Friday Morning Prayer:)… January 10, 2019

January 17, 2019 - 9 minutes read
In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone! – who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied 
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine 
Bought with the precious blood of Christ[1]
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.”[2]
I was encouraged this week by a budding youth leader at Alpine Youth Center who taught about the human nature of Jesus at family time.  Jesus was tempted like we are; he sympathizes with our weaknesses, he understands our battle against sin.   Jesus knows the significance of our trials in this life because he was born, lived, and experienced humanness.   The writer of Hebrews stated, “…he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.  Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”[3]  Jesus is truly our gift of love and righteousness who was scorned by the ones he came to save.  Indeed, till on that cross Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied for every sin on him was laid, and here in the death of Christ I live!
“In Christ Alone” is the title of a contemporary hymn wherein the writers valued the gospel and would not compromise the atonement.[4]  Jesus is our atonement.  Atonement encompasses biblical themes of truth including sacrifice, propitiation, substitution, and reconciliation.[5]  Jesus is each of these for our eternal salvation and his glory!  The hymn writers were asked to change the fact that Jesus is the propitiation of God.   In other words, “…the wrath of God was satisfied [by Jesus] for every sin on him was laid…”  The faulty compromising rational was that this biblical truth would have a negative effect on the upcoming generations. 
God is perfect and complete holiness.  Sin is repulsive to the point that God cannot look upon it and is compelled to turn away from it.  God made it clear to Adam in the garden that if he disobeyed and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil he would surely die.[6]  Adam and Eve sinned against God and every human being inherited this sin.  Therefore, because we are under sin, “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.”[7]  Moreover, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows.  The one who sows to please the sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”[8]
Beloved, the Word of God is clear, “The judgment followed one sin [Adam] and brought condemnation, but the gift [Jesus] followed many trespasses and brought justification.” Therefore, “…how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.”[9]  In Christ, you are saved from the wrath of God because Jesus suffered the wrath of God on the cross for sinful humankind.  Jesus is “…the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”[10]  Peter wrote, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”[11]
Be ye encouraged to stand for the truth of Scripture!  “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect…”[12]  In Christ alone our hope is found!  He is our light, strength, and song! Here in the love of Christ, we stand together!  This hymn is beautiful, especially in light of its biblical truth and no compromise when it comes to the atonement of Jesus.   For I am His and He is mine, bought with the precious blood of Christ!  Rejoice always!  In Christ alone our hope is found!
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.
Sisters are meeting to pray together!  First Baptist.  1912 Arnold Way. Alpine. 0900
Feel free to join faithful gals who have received the mercy of God and by his grace ask, seek, and knock together as the Holy Spirit leads their time together. Through the prayers of many, we are strengthened! Moreover, God is exalted and glorified through our redeemed lives, especially as we rely on him together in humble prayer.
Brothers are meeting too! Alpine Youth Center. 2153 Arnold Way, Alpine 0730
It is always a joy to meet with brothers!  If your schedule allows, join us.  Diverse men of God join to cry out in prayer, relying on our God of great mercy to meet our every need according to his will.  With absolute certainty, we know God is present always with every regenerate heart.  We too rely on the power of God in our midst and in the unseen heavenly realms as we join in living faith and pray.   If you can’t make it, pray with us as The Spirit of Jesus leads you.

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