Friday Morning Prayer:)… January 14, 2021

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Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee;
let the water and the blood,
from thy wounded side which flowed,
be of sin the double cure;
save from wrath and make me pure.

Not the labors of my hands
can fulfill thy law’s commands;
could my zeal no respite know,
could my tears forever flow,
all for sin could not atone;
thou must save, and thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
simply to the cross I cling;
naked, come to thee for dress;
helpless, look to thee for grace;
foul, I to the fountain fly;
wash me, Savior, or I die.[1]

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”[2]

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What influences my attitude, recurring thoughts, spoken words, and behaviors most of the time?  This world is full of negative influences that strive to keep me in the temporal present uncertainty and ongoing ‘full of drama’ chaos.  The goal and pursuit for me, and you too, is to walk, talk, live every moment of every day in the midst of it all with an assurance of things hoped for and a strong conviction about things not seen.  What does that mean?  Every truly regenerate heart professes and possesses Christ as Savior and Lord with the supernatural capacity to embrace, nurture, and exhibit living faith. 

The gift of living active faith from God is your capacity to truly believe/trust who God is, what he has done through Jesus, and a strong conviction that the one triune God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) will do all that he has promised in the holy Scriptures.  Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.  In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you… I will come back and take you to be with me…”[3]  In reference to Abraham, who lived in this world faithfully, diligently, responsibly, yet as a stranger, because he believed God, “… he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”[4]     

Receiving God’s mercy manifest in my ability to truly believe changed my whole disposition from spiritually dead to alive.  Moreover, my ever-increasing trust in God’s presence, provision, his perspective changing love, comfort, and empowering strength is continually changing my practical life.  You and me too are urged, in view of God’s mercy to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is our spiritual act of worship.  Moreover, my increasing desire is to not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of my mind.[5]  The practical idea and evident behaviors are based on a new heart and attitude to life that must be renewed, especially when I go askew and let the world creep in, and re-modeled according to an empowered Christian life.

I spoke to a brother in Christ tonight about our shared faith and the practical evidence that proves hence reflects our new life status.  Mercy given, mercy shared.  John Piper’s (2004) summation, a life of mercy according to Romans 12 is truly our call as men and women of faith—those who truly believe and trust wholeheartedly, our Mighty God.

“Build your lives on this mercy. Sink your roots in this mercy. And your new life will flow out with mercy. That is, Romans 12 will become a reality in your own life. Romans 12 oozes with mercy. “Show mercy with cheerfulness. . . . Let love be genuine. . . . Give to the saints. . . . Bless those who persecute you. . . . Weep with those who weep. . . . Associate with the lowly. . . . Repay no one evil for evil. . . . Never avenge yourselves. . . . If your enemy is hungry feed him.” Build your lives on mercy and become merciful.”[6]

Be ye encouraged!  Do not allow circumstances, worldly uncertainties, evil, and ugliness to take away the joy of your salvation.  As you look at your life be certain you are in the faith!  Trust our Lord Jesus as Savior and hide in him.  Nothing to bring, only to the cross you and me cling.  Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe.  Helpless, we look to Thee for grace; wash me, Savior, or I die.

While I draw this fleeting breath,
when mine eyes shall close in death,
when I soar to worlds unknown,
see thee on thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee.

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Sisters are meeting to pray, First Baptist, 1912 Arnold Way, Alpine, 0900

Gals in Christ are joining to encourage and pray as the Spirit leads.  Thank you, sisters.  Your prayers matter and help many according to God’s sovereign grace.  If you need encouragement, and we all do, feel free to join gals Friday morning. 

Brothers are meeting too!  Mountain View Bible, 2710 Alpine Blvd.  Alpine, 0730Join us if your schedule allows.  I am aware of social distancing and precautions.  We adhere to the guidelines to protect.  For those uncomfortable or physically sick, join us via Zoom.  The Link below is for brothers who can’t make it, but have access by computer.  Send an email or text if you have a specific prayer request and encourage the brothers with your status update.  You are missed!

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[1] https://www.challies.com/articles/hymn-stories-rock-of-ages/

[2] Hebrews 11:1  (ESV)

[3] John 14:1-4

[4] Hebrews 11:9-10

[5] Romans 12:1-2

[6] Present Your Bodies As a Living Sacrifice to God
Present Your Bodies As a Living Sacrifice to GodGod gave us bodies to make his glory more visible. The aim of showing mercy is showing God.