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Supernatural skill and confidence comes from anointed music!

 

 

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Christian musicians should become like the anointed craftsmen in Exodus 35:31-35 who were “filled with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood to work in every craft” for every single detail for the Tent of Meeting, the Ark of the Testimony, the holy garments of the priests, oils, incenses, lamps, etc.  The Lord is into details!

 

Should our confidence come from our own “might and poweror from Spirit-empowerment?  King Solomon says, “Yahweh will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught” (a) and “In the reverential awe of Yahweh one has strong confidence” (b). Paul says:  “Such is the confidence that we have thru-the-realizing-channel-of Christ toward God (the Father).  Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has caused to be ministers of a completely-different New Covenant, absolutely not in fact of the gramma sacred letter but of the Spirit, for the gramma letter kills but the Spirit gives zoe genuine-life” (c).  Finally, “in Christ Jesus our Lord we have boldness and access with confidence through trusting-relying-faith in Him” (d).  <Notes> a) Proverbs 3:26, b) Proverbs 14:26, c) 2 Corinthians 2:4-6, d) Ephesians 3:11-12.

 

Paul rattled off a whole list of credentials for having “confidence in the flesh” and bragged that he “had even more” than the Christians he was writing to, but then concluded: “Whatever gain I had, I counted as complete loss for the sake of Christ.  Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of the gnosis info-knowledge of/belonging to Christ Jesus my Lord.  For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him” (a).  This is one of the rare times Paul uses gnosis positively (b).  As a Pharisee under the great teacher of the Torah Law of conditional-favor, Gamaliel, he was an expert at gnosis info-knowledge of the gramma sacred letters that make up the graphe scripture of the old covenant.  That was high in his list of impressive credentials.  But he considered this scriptural gnosis info-knowledge to be pure rubbish!  He threw this scholarly expertise into the filthy trash where many “unclean” things were put!  Why?  Because the gramma sacred letters killed us – it’s called “the Law of sin and death” (c) for a reason!  Clearly, the gnosis info-knowledge that “belonged to Christ” was exceedingly superior but this is only found in the New Covenant ministry in/by/with the Spirit.”  If you are looking for confidence anywhere else but Christ it’s not the paper it is written on!  <Notes> a) Philippians 3:3-9, b) 1 Corinthians 8:1, c) Romans 8:2; 1 Corinthians 15:56.  See the Knowledge, Surrender Control, Letting go and Letting God, and New Covenant Ways pages.

 

As an anointed musician playing in/by/with the Spirit, you may actually find yourself watching yourself in the 3rd person with wondrous awe wondering how you could possibly be playing so well, making such beautiful music, and doing all this without really thinking much about it or whether it sounds good or not.  Professional musicians are always thinking about and preparing for what they need to do next, whether they are reading music or not, and working hard to make sure their instrument interacts with the other musicians well, and so they are usually very self-conscious.  This can lead to performance anxiety, mistakes, and post-playing criticalness and depression.  I’ve seen it in hundreds of musicians and myself!  There is a lot of alcohol and drugs used to calm nerves or psych performers up.  Christians aren’t exempt – they may just pound coffee or smoke cigarettes to get pumped, and drink a couple of beers or wine afterwards to come down.

 

But none of this is needed when you give the Holy Spirit complete control of your playing!  He takes you along for the ride and you are just left in awe, inspired, and filled up with joy.  Also, there is no need to be nervous before stepping out on the stage, because the Lord has flowed through you during your Spirit-practice.  He will do it again as you surrender control!  Also, there is no need to brag in your ability because you know that you were just being used.  There is no need for arrogance because you know your identity is “in Christ” and that He has chosen to use you out of pure unconditional-favor-of-grace, with no consideration for your so-called “talent” whatsoever!

 

I would be interested in hearing your experiences with supernatural skill and confidence while playing in/by/with the Spirit.

 

 

 

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Benefits – BT8

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Supernatural wisdom comes from anointed music!

