Prophetic Rhema – BT7
Can God use Christian music that isn’t prophetic?
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Christian music that is not prophetic really only contains man’s music and words, no matter how well-intentioned “for God” it is, but remember that Jesus said in John 6:63: “the flesh is no real help to God.” Jesus went on to say in contrast: “My directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words are [singular] Spirit and [singular] zoe genuine-life.” That’s where the Spirit-power of God is to accomplish what God says! Christians have to make a choice between THEIR music FOR God or GOD’S music THROUGH them to Himself.
Remember that by definition, directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words are always spoken and heard in the present moment. When a Christian musician re-tells God’s directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words in music and/or lyrics, although they now have become their own directly-spoken/heard rhema words, by themselves they are no longer the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of God and so no longer have the original impact – they often fall flat! For example, Handel’s Messiah was originally anointed – the accounts of its composition and performance are truly supernatural! However, since then many musicians have played it and people listened to it but nothing supernaturally occurred. However, I watched it performed by a secular orchestra and choir, and sang along to it with a 1000 others at Grace for the Nation church. People all around me sang it like any other Christmas song, but SOME of us who were “in the Spirit” before we came were actually filled by the Spirit during it! That’s because God can spontaneously speak AGAIN through those old directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words and SOME people will pick up on this. Certainly God can speak through even rocks in a wall, even secular musicians and singers, but it may not be His “first pick or perfect will” (a) as He states: “in the last days, God declares that I will pour out My Spirit . . . on MY male SERVANTS and female SERVANTS, in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall actually prophesy” (b). This is His first choice! Nevertheless, all through the bible you see God working around the “free-will choices” of man! <Notes> a) Luke 19:40, b) Acts 2:17-18.
God longs to freshly speak to us directly and through HIS people! Sure God can speak through HIS old music and words, and even through unbelievers, inanimate objects, and Balaam’s donkey (e), but it’s not His “first choice or perfect will.” Even when God does choose an alternative path to accomplish His will, despite our poor choices, God loves to add new and deeper directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words each time, because that’s what “living water” is! It’s the FRESH, running water of a garden fountain (a) that we can truly live on, the presence of God as a fountain of living waters (b), the presence of the Holy Spirit that can flow out of our hearts through trusting-relying-faith in Christ (c). This water isn’t snow or ice pack from a cold winter that few animals can live on! It’s not found in a puddle or a pond or “hewn-out cisterns for ourselves” (d), which can actually make a person sick. Anointed, directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema music is what God makes because this is how He speaks! <Notes> a) Song of Solomon 4:15, cf. Revelation 7:17, b) Jeremiah 2:13, 17:13, cf. Zechariah 14:8, c) John 4:10-11, 7:38, d) Jeremiah 2:13, e) Numbers 22:22-29.
As Christian musicians, shouldn’t we long for the Lord to speak directly to us and through us to others, even musically? Isn’t the fresh, “living water” that will refresh us and others? If we do play an “old song” shouldn’t we prefer those that were demonstrably anointed originally? But more importantly, shouldn’t we desire for the Lord to freshly anoint it? Shouldn’t we be anointed while playing it? Otherwise, all we are left with is religious “flesh that profits nothing!”