common experience with and bare your mind to. This simple definition of a friend shows that not everybody is a friend. That is why you need to always use the Word of God in selecting who should be your friend.
The one who keeps company with wise men is the one who will be wise, but the companions of fools will not only be foolish but will ultimately be destroyed. Also, the friend of the unrighteous will ultimately become unrighteous to the detriment of his family. One thing some Christians fail to understand is that one cannot flow together with every believer, simply because the person calls himself your family friend. God wants you to succeed and be in charge (dominate) in your family life, but it is your responsibility to watch the company you keep and only choose friends with the right character. The reason for failure of most marriages and families today is character crisis. That will not be your portion, in Jesus’ name!
Who is your family friend?
You cannot be a Christian while your family friend is an unbeliever, an adulterer, a smoker, drunkard, gossip or backbiter. What companionship are you forming with an unbeliever? Anyone who is lacking in Christian character should never be your family friend. You must obey the command in 2 Thessalonians 3:6, which says: …that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly…. Many people call themselves family friends, but they have not disciplined themselves to refrain from certain habits. I believe that the choice of your family friend does not only affect the future of your family, but it could also determine the success (dominion) or failure of your marriage. Hence, your family’s vision or goal in life should determine your choice of family friends.
As a man or woman who desires a right family, you must make up your mind to dissociate yourself from every friend that thinks or talks contrary to God’s Word. The Bible says: Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people (Proverbs 13:34). This simply means that righteousness or right standing with God will bring about dominion. Therefore, for your family to enjoy dominion, it must have a right standing with God. You cannot have a right standing with God by keeping friends who do not have regard for your God. The type of company you keep will either make you or break your family. It was a friend that made Amnon, David’s son, to commit incest (2 Samuel 13:1-4). He later paid for the wrong company he kept with his life. Choose your friends wisely!
Today, most couples, who find themselves in all forms of evil got into them via wrong company. One major reason why couples are enticed to join wrong company is because they are not bold enough to identify with the Lord Jesus Christ. Let people know your stand for God. Go to church together, pray together, and engage in God’s programmes together. Have a good family friend and your marital life will be molded.
May God bring you in contact with friends that will skyrocket you and your family to your place in destiny. May you never keep a company that will keep you away from God and robs your family of its dominion. In case you don’t know whom to pick as your family friend, ask God in prayer and He will give you direction. Prevent your spouse and children from keeping wrong company. This is because the effect of the company you keep will sooner or later affect your marriage and family. Your marriage and family shall not fail, in Jesus’ name!
The first step to enjoying family dominion is by accepting Christ into your life. If you are not yet born again and you desire to do so right now, please pray this prayer with faith in your heart: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily; obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21). With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through [email protected], 07026385437 OR 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building a Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).
Pastor Faith Oyedepo is the wife of Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide a.k.a. Winners’ Chapel, and Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, Nigeria.