Jesus, keep me near the cross,
There a precious fountain—
Free to all, a healing stream—
Flows from Calv’ry’s mountain.
In the cross, in the cross,
Be my glory ever;
Till my raptured soul shall find
Rest beyond the river.
Near the cross, a trembling soul,
Love and Mercy found me;
There the bright and morning star
Sheds its beams around me.
Near the cross! O Lamb of God,
Bring its scenes before me;
Help me walk from day to day,
With its shadows o’er me.
Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.
Even angels long to look into the salvation experience we share. This supernatural event you’ve embraced and continue to embrace by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit is absolutely amazing! Moreover, supernatural love overflows because “…you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” I pray for greater hunger, an ever-increasing desire to pursue with more fervency this imperishable, living, enduring word of the Lord that stands forever.
A brother commented, “Time can minimize the glory of the salvation experience.” Therefore, he was very thankful for the hymn reminder, ‘Jesus keep me near the cross, there a precious fountain—Free to all, a healing stream—flows from Calv’ry’s mountain.’ I asked brothers how should we go about growing up in our shared salvation. How do we keep the fire burning? How is gospel maturity attained? I dread the idea that the glory of my salvation experience being minimized!
Peter reminds us, in Christ, who is our life, he empowers us to “strip off” rid ourselves of worldly ways and flesh-driven tendencies—And, “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk…” Crave. A desire. To long for with great intensity. The pure spiritual milk is the perfect living enduring word of God. My growth or the pursuit of growing up in my salvation has to begin with a supernatural God-initiated craving. Is this a one-time craving that fizzles? Peter, “…crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
The constant is “…the Lord is good.” His mercy and grace gave the craving and allowed everyone who truly believes to taste salvation. Therefore, the craving has eternal life-giving benefits. However, the reality of our experience in this life is that the craving for the word and things that accompany salvation does fizzle. As a result, many are stunted and immature, not knowing the gospel and experiencing the joy of the Lord as he calls us to enjoy him.
This ‘fizzle’ is certainly true for me and you in varying degrees at some point in your Christ-life. Therefore, we prepare and ask our gracious God for more, more, more craving and an unquenchable appetite for his power, a strong persistent desire to know him better, to pursue with great intensity and determination. Our faith, what we believe and holdfast to takes my intentional attention, mindfulness of God’s presence, and my need for him all the time. Beloved, fight the good fight of faith! Do not allow fizzle to occur!
I do not feel good, zealous, joyful, every day. There are days when the craving is just not there! Help, Lord. Our God is faithful to preserve his own. If you have tasted you are his. Therefore, brother/sister, “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” His desires for you! The awesome supernatural hand of God touching your heart over and over again! Ask for it! Pursue! Pursue! Pursue! The necessary craving to grow up in this great salvation will be given.
How do we delight in the Lord?
Pray, ask, seek, and knock continually; worship and praise God who is worthy. Rid yourself of those things that quench the Spirit. Intentionally pursue brothers or sisters admitting struggles and helping to carry burdens. Be ye encouraged by the evidence of salvation in one another. An absolute joy!
Near the cross I’ll watch and wait
Hoping, trusting ever,
Till I reach the golden strand,
Just beyond the river.
Sisters are meeting to pray! Yey! First Baptist, 1912 Arnold Way, Alpine, 0900.
You are invited! Sisters who love Jesus and want to love others too. A time of encouragement and intentional prayer. Thank you, sisters. We pray for you, and, thank you for praying for us.
Brothers are meeting too. First Baptist. Alpine 0730
Join us as we ask, seek, and knock before the throne of grace. Brother from various gospel-centered fellowships gathering as one at the throne of grace. It is always a joy to visit and pray with brothers. Do not hesitate to visit or reach out. As the Spirit leads our time, we strive in his strength to follow.
 1 Peter 1:13
 Ibid v. 23
 1 Peter 2:1-2a
 Psalm 37:4