Today I heard a song that has just really impacted me. I know I have heard it before, but today I heard it at whole new level. It reminds me of the times I have been talking to my children (maybe even my husband😊) and they heard me with their physical ears, but I knew they were not really hearing me. In other words, they were hearing me but not really listening to me. It’s a higher level of hearing when you do it with your heart and listen and respond to what you are hearing. I think that is why in the Bible Jesus says, “He that has ears to hear, let him hear.” They all had physical ears, but He wanted them to listen with their hearts.
I was listening to the worship service at Eagle Mountain International Church (https://www.emic.org/service/deal-with-the-wind/) and they sang this song.
I am not defined by who I was, I am defined by Whose I am
I am not defined by what I’ve done, I am defined by the blood of the Lamb (which is very costly, valuable and has much, much worth!)
I am who He says I am, And I will be all He says I can be
He is the Awesome I AM, And He loves me more than anything
I am not defined by what man sees, He sees my heart and He lives in me
I was created by His hands, I was created for this romance
I cannot earn what He freely gives, I can’t undo what He’s done for me
He just loves me!!!!
Last night, I was listening again to a service we had attended a couple of years ago. God had told the pastor, “My people are leaving too much on the table.”God has prepared a place for me and you, a place at His banquet table. And we are leaving too much at the table. The reason why is in the words of this song. We forget who we are and look at what we have done or not done. We allow the enemy to deceive us into thinking we are not worthy enough to partake. That deception comes in the form of condemnation of bad choices we’ve made or allowing ourselves to be defined by people.
I shout out loud, “NO MORE, DEVIL!” I am more determined than ever to not leave anything on the table that Jesus died and paid for with His blood. If I am worthy enough for my Heavenly Father to pay for me with the blood of Jesus, then I am worthy enough to partake of everything on the table He has prepared for me. AND SO ARE YOU!
Think about how that pleases the Father’s heart. I love it when I have prepared a great meal and gifts and my children come and enjoy it. How sad it would be if they sat around my Christmas dinner table and just looked at the food and said I am not worthy enough to partake of this. I can assure you this never happens in our home. There is much joy, laughter and thankfulness as my children without hesitation take heaping servings of whatever they want at the table.
Thoughts to ponder: What are you leaving at the table that your Heavenly Father has prepared for you and Jesus paid for with His blood? Could it be: peace of mind, rest, healing, provision, His strength, etc.? As the Body of Christ and His Bride, have we left a lot of the spiritual gifts on the table and unopened?
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you so much for all you have provided for us. Forgive us for not accepting and enjoying what you have prepared for us. Precious Holy Spirit reveal to us what we are leaving at the table and why we have been timid about receiving. I ask that we not only will begin to receive, but we will be given double for our trouble. Everything the devil has tried to keep from us and lied to us about will be restored seven fold. I ask this all in the Mighty Name of Jesus, Amen.