 

 

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King David says in Psalms 49:4, “I will stretch out my ear to a parable (a); I will open up wide (b) my insightful saying (c) by/with the lyre/harp,” which is likely produced the rest of this divinely inspired psalm!  In other words, David was really listening for God to directly speak prophetic rhema words to him.  God initially gave him a wise saying that was difficult to understand, so he “unpacked” it by playing his instrument.  That’s when God gave him the rest of the revelation!  Man, God is good!  I can attest to getting bits of revelation from God that puzzled me greatly.  I pondered it for a long time.  Then He would give me more, but I never tried going into my drum room to hear more!  However, I can attest to going into a trance-like state (zoning out) while drumming and “seeing” visions and directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words from the Lord that I then wrote down, and as I played more I received even more.  I keep a notebook in my drum room for that very reason!  Sometimes He shows me insights into drumming and sometimes He tells me about His original creation of music and His feelings while playing it, which He wants to share (d) with me in order to reveal Himself more so that I can get to genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko know Him. <Notes> a) parable in Greek, but Hebrew means: a pithy or wise maxim, simile as an adage/proverb, poem, or parable, b) reveal, explain, c) the riddle, puzzle, problem, or conundrum behind the parable or proverb, d) koinonia: fellowship.

 

 

 

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Benefits – BT7

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Supernatural healing from demons comes from anointed music!

 

 

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When King David was younger, he played his lyre to drive out a spirit from King Saul:  “And whenever the harmful spirit from-beside/near (f) Elohiym (g) was upon Saul (a), David took the lyre and played it with his hand.  So Saul was revived (b) and made well (c), and the harmful spirit departed from him (d), and this became a daily habit of David’s (e).  <Notes> a) 1 Samuel 16:14 says a “choking & strangling” (Greek) or “tormenting & injurious” (Hebrew) spirit replaced God’s Spirit that had departed from Saul because he got involved with a witch to see the future.  We cannot believe that God directly sent an “evil” spirit into Saul for his disobedience.  Who is always in the courts of heaven “near/beside Elohiym” that accuses the brethren day and night?  Satan!  That’s who always comes to replace God’s Holy Spirit!  b) to again breathe deeply, c) better unto goodness and cheer, d) 1 Samuel 16:23, e) 1 Samuel 18:10, 19:9, f) para, g) plural: Supreme Triune Godhead.

 

Let’s look into this much closer:  In 1 Samuel 16:15-18 “And [King] Saul’s servants said to him, ‘Behold now, an injurious/choking spirit from God is tormenting you. Let our king now command your servants who are before you to seek out a man who is good-natured, upright, cheerful, and wisely understands (b) how to psalm (a) the lyre, and when the injurious/choking spirit near/beside Elohiym is upon you, he (the musician) will psalm it, and you (Saul) will be well.’  So Saul said to his servants, ‘Find me a man who psalms well/knowledgably/beautifully (b) and bring him to me.’”  <Notes> a) psallo:  “hit, twang, pluck, or twitch” out a song with/without singing, b) yadaagathos.

 

The servants used the Hebrew word yada in the Qal form, meaning “acquainted with or understands or is wise by learning or experience acquired through the senses.”  However, instead of the usual Greek word ginosko, the Greek word used was agathos, which means instead “good natured, pleasantly joyful, excellent or distinguished and thus useful, upright, or honorable.”  The servants were looking for a good-natured, morally upright, musician who knew from learning or experience how to cheer up the king!   However, the king used the Hebrew word yatab in the Hiphil form, meaning “to make glad or to rejoice, to deal with or do well or rightly with, to do thoroughly, to make a thing good or right or beautify.”  Does this word only mean “do well” as too many translations imply?

 

However, the context always defines the choice of word meaning!  The Septuagint translation selected the Greek word orthos to emphasize that the chosen musician was to literally be: “horizontally level or straight or direct,” or figuratively be: “straight up, erect, or upright in character,” as if to say the king wanted more than just another “qualified well-playing, knowledgably, happy musician to make happy music to make the himself happy” – like the servants thought he wanted!  The servants reached for “the low-hanging fruit” – cheerful musicians that play good music to cheer you up, who were then, are now, and always will be “a dime a dozen.”  No!  The king was disparately sick and knew he needed something far more powerfully-enabling!  He needed Spirit-power!

 

Instead, the king wanted an “upright (godly), wise musician to help him become right with God.”  1 Samuel 16:18 continues:  “One of the young men answered, ‘Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse [David] the Bethlehemite, who is experientially, relationally yada knowing or eido mentally ‘seeing’ to perceive/know (a) and/coupled one who has sunesis connect-the-dots rational understanding (b) in psalming (c), a man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a man of good presence/handsome, and the Lord is with (e) him.’”  O yes, the servants understood the king – sure they said David was “experientially, relationally knowledgeable or mentally ‘seeing’ to perceive/know” (a) and “rationally understanding” (b) when it came to “psalming” like the other Levites would be, who David as king would later establish (d) to worship God regularly.  However, David was also a courageous warrior, wise speaker, and handsome, and more importantly “God was with him!”  I bet that’s exactly what helped king Saul make the final decision!  None of those others things would help with his sickness – see Signs, Miracles, Healing. <Notes> a) yada, eido: mentally ‘seeing’ to perceive/know b) sunetos, c) psallo, d) see the word suniemi in 1 Chronicles 15:16-22 and 25:1-8, e) The Greek meta means more than just “with,” but looks towards the after-effect, change, or result that is only defined by the context.

