GOD’S EXPECTATION FROM TODAY CHORISTERS
It is true that the veil of the temple tore into pieces the moment Christ gave up the ghost. It is true that everybody now have access to God and may be allowed to climb the altar but His expectations or requirements from His ministers and intending ones remains the same. These expectations will be discussed one after the other.
He expects you to be born again:-
The first step you must take to become a member of God’s family is that of being born again. If you are in the choir and you are not yet born again maybe you are the choir master even, please kindly drop your office and go back to do the first work which is repentance. If not, you are wasting your time and polluting the altar of God and God will not leave you unpunished if you do not change.
For you to be born again, you must first repent from your sins and accept Christ as your Lord and personal saviour.
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2Pet. 3:9.
God has given us the promise of forgiving us our sins whenever we come back to Him repentantly in humility. To repent means “to turn away”. So you have to turn away from your sin and then plead for forgiveness. He is faithful and just to forgive you your sins.
Another thing you must do after repenting from your sin is to sanctify yourself. In the Old Testament, sanctification was done through sacrifice to God with the use of Animal’s blood. But today, the blood of Jesus is the replacement of the animal’s blood. All you need to do is to pray that God should cleanse you through the blood that was shed by His only begotten son on the cross of Calvary, He will by same blood blot out your sins and they will be remembered no more. This is possible when you believe that Christ came and shed His blood for humanity.
If we confess our sins,
He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.1 John. 1 : 9.
When we are cleansed from all unrighteousness, we become sanctified.
The next step to take is that of separating yourself from the world. Have a total (not partial) separation from worldly friends and worldly things, I won’t start mentioning them; you know all. Then, make new friends in Christ so as to help you grow. Hear His word:
Wherefore, come out from among them and be ye separate. Saith the lord, and touch not the unclean things and I will receive you. 18 And I will be a father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. 2Cor.6:17-18.
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the father is not in him. 1John.1:15.
This call is very much loud and clear. Come out from among the people of the world and be separate, love not the things of the world as you used to, then He will become your father. If you must attract God’s love upon your life, then, you must not love the things of the world.
All you have to do is constantly study the word of God which is the Bible and then pray so you can grow spiritually at this level. Apart from growing, one of the reasons why you must pray is for you not to fall into temptation in this tempting world of sin. Christ said:
Watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation. Matt.26:41a.
I’ve seen faithful and vibrant brothers in the choir who are been brought down to level zero by some “recruited demonic sisters” as my friend will put it because they did not watch and as well could not pray. It is vice versa, before the sisters will crucify me.
I have also seen sisters who are been deceived into relationships by brothers who claim to be doing well in faith. They are even more in the Choir. They come with the name of either the Holy Spirit ministered to me that you are going to be my wife or I see you becoming the mother of my unborn children - LIES FROM THE PIT OF HELL. We must be very much careful and that is why we must have to constantly pray and study the bible to fill our hearts with God’s word.
He express Holiness And uprightness from you:
In this our era, choristers have thrown caution to the wind. But the truth remains that God requires holiness and Uprightness from the choristers just the way He demands same from the pastors. God’s standard for holiness remains as has been for ages irrespective of modernization, civilization, doctrines or dogmas, just as the Altar is a holy place where God dwells; so also the choristers who have their stand on the Altar must make and keep themselves pure. I asked a question in chapter one (1) about the last time we experienced God’s powerful move in our church services, one of the reasons why God has refused to show up or shows up partially is because the choristers are living immoral lives. They have polluted the Altar, there is no more sanctify in the Altar of God. Imagine a praise or worship leader coming from a boyfriend’s house to lead the congregation on Sunday morning after committing all the havoc in the night, what will she sing and to whom will she sing for?
There are some church choirs where the choir director sleeps with every new sister that comes to join the choir before she can be allowed to join the choir.
The choristers are committing havocs in so many churches unknowing to the church leaders.
