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Melodies of thankfulness!

Scripture reading for August 29th:  Psalm 133-135 and Ephesians 5

Key Scriptures: Ephesians 5:18-21 “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence to Christ.”

Hearts that are filled with the Holy Spirit flow with heavenly words and music.  There is thankfulness flowing to God and others for what Christ Jesus has done, is doing and will do.  There is respect and honor for other members of Christ’s Body, the Church.  Saints don’t need wine to give them joy!  The Holy Spirit overflows them with His provision!

Psalm 133:1,3 “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!  . . . .It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion!  For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forever more.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for the infilling of the Holy Spirit and songs of joy in my heart.  Let that river flow in love and unity for the brothers and sisters and let it reach out to the lost to show them Your glory.  Amen.

 

 

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Thankful for music in God’s House!

Scripture reading for April 21st:  1st Chronicles 23-27

Key Scriptures:  1st Chronicles 25:1, 6 “David, together with the commanders of the army, set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun for the ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals.   Here is a list of the men who performed this service: . . .All these men were under the supervision of their fathers for the music of the temple of the Lord, with cymbals, lyres and harps, for the ministry at the house of God.”

King David was a psalmist and made special provisions for prophesying and music in God’s house.  He chose men who were skillful and trained to lead in the giving of praise and thanksgiving before the Lord in His house!  Joyful music is proper for God’s trained priests!

Thankful for God’s music in our souls:  “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.  Instead, be filled with the Spirit.  Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.  Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (Ephesians 5:18-20)

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Be filled with the Spirit!

Scripture reading for August 31:  Ephesians 5

Maintaining Christian unity requires personal responsibility and daily action to follow the Holy Spirit.  We cannot live the life God requires in our own power or strength, but must look to Christ and God the Father as our examples! “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”  (Ephesians 5:1-2)  Christ’s supreme act of love is our example of how to love others!  We are dearly loved and can now live a life of love.

In order to live this life of love, we need God’s gift of love to us personally.  “Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.  Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.  Instead, be filled with the Spirit.  Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.  Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (Ephesians 5:15-20)

Being filled with the Holy Spirit was not an option for the Ephesian church, nor for us who live as Christians in this 21st century.  As it was then, our days are evil as well and we must be filled with the Holy Spirit to make the most of each opportunity to show love and encourage others in the church.  Christ’s fragrant aroma through our lives will draw others to Christ and promote unity and peace!

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Imitators of God

Scripture reading for September 27th: Ephesians 5:1-33

It has been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  Man is always looking for someone to look up to.  God has designated parents to set a holy example for their children.  He also tells those who lead in the church to set examples and the apostle Paul called people to imitate him as he followed Christ.  In this letter Paul points the Ephesians to the supreme example!  “Be imitators of God, therefore, as beloved children and live a life of love, just a Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:1-2)

Sexual purity is required of those who imitate God.  God desires us to live a life that follows the pattern He set for them.  God made man to be a sexual being and chose to give man the responsibility and ability to be fruitful and multiply.  He designed this sexual union to take place between a man and a woman and that they would be committed to each other in this life.  Any sexual conduct outside of marriage between a man and a woman is considered immoral by God.  (Ephesians 5:3-5)  It is also considered idolatry and no idolater will inherit the kingdom of God!

To aid us in imitating God, God Himself has given us the Holy Spirit.  We are commanded to be filled and refilled with the Holy Spirit.  This keeps us focused on the Lord and gives us spiritual power to live a life pleasing to God in all aspects.  As the Holy Spirit is submitted to God the Father and Christ, so we must submit to one another.  There is perfect unity in the Holy Trinity.  God desires this unity in our homes and marriages.

Wives are to submit to their husbands as to the Lord.  (Ephesians 5:22)  Christ has set the husband over the wife in authority to bring order to the home.  Husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her.  (Ephesians 5:25)  As we obey the Lord and live a life full of the Holy Spirit, God uses the proper order in the home as an example of Christ and His bride the Church!  (Ephesians 5:32)  This enables the children to see an example that they will imitate as well!  Lord, fill us with your Holy Spirit!

