Tag: Spirit of God

Musician Warriors

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A Psalm of David

“Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.” (Psalm 144:1-2 ESV)

King David, God’s psalmist and warrior. Is it hard to reconcile those two titles?

I once heard someone say that the Old Testament represents God working on the outside of man, and in the New Testament, God moved inside.

For instance:

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12-13 ESV)

And…

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs…” (Colossians 3:16 ESV)

The Spirit of God, who lives on the inside of each believer, empowers each of us to make a difference in our world; the spiritual world first, then the natural world.

I believe there’s a New Testament application of Psalm 144:1,2. As David was a musician and a warrior, there is a NT counterpart. Musician warriors. Psalmists. Worship leaders.

David was a man after God’s heart. Shouldn’t that apply to us, as well?

I am a musician. I play keyboard and guitar. But I see myself as more than a musician. I see something God is doing these days, from the inside out. Musicians who will allow God to have their heart, their life, he is calling, equipping, and anointing to be musician warriors.

Recently the Spirit’s call has been significantly stronger than I’ve ever experienced. Playing music as others worship and pray, the Spirit gives me a warrior’s heart; warring for the Kingdom of God. As I play, my heart passionately declares with heaven’s authority, “God reigns over all”. I may not speak anything audible, but my hands are anointed to carry God’s divine power.

Musicians, let your God-given gift be used to set people, cities and nations, free! Let God train your hands for war, and your fingers to fight

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Musician Warriors.

The Same Page

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What if our “worship services” were actually what they were advertised to be? What if God enjoyed them as much as we did? Is it possible? Does God even attend church anymore? If He does, how do we go about inviting Him, or making Him feel welcome should He walk into our sanctuary?

Now I can’t speak for every church, or even every person in my home church; but there is one way I know of that can “encourage” God to manifest His Presence and work His work.

As a worship leader, I understand how important it is for every musician, every singer, and every sound and video tech to be on the same page. And in order to make certain everyone is where they’re supposed to be, doing what they’re supposed to do, we have times to rehearse; to practice.

As I lead our practices, there are several things I like to cover with the team. Some things are essential, others are on an “if we have time” basis.

First, are all the instruments in tune with each other? If you don’t have unity in sound, you can’t have good harmony! You’ll never improve your team “sound”, until you are tuned together.

Second, how do we plan on beginning our worship time? Is their a particular word, a certain flow, a heavenly sound to be shared? How does each singer and musician fit in?

Then there are things like key changes, transitions, tempos, solos, and any possible problem parts in a song. We’ll especially practice the beginning and ending of each song, as well as any a cappella parts.

But to me, rehearsal is primarily about ensuring we are on God’s page.

Rain, Floods, and Winds

20130906-223739.jpgWe sometimes can hear something taught for so long, we miss a word The Lord may be trying to tell us. We may read a passage of scripture off and on for years, and though The Lord ministered that particular Word to our heart one time, we forget He may have something else to reveal from that same passage.

For example, here’s a well known quote from Jesus.

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:24-27 ESV)

Traditional thinking, and teaching, tells us the importance of building the foundation of our life (our house) on hearing AND doing the Word of God. Not just hearing the words of Jesus, but hearing and doing.

Absolutely true!

The teaching points out that both the wise man and foolish man heard the sayings of Jesus. Both the wise and foolish men experienced the same storms. Everyone was given to understand the rain, floods, and wind represented storms of life; attacks from satan who’s trying to steal, kill and destroy. The wise man’s house stood because he heard AND did. The foolish man’s house was destroyed because he heard AND DID NOTHING.

Absolutely true!

But I’d like to offer an interpretation that may shake your thinking. It did mine.

Specifically, I want you to look at the words “rain”, “floods”, and “winds”. Remember, most of us have been taught that those words represent the kingdom of darkness, and its mission to tear us down and totally destroy us.

But I believe the Spirit of God is wanting us to realize a more important truth; one we must grasp, especially in this perilous hour in which we find ourselves.

