The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
In a culture increasingly hostile to the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, we must be increasingly devoted to loving and uncompromising communication of its truth by both example of life and word of mouth.
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord" (II Timothy 1:7-8).
Such devotion to God and truth requires His leading and enabling. No less than the Apostle Paul asked for prayer, "that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the Gospel" (Ephesians 6:19). Paul well knew that the Holy Spirit "of power… love… and a sound mind" would be required for the faithful fulfillment of his calling. We must know the same, seeking our Lord's power to bear witness of Christ as He grants opportunity. We will not do so otherwise, or if we make the attempt, fleshly efforts will result in a distorted or less than effective presentation of the redeeming Person and work of the Lord Jesus. "Who is sufficient for these things?" asked Paul in regarding our representation of the Lord Jesus, and then answered his own question: "Our sufficiency is of God" (II Corinthians 2:16; II Corinthians 3:5).
We do well to day by day echo the Apostle's request for the grace to bear witness of grace. We require the love of the Lord Jesus, as well as His wisdom, understanding, motivation, and enabling to faithfully and effectually communicate the Gospel. He promises to supply - "Ye shall be witnesses unto Me after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you" promised the Savior to the first disciples who would become temples of His indwelling presence and enabling" (Acts 1:8). That same Spirit lives in us who believe, assuring us that as we ask in faith, He will respond in grace to all who join Paul in his earnest request…
"That utterance may be given unto me."
Weekly Memory Verse
Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.