Enjoy Your Meal

“Enjoy your meal.”  Those words are music to my ears, especially when it’s something I’ve eaten before and I know is yummy!

One of my pet peeves is getting called away from my meal.  My children know, if there’s something they need me to do, they need to ask before I sit down to enjoy my meal (or before it’s served) or wait till after I’m done.  Now that they’re older, it’s not so much an issue, though my 6-year-old still has a habit of waiting till the server brings my meal to tell me she needs to go to the bathroom!

 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies…Psalm 23:5

table of food

As particular as I am about physical food, feeding on God’s Word is even more important.  Christians are merely branches of the True Vine called to rest in Jesus and what He’s done.  It’s a life of faith, but faith requires feeding.  Faith food is God’s Word and He’s prepared choice morsels for a restful, victorious life, as He fights our battles.

You live this vine life seated at the table of God’s Word. 

If you’re like me, you’re bombarded daily with issues designed to pull you away from your restful position.  The enemy uses these stressful situations to provoke us to get up from rest and DO something about whatever concerns us.  He knows exactly what buttons to push and I’ll admit I’ve fallen for them often.  The Lord showed me the key to victory in Psalm 23.

Stay seated.

Don’t get up from His table.  Stay seated and keep enjoying God’s food, even while the enemy is in your face taunting you.  Feed your faith in the presence of your enemies.  If you move from faith into flesh, you’ll have to win the battle.  If you sit and feed your trust in the Lord, you’ll see Him fight your battles and utterly overwhelm them.

 

 

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Do You Want To Be Made Well?

Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”  John 15:5-6

If you’re like me, you know what it’s like to love the Lord, yet have some issues that frustrate you because you know they don’t bare any resemblance to Him.  For me, its quick temperedness and impatience, although my husband might like to list a few more 😉 Anyway, you’ve prayed for deliverance and followed the “prescribed steps” you’ve been taught, but there they sit taunting you.  They may even condemn you.

First off, there is no more condemnation for any one in Christ Jesus, period (see Romans 8:1).  Second, this frustration is nothing new.  In the Gospel of John, we learn about a lame man at the pool of Bethesda (see John 5).  For 38 years he’s been unable to walk, but he wants to be well because he sits by this pool where the angel would periodically stir the water.  First one in the pool after the stirring gets healed!

Very quickly, he understands the criteria for his breakthrough:
1) want to be healed
2) make the effort to get into the pool first.

There’s just one problem, well, really two.
1) He can’t walk.
2) He has no one to carry him to the pool.

To put it plainly, anybody with working legs had this guy beat every time.  His best efforts to crawl to the pool failed him, as well as putting hope in people.  Enter Jesus.  Knowing the man’s been in that condition for some time, He simply asked him if he wanted to be made well.

The lame man answered with the criteria he doesn’t meet for healing: there’s no one to help him get to the pool.  He didn’t realize the Healer asked him the question.  Jesus reduced the criteria to one.  He only asked the lame man if he wanted to be well, because that’s all that’s required.  The rest is His work.

Likewise, regardless of our lameness, all we need bring Jesus is our desire to be made well.  No hoops to jump through, just absolute dependence on Jesus.  He is well able to restore us to wholeness and as He told the leper, He wants to make us whole (see Matthew 8:1-2).

While He’s transforming us, we can rest knowing that DADDY God deems us perfect in Christ Jesus (Hebrews 10:14)!

 

 

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