Friday, December 29, 2023

Orange Moon Thursday, December 29, 2023. “What To Do? Who To Trust!”

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

"What To Do? Who To Trust!"  


   We do not always know what to do about the challenges of life.  But we do know who to trust about them.

    "Of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom" (I Corinthians 1:30).

     Wisdom can be defined as the proper application of knowledge and understanding.  By definition, born again believers have committed our confidence unto the God whose "understanding is infinite" and "in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Psalm 147:5; Colossians 2:3).  In those times when the path ahead seems dark to us, we do well to remind ourselves that it shines more brightly than a thousand suns in the eyes of the One who has promised to lead us throughout both time and eternity.  Thus, we do the one thing we always know to do: 

    "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not on thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6).

    The God who "cannot lie" has made a promise to be all we need Him to be, and do all we need Him to do in guiding us through our present earthly journey (Titus 1:2).  His way will not always lead us along pleasant paths, and His guidance will sometimes greatly challenge our understanding and sensibilities.  He abides with us in every step, nevertheless, and in time we will look back and see how faithfully He directed our steps.  "For this God is our God forever and ever.  He will be our guide even unto death" (Psalm 48:14).  

     "What to do?"  The question often lies before us.  "Who to trust!" ever answers.  God made us to "live by faith," meaning that we expect our lives will often lead us to times when our next step appears dark, but actually beckons us into the light of our Heavenly Father's promised direction (Romans 1:17).  He will lead us to think well, orchestrate guiding circumstances, motivate us to act when necessary, and restrain us when patience is most required.  Few assurances more grace the pages of Scripture than the promise of God's guidance of His trusting children.   Our privileged responsibility calls us to place confidence in our Father's faithfulness, avail ourselves of the gifts He gives to make the way known, and expect Him to confirm more and more that…

"The path of the just is as the shining light, which shineth more and more unto the perfect day."
(Proverbs 4:18)
"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord."
(James 1:5-7)

Weekly Memory Verse
    Thy mercy, o Lord, is in the heavens, Thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
(Psalm 36:5)    








Thursday, December 28, 2023

Orange Moon Thursday, December 28, 2023 "To Feel"

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

"To Feel"  



   Born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ do well to be wary and watchful to not be overmuch influenced by our feelings, whether emotional or physical.  It remains true, however, that the Christian life does not involve an unfeeling stoicism.  

    "Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love" (Romans 12:10).

   We all have different dispositions in terms of emotion, all of which have a place in the body of Christ.  We need those who feel deeply, and those who do not as readily experience strong depth of emotion.  Mostly, we all require our feelings to function as servants, rather than as dictators of thought, belief, attitude, words, and actions.  This requires a powerful work of the Holy Spirit in each of our hearts, minds, and indeed, our emotions.  Interestingly, Scripture reveals His work in us has to do with God's feeling, as well as His glory, will, and eternal purpose in Christ…

    "It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13; emphasis added).

    Our Creator and Redeemer is no stoic.  He experiences "good pleasure," along with all the emotions known by humanity that He created within us.  Indeed, the Bible so chronicles God in terms of emotion that we may rightly surmise Him to be the most emotional being who exists.  He experiences the full gamut of feeling in infinite, eternal terms, as opposed to our finite, human sensation.  Consider the Lord Jesus, so emotionally and physically stressed in the garden of Gethsemane that He "sweat as it were great drops of blood" (Luke 22:44).  This condition - hematotridosis - occurs rarely and only in those experiencing profound levels of stress in soul and body.  Our Savior knew such suffering to the degree Isaiah foretold, "He is… a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief" (Isaiah 53:3).  Moreover, as the God who became man, and the man who remains God, we can know the Lord Jesus' profound emotional experience perfectly reflected the nature of both the divine and the human.  "We have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities" (Hebrews 4:15)

   This being said, unlike ourselves, God's emotions never fail to align with His character and nature.  They do not tempt Him to be guided by feeling rather than fidelity to Himself, His glory, and His will.  His pleasures, displeasures, griefs, anger, satisfaction, and joy all flow with the current of His love, righteousness, grace, truth, and moral perfection.  One day, the redeemed will know such perfect consistency and correlation between our spiritual, intellectual, and emotional constitution.  But not yet.  Presently, we "fight the good fight of faith" when it comes to the feelings of our flesh that often conflict with the purposes of our hearts (I Timothy 6:12).  Our Father would have us feel life, but not in any manner that tempts us to not live life in accordance with His will.

    We do well to consistently pray that our emotions will serve as effective components and servants of God's working in our lives.  We must feel with Him in order to fully serve His purposes.  "Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep" (Romans 12:15).   Certainly, it pleases Him to align our emotions with His own, and also to enable our overcoming of those that can lead us astray.  Yes, the God who feels with eternal and infinite measures of emotion, as perfectly aligned with His character and nature, works in us to redeem the fullness of our humanity into conformity to the Christ who felt, and who feels.

"I will be glad and rejoice in Thee."

 (Psalm 9:2)

"The joy of the Lord is your strength."

(Nehemiah 8:10)

"My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death.

(Matthew 26:38)

Weekly Memory Verse

    Thy mercy, o Lord, is in the heavens, Thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.

(Psalm 36:5)