Saturday, July 3, 2010

Not to Loud, We are in Church

I always find it interesting that so many believers can burst forth with excitement and emotion over a new product on the market, sporting or social events but in a church service be stoic and show little to know emotion. ACTS 2:5-13 reveals that the early church was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke to the people the "wonderful works of God." There was so much excitement that those from other parts of the world thought that they were jacked up on wine. Unfortunately the same holds true today, but instead of the world shouting the loudest, more times than not it's believers criticizing other believers.

Think about it, when did a new product, a sporting or social event ever have the ability to turn a person from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God? Yet when a believer expresses their extreme gratitude for "wonderful works of God" in their life, they are labeled a fanatic, to emotional or drawing attention to themselves. Somehow, someone has determined that shouting, clapping or lifting hands in a church service is disrespectful to the LORD and a church building has become a holy sacred shrine. The Apostle Paul tells us in I Corinthians 6:19 that a believers body is the temple of the Holy Spirit not a brick and mortar building.

When Jesus entered Jerusalem just days before He would be put to death, Luke 19:37-40 reveals that as Jesus drew near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise GOD with a LOUD VOICE for all the mighty works that they had seen. But the religious leaders, not to different from today, did not like what the multitude was doing or saying and wanted Jesus to rebuke His disciples, but Jesus answered and said to them, "I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out."

Rejoicing and praising the LORD with a loud voice is powerful. It has brought down impenetrable walls of a city (Joshua 6), it has been used to defeat an army of enemies (II Chronicles 20) and it has been used to turn a seemingly bad situation around to save souls (Acts 16). In Peter 2:9 the word praises means virtue, excellence, manliness. Why won't believers act more like David the King when he brought the Ark of God to the City of David. David was not acting out of order or being disrespectful to the LORD as he danced with all of his might before the Ark of God, (although that is what his wife thought). On the contrary David was acting virtuous, excellent and manly. (I Samuel 4:9, I Corinthians 16:13)

So let us no longer be silent, but proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light, because we were once not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. PTL...

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