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From Saul to Paul!

Scripture reading for June 13th:  Acts 9:1-25

What was you conversion like?  I remember going to an altar at the little Methodist church on a Thursday night youth meeting in response to the Gospel.  I heard the message and knew I needed to make a commitment.  I remember the feeling of change and the excitement of knowing sins forgiven.  We should all think back and remember our time of change!  God saw fit to record the change in one of His servants, Saul, that we read about today.

Saul was a Pharisee, zealous for the Jewish tradition.  He saw in the Christians a threat to His traditions and became very zealous to rid the world of them.  To his way of thinking, these people needed to be eliminated.  He went to the high priest and got letters authorizing him to arrest any of this sect he called ‘the Way’.  (Acts 9:1-2)

“As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.  He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul why do you persecute Me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.  “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” He replied.  “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” (Acts 9:3-6)   Saul was confronted by Jesus, Himself as he went to round up more Christians.  Jesus told him who He was and that his actions were against Him!  The revelation of Jesus was in a bright light that flashed like lightning around Saul.  When he got up to go, he was blind and those with him had to lead him into the city by the hand, where Saul prayed and fasted for three days.

In Damascus, another disciple named Ananias was given a vision of the Lord.  As he responded, the Lord told him to go to the house where Saul was praying and lay hands on him to restore his sight.  Ananias told the Lord his concerns, but he was reassured and sent to Saul. “Go! This man is My chosen instrument to carry My name before Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel.  I will show him how much he must suffer for My name.” (Acts 9:15-16)  Saul’s sight was restored and he was filled with the Holy Spirit and baptized in water.  The miraculous conversion would change the world!

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Wise Living When Days Are Evil!

Scripture reading for December 1st: Ephesians 1-6

Ephesians is one of my favorite letters from God through Paul.  It contains amazing spiritual truth and insight for those in Christ’s church.  There is a wealth of encouragement and some fantastic prayers that lift us into the realm of God.  The simple Gospel is explained in Ephesians 2:8-11 in an easily understandable form.  The church and it’s purposes are laid out in Ephesians 4:1-16.  Following that, there are practical instructions for wise living for those in Christ.  I have often used these chapters in counseling others over the years I have ministered.  The last chapter helps us with spiritual warfare and the armor of God.  We are all in a battle against wicked forces in the heavenly realm.

“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.  Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.  Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.  Sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:15-20

The only way to live wisely in these evil days is to be continuously filled with the Holy Spirit!  This is not a one-time experience of speaking in tongues or an emotional high at a Christian meeting.  It is a personal relationship with God the Holy Spirit.  As we live full of the Holy Spirit, we live a life of worship.  We do this when we are alone with God and when we are around others.  When we are filled with the Spirit, we speak graciously to others.  Our speech is pleasing and in harmony with the Spirit of God.

Our speech is to be filled with thanksgiving to God the Father for everything.  We realize that everything we have is from God.  Our strength and health, as well as our material possessions, are gifts.  We are blessed by our relationship with God and realize all the blessing of being in Christ! (Ephesians 1:3-12)  Christ is the reason for all that we have and we bubble over with thanksgiving and melodious speech.  Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs come from our hearts as we are filled with thanksgiving!

This is the secret to wise living in evil days!   Ask the Lord to fill you afresh with the Holy Spirit today!  Begin your day with worship!  Read some Psalms like 96-100!  Sing a spiritual song of love, thanksgiving to the Lord from your heart!  Decide to speak in harmony with the Holy Spirit to everyone you meet today!  What a difference!  You will make the most of every opportunity!  May God unveil all the spiritual blessing that are yours today in Christ Jesus!  Let all who are in Christ be “being filled with the Holy Spirit!”

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