Fought the Good Fight!
What will it be like in heaven with Jesus?
A song for those that fought the good fight and are confident that Jesus will welcomed them home into His eternal presence as faithful servants! What will it be like when Jesus wipes away all our tears? No more death, no more sorrows, & no more pain at looking back! For the former things have passed away?
I am not here to offend anyone, but it seems that most Church worship leaders in mainline denominations usually Omit our Savior Jesus from the song! As a matter of fact, it seems that many of the songs could be performed in a secular setting, or even a religious environment including Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses or Muslim presence, and even on the radio, such as is today without any problems since Jesus is a stumbling stone and a narrow way to the Father and so to please and not offend anyone, they sing about everything except Jesus! Is that not true?
Even many political public servants will not use the name Jesus but instead use the general word God because God is not offensive and is politically correct! Jesus is assumed to be too narrow and offensive.
If you don’t believe me then read on and take the challenges I submit to you.
Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name above all names, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,…
Who should be Glorified?
Who does the Holy Spirit glorify? Does the Holy Spirit glorify himself by pointing to Himself or to Jesus? What does the scripture say who the Holy Spirit glorifies? It is Jesus! Scan down to verse 14!
The Work of the Holy Spirit is to Glorify Jesus!
5 “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.
Examples of the Holy Spirit Glorifying Jesus!
One basic way the Spirit glorifies Jesus is by revealing to us (and bringing into our growing experiential knowledge) the free heavenly riches that are ours in Christ. “Now we have received…the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” This is the language of grace: “freely given to us.” The wonders of God’s grace are poured out freely: “being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed upon us in the Beloved”(Romans 3:24 and Ephesians 1:6, NASB). What man deserves (and has earned by his own sin and offenses) is judgment. However, Christ supplies at His cost (His death for us) the free remedy of eternal life. “But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many…For the wages of sin is death, but the [free] gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”(Romans 5:15; 6:23).
Purpose of Holy Spirit – Gifts
1 Corinthians 12
4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
Fruit of the Spirit
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
Challenge # 1- Is the name Jesus in the Song?
When you listen to contemporary songs in your next church service, pay attention to see if any and I mean any of the songs use the word Jesus in the song! Just to be clear, there in nothing wrong with using the words Spirit or Love or Father, or Son etc. in a song.
I took this challenge and what I find is that song leaders use the word God or maybe Lord, or maybe the Spirit or that heaven came down to us but not Jesus! And many songs use the word love but you’ll never know if they are talking about some girlfriend or boyfriend or God? They designed it to be played in both secular and the Christian market to gain sells! Yes, it’s all about money! So, try to play a song like this in your service with emphasis on Jesus and see what the response might be? If you think for one second, I am trying to glorify myself than watch Song video Just Dust!
Challenge # 2 – Do song writers use Scripture or just Emotions?
Usually it’s not necessary to ask where the words come from when listening to many songs on the Pop Christian radio because they come from the emotions of the artist. However, in this challenge, I wonder how many of you know which books in the bible the words came from? Now it is somewhat of a rock beat so if anyone is against that type of beat than just pass this challenge by as I apologize in advance. Not everyone likes the same music! I’ll give you a hint … It’s from at least two different books in the bible!
The song is different than many contemporary songs you’ll hear out there!
- The words contain the name Jesus! Oh no that’s too narrow minded you say?
- The goal is to minister God’s scriptural truths from the Bible to the listener instead of entertaining!
- Provide spiritual depth in story form by avoiding simple obnoxious la, la, la content of repeat phrases. Some songs contain I love you, I love you and I love with no depth but only a catching beat and are designed to be a crossover tune for financial profit in both the Christian and non-Christian audience!
Finally, Who Died & Paid the Sin Penalty for You?
I ask this question? Who died for you and who paid your penalty of sin? See how many times your pastor says the words… “Glorify Him” or “Glorify God” but doesn’t specifically say “Glorify Jesus” and may even say a “a man that gave His everything”? Even pastors leave out the word Jesus!
Who will you be spending eternity with? Acknowledging that the Holy Spirit is in You, you will be spending eternity with Jesus, won’t you? Ask yourself this question, would heaven be heaven without Jesus? Can’t we at least use the name of Jesus directly in a song instead of inferring the name of Jesus? If not, those visiting your worship may not know what God or gods you are singing about?
Jesus Above All Names?
9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Is your Church politically correct?