Friday Morning Prayer:)… July 9, 2020

July 9, 2020 - 7 minutes read

If you’ve been walking the same old road for miles and miles
If you’ve been hearing the same old voice tell the same old lies
If you’re trying to feel the same old holes inside
There’s a better life
There’s a better life

If you’ve got pain
He’s a pain taker
If you feel lost
He’s a way maker
If you need freedom or saving
He’s a prison-shaking Savior
If you’ve got chains
He’s a chain breaker[1]

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.  For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed,  a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.’[2]

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The “hearing” that changes your life and keeps changing it!   I am thankful for the reality of God’s presence!  With strong conviction overflowing, your regenerate heart and mine recognize the glory of God most evident in our individual and collective lives.   The proclamation of the gospel has supernaturally produced living, believing, trusting faith in many hearers.  “He who has ears, let him hear.”[3]  A brother shared recently his daily struggle to live-out daily this great salvation.  We encouraged one another with the understanding that our holy calling is to operate in the mystery of the gospel growing in grace and repentance as we struggle with all his energy, which so powerfully works in every truly regenerate heart.[4]

 Jesus clearly teaches that many will hear the way of salvation, yet not have spiritual ears to hear.  Some do hear, yet because of an unprepared hardened heart that the god of this age holds captive, the evil one steals the seed of the gospel away.  Other seed fell on rocky places where roots were shallow—troubles or persecution because of the word quickly withered rootless joys of salvation.  Some hear the gospel but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.   In contrast to the unbelieving, unrepentant, shallow, rocky, self-preserving, “…blessed are your eyes because they see and your ears because they hear.”[5] 

Rejoice! In Christ, and Christ in you assures your salvation!  “… God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”[6]  The necessity to remind and encourage one another of what we share in the gospel is essential! “We need to hear the gospel again and again so that the old, good news of Jesus Christ would reach into those unchartered territories of our lives and fly the flag of its dominion.”[7]  You want to be overcome by life-changing grace, hence overwhelmed with wonder because of Jesus loving you, relating, helping, especially as you constantly cry out to him in prayer for intimate, strengthening, empowering, joy overflowing fellowship! 

I write to encourage you and me!  We persevere in his strength.  I have not reached perfect repentance, nor have you in this life.  Therefore, brother/sister, as we easily give grace to others and pray for their strength, so too, as we are called individually, grace is applied daily to me as I struggle, and to you through every event, circumstance, failure, distortion, perception, feeling, etc. Our gracious God calls you and me to work-out this great salvation in his strength knowing that he perfected our salvation at the cross and we are in process: examining, growing, becoming.  The mercy of God allowed and allows you to continually receive the seed, believe, and be empowered! By God’s abundant grace, you are given eyes to see clearly and ears to hear the depths of God—The Spirit of Jesus indwelling helps us to progressively understand and experience the mystery of the gospel reflected in a new life producing a fruitful crop, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown by God’s sustaining unmerited favor—grace.

We’ve all search for the light of day in the dead of night
We’ve all found ourselves worn out from the same old fight
We’ve all run to things we know just ain’t right
And there’s a better life
There’s a better life…

Oh, if you need freedom or saving
He’s a prison-shaking Savior
If you’ve got chains
He’s a chain breaker

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

Join gals in Christ for a time of encouragement and prayer.  Oh, the necessity that we cry out for mercy during troubled times, for help in so much uncertainty and manifest depravity.  Thank you!  Your prayers matter and love for others, especially for the family in Christ, most satisfying.

Brothers are meeting too!  Mt. View Bible Church.  2710 Alpine Blvd.  Alpine.  0730.  We will also set up Zoom for those brothers who can’t make it. 
A time of sharing and intentional prayer before the throne of grace is powerful and effective.  As the Spirit leads, we follow… join us if you are able.                                    


[1] http://www.songlyrics.com/zach-williams/chain-breaker-lyrics/

[2] Romans 1:16-17

[3] Matthew 13:9

[4] Colossians 1:29

[5] Matthew 13:16  (Parable of the Sower 13:1-23)

[6] Colossians 1:27

[7] https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/hearing-the-gospel-again-and-again-to-be-overcome