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About a month ago as I was praying about what God wanted me to speak on and  He mentioned to me “the table” and He went on to say that “everything we need is at His table”. He reminded me of Psalm 23 where He prepares a table before us in the presence of our enemies!  All we have to do is go to His table and ask.  Then God showed me that not everyone is ready to come to His table because they are afraid.

Mother Eagle 

If anyone knows me they know that I like to tell a story.  We know that Revelations tells us that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.  

So here goes my story.  About a month ago as I was praying about what God wanted me to speak on and  He mentioned to me “the table” and He went on to say that “everything we need is at His table”. He reminded me of Psalm 23 where He prepares a table before us in the presence of our enemies!  All we have to do is go to His table and ask.  Then God showed me that not everyone is ready to come to His table because they are afraid. It reminds me of how just this past weekend our youngest son, Caleb, was hesitant to tell me who he had a crush on in school because he didn’t know how I would respond. His inner fears were holding him back from telling me.  In his mind he played mental movies of me “going ham on him” as he calls it.   I asked him did he really think I was going to yell and fuss at him?  He said he didn’t know what I would do. He thought I would tell him he was too young, etc.  I reassured him that he could tell me anything, and that he didn’t have to be afraid.  Caleb had already told his brother, but he had a hard time telling his parents.  Aren’t we just like that with Father God?!

We can tell our close sister friends our secrets.  Then when we think about telling our folks then that’s like a whole new level. Jesus is like that friend we feel close to and can tell anything to,  but today God the father wants to love on us and show how we can talk to Him ourselves. I 

As a society today there are a lot of children being raised in fatherless homes.  Perhaps there is a father in the home, but he is absent from his children’s lives. Perhaps you were one of those children. Perhaps he wasn’t there when you were a little girl. Perhaps he didn’t tell you how beautiful you were and still are!  Perhaps you didn’t feel protected. Perhaps something bad happened between your earthly father and you.  Perhaps a man you looked to as a father figure molested you or even worse.  Today, God the Father  has allowed me to here today to tell you that He is not like an earthly man! He is not like the earthly fathers! His word says that he can not lie! His word says his thoughts are higher than our thoughts! His word says that He sings over us!   

I am reminded of the story of blind Bartimeas.  Let’s start in Mark 10: 46-52.
I will read it from the Passion Translation Version:
46 When Jesus and his disciples had passed through Jericho, a large crowd joined them. Upon leaving the village, they met a blind beggar sitting on the side of the road named Timai, the son of Timai. 47 When he heard that Jesus from Nazareth was passing by, he began to shout “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me now  in my affliction. Heal me!”
48 Those in the crowd were indignant and scolded him for making so much of a disturbance, but he kept shouting with all his might, “Son of David, have mercy on me now and heal me!”
49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him to come to me.” So they went to the blind man and said, “Have courage! Get up! Jesus is calling for you!” 50 So he threw off his beggars’ cloak, jumped up, and made his way to Jesus.
51 Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The man replied, “My Master,[d] please, let me see again!”
52 Jesus responded, “Your faith heals you. Go in peace, with your sight restored.”[e] All at once, the man’s eyes opened and he could see again, and he began at once to follow Jesus, walking down the road with him.
How many times have you thought about calling out to God, and you had friends or others around you try to stop what you wanted to receive from God?  How about you?  Have you ever felt like calling out to God and you stopped yourself from doing it?   How long have you dealt with what you are dealing with?  Are you tired of where you are?  Call out to God.  Your faith in God moves Him.  God says “let my son take that from you and come sit at my table. I want to show you my kingdom”.  

Jesus calls out to you and says “come to me”.  Jesus says “I have already taken that for you.  Why are you still holding on to it.”  Jesus says let me have what your holding on to and walk through the door to see my Father.  He is waiting for you.  Let’s have the faith in God to do what Bartimeaus did!  He threw off his beggar’s cloak.  

What did that beggar’s cloak represent?  That beggar’s cloak represented the beggar’s identity.  All of his life he was blind and he had the identity of a blind beggar.  

