Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Orange Moon Tuesday, April 25, 2023 “What Music We Can Make!”

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

"What Music We Can Make!" 

     The quality of life to which God calls His trusting children in Christ depends completely on the quality of life that indwells us through His Spirit.

    "Walk, even as He walked" (I John 2:6).


     "He," being the Lord Jesus Christ.  This would constitute a cruel joke if our Heavenly Father called us to be like His Son by our own devices and determination.  Even a cursory reading of the New Testament reveals a quality of life lived by the Lord Jesus that transcends our abilities by an infinite measure.  His character, nature, and way shines as the brightest spiritual and moral light the world has ever seen.  All others fall before Him in futility upon pondering even the notion of being like Him.  Thus, our Heavenly Father's purpose of conforming believers to the likeness of Christ must come with some way of accomplishing this most seemingly impossible of tasks.

    It does.  "God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying Abba Father" (Galatians 4:6).  James Stewart (the Scottish preacher, not the actor) profoundly illustrated this truth:  


     "For what Christ has done is to make us feel, at all the gateways of our nature, the pressure and bombardment of the infinite energies of a world unseen.  He has shown us how our little life, with unsearchable riches to draw upon, can be reinforced beyond all calculation.  I may not be able to fight down some evil thing.  But if Christ were here, He could.  So then, if Christ is in me, He can.  This transfusion of spirit and energy is really possible...  If Mozart were in you, what music you could make!  That cannot be.  But here is something that can: if Christ were in you, what a life you could live!  This is faith's logic.  God wants you to know that you can rise above the level of your limitations.  'I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me' (Philippians 4:13)."

   We awoke to this day with the Spirit of God beckoning, "Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might" (Ephesians 6:10).  Thereby, to walk as our Savior walked becomes possible and actual as we trust and submit to Him.  Through Christ, what music we can make!  Or rather, what faith and faithfulness can be composed upon our hearts, and performed on the instruments of our spirit, soul, and body.  Thoughts, attitudes, words, and deeds can flow within and through us impossible apart from the Lord Jesus.  And therein lies the blessed truth: we are not apart from Him.  He dwells within us, and He does so not as a passive observer, but as a mighty and active participant of grace imparted for our living a life far beyond our natural means.  

    "I will dwell in them and walk in them" (II Corinthians 6:16).

    "The infinite energies of a world unseen" teem within the spirits of born again believers.  Christ Himself constitutes such a dynamic wonder of motivation, guidance, and enabling.  Our Father can justifiably call us to walk as did His Son because His Son walks in us.  This we must believe, first, because it is true, and then, because the grace of God flows within and through us as we trust the Word of God.  "The just shall live by faith" (Romans 1:17).  Rather than a cruel joke, our calling to Christlikeness blesses us with the most wonderful gift our Father could give to us.  To make us like His Son in character, nature, and way, and to give us the indwelling Spirit of Christ provides the most wonderful gift could our Father give.  Yes, what music we can make through Christ!

"And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work."
(II Corinthians 9:8)

Weekly Memory Verse
    Before honor is humility.
(Proverbs 15:33)






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