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This message title has been with me for about 2 weeks.  So much so that I keep the word “table” about every time I turn around!  I keep asking God what does He want to show me, and what does he want me to learn. Basically, all God tells me is that everything I need is at His table.  I just need to join him at the table and have a conversation with Him.

At the Table

This message title has been with me for about 2 weeks.  So much so that I keep the word “table” about every time I turn around!  I keep asking God what does He want to show me, and what does he want me to learn. 

Basically, all God tells me is that everything I need is at His table.  I just need to join him at the table and have a conversation with Him. 

That makes me think of all the conversations Bernie and I have had with our kids.  We try to eat together at the table each night, and we have talked about all sorts of topics such as politics, spiritual warfare, abortion, health, school subjects, etc. 

It also reminds me of a ladies breakfast I attend.  While we sit at the table God uses each woman’s testimony to help each other! 

All of these wonderful things happen over eating a meal at a table! What we need is to dine at the table of God!  Revelation 3:20 states: Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

Then Psalm 23: 5 states: You prepare a table before me  in the presence of my enemies.
I am seeing two kinds of tables. One table where we eat at home and a second table where we eat out. 

I then think about what a table symbolizes. When we come to  eat at a table we lay down our distractions and focus on one another. We talk about what is on our heart! We listen to each other. We share our joys and our sorrows at the table, Kids do homework at the table. The table is also a place where things get dropped off at and it becomes a “catch all” item.  Then at the time of the meal the table has to be cleared off so that the food can be placed on the table.    How does your table proverbial table look? Is it cluttered with items that have been left there?  Let’s prepare our table so that God can say with us.   His word tells us in Hebrews 12: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,   Our proverbial table needs to be cleared off so we can have a dinner with Jesus! 

Then when I think of the Lord’s table that he has prepared for me I think of eating out. What sort of place do you think the Lord prepares? Is it like a fast food place or is it like a palace? 

I have had the privilege of eating in New Orleans at a restaurant called Commander’s Palace.  The men had to wear nice attire such as a shirt and tie. The kids had to wear a collared shirt, and the ladies wore a nice a dress.  At this restaurant I saw people being turned away because of how they were dressed.  

Now let’s bring this all together.  Jesus knocks on our heart’s door for us to allow Him access to our home. He comes in and we discover all sorts of things on our table, Since Jesus is there sometimes we get embarrassed by what is on the table.  We feel the need to clean off our table.  Jesus helps us, and as Jesus helps us we talk.  Then we set the table and eat.  This is Jesus meeting with us at our level.  Where we are comfortable, and He nudges to become even better than the day before.  

Then the Lord’s table is like that palace.  We feel like we have to be good enough to get in. That we can’t get in because we did this or that.  Then Jesus comes along and says “I have an outfit prepared” and he shows us this gorgeous white dress and pants suit! We change from our clothes and then put on His outfit. We shake as we enter the palace. It’s so different. It’s new territory. We arrive at the table and there is the Lord. We are so scared and then we hear God say 

“be still and know that I am God”.  “be still and know that I am.”
“be still and know” “be still” Be
All we have to do is just to “be”.

We don’t have to do anything to fit in. We are accepted and loved just the way we are! Father God loves us! We come to His table and we talk to Him.  We tell Him what we are in need of. We are rejuvenated! 

How often have you guys been in the palace? The first table represents Jesus coming to us. We open the door of our heart to him.  Then as He is around we start to squirm because Jesus brings the truth with him. John 8 says we shall know the truth and that truth will set us free! As we allow Jesus to set us free  that is Him replacing our filthy garments and giving us those white garments.  So every day we can walk in the new garments.

Then after a while Jesus takes us to His father’s house! His father is a loving, generous person!  He loves to give good gifts!  God the Father longs for us to visit Him.  He isn’t like our earthly dad’s.  He is a great dad with no sin and with no issues!  He wants us to get to know His heart!   

​I challenge you to look at how you see Father God.  Does he seem mean to you? Does he seem overwhelming to you?  Allow Jesus to heal that area in your life.  
Then go to the Father and see what joys are there. 

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