Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Orange Moon Cafe "Consider Him"

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

"Consider Him"

     "Consider Him" (Hebrews 12:3).  No two word phrase in Scripture more describes the means whereby born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ find the motivation, guidance, and strength to navigate the challenging paths of our present life in a fallen world.  Who is the Lord Jesus Christ?  What has He done?  What is He doing?  What does He promise to do forevermore?  Discovering and affirming the answers to these questions in the pages of the Bible always strengthens us  to overcome temptations of discouragement and spiritual lethargy.  Indeed, "looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith" leads to living from the power of His involved presence in our hearts and lives (Hebrews 12:2).

   Note that such grace focuses our attention not on ourselves, but on our Savior.   A place exists in our hearts for considering ourselves, especially in light of God's saving grace in the Lord Jesus.  "Reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:11).  However, the consideration of who we are in Christ leads to looking upward, outward, and away to Him rather than an overwrought focus on ourselves.  Salvation in Christ constitutes an ongoing work of delivering us from the unholy trinity of "I, me, and my" by directing our gaze to God and others.  Charity (love)... seeketh not her own" (I Corinthians 13:5).  Peace ensues upon such consideration, and then the power of Christ's indwelling love enables us to live in a manner that glorifies God and blesses others.

    "Consider Him."  We will do this forever as eternity will not be long enough to fully discover the glory and wonder of our blessed Lord.  "Oh how great is Thy goodness, which Thou hast laid up for them that fear Thee...His greatness is unsearchable" (Psalm 31:19; 145:3).  Today offers such opportunity in the pages of Scripture and along the pathways of life.  Again, who is the Lord Jesus Christ?  What has He done?  What is He doing?  What does He promise to do forevermore?  Our hearts were made to know the answers, and then to rejoice as we realize the abundance of grace found only in the Savior and consideration of Him…

"His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue."
(II Peter 1:3)
"I will look for Him."
(Isaiah 8:17)

Weekly Memory Verse
     "Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."
 (Philippians 1:6)



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