A Sabbath Rest
Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
4Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
Throughout the Word you will find conditions to blessings. Not all are blessed. Not all bear fruit. Not all prosper, BUT those who delight in the law of the Lord, and meditate on the law day and night receive this promise. There is much fruit from eating the Word!
Chuck Pierce author of "A Time To Advance" says that most church members are more influenced by the traditions of their particular denomination than by a deep understanding of God's Word. He also states that the truth is that even though they have rejected the Messiah, the lifestyle of many Jews is more biblical than that of many Christians. I didn't fully get this until I went to Israel.
My prayer is that this week has awakened you to some deeper spiritual truths that tradition may have prevented you from experiencing. It is possible that our traditions though embedded in our families for generations don't exactly align to the Word, and we must be willing to press in for our own truth. The very thing you have put walls around may be the key to unlocking intimacy or freedom. This month we are after INTIMACY. Esther found her home in the inner courts. One who carries this anointing doesn't settle for outer gates when the inner courts can be accessed right? Our heart must be to move closer!
I shared this week my heart for studying Jewish culture and calendar. If your spirit is stirring with curiosity,this month is called Shevat. The Jewish people believe it is a month to access your fruit and the things planted in your life. They mediate on Psalm 1. They also expect people to come to you with water and blessings. Be expecting people to pour into your life and look for blessings. You can shout, "My blessings are coming!" It is also a month to study Daniel and consider doing a Daniel fast assessing what your diet looks like. This month we also stand on our righteousness. We have righteousness not because of what we have done, but because of what Jesus did. My suggestion is to keep a journal this month to see if your life aligned to what they believe is God's timing. I certainly don't think assessing roots, claiming your blessings and standing on righteousness could cause any harm...actually, I bet you will find it blesses you!
Enjoy your Sabbath Rest today! Your assignment today is to meditate on Psalm 1!
Could you do a better job at delighting in the law of the Lord and meditating on it day and night?