Friday Morning Prayer:)… May 16, 2019

May 16, 2019 - 9 minutes read

Would you be free from the burden of sin?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Would you o’er evil a victory win?
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.  

There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r
In the blood of the Lamb;There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r
In the precious blood of the Lamb.  

Would you be free from your passion and pride?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Come for a cleansing to Calvary’s tide;
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.[1]  

“All of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’  Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”[2]

“Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”[3]  Matthew 18 begins with a question reflecting the ongoing defective understanding of the glory of heaven, the Cross, a regenerate humble heart, and the recognition of this great salvation until “the radical change” that happens when God intervenes.   Just like the disciples who did not understand until after the Cross, no person today truly understands the gospel, the power of the indwelling Spirit, the reality of supernatural life in Christ, prayer and fellowship, love, humility and forgiveness until all is surrendered at the Cross.  

The truth of the gospel is that every person touched by the gracious hand of God changes and begins the process of becoming like Jesus.  We in Christ are compelled to take up our cross daily: die to selfish ambition, choose to be humble, love others, readily forgive, and pursue God.  Jesus said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”[4]  At the time of salvation through the Cross, we begin participation in the kingdom of God.  In fact, we are seated with Christ in the heavenly realms.[5]  Until the consummation of the kingdom, (Jesus returns and God orchestrates a new heaven and earth) this changing and transforming process will be ongoing and necessary for every genuine Christian as we work-out our great salvation.[6]  Little children represent humility and a carefree attitude about social status.  “Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”[7]  

The transforming power of God in Christ through the Cross and his indwelling Spirit, we “change” hence turn from and daily resist the carnal or worldly conduct and attitudes engaged in and held before being touched by God.  Your pursuit, mine too, is to ensure our life in Christ reflects him!  “Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  …he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!”[8]  You and I have the assurance of glory because we have adopted, by God’s abundant mercy and grace, a new norm a supernatural norm that is contrary to the carnal culture where we exist, yet are pilgrims.   Our “greatness” in glory begins now through choosing humble, being a servant, full of love, and mercy and will be complete and obvious at the consummated kingdom to come for all who humbly long for the return of Jesus.   

Rejoice in that you in Christ have the power to forgive an offense, even forgive self for offensive choices and poor judgments.  Moreover, we do not want to cause another to stumble.  “Our receiving forgiveness, love, and mercy only prompt us to go and do likewise.”[9]  Cry out in prayer for supernatural power to “do everything [necessary] to preserve your life in Christ;” our pursuit is to find out what pleases the Lord and “to return love to God that he has given to us in Jesus.”[10]   We all struggle in various ways.  However, be ye encouraged to overcome in the overflowing love and power of God.  

In the family of God, as the body of Christ, we come alongside and encourage one another.  We are called to be free from the burdens of sin!  We persevere in Christ!  “…let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and full assurance of faith… Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”[11]  We meet together to “encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”[12]  But for the grace of God I am where I am in this journey with Jesus.  Therefore, when darkness rears its’ ugly head, subtle and overt in the daily context, help me Lord to remember your grace when I too was darkness; I needed and continue to need patient and humble regenerate hearts to spur me on toward love and good deeds.   

People need the love of Jesus to really live, see, hear, and truly experience God.  We very much value the kindness tolerance, and patience of God knowing that God’s kindness leads toward repentance.[13]  May God be evident through you and me always.     

Would you be whiter, much whiter than snow?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Sin-stains are lost in its life-giving flow;
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.  

Would you do service for Jesus your King?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Would you live daily His praises to sing?
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

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

You are invited to join local Christian gals for a sweet hour of prayer.  Diverse gals from various fellowships gather to love and encourage, even spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  We are helped through the prayers of many!  Thank you!  Sisters in Christ!  

Brothers are meeting too!  First Baptist.  0730

Join us if your schedule allows.  It is a joy to meet with brothers week after week to love and encourage.  We pray for one another helping as the Spirit leads.   If you haven’t been in a while, it is always a joy to engage and spur toward love and good deeds.  Stay in touch!  Keep the fire burning!   Love you!    

[1]There Is Power in the Blood > Lyrics | Lewis E. Jones
[2] 1 Peter 5:5b-7

[3] Matthew 18:1

[4] Ibid. 18:3

[5] Ephesians 2:6

[6] Philippians 2:12

[7] Matthew 18:4

[8] Philippians 2:6-8

[9] Mueller, Mark @ Emmanuel Christian Church

[10] Ibid.  Emmanuel Christian Church

[11] Hebrews 10:22a, 23

[12] Ibid  v. 25

[13] Romans 2:4b