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Angels were singing at the virgin Birth

If you have the Holy Spirit I suspect you would like to use it at some time.  It has been scientifically proven that babies that listen to music, have a more compassionate nature then babies that don’t listen to music – this is prophetic so take that into consideration.

So Angels were singing and there’s proof of that in Luke 2:13 – 14 to praise, extol, to sing praises in honour to God or the word – aineo (think Artificial Intelligence and Matrix) – but there was singing and angels.  There was singing everywhere.  There was a heavenly angelic chorus singing when He was born, and in that singing that He received, He was able to give out peace to the world because He absorbed it and churned it into peace creating the perfect Sabbath rest for man kind.  He was the Ultimate Transformer, the more than meets the eye!!!  He is the everlasting King and Judge Bridegroom and Author and Finisher of our faith.  He finishes with an Exclamation point!!!!

Now one thing that wasn’t probably happening was fireworks.

 

 

 

When everything falls apart

When we go through hard times and there is nothing and no one that can help, our intimacy and relationship to God is the only thing that can get us through.  When you have been experiencing some rough times – some  Good questions to ask yourself are:  What are you going to do when your Bible is too heavy for you to carry?  What are you going to do when you are not physically capable of using your laptop or computer?  What are you going to do when you try to pray but can’t?  What are you going to do if you’ve lost your voice too?(Not saying that I have)  What are you going to do when you are by yourself and everything around you just seems to be falling apart and you can’t so much lift your hands up or use your voice?  What are you going to do during those times when God is silent or you haven’t “reached” that level of intimacy to bring you close to maturity.  Have you ever thought about these things?  These things are good things to think about.  What does it all depend upon?

Some say it’s obedience and it’s about you reap what you sow, but actually I think in Job, Job got more depressed when other people were saying things like that.  What really matters and what God is looking at more than faith, I would guess is your attitude.  Your attitude while suffering really is a good signal of how mature you are in Christ.  Paul said in Romans 8, “I consider these sufferings of the present time nothing compared to the glory that is about to be revealed.”  If you are able to keep a joyful attitude when suffering then that means you have something that is of value to God.  Sometimes the thing is not whether you are happy or sad, but what goes on in your thought life and how you lift up your heart to Him and just come to that point of surrender in knowing that you cannot do it without Him.  Even Jesus when He was on the Cross probably was not rejoicing and singing and shouting, but He maintained the Word confession out loud, and He surrendered to the sin that He took upon His flesh when He was on the Cross.  We all say we want a deeper relationship with God and a more intimate relationship with God, but do you know what it actually means to take on the nature of Christ?  It means to partake in the sufferings of Christ.  Although it is good that God does not give you more than you can bear, and though sorrow may last through the night and joy comes in the morning, we all have to suffer at some point and our attitude while suffering is important.

There are some kinds of attitudes that are healthy to have while in sufferings:

1)  An attitude of praise – If you are able to not curse God or blame God during the circumstance but to lift Him up and not allow the enemy’s tactics to discourage you and to bring you into self-pity then that is a good attitude to have.  I’ve done a blog post on Praise  –  I forgot what it’s called.  It might be called, “Singing in the Valley”

2) An attitude of communion – If we allow ourselves to acknowledge the fact that Christ has suffered too, and that no one has suffered to the point that Christ has as it says in Hebrews 12, then we will know that no matter what happens we do not have to be discouraged because Christ has already overcome the world, and we know that He has suffered as well.  There’s a verse – I think it’s in Phillipians  where Paul says that he thanks God to know the power of His resurrection, and to partake in the fellowship of His sufferings.  That must be a difficult thing to understand for some people.  I am not saying that you have to suffer that it is a requirement to fellowship with Him, but to say that if you are suffering rejoice because Christ suffered likewise.