 

It should also be noted in 1 Samuel 16:23 that as soon David played, the injurious/choking spirit left Saul and he was refreshed and made well.  Again, it is very unfortunate that many translations have misled readers to think that king Saul wanted just a noble, experienced, well-playing, and knowledgable musician to cheer him up, like the servants originally suggested as they consistently focused on worldly traits that would impress a king.  It’s a crying shame these translations think that the king was just looking for someone who could play “good” or “well.”  If that was the case, why would the king state the obvious – why would he even consider a novice?  It’s a given he would be looking for a skilled musician, so why would he ask for this?  These translators have really diverted the reader from the main point – that the king needed “a good-natured, upright, cheerful, wise, understanding, noble, musician who is with/affected-by the Lord” to help him get back on his feet and find peace with God!

 

As Christian musicians, even if we are “happy, skilled, professional musicians to help make others happy with happy music” as many worldly musicians are, or even if we are “good-natured, upright, cheerful, wise, understanding, and noble” as many Christians musicians are, unless it is also true that we are “with/affected-by the Lord,” then we simply will not be able to drive out demonic spirits and heal people!

 

 

 

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Spirit-power against the enemy comes from anointed music!

 

 

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When did God’s Spirit-power tear down the walls of Jericho?  Joshua 6:15-20 tells us:  “On the 7th day they . . . marched around the city in the same manner 7 times.  And at the 7th time, when the priests had blown the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, ‘Shout, for Yahweh has given you the city . . . As soon as the people heard the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the walls fell down flat.”  Yahweh’s battles against the Assyrians weren’t accomplished just by “brandishing His arm” or “striking them with terror by His voice,” but “every stroke of His staff that Yahweh lay on them will be to the sound of tambourines and lyres” (a).  The Lord timed percussion and melody to every one of His blows!  King David who “struck down ten thousands” in battle (b) knew how important music was:  “Let the godly exult in glory; let them [even] sing for joy from their beds.  Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two-edged swords in their hands” (c). <Notes> a) Isaiah 30:31-32, b) 1 Samuel 18:7-8, 21:11, 39:5, c) Psalms 149:5-6.

 

How can anointed, prophetic music be like a warrior’s “two-edged sword?”  Because this directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word comes from the MOUTH of God who is all powerfully-enabling!  Isaiah 55:11 says this:  “My directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word that goes out of My MOUTH – it shall not return to Me empty, but it shall actually succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”  Out of the “MOUTH of Jesus Christ comes the sharp two-edged sword, His face like the sun shining in full strength” (a).  How does the Lord’s slashing sword work?  The ‘Living, … active Logos Message of God is sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul (b) and of spirit (c)  . . . and critically, skillfully judging (d) the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (e). <Notes> a) Revelation 1:16, 2:12, 16, 19:15, b) the hidden part of ‘the flesh’ – see Identity, c) the hidden 3rd part of man that comes from God – see the same link, d) kritikos, e) Hebrews 4:12.

 

However, this “Logos” is absolutely not referring to a bible, which is at best second-hand information!  This “Living and Abiding Logos Message of God” is clearly referring to Jesus Christ, since He is the “Imperishable Sperma Seed” of whom “you have been born again” (a).  And when God speaks His directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word from the MOUTH of Christ, this alone is zoe genuine-life:  “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word that comes from the MOUTH of God” (b), and Jesus further clarifies:  “It is the Spirit who gives zoe genuine-life; the flesh absolutely in fact is useless or profits nothing – the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words that I speak to you:  Spirit they ongoingly are and/coupled zoe genuine-life they ongoingly are” (c).  <Notes> a) 1 Peter 1:23, b) Matthew 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:3, c) John 6:63.

 

I’ve witnessed that “two-edged sword” during worshipRemember the drummer Shawn Laughlin at Freedom Fellowship from the Benefits-BT2 post?  People in the congregation saw demons flee when he broke out into a drum solo in/by/with the Spirit and the church would explode in praise.  Remember the “revival cowbell” did the same thing?  I’ve had people come up to be after playing in/by/with the Spirit and said that they felt like prison doors opened while I was playing – and these were non-charismatic, nearly-dead churches!  So when I read these verses above, I don’t doubt the Spirit-power of God can do this!

