Daily Devotional, Year 2 – MARCH 2 (Babylon = Baby-Land! Part 2: Music, Continued)

By admin On December 25th, 2014

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Daily Devotional – MARCH 2

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Babylon = Baby-Land! Part 2: “Music” (Continued)

To read Part 1, just click here… ” MARCH 1 (Babylon = Baby-Land! Part 1: Music)”

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In yesterday’s devotional (click here) the concept was laid down, of just how much we Christians behave like babies, when God tries to remove some particular cherished idol from our life!

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And yesterday, the example of music was presented. And it was mentioned that many Christians will go into an instant rant, at the mere suggestion that we might have to give up some cherished type of music, if we are truly serious about overcoming the world!

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Yes, many or perhaps most Christians will rebel at the very suggestion that I need to reconsider what kind of music I should be listening to! “You mean to tell me that I have to give up my favorite music!?! Well, buddy, don’t you try to tell me what kind of music I can listen to! You can just go to Hell!”

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Baby yelling – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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GENERAL PRINCIPLES

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After all, the Bible doesn’t explicitly condemn this or that type of music!

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Well, the Bible doesn’t explicitly condemn gambling either! But most Christians understand the general biblical principles that would condemn gambling! And so, gambling is pretty much considered unchristlike behavior in most Christian circles!

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But there are also general principles which, when embraced, will lead Christians to choose the very best music!

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Gambling – Poker Room – Wikimedia – Share-Alike License

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ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD

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One such biblical principle is found in the following verse… “Whether there
fore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1st Corinthians 10:31

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Now here is a great concept, which should be emblazoned upon each and every Christian heart! This should be the cardinal rule which guides the Christian safely around every questionable situation that is placed in our path!

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And just what is doing, “all to the glory of God”? Well, perhaps one might say that obedience to the Bible is living to the glory of God.

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But if we wish to be more specific, we could say that the life of Jesus was and is to God’s glory!

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Yes, Jesus lived out His every thought, deed, and word, to the glory of God!

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Crucifixion of Peter – Caravaggio Martirio di San Pietro – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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FOLLOWING JESUS

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“He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.” 1st John 2:6

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And so, here is another cardinal rule, which will answer many perplexing questions which will undoubtedly assail us: to ask ourselves, “What would Jesus do in this situation? What would He say? How would He live? Where would He go?”

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These are the questions which we need to ask, whenever we are in doubt! And of course, by studying the Bible each day, and contemplating those life-giving words, will more and more help us to comprehend how He lived, and how we may follow Him!

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Jesus Discourses with His Disciples – James Tissot – by Brooklyn Museum – by Wikipedia – Public Domain

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KEEP THY HEART WITH ALL DILIGENCE!

Proverbs 4:23

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Now, there are more general principles which will help us to choose the kinds of music we listen to…

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Listen… “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” 1st Corinthians 15:33

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Here again is a great principle, presented in just eight simple words! Evil communications corrupts good behavior!

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But this above concept begins with the words, “Be not deceived!” In other words, there are many who will try to tell us that it doesn’t matter what we listen to!

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Girl with a Bible – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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“SEXY” GOSPEL MUSIC

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One time, there were several church-goers, who were casually talking. And when a Christian song began playing, one lady began swaying her hips to the seductive beat of that so-called “Christian” music. And then, when she realized that it was a song about Jesus, she got embarrassed, that she was dancing seductively to a song about Jesus.

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And so, this true story sets up the great big concept which follows!

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And just what is that big concept to be discussed?

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Listen… “And every man that hath this hope in Him (of meeting Christ in peace), purifies himself, even as He (Christ) is pure.” 1st John 3:3

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Yes, to purify my heart is the greatest commission ever given to a true worshipper of God! And this commandment is not just for some! Not it is given to “every man”. Every person, be it man, woman, or child, is to engage in the heart-purification process! Our heart is to be an extension of God’s Most Holy Place! We are the temple of God!

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Dancing woman – Wikimedia – Creative Commons License

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“BUT YE ARE…A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD”

1st Peter 2:9

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Now just imagine a priest of God walking into God’s temple and hearing some seductive music playing!

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Well, God has elected us to be a royal priesthood! And no longer are we to minister in a temple made with hands! But the kingdom of God now dwells in our heart! That is where we minster!

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And so, even as Christ, our High Priest is holy, so should we be holy in all manner of conversation (lifestyle and behavior)!

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NOT JUST HALLELUJAH CHORUS

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And with just a little honesty on our part, we can imagine what kinds of music are heard in the courts of Heaven! 

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Oh no, not just the swelling angelic choirs, and the crashing symbols and drums of the Hallelujah chorus will be heard up there…

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DAVIDIC PSALMS

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…But at other times, the soft strings will be plucked: very soft strings will be heard; and also, the Davidic praises will be sung, as the redeemed ones vigilantly watch over God’s sheep, as we sit in those lush green flower-strewn pastures which lay against the everlasting hills!

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And so, let us not think that God is merely trying to take away all our fun! This kind of thinking is childish! This kind of thinking is “Baby-Land” (Babylon)!

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No, we can rest assured, that whatever cherished idol we lay on the altar will be replaced by myriad-more wonderful things to come!

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And truth-be-told, if you are (or I) are truly filled with God’s Holy Spirit, our musical tastes will gradually change, until those swelling angelic choirs and those soft Davidic pastoral strains will become our greatest joy to listen to!

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David Playing Harp www.thebiblerevival.com US public domain

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TO READ PART 3, CLICK HERE…MARCH 3 (Babylon = Baby-Land! Part 3: Jesting)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to fully comprehend your desire for me. Give me the necessary experiences that will mold and me into Thy likeness. Let me listen to the kind of music that you would listen to…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Running The Christian Race (Part 2, Sensual Music)”, or you can also read… “February 6th (Forked-Tongued Christianity)” 

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THE END

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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“By His (God’s) Spirit

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He has garnished

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the heavens;

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His hand has formed

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the crooked serpent.”

 

Isaiah 26:13

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Dragon of Revelation 12 Constellation” or you can also read… “Flood Waters of Satan-Introduction”

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TOMORROW…

“MARCH 3 (Babylon = Baby-Land! Part 3: Jesting)”

 

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