Chord Progression: (C F Bdim Em) (Am Dm G7 C)
You have exclusive control—
exclusive privilege, exclusive possession.
You have an eternal monopoly (ref#110, p879).
Your dominion endures throughout all generations (Ps 145:13).
You are not limited;
You are not confined;
You are not restricted (ref#110, p1462).
You uphold the universe by just Your word (Heb 1:3).
You have unlimited power and authority;
You are omnipotent and superior (ref#110, p946, 1344).
You are excellent and above all else (ref#110, p1344).
You are unapproachable and unmatched;
You have no rival or equal (ref#110, p1451).
You cannot be violated or infringed upon;
You are infrangible (ref#110, p693).
DOUBTS AND FEARS
…FATHER, You know me. You do not need anyone to bear witness concerning me. You know me in my deprived state (John 2:24). Yet, even as I display my humanness, You know my meek and broken spirit. Therefore You look on me with “pity, complacency and delight.” You know I mourn because I love and serve You so little. Even though my heart is simple You will love me so that my entire soul shall be full of light (ref#15, [John 2:24]).
But, sometimes I have doubts and fear that I am not Your child because the enemy convinces me my sins separate us. Some days I do not have the faith that assures me I am Yours. But, I do trust You; through experience I know You can be counted on. I do depend on You.
“Doubting faith is not doubtful faith. If the believer has not the faith of assurance, he may have the faith of reliance, and that will take him to heaven” Octavius Winslow (ref#61, March 13th).
Thankfully these doubts and fears keep me humble. Being weak and dependent make me gravitate toward prayer as I long to possess the merits of JESUS (ref#61, March 13th). The enemy’s accusations drive me in a good direction. They move aside the pride assurance brings and allow more seeking of my Savior.
Chord Progression: (C Am Am/G# Am/G) (Am/F# F Dm G)
You are undiscoverable—
You cannot be fully known (ref#110, p1456).
You are beyond the limits of possible experience (ref#110, p1419).
Your kingdom cannot be destroyed (Dan 2:44),
for You are indestructible (ref#110, p677),
boundless and vast are You (ref#110, p674).
Your unconquerable kingdom will stand forever (Dan 2:44).
It cannot be erased or blotted out
since You are indelible—
permanent and lasting (ref#110, p685).
Your years cannot be counted (Job 36:26),
for You exist apart from the material universe.
You are transcendent (ref#110, p1419),
imperishable and continuing forever (ref#110, p677, 1414).
REFLECTIONS ON CHRIST
…FATHER, my eyes are on CHRIST for “…my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly]…” (Phil 3:10 AMP).
FATHER, do not let me lose sight of my determined purpose. I gladly review the Glorious CHRIST through Your word.
CHRIST, You are gentle and humble in heart (Matt 11:29) and yet You overcome the world (John 16:33). You reflect the glory of Your FATHER and bear the very stamp of His nature; You uphold the universe by Your word of power (Heb 1:3) and yet You live and make Your home in me (1 John 3:24).
FATHER, in the face of JESUS CHRIST, Your glory is seen (2 Cor 4:6), yet CHRIST bears my grief and carries my sorrows (Isa 53:4). In Him all Your fullness dwells (Col 1:19), yet CHRIST personally rescues me and draws me to Himself, investing me with all the privileges of a new life in Him (1 Thes 1:10).
When CHRIST walked this earth, FATHER, He found that in Your presence, was fullness of joy and at Your right hand were pleasures forevermore (Ps 16:11). I desire fellowship with JESUS so that I may experience His joy of You fulfilled in myself. I want to comprehend CHRIST’s delight complete in me. Oh, that His joy may be perfected in my soul—that I may have His gladness filling my heart (John 17:13)
CHRIST is Your power working, FATHER, thus I have a personal trust springing from faith and leading to faith (Rom 1:16,17). Thank You for CHRIST Who is the Author and Perfecter of faith (Heb 12:2). Thank You for CHRIST Who enables me to move along in this world as He, Himself, did—from faith to faith.
[We all can think of a Christian sister or brother experiencing so much affliction they may not be able to pray for themselves. Here’s an opportunity to pray for them. Fill their name in the blanks.]
GOD’S ANSWER TO JOB
FATHER, answer ____’s supplications like You did Job’s. Job knew You directed His life. He had no intention of terminating His relationship with You. His thoughts were like Peter’s when he was given the opportunity to leave Your relationship. He said, “Lord, to whom shall I go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).
____, too, would never think of leaving You, but, like Job, You have given (him/her) this providence that (he/d/she’d) like, at least, an explanation. We fall naturally into questioning Your purposes. FATHER, if ____ grumbles and (his/her) prayers are introspective show (him/her) Your majesty.
For four chapters, in the book of Job, FATHER, You revealed Your matchless ability to run Your creation. Even after two chapters when Job put his hand over his mouth in humility, You continued making him see Your greatness and his littleness for two more chapters (Job 38-41). More and more You made him realize he was very wrong to question Your providences to him.
GOD, reveal Yourself to ____ in such a way that (he/she) repents in dust and ashes (Job 42:6)—comprehending, that (he/she) speaks to You without knowledge (Job 38:2).
If You speak to ____ like You did Job, (he/she) will not need any verification that You hear (him/her) and You will answer (him/her). (His/Her) faith will become spiritual sight. Instead of anxiously awaiting an answer to (his/her) supplications, (he/she) will be spellbound at Your presence. And in Your presence (he/she) will “know” You answer (his/her) requests in a most perfect way.
Impress Yourself upon (him/her) now like clay under the seal. You laid the foundations of the earth—determined its measurements—contained the sea and prescribed its limits (Job 38:4,5,8,10). FATHER, thank You for this short review of Your greatness. Surely You know best what to do with ____’s difficult situation.