The Power of Music

Who doesn’t like to hear their favorite tune on the radio? Who doesn’t enjoy singing the one hymn they’ve loved since they got saved? I don’t think there’s anyone who doesn’t love and appreciate music in some way, shape or form. Ever wonder why?

Music is a spiritual medium. By that I mean when we hear music, it stirs us in different ways and it makes us think certain thoughts. If you play a rock song, with electric guitars screeching and drums pounding, your mind immediately thinks of rebellion and all kinds of carnality, and you behave accordingly. If you hear a hymn like “Christ Returneth,” it makes you think of the Rapture and the coming millennial reign of Christ on earth, and you behave accordingly. From rap to island tribal drum beats, music has the tremendous power to move us and to behave according to the music being heard.

And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever. And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. 2 Chronicles 20:21 KJB

God Almighty moves in the power of music. He dwells in our praises. In other words, God loves to hear His people sing and shout, bringing glory unto His Name. He moves mightily when people pray in Jesus’ Name and sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. This is God’s command to us! He WANTS to dwell in our praises, and answer our prayers!

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 KJB

By the way, the Devil, before he was cast out of Heaven and called Lucifer, was the most powerful cherub, covering the throne of God, and God’s song-leader. He had pipes and tabrets built into his body when he was created (Ezekiel 28:13) and he was the most beautiful and mightiest creation of God. His very movement issued forth song. However, since his downfall because of his great pride, his beautiful music with which he led Heaven’s choirs are now no more than off key, screaming rantings and railings. Don’t let the satanists tell you otherwise. Heaven’s former Choirmaster is doomed to eternal ruin, and he knows it.

One last thought… Music, though powerful in and of itself, cannot get you saved. The CCM crowd (Christian Contemporary Music) has a large following, and the artists themselves like Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith present that one can be born again when they hear their fleshly, carnal music. Before I matured in Christ, I thought this as well, since music moves the senses and puts you on a certain high of sorts, but then I read here in Bro. David Stewart’s website that CCM is really a counterfeit way the Devil thought up to make people believe they’re saved but they’re really not. CCM artists teach the Lordship Salvation heresy, which is what is spiritually killing our churches today. We are born again ONLY by FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST IN HIS DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). See this important article:

CCM’S FALSE GOSPEL

God’s Eyesight

What do you see in the above picture? I took this screenshot of downtown Manhattan, New York, the city where I was born. What’s interesting is all the tiny homes and streets seen in this terrain view, which of course look big to us, but imagine what God sees, from way up in the Third Heaven…

To God, we appear smaller than microscopic plankton. Yet here’s where I want to shout: He sees EVERY SOUL ALIVE on Earth, all 7 plus billion of us, in every house, on every street, in every city, town, country, and continent in the world, and all at one time!

His eyes miss nothing. He sees you plain as day, even in the darkest night. He even sees your intentions. He hears your thoughts. He hears your heart beating and your lungs breathing. He observes and watches you constantly, whether you know it or not.

God knows even where you will be tomorrow, or next week, or even if you’ll die in 30 years, or in the next hour.

Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Hebrews 4:13 KJB

You want to know something even more amazing? The Lord Jesus Christ, Who is God in the flesh, the God-Man, sent His Holy Spirit to live inside each of us, when we are born again.

Think of it: The same God Who lives up in the Third Heaven, Who encompasses every molecule of space and time, Who fills the void with His excellent Presence, Who named the stars and galaxies and universes… can fit inside the heart of a 5 year old child, or a great-grandmother 90 years of age...

Why? How? When? Who? Where? God knows it all. And get this: God knew it all, FROM BEFORE TIME BEGAN.

Now that’s the All-Powerful, All-Knowing, All-Seeing God I worship and serve.

For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings. Job 34:21

As the Internet grows more powerful, we grow more powerless…

But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. Daniel 12:4 KJB

I had a startling thought. Things from years ago weren’t anything like they are today. I was born in the mid 1960’s when there was no internet, no cellphones, no harshly sexualized TV, no 1,000+ bible PERversions, you could still keep your door unlocked, people weren’t so hypersensitive, men were men and women were women and not gender exclusive, people weren’t living off drugs, etc.; you can fill in the blank. There was still privacy to a certain extent, God was still worshipped as God, and the Bible was still the Bible.

Not so anymore. In the 50+ years I have been alive, I have seen society, the entertainment industry, and the fear of God slowly change for the worse. I can’t help but think that years ago we were better off, and our children still had a fighting chance to turn out good, well-rounded citizens of society. But oh my, how that has changed.

Nowadays, in case you haven’t noticed, everything is backwards, upside down and all scrambled up. My God in the morning, how, outside of the grace of God, do people make it through the day? The answer to that question is revealed right here, on the internet. Hiding in plain sight. This very powerful invention has taken us off guard and completely conquered every facet of life. Nobody does not possess a cellphone. Nobody has no access to the internet. Nobody is completely free from its cold, calloused clutches and alluring voices, sounds and colors. I can only think of one clever, very powerful being who is exclusively responsible. His name is, SATAN.

Think about this now. The Devil (Satan) is called by the Holy Bible as “the prince of the power of the air.” He is second in power to God Almighty Himself. Satan is the god of this world; God Almighty is King of the universe. God allows Satan a certain amount of power to act on men’s and women’s hearts, minds and souls, but in His will and timing. This is why I push the Gospel so much. Satan wants your soul, so he can have one more victim to drag to Hell with him when Jesus casts him into the Lake of Fire.

