The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
Scripture calls born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ to consider ourselves as "alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:11). This means we view ourselves as the spiritual temple of the risen Christ, who dwells within us to serve as the very Life of our lives. "Ye are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God" (Colossians 2:12). We are not just ourselves, but are rather ourselves as indwelt, motivated, led, and empowered by the Holy Spirit who "worketh in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13).
Such grace bestows a wonderful promise involving this day. Namely, we will not live it alone. Whether we know it or not, remember it or not, or respond well to it or not, born again believers live our lives with Somebody. Yes, Somebody will grace our blessings with His presence, enjoying them with us. Somebody will walk with and within us through our challenges as "a very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1). Somebody will be with us in the everyday, mundane realities of life, infusing them with significance as we remember we can "do all to the glory of God" (I Corinthians 1:31). Yes, Somebody will be with us, even as He has abode with us since the blessed moment when first we trusted Him and His Spirit drew so near that He will forever dwell within our hearts. "I will dwell in them and walk in them" (II Corinthians 6:16).
We presently "walk by faith, not by sight" (II Corinthians 5:7). We will not always remember and affirm the truth we consider. At times, we will think, speak, act, and relate as if it were not true. It will always be true, however. "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee" sounds and resounds the ancient promise of assurance to all who have been spiritually birthed into the salvation that bestows God's greatest gift to the trusting heart - the gift of Himself (Hebrews 13:5).
Father, are You there?
No, My child, I am not there.
I am here, nearer than any other.
And I will always be not there, but here,
of this you can be sure,
and this you will discover
As the years roll on and eternity draws nigh,
I am with you always,
so near, so much nearer than any other.
I am here, My child.
We will live our lives today with Somebody, somebody more wonderful than our hearts will ever fully fathom and imagine. Please receive this as a simple reminder of the most sublime truth that graces our hearts and lives in every moment and along every pathway. May God grant much grace of light, whereby we realize "the grace of life" - His life - that abides with us forevermore, and in this moment.
"I will be with thee… I am with thee… I am with you always.
(Isaiah 43:2; 41:10; Matthew 28:20).
Weekly Memory Verse
The law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.