The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Our Risen Lord"
God privileges born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ to day by day, moment by moment "be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might" (Ephesians 6:10). Rather than seek to live by our own devices, we live by the motivation, leading, and enabling of the indwelling Holy Spirit, provided as a free gift in the moment we trusted the Lord Jesus. Only thereby do we have hope for a life that truly honors and reflects our Savior, and which serves both God and people.
"We shall live with Him by the power of God" (II Corinthians 13:4).
The realization of life with our Lord and by His power provides hope in all things. Indeed, if we live not by ourselves, but rather with God, is there any challenge of life beyond our capacity to face and overcome? An empty tomb and an occupied Heavenly throne provide the answer. Believers are not only inhabited by Christ, but rather by the risen Christ. Moreover, the Apostle Paul declared us to be "risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God" (Colossians 2:12). This truth, known and affirmed by faith, paves a path that ever glimmers with resurrection, accompanying the same glorious light of life that indwells our spirits. As the Lord Jesus promised His disciples even before His death and rising…
"In the world ye shall have tribulation. But be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).
What might the Lord say to us now that He has overcome death, having trampled it under nail-pierced feet as He exited His tomb in glorious triumph? What does He say to those whose hearts He inhabits with the promise to empower the living our lives in the light of His vital presence and working? He says, "Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might." His Word continually bears witness to the truth that we live with Him, by Him, and through Him. Our realization of such grace requires the faith to believe the "exceeding great and precious promises" that call us to "walk in the Spirit," even as we "live in the Spirit" (II Timothy 2:11; Colossians 3:17; I John 4:9; II Peter 1:4; Galatians 5:25).
Let us not waste the opportunity God has given to be strong in Him. Let us "be of good cheer" regarding all things as the Lord's voice echoes through the ages, "I have overcome the world." Thereby, doubt and dread dissolve in faith and expectation. Yes, the power of God raised the Lord Jesus from the dead. That same power dwells within us through the Holy Spirit. He beckons us by His Word to be strong in the Lord, and reminds us that such strength involves our risen Lord and His glorious "power of an endless life" (Hebrews 7:16).
"For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?"
(I John 5:4-5)
Weekly Memory Verse
"Ye are risen with Him through faith in the operation of God."