Rhythm and Flow

iStock_000001832109SmallWe try so hard to make everyone happy at times that we can lose ourselves in the process. Knowing who we really are brings clarity and purpose in our relationships.

We are image bearers of the infinite God of the universe. God shaped us in His image and placed us on the planet for relationship and purpose. Each of us are wonderfully made and God’s unique masterpiece.

Even when we became disconnected to God, He so loved us that He sent His precious son Jesus to earth to rescue us. Jesus gave His life for ours in exchange at the cross. He finished the work of reconciliation so we could be children of God.

Now we can spend time with our Lord Jesus in prayer and get a larger revelation of who He is, and who we are in Him. As we grow in grasping our identity as the righteousness of God in Christ, we will effortlessly see change in our relationships.

We will begin to set healthy boundaries and look for purpose in our friendships. As we lean on and trust in our Heavenly Father, He will lead us into the community of believers where goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our lives and our cup runs over.

Genesis 1:26-28, Psalm 139:13-15, Ephesians 2:10, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 12:2, Psalm 23:5-6, Psalm 92:13


Wanderer to Guest of Honor

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Psalm 23: 5-6 (The Amplified)

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.

 Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.

The Bedouin people of Israel are nomadic. They live in the desert and pitch tents for a period of time and then move to different areas depending on the season. They have done this for thousands of years.

If you are really adventurous, though I suggest having a guide, you can go to a tent community and wait nearby to be invited in to spend time with them. I hear you should refuse at first but ultimately accept their gracious invitation.

In ancient times their custom was to invite the strange wanderer into their tents and have the oldest male child stand in the tent opening with his sword. He would wait there on the alert for any of the wanderer’s enemies who might be following him. This was a gracious gift considering that the male child represented the inheritance.

Once invited in, the wanderer’s enemies became their enemies. Then the family prepared a table before him. They would prepare a bountiful spread with food and wine, and as he enjoyed the meal one of the adult children would pour costly oil on his head and massage his shoulders. The wanderer would rise from stranger to guest of honor.

Today there is an open invitation to the House of God. There is no reason to refuse. The House of God is a community of people. As you enter this spiritual house, know the Father gave His only son so that you could be a part of His family. God will command angels to watch over and protect you.

As you relax into the community of believers, know you are the guest of honor, enjoy the feast that is before you, the costly fragrant oil, the massage; and be refreshed in the presence of God for when two or more gather in Jesus’s name He will be there (Matt 18:20).

In this text the word “follow” in the Hebrew is Radaf. This verb can mean to chase, persecute or pursue. David used it in reference to pursuing his enemies. It is a very aggressive verb. So as you dwell and live everyday life amongst the people, the church, know God’s mercy, goodness and unfailing love will chase you down and dominate your life.