The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
Born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ awaken to each new day with the privileged responsibility to "be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might" (Ephesians 6:10). Our Heavenly Father does not require that we do our best, but rather that we do His best as He leads and enables us.
This raises the question of "His best," or in the Apostle Paul's terms, "the power of His might." What constitutes the measure of such Divine ability? Scripture answers in terms of that which God had done, is doing, and will do.
"In the beginning God created the Heaven and the earth" (Genesis 1:1).
"All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made" (John 1:3).
"By Him all things consist… upholding all things by the word of His power" (Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:3).
"He giveth to all life and breath and all things" (Acts 17:25).
"God raised Him from the dead" (Acts 13:30).
"All things shall be subdued unto Him" (I Corinthians 15:28).
And, perhaps most definitively, one of Paul's most exultant doxologies: "Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen" (Ephesians 3:20-21).
The power that made and sustained a creation beyond human comprehension provides the strength whereby God calls believers to live this day. The One who "giveth to all life and breath and all things" beckons us to avail ourselves of such enabling for all we do. The Spirit who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead not only dwells in us, but promises to "walk" in us (II Corinthians 6:16). The Christ who once lay in a tomb now sits upon the throne of Heaven, working His Father's purposes to their ultimate fruition wherein "all things shall be subdued unto Him."
The Biblical declaration of power whereby God calls us to avail ourselves of His vital presence and working in us could go on and on. It will forevermore, and it must in this day as we determine to believe the truth of a grace that will not only take us to the place of Heaven, but which brought the power of Heaven to us. Whatever this day holds, our Lord calls us to "live through Him" (I John 4:9). Yes, the power that created, the power that sustains, the power that provides, the power that resurrected, the power that conquers, and the power "exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think" dwells within us to serve as the enabling whereby we may live this day not by the meager measure of our best, by rather, by the power of His best.
"We shall live with Him by the power of God."
(II Corinthians 13:4)
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).