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MUSIC IN THE BEGINNING
WHICH MUSIC IS OF GOD?

Intro:
We were created for praise and worship. The greatest desire of our life should be to praise and worship God. The reason we live is to worship Him.
Worship is our first responsibility to God. God did not need to create you, but He chose to create you for His enjoyment. You exist for His benefit, His glory, His purpose and His delight.
“Because of His love God had already decided that through Jesus Christ He would make us His children-this was His pleasure and purpose.” (Ephesians 1:5)
When we worship, our goal is to bring pleasure to God, not ourselves. Worship is not a part of your life; it is your life. Worship not just for church services. We are told to “worship Him continually” and to “praise Him from sunrise to sunset.” Praise should be the first activity when you open your eyes in the morning and the last activity when you close them at night. David said, “I will thank the Lord at all times. My mouth will always praise Him.”
God is seeking for worshippers:
John 4:23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. * The spirit part of an unsaved man is dead. * However, the spirit part of those who have received Jesus in their lives is alive. * There can be no true worship unless our spirit is alive. This happens when we receive Jesus as our personal Savior. I. Music in the beginning

God created music but Satan distorted it. He used it to deceive many and steal the worship and praise that belongs to God. Music in the beginning was ordained by God and was pleasing to Him. God gave Lucifer the ministry of music for one reason only, and that was to lead the angelic hosts in worship to God. Music was given or created to minister to God the Father. It was born and birthed in Lucifer to bring worship to the Almighty God. God had given him a special anointing for this powerful ministry in music, he was the master musician and the choir director in heaven. Lucifer sees his own beauty and brilliance and becomes arrogant and lifted up in pride:
“I will exalt into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.” – Isaiah 14:13-14
Lucifer began to desire worship for himself. God could not allow this rebellion, and so he kicked Lucifer out of the third heaven and cast him down to the earth. With him went a third of all the angels in heaven because he had tricked them into worshipping him. Angels Created The angels were created by God for definite functions. The multitude of angels seem to have been divided under the leadership of three major angels. * The archangel Michael was the leader of the large, warrior angels. * The angel Gabriel was the leader of the messenger angels. * The angel Lucifer was the leader of the angels created specifically for praise and worship as a covering of the throne of God. Lucifer * Anointed cherub * In Hebrew, Lucifer is “heylel”. It comes from the root word “halal”, from which we get “hallelujah”. It means to praise, be bright, shine, be splendid, celebrate, glorify and be famous. The name, Lucifer is a good indication that his primary function was praise and worship. * Lucifer was the original “hallelujah,” the original praiser who celebrated and shone with the reflected, radiant, glory of the Lord. * The bible describes Lucifer as being very wise, and extremely beautiful. …every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold (Ezekiel 28:13) He was an angel of light and radiated with brilliance. Everything about him was perfect from the day he was created. * He was created for Music – Lucifer did not just play an instrument, he was one. His voice was an orchestra with percussion instruments, flutes, horns and voice. He was a chief musician in heaven. Ezekiel 28:13b The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created. Lucifer must have led the great angelic orchestra and choir in praise and worship continually before the throne. * Lucifer rebelled against God Lucifer sees his own beauty and brilliance and becomes arrogant and lifted up in pride: …I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. (Isaiah 14:13-14) Ezekiel 28:15, 16 You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you. By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence within, and you sinned; therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God; and I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones. Lucifer began to desire worship for himself. God could not allow this rebellion, and so He kicked Lucifer out of the third heaven and cast him down to the earth. With him went a third of all the angels in heaven because he had tricked them into worshipping him. Isaiah 14:12 How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! Lucifer fell from the lofty position that he once held in the third heaven before the very presence of God. Music perverted * The day Lucifer fell, music fell. * Music that once was used to worship Almighty God now became music of an earthly nature, it became music of the world. Music became corrupted. * Lucifer’s gift of music was to be used in praise to God, but when he fell, this gift became perverted. * Lucifer today is still looking for worship. He is trying to get people to bow down and worship him. Illustration: Matthew 4 – Even in Jesus’ day Lucifer was hungry for worship. One day just before Jesus was to enter into His ministry, Satan, who used to be called Lucifer, came to tempt Him. One of the things satan asked Jesus to do was to fall down at his feet and worship him. Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “ All this I will give you”, he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, satan. For it is written: “Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.” (Matthew 4:8-10) The devil couldn’t get Jesus to worship him, but he is still trying to get people to worship him. He is still looking for worshippers. Today Lucifer if offering that same proposition to musicians that are potential superstars. He is offering the kingdoms of this world and the glory and glamour of them to musicians; if they will get people to worship him. Lucifer is saying: “I’ll give you my ability, I’ll give you my ministry of music, if you will help me. I will anoint you with my anointing if you will just worship me. I will make you a superstar.” * There are many groups that have become superstars and idols in America today that pray to Lucifer before their concerts. And they even give the credit for their ability and their stardom to Lucifer. * Lucifer is receiving worship through music. * It created confusion in music. Confusion in music is a sign that it’s satanic. * Illustration: Golden calf – (Exodus 32) When the children of Israel had made the calf and were worshiping it, Moses heard a sound so confusing that he could not at first discern the significance of it. Exodus 32:17,18 And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, “There is a noise of war in the camp.” But he said: “It is not the voice of those who shout in victory, nor is it the voice of those who cry out in defeat, but the voice of those who sing that I hear.” (sound of celebration) * Lucifer can create a spiritual atmosphere, and release an evil unction upon the presentation of music, just as God dwells in our praises and the Holy Spirit comes upon us. Music in the world is manipulated by the enemy and is spiritual music, but not of the Holy Spirit. * God has ordained His people to worship Him by singing and praising, and lifting up their hands unto the Lord, even dancing before His name. But the devil is doing the same thing. He is trying to get people to do the same things in worship to Him. Why? Because he desires that worship. II. Which Music is of God? Question: Are the using of instruments in the church biblical? God commanded His people thousands and thousands of years ago to: Praise the Lord with HARP: make music to Him on the TEN STRINGED LYRE. Sing to Him a new song; PLAY skillfully and shout for joy. (Psalm 33:2) Sing of joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob! Begin MUSIC, strike the TAMBOURINE, play the melodious HARP AND LYRE, Sound the RAMS HORN (trumpet) at the new moon…(Psalm 81:1-3) And of Zion it shall be said…as well the singers as the PLAYERS on INSTRUMENTS shall be there… (Psalm 87:5a) * It is clear that God has ordained in Zion, His church that He wants instruments as well as singers to blend together to worship His Name. * Even today there are some people who find it hard to accept certain instruments that can be used to worship God. God is doing a new thing in the ministry of music in His church. Man has said that “Guitars and drums are of the devil, but God said that we are to: Praise Him with the sound of the TRUMPET; praise Him with the PSALTERY and HARP, Praise Him with the TIMBREL (that is, a tambourine) AND DANCE: PRAISE Him with STRINGED INSTRUMENTS and ORGANS. Praise Him upon the LOUD CYMBALS; praise Him upon the high sounding CYMBALS (Psalm 150:3-5) * All instruments and music came from God originally. This is confirmed by the fact that it was God who put the tambourines, pipes, and viols in Lucifer when he was created in the first place. SONGS OF THE LORD AND THE SONG OF THE WORLD Songs of the WORLD fit into three categories: They are either of the WORLD, THE FLESH OR OF THE DEVIL * Songs of the world – may just be pretty love songs; * Songs of the flesh- are generally lusty songs that are sensual and dirty. * Songs of the devil – are directly anointed by satan. These songs are evil. They present thoughts of blasphemy, and are songs that exalt Lucifer or satan as the supreme being. …Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are right, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things. (Phil 4:8) We should not feed ourselves with the garbage of the world but the things that are true, noble, etc… …Whatever songs are true, whatever songs are noble, whatever songs are right, whatever songs are pure, whatever songs are lovely, whatever song is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things. God has made it possible that today we don’t need the world’s music anymore. The church has music that exists and magnifies the Lord. If music in the world could eventually control our mind then it is a serious thing to consider what kind of music we listen to. There may be nothing wrong with a love song about a girl, but songs that are dirty, and magnify Lucifer have no place in the life of a born again Christian. It is very clear that God doesn’t want us to be involved with the music of the world. God wants us to draw the line. He wants us to listen to music that is wholesome, good and pure. Christian musician, do you love the music of the world? Do you try to copy and play like the musicians in the world? Music of God That exalts Jesus and edifies the believer A. Guidelines for Choosing/Evaluating Music * Origination
It is helpful to ask “Where did the music originate and who wrote it ?” Did it originate in the heart of the genuine believer or out of Christian principles or out of the flesh ? * Identification
Not only should music be checked as to its origin but also its identification should be discerned. With what will the listener identify the particular style of music that is being played ? Music is generally identified with something or someone; either God, the world, the flesh or the devil. Certain styles are identified with sensuality and other works of darkness. * Communication/Message
Finally, music is primarily a means to an end. All music is meant to convey a message and bring a response to the same.
One should ask “ What does this music communicate ? What response does it bring ? What is the fruit? Music should convey a message that is conveyed in the word of God. Music is a blessed means to an end and that end is to glorify God. In choosing songs, consider the following: * Songs that have a double meaning * Who, or what does it exalt? Is the answer – the world, the flesh, or the devil?

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