Benefits – BT1
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There is a radical difference between the best “by flesh” music and ANY “by Spirit” music
I can attest to a night versus day difference in the affect on the musicians and others between the best-crafted, pre-composed, skillfully-written, arranged, and artfully-performed music, even if it’s FOR God, and instead surrendering control of all this “might and power” to the Lord in exchange for allowing His Holy Spirit to flow through you to co-create anointed, prophetic, and even spontaneous music in/by/with the Spirit – no matter what your age or skill level! The reason for this radical difference is because one is based on man’s flesh, his natural resources and ability, and the other is supernatural because it’s based solely on God’s resources and ability.
I’ve known many skilled and professional musicians that played every note on their music stand perfectly “in devoted service for the Lord,” but they didn’t know the first thing about being fully surrendered to “[singular] Spirit and [singular] Truth” worship of the Lord. I fear “their sacrifice of praise to God” (a) may have been actually worthless to the Lord, for “to draw near to hear/listen to understand (b) is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools – for they do not know/recognize that they are doing evil” (c), for “I desire steadfast unconditional-love and not sacrifice, the genuine, experiential, relational, discerning knowledge (d) of God rather than burnt offerings” (e). For more about discernment – see New Covenant Ways – BT16. I’m sure that is why Jesus said in John 4:23-24, “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father by the means of [singular] Spirit and by the means of [singular] Truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him MUST worship by the means of [singular] Spirit and by the means of [singular] Truth.” For a Christian, it really comes down to where we place our trusting-relying-faith (g) – on ourselves, others, or the Lord. Jesus said the religious Jews “in vain do they worship Me” (f). Likely He would say this of many in today’s churches. <Notes> a) Hebrews 13:15, b) shama’, akouo, c) Ecclesiastes 5:1, d) da’ath, epignosis, e) Hosea 6:6, f) Matthew 15:9; Mark 7:7, g) pistis: relational conviction of trusting reliance.
In the world, I’ve played in at least 25 incredibly professional bands and orchestras even to large audiences, but the sound and experience of playing in/by/with the Spirit totally eclipses all of this! There are not enough words to describe the difference – you have to experience The Truth in order to genuinely epiginosko know The Truth. I’ve seen bands playing with everything they have to a nearly empty bar of drunks. This is terribly depressing! I’ve seen bands really tear it up on stage while people a few rows back are texting or playing video games on their phones. Really depressing! I’ve seen musicians also get huge applause on stage, but as soon as they get off stage and have to pack up all their gear, they can’t wait to get drunk or stoned. What’s with that? It’s a short high that requires so much work to prepare for!