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Yesterday, aside from a bit of a rant about paid choirs in churches, I started to answer the question, why do we sing in church.

The main reason for the singing we do in church is because God inhabits praise, and one of the main reasons for gathering in the first place is the presence of the Father.

Don’t misunderstand me please. I know church is about more that seeking the presence of God. We meet together to make disciples, to sharpen one another, love one another and do all those other wonderful one anothers.

Most churches call what they do on Sunday mornings a worship service, so it should be safe to assume there is at least an underlying desire for the presence of Father in our gatherings.

We saw yesterday that this is the main reason we sing, to enter His presence.

The second reason is almost a corollary to the first.

When the Father is present the word has more of an ability to transform us.

I would never take away from the ability of the eternally anointed Word of God to transform men and women in a vacuum. But as God inhabits our praises, and allows us through His gates and into His courts, His Spirit is better able to quicken our hearts to His word. [Tweet This]

But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. - 1 Corinthians 2:14 NASB

The Word of God left to the natural mind can create Pharisees while the Word of God in the hands (or voice) of the Spirit of God transforms men from brute beasts to supernatural soldiers.

It is the expressed mission of the Spirit to, well –

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. - John 14:26 NASB

and

But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. - John 16:13 NASB

And all this stirring – this quickening – this anointing comes when we enter the presence of the Lord.

Back to church-

We sing praises and adoration - it ushers us into the presence of the Lord. We open the Word of the Lord in His presence and our eyes are opened.

It’s a great plan.

It works at home too – take some time to seek the face of the Father as you ready your mind and Spirit to open His word.

Lord – you are magnificent – your deeds are past finding out. Open our eyes to your wonderful Word today.

BN Writers Page 150See you again soon

Ben

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A garden enclosed
Is my sister, my spouse,
A spring shut up,
A fountain sealed.

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A fountain of gardens,
A well of living waters,
And streams from Lebanon.

Song of Songs 4:12, 15 NKJV

We have looked at springs and fountains, today we will consider

A Well

Why does He call her both a well and a spring? Both are water sources. Both bring the water to the people.

The obvious difference is that a spring flows out, and a well taps deep hidden water. A spring finds its own way out from the hidden source, while a well must be dug.

The fact that she is also a well, tells me that He sees in her the effort she has expended to bring life out and share it with Him.

He sees the depth of their relationship.

She has allowed Him deep into her soul.

Her love for Him is not a surface or shallow matter.

The deep in her calls to the deep in Him and she invites Him to be refreshed by all that she is.

Is your relationship with Christ simply a smile you glue on Sunday mornings so folks in the Church think you have it all together, or does the Holy Spirit have an “all access pass” to the back stage of your life?

Particularly in ancient times, before the days of pumps and pipes, wells were the life source of a community, and it was where everyone gathered. This explains why so much happens at wells in the Bible.

One of the things I love about the Song of Songs is we often see Christ attributing godly attributes to his maiden fair. Here He is looks to her as a source!

Clearly we can not add to the infinite God, and yet Christ comes to the enthralled believer and receives her worship, her adoration, her passion for Him and is thrilled by it.

It is this interchange that moved Him in creation and it is this communion that called Him to the cross.

Today, allow your worship, your love for Him to serve up refreshing, living water, from deep within to your Shepherd King. He longs to drink deeply from the well of your praise, the waters of your heart cry.

Ben NelsonBlessings.

Ben

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Today I listened to one of the best podcasts I have ever heard. Steve Bremner, the host of "Fire on Your Head" podcast interviewed Author and Speaker Eric W. Gilmour who really rocked my world. There are a few minutes of podcast business and personal stuff from Steve, at the beginning which are good, but then once the interview starts, a few minutes in, you will be blessed and challenged by what God speaks through Eric and Steve.

I am praying that you will either listen on line, or download the podcast and give it a listen. Near the end Eric gives some really practical "how to" type info that I am going to put into practice tomorrow morning.

Steve's podcasts are always worth listening to.

Click the link below to get to Steve's sight and the podcast that will change your life.

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Experiencing God’s Presence with Eric Gilmour | Podcast | Fire Press.

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There is no Christianity without experiencing God. Yet so many people admit that they have a difficult time experiencing God’s presence or hearing God’s voice. Why is this and how can we fix that in our own lives?

This week we have Eric William Gilmour on the podcast and he passionately shares about cultivating a union with Christ and walking in intimacy with Him.

Eric is a graduate of the Brownsville Revival School of Ministry. Thousands have been touched by his audio compilations and writings around the world thanks to Fire On The Altar site that used to house them and now can be found at AgonyPress. He seeks to stir the church to fall back in love with Jesus through provocative preaching, writing and audio video materials. He currently ministers full time with the ministry he founded called Sonship International.

Experiencing God’s Presence with Eric Gilmour | Podcast | Fire Press.

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Ben NelsonThanks for stopping by.

See you again soon.

Ben

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