 

I once attended a little church that featured a traveling Spanish evangelist named “Jose” from Chile whose wife “Andrea” was a Messianic Jew.  There were gang members there tattooed from head to toe.  He powerfully preached the gospel like I’ve rarely heard in church, and there was great praise for the Lord released.  However, when his wife came over and blew a Jewish shofar (a ram’s horn) into a gang woman’s chest, they barely had time to catch her before hitting the floor.  That hardened woman got delivered of demons and cried like a baby and the people praised the Lord even louder!  What a night that was!  Now that’s what I call, “Church!”

 

I’d be interested to hear from you about how you have seen anointed, prophetic, even spontaneous music used in spiritual warfare.

 

 

 

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Benefits – BT5

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The Lord is bringing the Church back to “the prophetic” of King David!

 

 

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God showed me that King David’s 288 anointed musicians prophesied with lyres, with harps, and with cymbals . . . who prophesied with the lyre in thanksgiving and praise to Yahweh” (a), and there wasn’t even a mention of a singer or a preacher!  God doesn’t need human words to create prophecy – to reveal His thoughts!  And later in 2 Chronicles 5:12-14, these same people along with 120 priest-trumpeters with a multitude of Levitical-singers “made themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to Yahweh, and WHEN the song was raised with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments in praise to Yahweh, the house of Yahweh was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of it, for the glory of Yahweh filled the house of God.”  Whole-hearted surrender of the worship music is what brought the physical manifestation of the presence of God – not a sermon!  We see this in every revival in history!

 

Look at the list of instruments that were used to praise Yahweh:  trumpet, shofar hors, lute, harp, 10-string harp, tambourine, strings, pipe, cymbals, and castanets (b), and Amos 6:5 says that King David even invented instruments for worship music!  To think that the Church of Christ had me convinced that God disapproved of instrumental music in worship services, and that instruments were of the devil!  In the other extreme, this Davidic worship is not the smoke-machines and fans that some churches use today “create an atmosphere” of the Lord’s presence!  Churches won’t get the real thing if they continue to use the “stones of the world” to build the Church – this is exactly part of The Great Wall quenching the Holy Spirit. <Notes> a) 1 Chronicles 25:1-3, b) Exodus 15:20-21; Psalms 33:1-22, 49:4, 68:25, 71:22, 81:1-2, 92:3, 98:4-6, 144:9, 149:3, 150:3-6; Amos 6:5; 1 Chronicles 13:8, 15:16, 16:5-6; 2 Chronicles 9:11, 29:25-30; 1 Samuel 18:6; 2 Samuel 6:5; Nehemiah 12:27; Job 21:11-12; Isaiah 38:20; Habakkuk 3:19; Revelation 14:2-3, 18:22.

 

Furthermore, “companies of prophets” often travelled WITH their “harp/guitar, tambourine, flute and lyre before or ‘at the face/front of’ them, THEY prophesying” (a).  Here the Hebrew naba’ and Greek word propheteuo are used for prophecy as a “Spirit-powered forth-telling.”  Also, the original text isn’t clear whether the instruments belonged to a separate group of prophets, which are not mentioned, “at the face/front of” them, or the instruments were being carried “at the face/front of” each of the prophets who either were prophesying while playing or the instrument was prophesying itself or a combination, because “THEY prophesying” is not specific.  It’s also no coincidence that the “the hand of the Lord came upon the prophet Elisha WHILE the harpist was playing and Elisha began prophesying” (b).  Anointed music can obviously spur verbal prophecy because the instrument’s prophesying is leading the way!  Is it any wonder that near the end of his life, King David charged that 4,000 of the Levite priests for Solomon’s future temple be DEDICATED to “offer praises to Yahweh with the instruments that I have made for praise” (c)?  Man, I wish I could have been in that band!  <Notes> a) 1 Samuel 10:5, b) 2 Kings 3:14-20, c) 1 Chronicles 23:5.

 

 

 

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God will speak His prophetic rhema words directly to these anointed musicians

 

 

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God directly speaks His prophetic rhema words directly into the hearts of the musicians and hearers during the playing of anointed, prophetic, even spontaneous music, whether a singer prophetically utters a word or not!   See the Prophetic Rhema page to fully understand these direct messages from God!  See Other Resources and Media for other people who have discovered this!  I used to believe that an evangelist or prophet had to be present at the park while playing such music if you wanted people to get saved, until God gave me several dreams and visions to tell me that I was “boxing Him in” based on “traditions of men” taught to me for years in various churches.  Then He opened my eyes, ears, and mind to so many verses that said otherwise!  These “prophetic rhema words” are strewn throughout this website for you to “hear” as well!

