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Pray that all will Hear His Voice

"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. (John 14:26 NKJV)

Some key notes here in Thoughts from God are: (a) God hates arrogance and pride (b) walking in the Spirit (c) Sharing the Gospel


​​​The Pearl of Great Price
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV)
Even though Jesus despised the shame that the cross entailed, he endured it because of the joy which he knew would come. But what was that joy that was worth all that suffering? It was you and me being set free from the bondage of sin and delivered from eternal damnation, all so we can dwell in the joy of his presence forever. (FYI - you don’t endure something that’s easy; so be careful not to believe the lies of anyone who says that Jesus cried "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me" on the cross only to fulfill the prophecy of the Old Testament and thus wasn't really heart felt. I say this because I actually heard this said on a Christian talk radio. In other words, this wrongful reasoning could only lead on to believe that Jesus was only lying and didn't really mean what he said. However, we who are mature in Christ know that this is not true). Also, let's remember that the outcome of the cross is always death, which in turn, would lead a person ether in hell (for those unrepented sinners) or paradise (for those who have repented beforehand). And of course we know by the scriptures that Jesus took on our sins and thus suffered in hell as well in our place.

He gave all to purchase you, a pearl of great price (Matthew 13:45-46). Not that you where beautiful to start out with; but just as a pearl starts off as an ugly grain of sand lodged in an oyster, over time it becomes a priceless object. Now, just as a pearl has nothing to do with what it will turn out to be, so it is with us who are in Christ. Also, just as the pearl needs to be in the presence of the oyster to be formed by it, so in like manner we need to be in God’s presence in order to become that “pearl of great price.” We were bought at a price, and that with the precious blood of Jesus (1 Peter 1:18-19).

 

  • "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, "who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. (Matthew 13:45-46 NKJV)
  • Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV)
  • And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. (1 Peter 1:17-19 NKJV)

 

The Prideful Heart
Arrogance goes before destruction and folly before a fall. (Proverbs 16:16 Sept.)

 God hates arrogance and pride because from it came not only the fall of Satan, but the fall of mankind also. For Satan said “I will be like the most High (he referring to being like God himself). And Eve’s heart being deceived by the Devil’s tempting words, was filled with pride wanting to be like God also, thus bringing sin upon not only her and Adam, but the whole human race as well. And we know because of this folly, that God out of his heart of love toward us, had to send his beloved Son Jesus Christ to the cross to suffer for our sins. So again, God hates pride, so stay far away from it.

THE DOWNFALL OF PRIDE IN ONES LIFE

  • First, we have the fall of Satan as mentioned above: “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, who rose up in the morning! He who sends for all the nations is crushed to the earth. For you said in your mind, ‘I will ascend into heaven; I will place my throne above the stars of heaven. I will sit on a lofty mountain, on the lofty mountains toward the north. 14I will ascend above the clouds; I will be like the Most High.’ But now you shall descend to Hades, to the foundations of the earth.”(Isaiah 14:12-15 Sept.)
  • Next, we have the fall of mankind: Then the serpent said to the woman, “You shall not die by death. For God knows in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like gods, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw the tree was good for food, was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree beautiful to contemplate, she took its fruit and ate. (Genesis 3:4-6 Sept.) And if you would just read on you would find these words from God: Then to Adam He said, “Because you heeded the voice of your wife, and ate from the one tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it,’ cursed is the ground in your labors. In toil you shall eat from it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground from which you were taken. Earth you are, and to earth you shall return.” (Genesis 3:17-19 Sept.)
  • Then we have Ananias and Sapphira who let their pride get in the way of speaking the truth. They did not want people to know that they were holding back for themselves a portion of money from the land which they sold. This was all because they did not want people to look down upon their generosity. So therefore, their pride got in the way. For we read in the book of Acts chapter 5 these words: “But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.” Now if you read on you would find out that both of these two fell down dead after this.
  • Also, we have King Herod who was acting in pride by soaking in the words of the people who were declaring him as a god: "So on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne and gave an oration to them. And the people kept shouting, "The voice of a god and not of a man!" Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died." (Acts 12:21-23 NKJV) Again, a person was struck dead because of pride. So I think now you can clearly see that pride goes before destruction as God’s word says.
  • Now we have the qualifications of a Bishop which would include of all things, the warning of a prideful heart: "not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil." (1 Timothy 3:6 NKJV) It’s pride that can bring on the arrogance of a new Christian who gets promoted into a position to early in his Christian walk with God. One needs to be a seasoned believer who knows that everything that he is capable of doing is from the Lord, and not from himself.
  • Here we also come to the love of money (or wealth). For when one gets rich, they start to stick their nose in the air as though they are now better than others because of the wealth. This happens because wealth can cause a heart to be lifted up with pride, as though we’re somehow better than other when we’re rich. For God’s word says: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." (1 Timothy 6:10 NKJV) We can see this to be true also by those who give honor to those who are more wealthier. For we have the words of James who says: "My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, "You sit here in a good place," and say to the poor man, "You stand there," or, "Sit here at my footstool," have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?" (James 2:1-4 NKJV) So we can see that we can sin by catering to others who are wealthy and thus fueling their prideful heart even more. God help us not to be respecters of persons.


Below are some more scriptures that speak on the folly of a prideful heart. God help us.

