Saturday, January 4th, 2020
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"…for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people" (2 Corinthians 6:16 KJV)
Some Christians sing the wrong songs as a result of ignorance of God’s Word. Such songs have created in them a certain kind of unbelief that’s difficult to cure. That a song is melodious or makes you feel emotional doesn’t necessarily make it right. As long as it doesn’t communicate the realities of the Gospel as it applies to the new creation, it’s the wrong song and singing it could rob you of your faith and effectiveness in the things of God.
For example, when a congregation sings, “Let your glory fill this house; let your presence fill my heart….” Such a song doesn’t get anywhere; God doesn’t respond to it. Only your emotions respond. If you ask Him to fill your heart with His presence, when will He answer? That’s an Old Testament request. Being born again, you’re the tabernacle of Almighty God; His presence already fills your heart! He’s made His home in you. You don’t need to ask for what you already have. Many sing such songs, because they want to “feel” His presence; no! He’s in you, and you’re in Him, whether or not you feel it.
God’s Word is God. Once the lyrics of your songs aren’t consistent with His truth, they’re your words. However, He’ll bless you for daring to believe, like He said to David: “...Because it was in your heart to build a temple for my Name, you did well to have this in your heart” (1 Kings 8:18 NIV). He blessed David for thinking about it at all. So, when you worship with the wrong songs, He’ll bless you for thinking about it, but there’re much greater blessings in His Truth.
You need to understand what the Word of God has brought you, and when you get a hold of it, don’t lose it because of your feelings; simply because you feel far or near. Never relate to Him or sing to Him according to your feelings; His Word is the basis for our relationship with Him. Therefore, sing, preach, pray and live the Word. Praise God!
PRAYER "Dear Father, thank you for choosing me to know your will, filling me with the knowledge of your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. I have insight into mysteries and secrets of the Kingdom; the eyes of my understanding are constantly enlightened to know you more and worship you in Spirit and in truth, in Jesus’ Name. Amen."
FURTHER STUDY John 4:23-24; Psalm 82:5-6; Colossians 1:9
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Matthew 4 & Genesis 9-11
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Acts 7:1-11 & Nehemiah 7-8