Monday, May 27, 2024

Orange Moon Monday, May 27, 2024 "Righteousness - Root and Fruit"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…




"Righteousness - Root and Fruit"  



"God sees the believer as righteous because His grace received through Christ so unites us with Christ that we are "accepted in the Beloved."



    God forever sees born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ as enrobed with righteousness because on the cross of Calvary He saw the Lord Jesus as enrobed with our sin.


    "He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him" (II Corinthians 5:21).


    Do we share our Heavenly Father's viewpoint?  We must, because we can only walk in truth as we rightly perceive the truth.  The challenge we face involves the fact that we do not always bear "the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:11).  We sometimes see our limbs as empty of fruit, or even worse, as bearing produce that belies rather than reflects the truth of our righteousness in Christ.  Believers can and do still sin, despite our newness of life and being as united to the Spirit of the Lord Jesus (I John 1:8).  As the Apostle Paul confirmed, "Now are ye light in the Lord; walk as children of light" (Ephesians 5:8; emphasis added).  Presently, being rooted in Christ's righteousness does not always result in the fruits thereof.


     Nevertheless, we must not retreat from the shared affirmation with our Heavenly Father that "of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us… righteousness" (I Corinthians 1:30).  Note the Apostle Paul declared this truth of how God sees His trusting children in Christ to the Corinthians, who at the time lived as "carnal" despite being "the temple of the Holy Spirit" (I Corinthians 3:3; 16).  In fact, a reading of I Corinthians reveals that the very first application of God's remedy to their carnality was Paul's declaration of the Corinthians' serving as the Holy Spirit's spiritual temple.  Their corrupt fruit did not alter their righteous relationship to the perfect Root that bore them - "rooted and built up in Him" (Colossians 2:7).


    God sees the believer as righteous because His grace received through Christ so unites us with Christ that we are "accepted in the Beloved" (Ephesians 1:6).  We are in Christ, Christ is in us, and our Heavenly Father honors the measure of His Son's sacrifice by forever sealing the mercy bestowed on those who trust Him.  "O give thanks unto the Lord, because He is gracious: for His mercy endureth forever" (Jeremiah 33:67).  Such a gift makes our fruit bearing all the more important and significant because how we live as branches reflects -  well or poorly - on the Root to whom we are connected.  The more we discover this blessed truth as the Bible affirms and explains, the more we will live in the glory of its grace.  Yes, we must see ourselves as God sees us, a perspective of righteousness that overwhelms our hearts with the wonder of grace, and empowers our minds, hands, and feet to "bear the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ…"


"God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work."

(II Corinthians 9:8)

"The Root of the righteous yieldeth fruit."

(Proverbs 12:12)


Weekly Memory Verse

   The Root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

(Proverb 12:12)

























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Saturday, May 25, 2024

Orange Moon Saturday, May 25, 2024 “His Weakest Hour. His Finest Hour.”

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…




"His Weakest Hour.  His Finest Hour."  



"The devil, the world, and the flesh threw all their delusion of power at the Lord in His 'weakest' hour.  He trounced them.  In His weakness, He trounced them."



    "The weakness of God is stronger than men" (I Corinthians 1:25).


    The Apostle Paul speaks rhetorically, of course, in his affirmation that God, at His weakest, possesses infinitely greater power than humanity, at its strongest.  However, one moment in eternal history did see our Lord placed in a position wherein human beings appeared to have the upper hand.


    "He was crucified through weakness" (II Corinthians 13:4).


     The Lord Jesus Christ's experience of weakness on the cross revealed the measure of divine and human abilities.  With His hands and feet nailed to a cross, the Savior nevertheless achieved the most glorious of all divine accomplishments.  Wondrously, He made a way for God to justify sinners, while remaining righteous in His own integrity - "just and the justifier of Him which believeth in Jesus" (Romans 3:26).   Thereby, the delusion of human strength was found wanting as the hands that nailed the Lord to His cross actually became the instruments whereby His hands were shown to be powerful beyond measure.  In the hour of His direst extremity, the Lord Jesus revealed the power of God in its most wondrous capability.  "I lay down My life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again" (John 10:17-18).


   We do well to remember this when our Lord's enemies seem to hold sway in venues, circumstances, and situations.  Again, with His hands nailed to a cross, the Lord Jesus "spoiled principalities and powers" and "made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it" (Colossians 2:15).  Calvary served as His finest hour (along with the resurrection and ascension to follow).  It. became the moment in time wherein He accomplished glories of grace and righteousness eternal in their scope and measure.  The devil, the world, and the flesh threw all their delusion of power at the Lord in His "weakest" hour.  He trounced them.  In His weakness, He resoundingly trounced them.  Presently, "He liveth by the power of God," sits upon a throne at the right hand of His Father, and bears "a Name which is above every name" (II Corinthians 13:4; Hebrews 1:3; Philippians 2:9).  Yes, when considering "crosses" that seem for all the world like weakness, we do well to remember our Lord's finest hour when He revealed indeed that "the weakness of God is stronger than men."


"Then saith Pilate unto Him, Speakest Thou not unto me?  Knowest Thou not that I have power to crucify Thee, and have power to release Thee?  Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against Me, except it were given thee from above." 

(John 19:10-11)


Weekly Memory Verse

    "Thy gentleness hath made me great."

(Psalm 18:35)


























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Friday, May 24, 2024

Orange Moon Friday, May 24, 2024 “Prayers In Time. Answers Forever”

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…




"Prayers In Time.  Answers Forever"  




"Our moment of request, if offered according to the will of God, will serve as a conduit in time through which glories of Christ will flow forevermore."



    We pray our prayers in time and space.  "In this day give us our daily bread."  God, conversely, answers prayer in terms of "the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Matthew 6:11; Ephesians 3:11).


    Countless implications flow from this Heaven/earth synthesis involving God's working and our participation therein.  For the present, let us consider the truth that while we make our requests at a point in time, God's answers will be eternally ongoing in their significance and application.  "I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever" (Ecclesiastes 3:14).


   Suppose we make a request for George today, on Friday, May 24, 2024.  Our Heavenly Father may immediately answer our prayer.  Or, the answer may require time to be fulfilled.  It may even involve many sub-answers, as it were, needs of which we know nothing, but which must be addressed in order for the full fruition of God's answer to come to pass.  We pray our prayer for George "in this day."  We may forget we have prayed it, and the request may never again come to mind.  That is, to our mind.  God, however, proceeds to administer His presence and involvement to answer our prayer for George in ways that may be ongoing for years, and most importantly, will surely bear ramifications of eternal consequence.  "The works of His hands are verity and judgment; all His commandments are sure. They stand fast forever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness" (Psalm 111:7).


   Let us ponder this the next time we pray.  Our moment of request, if offered according to the will of God, will serve as a conduit in time through which glories of Christ will flow forevermore.  Prayers we offered years or decades ago, long forgotten by us, are still being answered according to the perfection of God's wisdom and purpose.  Eternity will not exhaust the "exceeding, abundantly above all we ask or think" measure of our Father's working in response to our praying (Ephesians 3:20).  Yes, the "in this day" prayer we pray leads to "works of His hands… forever and ever."


"We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal."

(II Corinthians 4:18)


Weekly Memory Verse

    "Thy gentleness hath made me great."

(Psalm 18:35)


























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