Friday, August 13, 2021

Orange Moon Friday, August 13, 2021 "Your Heart. My Home"

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

"Your Heart.  My Home"

       When God looks at the human race - or rather, the individual members of humanity - He sees first either the presence of His Son, or its absence.

    "At that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world" (Ephesians 2:12).
     "God hath sent for the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying Abba Father" (Galatians 4:6).

    Everything about every human being matters to our Heavenly Father.  "The hairs of your head are all numbered" (Matthew 10:30).  One thing matters most, however: Is the Spirit of Christ present within?  Indeed, the Lord made humanity to serve as "the habitation of God through the Spirit" (Ephesians 2:22).  We are not holy until Christ dwells within us, nor are we whole.  "Ye are complete in Him" (Colossians 2:10).  Our hearts, that is, our deepest spiritual being, exist to serve as "the temple of the Holy Spirit" (I Corinthians 3:16).  When we trusted the Lord Jesus as our Savior, the entrance of the Holy Spirit enlivened our spirits, and even more, birthed into existence someone who had not existed before.

   "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.  Old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new" (II Corinthians 5:17).

    God commands every believer to see ourselves in this blessed light of being "alive unto God" (Romans 6:11).  This is precisely how He looks upon us, or more literally, how He looks within us.  He sees the Spirit of Christ dwelling within our born again spirits, accounting this to be the epicenter of who and what we are.  "Of Him are ye in Christ Jesus" (I Corinthians 1:30).  Certainly, we dwell in consequential earthly vessels possessed of our faculties and members inherited from Adam.  In our innermost being and selfhood, however, believers are spirits, and most importantly, spirits indwelt by the Holy Spirit.  "Ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you" (Romans 8:9).

   Do we view ourselves in this holy light of grace?  Our holy God of grace does.  He sees all of our being, of course.  But the Lord who "looketh on the heart" directs the keenest beam of His gaze into our innermost depths (I Samuel 16:7).  Therein, He sees the Spirit of His Son if we have believed, a sight that must fill Him with joy.  He also sees the new person we are, "created in righteousness and true holiness" (Ephesians 4:24).  Let us then join our Father in the same exhilaration.  Yes, grace has made our hearts His place, His place of grace forevermore.  

Your heart.  My home,  
forevermore and in this hour.
Oh, see with Me the wonder,
the love, the life, the peace, the power.

Your heart.  My home.
Oh, how I love to see
My Son within your spirit,
your spirit alive and redeemed.

Your heart.  My home.
I will not leave.  You will not leave.
My love seals and binds us
through time and eternity.

Your heart.  My home.
Do you see it?  Oh I do,
 and in this holy hour, 
see with Me, My child…

Your heart.  My home.

"That which is born of the Spirit is spirit."
 (John 3:6; emphasis added)
"He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit."
(I Corinthians 6:17)

Weekly Memory Verse
   "I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert."
(Isaiah 43:19)



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