Monday, July 19, 2021

Orange Moon Monday, July 19, 2021 "Acknowledge Him". Or... "The Good Fight"

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

"Acknowledge Him"


"The Good Fight"

    "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6).

    The call to trustingly acknowledge the Lord in all our ways presents ongoing opportunity and challenge to the born again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.

    First, we rejoice that Someone exists who can be trusted with all our hearts, and acknowledged in all our ways.  Only of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus can this be said.  He alone is perfectly trustworthy in both willingness and ability to be everything we need Him to be.  He alone is present and actively involved along every pathway of our lives.  Such blessed truth assures us of a safe haven for our hearts and the assurance that our God graces every aspect of our existence with His loving and active engagement.  He can be acknowledged in all our ways because He is there in all our ways.  "I will be with thee… I am with you always" (Isaiah 43:2; Matthew 28:20).

    The challenge of such truth involves remembering, affirming, and applying our hearts to it.  This begins with accepting the Biblical declaration and teaching of God's present and active involvement in every aspect of our lives.  "I will dwell in them and walk in them" (II Corinthians 6:16).  We then realize that such trust enlists us into the fight of our lives, namely, "the good fight of faith" (I Timothy 6:12).  Our spiritual enemies do all they can to distract, deceive, and discourage us from the remembrance that we do not live our lives alone.  God gave us Himself when we trusted the Lord Jesus.  His Spirit came to indwell and forever serve as the Life of our lives in all things.  He lives in us, we live through Him, and the more we stand in the reality and power of such truth, the more we will experience the assurance of His presence and working.  But it will not come easy.  There will be a fight to acknowledge the Lord in all our ways, a "good fight."  

    We do well to often ask our Heavenly Father if there is any particular way in which we are not seeing and trusting Him.  The Lord Jesus gave Himself to the cross of Calvary so that He might give Himself to our hearts and to our pathways.  Whether we realize it or not, He is there in all.  He is our provision, our protection, and our power in every aspect of our lives.  Acknowledging Him simply means we realize and affirm the truth.  We do not make His presence and working true by our faith.  The truth is true regardless of whether we believe it or not.  We do, however, consciously enter into reality when we open the eyes of our hearts to see our Lord's heart so very near and so very active on our behalf.  Such a good gift He has given, the greatest of all, and such a good fight awaits us day by day as we go forth to "in all thy ways acknowledge Him."  

"And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master!  How shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.  And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha."
(II Kings 6:15-17)

Weekly Memory Verse
    Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. 
(Proverbs 3:5-6).






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