  • Arrogance goes before destruction and folly before a fall. (Proverbs 16:16 Sept.)
  • For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world. (1 John 2:16 NKJV)
  • Surely this was the lawless action of your sister Sodom, namely, arrogance. For in fullness of bread and abundance of wine, she and her daughter lived in self-indulgence. This belonged to her and her daughters, but they did not give a helping hand to the poor and needy. So they were haughty and committed acts of lawlessness before Me; therefore, I removed them as I saw fit. (Ezekiel 16:49-50 Sept.)
  • When the ungodly man behaves arrogantly, the poor are set afire; let him be caught in the counsels he ponders. When the ungodly man behaves arrogantly, the poor are set afire; let him be caught in the counsels he ponders. For the sinner praises himself in the desires of his soul, and the unjust man blesses himself. (Psalm 9:23-24 Sept.)
  • The fear of the Lord hates unrighteousness, and both rudeness and arrogance, and the ways of wicked men; and I hate the perverted ways of evil men. (Proverbs 8:13 Sept.)
  • Wherever arrogance enters, there also is dishonor, but the mouth of the humble meditates on wisdom. (Proverbs 11:2 Sept.)
  • Now therefore, I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt beyond measure, and glorify the King of heaven; because all His works are true, His paths are just, and He is able to humble those who walk in arrogance. (Daniel 4:37 Sept.)
  • "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, "thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. "All these evil things come from within and defile a man." (Mark 7:21-23 NKJV)
  • May the Lord destroy all deceptive lips and the tongue that speaks boastful things, saying, “We will make our tongue powerful; our lips are our own;
    Who is lord over us?” (Psalm 11:4-5 Sept.)
  • You rebuke the arrogant; those who turn aside from Your commandments are accursed. (Psalm 118:21 Sept.)

 

Speak as the Oracles of God
As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:10-11 NKJV)
Haven't we had enough of this, “it could be this, or it could be that” preaching we’re hearing and reading. If there are two passable ways that someone is interpreting scripture and they’re not sure which one is right, they need not share it with others, let alone to say that they think it means this or that, unless of course they're seeking help to find it’s true meaning. For we must remember that there is only one true interpretation to every scripture (though its true meaning may minister to us in various ways), and any views outside of that true meaning is heresy and can even be demonic. For it’s God’s word which says to “speak as oracles of God,” which means we should not be throwing out possibilities (it may be this way or that way) to those we’re preaching to.

Imagine you are part of a training class for new bank tellers and you’re going to be taught the difference between a real $100 dollar bill and a counterfeit one. What would you think of the teacher if he said that he believes the one in his right hand is the real one and the one in his left is the fake, but at the same time he admits he could be wrong, and then turns around and says that you need to figure it out for yourselves while on the job? Wouldn't you be thinking that this bank needs to find a better teacher? So, in the same way, why would we want to listen to a preacher who is being wishy-washy in his message, and not being confident in what he is preaching and teaching. God help us.

Finically, we must remember that we are Ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20), whom we are to represent faithfully. And what was one of the key caricatures of Jesus that we should emulate, is it not to speak with authority as he did? (Matthew 7:28-29, Mark 1:21-22) 

 

Sharing the Gospel, 1 On 1

I am present like springtime in the mountains, like the feet of one who announces a good report of peace, like one who preaches good things, for I will cause Your salvation to be heard, saying, ‘O Zion, your God reigns.’ (Isaiah 52:7 Sept.)
We as believers are to share the Gospel message to our family, relatives, friends, neighbors, and yes, even to our enemies. But for some reason, we think it's our duty to invite unbelievers to our churches and to put the responsibility of sharing the Gospel on those who are in leadership positions. But in reality, we don't have to wait for Sunday church to bring the Gospel message to our neighbors, for it's we ourselves to whom Jesus gave the great commission to "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15) We are the hands, the feet, and the mouthpiece of God who are called to do this. Now don't get me wrong, for there may be those unbelievers who are searching and have a hungry heart for the truth who may find it when they step into the doors of our churches. This can be true especially when they experience and see our praise and worship to God, as well as our prayers for others. So, on one hand, let's not put a limit on the power of the Holy Spirit, who can convict a sinner on the simplest of all messages. However, on the other hand, we must understand that the Church is mainly there for the equipping and the edifying of the Saints in Christ, so bringing someone who doesn't know anything about the Gospel may not always be the best idea. For it is faith in action that really gets people’s attention; those one on one encounters where people can see and witness Christ in us. We are to be living epistles for Christ, read by all men. (2 Corinthians 3:2)

 Now speaking from my own experience in all this. I was as an unbeliever brought to a popular "non-denominational" church (which really is a denomination because of its many churches around the world) by some Christian friends of my mother. All I can say is that I didn't get converted nor any of the other times my mother took me to our local church. Yet, it's true that there may have been some seeds planted from all that, even though I don't remember any of the messages. However, I do remember more from my personal one on one encounters with Christians at my workplace than any of the times I was brought to church by family or strangers. Again, this is because I saw and heard faith and love in action (Oh, and it's those movies like "Jesus of Nazareth," or the "Greatest Story Ever Told" that I watched as a young boy which I feel had a big influence on my life because again, I saw faith in action). And this is what it's all about my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. We need to not only preach the Gospel, but to live it out and to shine the light of Jesus Christ in our daily lives. So again, let's go and shine for Jesus to this lost world that so desperately needs him. Amen.

