Friday Morning Prayer:)… July 11, 2019

July 11, 2019 - 8 minutes read

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.  

Be Thou my wisdom, and Thou my true word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one

 Be Thou my battle shield, sword for the fight;
Be Thou my dignity, Thou my delight;
Thou my soul’s shelter, Thou my high tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O power of my power.

“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.  May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”[2]

Lift me up to your side, Lord of eternity Father of mercy; look on my fainting soul, keeper of all the stars friend of the poorest heart.  Our humble cry… our song to the God of glory, touch me and make me whole… come to my troubled soul.[3]    The Lord is my salvation!  Who is like the Lord our God?  Glory be to God the Father, glory be to God the Son, glory be to God the Spirit, the Lord is our Salvation![4]  Forever, He is glorified Forever, He is lifted high Forever, He is risen He is alive He is alive Forever, forever!  We sing Hallelujah we sing Hallelujah we sing Hallelujah the Lamb has overcome![5]  Songs of worship unto our glorious God stirs my regenerate heart!  Hymns and songs based in Scripture remind of God’s mercy unto salvation, his love and faithfulness sustaining us as we work out this great salvation.  We are reminded to cry out sing with great conviction, ‘Be Thou my vision O Lord of my heart!  Thy presence my light…. Thou in me dwelling I with Thee one…. Raise Thou me heavenward O power of my power. 

A brother said recently, “think about it…”  We listen to powerful words preached from Scripture; we read powerful words from Scripture, even listen to songs full of grace and truth.  Has the process become routine?  Have I become complacent?  Do I gasp in awe, in humble reverence the ongoing proclamation, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory”[6] [?]   In light of God’s glory, mercy, love, power, holiness, my sin is illuminated.  With Isaiah, I am ruined!  I too am a man of unclean lips inconsistent and full of selfish ways.  To God’s glory, we have been given the supernatural capacity to think about the cross and the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.  God prompts each regenerate heart to move toward holiness, to die to selfish ways and resist those recurring flesh tendencies.  The encouragement was to, “…step out of my complacency and truly experience the holiness, glory, and power of God.”[7]

I want to be counted worthy of God’s calling.[8]  I need to work and fulfill what God has planned for me to do.  Yes, our pursuit of sanctification and becoming more like Jesus in every area of life is a process; we are in a dynamic relationship with God our Father, Jesus our Savior, brother, friend, and the Holy Spirit who empowers us to endure and grow stronger through trials.  The pursuit of knowing God through worship, constant prayer, fellowship, study and meditation in the living Word help us to enjoy intimacy with our ever-present God.  We co-participate as our indwelling God empowers us to persevere in his strength.  I am very much encouraged by, “The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”[9]  God’s glory manifest in me and you as we are keenly aware of his indwelling presence and we live to glorify him by his power.  A faithful brother in Jesus rightly said that those God calls are humbled by the glory, power, and holiness of God.  He gave five reasons:[10]

1.      Because we are in Christ.

2.      We pursue a sanctified life.  [Yes, a set apart holy pursuit.]

3.      Because of the unity of genuine believers, the body of Christ loving and encouraging one another.

4.      Our faith has practical application.   [In fact, “We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”][11]

5.      The [ongoing] death to self.  The ultimate glory of God demonstrated through the cross.

Beloved in Jesus, be ye encouraged to fight the good fight of faith.  When the burden is heavy and motivation is low lean on the Everlasting Arms.  Many times God’s abundant grace and comforting love is manifest with and through fellow believers as we share and encourage through our trials and tribulations.  I am thankful for the unity of genuine believers in Christ. 

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O ruler of all.

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

 You are invited.  Join with sisters in Christ Friday morning for an hour or so.  If your schedule allows, go be encouraged.  The prayers of many matters and glorifies God as humble faithful ask, seek, and knock before the throne of grace.  As the Spirit leads. 

Brothers are meeting too!  Mt. View Bible. 2710 Alpine Blvd.  Alpine,  0730

Join us!  Brothers in Christ!  It is an absolute joy when brothers gather in unity to love one another and pray.  We rely on the Holy Spirit to lead our time together.  If your schedule allows, it is always good to see you!