Friday Morning Prayer:)… March 5, 2020

March 5, 2020 - 8 minutes read

There is strength within the sorrow
There is beauty in our tears
And You meet us in our mourning
With a love that casts out fear
You are working in our waiting
You’re sanctifying us
When beyond our understanding
You’re teaching us to trust

Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You’re with us in the fire and the flood
You’re faithful forever
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

You are wisdom unimagined
Who could understand Your ways
Reigning high above the Heavens
Reaching down in endless grace
You’re the lifter of the lowly
Compassionate and kind
You surround and You uphold me
And Your promises are my delight[1]

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”[2]

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A teen junior high aged growing boy asked, “How did he (God) get his title, God?  I was thankful for his inquiry and seemingly genuine curiosity about the nature of God.   This hymn reflects what God does because of who he is.  The God of all comfort grants strength within our sorrows and beauty in our tears; God meets us in our mourning with a supernatural love that casts out fear and works in our waiting. Our gracious God sets us apart in holiness and when we struggle to understand the varied processes of this life, he teaches us to trust him.    Your life in Christ and mine too has real meaning and depth as we pursue and cherish a correct view of God. 

The pursuit of knowing God, his nature as revealed in Scripture is an intentional process that results in a more accurate understanding of him and hence a closer intimate, vibrant, exciting, empowering, humbling personal relationship with him.  Moreover, inquiry and reflection upon what God is like prevents you, me, and inquisitive teenage minds from slipping into error or even heretical ideas that caters to warm feelings and meaningless belief in a “higher power” or great whatever.   Without a doubt, God is far greater than even revealed in the Scripture or what our limits of humanness can imagine.  Nonetheless, we can know God as he has revealed himself.

God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and truth.”[3] God is personal and has personality.  We worship and adore one God who exists in three persons.  Our triune God: Peter, in reference to God’s sovereign choice and foreknowledge, “…God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for the obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood.”[4]  Moreover, “Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.”[5] 

Erickson (1985)  “He is an individual being, with self-consciousness and will, capable of feeling, choosing, and having a reciprocal relationship with other personal and social beings.”[6]  Erickson discussed the attributes of greatness: spirituality, personality, life, infinity, constancy.  In fact, Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”[7]  Moreover, God is good!  He can be trusted all the time and in every circumstance.  He is sovereign over your life! The attributes of goodness are amazing, recognizably way beyond a mere mention here.  God’s attributes of holiness, righteousness, justice, integrity, genuineness, truthfulness, faithfulness, love, benevolence, grace, mercy, and persistence all reflect what and who God is and practical in the sense what God does, even on your behalf and mine.  We are empowered to reflect and overflow God’s holiness and become holy, set apart from the corrupt, and full of love, grace, mercy, integrity, faithfulness and stand for truth through a regenerate heart that strives in God’s strength to be the light of Jesus in every context of this dark world.       

“If we have fully understood who and what God is, we will see him as the supreme being.  We will make him the Lord, the one who is to be pleased, and whose will is to be done.”[8]     Be encouraged to pursue and, “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.”[9]

Even what the enemy means for evil
You turn it for our good
You turn it for our good and for Your glory
Even in the valley, You are faithful
You’re working for our good
You’re working for our good and for Your glory

You’re faithful forever
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

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Sisters are meeting!  A time of prayer and encouragement!  First Baptist, 1912 Arnold Way, Alpine, 0900

Go enjoy our God through fellowship with like-minded gals who intentionally ask, seek, and knock at the throne of grace.  A blessing as the Spirit empowers and guides a sweet hour of prayer.  Thank you!  Sisters in Jesus. 

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

You are always welcome!  It is a joy to fellowship and seek the Lord with men who God has supernaturally changed and continues to transform!  The love of God is manifest among brothers who pursue God and rely, humbly depend on his leading in every context of this temporary life as we know it.  Let’s pursue together!  


[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dl9a7sE4bcM

[2] Revelation 22:13

[3] John 4:24

[4] 1 Peter 1-2

[5] I Corinthians 8:6

[6] Erickson, Millard, J. (1985).  Christian Theology.  Baker.

[7] John 14:6

[8] Ibid   pg. 300

[9] Psalm 100:1-3