Monday, August 24, 2020

Orange Moon "Available"

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




   I love the old adage, "Our greatest ability is availability."


    "Here am I, send me" (Isaiah 6:8).


    Why is this so?  Because when we make ourselves available to God for His purposes and the blessing of others, He makes His leadership and enabling available to us.  "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness" (Isaiah 41:10).  Thus, we do well to daily show up at the Throne of grace to join the prophet in his "Here am I, send me," and in the expectation that we will go forth not to do our best, but rather God's best.  "Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might" (Ephesians 6:10).  

    To live for God and others, as empowered by the Spirit of Christ's indwelling presence, is to live.  Nothing else qualifies as life according to our Heavenly Father's definition.  "To live is Christ" (Philippians 1:21). Indeed, when we seek to please the heart of God and bless the hearts of others, we can be absolutely certain of this: our Lord will take prime care of our hearts.  Many challenges will come our way because we have made ourselves available to God.  The same world that crucified the Lord Jesus will hew the wood and forge the nails for our  crosses.  However, the same Spirit that raised our Savior from the dead will fill our innermost being with the light of His risen life and the joyous peace of a life truly lived.  "Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal body" (II Corinthians 4:10).


    Whether at home, or the neighborhood, or the workplace, or the marketplace, or wherever, availability to God results in His ability in us.  "Here am I, send me."  Long ago, the prophet knelt at the throne of grace, beautifully foreshadowing the Holy One who would kneel in a garden to voice His availability: "Not My will, but Thine be done" (Luke 22:42).  The Spirit of Christ now lives in trusting hearts, leading us to walk in His footsteps becaused at the Throne, we have knelt in His kneeprints.  Availability - our greatest ability.  Here am I, send me.


"I am Thine."

(Psalm 119:94)


Weekly Memory Verse 

    Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?  Then said I, Here am I, send me.

(Isaiah 6:8)




















































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