Before the Throne

~ Saturday September 17, 2016 ~

Praising God for What we Know

“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life, This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him. If anyone see his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death. Wo know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him, We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. And we know tat the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who it true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ, This is the true God and eternal life.”  – 1 John 5:13-20

“Father, we lift up to You the last portion of 1 John 5, thanking You for John’s repeated use of the word know: These things are written to those who believe in the name of the Son of God, s that we may know we have eternal life. We know that You hear us in whatever we ask. We know we have the requests we have asked rom You in Jesus’ name and in accordance with His will. We know that no one who is born of God continues in the same unbroken pattern of sin as before. We know that we are of God because we hear the voice of Your Spirit in Your Word. And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true.

O Lord, how striking it is that we know all the necessary things: who You are, who Your Son is, what the gospel is, what salvation is, what sin is, what righteousness is, what it means to be born of God, what it means to be a child of God, what it means to be delivered from the power of the evil one, what it means to have eternal life. These things we know because You have given us revelation and illuminated our understanding so that we might know with full assurance.

The best of it all is knowing You – the God of all comfort, Father of mercies, our ever present God, eternal Saviour, Creator of heaven and earth, Lord of righteousness, judge of all things, and justifier of all who believe in Jesus – how unsearchable are Your judgements and unfathomable Your ways! You are unspeakably great, and greatly to be praised. The eyes of all look to You, and You given them their food in due time. Your open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. May we seek satisfaction in You alone.

We bless You for the good news of salvation – all its doctrines, insights, promises, and pleadings. By its truth we understand that we were hopelessly lost, but You sought and found us. We were poor and empty, but You have filled our cups to overflowing. We were in darkness, but You brought us into the light. We were in bondage to sin, but You brought us and made us slaves to righteousness. You became for us a place of refuge – our fortress, our Rock, and our redeemer.

Make us to be bold reflections of the grace and holiness embodied in Your Son, our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Use both our lives and our lips to tell the world of His glory. We know that all things are in Your hands. You will not permit us to be tempted beyond what we are able, and You can use even the worst calamities of this life for our good and Your eternal glory. Yet we pray as Christ Himself instructed us to pray: Deliver us from evil. See us safely and speedily through all the trials that are so common in this life, and deliver us from temptation.

Forgive us, Lord, for this week’s sins. Wash us; make us clean even as we worship You now. In Your Son’s name we pray, thanking You again for what we know. Amen.”

– John MacArthur; At the Throne of Grace, Pg. 27-29

~ Saturday September 24, 2016 ~

“Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You and praise You for who You are. You are a God of wonder, a God of might, a God of majesty. You have established Your throne in the heavens and Your sovereignty rules over all. We praise You for Your sovereignty, that You are in control of our lives, that You have dealt with us not according to what we deserve, but rather according to Your mercy, according to Your grace.

Father, we thank You for Your many blessings that You have freely given to us. That we can worship You, sing to You, commune with You in prayer and the reading of Your Word. We thank You for Your Son, that He came, He bled, and He died on the cross for our sins. Father, You have saved our souls from death, You have given us life in You and We praise Your name!

May It be our hearts cry to worship You Lord. May our worship of You be lived out in all areas of our lives, whether we eat or whether we drink, whatever we do, may we worship You. We Praise You O Lord, and life up Your most holy name. Amen.”

~ Saturday October 1, 2016 ~

“O Lord God, Teach me to know that grace precedes, accompanies and follows my salvation, that is sustains the redeemed soul, that not one link of its chain can ever break. From Calvary’s cross wave upon wave of grace reaches me, deals with my sin, washes me clean, renews my heart, strengthens my will, draws out my affection, kindles a flame in my soul, rules throughout my inner man, consecrates my every thought, word, work, teaches me thy immeasurable love.”

The Valley of Vision: Privileges, Pg. 284

~ Saturday October 15, 2016 ~

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect is until the day of Christ Jesus. For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me. For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” – Philippians 1:3-11

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