Hillsong – Shout to the Lord

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I do not like Hillsong.  There are several reasons:

  • One is their compromise, in letting homosexuals sing in their choir.  (Hypergrace, false love = accepting them without addressing their sin)

  • Many of their songs are not biblically sound.

  • Many of their songs are more like a love song, and Jesus is not my boyfriend.

  • The constant repetition in many of their songs reminds me of New Age stuff where people meditate on the same phrase, emptying their minds.  (We are to be filled with the Spirit, not emptying our minds.)

In the article below, it sheds some more light on why we should not be listening to their music.

Shout to the Lord

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Standing in the Gap

What a wonderful, powerful, encouraging word!

Crucified With Christ

This is such a powerful and beautiful song.

Such Details!

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Such Details!

You may have noticed a theme in my devotions the last few months.  Many focus on the importance of getting into the Word of God, reading, studying, and meditating upon it.

We are told in 2 Timothy 3:16 that all scripture profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness.  I am currently reading Exodus, where God gave very detailed, precise instructions for building the Ark of the Covenant and the tabernacle.  Before I started reading, I prayed for the Lord to speak to me through His Word.  However, I have to admit, as I read this portion, I was thinking, “What am I supposed to learn from this?”  Stick with me!  You are about to find out!

In Exodus 25-28, the Lord gave detailed instructions from the tabernacle to the courtyard, including the table, lampstand, framework, altar, and even the clothing for the priests! I couldn’t help but think, “Lord, now that is some high maintenance!”

He went into such great detail for the priest’s robe, stating how many rows of gemstones there were to be, which gemstones would go where, adding to put them in settings of gold, and what each gemstone stood for.

He then specified instructions for hem of the robe: There were to be pomegranates of not one, but three specific colors, with bells alternating between them.

This got me to thinking about when God gave Noah instructions for building the ark. In Genesis 6, the Lord told Noah how long, wide, and high the ark was to be, where to place a window and the door. He told him to cover the ark in pitch, what to take on the ark and how many. He even told Noah how many days it would rain.

Psalm 11:4 tells us the still rules from heaven, closely watching everything which happens on earth. God is still into details! We see this again in Psalm 139 where it tells us that He knows when we sit, stand, sleep, or awaken. He knows our thoughts before we speak. He even knew us before we were formed, having already written the number of our days in His book.

God went into such detail for the ark and the tabernacle – things which weren’t meant to last forever.  How much more do you think He cares about every detail of your life?  After all, you were made in His image.  Not only that, but He sent His only Son to die for you.  You can rest assured that, indeed, He really does care about every…. detail….of…. your….life.

I share all of this with you to show you that God does speak through His Word — even through those seemingly mundane, boring portions.  When we fail to read His Word, we not only miss out for ourselves, but we are missing out on what God may want to speak to us so that we can, in turn, speak to others, encouraging them! We can show them that God cares about every detail of their lives as well!
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

How to Pray When You Can’t

Your Dwelling Place

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Your Dwelling Place

I work as a switchboard operator at a local hospital. There are many functions to being an operator, beyond just answering the phones. There are multiple lines, ringing in – outside lines, in-house lines, the doctor’s line, and the answering service line. That doesn’t include all of the alarms that could go off at any given time, requiring the operator to overhead page to get the correct teams to respond in order to save a patient’s life.

 

When I was a new operator, I have to admit – it was overwhelming to see everything in the office. It was very intimidating to think I would soon be responsible for all of that! However, five years later, I run the switchboard like a pro! I have so many phone numbers memorized that I rarely need to use the directories. When an emergency arises, I don’t even have to think about how I am to respond. It is automatic; I just spring into action. I have even trained others on this job. In fact, my skills recently led to a promotion.

 

Now, how did I get to be so good at what I do? It is because I am here every day. I am immersed in the job. I dwell here.

 

Colossians 3:16 tells us to let the word dwell in us richly. Notice this verse tells us to let the word dwell in us. Dictionary.com describes ‘dwell’ as to live or stay as a permanent resident, or to linger over, emphasize, or ponder in thought, speech, or writing. To do this, we must spend time in our bibles. Not just reading to get the ‘task’ done, but consciously reading, pondering, memorizing, and praying over what we are reading so that we can understand it and apply it to our lives.

 

Just as I dwell in my job, being immersed in it, we are to do this with the Word of God. Think of it like a foreign language. There are programs out there that teach you from an ‘immersion’ perspective. They don’t just teach you a few words each day. They put you in the culture where the language is spoken. The idea is that by being immersed in it, you will pick it up quicker and it will become a part of you.

 

Colossians 3:16 also admonishes us to teach and admonish others in all wisdom. We are incapable of properly doing this until we have been dwelling in the Word of God, and the Word of God begins to dwell in us!

 

I challenge you to take the time to dwell in God’s Word, seeing the changes He makes in you, and the wisdom He gives you.  It will cause an excitement and an expectancy in you! You won’t be able to wait until you can pick up His Word again! You will truly taste and see that the Lord is good!

 

What are you waiting for? Start dwelling in the Word of God!
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

 

Spiritual Warfare: What it is and What it isn’t

Excellent message!  I believe ALL Christians need to hear this one!

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