A Table Is Prepared In The Presence of My Enemies: Step 1

Oyez, Oyez, Oyez…Save The Daughters!

A town crier dates back to the 18th century and is one who makes public pronouncements in the streets on behalf of the courts. Tradition esteems the town crier as one who rings a handbell and shouts the words “Oyez, Oyez, Oyez” before making the announcements. Oyez means “hear ye” which is a call for silence and attention. According to Wikipedia.org, the town crier tradition inspired the early beginnings of the newspaper. Thus, the term “posting a notice” derives from the town crier tradition. Temika Moore: Shining A Light With Pen And Mic is a reimagined 21st century town crier posting notices on behalf of the court of truth as commissioned by I AM, The King, The Creator, The Source, The Redeemer, and The Father to every woman asking, seeking, and knocking to know The Truth.

The table has been set. Insight is the oil produced from being pressed through affliction. The Source of All Truth keeps pouring to the point of overflow. There is plenty for all daughters to consume. Eat. Drink. Be satisfied.

“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”

Psalms 23:5

King James Version

Who are my enemies? How does God define enemies? Webster’s dictionary defines an enemy as a foe; an adversary; one who hates another, or dislikes, and wishes him injury, or attempts to do him injury to gratify his own malice or ill will; a public enemy or foe, is one who belongs to a nation or party, at war with another; one who is an enemy to truth or falsehood. In military affairs, an enemy is defined as the opposing force in war. The Hebrew word for enemies is “ʼôyêb,” which means an adversary or to hate. Let’s see what The Creator says about the subject.

“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever, therefore, will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

James 4:4

King James Version

Are you friends with the world’s way of doing and seeing things? Do you accept, believe in, and practice the worlds ideologies, doctrines, thought processes, and way of life as the gospel truth? Do you accept, believe in, and practice the world’s version of success? Do you accept, believe in, and practice the world’s way of doing relationships? Do you accept, believe in, and practice the world’s idea of God, faith, and justice?  Strong’s Concordance notes the Greek word for world is “kosmos.” It is defined as the arrangement or system we live under, human inhabitants of the earth, and the adorning world with its fleeting desires. 

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua 24:15

King James Version

Daughters, enemies sometimes come cloaked in genuine desires that seem harmless like a desire for romantic love, parental love, companionship, friendship, success, validation, or a longing for purpose. However, when you combine ignorance of the depth of The Creator’s instructions with naivety, disappointment, betrayal, anger, frustration, failure, and bewilderment, you have a well-blended recipe for a wilderness experience. 

“Everything is permissible for me,” but not everything is helpful.”

1 Corinthians 6:12a

Holman Christian Standard Version

Psalm chapter 23 verse 5 became very real when I asked God a question, “How did I get here?” My washing process began at a large round white table that was uniquely prepared for me. The meal was expertly curated. I was being prepared to feast on The Creator’s vast array of knowledge, wisdom, insight, and truth. You have been invited to a table to glean my “washing” process of repentance, deliverance, and redemption. This post is part two of a three-part post outlining a washing process for daughters of The King. Read Part 1: “There Will Be Washing.” 

Daughters, step one begins with confronting your pain; the very thing, you have in your busyness, overlooked, held onto, pined over, or have ignored. It takes courage to allow feelings to exist. It takes maturity to allow your eyes to swell, and the tears to stream. It takes integrity to feel the ache of disappointment, betrayal, anger, frustration, failure, and bewilderment, and speak the words aloud, “my heart is broken.” In this place is where you let the questions flow without censure. Here is where you ask God the tough questions. Here is where you ask The Father whatever you want to know or whatever things you need revealed. Here is where you feel the shame, feel the guilt, and feel the condemnation. Here is where you receive the truth about all of these thoughts and emotions. This is the doorway to the narrow gate of wisdom - God’s wisdom.

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law [the commandments] of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law [the commandments] 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 [the commandments] would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit. Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God. But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his, Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.) And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory. What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake, we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.” ) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:1-39

New Living Translation

Let this passage marinate in your mind. Let it marinate in your heart and soul. Position this passage against every failure you have experienced. Sift through every emotion. Now, ask Father, God, to help you to believe these words in the deepest recesses of your soul. You need time to process this passage so you can move to the next step of the washing process - repentance with a contrite heart.

And so it shall be.

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