Friday Morning Prayer:)… May 30, 2019

May 30, 2019 - 6 minutes read

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.  

Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning,
Leaning on the everlasting arms. 

 Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.[1]

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”[2]

This life is difficult many times over.  The call to endure sickness, loss, failure, besetting sins, hardship, interpersonal conflicts, disagreements, etc. can be overwhelming in the day to day.  My call and yours to endure is not in our own strength, but God gives us endurance, especially as we lean on the Everlasting Arms.   “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”[3]    We unite and follow Jesus encouraging one another to endure the storm, coming alongside to endure together in prayer and practical love by God’s abundant grace.   

Due to God’s transforming work the regenerate heart readily imitates the kindness and love of God.  I’d like to think I am always ready to imitate God in my everyday life.   However, it takes work to endure hardship and love others.   You know those days when the joy isn’t there or this or that event brought frustration and irritability.  I recognize those days and have to remember to work out this great salvation by pursuing God humbly.  Prayer, worship, saturating my mind with the Living Word, listening to hymns of old, leaning on a brother are all necessary ways I work out my salvation and renew a joyful heart in Christ.  The longing to be consistent and efficient in glorifying God with our lives.  “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”[4]  

Sanctification: the process of growing more like Jesus, becoming mature in our understanding of the gospel and the overflow of grace in daily conduct in every context with every person.  What motivates me matters.  Am I being selfish?  Do I really care?  Is the love of God working in my heart, mind, and soul?  The supernatural work of God in your heart and mine results in ongoing change toward godliness.  The regenerate heart pursues God and desires to overcome sinful thoughts and ways of being.  We want to cooperate with God in this becoming like Jesus, hence imitators of God process.  The good news is that God is with us, indwells and reminds us of his grace and helps us to both “will” and “to do.”   “…continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”[5]   We trust God through the process, and sing oh for grace to trust him more! 

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more![6]  

R.C. Sproul quotes Winston Churchill who was expected to give a speech simply said, “Never, never, never… give up.” “Then he sat down.”[7]  We are called to persevere in the strength of Christ Jesus.  We lean on one another as we depend and trust our gracious God in every circumstance, every difficult relationship, every heartache, God will see us through into eternity.   Never give up!  Fight the good fight of faith beloved!  

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Sisters in Christ are meeting to pray!  First Baptist.  1912 Arnold Way, Alpine. 0900
You are invited.  Go join gals from local churches for a time of encouragement and prayer.   Thank you!  Sisters in Jesus!

Brothers are meeting too! Alpine Youth Center.  2153 Arnold Way, Alpine 0730
Join us for a time of prayer.  It is always a joy when brothers get together in unity!  We love one another, pray as the Spirit leads and glorify our God by his indwelling power.


[1]https://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Leaning_on_the_Everlasting_Arms/

[2] Colossians 3:12-14

[3] Romans 15:5-6

[4] Ephesians 5:1-2

[5] Philippians 2:12-13

[6]https://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Tis_So_Sweet_to_Trust_in_Jesus/

[7] Pleasing God.  1973.   R. C.  Sproul.  pg. 225