Webster's dictionary defines the word "identity" as ": the distinguishing character or personality of an individual : INDIVIDUALITY. "

Then when we look up “individuality” it is defined as 
"total character peculiar to and distinguishing an individual from others
b: PERSONALITY"

Bartimeaus had to be willing to throw off that identity.    We can’t go ahead with what God is trying to do in our lives if we still on to things like unforgiveness, bitterness, self-rejection, hatred.  If we have the mindset of “I’ve always been this way” or “I’ve always done it this way” we can’t shift into our inheritance (or future).  This is called having a “fixed mindset”  We have to be willing to be like Bartimeaus and throw off the cloaks of our identities and put on the identity God wants us to have.  Being willing to change from our old ways and habits is called having a “growth mindset”. 

How do we get rid of our old mindsets?  We don’t want to be like the Israelites and take 40 years to get our inheritances!  I want to walk in freedom starting today!  Let’s see what the Israelites did i n Deuteronomy Chapter 1: 3-8 NIV

3 In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses proclaimed to the Israelites all that the Lord had commanded him concerning them. 4 This was after he had defeated Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, and at Edrei had defeated Og king of Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth.
5 East of the Jordan in the territory of Moab, Moses began to expound this law, saying:
6 The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. 7 Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the Euphrates. 8 See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.”
Let’s look at a few words from this scripture and let’s look at the meanings of the names.
 
According to Easton’s Bible Dictionary:  
Sihon means “Striking Down”
Heshbon means “Intelligence”
Edrei means “mighty and strength”
Og, king of Bashan was the last of the giants and had 60 walled cities and many un-walled cities. 
 
As I look around this room I see some seasoned Christians.  We probably have heard the story of the Israelites coming out of Egpyt.  We know that they sent 12 spies into the “promised land” and only Joshua and Caleb came out with good reports.  We know that this made the Israelites spend 40 years in the desert.   They spent the time in the desert to change their mindset.  First, they whined and complained about being in the wilderness.  They wanted to go back to Egypt.  God wanted to give them an inheritance instead.  They couldn’t see God’s inheritance until they shifted their mindset and had a heart change.   The Israelites had to face and defeat these kings by “striking down” their own “intelligences” and by choosing to walk the way God wanted them to walk using God’s “might and strength”.  
We are the same way.  God wants us to  cast down our intelligences and walk in faith.  We are to walk in God’s might and strength.  In order for us to get to our promised land of inheritance that God has promised us we must defeat the Ogs in our lives.  Fighting the Og of our lives starts with our minds!  Who are we listening to every day? Ourselves!  We must take action!  We can not live in fear!  What is fear?  Some say it’s the opposite of faith?  I agree with you!   I also heard it said that fear is selfishness! Think about it.  We don’t want to talk to this person or that because of what? Fear!  Maybe we are fearful of rejection! We don’t want to go there and do that? Why? Maybe  It’s a  fear of failure or perhaps a fear of success!  We are scared because of what people will say or think of me?  Who is that towards?  Ourselves! Me!  Comfort zones are based on our pasts.  We must move out of that comfort zone into being uncomfortable!  Did you know that I’d what a mother eagle does? Her eaglettes are in a nice, safe, comfortable nest.  When they reach a certain age the mother rustles the nest and all of a sudden the nest is not so comfortable! There are sticks and things prodding the eaglettes.  The eaglettes are then pushed out of the nest.  They must use their wings to fly or they will fall and perish!  Today I come as a mother eagle, and I have prodded your nest of comfortabilty. I am pushing you out!  Take your wings and soar like the eagle you are!  A double portion is your inheritance!  You have been ashes long enough!  Let God make beauty from them!  
Let’s tear down those thoughts that we say to ourselves each and everyday!!   Let’s change them to what God says! Our words have the power of life and death in them!  You can’t fight thoughts with thoughts!  You fight thoughts with words!  
Let me explain a topic called Self Talk.  We are programmed as a child to believe everything that we hear. That programming then creates the self-talk we have now.  Over time these programs get stronger and stronger the more we repeat them to ourselves. Perhaps you have heard some people say some of these phrases….  Nothing ever goes right for me.  Math is hard for me.  Nobody likes me.  I’m just not good at that.  
Those are lies from the enemy!   There are 4 levels of self talk. 
I can’t …
I know I need to…
I will…
I can….
The first two are negative and the last two are positive!  If you had everything that you  said in a 24 hour period of time come true what would you have? 
Listen to what you are thinking about yourself. Write those things down. Then write down what God says about each thing. If you have a phone record yourself saying what God says about you.   Then listen to the recording every day!

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