 

Consider what God's word has to say in this:

 

  • The church is the body of Christ and consists of believers: (a)So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:46-47 NKJV)​ (b)"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. (Acts 20:28 NKJV) (c)To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: (1 Corinthians 1:2 NKJV) (d)Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:15-23 NKJV)
  • The Church is there for the building up of the Saint in Christ: (a)"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. (Acts 20:28 NKJV) (b)Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel. (1 Corinthians 14:12 NKJV) (c)But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift. ... And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head--Christ-- from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. (Ephesians 4:7, 11-16 NKJV)(d)And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25 NKJV)
  • In all, we must not put a limit on what the Holy Spirit can do: (a)"Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. "The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men--extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 'I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.' "And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' (Luke 18:10-13 NKJV) (b)But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all. And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you. (1 Corinthians 14:24-25 NKJV)
  • The Church is to be a place of prayer: ​(a)So Hannah arose after they had finished eating in Shiloh, and she sat down before the Lord. Eli the priest was sitting nearby on the seat by the doorpost of the temple of the Lord. Hannah was grieved in spirit and prayed to the Lord, lamenting and weeping. She prayed a vow to the Lord God and said, “O Lord, my God of Sabaoth, if you are looking, look with favor upon the lowly state of Your handmaiden and remember me. I pray You, give Your handmaiden a seed of men, a son, and I will dedicate him before You as a gift until the day of his death. He will not drink wine nor intoxicating drink, and no razor shall come upon his head.” And as she kept praying before the Lord, Eli watched her mouth. And as she spoke in her heart, only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk. The servant of God said to her, “For how long will you remain drunk? Cast off your wine, and go out from the face of the Lord!” But Hannah answered and said, “No lord, I am a woman for whom this day is difficult. I drank neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but I pour out my soul before the Lord. Do not consider your handmaiden a daughter of pestilence just because of the multitude of my idle words I have put forth.” Then Eli answered and said to her, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you the petition you asked of Him.” And she said, “Your handmaiden has found favor in your sight.” So the woman went her way and came into her lodging and ate and drank with her husband. Her face was no longer fallen. (1 Kingdom 1:9-18 Sept.) (b)Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you have made it a 'den of thieves.' " (Matthew 21:12-13 NKJV) (c)Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman [was] a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served [God] with fastings and prayers night and day. (Luke 2:36-37 NKJV) (d)Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth [hour]. (Acts 3:1 NKJV) (e)Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, [and] giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. (1 Timothy 2:1-2 NKJV) (f)Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. (James 5:14 NKJV)

 

The Least of These
And answering, the King will say to them, Truly I say to you, In so far as you did it to one of these, the least of My brothers, you did it to Me. (Matthew 25:40 KJ3 version) 

 Who are the "least of these" needy people that Jesus is referring to? Well, the answer to this lies in whether Jesus is referring to his disciples or to those who are in need when is says, "my brethren" in the passage above? So, let's look into God word and to His Holy Spirit to find the correct answer to this question.


For starters, I don't believe that Jesus would be relating himself to some unrepentant criminal in prison in this scripture above. This could only be believers who are wrongfully imprisoned, sick, naked, or hungry and thirsty. There are at least to two bible versions I know of that make this truth even clearer which are the Updated NASB and the KJ3. Other versions such as the KJV, could be read in such a way that he is referring to the ones he's talking to, but as mentioned before, God's Spirit will always lead us to his truth if we would just look to him for the correct meaning. So this being said, by studying other passages in the bible, I do believe we can all come to the same conclusion that these are believers. How else could Jesus say that “you did it to Me” unless He is indwelling that person in that situation. Now, does that mean we don't reach out to unbeliever who are in prison or who are in need of help? Of course not. We are to do good to all people as the scripture says. But we must remember that we are now in a whole new family, in which we are called to minister to each other. Let's remember what Jesus said to those who told him that his mother and brothers were outside desiring to talk with him: But He answered and said to the one who told Him, "Who is My mother and who are My brothers?" And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, "Here are My mother and My brothers! "For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother." (Matthew 12:48-50 NKJV).

 So, we must let the Holy Spirit speak to us through his scriptures. For it is obvious to me that Jesus is referring to those suffering believers when he said "my brethren" in Matthew 25:40 above. Below is some more scripture on this subject that I'm sure will help convince you of this truth.

 

  • And answering, the King will say to them, Truly I say to you, In so far as you did it to one of these, the least of My brothers, you did it to Me. (Matthew 25:40 KJ3 version)
  • "At that day you will know that I [am] in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. (John 14:20 NKJV)
  • "For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother." (Matthew 12:50 NKJV) 
  • "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me." (John 13:20 NKJV)
  • "But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea. (Mark 9:42 NKJV)

 

Judge not, that ye be not judged 
"Judge not, that you be not judged. "For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. (Matthew 7:1-2 NKJV)

 In John the 9th chapter, we read that the disciples saw a man that was born blind and ask Jesus if this man or his parents sinned to have caused this to happen. Jesus response was that “neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.” Again, in another situation in John the 5th chapter Jesus said to the man that He healed at the Pool of Bethesda: “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” 

Calamity can accrue in one’s life because of some sin that they may be doing or it could be for some other reason that God has purposed. Therefore, we as Christians must be so careful not to pass judgment on a person based on what is happening in their life. Again, we can see this to be true by what took place in the book of Job when his friends came out to see him after all the calamity came upon him. There were those who accused him that all these bad things took place because of some sin that he had done. But we can see that their accusations were fails because we read that Jehovah said to Satan, “have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” So, the best thing to do when you see someone who is suffering is offer comfort and prayers for that individual and not to pass judgment upon them. Just for an added note. We can see that trouble came upon Israel whenever they strayed from their God. Therefore, let us as Christians learn to keep ourselves from evil so that we may take comfort that we are not suffering for something we had done wrong, but for the Glory of God.  
 

