The Table of Exposure

Surgery: The Table of Exposure

So far we have considered what it takes to prepare for surgery and the fear that we have to face prior to surgery. I will further define surgery within this context as we contemplate laying on the table of exposure.

Surgery in our context here provides an allegorical perspective of the process we go through in moving through phases of spiritual maturation.   The preparation phase is that place we come to once we realize that surgery is necessary.  The fear phase, as described in the previous post, revolves around the inevitable changes that will take place in us as a result of the surgery.

Surgery is the sanctifying process the Lord performs in conforming us to the likeness of His Son.  In this process we will find ourselves uncomfortably vulnerable in uncontrollable situations.  This is the table of exposure.

At the time of surgery a person must allow themselves to be completely exposed.  They lay upon a table as the doctor(s) and the assisting team invade their body.  The one on the table is in their most vulnerable state, whether conscious or unconscious, having no control of the hands of the surgeon.

Laying on the table is a voluntary action, as being exposed to God should be for the one whose hope is in Christ.  It takes laying on the table of exposure to have the things that keep us from living a life to Christ “removed”.  The table of exposure is that place where a believer allows the Lord to place them on the path to discipleship.

The table is the beginning of the healing process.  The thing about healing is that before you can be healed you must be broken.  It is the process of brokenness that we often attempt to avoid.  However, in order to experience healing we must be broken.  In order to experience a break through we must be broken through and through.

Being broken is not something enjoyable because it always leaves scars.  Every surgery leaves scars.  Every place of exposure ultimately leaves memorable and often visible scars.

As we lay upon the table of exposure we realize that something is going to be “cut out” of us.  We should remember that no matter how many “surgeries” we must endure, and no matter how many things get “cut out” of us we are never left with being less of who are but less of who we were and more of who we are.

The table of exposure is the beginning of the healing process.  We must experience brokenness to be healed.  On this table we must, as singer DeWayne Woods declared, let go and let God.  Our victorious life is connected to those things that die from within us along the way — those things the Lord will “cut out”.

Scars are evidence that you have allowed yourself to be vulnerable, exposed and cut.  More importantly though, scars are the evidence that healing is real.

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All She Said Was I Want God, General Articles

All She Said Was “I Want God”

The other evening my daughter and I were laying in the bed planning to drift off to sleep together.  Every night she says her prayers and typically gets a story read to her.   This particular evening we were just laying in the bed (she didn’t want to lay in her own bed since for some reason mommy and daddy’s bed has better pillows to sleep on — trust me, I am enjoying this for as long as I can — )

Before I forget let me back track a little bit.  Earlier in the day my daughter (she is 3) was asking about where God was. In my own feeble attempts I tried to explain to her (she is 3) how God was all around us, and how He lived in those that believed and committed themselves to Jesus.  Oh yes, quit a feat.  You know it is so funny to me how the Lord will show me how much I really don’t know.  As I continue to increase in Theological width and depth of understanding, learning the several different positions of thought in various areas of the Christian doctrine, considering the deep things of God, but yet the simplest things baffle me to no end and have become so very difficult to explain.   Especially to a 3 year old!

[You know you can preach the gospel when you can explain to a 3 year old the existence of God in a way that is true to the message of the bible and on their level of understanding.  Pray for me because I am obviously not there yet LOL…]

So, like I said my daughter asked me about God and she explained how she wanted to touch him.  She wanted to see and touch God and couldn’t understand why she could not do so.  She said , “I can’t touch God because He is all the way up there”.  Again I told her “No, babygirl God is not just up there He is right here with us…”  Well, I don’t think I did a great job of explaining to her but the Lord, in His infinite wisdom, prepared an opportunity for me to learn something about Him that I had misplaced myself.

My daughter and I are laying in bed ready to drift off to sleep.  Since we were not quite ready the lights were still on as she lay on my arm while I continued to read my book.  I decide to get up and turn off the light.  When the lights went out she says, “I want God…I can’t see Him, but I want Him”.  WOW!

In the darkness I say this, “Babygirl, can you see daddy?”

She says, “No.”

I say, “Well, how do you know I am here?”

She said, “I can hear you and your right there.”

I said, “We can’t see God but if we learn the sound of His voice we will always know He is there.”

I don’t know how much she took in but I know it sure did prick the center of my own heart.  What a reminder. And to think all she said was, “I want God“.

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Discipleship Thinking, Waiting On The Voice From Heaven

Waiting On The Voice from Heaven

As bible teachers all over the land exhort the people of God to “wait on the Lord”, “listen for His voice”, and any other phraseologies that encourage people to listen with patience to the Lord for direction in their lives there is often a misconception or misunderstanding that goes forth. So many believers find themselves paralyzed by un-surety.  “Does God want me to do this…”  “Maybe God is saying this…”  “What if I hear Him wrong”.

Where we have failed the people of God is to give some practical explanation to “hearing from God”.  Here I will give just one application and hopefully it helps a little.

One of the ways that we hear from God is by moving in a direction in faith.

This is not to suggest that we have not prayed on a particular thing before moving, it is to point out that sometimes waiting on the voice from heaven requires movement.  What type of movement?  Well, recently someone close to me asked for my counsel on a decision to purchase a car.  In their deciding they had essentially come to the mindset that “whatever God has for me I am willing to receive”.  This is a great place to be!!!

This is the only thing though: how can you know what God has for you unless you go out and gather (this is a practical expression of faith) information that will allow you to make an informed decision?  You see, sometimes waiting on the voice from Heaven requires movement.  Whatever God has for you He has for you but make sure you are not accepting something just because you are expecting Jesus to appear at the point of decision and say “Yea” or “Nay”– it doesn’t work that way 🙂   though I wish it did to sometimes LOL

Without going into the person’s story step by step suffice it to say that when I was updated along the way it was wonderful to see how God was moving in their life.  I am one that loves to see God moving in the lives of those around me; this is especially true when I can be witness to growth spurts in those that long for the Lord and to please Him.

When we are moving in a direction trusting that the Lord will guide us along the way we will experience the very manifestation of Faith in Christ that we long to have.  Why?  Well, because sometimes waiting on the voice from heaven requires movement and His answer is then manifested by the information we gather or things we see along the way.

This waiting on the Lord thing is a life long wrestling match with our “self”, but the above is one way (there are several) to approach your desire to hear from and follow the King of Creation.

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