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Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
The Obedience of Christ is truly something to marvel at; So often we see the sacrifice that was made, and accept the free gift of salvation; but we neglect to acknowledge that this was also an example for us. An example of Perfect Love that casts out all fear… even the fear of death.
How many of us, these days, have cried out to God in confusion over the struggles and difficulties we encounter- with many of us somehow having misconstrued the message that was given us here- “even death on a cross.” Instead, we plead to God, “Lord, you have the power to take all these problems and bills and pains, why do I have to go through this?”
Jesus did not deserve what was happening to Him, when they pulled Him away from his friends and support group in the night, when He was put through public humiliation for only doing the things that God had asked and empowered him to do. He didn’t loudly object nor interject to his accusers, “I don’t deserve this! I have rights!”
Jesus accepted what was happening to Him as it was intended; a witness and testimony to the obedience that we, His followers, are to not only accept as cause for belief, but to adapt and emulate, if you will, that same attitude in the face of our struggles.
Christians in America are falling into a “Comfort Trap” with devastating results- with many preachers leading people away, not even realizing what they are doing.
Churches are driven, not following; What does this tell you about who is in control? We sing the praise of God and glorify Jesus’ name, and yet we are carefully exorcising the songs that convict or mention the blood of Jesus. We get worked into a frenzy of praise, not much different than a High School Pep Rally, with congregations bursting out of the doors, pumped up for the week, saying,”Yay, GOD! Come with ME!!!” instead of “Wow, Lord; I will do as you say!”
I will not get into an indictment about churches, here. I will not even state more than I have already about music. My heart’s desire is not to have you do what TOM says, but to have you do what the LORD says, and to listen to what He has for you to do. This comes through reading the word, Praying without ceasing, and allowing His Holy Spirit to come in and clean house.
Then, with everything that gets cleaned out, refill that space with God. Develop the spiritual abs. Do not yeild when trials and persecutions come, and bear in mind, trials and persecutions have learned some sneaky tricks and wear some pretty convincing camouflage. The only way to know what is right is what I have already stated; Prayer, time in the word, and complete surrender to God.
Listen. Learn. Pray. Enjoy… in this edition, a Resurrection Sunday Edition, of Gospel Music Roundup