  • For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: "Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth"; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness--by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (1 Peter 2:19-25 NKJV)

 

His Perfect Peace

Here we have the “Three Amigo’s” of the bible scriptures. First, we must keep our eyes on the LORD at all times, trusting him in every situation. For if we will do this, we can be sure that he will fill us with his perfect peace. Second, we must completely rely on him to show us the way and the path we must take. To many times, we can lean on our own theology and depart from the truth of God’s word. Thirdly, it is only through our Lord Jesus Christ that we can find true rest through all of this. We need not struggle and try to work our way into heaven, but allow him to show us the way. For we are all “a work in progress” learning the truth as we walk in the Holy Spirit.

 

The more we keep our eyes on the Lord, the more we can't help but fall deeper in love with him, and the deeper we fall in love with Him, the more we can't help but keep our eyes on Him. It's a beautiful snowball effect.

 

  • If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:1-2 NKJV)
  • Trust in God with all your heart, and do not exalt your own wisdom. In all your ways know wisdom, that she may cut a straight path for you; and your foot will not stumble. (Proverbs 3:5-6 Sept.)
  • "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV)

 

Walking in the Spirit

Here the scripture is plainly saying that we are to put off the desires of our flesh which would eventually lead to separation from God. These are the thing that we “would” do if it were not for his Holy Spirit leading us to what is right. We need him in everything we think, say and do. Now having said that, what would be the results of a person walking after the Spirit? Well, according God’s word below, there would be a life that’s so filled with love, that it would pour over into other people live as well. A Spirit filled life can (and should) radically change the lives of others as well. That’s what we’re called to do.

 

  • I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:16-21 NKJV)
  • But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)

 

Becoming One

In keeping with the fact that Jesus said: "in the volume of the book, it is written of me," we must believe that this means the Song of Songs as well. For here we have, not just a beautiful description of a love affair between a man and his wife, but also in a metaphorically way, a describes us the Bride of Christ (His Church), and Jesus Christ our Bridegroom.

 

God in Us

Just as a wife becomes one in the flesh with her husband by receiving his seed, and thus there comes new life, we become (1)one with Jesus Christ through the receiving of His Spirit, and thus their comes forth fruit from our lives. Of course, one involves a physical act which is through sex, but the other is through a Spiritual act by the receiving of the Holy Spirit. Also, we are made in the image of God, both male and female. This was an act in which God first made Adam, then he took of Adam and made Eve. However, we are not (2)one with God unless we first receive His Holy Spirit, even though we were made in His (3)image and He breathed in us the breath of life. In the Same way, the woman is not one with her husband unless she first receives of his seed, even though she originally was (4)formed from his (Adams) body. Again, just as there is an physical climax and a physical (5)benefit through the sexual act, so there is an spiritual climax through the act of (6)receiving God’s Holy Spirit. The one is an temporal physical joy that must be repeated, the other is an eternal spiritual joy that last forever. So then, through this union of the man and woman, there comes new life (a child is born). But through our union with Christ, there is to come eternal fruit from our lives, which includes souls being saved.​


In Conclusion

A betrothed woman who first receives her husband’s semen through oral sex, demonstrates her acceptance of him and shows that she is giving herself over to him to be his wife. This is a very intimate act which should be performed during the engagement period and well before they engage in vaginal intercourse (which should be reserved for their wedding night). This is ordained by God himself and is demonstrated in his word when Ruth (7)uncovered Boaz’s feet with the intent to performed oral pleasure on him (however, he prevented her for the time being). Also, we have the testimony of the Shulamite wife in Song of Songs where she speaks of her beloved as a (8)apple tree who’s fruit (semen) is sweet in her mouth. This is just as true in today’s culture also, which demonstrates that women are endowed with a God given desire to receive their husband’s semen orally (though some will not admit it). This is all to condition their bodies beforehand to recognize their husband as the one from whom they are to conceive during vaginal intercourse to bring forth new life. It’s kind of like an appetizer before the main course (God is such a Genius). Unfortunately however, Satan tries to blind the eyes of both men and the women by convincing them otherwise. God help us all.

So, this life we are living in the world today is just an appetizer before the main course. What I mean is this; just as a woman betroths herself to her beloved by receiving his semen orally and thus becoming one with him in the flesh, we in like manner betroth ourselves to Christ by receiving Him Spiritually in our hearts and thus become one with Him in Spirit. But the main course is yet to come. Again, what I mean is this; just as the bride who now is betrothed to her man waits with anticipation the consummation of her marriage (vaginal intercourse where she experiences the fullness of pleasure), so we wait in anticipation for the marriage of the Lamb (our Spiritual consummation) when we as a church are joined to our Savior Jesus and thus see Him face to face. This is where we will find true fullness of joy indeed. So, while we remain her on earth, we the church are being (9)adorned, getting ready for our marriage. This is done through our growth in Him and as others come to faith in Christ.


