Our Trial by Fire ?

faith-trial-2a     “Blessed be (praise be to) the God and Father of our Lord and Sovereign King Jesus Christ, Who according to His abundant mercy . . . hath begotten us (you and I) again unto a living Hope* (assurance) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead . . .
To an inheritance (for we are joint-heirs with Him) that is incorruptible, and undefiled . . . and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you _____ (your name). Who are kept by the power of God (Deity, divinity – II Peter 1:4) through faith,
ready to be revealed in this last time
. . . !

     “For we are made a spectacle unto men and to angels . . .”

Wherein, ye greatly rejoice . . . though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations.   That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than that of gold which perishes . . .. even though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ !”
I Peter 1:3-7

     “Knowing this . . . that the trying (trial) of your faith, worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, so that ye may also be perfect and entire, lacking nothing . . . for faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God . . . .

And blessed is the man or woman that endureth temptation, for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of Life, which the Lord (our Sovereign King) shall give to all them that love Him !”   James 1:3-4, 12 and ref: Romans 10:17

     “Yea, beloved . . . think it not strange concerning the fiery trial that is to try you (Malachi 3:1-4), as though some strange thing is happening unto you. But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings (the trial of His faith in you) . . .so that when His glory shall be revealed ( in you – Colossians 1:27), ye may be glad also with exceeding joy !”   I Peter 4:12-13

     “And I will bring the third part through the fire, and I will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried . . . . And they shall call upon My name, and I will hear them . . .  and I will say, It is My people, and they shall say, The LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) is my God (Elohim – Mighty One) . . . !”
Zechariah 13:9

God’s people when under the trial of fire . . .

Exodus 16:1-12
16:34-45
Exodus 17:1-7
Numbers 21:5
20:1-12
Deuteronomy 8:1-18
Psalm 78:1-39
106:1-15
106:32-45
Psalm 107:1-15
107:16-22
I Corinthians 10:1-13
*
Hebrews 11:1-40*

Questions on Music ?

hymns 2Comparing Hymns and Contemporary Worship Songs

As most of you know, I believe wholeheartedly that a healthy church chooses congregational songs with theologically rich text and well-crafted, singable music. This is part one of a three part discussion on some of the differences between hymnody and contemporary worship songs.

The Problem

     Protestant denominations have been singing people since the days of the Reformation. Their hymns represented the mettle and fortitude they displayed in breaking away from the religious establishment (Roman Catholic church), and forging ahead in their new faith traditions. The American versions of these faith traditions initially carried on the mantle of hymnody, with much content being shared between denominational lines. In many churches today, hymns and hymnals remain, either as a vital piece of corporate worship practices or as a sentimental nod to the past.

In other churches, including churches in most if not all major denominations, there has been a decided shift . . . .
Continue reading

Stand Fast in the Freedom wherewith Christ hath made you free !

Jesus-heals-lameDELIVERANCE ?

Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”     Galatians 5:16.

     What a blessed promise! And as sure as it is blessed, it’s blessing is to everyone who believes.

Think of the lust (carnal desire) of the flesh. How all-pervading it is! How stern are its dictates! How oppressive its rule! How dismal is the slavery that it lays upon man! Everybody has experienced it — longing to do the good that he would, yet doing only the evil that he hated; having ever a will to do better, but how to perform it, finding not . . . .
     Delighting in the law of God after the inward man, yet finding in his members (the flesh) another law, warring against the law of his mind and bringing him into captivity to the law of sin which is in his members; and at last, crying out, “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”
Romans 7:14-24. Continue reading

I Will Sing unto the LORD . . . for He hath Triumphed gloriously !

     “Sing O daughter of Zion; Shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all thine heart . . . . For the LORD (Yehuwah) thy God in the midst of thee is Mighty; He will save (deliver, set you free, and heal you), He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest (engrave) in His love, and He will joy over thee with Singing . . . !”     Zephaniah 3:14-17

     “In just a little time Christ will come in power and great glory, and what a terrible thing it would be if we should not be ready!   Let us get ready at once. Separate evil from you, begin to sing the song of praise and rejoicing here below. . . . Let your lips be tuned to Praise God. . . . Angels in heaven are praising God all the time, and here are mortals for whom Christ left the heavenly home and suffered mockery, insult, and death, that He might lift us up to sit in heavenly places, and they offer no song of praise . . . ?

     If you sit in heavenly places with Christ, you cannot refrain from praising God. Begin to educate your tongues to praise Him and train your hearts to make melody to God; and when the evil one begins to settle his gloom about you, Sing Praise to God. When things go crossways at your homes, strike up a song about the matchless charms of the Son of God, and I tell you, when you touch this strain, Satan will leave you. You can drive out the enemy with his gloom; . . . and you can see, oh, so much clearer, the love and compassion of your heavenly Father . . . !”
– In Heavenly Places p.95

May the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) Bless you and your family today, and may He cause you to know His Presence and faithfulness forever . . . !    Halleluyah !!!
your brother and sister in Christ,
Eric and Sarah Wilson – Isaiah Ministries

The Daughter of Zion . . . ?

Edensfall2     “Behold, the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy Salvation cometh . . . Behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him !

     And they shall call them, The holy people, The Redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called Sought out, A city not forsaken . . . !”

Isaiah 62:11-12 Continue reading