Friday Morning Prayer:)… January 25, 2018

January 25, 2018 - 8 minutes read
In times like these you need a Savior,
In times like these you need an anchor; 
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock![1]
 
This Rock is Jesus, Yes He’s the One,
This Rock is Jesus, the only One;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock
!
 
In times like these you need the Bible,
In times like these, O be not idle; 
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
 
This Rock is Jesus, Yes He’s the One,
This Rock is Jesus, the only One;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock
!
 
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure….”[2]
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Our life process.  The current order brings joy and pain.  The infant forming in the womb orchestrated by the hand of God.  The joy of childbirth mixed with seemingly unbearable pain until the newborn is cuddled and embraced.  The developmental process is amazing.  Most readily recognize the physical.  I know I am amazed at the physical growth of my own boys.  God cares about your heart, the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit indwelling.  Ideally, we live recognizing our need for Jesus as Savior and Lord.  By the grace of God, we learn to trust and rely on the power of God to anchor our lives in the Solid Rock. 
In the current order of things, we decline physically over time.  Memories fade, life function gets harder.  We will face the inevitable death of our life as we know it.  Loved ones die and we hurt.  My sister-in-law’s mother died recently.  Patsy was a friend for many years.  A sister in Christ.  I watched her go through the life process from a distance, vibrancy to inevitable decline.  Nonetheless, I will always remember the many fruitful talks and the times we enjoyed fellowship with our Savior Jesus.  I am confident to be absent from the body is to be home with our Lord.  Patsy has gained what every genuine believer longs for, eternal glory with Jesus.   In fact, “…the day of one’s death is better than the day of one’s birth.”[3]   Moreover, the day is coming when “He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”[4]
 
In this life, we rightly value emotional intelligence, maturity, and spiritual growth.  In Christ, we ask God to make our love increase and overflow for each other and everyone else.  This sanctifying process is especially important as we live lives worthy of God in preparation for eternity.  I pray the God of all comfort, our God through the redeeming blood of Jesus, truly becomes your forever comfort through every loss, trial, and tribulation.  God who is merciful calls us into his kingdom and glory today.  We are saved from eternal death through the cross.  By grace through faith alone we are redeemed, made right, sins forgiven, justified before our holy God in Jesus Christ.  A supernatural work of God in the heart of sinful mankind. 
 
Beloved, today is the day of salvation.  Are you saved?  Are you being saved?  Are you going to be eternally saved?  O such a great salvation!  “Are you washed in the blood, in the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?”[5] I pray you know the gospel and are continually experiencing supernatural power and joy given by the Holy Spirit.  The apostle Paul wrote to the church of the Thessalonians, “For we know, brothers [sisters] loved by God, that he has chosen you, because the gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit, and with deep conviction.”[6]
 
Martha was troubled and grieving the loss of her brother Lazarus.  “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?’  “Yes Lord,… I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”[7]
 
Brother/sister, be encouraged, firm and secure as you journey this life process.  God is calling to greater degrees of intimacy and total dependency on his sovereign grace in every area of my life, yours too.  Like Martha, we proclaim with great confidence, “Yes Lord, … I believe…”  In our struggles and always, humbly and reverently we pursue our most holy God.  We echo with the psalmist, “I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me.”[8]
 
In times like these I have a Savior,
In times like these I have an anchor;
I’m very sure, I’m very sure
My anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
 
This Rock is Jesus, Yes He’s the One,
This Rock is Jesus, the only One;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock
!
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Sisters are joining together to pray!  First Baptist.  1912 Arnold Way.  Alpine. 0900.
Join sisters in Christ for a sweet hour of prayer.  Gals from various churches gather to love and encourage one another.  Moreover, they intentionally pray, ask, seek, and knock as the Spirit of Jesus leads their time together.  You are invited.
 
Brothers are meeting too!  Bethel Assembly.  1939 Arnold Way.  Alpine.  0730.
You are invited to join faithful brothers for a time of prayer.  It is most encouraging when men humbly join together to recognize our sovereign God and rely on his power to lead and direct our brief time together.  Join us if you are able.  If not, my appeal to you, pray for us.  The unity of diverse brothers is pleasing to our God.  We hold fast to the cross, encourage and love one another as we are called to do in the power of the Spirit.


[2] Hebrews 6:19a
[3] Ecclesiastes 7:1
[4] Revelation 21:4
[5]http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Are_You_Washed_in_the_Blood/
[6] 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5
[7] John 11:25-27
[8] Psalm 77:1