Saturday, May 13, 2023

Orange Moon Saturday, May 13, 2023 "Postures of the Heart"

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

"Postures of the Heart"


    Scripture calls born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ to kneel, sit, arise, stand, walk, run, and fly.

    "Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker" (Psalm 95:6).
    "God… hath made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:4; 6).
     "He saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light" (Ephesians 5:14).
     "Stand fast in the Lord" (Ephesians 4:1).
     "Walk in love… in the Spirit… in truth… in the light… as He walked… circumspectly… worthy of the Lord" (Ephesians 5:2; III John 1:4; 1:7; 2:6; Ephesians 5:15; Colossians 1:10).
     "Run, that ye may obtain" (I Corinthians 9:24).
     "They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles" (Isaiah 40:31).

    These postures of the heart, as it were, all call us to an active engagement of our faculties, based on God's active engagement of His faculties on our behalf.  He motivates, leads, and empowers us to kneel, sit, arise, stand, walk, run, and fly.  Left to ourselves, we would have interest only in postures of the world and the flesh, as influenced by devilish entities.  "The flesh lusteth against the Spirit" (Galatians 5:17).  Thus, our Heavenly Father does not leave to ourselves, but rather mightily works in us "both to will and to do of His good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13).  Indeed, the Christian life, from the least expression of faithfulness to the extreme of martyrdom, far transcends our human abilities and determination.  The list above confirms this, particularly the Apostle John's command to "walk, even as He (Christ) walked."

   From kneeling to flying, the believer's calling involves trust, submission, and the expectation of faith whereby we recognize that we live for God by living from Him.  The postures mentioned would be overwhelmingly daunting were it not for our Lord's promise to enable our working out that which He works in (Philippians 2:12).  In fact, we kneel as the foundation of our spiritual posture to affirm our recognition of the Christian life as too holy a a path for our own feet to independently make the journey.  "I will dwell in them and walk in them" promises the One who leads us to "walk, even as He walked" (II Corinthians 6:16).  Such grace and such faith results in no less than flight as we find ourselves enabled through Christ to adopt postures of the heart that lead to performances of hands, feet, and "wings as eagles."

"For though He was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God."
(II Corinthians 13:4)
"Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might."
(Ephesians 6:10)

Weekly Memory Verse
     The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth.
(Psalm 145:18)




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