3)  An attitude of rejoicing – When you are suffering, good chances are that you are being chastened or being disciplined by God, and even though it says that no disciplining is joyful but is grievous and painful, but the result is peacable fruits of righteousness for those that have been trained by it – We can still choose to rejoice.  We can continually have our hearts lifted up because – we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:4

4) An attitude of surrender – knowing that you are too small to fix all your problems is a great thing.  Knowing that there is someone greater and larger that takes care of everything.  It’s good to be obedient to the little that God has called you to do, but even when you have been disobedient and are trying to take control of your life and figure everything out for yourself then that God cannot operate in changing your free will, so you have to come and humble yourself before Him.  Job did that in the last chapter of Job, where He just surrendered to God and repented.  Surrender is a form of repentence – it is laying your will down and making a commitment to change. It is also the ability to realize how Great our God is.

5) An attitude of not complaining – no matter what circumstances you are going through, the less you complain, and murmur, the better it is.  But you can always talk to God and reason with Him.  Jesus is your mediator.  When Job was suffering he cried out for a mediator between God and man.  Aren’t we glad that we have one?

6) An attitude of Prayer – If at all you can pray, and prayer just means communicate to God in some form (I know some people say you have to utter out loud or speak in tongues), but in some cases you just need in your heart to communicate your heart’s desire to God and have that level of faith step in and take over.

7) An attitude of Be Still and Know – “When you have done all that you can do stand” – It says in Ephesians 6.  When we can just rest knowing that God still loves us and cares for us and that our prayers are being heard and answered then maybe that’s all we need.  We don’t need to beat ourselves up for what we have done because God knows and He is there to help you.  Sometimes He just wants you to go and spend time with Him and seek Him.

Sometimes it’s not about all the rebuking the devil that you do, but it’s about your attitude.  I don’t even want to get into all that’s going on right now, but I know God is faithful even when everything falls apart.  The key thing to remember when everything falls apart is that God works out all things together for good to those who love Him.  There’s going to be a blessing out of this situation that you might be going through – that is the peaceable fruits of righteousness.

Music vs. Worship

Many people listen to music and like music.  They listen to it everyday in their cars, on the radios, at concerts, restaurants, and grocery stores.  There’s even the hold music that you listen to on the phone.  It’s all around us and you can’t escape it.  I once took a course in Music Appreciation and there was a belief that all the sounds around you could be a form of music.  The definition of music is – “1. The art or science of combining vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.”

It says in Ezekiel 28 of the type and shadow of satan in the Bible, king Tyre,

“ You were the seal of perfection,
Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 You were in Eden, the garden of God;
Every precious stone was your covering:
The sardius, topaz, and diamond,
Beryl, onyx, and jasper,
Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold.
The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes
Was prepared for you on the day you were created. ” [NKJV]

So that means that God created lucifer to rule over music in the heavenly kingdom before he fell.  Why does that matter?  Of course you might think that music is perfectly fine and good and a way of expressing emotion.  As a bipolar person growing up I used to listen to all kinds of music because I thought it would comfort my “soul”.  That was before I got born again.  Even until recently I realized after getting more into God and learning about holiness and this one certain thought that I had that changed my mind, “Why be listening to music and singing things that I won’t be singing when I get into heaven?” (I think I did a post on Singing in the Valley.)

Think about it.  Everything was created for the glorifying God and not glorifying what man thinks he needs.  I used to love music so much.  It became an idol.  I thought it was the only thing that could get me through anything.  That no matter what mood I was in, what I was thinking, what I was feeling there was a song to get me through it.  I relied and depended on that.  I depended on that instead of God.  I depended on that because I thought it would comfort my soul.  It was not until later that I realized that the true comfort would be through the Holy Spirit and in God’s Word.

The Bible has a lot to say about music, but most of the music is often referred to in the context of God.  In Isaiah it says that there will be music playing when God takes his “punishing arm” to pour out judgment.  I believe that every spiritual song got it’s birth in heaven and that God gave the songwriters the gifts and abilities to create that music into existence.

Some people listen to only hymns, but the Bible is clear in Colossians 3:16 “16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. ”  It even tells the purpose of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.  But for those people that don’t feel comfortable listening to only hymns that is their preference. [NKJV]

Philippians 4:8 says, “8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” [NKJV] That gives another indication on what kinds of music that we should be listening to.