 

In one dream I saw Christians warming up on stage at Reed Park near me, but being “in/by/WITH the Spirit,” the “warmup” sound was so sweet traveling throughout the park that many people were strangely drawn to it.  As they got closer and closer they became more curious.  But once they got right in front of the stage, they were overtaken or “waffled” by the Spirit and God spoke directly into their hearts and they were saved, and many were even divinely healed.  Nobody had preached a word and the band was just warming up!  Why “waffled”?  Because like two waffles heating up in the toaster at my house, the intoxicating aroma filled the house, and even flowed out into my yard.  Just like this, these people will be drawn to this “smell of the Spirit” – this is not the worldly song “Smells like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana.  When they go near the stage, once they tasted the “golden melted butter” of the Holy Spirit on those two “waffles” they were then trapped in between those two waffles.  They were “constrained from every side by The Unconditional-Love of Christ,” just like Paul talks about in 2 Corinthians 5:14.  Many will get immediately saved, but some will go away very hungry, still smelling that sweet aroma, and so God will come to them in many ways, even through His Body-of-Christ, to satisfy their insatiable hunger.

 

When I told this to my friend Tony Balda, he told me of 2 actual instances that really confirmed my dream.  First around 1971-72, a band was warming up for their concert.  They were playing an old church hymn but at double the tempo and he didn’t recognize it.  However, as he stepped up to the front of the amphitheater with his bumper stickers and posters he sold at concerts, the Spirit’s presence of the Lord was so heavy it almost pulled him over, but all they were doing was warming up!

 

Second in 1982, Tony’s youngest daughter was an infant.  It was in the middle of the night and his wife just finished nursing and the baby was lying between them in the bed and they were all sleeping.  Tony woke up for some reason, and within a few minutes it was like the curtains of heaven were pulled back and he heard an orchestra of only violins playing in perfect unity.  It was the most beautiful sounding music he ever heard, playing a song that he recognized from church in the 1970s. At one point the baby started to change position and just the rustling of her clothes was enough to drown out the violins.  As soon as she became totally silent again, the violins could be heard playing that same song.  And after a short period of time Tony just fell asleep again.  He couldn’t understand what was happening at that time, but later he believed the Lord was instilling in his daughter the ability to sing and bring forth praise and worship with her voice.  She’s the only one in their big family that has that kind of singing voice, and at a very young age she became a part of a Worship Team at another church they went to.  The name of that song was: “Thy name is as ointment poured forth.”  Evidently, this is an “anointed song” that is played in heaven!

 

As for myself, shortly after I started this SpiritMusicMeetups ministry, a prophetic friend named Dylan Cornelius who was helping me with the website coding, said this on 11/19/2020:  “I see outdoor worship jams in Tucson drawing people near.  I see people interceding for believers and unbelievers alike.  People are getting saved by the thousands!  The Spirit is falling outdoors – no more walls!  It’s the frequencies and sounds of heaven that are going to manifest through this worship and awaken people’s spirits to the idea of Jesus.  Their ears will be opened and they will hear!

 

On 11/20/2020, Dylan had another vision of a group of musicians playing the Spirit’s music at the University of Arizona mall – no words, just playing!  People of all ages, especially students, were drawn to the music.  It’s like they were hypnotized and couldn’t look away.  The Lord had drawn them there.  There are people on the outskirts interceding while the musicians play, and they also move as they are led to.  Some approach individuals and speak with them, others just proseuchomai conversationally-pray or intercede off to the side.  Once this is over, many will walk away because their “trance-like conversation with the Lord” is over, but many will also stay and want to know more.  It is there that the Lord will unlock the treasure chests that He has put into their hearts during the worship.  Many will come to the Lord!

 

I would be interested in hearing about any prophetic dreams, visions, or directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words you received about the future of evangelistic worship music in and outside the 4 walls of churches.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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“By the flesh” music went right into the Church, but some musicians know the radical difference of “By the Spirit” music!

