The archives of The Sun Will Rise, organized by month.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Hope is an extremely potent emotion. It gives us courage to face difficult circumstances, assuring us that they will come to an end. Hope fills our hearts with eager anticipation and expectation for peace, happiness, joy, and well-being. President Barack Obama used “hope” as one of his main campaign slogans in 2008. Not only is “hope” a big buzzword in secular society, but it’s increasingly becoming a catchphrase among Christians in the West.

The word “hope” also filled the conversations, letters, and daydreams of the first century church after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus. As 21st century believers in that same resurrected and ascended Lord, do we share the same hope as the early church?

The New Testament boldly declares the singular hope that every believer should cling to - the return of Jesus to the earth to raise us from the dead, establish His government from Jerusalem, restore the earth to the pristine perfection as seen in the beginning before the fall of man, and reveal YHWH, the God of Israel, as the one true God who alone is worthy of all worship.

The biblical definition of hope is stunning in that it is wholly focused on and anchored in the age to come. Any amount of favor, grace, and power that the Lord gives us today is never meant to be an end unto itself for this day, but is always to be strengthened in perseverance and hope for that Day.

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Friday, June 4, 2010

A lot of musicians in the church these days are talking more and more about “prophetic” music. The very nature of a prophetic musician or singer is one who prophesies. What is prophecy? We’ve made it out to be an ethereal thing that only select few “super saints” can operate in, and that it is a gift that is rarely given. But Revelation 19:10 debunks this misunderstanding by saying that all true prophecy simply manifests itself in declaration of the identity, heart, emotions, will, and desires of Jesus. Just as prophetic preaching is instructive and provokes us to live as Jesus did, prophetic music is music that is instructive to its hearers about the person and life of Jesus. There is no secret formula for prophetic anointing beyond a heart of devotion to Jesus and a desire to make Him known in truth. The Holy Spirit takes the music of the loyal heart of the musician and uses it to invite the listeners into deeper devotion to the Lord.

Paul, a selfless minister of Jesus the Messiah to the Corinthians, says:

“[In] whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. [I am] not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.”
(1 Corinthians 10:31-33 NKJV)

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