By John Thiel
Psalm 92:1 A Psalm [or] Song for the sabbath day. [It is a] good [thing] to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: 2 To show forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, 3 Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.
“On the banks of old Jordan here gazing I stand and earnestly longing I stretch forth my hand. Send a convoy of angels dear Jesus I pray, let me join in that sweet music.” With all who hear this message, to see whether we really are in tune with that music to understand that if I’m going to be in that place I will be truly fitted for that music. Those who plan to be recipients of Jesus in John 14 need to understand the import of our preparation.
John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also. Read the rest of this entry
By John Thiel, mp3
What does the sound of music have to do with the subject of God’s love? We hear different sounds all the time. Sounds that relate to different circumstances, moods, events and emotions. We hear the shrieks of terror, we hear blood curdling cries, and we hear soft sensational golden throated love songs. We hear the sounds of delight and hear the sounds of challenge and conflict. To discern the sound for relevant situations is very imperative. For instance I have much experience in hearing the sounds of my children with their voices such as delightful shrieks and cries and amongst them all to be able to discern the shriek of delight, terror or a fright or something serious. Once I heard my children give a shriek where they were in an area of danger and i ran out but they were happy. The discernment of being able to tell the difference was very difficult. To discern the contrast of sounds to incite to appropriate action is a subject that we need to understand. Read the rest of this entry
By John Thiel
Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
When the heart is totally yielded to God it is possible to understand his ways. We need to discover another element of being in tune with God so that we can be submissive by understanding and knowledge.
The Worship of Today
Every time I worship God and when I’m asked to lead out in worship, one question that keeps me on the alert is – is my worship acceptable to God? There are many people that worship but while they imagine that they are worshiping God they are in all reality worshipping self. They create an atmosphere in their worship time that is pleasing and entertaining to themselves. This is the reason why the churches today say – look, times have changed and the way we worship God today is different to the way people worshipped in the past. People that worship God from their own ideas will believe worship has changed but all who worship God in spirit and in truth do not ask whether we worship God in the way we enjoy it but the way in which it is pleasing to God. We need to adjust our hearts as to what is a pleasure to God. Read the rest of this entry
By John Thiel, The Sanctuary Series, study 22
Music is another one of those points of personal sensitivity which is very hard to address, to try and help people in. But I thank God for the sanctuary, because there it reveals something that helps us to be able to handle it. Music is simply a sequence of vibrations that come to our sense of hearing and to which we respond according to our hereditary and cultivated background. Read the rest of this entry
By John Thiel, mp3
Revelation 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed [is] he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
Is your life a tempestuous sea? We are living in tempestuous times. Waves before us roll. We get over one roll and we don’t know what is next. We are surrounded by treacherous shoal. We need the piloting of our saviour Jesus Christ. I desire to reflect upon the tempestuous destructions that we are heading towards and what it means to be protected from that. We are looking at the plagues and especially Armageddon. To appreciate what it means not to be found naked. Jesus is our pilot in the time in which we live as he has promised all the way through. Read the rest of this entry