Sometimes, the pastor will be aware but will refuse to react because of the fear of losing members. No wonder the bible said that judgment will start from the church. Such pastor, God will hold responsible.
There was a story about one notable campus fellowship belonging to one of the leading and highly respected churches in Nigeria. This fellowship had a revival programmed and invited a man of God to minister. When it was time for the pastor to minister, he climbed the Altar and immediately, God speak to him about five choristers who fornicated the night to the day the programmed was held. They were not afraid to boldly climb the Altar (choir stand) to sing. This man of God told them to humbly come out so he can pray for them but they refused. After much pleading, for it not to look like the pastor lied, he angrily busted into prayer that God should expose them, he prayed to an extent, and then started singing worship songs. Not up to ten minutes the power of God began to fetch them out, and the whole congregation began to shout as they were amazed. What a shameful experience that day?
You may be like one of these five, but please kindly submit and surrender totally to God now that you are reading this book, to avoid this kind of disgrace. These five persons never expected what they experienced that day. Do not be adamant over this so you will not be embarrassed the day you least expect it. Not all pastors are meek to condone.
God requires us to be holy in
What we do or say is always conceived in the heart first. An idle mind they say is the devil’s workshop. But the mind filled with the word of God is His abode (God’s dwelling place). Such mind thinks positively and Godly. Pause a minute and sink this bible verse deep into your mind.
Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalted itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.2Cor 10:5.
Whatever thought that is not in line with the word of God; such thought is unholy and must be cast down. Guard your thoughts to conform to God’s word and His will.
Often times, we claim to be upright, we claim to be born again but yet our mouths are not. We talk like the unbelievers, do all the manners of jesting. We lie, insult, curse and do all the evils with our mouth. Here goes His word:
For in many ways we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man and able also to bridle the whole body. James 3:2.
It is very much essential to learn how to bridle or tame your tongue ‘o chorister”. If you can be holy in words, you can as well in action. I therefore beseech you that is reading this book by the mercies of God that you sanctify your tongue and lip for only good conversations so as to become perfect in the sight of God and able to put the whole of your body under control.
Action they say speaks louder than voice. The real you is known through your behavioural pattern. People may believe what you say with your mouth but will understand you better through your actions, the way you live, do things and approach people. Are your actions reflecting God? Are you a Christian, are you a chorister? If yes, how is your character like?
We claim to be Christians, not just Christians but believers pretending to be pleasing Christ with our lifestyle but secretly indulging in all sorts of evil. Men may not be seeing you but God is seeing you.
Had the unbelievers ever called you hypocrites, have they ever told you that they will get to heaven before you? Then you must watch your life if yes. You womanize like them, drink with them in saloons, play harlotry, do all the immoral jestings together and expect that they will not judge your faith. Go to night clubs, beaches, bear parlors on festive periods like Christmas, New Year and Independence celebrations and see what Christians does there. Go to birthday parties, enter higher institution campuses and see for yourself. What pains me most is that majority of these ones are choristers. If you are one of them, won’t you change?
You that is reading this book, does your life bring glory to God or it is bringing shame? Be ye clean that bears the vessels of the Lord. God is watching you; He will never allow you to go scot-free if you don’t change now. Carefully read:
Woe unto you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.26 thou blind Pharisees, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Matt 23:25-26.
You that handle the microphone in the church to sing as though you are one of the angels sent from heaven and still indulge in sin, for how long are you going to continue like that? Remember, there is a woe to the hypocrites, a curse. You can fool men many times but cannot fool God. He sees your heart, and every movement that you make. He knows you more than you know yourself.
