Deuteronomy 2:3 – You have skirted this mountain long enough; turn northward.

The Bible clearly says our relationship with God is one of constant forward progression. We are happiest when setting goals and achieving them. It’s not God’s best for us to stay in one place. He called us to take new territories – from line to line, precept to precept, faith to faith, glory to glory, and everlasting unto everlasting. 

Declaration: I have God-given ability to reach my God-given goals. He knows the plans He has for me, and I partner with them today!

Tribe of Five

There’s an untold story within the account of the paralytic being lowered through the roof to be healed by Jesus. 

And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. – Mark 2:4

Once there were four friends who could walk and a paralyzed guy. One of these friends had more than likely seen Jesus heal someone and convinced the others to take him to Jesus. Unable to push their friend through the crowd and determined to get him into Jesus’ presence for healing, they went against every social protocol – and religious idea of who Jesus – is in a single act of bravery. 

These people were committed to one another and to the cause – getting their friend healed by proving Jesus is who He says He is – the Messiah. 

There’s a similar story in the Old Testament about the future king, David, and the crown prince of Israel, Jonathan. Scripture says Jonathan’s soul knit to David’s. He traded his coat, belt, and weapons with David, protected him from Saul, and ran out to David’s hiding place to encourage him. Jonathan so identified with David that his own father tried to kill him because his son wouldn’t betray him.

Much later, David’s mighty men risked their lives in battle to bring him a water bottle because they overheard him saying he was thirsty.

So here’s the hidden story: The people who become part of your tribe are the people you identify with, those you look at and think, “I can stand with them.” They’re like-minded people with one identity, one purpose, and one assignment. This is the group you do life with, cry and laugh with, love and obey King Jesus with, no matter who thinks you’re crazy. 

Connecting with the right tribe means things will make sense to you and your tribe that won’t to anyone outside. This will empower you to be brave when everyone else runs scared.

Do you have a tribe you can do life with? Who has King Jesus put you with? Thank Him for those people. Ask Him who needs to be invited in. Ask which tribe you need to join. Attach yourself to a tribe of five.

Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. – Ecclesiastes 4:9-12