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.

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.

Chosen

I was reading my bible and I have read Psalm 139:13-14 many times but today these words caused me to stop and think about them deeply.   You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.  Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!  Your workmanship is marvelous — how well I know it.

After reading those words and really just thinking on that I began to realize how much Yahweh loves me and knows me.  I even suddenly looked at myself through eyes other than my own.  We all know how truly complex the human body is.  There are so many complex functions and things that the human body does, that I am in awe again of the works of our Heavenly Father and Creator.

As I thought of how a master craftsman works I suddenly visualized Abba creating us in our mother’s womb.  I could see Papa detailing the way our brain works, so that things we take for granted just work perfectly.  How Father God thought about how my eyes should look, how to make them work without me having to think about making them move or to see color.  Our Creator, our Heavenly Father took time and thought so well about all kinds of details to make me and you.

I could see our Heavenly Father singing and thoughtfully knitting us together to make each of us a perfect creation.  I realized that thought is put into what our personalities are going to be and we know he even thinks about how many hairs are on our heads.  Yes God’s word tells us that he knows how many hairs are on our heads.  Father God our creator loves us and adores us, for you don’t put thought into something if you don’t care about it.

In this I realized that I need to start looking deeply at myself through different lenses.  For I am a beautiful creation made in the Fathers image, just as each and every one of you are.  Take a few minutes and really think about how perfect you are.  For God loved you and sang over you as you were created.  You were wanted and you were chosen.

The Glory of God

I was reflecting last night as I was conversing with God. I was thinking about Gideon who told the angel of the Lord, My clan is the weakest of the whole tribe of Manasseh. But he did not stop there for than he said I am the least of my family. Right there in that moment you have a clear picture of how Gideon sees himself and his clan. Weak and powerless!

Many times as we go through life we may feel that we are the least of our family or the group that we are in. But the truth is that God always uses the least to reveal his Glory. Gideon thought of himself as the lowest person around. He does not sound like he has much confidence in himself.

But when Gideon questions the angel he is told “Go with the strength you have and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!” See God can always use the least to reveal his Glory. For if God sent the mightiest they would think it was there own power that helped them to succeed. That would end up glorifying themselves instead of glorifying God.

I really like how even though he had doubts, Gideon stepped out in faith. What does he do but fix an offering for the Lord. Then he returns with the offering and presents it to the angel. The angel told him how to place it on the rock and then fire consumed the offering.

Is God calling you to be a warrior for those around you? Maybe people are being bullied at school, or an elderly person is being mistreated. It could be any number of things. Don’t miss the moment when God will show up and ask you to step out in faith.

Just as Gideon was used to glorify God, as the people of Israel we’re being rescued. God can use you. God will make the weak strong so that the goodness and glory of God can be revealed. Stop focusing on your weaknesses and instead focus on God and what he is asking you to do.

Trust that when God is with you there will be success for we have a God that makes the impossible possible.

Jesus Paid the Price

Our beloved Jesus paid the ultimate price for our salvation. It is hard for our human minds to truly grasp the magnitude of the love Jesus had for us that he would be sacrificed so that you and I could gain freedom. That freedom was freely given by our beloved Jesus. At any moment Jesus could have called upon the angels and they would have rescued him, but no he kept his eyes focused on the freedom that his sacrifice would bring.

Jesus was a ransom that God paid to save us from the empty life that we inherit here on earth. The price that was paid for us was more valuable than anything of value here on earth. Things such as gold and silver can lose their value over time, but the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God never loses its value. God loves us so much that he chose Jesus to be the ransom long before the world began. Stop for a moment and think of what that really means.

Before creation had even happened God thought of you and I. God knew that we would fall away, but God had a plan to bring his beloved children back to him. The love that God has for us is so vast and immense that you could never fill a vessel with it. That love is greater than the universe.

Think of what Jesus went through so that we could have everlasting life. Jesus suffered mockery, ridicule and torture beyond imagine. Jesus lived that perfect, sinless life listening to Father God to guide him in all things. Jesus was the perfect, first-born, lamb that was led to the slaughter for all our sins. In those days you had to have a lamb that had no imperfections sacrificed during the Passover.

Our wonderful Lord Jesus had a crown of thorns crushed upon his head, drawing blood as the thorns dug into his head and brow. I can see the droplets of blood running into his eyes, but he endured on. He did not lash out in anger, as he was mocked by the guards. He did not take his eyes off the prize even after he was offered up as a sacrifice. It would have been so easy for him to say Father crush my enemies. But no, instead he remained quiet and endured for us.

Even after the mockery from the guards Jesus had to endure being lashed with a leather whip embedded with metal. Historians have recorded that many that were beaten this way never survived. But Jesus our Lord was not a common man and he endured keeping his eyes on us the beloved prize. If only you can imagine being whipped with something that would cut all the way to the bone. It was known to tear through the flesh, ripping a body, revealing internal organs. Yeah, that is what they used on our beloved Jesus. His body was cut and ripped apart by this terrible leather whip. Jesus did not have welts, no he literally was ripped open with every lash of the whip, having flesh tore from his body, cutting deep into his flesh and bone.

As if that was not enough, than Jesus was forced to carry the cross that he would die upon. Picture our Lord Jesus, beaten, bleeding and then struggling to carry that big heavy cross so that we would not have to. All the while he kept his eyes focused on the love he had for us. The love to bring us into salvation and freedom in our faith of knowing Jesus.

Did you know that Jesus was sacrificed on the same day that the Passover lambs were sacrificed? Back in those days the Priests extended the time for killing the lambs that were brought, so that it was from noon until twilight. These hours coincide with when Jesus was on the cross.

I hope that you can see just how much love Jesus and the Father have for us the beloved children. Even in his body that was destroyed he trusted the Father and knew that he had to finish the task at hand to bring freedom and life. The life that we receive when we believe and have faith in Jesus is greater than any life here on earth. The life of salvation is a gift that is freely given to us through grace and mercy that the Father poured down upon us.

What a love that Jesus had for every one of us. That is such a reckless and wild love that endured to win us back. We no longer have to live in the power of sin, for when we walk with Jesus sin loses its power over us. We are no longer enslaved under the power and authority of sin. The blood of Christ has washed us clean, making us righteous in the eyes of the Father.

Father God gave Moses the law but that could not save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. Yes, as humans we have a sinful nature. But God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit. Romans 8 reveals so much about Gods love for us.

As we are heading toward Palm Sunday and Easter just think about how strong Gods love is for us. Think about how much Jesus loves us that he suffered so that we could be free, that we could be healed. Take time to thank Jesus for the suffering he endured to bring you into the glorious gift of salvation, that was freely given. There is nothing that we can do to earn our salvation and we surely don’t deserve salvation, but Jesus has given us salvation through GRACE and MERCY.

Thank you Jesus for the love you have for us that you freely gave your life for us. The love you have for us is greater than anything we can ever imagine. It is an endless love that is never-ending. Jesus you are our hero.