He Expects us to be Decent:
Today’s Christians have lost consciousness and morality all because of fashion. The creed to look modernized or civilized has ensnared Christians not small. In fact; fashion is daily eating us up and we are not noticing it. what pains me most is that indecency has gone beyond control in our churches, if is found only in the congregation, then it would have been better, so to say for they would have been gradually changing because of the ministers on the altar. When I talk about ministers, I mean pastors and choristers majorly; they who would have joined hands in the fight to bring morality and sanity back to the church have joined the fascinating trend. Choristers, change for crying out loud, God is not happy with the way we are going. To our sisters, enough of looking like masquerades, you have no one to scare in the church, and you are only scaring away those good and faithful brothers that would have sought for your hands in marriage. Stop dressing to entice the choir master and other brothers in choir. You do not feel comfortable sitting on the front row in the choir stand because of your dressing and you call it fashion. Must you dress to expose the parts of your body that are meant to be covered? Don’t be a satanic agent on assignment in the church.
And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. 1Cor.12:22.
Apostle Paul is saying here that we now accord more respect to the parts of the body that do not need much respect and the part that deserves it, we do not respect. I have seen so many sisters in the choir who will dress corporate, putting on a long sleeved shirt. They will properly button the hand, of the shirt but will reserve the top button of the shirt so as to allow half of their breasts to be showing. Some will even sew a very long gown that will cover them well and then put a round hole on the chest for their breasts to be showing half way. In the name of fashion, they accord despect to their hands and legs than the breast that needs it more.
The bother on the other hand are sagging their trousers and frying their hair amongst others people are almost going naked on the streets and we Christians are copying them. What a shame?
These things do not portray the image of god that we are. Stop deceiving yourself and start living by the truth in the word of God that you have read and heard. God is not happy with the way we are going, He wants us to change. He doesn’t want us to look like the unbeliever anymore. He wants a distinction between us and the unbeliever; He wants us to be decent in our dressing. We claim to know God better than us. Apostle Paul is admonishing us.
Let all things be done decently and in order. 1 Cor. 14:40
Your dressing pattern is not excluded in this matter. You must have to dress decently and in order for you to please God. Be among they that will make heaven to rejoice and not cry.
He expect us to get inspiration from Him:
Are you a chorister, a composer, an artist ort intending Artist?. Then this is for you. You must depend solely on God for inspiration. Let Him breathe life into you and upon your songs so they can become meaningful and impactful. In chapter 1, I talked about the devil who is continually tuning or trying to turn the creatures against their creator, the musicians are his major target, therefore, give him no room. Satan is trying to inspire and has been inspiring people. Most of the worldly musicians of today, started from the church choir unitl the devil then blew the spirit of pride, immorality and guest for fame into their hearts and mind and they fell. To you reading this book, tread with caution, do not be loose to the devil. Get yourself equipped for every good work, constantly study Gods word, have personal quiet time, seek Gods face in prayers persistently, make sure the devil do not find any loop hole in your life at any given point in time.
God is ready to use you, he is ready to inspire you, all he need from you is surrenderedness. If you don’t completely submit to him, the devil may enter into you and inspire you. He will make sure you don’t understand that you have missed it and before you will realize it at all you will, you have already sunk deeply in his ocean; he then takes full control of your life.
Flee worldly songs:
Apart from yielding to God, praying and studying God word, if you must be inspired of Him (God) at all time, the you must flee worldly songs. You become influenced by the devil the moment you start singing his inspired songs. Any music that is played in the beer parlor, night clubs and cultural/ traditi
onal are not God oriented and must be avoided by the person who calls him or herself a chorister. All your songs must be chritiant ones, the ones you compose, sing with your mouth, play from your phone and music sets in your home. Sing to place
Him and not humans or the deal god imitated music and it must be from you to him alone. Lean to sing songs that will glorify him, not songs that will begin it question his existence, not songs of so now continually but songs of parses.
There was a brother who repented but never played with secular music or worldly songs rather he local them so much. One faithful day, he was walking with a friend along ring road, Bennie city, Edo state who he saw demons too numerous to count dancing to the ture of the music played by one igbo business man in his shop. For some minutes, he paused and was watching these demons dancing until his friend noticed that he was not following him and they went back to tap him. It was when the friend tapped him that the thing went off. God opened his eyes to see the danger of playing worldly music and he came up with the conclusion “if these demons coved be dancing to the ture of this music, it then means that whenever I play them in my house , I invite legious of demons to my mom”. From that day he stopped playing worldly songs and burnt all the cassettes he was having.
