Friday Morning Prayer:)… July 25, 2019

July 25, 2019 - 9 minutes read

There is a fountain filled with blood
  Drawn from Immanuel’s veins;
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,
  Lose all their guilty stains:
  Lose all their guilty stains,
  Lose all their guilty stains;
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,
  Lose all their guilty stains.

The dying thief rejoiced to see
  That fountain in his day;
And there may I, though vile as he,
  Wash all my sins away:
  Wash all my sins away,
  Wash all my sins away;
And there may I, though vile as he,
  Wash all my sins away.

Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood
  Shall never lose its power,
Till all the ransomed ones of God
  Be saved, to sin no more:
  Be saved, to sin no more,
  Be saved, to sin no more;
Till all the ransomed ones of God,
  Be saved to sin no more.[1]

And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.[2]

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The apostle Paul’s love for the church reflects the supernatural love of God.  Paul clearly expressed this supernatural love and longing for the believers at Thessalonica.  What prompted his love for others was certainly Christ indwelling and a truly regenerate heart living out this great salvation we share today.  Like Paul, we too love others, especially believers God has placed in our lives.  There are reasons we have overflowing sincere joy and always thank God for spiritual growth evident in those God has called to himself through the cross.

God, because of his great mercy called you and me to know and experience salvation.  Joy overflowing is knowing we have been given the ultimate gift of life eternal that begins now.  You are in Christ, and Christ is in you.  We are empowered by the Spirit of Jesus to love and are continually compelled to remember before our God and Father the manifest work of faith, a labor of love, and endurance inspired by hope evident from those we love in Christ.[3]  It is a genuine joy to experience the grace of God in relationship with growing, excited, maturing believers.   In fact, our living faith, supernatural love, and assured hope causes you and me to put forth extraordinary effort, to go the second mile, and be continually mindful of self-sacrifice for the sake of others because of genuine real to life Christian love.[4]

We love because God loved us and has embraced us, changing our very being into the likeness of Jesus.  God through us, in us, determines to love others and does so no matter what the condition of the one loved.  Through God’s abundant grace and mercy, he has chosen you; divine love stirs the depraved heart allowing blind eyes to see and deaf ears to hear the gospel.  We rejoice in observing others changed, a holy desire given for the depths of God, longing for more and more a holy life pleasing to our holy God.  Moreover, we join together in experiencing Holy Spirit power and deep conviction to work-out this great salvation with encouraging, enduring passion for the gospel.

Beloved, humble is how we roll in Christ.  A brother expressed to me yesterday, “I am not worthy.”  Indeed!  God’s love for the unworthy is demonstrated through the cross.  I am not worthy, but the blood of the Lamb has made me worthy, righteous, and secure.  God allowed me to experience deep conviction to recognize my lost and condemned state.  I cried out, surrendered all before the throne of grace.  Paul thanked God continually for those at Thessalonica, our brothers and sisters of old received the word of God and accepted it as it actually is, the word of God.         

 The overflowing sincere joy for the believers at Thessalonica is a reality for us too when others believe, repent, and are in ‘process’ of being transformed by the renewing of one’s mind; by God’s grace we are given many opportunities to observe and experience the working of God in the life of another and ourselves.

I sincerely pray for you and me to know and pursue more and more of this supernatural genuine love that originates from our gracious God.   I ask for the courage and strength to make every effort to engage, to nurture, even help develop again and again the love of God in others.  Developing and growing our relationship with God is essential.  Moreover, every relationship developed in Christ with love and intense longing for relating, loving, helping, growing in grace and gospel truth is full of hope, joy, and a crown which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes.[5]

E’er since by faith I saw the stream
  Thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme,
  And shall be till I die:
  And shall be till I die,
  And shall be till I die;
Redeeming love has been my theme,
  And shall be till I die.   

When this poor lisping, stammering tongue
  Lies silent in the grave,
Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
  I’ll sing Thy power to save:
  I’ll sing Thy power to save,
  I’ll sing Thy power to save;
Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
  I’ll sing Thy power to save.

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Sisters are meeting for breakfast and prayer!   Beth Mueller’s home.   Harbison Canyon.  0900

Give Beth a call to confirm address right off Harbison Canyon Road, near the fire station.     619 368 4018.   

Brothers are meeting too!  Alpine Youth Center.  2153 Arnold Way.  Alpine.  0730

Join us as your schedule allows.  The joy of making the effort to gather with brothers to pray and glorify God with our lives is most excellent!  It is truly is a joy to hang out for an hour with brothers in Jesus.  Hope to enjoy your presence as we ask, seek, knock as the Spirit leads our time together.


[1] There Is A Fountain – Rachel Larson
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[2] 1 Thessalonians 2:13

[3] Ibid. 1:3

[4] Thomas, Robert, L.   The expositor’s bible commentary (1978)  Gaebelein, F.E. (ed.) pg. 241

[5] 1 Thessalonians 2:19