I am free, the Lord hath saved me,
I was burdened with my sin;
Then He whispered meek and lowly,
“Come to me; I’ll take you in.”
Hallelujah! glory, glory!
Let us sound the jubilee;
I will tell the wondrous story
Of the blood that cleanseth me.
In His pity He redeemed me,
When He saw me in my woe;
Yes, He sanctified and cleansed me,
And I’m whiter than the snow.
Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and be generous and willing to share. In this way, they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
How do we stay excited, joyful, full of lovingkindness, and overflow these affections in word and deed in every context, at all times in every interpersonal encounter? I am not suggesting an over the top out of place kind of expressions that become more of an offense or just outright inappropriate. In Christ, I am called and you are too to mourn with those who mourn and rejoice with those who rejoice. I am thinking of my recurring disposition in general as I walk, talk, and enjoy the Lord Jesus every moment of every day. “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” We talk about the supernatural and the ever-increasing desire to be led by the Spirit of God with eyes to see and ears to hear kind of sensitivity to where people are at spiritually, emotionally, physically, and practically. As a growing-maturing-Christian, you pray for spiritual discernment about what our God is doing to help you glorify him with your life. I do too! This is especially true in relationships, even those daily encounters he has given us to recognize as opportunities to overflow. In the midst of this life we hold fast! Yes! Sister, brother, family in Jesus, be ye encouraged stay the gospel course! Rest in and overcome through the way, the truth and the life! “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God.”
We learn from the book of Revelation that it is good to be hot or cold—our divine calling is one of empowering, hence crying out to God for constant help to keep the Spirit’s fire burning, to nurture zeal and be useful as we live this Christ life. To be neither hot nor cold is equivalent to lukewarmness. Mark, our brother, teacher, shepherd has preached to the flock regarding lessons to be learned through the letters to the seven churches. For example, to the church at Laodicea described as “lukewarm” was to say, they were useless to Christ because of complacency, becoming self-satisfied, and indifferent to their Christ life. The imagery to be hot would have been recognized as good because it related to the valued hot springs at the nearby city Hierapolis. To be cold in this context was also good in that it probably referred to the useful cool water at Colosse less than 10 miles away. Laodicea “had an insipid water supply—one that induced vomiting!” Hence, we pursue, pursue, purse in real effective supernatural power, hence empowered by God to fight the good fight of faith with ever-increasing strength against the tendency to have an attitude of compromise, or spiritual complacency.
The Laodiceans’ did not examine themselves! The Apostle Paul, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” God is serious in dealing with lukewarmness. The Laodiceans’ “did not realize that they were wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.” It is certainly feasible that many were not in the faith—they did not know Christ as Savior and Lord and were useless to him. The call is to be earnest and repent should one recognize by God’s mercy they are not really in the faith. The truly regenerate heart also examines and cries out to God for refinement, and increased desires to worship, fellowship, and enjoy God in Spirit power. In Christ, your love for God is real because he showed a particular love for you and saving mercy that has changed your entire life, motivation, and recurring interests! You are in the faith! We invite rebuke and discipline that our lives would reflect and earnest pursuit and a continual repentance as we are formed and transformed into the image of Christ.
The regenerate heart—the heart touched by the mercy of God recognizes more and more that God is at the center of all that we are—he is our source of everything! The air we breathe the breath we have is from God. How do we buy gold refined by fire and become rich? By total reliance on God! He is our treasure! I need to repent from human tendencies and fleshly ways and earnestly pursue God as first priority! As a result of this earnest pursuit, our wealth grows in the form of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness… with increasing excitement and supernatural joy that overflows! And, as you become rich you will be more aware and others will recognize it too—you and me too are extremely wealthy in Spirit, in strength, and power as we live this life, hence work-out our great salvation to God’s glory! Beloved, I pray that you, and ask for your prayers that I too, will genuinely enjoy fellowship with God Almighty—the Alpha and Omega—our God in us nurturing, comforting, disciplining, testing, forming, and refining! This is our life in Christ!
Oh, the gushing springs of glory
That are flooding all my heart;
And the music, sweet and heav’nly,
Wakes the chords in every part.
Oh, the joy, no tongue can tell it!
’Tis like many flowing streams;
Now I stand upon the summit,
Where the golden sunlight gleams.
Sisters are meeting to pray. First Baptist. 1912 Arnold Way, Alpine. 0900
You are welcome! Join diverse sisters in Jesus for a time of prayer and fellowship. A joy indeed! Thank you, sisters for gathering and praying before the throne of grace.
Brothers are meeting too! Mt. View Bible. 2710 Alpine Blvd. Alpine, 0730
Brother! Join us. If you haven’t been in a while it will be good to see you and rejoice and be encouraged because of Christ—our shared faith! If you are reading this you are welcome to join men in Christ for a time of prayer.
We will have Zoom rolling too! You are free to join on Zoom and know it works fine and we can hear and you can usually hear us too. If you do not have the Friday Morning Prayer link… reach out to me text or email. 🙂
 1 Timothy 6:18-19
 Philippians 3:4-5
 Ibid v. 6
 Revelation 3:16
 Mueller, Mark. Emmanuel Christian Church. Zoom meetings. Every other Sunday at Paradise Point @ Mission Bay.
 Expositor’s Bible commentary (1981). Vol 12 Gaebelein, F. E. (ed). Zondervan.
 2 Corinthians 13:5
 Revelation 3:17b