I would to submit some thoughts about what part the singing and music present to the Body of Believers.
Music is a powerful form of expression. Not only does it communicate thoughts and ideas, but it also conveys emotions and feelings. Additionally, it has tremendous "persistence". How many times have you been quietly driving in the car, and a tune start bubbling its way to the top of your consciousness? It may take a little while, but eventually the entire score, complete with words and maybe even associated visual imagery, bursts upon the eye and ear of your mind. In general, song is more easily recalled than any sermon, lecture, or class - no matter how powerful or profound the monologue may have been.
So what is music? It is the gift of God, common grace to the world, to give them a means of expressing their emotion. That’s the broad part of music: their joys, their sorrows, their hopes, their aspirations, their disappointments. But for believers, it is a gift of God to allow believers to give expression of gratitude to God for who He is, what He’s done, and particularly for our salvation. The redeemed sing. Music reaches its highest level among Christians, its greatest usage among Christians. The music of the church is just that: it’s the song of the redeemed.
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. (Colossians 3:16)
saying: "I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You." (quoted prophesy referring to Jesus, Hebrews 2:12)
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. (Hebrews 13:15)
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. (James 5:13)
Blessed in Him, Bernie Leverett
God will clearly use His Spirit to line up circumstances in obvious ways. And He will also show us what his will is NOT for us to do in the same way. God is good at opening and closing doors. One of the best examples is found in Acts 16:6-10:
6Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. 7When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. 8So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. 9During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." 10After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them."
By: Jery Bailey
Spiritually speaking, the “Saints are the body of Christ, Christians, the Church.” All true Christians are considered Saints.
I Cor. 1:2 states it clearly: “To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy (Saints).”
Christians are Saints by virtue of their connections with Jesus Christ. Christians are called to be Saints, to increasingly allow their daily life to more closely match their position in Christ.
John 8:31-32 (NKJV)
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
So often we face troubles of many kinds and we don’t really know how to deal with them. We may have fear in our life or be depressed or we could be struggling with our spouse or children or be having problems at work. Maybe we have an addiction we are struggling with or we have feelings of self condemnation that are haunting us. Maybe we are just not sleeping well at night. The list goes on and on and escapes no one. We often ask “Why is this happening to me?”
Hosea 4: 6 says that “my people (brothers and sisters in Christ) are destroyed (have problems) for lack of knowledge.
Jesus said in John 8:31-32: To those who believe (brothers and sisters in Christ), if we abide, if we stay engaged with the Word, if we study the Word, then we are His disciples. He means we are growing and maturing in our Faith we are no longer infants. Then we will know the truth and the truth will set us free. The problems may still exist but we will respond to them differently and God will go before us and set us free.
I would encourage everyone to get into the Scriptures daily. Study and Meditate on the Word. I would encourage everyone to become an active member of a body of believers. You might even become a part of a weekly Bible Study or become a leader of one yourself to help meet the needs of your circle of friends. There are a number of other things we can do but this is a start to “knowing the truth and the truth setting us free”.
May the Lord Bless you abundantly!
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