Friday, April 7, 2023

Orange Moon Friday April 7, 2023 "Enough"

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



      Is the Lord Jesus Christ enough?  That is, is His Person, presence, and work adequate to meet whatever challenge we may face, of whatever mode or measure?

    Scripture declares Him to be.

    "But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19).
    "Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue, whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises" (II Peter 1:2-4).

   Certainly, believers know the Lord Jesus to be adequate for salvation from our sins.  We would not be believers otherwise.  However, can we say the same thing about all things, and do we believe in our hearts that nothing can come our way for which Christ will fail to be the promised supply for "all your need?"  We must, in order to know Him not only as our redeemer from "the wrath to come," but also for every need and challenge we will ever face (I Thessalonians 1:10).


   If the Lord Jesus is not the supply for "all things," as promised, He cannot serve as supply for anything.  A savior who cannot meet the challenge of the present moment would do us no good in the judgment to come.  We must know our true, living, and abundantly adequate Savior in according with this universal provision, based on unbreakable promises.  This will require many choices to believe in Christ as more, so very much more, than simply our rescue from perdition (wonderful as that is).  

   "He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:32).

   Long ago, Martha rightly looked unto the Lord Jesus as the future administrator of resurrection and life.  Of her dead brother Lazarus, she confessed, "I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day."  The Lord responded by directing her faith unto Him in the present day.  "I am the resurrection and the life… believest thou this?" (John 11:21-27).  He would say the same to us.  This moment, in fact, beckons us to see the Lord Jesus as the abundant provision for every matter of spirit, soul, and body, and of circumstance, condition, and situation.  I am, He promises.  Do you believe? He asks.  Our answer will determine whether we know Him as abundantly adequate - as enough - or whether we tragically fail to avail ourselves of "all things that pertain to life and godliness."  God has indeed given so great a salvation, as provided through so glorious a Savior.  To echo Paul, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

"Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, what shall we drink? or, wherewithal shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the Gentiles seek.  For your Heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
(Matthew 6:31-33)

Weekly Memory Verse
   Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God."
 (II Corinthians 3:5)







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