The words rain, floods, and winds can also refer to the Holy Spirit of God!

“For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring” (Isaiah 44:3 NKJV)

“So they shall fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun; for he will come like a rushing stream, which the wind of the Lord drives.” (Isaiah 59:19 ESV)

“Behold, the Lord has a mighty and strong one, like a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, like a flood of mighty waters overflowing, Who will bring them down to the earth with His hand” (Isaiah 28:2 NKJV)

“then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath (wind) of life, and the man became a living creature” (Genesis 2:7 ESV)

“He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot; he rides on the wings of the wind; he makes his messengers winds, his ministers a flaming fire” (Psalm 104:3-4 ESV)

“He sends out his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow and the waters flow” (Psalm 147:18 ESV)

“Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live” (Ezekiel 37:9 NKJV)

“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting” (Acts 2:2 NKJV)

Anyway, I think you can see The Lord MAY be referring to His Spirit when He speaks of rain, floods and winds.

“But that doesn’t make any sense”, you say. Ah, but it does.

The Lord spoke of a time, a certain time, when everything that CAN be shaken, knocked down, agitated, destroyed, toppled, WILL be!

“At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken – that is, things that have been made – in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain” (Hebrews 12:26-27 ESV)

I believe that time is upon us.

A time of peril (2 Timothy 3) and of people departing from the faith (1 Timothy 4). A time of sifting and preparation (Amos 9:9-12; Malachi 3:1-3). A time when everything that is not of Him is SHAKEN OFF AND OUT!

The goal? That we may grow up in Him, not having spot or wrinkle, or anything in us He CAN’T build upon.

So, how will we survive these days? What did Jesus tell us to do? He told us to hear His sayings AND DO THEM!

And when the Spirit of God begins to shake things in our lives, we won’t fall apart.

The first three chapters of Revelation indicate an inspection, a shaking, a judging of the saints.

Judgment WILL begin at the HOUSE of God! (1 Peter 4:17)

Don’t be upset with me. I’m facing the same shaking as everyone else. And it isn’t fun. But though His discipline feels like He’s trying to kill us, He’s only preparing us to walk as He walked.

In the Glory, and for the Glory, of God.

The Spirit Within and Upon Me

20121222-174933.jpgThe Spirit of God is in me to dream and upon me to do.

He anoints my head with oil and my hands with fire. He establishes my words and my walk.

He enables me to run through a troop and leap over a wall. His power not only sustains me, but also makes me jealous for Him as He is for me.

By His Spirit within me, I have the wisdom to do His will on earth. With His Spirit upon me, I have supernatural, miracle working, life giving love for those around me.

His Word is like a fire, shut up in my bones. His Spirit is the fire, igniting the Word within, so when spoken it penetrates hearts, burns away sin and complacency, and unites God and His creation once again.

His Spirit restores me, transforms me, pours through me, and even “floors” me. He adores me, and I Him.

I have no fear, for His Spirit leads me. He leads me into all truth, freedom, and unity with His plans and purposes. Even though I may find myself in the valley of the shadow of death, there is nothing to fear. The Spirit of God is with me, and no weapon formed against me shall prosper.

He that is in me is greater than he who is in the world, namely, the adversary. The Spirit of Jesus has equipped me with all things pertaining to life and godliness. He didn’t leave me alone to walk this walk or talk this talk. He is an ever present God!

The law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me completely free from the law of sin and death. Inside me, the Spirit is recreating me into the image of the Son. On the outside, He is giving me the strength to complete His purpose for my life. He will perfect that which concerns me.

He Who began a good work in me is faithful to complete it.

The Lord’s Kingdom IS coming! His will IS being done on earth as it is in Heaven. The Spirit of God IS moving upon the face of the deep, and deep in the souls of man.

He will not relent until all have an opportunity to know Him. He will not relent until all the earth is filled with the Glory of God.

And when my life on earth is finished, there will be others to carry on; because of the Spirit of God in me and upon me.

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