Sets a Table in The Presence of our Enemies

In Psalm 23:5 it reads You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.  You honor me by anointing my head with oil.  My cup overflows with blessings.  This verse is just part of a beautiful Psalm that is one of my favorites.  In fact it is my go to Psalm when I need to remind myself of The Good Shepherd.

A week ago I had just come home from a great conference and as I was worshipping the Lord I got such a beautiful picture of what this really looks like.  Jesus our beloved King of Kings was sitting on a throne looking out upon millions of people that were singing praises such as Holy, Holy, Holy or We Exalt Thee.  As I was looking at Jesus I commented that he does not Lord over his people.  He then stood up and walked down among the people that were worshipping him.  He was hugging and embracing them and was prepared to eat the feast amongst his people not sitting above his people.

There were tables that were 100-200 ft long and 4-6 ft wide, lavished with so much food.  I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful and bountiful it was.  Way off in the far distance you could see the enemy watching but unable to advance upon us as we were going to be feasting with our King Jesus.

So when you feel like the enemy  has the upper hand I pray that you can remember this.  Walk in the knowledge that when we call on Jesus we get him and heaven’s armies to fight the battles for us.  Remember we do not fight against flesh and blood.  Take time and enjoy the table that Jesus has prepared for you to feast in the presence of your enemies.  Relax and trust in Jesus, enjoy the bountiful feast and just worship Jesus and watch it all change.

Moral Compass

I have a moral compass as I walk with my best friend Jesus. The path with Jesus is narrow and the doorway is narrow. When we keep our eyes on the compass we don’t venture off the path.  However, there are pitfalls that the world tries to call us into that can detour us off the righteous and moral path with Jesus. Yet Jesus is always close by with his hand extended just waiting for you to reach out to him.

Yet my life was not always on the narrow path of walking with Jesus.  I spent over 40 years walking a path of just living life, with no real compass guiding me.  I did have one advantage over many of the younger generations today, even though I was not brought up in a Christian household.  Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s my parents had a good sense of right and wrong, of moral issues raising a daughter in a college town that was flooded with hippies and free love.

My parents tried to be good guides for my sister and I, trying to guide us to a good and moral life.  But as the bible tells us we don’t reach heaven and righteousness by our good works, but instead by faith.  Even though they taught me well, it was very easy in the early 80’s as a young adult to follow things going on in the world.  Not being raised around people to really teach me of the bible I made many wrong choices and at times I would have an internal struggle as I was doing things that I knew were not right but I would still do them, but with a deep fear I did not understand.

I struggled with a fear of man, so I found myself doing things trying to be accepted by others.  I had sex outside of marriage, lived with men that I was not married to, lived out of a car in a homeless situation because I could not afford rent, even while working a job.  I even used drugs trying to fit in.  But looking back I can see where God was trying to gently direct me back to where I was supposed to be.  When I was the most lost I heard a voice say this is not you, and this is not the life you are to be living.  I instantly walked away from the life of drugs and the bad situation I was in.

That was one turning point early in my life.  It was a partial start at directing me to a better life and one that would eventually be with Jesus.  I wish I could say I was instantly transformed, but I had many influences that were not from God.  But I was walking in a belief that we have a God and that Jesus died for me, just not understanding of that.

Jump forward to 2008 when I found out I had Hepatitis C and that it was because of bad choices I made when I was 18 and 19.  A life changer as I researched and find out how this would forever change my life.  However, in the darkest part of my life Jesus showed up.  I discovered what relationship with Jesus really is.  I would cry and pour out my fears and concerns as I was facing expensive treatments, fear of not having a job and the fact that I was single and did not know how I would survive.

As I dug in I started to watch my life change.  I stopped living in fear of the unknown as God gave me strength.  God healed me in the first, 6 weeks of my treatment but I still had to continue the full treatment for 6 months.  But I was blessed for I was able to work a regular 8 hour day, but would come home drained from the drugs I was taking.

Then in 2009 God brought a wonderful man in my life and we continued a journey of growing with the Lord.  We had both had failed marriages and so there was a fear of getting married again.  He had been raised a Christian, but was living in the world and I was not raised a Christian, but I was seeking a deeper relationship with the Lord.  We actually helped each other to grow as I got him to church and we would discuss things I was reading in the bible.

We made the decision to live together and I struggled with conviction as my relationship with the Lord continued.  My moral compass was changing.  I was no longer content wearing low cut shirts and clothing that was clingy and provocative.  I became aware of looking at things I put on and thinking about how it could make others view me.  Finally my husband and I got married to make that part right in our lives.  We watched God change the desires that we had as we prayed and read the bible.

Now 11 years later and I am a different person then I was in 2008.  I have watched walking in relationship with Jesus transform me from the inside out.  My desires changed without even thinking about them.   I can truly testify that relationship with Jesus is what has changed my life and Jesus is my moral compass.  Even now I continue to be transformed as the rotten dead vine is removed and replaced with a living and healthy vine.

I know that just as Jesus has been the moral compass that has transformed and changed my life, he is the moral compass for the world.  The only way to find hope in the middle of struggles, or just even hopelessness of things happening in the world, is Jesus.  Jesus did not just come to give us only salvation when he died on the cross.  No he came to transform the world into a world that does not walk encumbered by the trap of comparison to others, or by feelings of insignificance, jealousy, envy, vanity or pride.  Jesus came to teach us and gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit that lives in us, to transform our lives.  We have a spiritual compass that keeps us on the path of righteousness all we have to do is surrender our will and walk  under the direction and guiding of the Holy Spirit.

It does not happen by us trying, it just gradually happens and then you look back and see where you came from.  The pull of drugs, pornography, alcohol addiction, fears, etc. start to disappear.  As we realize our identity in Christ we walk in a new place.  Walking in and listening to the moral compass of Jesus is part of the walk of obedience to the Lord.

As John 3:36 says when we don’t walk in obedience with the son we don’t experience eternal life but remain under God’s judgment.  I prefer to listen to my moral compass and to walk in a different life, one that is not only of salvation but also eternal life with my loving God and Jesus.

John 3:36  And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life.  Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.”  NLT

Awaken Dry Bones

Father God is calling on the dry bones to awaken.  New life is being spoken over them and they are starting to stir.  I can see them coming together to form skeletons and new Godly flesh will start to replace the rotting flesh of the world.  The prodigals are coming home, they hear the Father calling.  They are tired of running and struggling under their own will, they are ready to surrender to the will of God.

Dry Bones, Dry Bones come alive, listen for the voice of the Lord.  He is calling out to you.  Muscle, sinew and flesh will start to cover the dry bones and they will start to come alive.  As a new breath of God is blown into their lungs they will begin to rejoice and dance singing praises to the Lord their God.

The hardened hearts are being stirred, the walls are starting to come down as a song awakens and quickens the beating of the heart.  Soon there will be a new song and the walls will fall just as the walls of Jericho.

There will be rejoicing and singing in the streets as a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit falls upon the hungry.  For they will thirst no more as they drink in the living water, and eat the nourishing manna from God.  The word will come alive and people will walk in the freedom that only Jesus can bring.