Sound of Heaven

sounds from heaven

“The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”Job 33:4

There’s a story about a violinist who come on stage one evening and after he drew the bow across his violin, produced the most glorious sound the audience had ever heard. The crowd gave him ovation after ovation but then violinist broke the violin into pieces. He calmly looked at the shocked audience and said: “Ladies and gentlemen, don’t be dismayed. This was only a three and a half dollar violin. It is not so much the violin that makes the music as it is the man who draws the bow.”
From the scriptures we know that musical instruments have a special place in God’s design of the world, both visible and invisible.  Since the first line of musicians in Genesis 4:21, God ordained the playing of instruments as one of the main forms of worship expressions for his chosen people. The triumphal return of Jesus Christ will be preceded by the sound of trumpets (1 Corinthians 15:52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16;).

A new year means pressing the reset button, recommitting ourselves to a fresh walk with God, and presenting our bodies as a “living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God” (Romans 12:1). Through the willful act of submission and yielding of ourselves to God, we become powerful instruments in the hands of the Master. Often times we want to write our own melodies and dictate our own tune, but the sound of God is only released through those who align themselves to the frequency of heaven. The sound of God is the heart of God and His will being released into a person’s life or situation. Just as different instruments differ in size, shape and sound, there’s a sound that is unique to you because the melodies were written by God as He fashioned you in the womb (Psalm 139:13).

It’s not about our abilities, gifts and talents; in the hands of the Master, a $3.50 violin can turn into a masterpiece. Every so often, instruments need to be tuned to improve the quality of the sound; this year,  let God release through you the Sound of heaven as you submit yourself to Him.

 

In Him,

Aline Ehade

In His authority

In His authorityMoses stands as one of the greatest leaders in Bible times. Being raised among the elite class of the house of Pharaoh, Moses was accustomed to operating in man’s system of power and authority. It’s not surprising therefore, to see Moses taking justice in his own hands and killing an Egyptian. As long as Moses saw himself as “ruler and judge” (Exodus 2:14), he wasn’t ready to be a part of God’s plan to deliver Israel; he needed to go through God’s process of submission.

40 years exile in the wilderness of Midian, transformed Moses self-will into surrender; No longer is he going out on the mission on his own, but he’s being sent in the authority of God: “This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”(Exodus 3:14).  No longer is Moses operating in his own abilities, but henceforth, the very words and works of God will be made manifest through Him. No longer is Moses the administrator of punishment, but rather an intercessor pleading, and willing to risk his own salvation on behalf of the guilty (Exodus 32:32). In Numbers 12:3, we read of the testimony God gave of Moses; that he was more humble than any other man on the face of the earth.

When we find ourselves defeated, disillusioned and discouraged, it’s because we have substituted our call as servants for a position of savior. The vision may have been revealed, but the worker is not ready, until he or she submits to the process of God’s discipline, and emptying of the self. As the song goes, “we have nothing to bring but empty hands.”

In Him,

Aline Ehade

Poured out

poured out

“But even if I am poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.” Philippians 2:17.

The world’s system of reward and recognition is built to promote self-realization.  In his 1943 original theory of human motivation, Abraham Maslow identified the highest level of human need as “self-actualization”, which he described as a person’s desire for self-fulfillment, seeking personal growth, etc. While we should endeavor to achieve the full potential of our lives, we come to a fork in the road when it comes to the motivation of our pursuits.  Oswald Chambers contrasts the life of self-expenditure that Jesus calls for, to the life driven by self-realization. He writes:

“If we believe in Jesus, it is not what we gain but what He pours through us that really counts. God’s purpose is not simply to make us beautiful, plump grapes, but to make us grapes so that He may squeeze the sweetness out of us.”

The function of a vessel is not just to retain what it contains, but to pour our its content for the benefit of others. We must guard ourselves from hoarding and using the gifts and talents that God has deposited in us for personal satisfaction. When Paul answered God’s call to preach the gospel, He was all in. He did not put a cap on how much of himself he was willing to expend for the mission. In expression of his dedication for the sake of the body of Christ, he wrote:  “I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls.” 2Corinthians 12:15.

Your life is not your own. When you say yes to God, it’s no longer about your personal agenda but His. Present yourself as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1) and let God pour you out, for the refreshing of a great many.

In Him,

Aline