 

 

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It’s sad that after playing for 40 years in 15 churches, I’ve played with only a few musicians that know the radical difference between playing “in/by/with the flesh” and playing “in/by/with the Spirit.”  This has been a heavy burden to carry, but I passionately desire that you will experience the difference that is almost beyond words!  These rare “few musicians really loved the Lord, were passionate about worshiping Him, but had come to the “end of their rope” and simply surrendered control of their skill & professionalism, self-consciousness, worries, and pride.  “They let go and let God” to instead put their trusting-relying-faith in the Holy Spirit to guide their minds, hearts, hands, and feet to play absolutely beautiful music WITH Him, filled with loving adoration and gratitude, and in many cases without ever looking at their music stands!

 

This reminds me of a Christian open-jam night that would occur once a month at a Vineyard church in Tucson.  Most of the musicians struggled to find songs they all could play from a large file of music or that they could play by memory.  They also struggled playing in the same key, staying in tune, and playing rhythmically together.  Every week there would be some people who would try to be a “leader” to dominate the others – see Coaches and Facilitators.  There was a lot of friction in those meetings, and gradually people stopped coming.  It was rather sad from my perspective of having played on 15 Worship Teams but also at least 25 secular groups, which in many cases had far fewer social problems and tension.  Still I couldn’t wait to go, because at the end of the night when everybody else left except myself and the keyboardist Steve Kimbell, who started the meetings but was just as frustrated as I was about its worldliness, we would start playing!

 

And wow, would we play!  We each put “our hand of cards down on the table” – all our plans, programs, schedules, skills & professionalism, and expectations, desiring only to be moved by the Holy Spirit.  The result was absolutely breathtaking!  We didn’t decide beforehand what genre, style, rhythmic feel, song, key, chart, structural form, tempo, or anything else!  Our conversational-prayer was adoration, worship, and thankfulness.  We basked in this peaceful waiting state.  Then we started playing and just stayed in that same frame of mind, always watching and listening to what was happened, sometimes even “watching” ourselves play as the “3rd person,” which we suspected was the Lord helping us to “see” through His eyes!

 

We would ebb and flow, meander here and there, swell up high and dip down low, sometimes so softly and sometimes with a roar, and sometimes as if we were crying through the music and sometimes soaring with joy.  We moved so subtly together as if we were both taking our cues from an Unseen Conductor that was moving our limbs in perfect synchronicity and harmony.  This is where “unity” comes from – the Holy Spirit!  How else could we both suddenly move in a different direction, neither of us getting there before the other?  We had never heard or played this music before, so there was no memory to fall back on!  We played as with shouts of joy with all of our hearts!

 

This went on for an hour or more, segueing from one melody to another, one rhythm to another, and one meter to another!  It raptured our souls!  Afterwards, we were high as a kite, realizing we had been part of some of the most beautiful music we had ever heard.  This high lasted for days!  We were amazed our bodies could even do it and that we did this together like a Swiss watch!  We would talk about our amazing experience for another 20 minutes and it was really hard to leave, sometimes near midnight!  Time just flew by!  I could count on my hands the number of musicians I know who can do this.  It’s really not our skill & professionalism that will make the difference in worship music – it is the Lord’s!

 

I’ve also seen a group of amateur kids totally wrapped up in worshipping the Lord at a Friday-night church service, and my guitar player-friend and I had to grab the pew in front of us as we were literally being blown backwards.  Another time I saw a great drummer named Shawn Laughlin just start soloing in/by/with the Spirit at Freedom Fellowship and the band just stopped to watch this.  A lady in the Spirit said she could see demons fleeing in the spirit realm.  And the congregation went absolutely nuts with praise!  Another time, I saw a pastor question whether he should take the time to play a “revival cowbell” given to him from a couple from Texas, but he was absolutely shocked by the immediate shouts of glory that eclipsed everything their fancy Worship Team achieved after 30 minutes of playing!  But after 2 minutes the pastor stopped, as did the revival, and it never returned no matter how loud they shouted or played their instruments!  The “special” revival preacher even played a tape of music made during a revival in Canada, but although I agreed it was “the real thing,” no matter how much she encouraged us to sing along and “enter in,” it was dismally pitiful.  Frustrated she turned the music up, which only made it worse!  It only drowned out the “in/by/the flesh” weakness of the congregation.  It was that night the Lord physically showed me “The Great Wall” that I already knew was in the Church that is quenching the Holy Spirit.

 

I would be very interested in hearing about your amazing experiences playing “in/by/with the Spirit” and how that differs from “in/by/with the flesh.”  By your testimony we will learn more about how to be led more by the Spirit and less by our flesh.

 

 

 

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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] Truthworship 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!

 

 

 

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