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The Rhythm of Your Life- P.3 (4.24.16)

By April 25, 2016 No Comments

Psalm 84:4
[4] Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.

Selah – means to pause and to think about what was just said.

Some of us are not healthy because we do not have a pause in our lives.

Matthew 14:23
[23] And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

Jesus, the Son of God, needed a time away meditate and pray. If He needed it, so do we.

Mark 1:12-13,35,45
[12] And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness. [13] And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him. [35] And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. [45] But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.

Mark 6:31,45-47
[31] And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. [45] And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. [46] And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray. [47] And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land.

Mark 9:2
[2] And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.

You can’t have peace with God if you don’t spend time with Him.

Jesus was effective in His public ministry because of His discipline in His private time with God.

Luke 5:15-16
[15] But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities. [16] And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.

Psalm 46:10
[10] Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

If you are constantly going, and never pause to rest, you’ll experience chaos. Its the pause that creates the rhythm. There can be no rhythm in your life when there is not withdraw.

John 6:63

John 3:6-8
[6] That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. [7] Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. [8] The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Jesus equates the evidence of the Spirit’s work in our lives to the wind. You can’t physically see the wind, but you can see the affects of where it has been. When the trees rustle, you can tell the wind is moving. In the same way, you may not physically see the Holy Spirit, but the effects of Him moving in our lives should be evident.

Always enquire of the Lord, even if you know something is a good thing. Rhythm is about not only doing the right thing, but doing it at the right time.

God has many different ways of doing something. Sometimes we tend to put Him in a box, and expect that He will accomplish something the same way He did it in the past. Just because God did something one way last time doesn’t mean He will do it the same way this time.

2 Samuel 5:17-19,22-25 
[17] But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of it , and went down to the hold. [18] The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. [19] And David enquired of the Lord , saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the Lord said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand. [22] And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. [23] And when David enquired of the Lord , he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees. [24] And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the Lord go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines. [25] And David did so, as the Lord had commanded him; and smote the Philistines from Geba until thou come to Gazer.

David asked the Lord if he should go down to battle the Philistines. God told him to go. David defeated the Philistines. When they gathered together again in the valley, David asked God again if he should go. This time, God gave a different response. He told David to come at the Philistines from a different angle. David was instructed to wait and whenever he would hear the trees moving, then he could go boldly, knowing that God was with him.  Both the first and the second time David was victorious, but God used two different approaches.

It is important that we don’t limit God in thinking He will accomplish something only one way. Don’t have your eyes so fixed on the door that you miss the God of the open window. We must have regular times to rest so that we can stay in rhythm with God and know how He wants us to move in the moment.