  1. Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another--to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. (Romans 7:4 NKJV)
  2. "I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. (John 17:23 NKJV)
  3. So God made man; in the image of God He made him; male and female He made them. (Genesis 1:27 Sept.)
  4. Then the Lord God built the rib He took from Adam into a woman, and brought her to him. So Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh. She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh.” Now the two were naked, both Adam and his wife, and were not ashamed. (Genesis 2:22-25 Sept.)
  5. Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man through God. (Genesis 4:1 Sept.)
  6. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. (Romans 8:11 NKJV)
  7. And Boaz ate, and his heart was cheerful. He went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain, and she came softly and uncovered his feet. (Ruth 3:7 Sept.)
  8. As the apple among the trees of the woods, so is my beloved among the sons. I desired to be in his shadow and to sit down; and his fruit was sweet in my mouth. (Song of Songs 2:3 Sept.)
  9. Let my soul rejoice exceedingly in the Lord, for He clothed me with the garment of salvation and the tunic of gladness. He put a miter around me like a bridegroom and adorned me with ornaments like a bride. (Isaiah 61:10 Sept.)


The Church, the Bride of Christ
We the church, are the Bride of Christ, His wife. So just as a man leaves his father and mother and cleaves to his wife, so in the same way Jesus is coming again to earth to receive his Bride, which is us his Church. And, just as the wife becomes one with her husband by receiving his seed in her, in the same way the Church receives of her husband, the Spirit of Christ Jesus and becomes one with him. Again, just as the wife through the consummation of the marriage brings forth new life into the world, so the Church, the Bride of Christ, is bringing forth new life for the world which is to come, the souls of men being saved.

 

  • Then I said, “Behold, I come (it is written of me in the volume of the book); I willed to do Your will, O my God, and Your law in the midst of my heart.”
     (Psalm 39:8-9 Sept.)
  • And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. (Luke 24:27)
  • And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Revelation 21:2)
  • Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, "Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb's wife." (Revelation 21:9 NKJV)
  • And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. (Revelation 22:17 NKJV)

 

It’s a Church, Not a Burger King

“Hold the pickles hold the lettuce, special orders don't upset us, all we ask is that you let us have it your way.” Some of you may remember that little jingle from a Burger King commercial a while back. Simply put, Burger King is saying choose how you want your burger to be made. And though this may sound good for a burger restaurant, it's not really that good for a church. For there is only One who is to have His way in the church, and that's God Himself. But so many times we still bring this mentality into church, nit picking and complaining about the music, the temperature, the ones who are preaching and so on and so forth, expecting things to be done our way. But if we would just come to church walking in the Spirit and seeking God's will, we would find ourselves in a state of worship, and in prayer, wanting to hear from God instead of having everybody else hear from us. Wouldn’t it be so nice if the church would just get back to the basics? It’s all about being in love with God, being filled with His Holy Spirit, and totally loving Jesus Christ, “who for the joy that was set before Him” died on the cross for our sins (because all have sinned) and rose again from the dead and is seated at the right hand of the Father (God) and He will come again for His Church (His bride, praise God). So, let’s die to ourselves and pick up our cross and follow Him. Because a church is not a Burger King.

 

  • Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. (Philippians 2:14-16 NKJV)

 

Entertain me Please

After our church quire sang a song in church I was approached by a friend of mine after the service who told me the song we sang did not do anything for her. Though she was a Christian (and involved in music herself) she still missed a very important point, and that is, the song we sang was not for her entertainment but for the glory of God. You see, so many time we come to church with a worldly mentality expecting a church to be a place of entertainment instead of a place to worship the living God. In fact, if you find yourself in a church that's geared toward entertainment, chances are you will come out of there no closer to God than when you first went in. God help us to come to church only with an attitude to worship Him and to hear from Him and not to have our ears tickled or to be entertained.

 

  • Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2 Timothy 4:2-4)

 

God, our Master Craftsman
God is an Awesome Creator, a Master Craftsman. The earth is His canvas, and we are His living artwork on display for all the universe (including us here on earth) to see and marvel at. And not only that, but we are made in His image, with the skills and gifts to build upon what He has already created. So having said all that, I realize that everything that I see around me is in one form or another, God's artwork. However, we must be careful that we glorify Him in everything we do. Don’t let the works of your hands, or anything else you do, bring glory to yourself, or the evil one, but to the One who gave you the ability to express your love for Him in everything you do.

So to all of us who are painters, sculptors, photographers, home decorators, or whatever craft or skill you may be involved with; just keep doing what you’re doing in a way that's brings glory to Him; and let it be your way of showing off God's handy work to the world.


  • I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wondrously made; marvelous are Your works, and my soul knows this very well. (Psalm 138:14 Sept.)
  • Why are your feet beautiful in your sandals, O daughter of Nadab? The curves of your thighs are like small necklaces, the work of a skilled craftsman. Your navel is like an elaborate bowl, not lacking mixed wine. (Song of Song 7:2-3 Sept.)

 

In God we Trust? (or the revolutionary revolt)

Arrogance goes before destruction and folly before a fall. (Proverbs 16:16 Sept.)

