Friday Morning Prayer:)… October 29, 2020

October 29, 2020 - 9 minutes read

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels, descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love[1]

“Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake.”[2]

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What is my story, my song, today, yesterday, tomorrow?  I want it to be ‘praising my Savior all the day long’ stemming from divine power—A regenerate heart that knows with strong convicting joyful affection, “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!  Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!”  I need to be reminded, encouraged, and excited by this everlasting truth.  I battle against the world system, my own flesh, conforming behaviors, complacency mindset, unfruitfulness—the recurring negative back biting news, politics, flesh filled TV, and immoral movies, talk shows, etc. fuel the sinful nature that I am called to mortify daily.  In Christ, we sing, “Heir of salvation, purchase of God, [born] of his Spirit, washed in His blood.”  Oh, the necessity to be renewed daily, “…[watching] and waiting, looking above [and always] [filled] with his goodness, lost in his love.”

Our brother and devoted shepherd at Emmanuel Christian encouraged the body of Christ saying, “God enables—empowers us to live a life that is different.”[3]  We choose, like the psalmist, to cry out to Jesus for help.  “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.”[4] “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”[5]   This truth rejuvenates, renews, prompts, stirs the regenerate heart.  ‘Christ is your life’ matters and following Jesus as Lord reflects a genuine, different, ever-changing toward holiness life in Christ.  

I recognize that marginal devotion to prayer, reading Scripture, engaging Christ-centered fellowship, and increased consumption of worldly activities, busy-ness, the obsession with cultural events, the latest news, gossip networks, etc. creates a weak Christian life.  Yes, my life in Christ and yours when weakened is vulnerable to powers and principalities, evil forces and flesh driven desires that destroy, or at least significantly dim the light of Christ in me and stifle fruit production and hinder confident pursuit and engagement in good-works God prepared in advance for me to do.[6]   No!  Be ye encouraged to stay the narrow most satisfying course!  I, and you too, by God’s preserving grace, heed the inspired words of James, “Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Come near to God and he will come near to you.”[7] Moreover, the Apostle Paul wrote, “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”[8]

Following the “divine initiative”[9] that saving grace of God sovereignly directed to effectually secure your salvation and mine, we rely on the Holy Spirit indwelling and choose to “…grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”[10]   Peter said he wrote his letters ”…as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking…. You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.”[11]  How do I work-out this great salvation?  How do I increase those desires to pursue God and experience increased longing for his supernatural presence?   How do I grow in grace and knowledge?  Only the truly regenerate heart cares about the answer to these questions.  This supernatural process is not a reliance on ”doing” as if I could just read the Bible enough or pray more, I’d be okay with God.  In a co-participation pursuing fashion, our reliance is on God who empowers as we cry out for his help.  I want to know better with overwhelming wonder our heavenly Father, through the Son Jesus, who is the radiance of God’s glory and amazingly our brother, friend, and Savior.  Moreover, the daily spiritual discipline to recognize, experience, and appreciate the Holy Spirit manifest through me in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control.[12]  We rely on and worship our triune God who initiates and definitely empowers, changes our wayward tendencies, especially as we pursue with God-given desires and illuminated insights, motivated, intentional, fervent, and thankful for the gifted supernatural recurring ability to refuse to be conformed and continually be transformed by the renewing of our minds.  Harrison (1976) wrote, regarding the renewal of the mind, ”…seems to mean that the believer is to keep going back in his thought to the original commitment, reaffirming its necessity and legitimacy in the light of the grace of God extended to him.”[13]

“…I urge you, brothers [sisters], in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—that is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will.”[14]

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

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

Thank you, sisters, in Jesus for meeting together and pursuing God in prayer.  These gals represent various gospel-centered churches and join to encourage, love, and pray.  You are welcome to join if you have an hour or so on Friday morning.

Brothers are meeting too!  Mt. View Bible, 2710 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, 0730

Brothers, join us for a time of encouragement and prayer as the Spirit leads our time together.  We recognize the power of God in our midst, especially through our prayers.  It is always a joy to engage with brothers in Christ—our diversity and distinctives respected, yet we are united at the cross where humility prevails in light of the glory of God.  Join us if your schedule allows.
Zoom available too.


[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSWMUECVwN0

[2] Psalm 79:9

[3] Mueller, Mark.  Emmanuel Christian Church.  Sunday fellowship 10 25 20.  Ironside Park.

[4] Hebrews 1:3

[5] Colossians 3:2-4

[6] Ephesians 2:10

[7] James 4:7-8a

[8] Galatians 5:16

[9] R.C Sproul

[10] 2 Peter 3:18

[11] Ibid 3:1, 11-12

[12] Galatians 5:22-23

[13] Expositor’s Bible Commentary. (1976) F.E. Gaebelein (ed)  vol 10

[14] Romans 12:1-2