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Thanksgiving and Selah! Did I Really Invite You?

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Did I Really Invite You? 

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.”

Psalm 23:5, NKJV

One of the most engaging bible studies I’ve ever conducted is called the “Table Series.”  During this series of Bible studies, the students and the teacher sit around the table and go deep into a transparent discussion on how the bible study topic speaks to their life existence.  Each time we find out more and more that the table experience is part of our growth and development in the body of believers.  It is at the table where we come face to face with the many issues, problems, joys, and sorrows of our present life.  The table has continuously been the center of our lives and cultures for decades.  This week, when you gather with family, friends, and even associates it’s the table experience that will either bless you or weaken who you are.
Many times in my life I have begged to ask the question as to why so many of us feel obligated to have certain people at our table?  What propels us to bring certain people into our lives that will ultimately bring about our pain?  What you should understand is that you are not obligated to have people come and sit at your spiritual table who do not have your best interest in mind.  Tell yourself, if your spirit does not yoke with my spirit; if your iron doesn’t sharpen my iron; or rather if you don’t understand who I am and who’s I am, then I can’t see myself in a position of obligation to have you come sit at my table.
Interestingly enough is that many times the obligated guest will become the confrontational guest.  Think about it, there are people in your life right now who only breed the air of confrontation.  Every time you speak with them they are telling you about a confrontation, struggle, or pain.  When you give an ear to the confrontational guest you are breeding a spirit of contempt for your life.  When you understand that there exist people in your life who are there for confrontation, you realize that your duty as the believer is to seek God’s guidance in handling this very delicate and fragile guest of your life.
The word of the Lord says, that “God shall prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies.”  This scripture speaks as a word of confirmation that many of us will be at the “table” with our enemies.  And YES, many of our enemies can be part of our family.  Yet, this very familiar scripture illustrates that even as God puts you at the table with your enemy/confrontational guest, if you are obedient to the knowledge and provision of God, God will allow your cup to run over, your anointing to strengthen, and the power of goodness to overflow in your life.
So as you prepare to celebrate and give thanks remember to invite people into your life who will bring you into a closer connection with the God of your salvation.  Surround yourself with people who will speak positively into your day because when you invite those kinds of people it does not matter the hell you go through, they will not just pass the dinner rolls, but they will pass you the bread of life.

Blessings,

The Reverend Jarrett Britton Washington
www.JARRETTWASHINGTON.com

THANKSLIVING

Beloved, invite the Lord to your life and your Thanksgiving Table this week! Be enriched by the power of the Holy Spirit. Be inspired by good food and good company. Be inclined to render service somewhere: a shelter, soup kitchen, nursing home, assisted living facility or any place where love and an extra pair of hands are needed.

Make this week a “Love and I won’t stop” and not a “Shop until I drop”  season! You can do it, God can help! Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie

Selah Cover with Date on FrontSELAH

Join us for Selah, A Leadership Encounter for Women November 30 – December 2, 2017 at the Four Seasons Resort and Club, Los Colinas, Texas (Dallas). It is three days of encounters with leaders who are at the top of their game. Financial guru Carla Harris, Theologian, Dr. Teresa Fry Brown; psychologist, Dr. Thema Bryant Davis; Diversity experts, Dr. Sheila Robinson, Twitter’s Candi Castleberry-Singleton; White House Correspondent, April Ryan; Prayer Warrior, Dr. Cecelia Williams Bryant; and the Success Doctor, Dr. Shirley Davis.

Thursday’s opening reception features a Leaders Who Dares panel with Dallas’ new police chief, U. Renee Hall, Sandra Phillips, Toyota’s Chief Legal Officer; Shari Hicks, Vice President, Frost Bank; author, Pat Smith and guest MC, Brenda Teele and more. Discovery Zone workshops, an Empowerment Luncheon and a fun night featuring comedian Maurice Wilson. I will close the weekend out on Saturday, December 2nd with closing Selah event.

Go to bit.ly/Selah2017 for registration options. Don’t let this blessing pass you by!!!

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie



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