Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Orange Moon Wednesday, December 6, 2023 "Promises"

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


  "Christians are called believers in Scripture not simply because we trusted the Lord Jesus for salvation.  The title rather affirms what we do in response to God's promises as we seek to live for His glory."



   Born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ awoke to this day amid the glory of "exceeding great and precious promises" declared by the God who "cannot lie" (II Peter 1:4; Titus 1:2).  

   "All the promises of God in Him are yea" (II Corinthians 1:20).

   The promises are personal.  Our Heavenly Father fulfills them in distinctive, individually applied faithfulness to each of His trusting children in Christ.  He also works to keep His Word in a nearness far closer than any of us have realized.  He does not simply decree His purposes from afar, but rather birthed our hearts as the scene of His presence wherein the Holy Spirit moves no less than He did upon the primordial waters of creation (Genesis 1:2).  "It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13).  Yes, the promise of His personal presence, working to keep His Word and fulfill His pleasure, ever moves within us by the Spirit of God.

   Certainly, we desire our faith in such assurance to increasingly measure up to the standard of "exceeding great and precious promises."  Christians are called "believers" in Scripture not simply because we trusted the Lord Jesus for salvation (Acts 5:14).  The title rather affirms what we do in response to God's promise as we seek to live for His glory.  "The just shall live by faith"(Romans 1:17).  Let us make this personal.  If we have trusted the Lord Jesus and been justified by grace through faith, we exist in this day and forevermore as those who live by believing.  This raises the question: which promises of God's heart and of His Word especially apply to us in this day?  What assurance of enabling?  What administration of hope?  What lifeline of comfort?  What pledge of mercy, forgiveness, and cleansing?  What promise of His provision?  What personal and active moving of His presence with and within us?  We open the pages of God's Word to discover exceedingly great and precious promises, and to grow in our confidence and the subsequent life we live to honor the glorious One who keeps every promise He makes.  "He (Abraham) staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God" (Romans 4:20).

   Great blessing and monumental challenge await us as we embark on this day's journey of faith.  A faithful God presently fulfills His promises in a fallen world that seeks to counter our confidence at every step and every turn.  We arise to engage in the aptly termed "good fight of faith" (I Timothy 6:12).  It is indeed good.  It is indeed a fight.  And it is indeed a faith based on a faithfulness that "reacheth unto the clouds" (Psalm 36:5).  Yes, which promises will provide the grace to be received by faith in this day?  We may not know in this moment, but of this we can be sure: "Exceeding great and precious" defines and declares the assurance of the God who "cannot lie," and of the Christ in whom "all the promises of God are yea."

"Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise."

(Galatians 4:28)

"But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life."(Jude 1:20-21)

Weekly Memory Verse

    In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.

(Romans 8:37)






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