Friday Morning Prayer:)… September 10, 2020

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Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea,
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Who wert and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, love, and purity.[1]

Taste and see that the Lord is good! How blessed is the one who takes shelter in him! Remain loyal to the Lord, you chosen people of his, for his loyal followers lack nothing![2]

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A rich young man asked Jesus, “…what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”[3]  Like the rich young man, I too operated, perceived, reasoned, rationalized through a spiritually blinded by sin mind that assumed “doing” something, or just behaving rightly gained me favor with God and merited eternal life.  However, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”[4] Eternal life, hence the kingdom of God, is a gift to be humbly received by God’s mercy and abundant grace. 

I too once thought in completely irrational, ignorant, human reasoning about God.  For example, God is good.  I am relatively good and it did not matter how I lived.  God is love.  He will forgive me and I will change my deviant ways later, I got time.  I was mostly nice as necessary and did a few good deeds for others.  [g]od is cool and he knows I did not do really bad sins.  In fact, I went to church as a kid and said a couple of presumptuous prayers when necessary. Of course, I believed in God, yet I definitely did not know God in Christ as my Lord and Savior.  “Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;” The regenerate heart called by God is ever-recognizing, “Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee, Perfect in power, love, and purity.”

Jesus challenged the rich man—why do you call me good? An unregenerate flippant heart cannot see, nor is there a desire to repent from sin pursuits, the love of money, or fleshly enticements inherent and thriving in the worldly system we live.   The challenge to surrender and follow Jesus is offered to listening ears, just like the rich young man.  However, unless the one and only Mighty God sovereign and full of mercy initiates and gives regenerate grace, the hearing ears do not truly hear or listen to receive the gift of redemption. Therefore, the words of Jesus resonate with those chosen by God.  “Enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”[5]

In Christ, chosen by God and concerned about the things of God and the genuine Christian life worked-out—a supernatural life excited, joyful, and overflowing as the Spirit of God leads, helping, sustaining, empowering to God’s glory and our ultimate good.  Your challenge, and mine, is to demonstrate this relationship with God—a  dynamic showing true discipleship, persevering to ever-increasing maturity, with humble confidence that reflects things that accompany salvation.[6]

After a busy and demanding week, I love the supernatural refuge found in pursuing our holy, holy, holy God!  God does illuminate his word and moves your heart and mine as we consistently follow him and persistently ask, seek, and knock in prayer.  Of course, as we spend time, meditate and study the Bible, the inspired, living, and active word to us, God illuminates truth, we mature and grasp with great awe and wonder the significance of who God is, our undeserving condition, his saving mercy, sacrificial love, and sustaining power!   

Be ye encouraged as you persevere in his strength!  We share in humble reliance as God does what he promised to do in and through us.  I continually make choices of necessity to participate in my growth, asking for his help at every turn, disciplining my actions, thoughts, and responses to glorify God.  His faithfulness motivates me to do so, despite my recurring sinful nature, that oppositional attitude, or arrogant pride that you and me are called to resist and kill daily in the light of our new born again nature in Christ!  Therefore, let’s magnify the Lord together, in word, deed, and song! 

The following links were encouraging today and summed up nicely our holy calling from our holy sovereign God!  Keep tasting, seeing, and overflowing the life-changing glory of God!

Magnify[7]

Glorify magnify… Psalm 34  Shane and Shane[8]

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea; Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

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

You are invited to join faithful gals who love Jesus and demonstrate that love by loving, encouraging, and praying together.  Check it out!

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

Join us if your schedule allows.  It is always good to see brothers staying the course and rejoicing in this great salvation we share!  We pray and love one another.  Our total reliance is on the Spirit of Jesus as he directs and empowers we strive to follow consistently, sensitively, humbly, and intentionally.


[1] https://sovereigngracemusic.org/music/songs/holy-holy-holy/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sI6ZkTbUgW4   (Shane & Shane)

[2] Psalm 34:8-9 (NET Bible)  http://classic.net.bible.org/verse.php?book=Psa&chapter=34&verse=8

[3] Matthew 19:16 

[4] Mark 10:15

[5] Matthew7:13-14

[6] Hebrews 6:9-12

[7] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwYjLA3mLWY    magnify

[8] Psalm 34 – Taste and See – by Shane & Shane (Lyric Video) | Christian Worship Music
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