 

A Pride that blinds the Eyes

“Oh say can you see, by the dawns early light.” Pretty much most of those who live in the United States would know the words to this song; a song which sparks national pride in the hearts of many red-blooded Americans. But has anybody really considered what took place during this war; who was fighting who and why? For if individuals would just strip off their national blinders of pride for a moment, they would see a bloody war that should have never taken place. Yes, I mean it. Now please don't get me wrong, I'm not some anti-American, but I'm just using this bloody war as an example which can be applied for all nationalities and their countries. So please just think about what I’m saying for a moment. We’re not the early colonist British citizens who went to war against fellow British citizens, and this mainly over the issue of taxation (yes, even King George himself was a Christian - see info below)? And has anybody considered how many on both sides were confessing Christians who were killing fellow Christians? So, the main question we should be asking ourselves is, was this really pleasing to God in the first place. And, do you really have the audacity to think that God was giving these early colonists two thumbs up during the Revolutionary war? Of course not. For if we would read and consider what God’s has to say, we would find out that this was all in disobedience to his word. 

The Preacher says:
FYI - Did not God tell us to obey the governing authorities, as well as to pay taxes to whom it is do? And what about those who were involved in the “Boston Tea Party” who destroyed the revenue of those who labored to bring the tea over in ships. Please don't be so blind to God’s truth that you would hold those men up as heroes who should have been imprisoned instead for wasting the goods of others? And not only that, but they had the audacity to dress up like Native Americans so that they could shift the blame on them instead.

Oklahoma church leader Albert Soto similarly claims:
The Colonists’ act of rebellion flies in the face of [Romans 13:1,2]. Did they overlook this verse? No, these were not men ignorant of Scripture. In fact, they used Scripture to support their cause in the most devious of ways. The deception that prevailed during this period of history was immense. God and Scripture was the vehicle of mobilization that unified the cause, gave it credence, and allowed the Deist leaders at the top to move the masses toward rebellion. Scripture was the Forefathers’ most useful tool of propaganda (Please note that this was done by twisting God's word - The Preachers comment)

Man’s System, not God’s
The United States national governmental system, as well as the rest of the worlds, was doomed the second it was conceived in the minds of its founding leaders. For we must remember that man has rejected God’s governing system and embraced a worldly system instead. For we can see this to be true in that Israel asked Samuel to give them a King as the other nations (1 Kingdoms 8:4-5). For by so doing, they rejected God’s form of rule which was by him speaking and leading Israel by his chosen prophets, and instead wanted to depend upon a man-made government that’s based on the weakness and fallibility of man himself. So, we can see even in the best of any individual’s interests, all the nations governments are based on a flawed system that is ruled by the dictates of men, instead of the truth of God; this goes for America, as well as for the rest of the world.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that these men and women who set out to make America a Godly nation were all wrong in all their efforts. For I can see the fruits of their labor here in America. But unless we totally surrender it all to God and do it his way, all values will just erode away, as we can see happening around the world today. So that being said, I truly do believe that the founding leaders here in America were all acting out of the flesh when it came to their revolting against the British government that was over the colonist of that time. For if they were fully walking after the Spirit, they would have honored the King (King George) instead of going to war against their own country and their own people. For Christ called us Christian to pursue peace, and not war; especially not over something as trifling as taxes.

Why Government Can’t Save You, By John MacArthur:

Over the past several centuries, people have mistakenly linked democracy and political freedom to Christianity. That’s why many contemporary evangelicals believe the American Revolution was completely justified, both politically and scripturally. They follow the argumentation of the Declaration of Independence, which declares that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are divinely endowed rights. Therefore, those believers say such rights are part of a Christian worldview, worth attaining and defending at all costs, including military insurrection at times. But such a position is contrary to the clear teachings and commands of Romans 13:1-7. So, the United States was actually born out of a violation of New Testament principles, and any blessings that God has bestowed on America have come in spite of that disobedience by the Founding Fathers. .... But the ideal human government can ultimately do nothing to advance God’s kingdom, and the worst, most despotic worldly government in the end cannot halt the power of the Holy Spirit or the spread of God’s word.  https://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/45-97/The-Christians-Responsibility-to-Government-Part-1
 

Daryl Cornett of Mid-America Theological Seminary maintains that the American Revolution occurred because . . .

Deistic and Unitarian tendencies in regards to religion. . .. were of such strength that even orthodox Christians were swept up into rebellion against their governing authorities. . .. Those Christians who supported physical resistance against the tyranny of Britain generally turned to Enlightenment rhetoric for validation, propped up by poor exegesis and application of the Bible.

 

The Ordinance of God

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God's minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God's minister, an avenger to [execute] wrath on him who practices evil. (Romans 13:1-4 NKJV)
One must recognize that the governing powers that Paul is talking about in this passage above it referring to the Roman Government of his time. God was using this pagan system as His ministers of justice even though they were not Christian based. For according to God’s word, Christian are not called to take up the sword, but to preach Christ Jesus. So, God is using this pagan system instead to keep evil from spreading out of control, even if the system is corrupt itself. That’s why God tells us to pray for the Governing System that they would keep the peace so that we as Christians can live in safety while we speak the Gospel truth to our neighbors. For this pagan system would include not only the Department of Defense, but our local police force as well. So, our duty is to be good citizens and pay taxes to whom taxes are due and not be ones that “Rock the Boat.”

