Faith Built on M&Ms (music and miracles) alone cannot Produce Genuine Faith
by Perry F. Louden, Jr
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The introduction for Psalm 60 states. “For the director of music. To the tune of “The Lily of the Covenant.” A miktam of David. For teaching. When he fought Aram Naharaim and Aram Zobah, and when Joab returned and struck down twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.” God performed miracles time and time again for David and the Israelites. The Bible says, “The LORD gave David victory wherever he went” (2 Sam 8:14), and it states he was, “the sweet psalmist of Israel” (2 Sam 23:1,KJV)
Music and miracles can be used for both good and bad. While David wrote numerous songs to praise and worship to our Lord, nevertheless, King Nebuchadnezzar used great music including many of the same instruments David used - " the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds if music..." to prepare the people for the worship of the image. Since beautiful music can be used for both good and evil our faith must be built something else.
Jesus and so many of God’s servants throughout the Bible performed signs and miracles. Nevertheless, Pharaoh's magicians were able to duplicate Moses' miracles of staff into a serpent, changing water into blood, and making frogs appear. Again, in Revelation, it says of the beast, "He performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven" (Rev 13:13). Jesus, Himself, gave this admonition, "For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect- if that were possible" (Matt 24:24).
So, music gives us a feeling of euphoria and puts us in a serene mood ready for what comes next. Nowhere in the Bible is this regarded as a sin, even so, what comes next can certainly be sinful, even to accepting false worship.
The natural human reaction to all miracles and signs performed in the Bible is "WOW! That is impossible. No human can do that!" Often there is an assumption that all miracles are from God. The Bible is clear that this is not always the case. Two questions should come to mind: 1) Is the person performing the sign God's humble, Bible believing servant? 2) Is the result of the sign or miracle glorifying God and leading others into deeper Bible study?
Paul defines faith as, "being sure of what we hope for and certain for what we do not see" (Heb 11:1), but Paul does not leave us to interpret that statement according to our own, flawed human reasoning. The Hall of Faith, which immediately follows, shows Genuine faith in action. Men and Women totally devoted to their Lord and following the divine words of Scripture even to the point of death.
We need genuine faith to take us through these last days. Genuine faith only comes through an experimental relationship with Jesus. We must know the Bible backwards and forwards for it is a revelation of Him. We must spend quiet time each day in contemplation of His words and in prayer. We must live out our faith, relying on The Lord in all we say and do. Only this will instill genuine faith in us to make it through the last days. We must ensure our faith is built on the Rock of Jesus Christ and His Word and is not built on the M&Ms - music and miracles- that we find all around us, even though we may love M&Ms!
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Very catchy title! We need to go deeper, as it pertains to our relationship with Christ. We indeed have to put our faith in Christ. Our faith develops as we spend time with God and continue to surrender our lives to Him. M&M's are good but we cannot live on them!