Wednesday, July 30, 2014

How Can We Win The Battle For Our Mind? (CMC # 5)



Colossians 3:2 issues a dynamic mandate: “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Notice that Scripture contrasts “things above” and “earthly things,” not “heavenly things” and “hellish things.”  In other words, Paul is insisting that things of “this earth” are in opposition or in contradiction to things of heaven. 
Where is your heart and mind focused? 
The most effective way I know to “set your mind on things above” throughout your day is by listening to Christian music.  Conversely, the most effective way to focus your mind on “earthly things” is with negative entertainment choices.  
What entertainment choices are you making? Video games? TV programs? Movies? Music?  Do they consistently help you see life from God’s perspective or from this world’s perspective?  Have you taken our FREE 30-day video Christian Music Challenge devotional?  Sign up today!
For music suggestions and more information, check out www.TheChristianMusicChallenge.com.

What's The Best Way To Deal With Your Enemies? (CMC #4)



II Chronicles 20 narrates the compelling story of invading armies surrounding the Israelites. However, God instructed King Jehoshaphat not to worry because the battle belonged to the Lord. Because the king believed God, he quickly commanded the temple choir to lead Israel’s army into battle. As soon as the choir began to sing, the enemies started to attack and kill each other until all the enemies were dead.

Is God’s holy plan amazing or what?

Let me ask, do you sing at your enemies? No? Why not? When the children of Israel did, their enemies were summarily defeated.

You don’t have enemies?  Consider:

·         If you face the enemy of Fear; why not sing songs of Hope?
If you face the enemy of Worry and Doubt; why not sing songs of Faith?
·         What is your “enemy” today? Why not let us help you bring songs of praise to your mind? It worked for the Israelites -- and it will work for you because we serve a big God.
           
For music suggestions and more information, check out  www.TheChristianMusicChallenge.com.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How Should Free People Behave? (CMC 3)



The Children of Israel were slaves in Egypt for more than 400 years.  To give you an idea how long that was, The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock about 400 years ago.  Consider how much our nation’s values have changed since then. 

Now consider what the Children of Israel did when became free after 400 years. Their first recorded words were songs of praise to God. God hadn’t forgotten them and they were grateful.  Hope about you.  Do you sing songs of praise to your God? You probably have free your whole life, when was the last time you thanked God for the life and freedom He has provided? I know I often take His blessings for granted.  We know the Children of Israel were not perfect people, but their first recorded words were songs of praise to the Lord. Praise and godly music are important to God. How important are they to you?

For music suggestions and more information, check out www.TheChristianMusicChallenge.com

The Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings (AA 3)



I’ve heard of a theory called the “Butterfly Effect” which says, if a butterfly flaps its wings somewhere in the world, that flap of his wings will have a effect on others until each flap has affected the whole world in some way.  The theory illustrates that even our tiniest actions affect others.

How is your butterfly effect?  You ARE affecting others by your actions.  Are you influencing others for good?  Phil 2:15 says we are to “shine like the stars as we hold out the Word of life.” Jesus taught that we are to be the light to this world.

Our life should be reflecting the light of Jesus as the moon reflects the light of the Sun.  Are we behaving in a manner so others will see a clear reflection of Jesus or do we give others a distorted reflection of Christ?  There is no middle ground.    

Listening to Christian music throughout your day could help you keep your focus on the Light of the World and help you reflect His Glory.  

For music suggestions and more information, check out www.TheChristianMusicChallenge.com.    

God Has A Great Way Of Life For Us. (CMC 2)





Throughout Scripture repetition indicates importance.  For example, “verily, verily” it is more important than one “verily.”
Another illustration of repetition is “Holy.”  Holy is used throughout Scripture by many different men in reference to God and godly principles, but when angels praised God in Isaiah 6:3, they used, “Holy, holy, holy” because they knew God personally and were trying to express that God was REALLY holy.
With the understanding of the principle of repetition in Scripture, can you imagine how important singing is to God when Scripture commands us to sing to the Lord more than 30 times?  This shows how important singing is to God. 
I believe singing to our Lord should become a way of life for every Christian.  May I suggest that you take the Christian Music Challenge and listen to and sing songs to Him and about Him for the next 30 days? 
For music suggestions and more information, check out www.TheChristianMusicChallenge.com.