Thy Kingdom Come
I would like to reaffirm that I'm not picking on Americans only. For this goes also for what Germany did under Hitler’s prideful rule as well as those countries who are bent on killing others for the sake of their national pride or their false religious zeal. But the good news is, there is a day when this man-made system will come to an end. For Jesus said for us to pray: Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10 KJV) Oh happy day that will be, when we who are in Christ can enjoy a system that’s fully of God, not of man.

 So, as long as we're living in this present world system, there cannot be a government that will truly and successfully rule in a Christian manner; there never was one, and there will never be one. Because soon as it is established, evil forces will fight against it and bring it down. For to truly be a Christian, one would have to lay down their arms (weapons of warfare), which a government type system cannot do in this present earth system because it depends on weapons to defend it. For this will not be until the Son of God (Jesus) returns to rule and rain. So, let’s stop lying to ourselves believing that our nation was once a Godly one, for it wasn't. America always had it sinners in it, as well as those who believed and loved God, just as it does today. And let's remember that "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall," which include national pride as well (it's a form of idolatry). For by it wars were waged and nations subdued. God HATES pride (Proverbs 16:16).

 

 Quotes from God’s word as well as other:

 

  • Arrogance goes before destruction and folly before a fall. (Proverbs 16:16 Sept.)
  • Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. ... For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God's ministers attending continually to this very thing. Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes [are due], customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. (Romans 13:1-2, 6-7 NKJV)
  • Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. (1 Peter 2:17)
  • Then all the men of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, “Look, you have become old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now establish a king for us to judge us like all the rest of the nations." (1 Kingdoms 8:4-5 Sept.)
  • See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. (1 Thessalonians 5:15 NKJV)
  • (a) Speaking of King George: he spent long hours in prayer and spiritual reading, not only from the received texts of ambiguous Anglican divines, but from the Scriptures and Patristic writings, and began a lifelong practice of giving half his income to charity. See website: http://www.crisismagazine.com/2014/born-happiness-misery-king-george-iii (b) George III was a devout Christian, an unswervingly faithful husband, a fervent patriot, a gentleman, and a painfully conscientious ruler who meant well and did his honest best. See website: http://archive.lewrockwell.com/attarian/attarian9.html (c) George is called "Mad King George" but that was because he was a devout Christian who read the Bible and prayed twice a day. See website: http://www.reformation.org/conspiracy-to-kill-king-george-the-third.html

 

Put Away your Sword (Peter)!
See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.

(1 Thessalonians 5:15 NKJV)

We as Christians are a unique group of people in which God called use to shine the light of Jesus Christ. In fact, because of our uniqueness, we are persecuted by this worlds system, just as Jesus was in his time. This is our soul mission in life, to present the Gospel, even in the face of death. Jesus said: "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel," not to go and make war. We as Christians are to preach peace, even to the point of losing our own lives, and yes, even at times the lives of our family members as well. I know that this may be a controversial issue for many, because of the desire to defend our own family if one wishes to cause harm to them. But are main goal as Christians is to be a witness even in the face of death. So, if your one who believe we can use arms for self-defense, I would use caution with how you handle this issue. For we must remember that Jesus message was always of turn the other cheek to those who come against you, even when confronted with death. For are mission is to focus on preaching Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

Of course there are those who are serving in our defense system whether it be our local police or in the armed forces. If a person is called to serve in this area, then that’s between him and God. Can these same people be true Christians and yet take up arms? Well, that’s something I myself can answer so easily. But what I do know is, that God know the heart of each of us, so if he chooses certain Christians to be involved in handling arms, who am I to judge. For when John the Baptist was confronted by soldiers who were asking him what must they do in their situation, he said: “do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.” (Luke 3:14) So as we can notice, John did not right out tell them to lay down their arms, so again we must leave some things up to the individual to decide how they should approach this issue.

God could have killed every vile person on this earth (which would have included us all), but instead he sent his Son Jesus Christ to show us the way. He was wounded and tortured for us sinners, and yes, his Heavenly Father saw it all but did not stop it from happening, because Jesus had a mission, just as we do. Even Abraham was willing to slay his own son in obedience to God's word. So, to answer the question, "should we who are in Christ take up arms,” I would have to say for me, no. For I would not want to kill anyone who is threatening harm to me, but with my last dying breath I would want to preach Christ to my enemy, in hopes that even after he may slay me, he would be convicted in his heart and repent. But what about my wife or my sons? Well, I hope I never have to find that out. But what I do Know is, we should provide for our own family as it is written: "But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel." If this means protection also, then to protect we must do. (1 Timothy 5:8) God help us to always know and do you will in this and all things. Let's make sure to live our lives in a manner that would be honoring to God and to Jesus Christ who suffered and went to hell for us all (but thanks be to God that he was victorious and rose from the dead).