Going back to the definition of music, the expression of emotion, I believe that we should give God more than just the expression of our emotion.  We should give Him the praise that comes from our spirit that is inspired by the Holy Spirit to bring glory back to the Father that created us.

There was a documentary that came out a while back that was saying that some secular music bands say prayers to who knows what kind of spirits over their music.  This is just a theory, but I think that’s why they get so popular so fast because they are essentially selling their souls.  I won’t mention names, but there is a singer, who was a gospel singer when she was young, and because she didn’t have a strong foundation, she decided to take the secular route and is now definitely not living out Philippians 4:8.

Why does all that matter – what kind of music you listen to?  Because our God, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, our Heavenly Father, the Great I AM, is a holy God.  He is so holy that the four living creatures are crying out “Holy, Holy, Holy” every time they see Him.  There is a new facet to His holiness.  We are supposed to become consecrated before Him as it says in Hebrews 12.  “But God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in His holiness.”  (vs. 10)[NIV]

That doesn’t mean that we can’t listen to all genres of music, but the intent has to be clear.  It has to glorify God, lift up a song of praise in our hearts, get us to a level of deeper intimacy with the Lord.

Some people say that we need secular music to dance to, that you cannot dance without music that praises God.  Well when the Israelites brought the ark of the covenant back to David he began dancing and celebrating so much that his wife, Michal, started hating him.  [1 Chronicles 15:29]

In a sense worship is the expression of emotion, but it goes so much deeper.  While music only affects the soul, worship comes out of the spirit and is birthed in the spirit.  There is a process of sanctification one must go through.  That begins with the Cross and accepting Jesus sacrifice for us.  The next step is to choose how we want to honor our lives for Him, to glorify Him, and to be obedient to Him.   There a some great songs out there that glorify the Lord and many of them take the Scripture and bring it to life.  Once you listen to those songs over and over and over again, they will become ingrained in your hearts and when you are defeated you can lift up a shout of praise.

When you hear about the kinds of music that was playing in Chronicles, and Kings, it just sounds like a divine orchestra, and that is why a lot of people like Classical music.  Classical music is a great way to listen to music that honors God.  They had wonderful instruments in those times much like they do now and you can just imagine what it sounded like.

You can’t escape the music around you, so what do you do?  Keep a new song in your heart, and praise Him.  Not just with noise, but with your attitude, your lifestyle, and your day to day life so you can continue to be a blessing to yourself and others.

 

DISCLAIMER – I was wrong about this – I believe that God can use anything to speak to you it doesn’t have to be just worship – he can use anything to speak to you.

 

Singing in the Valley

I haven’t posted in a while because I have been going through some things.  Some of which may be called a “valley” in my life.  It wasn’t until I heard Joyce Meyer mentioned “singing in the valley” that God revealed to me what to write about.  People go through things in life.  They go through things – ups and downs – physical sicknesses (even though Jesus has already paid the price for them), financial troubles, and just any kind of thing you can think of that the enemy tries to throw at you.  It’s through this time that we must learn to trust and praise God through the valley.  I admit I have been neglecting my “singing” and that’s just the strategy the enemy is trying to use.  He doesn’t want you to praise God in your troubles.  He wants to steal your praise.  He wants to steal your joy too and he wants to steal your praise if that succeeds.  The more he succeeds the more he will try until he’s got you so wrapped around your own suffering and throwing yourself a pity party consumed with grief, that you can’t open your mouth to praise Him [Jesus].

1) Praise is a an act of faith – Praise is one of the many ways that you can express your faith.  It’s easy to sit in church and listen to worship music, sing and dance, and praise.  But when you haven’t been able to keep down anything you’ve eaten or even when you try to pray and fight you are crying so much that you can’t fight anymore or when you are so deep in debt that it would be better for you to go into slavery then to pay off your debt, that’s when it is hard to praise God.  You try so many things to be a “good Christian”, but then you realize that your faith has been stolen so that’s when you must praise.

