Friday Morning Prayer:)… September 30, 2021

October 1, 2021 - 7 minutes read

Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need Thy tender care;
In Thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use Thy folds prepare.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.

We are Thine, Thou dost befriend us, be the Guardian of our way;
Keep Thy flock, from sin defend us, seek us when we go astray.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray.

Thou hast promised to receive us, poor and sinful though we be;
Thou hast mercy to relieve us, grace to cleanse and pow’r to free.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to Thee.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to Thee.[1]


“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.  Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”[2]

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‘Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.’  “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”[3]  How do I live as the redeemed of God?  Is it possible to be joyful always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances?  Do you, do I, have an ever-increasing desire to live faithful, obedient, and consistently according to God’s will?  How do I understand painful trials, the suffering endured through this life?

The consensus at group tonight was that the Christian life is a battle, harder to live out on some days than others.  On Sunday, Pastor Robert over at First Baptist exhorted the flock to continue to work out this great salvation—hold fast and live a life that glorifies God.  A brother on 3 Guys and a Mic radio commented about his struggle with the flesh, especially when circumstances were difficult.  I appreciated his emphasis on the supernatural reality of this life in Christ we share.  Yes, he battled and overcame as he read and meditated on the word of God—the pursuit of God through his word and in prayer: asking, seeking, knocking continually brought repentance, the Spirit rejuvenated, fruit manifest, the sinful nature mortified through God’s supernatural power.  On Wednesday, shepherd Mark Mueller over at Emmanual Christian led as we discussed the reality of suffering accompanying our Christian lives.

The redeemed of God live and thrive in community and fellowship with redeemed.  We pursue God through our difficulties and sufferings—his word is our refuge, our means of growth and maturity in Christ, we pray continually, crying out to God for his leading, his tender comfort, his feeding, his defending, his seeking as we stray.   To constantly be joyful, prayerful, thankful takes diligent effort and total reliance on our indwelling God—the Holy Spirit empowering our efforts.  Indeed, “…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.”[4]

Family in Jesus, you who struggle, suffer, doubt, have good days and bad, we have similar struggles and rely on our God and sing, ‘Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray.  Beloved, savor, and find comfort in supernatural truth!  You, and me too, are ‘Thine, Thou hast bought us.’  I absolutely keep the Spirit’s fire burning, kindle and nurture by listening to hymns and spiritual songs based on scripture.  The power of God’s word hidden in my heart is a necessary help to keep joy overflowing!  “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”[5] God’s abundant grace we sing, “Thou hast promised to receive us, poor and sinful though we be; Thou hast mercy to relieve us, grace to cleanse and pow’r to free.”  Yes!  Free, alive, anew, in Christ.  Absolutely amazing grace to think about and enjoy!

Early let us seek Thy favor, early let us do Thy will;
Blessed Lord and only Savior, with Thy love our bosoms fill.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still.

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Join us for Friday Morning Prayer.   First Baptist Church, Alpine.

Brothers, we are meeting at 0730.   Always a joy to see you! Sisters in Christ are meeting at 0900.    Thank you, sisters!


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

Savior,Like a Shepherd Lead Us (lyrics) by 4Him
Savior,Like a Shepherd Lead Us (lyrics) by 4Him

 [2] Ephesians 1:13-14

[3] Ibid 1:7-8

[4] Philippians 2:12b-13

[5] Psalm 119:11