Since God allows Satan some power, he takes over every imaginable human thing that we need to survive and live. Since he is the PRINCE of the POWER of the AIR, he uses all kinds of electronic equipment to influence entertainment, news, fads, celebrities, false doctrines, liars, leaders in high places, and so on to control our lives. He uses THE POWER OF THE AIR, e.g. electrical devices (also called “the Devil’s DEVICES;” why do you suppose your phone or TV is called a DEVICE?). The primary method he uses, I’m convinced, is THE INTERNET. Everything and everybody you connect to, join in, buy from, publish to, have a conversation with, and keep track of is ON THE INTERNET.

There’s no such thing as writing a handwritten letter anymore. Youth today have no idea how to write a letter, since they have texts. My youth pastor said that he couldn’t write very well but he’s great at typing on a computer. There’s no such thing as talking to someone on a phone with a cord and a dial tone. You can add some more. The internet has been used by the Devil for much evil, loss and sorrow. I’m afraid the days of privacy and innocence are completely extinct, and have been for a while.

Thank God for those holy few (probably at this moment fewer than the fingers on my hand) who strive to give out the true Gospel in these evil days. We can still use this powerful vehicle called the internet for good, and for God’s Glory. God can turn evil around for His Glory, in His timing. We must be ready to obey the Lord and have beautiful feet to preach that Gospel, which is so mighty that it can literally pull sinners out of Hell’s flames.

So for example if you have someone who’s addicted to internet porn, God can use a faithful believer to somehow witness the Gospel to him to get him saved. Perhaps he saw an ad of sorts at the bottom of the site, or a link to a Bible site that caught his eye. If he wasn’t at the porn site at that time, then God would have used the believer to go elsewhere, much as Philip the Apostle was caught away by the Holy Ghost after witnessing to and baptizing the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:27-39). But he found this one person who was secretly seeking the Lord at this particular time, and the power of God’s Word got a hold of his heart and worked on him until he got gloriously saved and burned his evil works in the fire (Acts 19:19). This is just an example I thought of, but I know that our Savior is more powerful than anything the Devil can do. Why? Because He is GOD!!

God is in the business of saving souls. Nothing is too hard for Him to do. He can and will save the vilest sinner, and the most saintly lost man or woman. Satan’s days are numbered, and getting less every day. The internet will fail, and Jesus Christ will rule forever. Hallelujah! Amen. Even so, come, LORD JESUS.

I am Nothing Without Jesus

I’ve always known that I was never cut out for popularity. I have always been an introvert, and still am, even though God’s Holy Spirit compels me to break free from my idleness and go out and tell others about the Lord Jesus Christ. If my words have any value or depth or power at all, it is not me who is their author, but Him.

It is not that I am good, but God is Goodness personified.

It is not me who speaks the Word of Life, but God is His Word working through me.

It is not that I write for effect, or popularity, or fame, but that God wants to manifest His power in me to others, hence my zeal for the Gospel.

God gives each of His own a certain measure of faith, a talent, a calling, and a goal. I strive to use mine for His Glory.

Have you lifted up the Lord in your life today?

July Fourth in the Land of the Free

Today is the day we celebrate the origins of this great country. Our founding fathers who wrote the Declaration of Independence, and those who fought for this country, bled and died, are held in high esteem. Godly men like Francis Scott Key, who wrote the hymn and famous patriotic song, our National Anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner,” knew it was truly God Almighty Who has preserved us a nation. May He be praised and exalted now and forever.

“O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”
~Francis Scott Key

I could go on about how America has declined since her founding days, and that is simply because she no longer lives and breathes by the Word of God. Sadly, the Bible and prayer, which our children were taught in schools consistently up until the 1960’s, were removed from the lives of children forever in the year 1963. I was born in 1965, so by the time I entered kindergarten in 1970, the Bible was already gone from schools for seven years. In consequence, I never saw a Bible nor prayed in school. I never knew anything about it until I became an adult. What a sad, tragic thing.

This, I strongly believe, is the very reason our once great country, formerly a land of opportunity, freedom and faith in Almighty God, has fallen away till she has reached the level of degradation she is in now. She has literally bitten the Hand that feeds her, and now, since the power and finality of the Word of God has violently been cast away, anything goes– any sin, vice and perversion possible to the depraved human mind, has become normal and acceptable.

God is a Gentleman. He will in no wise force His will on anyone. He gives each one of us free will to choose between right and wrong, good and evil. We, as a nation, have chosen evil (which is called good) in America. That is why we get what we deserve as a nation, and as individuals.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9 KJB)

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20 KJB)

May God Almighty preserve those who are faithful to Him and His Word, and take the opportunity to preach the Gospel to all we encounter. Time is short before America is destroyed. What once was greatness is now an offscouring of a once mighty, blessed nation.

It is not too late, however. As long as God continues to give you breath, you have another chance to repent (change your mind about your sin). You yourself can make the difference in your life, and in others’ lives. All you must do is recognize that you are a filthy sinner in the eyes of God. Simply believe that Jesus Christ died for YOU on the cross, and took upon Himself all your sins, so you wouldn’t have to go to Hell, a place where mankind was never meant to be. See my salvation page.

The Bible says only the children of God (believers in Christ) will be raptured out of this world before the Great Tribulation. If you are not born again, you will be left behind to endure all the torments and catastrophes of the wrath of God being poured out. Do you really want to go through the Time of Jacob’s Trouble? The Rapture can happen at any time. Will you be ready?