2) Praise is an attitude – It’s not just about “singing” – It’s a lifestyle choice.  Imagine if you were around a person that had one bad thing after another happen to them and you never saw the smile leave their face.  They smiled when good things were happening and they smiled when bad things were happening, and it wasn’t just their smiling, but it was their whole attitude that was kind, nice, caring, loving, and nurturing, but still human at the same time.  You would think what kind of character does this person have that makes them never complain or murmur or enter into self-pity like that?  I’m not saying that such a person exists , except for maybe David in the Bible or even Joel Osteen (I know some Christians don’t like him and some love him), but wouldn’t it be a great attitude to have where you are constantly praising God for all that has happened-  to know that whatever you’re going through you’re going to get out of it.

3) Praise can deliver you – When Paul was praising in prison there was an earthquake and then all the prison gates opened and they were let out [ACTS 16:25] – Even in your darkest bondage if you lift your hearts to praise Him, then you can be set free.  Whatever you’re going through God can deliver you out of the darkest bondage.  He can create miracles through praise to get out of that bondage.

 

4) Praise when others around you are not praising – You’re fellow co-worker might be talking bad about the boss or about the work situation you can praise God that you have a job.  When your sister is having a bad day and she snaps at you you can praise God that you have a family that loves you and that you are not an orphan.  It’s so easy to praise when everyone around you is cheerful and happy all the time, but how often does that happen?

5) Praise while serving –  Whether you’re washing the dishes, taking out the trash, cooking, or whatever it is that you do to serve you can lift your hearts with praise.  I must admit that this is the hardest thing for me to do.  God does not call you to serve grudgingly or as an obligation, but with a heart of praise.  Often I find myself so agitated I tend to snap at someone or get really stressed out when doing these things, and it’s only afterward that I realize that I should do it with a heart of praise.  So what I do is turn on the Christian radio station and fill my heart with peace and praise so that I can serve with a heart full of praise.  This one is hard for my family members as well.  I think praise while serving changes the whole attitude about serving and can create peace in the atmosphere.

6) Praise God during all the little things – Whether you’re trying to find a piece of food in the way back part of the fridge so that you have to go and take everything out and put everything back in to find it.  Or you’re trying to put the carton of apple juice back in the fridge while there’s no more room left in the fridge.  Or even if it’s making it through the light without getting into an accident.  It doesn’t matter what little things that you do or that happen to you, you can praise God in spite of them or even through them because then you’ll end up being able to praise God through all the big things that happen in your life – like the bondages or things you need to be delivered from.

7) Praise changes your perspective  – You may be looking at your situation from only your viewpoint and not seeing God’s viewpoint, and when you praise the whole situation gets turned around.  Perspective in art and geography can mean two dimensional or three dimensional.  When you put on 3D glasses to watch a movie you feel the realness of it.  You don’t feel like it’s a flat screen and that you can’t really be a part of it.  With 3D it makes the picture pop out for you and it can make it really exciting and personal.  God is multidimensional so when you praise God even when you are going through a valley you can see that there is a mountain at the top and God can move that mountain and make your pathways straight so that you are not in a valley but then you are in a level playing field.

 

One of the songs about Praise I like is “God is good all the time.” :

“Chorus:
God is good all the time
He put a song of praise in this heart of mine
God is good all the time
Through the darkest night, His light will shine
God is good, God is good all the time
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/d/don_moen/god_is_good_all_the_time.html ]
If you’re walking through the valley
And there are shadows all around
Do not fear, He will guide you
He will keep you safe and sound
‘Cause He’s promised to never leave you
Nor forsake you and His Word is true

Chorus

We were sinners – so unworthy
Still for us He chose to die
Filled us with His Holy Spirit
Now we can stand and testify
That His love is everlasting
And His mercies – they will never end

Chorus

Lord I may not understand
All the plans He left for me
My life is in your hands
And through the eyes of Him I can clearly see

Chorus”

More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/d/don_moen/#share

 

I may not be perfect and I may struggle as we all do, but I know that I have a God who is worthy of praise so through this valley if I go and praise Him then He can move this mountain in my life.