 

  • Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. ..."But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. ... "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, "that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:10-11, 39, 44-45 NKJV)
  • He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. (Revelation 13:10 NKJV)
  • Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. (Matthew 26:52)
  • But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV)
  • Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. (Matthew 16:24-25 NKJV)
  • "Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. (Luke 17:33 NKJV)
  • Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear [is] in me. (Philippians 1:27-30 NKJV)
  • "If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. "And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. (Luke 14:26-27 NKJV)

 

Watch this must see move which is based on a true story of the early church: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sD9fjgc3b4

 

Who Owns Christian Music

Make not my Father's house an house of merchandise

Why my fellow Christian musicians, do we collect royalties and claim ownership for music and songs for which we're not the true authors of? What I am saying is we are not the originators of Christian songs, but it is God Himself who is the true Author and Owner of them all. For it is He who put the new songs on our hearts as David says: He put a new song in my mouth, A hymn to our God; many will see and be afraid, and shall hope in the Lord. (Psalm 39:4 Sept.). God has freely given us these songs to share with others for the sake of praising and worshipping Him as well as to declare how good and awesome He is. So, tell me what right do we have to demand a price (royalty) for them when it is God who gave them to us free of charge? Yes, it is true that Jesus said “the workman is worthy of his meat,” but He also said “freely ye have received, freely give” (see notes). Though this may seem like a contradiction, in reality it's not because within God's word there's no such thing. 

So, let's go ahead and consider what this means. The disciples that Jesus sent out to do the work of preaching, healing, raising the dead and casting out devils did not receive wages for the power that was bestowed upon them or for the message in itself, but for the work that was associated with delivering it. In the same way, a pastor of a congregation does not receive wages for the sermon in itself that he preaches, but for his faithfulness in being a good steward of the gift that God has bestowed on him. Yes, he may have spent a lot of time preparing it and putting it all together, in which He should be rewarded for, but we must remember that it is God who inspired it and put it on his heart in the first place. So, the same is true with Christian music. God bestows it upon our hearts freely and we as faithful vessels deliver it to our brothers and sisters in Christ. Therefore, we should be getting wages for the work involved in the performance and delivery of the song and not for the song in itself. For as said before, we are not the true owners of it, but God is. Once that song reaches another church body, now it’s them who is doing the work in preparing and delivering it to church. So, now they should be receiving their wages, not for the song itself, but for being faithful stewards in their work delivering it.

Could you imagine the negative impact it would have on the Apostle Paul's ministry if he demanded royalties for every time someone would read his letters in a church or made copies of it? I don’t see, “© Copyright by: Apostle Paul's Apostolic Ministries. Any Duplication or Use without Prior Permission from the Copyright Owner is prohibited by Law,” at the end of any of his letters. And let’s thank our God that Paul never ended his letters this way because if he did, there may have been a big portion of the New Testament missing. This is the same and true with the psalms or, for that matter, anywhere in the scriptures. We don't see any reference to a copyright notice or any royalties demanded at the end of any of the songs or anywhere else in the scriptures (except for that which is of the bible publishers themselves which is an evil as well). So why should we demanding money from our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and place such a burden on the church? Let us remember that “covetousness” is a sin. Therefore, pertaining to religious things, we as Christians should not following after the pattern of this world with all its burdensome and greedy copyrights and patents laws, but rather obey God in His Word and be a people that gives.
 

Ye have made it a den of thieves

As I said before. God is the author and owner of all Christian music and we are only His recipients and mouthpieces to bring praise and worship to His church. Let us remember what Jesus Himself said to those who were selling things in the temple: It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. (Matthew 21:13) He said this to those who were making money off of the people by selling things that were to be used for religious service, thus making His church a house of merchandise. This can be applied to music as will. For if your making money off the songs itself in which God is the originator, your taking money for something that does not belong to you, and that’s stealing. For He also said: Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. (John 2:16) We should be demonstrating that our time of gathering should be for worship and praise and not a means for financial gain. 

In closing I would like to say that I do love all my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who are penning and singing these songs for the sake of the church and the world. I myself love to sing, worship God, as well as listen to the music of my fellow Christian. But please let us not mirror how the world operates or does things but let us live our lives as true children of the Light. For Jesus is calling us to come out of the world and be separate. And my prayer is for that.

Notes:

  • "And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. (Matthew 10:7-8 NKJV)
  • But Peter and John answered and said to them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. (Acts 4:19 NKJV)

 

Filthy Rags

We as people are inherently evil. The only way we can do any good is by totally yielding ourselves to God. When the crowed asked Jesus: “What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?” He said: “This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. (John 6:29 KJV). So, we can see from Jesus statement, that all we must (or can) do is believe in Him. And by doing this, we receive God’s Holy Spirit which molds us and shapes us into all that He wants us to be. Anything we try to do on our own is like filthy rags to God (the word filthy in the Hebrew is the menstrual period - Isaiah 64:5-8 Sept.). I think you get the picture.

 

  • As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one." "Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit"; "The poison of asps is under their lips"; "Whose mouth [is] full of cursing and bitterness." "Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruction and misery are in their ways; And the way of peace they have not known." "There is no fear of God before their eyes." (Romans 3:10-18 NKJV)
  • But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:8-9 NKJV)
  • We all are become as unclean, and all our righteousness is like a filthy rag. We fall off like leaves because of our wrongdoings; thus the wind will carry us away. There is no one who calls upon Your name and who remembers to take hold of You; for You turned away Your face from us, and delivered us over because of our sins. And now, O Lord, You are our Father, and all we are clay, the work of Your hands. Do not be exceedingly angry with us, and do not remember our sins in an opportune time. And now look upon us, for we are all Your people. (Isaiah 64:5-8 Sept.)

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