I was not left out this, I was so much addicted to the singing and playing of worldly music, ever when I was born and brought up in a christen home. I will sing and play them whenever I am not with my parents for we do not play them at home and y father hate them not small. One of my very good friends will be preaching to me to stop but would not listen to him. It was not my fault anyway, I was under influence. This thing happen fenced when I was not yet a chorister, I never know god had a plan for me, his grace truly has brought me this far . one day, after our fasting and praying programmed in the church, I was walking along our street when I heard a loud voice saying “what are those songs doing in your phone”? I pretended not to have heard but god have already said in the scripture “once have I spoken, twice have you heard”. I become restless, the question kept on ringing in my ears and mind my heart was beating uncontrollably. I had to format my memory card as the first step, then I had peace . but I never played with lucky dubls songs for I loved them not small, it was then god used my dad to perfect his word. I mistakingly used one of lucky dubes songs as my ringing tone and one day, the phone rang in the presence of my dad, he was very angry with me, so I ran outside to receive the call and after the call, I deleted the songs completely, for if he had see them in my phone, he would have seized the phone.
From that day, I took a decision not to have anything to do with worldly songs again, little by little,
I started hating them and cleaning them off my head. Today I am a chorister, he has presented me for his good work. Grace differes, please do not wait until he opens your eyes like the man in edo state or speak to your ears like he did to me before you will change. He is speaking to you through this book to stop. His grace is sufficient to help you overcome. Start by taking them off your phone and homes, begin to find reasons to hate them and they will gradually go off your memory.
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and songs from the spirit. Sing and make music from your heat to the lord Eph .5:19.
According to that verse of the scripture, our music are to be direte to god alone from our heart. Songs from the spirit are god’s inspired song, it is only this kind that brings edification to the body of Christ and glorified god also.
5. He expects as to live for him Alone:
If you must be a god choose chorister, if you must be used of him to being down his glory via praise and worship, the all your life must be catered on him alone. You must serve him with your spirit, soul and body. He must not be second in your life, he must be your priorty, your first. Everything about you must condescend to his will. You must showcase him in all you do, wherever you go to and before as many you come in contact with. You must make him feel and know that he is your everything and the lord your life. Your life pattern must conform to his original intent for humanity. Let this songs become your anthem :
Lord I give you my heart, I give you my soul, I live for you alone every step that I take every moment I am awake, lord, have your way in me.
Our god is a jealous god. And he becomes more jealous when you begin to give another person or deity what he invented primarily for himself he invented you, he invented music and all it’s instruments, you ought to praise him with music become it is a ability give to you by him. Hear Christ.
No man can serve two master, for either he will hate the one and love the other or else he will hold to the one and despise the other, you can not serve god and mammon .mtt.6:24.
You can’t be here and be there same time, you can’t be a true child of god and still love the things of the world, you can’t sing to please god and still sing to please the deal the same time. you can’t have a strong fellowship with god and still mingle with the unbelievers to the detriment of the faith you claim to hold. God is calling you to serve him, live for him and you will enjoy him.
SUMUP OF GOD’S EXPECTATION FROM TODAY CHORISTER
if you must attract god’s love upon your life them you must not love the things of world.
God requires holiness remains and uprightness from the choristers just the way he demands same from the pastors.
God’s standard for holiness remain the same irrespective of modernization, cicilization, doctrines, or dogmas.
God is ready to use you, he is ready to inspire you, all he needs from you is syrnderedness
You become influenced by the deal the moment you start singing his inspired songs.
God initiated music and it must be from you to him alone.
If you must be a god choose chorister, if you must be used of him to bring down his glory, via praise and worship. Th all your life must be centered on him alone.
You rlife pattern must conform to his original intent for humanity.