God’s Kindness

God’s Kindness

Genesis 39:20-23 KJV “And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison. [21] But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. [22] And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it. [23] The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the Lord was with him, and that which he did, the Lord made it to prosper.”

When God is with you he shows you merciful kindness just like he did for Joseph. Notice that Joseph was put into prison. If you read his story you will find he was framed. Joseph was innocent. But God was with Joseph in the prison. Everything Joseph touched prospered while he was confined. So much so that he was made the head of all the prisoners.

Why did God show Joseph such kindness? Because of His love for Joseph and for His glory. And it’s interesting to note that Joseph was kind himself. He was a man of integrity, a man of moral excellence. This man was in prison because he would not sleep with his bosses wife! She lied and said he sexually assaulted her. When going through trials it is good to keep one’s integrity like Joseph. God will be with us in our darkest hour:

Isaiah 43:2 NIV “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”

Wow!😊

Kindness or gentleness is a fruit of God’s spirit. It’s who He is. Do we recognize the many kindnesses God shows us even in the midst of our problems? And do we constantly thank Him for His generosity? Or are we too consumed by our troubles? Every servant of God goes through many temptations. If these are not viewed the right way one may think God is unkind. We may not notice the many blessings that God gives us right in the midst of our trials.

James 1:2-4 KJV “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; [3] Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. [4] But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

God says to count all of our temptations as joy because of what they are doing for us. We gain patience through trials, which is a neccessary ingredient to walk with God. The end result is perfection or spiritual maturity, spiritual completeness. God won’t leave us all alone just as He did not leave Joseph alone in prison. He sees what’s happening. He will come to our rescue and show us His great kindness. All wemust do is trust Him and patiently endure trials. Let us thank God always for His great kindness. 😊

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When Church Becomes Entertainment

When Church Becomes Entertainment

Psalm 149:3-4 KJV “Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. [4] For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.”

There are many scriptures that tell us to praise God with music, songs, and dance. So it’s proper do so. But is this a requirement in a church service? In other words is our church service incomplete if there is no music, singing, or dancing. And should people be forced into doing these things?

GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS FOR CHURCH WORSHIP

1 Corinthians 14:26-40 KJV “How is it then, BRETHREN? WHEN YE COME TOGETHER EVERY ONE OF YOU HATH A PSALM, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. [27] If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. [28] But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. [29] Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. [30] If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. [31] For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. [32] And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. [33] For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. [34] Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. [35] And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. [36] What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? [37] If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. [38] But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. [39] Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. [40] Let all things be done decently and in order.”

You just read GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS for how HIS CHURCH SERVICE should be conducted. I ask you, is this how your church service operates? If not, your fellowship is not in the will of God. These are God’s instructions on how HIS CHURCH should be ran. Today we will focus on the music aspect: Psalms.

A psalm is a spiritual song always accompanied with one or more musical instruments. In fact the Bible book of Psalms is just that; many songs accompanied by music. The book of Psalms was penned by David and Asaph under inspiration of God’s Holy Spirit. Did you notice in God’s instructions for the church it says, “BRETHREN? WHEN YE COME TOGETHER EVERY ONE OF YOU HATH A PSALM?” That means everyone in the church can sing or play a song; his or her own spiritual song if they choose at the church gathering. As long as it edifies the church it is acceptable. But did it say that when the church comes together everyone MUST sing a psalm, and everyone else MUST join in? No. So it is wrong to force others to sing, play an instrument, clap their hands, etcetera. And did it say that a psalm MUST be sung at every church meeting? No. The instructions are, ‘one has a psalm, a doctrine (or teaching), a tongue, a revelation, or an interpretation of tongues.’ And that all these MUST be done for the edification of the church, in decency and order. Each believer present can do these things.

Notice also there are no instructions to designate a praise and worship leader, or a certain group of singers, musicians, etcetera. Again all can engage in psalms in the church if they choose. It is wrong to make fellow believers feel guilty if they don’t decide to sing spiritual songs, or play an instrument, stand up clap their hands and such at a church meeting. Just as it would be wrong to force someone speak in tongues, or share a doctrine (teaching), or a revelation. Because God never commanded this. But sadly this goes on.

MUSIC IS MY MINISTRY?

