Do You Hear Those Heavenly Melodies? (Sing Along if You Do)

“The Book of Hebrews gives us a marvelous presentation relating to our heavenly relationship with Jesus with his unique perspectives of us, For both he {Jesus} that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified {you and me} are all of one {ONE, for ye are all one in Christ Jesus– Galatians 3:28}: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee- Hebrews 2:11-12. Have you heard, have you realized, Jesus sings praise to you? Wow, it is true – You are Jesus’ song! Not only does Christ Jesus sing praise to us, in heaven, God Himself sings with joy in harmonious melodies of love for us as He displays that all of life really was formed, made, and created for man. Zephaniah 3:17 reads, The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love {His everlasting love for you, see below, the verse from Jeremiah 31}, he {GOD} will joy over thee with singing. Have you heard, have you realized, God sings of joy over you? Wow, it is true – You are God’s song! What response can we offer other than to recognize them, to learn of them, and to respect that our standing is the pinnacle of love’s design, and perhaps sing back with thankfulness (Ephesians 6:5, Colossians 3:15), Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing– Psalms 100:2. God’s opinion, and of Christ Jesus who sits at the right hand of the throne of heaven (Hebrews 1:3) is certainly greater than the fallen man can fathom, that is until He inspires the sanctified (I Thessalonians 5:23) with a new heart– Ezekiel 36:26. Then the windows of heaven open up to us as we begin experiencing loving sounds with a new heart that is tuned into the sounds and melodies of heavenly words that draw us ever closer to their delight in and love for us. The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee {to Myself}- Jeremiah 31:3, No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him– John 6:44, this is your personal heavenly embrace felt in a new song and offered from the  thankful heart.” ~LMJ~

Faces in the Crowd – Unite in One

“Consider how great the power of God can be as we together believe in unison.

I Corinthians 12:14, 27:
-14: For the body is not one member, but many.
-27: Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

We are not simply faces in the crowd, or a no-account nobody, but rather we are individual members in the body of Christ, members in particular called by God into His family to stand with one another right in the communities where we live.” ~LMJ~

Kings – Revealing Our Still Small Voice

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Kings contains revelations of extremes, from believers who would stand fast and believe, to entire generations denying and rejecting the instructions and guidance of God’s Word.

In Kings we have the children of Israel splitting into two different groups, one group became the Northern Kingdom of Israel, while the other became the Kingdom of Judah centered in and around Jerusalem.

They went from worshiping God to worshiping idols.  As a nation they were hot and cold year in and year out. Amongst all this turmoil, God continued blessing the children of Israel and still gave His prophets wisdom and revelation regarding their salvation, and continued revealing truths about the coming Savior.

Let’s follow along and see how God with His still small voice blessed and inspired the prophet Elijah amidst such confusion.

I Kings 19:10-14:
-10:  And he {Elijah} said, I have been very jealous {“jealous” is old English for zeal and/or excitement} for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
-11:  And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD {Mount Horeb}. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind {a hurricane} rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:{So the people who blame God for hurricanes and earthquakes claiming that they are “God’s wrath” and “His Acts” are in error!}
-12:  And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
-13:  And it was so, when Elijah heard it {the “still small voice”}, that he wrapped his face in his mantle {his upper robe, or shawl}, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice {the “still small voice” of God} unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
-14:  And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

God was showing Elijah that even when things look their darkest, even in the midst of storms, God is always close to rescue, to save, and be a refuge from the storms of life. When we look to Him, and hear His still small voice that comes to our hearts, that comforts our souls, then we can assuredly know that God has not left us alone to face our foes (from within and without our spheres of influence), rather His voice can, will, and does rescue us from life’s storms.

God showed Elijah that not all have forsaken Him, that Elijah was not standing alone with God, for there were seven thousand who still believed the Word (Romans 11:1-4).

God encourages us that we are not alone in our temptations (I Peter 5:9), for we always have God in Christ in us. Remember Jesus said that believers will “know his voice” (John 10:1-18).

David said, “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth” (Psalms 119:103)! Kings reveals a still small voice to our inner hearts; even through the midst of confusion, controversy, and doubts ─ God has not left us alone, His still small voice will always bring us to Christ and the victory of an endless life (I Corinthians 15:57). In Psalms 46:10 we read “Be still, and know that I am God:”

Kings reveals Christ as the true voice of God, and speaks to us of eternal rest, giving us daily spiritual inspirations of comfort, and showing us that we are never alone when walking with God.

The Simplicity That Is in Christ- II Corinthians 11:3

“God’s loving heart and desire is that we delight in the simplicity of the Christian lifestyle, for this brings honor to God, dignity to Christ, and joy into our lives, as we recognize our own spiritual membership into the family and household of God. (Ephesians 2:19)” ~LMJ~

He Removed Our Transgressions

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 Psalms 103:10:
He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

Contrary to popular thought (and fears), God never renders evil for our sins and mistakes. The word “iniquities” refers to our wrongdoing, either by ignorance or on purpose. If God ever had to deal with us based purely on our own goodness or behavior, then unfortunately not one of us would ever make it into heaven, or have the true graces of our God upon our lives. However, God is love and His desire is to bless us and care for our well-being. Sure, God instructs and encourages us how to be good and He certainly is blessed when we are. However, God’s love sees beyond our mistakes for God always looks at the heart of men and women. “. . . for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart” (I Samuel 16:7b).

Psalms 103:11:
For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

First, let us consider the word “fear.” Whenever the Bible uses the word fear in reference to our God it never means that we should be afraid of Him, rather it means to give Him our respect, to honor and cherish, to regard Him highly. So as we respect and give reverence to our God we will begin to realize the vastness of God’s divine mercy toward us. “Mercy” means the withholding of judgments, punishments, and deserved consequence. Our God is merciful and does not deal with us according to our sins or our iniquities. The chasm between heaven and earth is obviously vast, and this is the example God uses to show us how immense His mercy is toward us.

Psalms 103:12:
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

After reading verse eleven and noticing the vastness of God’s mercy toward us, Psalms 103:12 gives us a dimension which is totally immeasurable. For if you were to travel in a northerly direction starting from any place on earth it would be only a matter of time before you were traveling south (over the pole), and vice versa. However, God has removed our transgressions, our sins, as far as the east is from the west! Now, if you were to travel west, you will always be traveling west, and if you were traveling east, the same would be true. Now God says, “as far as the east is from the west” – this is beyond all human calculation, and this is God’s mercy upon our lives.

So, today as your journey continues with God, please take a moment and consider just how close God really is to your heart, and how much He really loves you.