Living Sacrifice album cover
Living Sacrifice is one of my favorite bands. The other day I was listening to a compilation of their songs that I put together. As the chorus of one of the songs came on, it seemed the Holy Spirit was pounding the lyrics into me: “Reject all lies! Reject all lies!” I listened attentively to the rest of the song. The message picked up again in the chorus of the following song: “I am in Christ, the Son of God. I am in Christ, no longer condemned. I am in Christ, the Son of God. I am in Christ–resurrected!” Living Sacrifice is a hardcore metal band, so the Holy Spirit was literally screaming this message into my soul: You need to draw a line in the sand. You are in Christ and one with Him. Reject anything and everything that says different. Any message that brings doubt on your union with Jesus is a lie.
As I meditated on this, I thought of Moses’s response to the golden calf. He stood at the entrance to Israel’s camp and said, “Whoever is for the LORD, come to me” (Ex. 32:26). The Levites (Levi means, “joined to”) rallied to Moses. He told them all to take swords and strike down the idol worshipers in the camp (Ex. 32:27-28). The Lord is calling me to stand with Him as a Levite–joined to Him. Anything in me that accepts a false image of Him must be struck down by the sword of the Spirit–the word of the cross (Eph. 6:17).
Hopefully, this ministers to some of you as well. I pray the Lord will stir us to stand with Him in the truth as it is in Jesus (Eph. 4:21).