Spirit-Practice – BT1
A powerful vision about the no-guilt value of exploring practice
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Every time I sit down to practice, I try to go back to a vision the Lord gave me a few years ago during a counseling session with a lady who operates with the grace-gifts of the Spirit. As we were proseuchomai conversationally-praying over feelings of guilt I had felt for years every time I sat down to practice, feelings that I was wasting my time, that nothing really would come from it, that it wasn’t paying any bills or helping me be more successful, that I really should be doing something more important, and other really negative voices likes that . . . . Well after quite awhile resting, waiting, watching, and listening in conversational-prayer I suddenly got an amazing prophetic vision. Now this shocked me, because although I get lots of God-dreams, I’ve only had a few visions since 1980!
In the vision, “I was on a beach looking at a little child playing in the sand with great joy, building a sand castle, while his father stood by grinning from ear to ear with great pride and sharing in the joy of his son’s creative exploration. I was really drawn to his smile and still can’t get it out of my mind. I couldn’t see any other part of the man’s face, just that amazing smile! After awhile, I looked back at the kid and instead saw myself in a sandbox, but I wasn’t playing with sand – I was a little kid playing on my drum-set! And boy, oh boy, was I having endless hours of fun, trying out all sorts of things to make music. And then I saw that amazing smile – again only the smile – but it wasn’t a man’s. It was my Heavenly Father’s – my “Abba” Daddy! He had been watching me my whole life since I was 8 years old (wow, and I’m 56!), curiously exploring the world of drumming on my drum-set, all kinds of concert & orchestral drums, and hand drums & percussion from around the world. And His smile showed that He absolutely, unconditionally-loved watching me, shared in my great joy, and was proud that I had spent my life doing this. He watched over me and protected me. He never turned His unconditionally-loving, caring, watchful face away from me – not once. He never asked me to stop in order to do something more worthwhile or important – not once! As far as He was concerned, there was nowhere else He would rather have me be. He was WITH me there and I WITH Him – true koinonia fellowship, and that’s all that mattered. There was no rush; this could go on forever!” Well, after I came out of this prolonged vision, I just cried and cried with great joy, and I still do as I write this.
As I was editing this on 3/25/21, it reminded me of prophetic revelation the Lord gave me on 3/20/21 in the drum room: If I am playing in/by/with the Spirit, is the Spirit thinking, ‘How can this pay off for Me? How can I acquire skill from this to use to my advantage?’” So I asked, “Why am I making such valuable time in the drum room for Spirit-practicing when I’m hearing voices that there are so many more important things I should be doing with my time?” So the Lord answered me:
- It’s My time, not yours.
- I told you that there was not better place to be. Remember? Don’t you trust me?
- Remember My smile while you were playing in your ‘sandbox’ of drums? Don’t you trust me?
- This is where you will hear, see, and get filled. Do you want this? Is it any wonder that your demon-taskmasters would do anything to keep you from here.
- This is where you will become equipped for ministry in My kingdom here and My courtyards later. You demon-taskmasters will do anything to keep you from your identity and ministry!
Have you had such a communication with the Lord that has encouraged you with your music? Would you like to share it with others here?