Friday Morning Prayer:)… October 12, 2017

October 12, 2017 - 5 minutes read
O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!
 
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
 
Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conqu’rors we are![1]
 
 
A life more abundant and free!  In Christ.  “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness…”  I still struggle.  You do too.  In light of overwhelming circumstances, loss, heartache, distractions, pain, and suffering, O God help me to turn my eyes upon Jesus.  Our life in Christ is progressive and active; the things of this world, our experiences, struggles, uncertainties, etc., are part of the process.  Beloved, I pray you too find comfort in confidently knowing, especially in Christ, “I have heard your prayer and seen your tears….”[2] Indeed, we are learning through the process to call on our gracious God who hears us when we cry out to him for help.
 
God has called unto salvation and continues to call us to be eager to make certain our calling and election.  It is by grace through faith alone we are saved.  It is the gift of God.[3] However, saving faith does not continue by itself.  I fail every time I attempt to work out my salvation with fear and trembling, primarily when I forget it is God who works in me to will and to act according to his good purpose.[4]  It is no problem to reflect on the same things over and over again!  Be encouraged that you as a Christian, regenerated and continually being transformed, participate in the divine nature and are empowered to escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires![5]
 
It is absolutely amazing to me, that we participate in the divine nature!  And, this participation is a growth in grace process.  Therefore, through his strength, more than conquerors we are!  In fact, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”[6]
 
Brothers/sisters in Christ, may you know the power of God, especially as you too are carried along by the Holy Spirit.  Just recently, I was talking to a brother about my tendency to quench the Spirit and live according to the flesh.  It is a real battle!  Nonetheless, we persevere in Christ!  I remind myself of gospel truth and enjoy reminding others, even you as you read these simple, yet powerful truths. 
 
Pursue our gracious God.  Fight through the distractions, the emotions that hinder, the overwhelming circumstances are the promptings of God to cry out in humble dependence.  In increasing measure, the power of God indwelling keeps you and me too, effective and productive in our knowledge of our Lord Jesus. 
 
His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!
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Sisters are meeting for Friday morning prayer!  First Baptist.  1912 Arnold Way.  Alpine. 0900.
You are invited to join faithful gals for a sweet hour of prayer.  How necessary and precious are the prayers of many!  A comfort and a joy!  Open to all gals in Christ who have an hour to pursue fellowship and intentional prayer.
 
Brothers are meeting too!  Mt. View Bible.  2710 Alpine Blvd.  Alpine.  0730.
Just an hour of encouraging fellowship with fellas who are ever increasing in their love for one another.  We enjoy 15 min of interaction, and then intentionally pursue God in earnest prayer as the Holy Spirit leads.  No requirements, no agenda… only a desire to humbly recognize our dependence on God and express our desperate need through prayer.  You are invited! 
 
How marvelous how wonderful, and my song shall ever be… is my Savior’s love for me!
 


[1]http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Turn_Your_Eyes_upon_Jesus/
[2] Isaiah 38:5b
[3] Ephesians 2:8
[4] Philippians 2:12-13
[5] 2 Peter 1:4
[6] Romans 8:38-39