VIDEO Singing in the Spirit – Spirit-Filled Music

Singing in the Spirit

Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit.  Ephesians 5:18–19

 

During the Welsh Revivals of the early twentieth century, Bible teacher and author G. Campbell Morgan described what he observed. He believed the presence of God’s Holy Spirit was moving on “billowing waves of sacred song.” Morgan wrote that he had seen the unifying influence of music in meetings that encouraged voluntary prayers, confession, and spontaneous singing. If someone got carried away by their feelings and prayed too long, or spoke in a way that didn’t resonate with others, someone would begin to softly sing. Others would gently join in, the chorus swelling in volume until drowning out all other sound.

The renewal in song that Morgan describes has its story in the Scriptures, where music plays a prominent role. Music was used to celebrate victories (Exodus 15:1–21); in worshipful dedication of the temple (2 Chronicles 5:12–14); and as a part of military strategy (20:21–23). At the center of the Bible we find a songbook (Psalms 1–150). And in Paul’s New Testament letter to the Ephesians we read this description of life in the Spirit: “[Speak] to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:19).

In conflict, in worship, in all of life, the music of our faith can help us find one voice. In harmonies old and new we’re renewed again and again, not by might, nor by power, but the Spirit and songs of our God.

By Mart DeHaan

Today’s Reflection

What song has spoken to your heart recently? How can music encourage you in your relationship with God?


Spirit-Filled Music (Ephesians 5:18-19)

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Facts About Pastors Many Church Members Are Unclear On

 

 

Most pastors hesitate to teach the biblical understanding of the role of pastors because to do so might sound self-serving as though they were trying to carve out a larger role for themselves in leading the church. This is a serious error for which we are now paying as many congregations are turning the minister into a hired hand, employing him/her as an errand boy or treating him/her as an “EXECUTIVE” brought in to lead their “country club.” primarily because of the titles he/she hold, Masters Degree, Doctorate Degree. You are hiring the degree instead of the man/woman God called to shepherd the flock.

Pastor, preach the Word of God. Be bold in declaring its truth. Then having done this, go forth and set new standards for humbly serving the congregation. Let the, ( congregation) see you leading by serving, and then no one will mind calling you their pastor and following you. If you lord over them and dominate the decisions, this will result in no one who knows his/her Bible wanting to follow you.

1. PASTORS ARE CALLED BY GOD, THEY DO NOT VOLUNTEER:
Matthew 9:38
Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.

Acts 13:2
The Holy Spirit said, ” Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

Acts 26:16
But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you.

Brothers and Sisters, volunteers in the pastoral ministry do not last. Those of you choosing this as a “nice career,” or respectable vocation will either bail out for something more reasonable, more profitable or more doable, or you will twist the Pastoral Ministry into something more suited to your own taste.

2. PASTORS ARE OVERSEERS OF THE CHURCH, NOT HIRELINGS:
Acts 20:28
Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

You do not want a hireling leading your church.

John 10:13
The hireling flees because he does not care about the sheep.

3. THE PASTOR IS ACCOUNTABLE TO GOD FOR THE SOULS OF HIS CONGREGATION:
Hebrews 13:17
Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.

4. THE PASTOR LEADS BY SERVING, NOT BY LORDING:
Luke 22:26-27
But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the youngest, and he who governs as he who serves.
(27) For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? It is not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.

1Peter 5:2-3
Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; (3) nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.

5. THE PASTOR IS THERE TO PLEASE GOD, NOT THE CONGREGATION:
Galatians 1:10
For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

The pastor is not sent to make you happy, but to make you holy and healthy.

Accept Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not have tomorrow. Salvation is free. Have a Blessed Day.

Written By Edward Jeffries

 

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Who Is Jesus?

Matthew 16:13-20

When Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:15-16). The Lord asks us the same question, though not with audible words. There are many answers, but let’s check Scripture for three overarching truths:

1. Jesus is God the Son—a member of the Trinity. After His baptism, the heavens opened, the Holy Spirit descended like a dove, and the Father Himself announced, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased” (Matt. 3:17).

2. Christ is the Savior of mankind. When Adam and Eve chose to sin against Jehovah, there was a separation between God and man. In Old Testament times, an animal sacrifice was necessary to atone for the wrong in one’s life. But that was a temporary solution, until Jesus—the perfect sacrifice—atoned once for all sin. He was the only One who could satisfy God’s requirement for a Savior, because He had no sin (2 Corinthians 5:21).

