Great Wall – BT3
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How does any of this so far relate to Christian music?
I, like many Christian musicians came from a life of “might and power” flesh performance within so many church-ianity congregations of this world. I was became a Christian at a Church of Christ in 1980 and although they didn’t allow instrumental music, they didn’t seem to have a problem with it at their parties outside their church building! Like so many Christian musicians, I played for my own pleasure, money, fame, and even for God, to please Him, or even be “more right” with Him. That’s sure the way I felt for a long time playing in 15 churches! And I talked to a lot of others that felt the same way! We were actually proud to be Christian musicians serving God in this way. Our rehearsals were often more fleshly (impatient, hot-tempers, nerve-racking, etc.) than the other 25 secular bands I’ve been in. This was a terrible testimony to church music!
But then some of us were later blessed to be “enlightened and tasted the heavenly grace-gift [of the Spirit], and/coupled have shared in/by/with the Spirit, and/even have tasted the greatness of the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of God [by the Spirit] and/coupled the Spirit-powers of the age to come.” All these “couplers” make it evidently that this is Spirit-kind-of anointed, prophetic music in fellowship with God. The real danger is if we then “have fallen away” from this and gone back to our own “might and power.” How can they “be restored again to repentance, since they would be again crucifying the Son of God, which would be to their own harm, setting themselves up to contempt” as Hebrews 6:4-6 warns?
As for myself, after I started playing by the Spirit, I’ve only been hungry for more! I’ve played in 25 secular bands, some that I just had to quit because they were so worldly, but also some churches! Some secular bands were fairly neutral, but although as a hired musician they have been important for my income, I would drop them in one second for an opportunity to play by the Spirit. However, I haven’t found too many churches or other Christian musicians that really want to go down that road! I’m really hoping that this BLOG ministry will foster more opportunities!
Now an interesting thing has happened during my secular gigs since “I tasted the greatness of the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of God” to me that “You are an anointed musician who knows what it means to be filled by My Spirit, who knows what it is to play by My Spirit, and one day you will play in My courtyards with many others that I have chosen.” As I’m playing these secular gigs, I’m aware of this new identity, feel a inner joy, find myself smiling, feeling more confidence and less fear, watching myself play so much more intuitively without as much analysis, playing so much better, and getting complemented every time by the musicians. I just say I’m really having fun and feeling very grateful. I’m still trying to process this big difference. I’m starting to share more with these musicians and my students this new life-changing direction!