Many church services resemble music concerts way more than churches. I’ve even heard people say that their music is their ministry. That it’s their way to reach nonbelievers and the youth. As we’ve seen music is permitted in a church gathering. But should it be the focus, the way to reach people for the Lord? Think about it: how many people did Jesus sing into the kingdom? When did he instruct His disciples to sing Psalms to the lost? And how many lost souls did Jesus and His disciples just simply talk to? Aren’t we commanded to follow Jesus’ example? (1 Peter 2:21) The Bible says that psalms, hyms, and spiritual songs are for believers, not for unbelievers:

Colossians 3:16 KJV “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; TEACHING AND ADMONISHING ONE ANOTHER [believers] IN PSALMS AND HYMNS AND SPIRITUAL SONGS, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

Yes, we are told to share psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with, “One anther,” our fellow believers for teaching and encouragement. And we are encouraged to sing to ourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs:

Ephesians 5:19 KJV “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”

If we use music the way God tells us to our church services won’t be mere entertainment. Instead our music (if there is any) will be used for the edifying of the church. If an unbeliever wants to listen to a spiritual song cool. But thinking that singing to the lost is the way to get them to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior is erroneous. It is nowhere in scripture. Let us obey all of God’s commands. Even when it comes to music at our church gatherings.

1 John 5:3 KJV “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”

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I Have Sinned

I Have Sinned

2 Samuel 12:13 NIV “Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.”

After committing some horrible sins David woke up and repented. His sins ranged from adultery, to murder, deceit, and then some. But when David realized the trouble he was in he confessed his sins. Because of his heartfelt confession and repentance David was shown mercy. He is a model for us all when we know we have blown it.

1 John 1:7-10 NLT “But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and THE BLOOD OF JESUS, his Son, CLEANSES US FROM ALL SIN. [8] If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. [9] But IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS TO HIM, he is faithful and just to FORGIVE US OUR SINS and to cleanse us from all wickedness. [10] If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.”

A key to being a true Christian isn’t we never sin. It’s are we honest enough to confess our sins like David did. Are our confessions penitent? Or are they braggadocios about unrighteousness? Are we trusting in Jesus’ blood to cleanse us from all sin? Or are we trusting in our own righteousness to cleanse and save us? To be frank you and I don’t have any righteousness. So how can we trust in it?

Romans 3:10 KJV “As it is written, THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, no, not one.”

2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV “God made him [Jesus] who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

BELIEVE IN GOD’S FORGIVENESS

Do we believe that God forgives us when we come to Him humbly asking for forgiveness? The Bible says God never turns away those who come to Him with a broken heart and contrite spirit. This is a pleasing sacrifice to Him:

Psalm 34:18 NLT “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”

Psalm 51:17 KJV “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”

Isaiah 57:15 KJV “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”

Isaiah 66:1-2 KJV “Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? [2] For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.”

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Why Is Everything Coming Out?

Why Is Everything Coming Out?

Luke 8:17 KJV “For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.”

Mark 4:22 NET “For nothing is hidden except to be revealed, and nothing concealed except to be brought to light.”

Matthew 10:26 KJV “Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.”

The words above are the words of Jesus Christ who is THE TRUTH, the way, and the life. (John 14:6) Jesus says that whenever people hide things they WILL ALWAYS come out into the open. That’s why everything is coming out now. Because God has decreed it.

God is light, and light exposes what’s in the dark. That’s why the deepest secrets will never stay hidden. This really upsets those in the occult. The word, “Occult,” doesn’t only mean mysterious witchcraft and magical practices. It also means, “Hidden;” to keep from view. But again, God is light, and light is way more powerful than darkness. Those who are in cahoots with the dark side (demons) whether through secret societies, covens, etcetera will never succeed at keeping their plans hidden. Somehow some way God makes what is secret known. The same person who said in the begining, “Let there be light,” and there was light, has decreed that whatever is done in the dark WILL ALWAYS COME OUT in the light.

Why Is Everything Coming Out?

2 Corinthians 2:11 KJV “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”

Matthew 10:26 KJV “Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.”

Let’s give God credit for His almighty power and the truthfulness of His word. He has a perfect track record by the way. But whether we give God credit or not it doesn’t change the fact that everything he says is true and succeeds:

Isaiah 55:11 KJV “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

Daniel 12:4 MEV “But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book until THE TIME OF THE END. Many shall run to and fro, and KNOWLEDGE SHALL INCREASE.”

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