3. He is our High Priest. In Old Testament times, a mediator—often a temple priest—interceded between God and man, offering an animal’s blood as atonement for sin. Jesus’ death and resurrection took away the need for such sacrifices. Christ now stands as our intercessor, the bridge between Holy God and sinful man (Heb. 7:25-26).

Who do you believe Jesus is? These characteristics of Christ are taken directly from the Bible. Do they align with your understanding? Check your view of Him against the standard of Scripture. Then ask the Lord to reveal Himself so that you can know Him accurately and personally.

Real Commitment to God

“Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass.” (Psalm 37:5)

Frustration must come as the saints of God battle with evil forces. The pain and pressure of torment are nonetheless real as these evil “devices” (Isaiah 32:7) take their toll on the people of God. The Lord will destroy the plans of the wicked (Psalm 33:10), but while those plans are active, they can cause much hurt.

Nevertheless, we must maintain trust in the Lord and commit our lives to Him if we are to be victorious. The unusual Hebrew word galal used here is more often translated as “roll on” or “roll with” something. It seems to imply a unity in the commitment, that the committed one is bound up in the actions or activities of the thing or person committed to—we “roll on” or “roll with” the Lord in our “way.”

Paul spends much of his letter to the Philippians describing the link between the Creator-Savior and the mind, heart, and lifestyle of the Christian who has given his life over to God. “Being confident of this very thing,” Paul says, “that he which has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). We are to “work out [our] own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13).

While admitting that he had not yet “attained,” Paul was so focused on the work of the Kingdom that he was “forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14). God’s promise to “bring it to pass” is conditioned on our being committed to His sovereign will for our “way.” HMM III

Best To Be Widely Read

For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.

—Ezra 7:10

All else being equal it is desirable that Christians, especially ministers of the gospel, should be widely read. It is a disagreeable experience to present oneself before a teacher for religious instruction and discover in less than three minutes that the said teacher should have changed places with his listeners and learned from them rather than they from him. If he is a humble man and sticks close to the small plot of ground with which he is familiar, he may, if he loves God and men, succeed in ministering to the spiritual needs of his flock. If, however, his ignorance is exceeded by his arrogance, then God help his hearers. If he boasts of his ignorance and scorns learning, show me the nearest exit! I can learn more from a child laughing on the lawn or a cloud passing overhead.   SIZ028-029

Lord, I’ll never be able to be knowledgeable in every field from which my hearers come. But help me to diligently prepare my heart and know Your Word and to declare it humbly, but with authority. Amen.

 

Being confident of this very thing

Being confident of this very thing that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.—Philippians 1:6.

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.—1 John 4:4.

 

Why is it that we, in the very kingdom of grace, surrounded by angels, and preceded by saints, nevertheless, can do so little, and, instead of mounting with wings like eagles, grovel in the dust, and do but sin, and confess sin alternately? Is it that the power of God is not within us? Is it literally that we are not able to perform God’s commandments? God forbid. We are able. We have that given us which makes us able. We do have a power within us to do what we are commanded to do, what is it we lack? The power? No, the will. What we lack is the simple, earnest, sincere inclination and aim to use what God has given us, and what we have in us.

John Henry Newman.

 

God is on my side. He makes Himself responsible for my being. If I will only entrust myself to Him with the cordial return of trustful love, then all that He has ever breathed into my heart of human possibility He will realize and bring to perfection.

Charles Gore.

 

Established And Kept Faith

“But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.” 2Thess. 3:3

Men are often as devoid of reason as of faith. There are with us still “unreasonable and wicked men.” There is no use in arguing with them or trying to be at peace with them: they are false at heart, and deceitful in speech. Well, what of this? Shall we worry ourselves with them? No; let us turn to the Lord, for He is faithful. No promise from His Word will ever be broken. He is neither unreasonable in His demands upon us, nor unfaithful to our claims upon Him. We have a faithful God. Be this our joy.

He will stablish us so that wicked men shall not cause our downfall, and He will keep us so that none of the evils which now assail us shall really do us damage. What a blessing for us that we need not contend with men, but are allowed to shelter ourselves in the Lord Jesus, who is in truest sympathy with us. There is one true heart, one faithful mind, one never changing Love; there let us repose. The Lord will fulfill the purpose of His grace to us, His servants, and we need not allow a shadow of a fear to fall upon our spirits. Not all that men or devils can do can hinder us of the divine protection and provision. This day let us pray the Lord to stablish and keep us.