Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Singing in the Spirit (Singing with the angels)

That’s a new term to me until I joined Deeper Life Seminar. In 1 Corinthians 14: 15, it is written:
“Well then, what shall I do? I will pray in the spirit, and I will also pray in words I understand. I will sing in the spirit, and I will also sing in words I understand”

How does one sing in the spirit anyway? I say it would be like singing to God from the heart. And I still believe it is that way. In Deeper Life Seminar, part of the daily homework is praising God in songs for 10 minutes and if you can, to sing in the spirit as well. Ps Vernon says at some point God may give you heavenly melody. I know it’s not from the bible. He speaks from experience in this case.

I observe that it is an extension of praying in tongues for a long while. But it is also easier to sing in the spirit after praising God in songs after a long while. The first time I sang in the spirit was after the singing “Joy of My Desire”. It just flowed easily from there and from my mouth came gibberish melody and words.

These past 2 days we’ve been learning about angels in DLS. I was very encouraged after learning about angels after making reference to the bible (see below). Ps Margareth told us that about 30 years ago, she was worshipping in a group in California -praying in tongues and singing in the spirit for 8 hours and then when they sung they could hear, in the background, sound of angels singing with them.

Today, I heard little Davien cry next door. My neighbour’s son cries so much everyday. Today, I decided I would pray for him and prayed for angels to encamp around him, his mum and his maid and to calm him down. As I prayed in tongues, singing in spirit (singing “alleluia” like how I heard the angels sing) and also in the understanding, he stopped crying! Praise the Lord! I must try it again tomorrow that is if he cries again. Thank you Jesus for sending us angels to help us in everyway. All glory to God. All the angels and us praise you! Holy Holy Holy Lord God Almighty!

Here are some of the facts about angels which I learned from DLS:

They do not die (Luke 20:26)
They do not reproduce nor marry (Matthew 22:30)
They are powerful being. Only one angel will be required to throw the devil into the Abyss (Revelation 20:1)
They have emotions, not puppets (Luke 15:10)
They have desire (1 Peter 1:12)
There are different ranking angels like the seraphim and cherubim that protect God’s glory (Genesis 3:24)and proclaims God’s grace and holiness (Isaiah 6:1-3).
There are innumerable angels (Hebrews 12:22).
They fight the devil between the first and second heaven (I still don’t know where this source is from. Chor Hon says “ancient source”. What’s that?).
Michael is an archangel, one of the chief princes (Jude 1:9, Revelations 12:7)
Gabriel is not an archangel (oops - lost the reference)
They aid in healing (and interestingly John 5:4 was intentionally left out from the NIV bible. I wonder why?)
Do not worship angels. Only worship God. (Revelation 22:8,9) Do not pervert the gospel. (Galatians 1:6)
God made men a little lower than angels (Psalm 8:5) but when we are risen with Christ, spiritually, we are with Christ, seated at the right hand of God, higher than the angels.
Angels escort the born again Christians to heaven (Luke 16:22).
They aid God in judgment, weeding out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil (Matthew 13:40).
They strengthen us (Daniel 10:19).
They bring encouragement from God (Acts 27:23).
They are created by God though the bible does not say when (Psalm 148:2,5).
They worship and praise God. (Psalm 148:2, Revelation 7:11) When we worship God, they will join us too. That’s why when we praise God in worship, demons flee.
Angels never depicted as woman or baby with cute bellies but as young man, yes (Mark 16:5).
They have a will, like Lucifer in Isaiah 14:12 and it fell from heaven.
They are spirit beings (Hebrews 1:13,14)
We have our own guardians angel (Matthew 18:10, Acts 12:15).
They protect us (Psalm 34:7, Psalm 91),
They bring messages and/or instructions from God (Acts 10:1-6).
They bring warning from God (Matthew 2:13).

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