Benefits – BT3
The anointed musicians and students become filled by the Spirit to overflowing
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This happens because of the presence of the Lord – see the Anointing page. This will happen during their private practice sessions, during their private groups sessions with other anointed musicians and students, and during their public playing to the saved and unsaved. In Psalms 22:1-5, after King David had sinned with Bathsheba, after days and nights of groaning and crying, he was feeling like God had forsaken him because of God’s silence. He was used to feeling God’s presence and now he was terribly alone. He knew there was nobody else to cry out to or to trust for deliverance, but he knew he couldn’t stop praising the Lord. It certainly would be natural to do so, but he also knew that God “is holy, inhabiting (a) the praises (b) of Israel,” His people. By this David is saying that these “praises” are specifically “hymns or songs of praise, adoration, and thanksgiving given to God” (b), which God in turn “sits down with quietness” or “settles down within [Himself] so as to permanently dwell, reside, inhabit, or abide within [Himself] as with a home” (a). So no matter how bad David felt, He knew that God would come back to him if he continued to sing/play “praise, adoration, and thanksgiving to God.” God’s very presence will come during these times! So when you are feeling lost and abandoned because of sin, this is the perfect time to sing/play to the Lord! <Notes> a) yashab, katoikeo, b) t’hillah, epainos.
They will also profoundly experience more of the [singular] “fruit” or supernatural character/nature/essence of the God’s Spirit, which is overwhelming agape unconditionally-loving acceptance, but then they will experience other facets as with a diamond, or other flavors as with a piece of fruit or wine made from it, that are described by Paul in a short list of adjective-nouns in Galatians 5:22-23: incredible joy, a sea of tranquil peace, God’s boundless patience, infinite kindness and true goodness, totally loyal commitment, feather-like gentleness, and sovereign control over everything. Paul adds to this list in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, “agape unconditional-love does not envy others or arrogantly boast, so it is not arrogant or rude because it is ‘elegant, decent, and appropriate;’ it does not force one’s way on others to serve oneself because it is gentle; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices with The Truth; it bears all things; it has trusting-relying-faith in all things; it hopes all things; and it endures all things.” Boy, the Greek is rich compared to English!
The Lord has shown me many times that these are infinite qualities of Him just as He is infinite in all aspects. These “facets or flavors” are the very character/nature/essence of agape unconditional-love, which is God’s very definition as the apostle John wrote in 1 John 4:8, 16: “God exists presently, ongoingly as unconditional-love.” The Lord desires us to share these qualities with Him in order that we may genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko know Him. As Christians and musicians are Spirit-baptized, they will experience more of God’s very nature. They will experience more of “the Kingdom of God, which is righteousness, peace, and joy by the Holy Spirit” as Paul explains in Romans 14:17. I have experienced these profound correlations time and time again, and desire it to become a routine experience as Ephesians 5:18 strongly urges us to have happen to us: “Be routinely filled by the Spirit.”
The bold confidence that comes from the Holy Spirit’s filling or Spirit-baptism will astonish others, which only comes from “having been with Jesus” (a). We can receive this boldness to declare the logos gospel message of God when we start proseuchomai conversationally-praying for this (b) and are consequently filled by the Holy Spirit and His boldness! When this happens, it may actually be “bringing down the house” (c). <Notes> a) Acts 4:13, b) Ephesians 6:18-19, c) Acts 4:31.
Confident boldness comes from experiencing “such a hope” that we can’t contain it, and this happens only as we are “beholding the glory of the Lord and being transformed into His image from one degree of glory to another, because this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (a). Confident boldness isn’t just useful for preaching the logos gospel message, even through evangelistic Christian music, but is actually necessary for coming into God’s presence. However, this can only occur if we have a pistis trusting-relying-faith in Jesus (b). But watch out when this happens! You cannot stop a person that is Spirit-empowered – they shall actually “conquer by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony” (c). <Notes> a) 2 Corinthians 3:12, 17-18, b) Ephesians 3:12, c) Revelation 12:11.