NON CHRISTIAN Pursuers
[We all have friends and family that sit in our churches but only act like they are Christians. It is up to us to pray for their salvation. Here’s an opportunity to pray for them. Fill their name in the blanks.]
THE BOASTINGS OF THE FALLEN NATURE
…FATHER, ____ has heard of You by attending church; (he/she) has read (his/her) Bible, maybe even committed verses to memory, nonetheless Your Word does not produce fruit in (him/her) (Mark 4:19). Even Your truth residing in (his/her) mind is unable to affect (him/her).
It seems ____ is in the business, FATHER, of becoming holy and more holy in (his/her) own strength. Seems (he/she) is working with such intenseness that (he/she) passes over the good news about CHRIST. I think that (his/her) work is so gratifying that (he/she) imagines (he/she) is doing well and getting better and better. But…
“There are those who are clean in their own eyes but are not washed of their filth” (Prov 30:12 ESV). “This is the way of an adulteress: she eats and wipes her mouth and says, ‘I have done no wrong’” (Prov 30:20 ESV).
“The majority of people have their morality well within their own grasp, they do not sense the need of the Gospel” Oswald Chambers (ref#7, Dec 17th). FATHER, it seems ____ is pursuing You because (he/she) admires righteousness therefore (he/she) is trying hard to act righteously (ref#33, p110). (He/She) may not know that (his/her) natural flesh can perform good as well as produce sin (ref#33, p110). (He/She) may be confusing (his/her) natural fleshly work with Your HOLY SPIRIT’s work. And, the case is that (he/she) is then unable to be a Christian because it is impossible to receive anything unless it is given to (him/her) from heaven (James 1:17).
It is quite natural to fall into the pattern of searching the Scriptures for commands to keep (John 5:39). By keeping only the commands of (his/her) choosing (he/she) does not need a Savior; (he/she) is saving (himself/herself). FATHER, lead ____ to the understanding that whatever “does not issue from waiting upon God, from depending upon the HOLY SPIRIT, is unquestionably of the flesh” Watchman Nee (ref #33, p 114).
It seems that ____ is set in (his/her) own ways of righteousness, but I know, FATHER, that You can and will work in due season to call Your sons and daughters according to Your purpose (ref#13, Vol 1, p31 [Mark 2:14]). Please, FATHER, I want You to call ____.
Chord Progression: (Am F C Am) (Dm G C Am)
PRAISE TO THE SPIRIT
You awoke the first thrill of life in my soul,
showed me my guilt and sealed my pardon.
You led me to CHRIST.
You inspire every breath of my life,
dwell in my heart—
give me Your healing sanctifying,
comforting, and restoring grace.
Praise for Your influence,
which no ingratitude has quenched.
Praise for Your patience,
which no backsliding has exhausted.
You renew my intellect,
sanctify my heart,
inhabit my body
awaken every pulse of love.
I am a debtor to Your quickening mercy;
I owe You undivided and supreme affections.
To the SPIRIT of GOD,
I exert my best praise (ref#61, Sept 5th).
“As the power of man’s intellect searches out things pertaining to man, so does our mind by the power of the Holy Spirit understand heavenly things” Geneva Notes (ref#67, [1 Cor 2:11]).
“To know things in our intuition is what the Bible calls revelation. Revelation has no other meaning than that the Holy Spirit enables a believer to apprehend a particular matter…” Watchman Nee (ref#101, p77).
The definition of “intuition” is— “…learning of something without the conscious use of reasoning…” Watchman Nee (ref#110, p709). Kenneth S. Wuest’s, The New Testament, An Expanded Translation, talks of Christians as having a “instinctive perception” of You, FATHER (ref#37, [John 15:15] p252).
I am a subject of the teaching of the HOLY SPIRIT; He makes known truths to me by His illumination (ref#16, [1 Cor 2:10]). His spiritual sensing impinges on me directly without reason or cause (ref#101, p71). This makes it unnecessary to ask for the opinion of others or even to question myself (ref#101, p74). And, the moment I cease to follow my intuition at that very moment I begin to walk after the flesh and end up mingling spiritual things with things of the flesh (ref#101, p31).
“Walking after the spirit involves both the initiation of a work by revelation and execution of it through the Lord’s strength” Watchman Nee (ref#101, p30).
FATHER, give me faith enough to follow Your voice in my heart.
Chord Progression: ( C Bb Eb G7 ) ( Cm Ab G C )
You deeply sympathize;
You are a God who pities (ref#110, p284);
there is no Savior besides You (Isa 43:11).
You are a merciful and gracious GOD (Ex 34:6)—
Extremely careful about details—
meticulous (ref#110, p854)
and slow to anger (Ex 34:6).
In Your faithfulness (Ex34:6)
You supply, give and furnish—
provide, equip and meet needs,
aiding and assisting us (ref#110, p1345).
Abounding in steadfast love (Ex 34:6),
You are gentle, courteous and kind (ref#110, p563),
unselfish and generous (ref#110, p562).
You are the LORD (Isa 43:11).
Chord Progression: (C B C Gdim) (G7 Dm G7 C)
BE ATTENTIVE TO MY PRAYER
glorious in power,
your right hand, O Lord,
shatters the enemy” (Ex 15:6 ESV).
“The sum of your word is truth,
and…your righteous rules endures forever” (Ps 119:160 ESV).
“Wondrously show your steadfast love,…” (Ps 17:7 ESV).
“…You who save those who trust in You…” (Ps 17:7 NKJV).
“O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth” (Ps 8:9 ESV).
“Now, O my God, let your eyes be open
and your ears attentive to the prayer of this place” (2 Chron 6:40 ESV).
Chord Progression: (Am G Fmaj Em) (Dm Em Fmaj Am)
You guide and control,
check and restrain (ref#110, p1174).
You, GOD, are constant (ref#110, p298).
Free from variation and change,
You are firm in purpose (ref#110, p298).
You are earnest and busy,
diligent and systematic (ref#110, p690).
FATHER, You keep covenant (Deut 7:9).
Your steadfast love never ceases (Lam 3:22).
You are steady, unflappable, and unshaken—
Undeflectable and unswerving (ref#110, p1464).
Your mercies never come to an end (Lam 3:22).
You are self-revealing—
expressing Your innermost thoughts and emotions (ref#110, p1218).
You are GOD.
WORKING OUT MY OWN SALVATION
“The one marvelous secret of a holy life lies not in imitating Jesus, but in letting the perfections of Jesus manifest themselves in my mortal flesh” Oswald Chambers (ref#7, July 23rd).
FATHER, Your mystery of sanctification is JESUS. All His sinless perfection You pour into me. And as You pour, I continually change slowly and surely into holiness (2 Cor 13:4).
If there is any effort on my part to be exerted it is to seek to know CHRIST better—“in His divine nature, in His human relationship, in His finished work, in His death, in His resurrection, in His present glorious intercession, and in His future royal advent” Charles Spurgeon (ref#34, Jan 4th AM). The reason You have made me one with JESUS is so His disposition will rule my disposition (ref#7, Feb 8th).
This “working out my own salvation” is to let You, FATHER, more quickly change me. Allow me to experience the closeness of JESUS, FATHER, so that His presence pushes anxious thoughts away that I may see clearly Your direction before me.