Saturday, April 20, 2024

Orange Moon Saturday, April 20, 2024 "Perfect" Part 2 - The Altar

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Part 2 - The Altar

"If we have build the altar within our hearts, let us visit it often to affirm with praise, "His way is perfect."


     "As for God, His way is perfect" (Psalm 18:30).


     Ask any born again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, "Is God perfect, and is His way perfect?"  As a matter of doctrine, all will answer in the affirmative.  "Yes!"  However, we live our lives amid countless foes who challenge our confidence and sorely tempt us to wonder about our Heavenly Father's determinations and allowances.  Indeed, the Psalmist who declared "His way is perfect" also bemoaned, "Lord, why hast Thou forgotten me?" (Galatians 5:17; Psalm 42:9).

   Among the altars of heart we must build deeply within our spirits, none bear more significance than the determination to sacrifice any notion of imperfection in God or His ways.  We will never fully trust Him if we allow the slightest bit of license to question our Father and how He works.  Of course, we will face many challenges along our way in a fallen world, and the most godly among us will experience thoughts and emotions that counter the conviction of God's way as perfect.  "The flesh lusteth against the spirit" (Galatians 5:17).  Moreover, our Father administers His perfection within the context of eternal realities and "the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Ephesians 3:11).  If we attempt to interpret His ways according to our temporal and limited understanding, we will often find it impossible to affirm perfection and rejoice in the assurance that accompanies such vital confidence.  "To the carnally minded is death, but to be spiritual minded is life and peace" (Romans 8:6).

   If we have build the altar within our hearts, let us visit it often to affirm with praise, "His way is perfect."  If not, let us immediately bow our hearts and heads to set afire any notion that counters absolute perfection as the quality of everything God does, has done, and will do.  We then go forth in the awareness that much temptation awaits us, and thus, much opportunity to overcome "Why hast Thou forgotten me?" with "As for God, His way is perfect."  The way will often be hard and challenging in our present lives.  However, "life and peace" await us as we refuse to believe anything other than perfection as the quality of God's being, and the way of His hand.

"He is the Rock, His work is perfect: for all His ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He."

(Deuteronomy 32:4)

Weekly Memory Verse

   "In Thy presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

(Psalm 16:11) 


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