Captivating Cords That Please The Lord or Hymns For The Home…
This blog post was originally scheduled to be a sermon to speak at service one weekend. However, I feel pulled to talk about it more in depth. I feel the topic is rather quite newsworthy. I have a question ask you all, do you know the power of a guitar when it unplugged from a amplifier? Of course what I am referring to is of course the acoustic guitar.
One of the more popular forms of music within the industry is known as an acoustic session. Today however I wanted to take some time to explain the simplistic beauty of an acoustic guitar without the use of any real background noise from a drum set, a bass guitar and of a lead singer that is playing to a crowd of more than 50,000 at baseball stadium.
From a personal standpoint I grew up on rock and roll and punk rock music. Back prior to God making himself known to me. I thought Punk Rock music was the absolute best music around. I thought this mainly because I was angry at people and the world. I felt that I was owed something by people. So while listening to my Punk Rock music I enjoyed hearing songs about overthrowing the government. The more anti establishment the song was the more I was drawn to it. Now I am going to take a breath for a moment and pause. I know what some of you must be thinking reading this right now. Right now all my readers are likely confused because you’re all probably wondering where is the sermon? Where is the message about Christ? I can only answer and say that the message is coming. What I am doing before hand is what all good storytellers do. That is setting up a sceneI am simply first wanting to show the contrast between the power of acoustic music vs using an electric guitar in a rather diverse way aka rocking out on stage for their fans. I think the acoustic guitar has somehow lost it’s place in the music scene. The reason I say this because like most of my readers know I like to listen to faith based music because of the firm belief I have in God the Father, God, the Son and God the Holy Ghost. Now that the cat is out of the bag, I should mention that as a man who believes in Christ it can be a challenge to find good quality music that share my core values. One of the greatest ways I connect with God, when I’m not praying, fasting or reading His Word is to simply sneak quietly away from people and listen to Christian music. I have quite a long list of my personal favourites. When I’m not reading, fasting or praying to God, I am simply asking God to minister to me through music. I do this because music was a big part of my life before I came to Calvary. I personally love listening to acoustic sessions because the harmony the artist and his or her guitar have together. The reason why is because of the simplistic way the words speak greater volumes to the listeners.
“I may Canadian, but my Church is in the U.S. Yes I know what you’re all thinking right now. You live in Canada but your church is in the U.S.? Although it doesn’t make a lot of sense to the common people, it makes sense to me and that’s all that matters.
Now as I set earlier, I do have some favourite faith based musical acts that I am rather fond of, singers like Kari Jobe, Jim Reeves, Southern Raised and Rescue Junction. Speaking of Southern Raised let’s dive into the subject of some bluegrass shall we. For anybody that has been to church regularly they can tell you when song are sung, the focus is put on classic hymns. Anybody who is anybody can remember such hymns such as Are you washed in the Blood? What about the songs How Great Thou Art or my personal favourite Just a Closer Walk with Thee. Those hymns are songs that furnish the very depths of my spiritual soul. However, there is also a great deception taking place within the faith based music. The enemy has entered the music industry. More specifically he has got a hold of my brand of music. It’s the music that is said to be one that edifies the Lord. The Devil has created his own brand of music, he not only has control of rock and roll, rap, country but he also has snaked his way into the faith based music scene. He has done this simply to distract us from hearing the power that lies within with the word of God. Instead he has replaced the sounds that were once pleasant to the ears and taken away God’s listening ears with studio beats and rap music. There is no such thing as Christian Rap. It makes absolutely no sense at all. I know because I studied the word of God on the subject. While fans of Christian rap will say it’s got the message of God in it, the word of God says otherwise.
Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Of course being myself I’m not just going to give one piece of scripture, that would be dangerous and the reason why that is dangerous is because one single scripture should not have a private interpretation.
2 Peter 1:19-21King James Version (KJV)
19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.With that being said, we must determine what our ears are listening to.
There is a wide variety music that people are listening to these days, music is no longer just about going about from Do to So on the musical bar scale. Music is a part of everyday life whether one chooses to acknowledge it or not.
What do you classify as inappropriate music these days? What are your ears listening to? How would you best describe the music you listen to? How does man define music, how does God define music? Webster’s Dictionary gives the following definition within regards to music, the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity.
The idea for this sermon first came to mind during service on weekend in September. On a personal level I have experienced a greater need for Jesus. I had a need for Jesus prior to the gathering but something was different. I experienced a greater closeness with each member of the church, whether you be part of church on stage or in the pews. If I was to come to up with one word that describes the past weekend of services, the word I would use to describe the weekend of services it would be unity. That weekend we all I’m sure had a wonderful time in hearing great songs of glory that no doubted praised the Lord. As the Lord asked me to write this final message to you he wanted to remind me that He inhabits the praises of his people. The best way I can show you he does that is speak to you in poems and sonnets.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ I plead with you to have courage and remain faithful to God in song.
Songs are a big part of the reason angels join us in the service versus our unsaved family members and those of the world. I remind you of the spiritual war we are in. The battle for souls is on. We are in the middle ground. Do not look pews of the church and view them as empty instead feel the presence of Lord’s Angels among you. Jesus said: In this world ye shall have tribulation but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world. If you are son or daughter of God you too can be of good cheer and with your eyes on Christ Jesus you can also overcome the world too. John 16:33King James Version (KJV)33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Jesus reminds us in the 13th chapter of Mathew to gather up the wheat and burn the chaff. God has moved people out of the way who are affecting his Saints. He will protect them in this final hour. Ephesians 4:27 tells us to give no place to the Devil in song we are reminded to do this again. We have to use the blood to step on that old thug. Dear Bride of Christ hang on to the promises in the Word written about in the book of Luke the 10th chapter and 19th verse Luke 10:19
19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
In this hour the bride has suffered a great deal, but as chosen followers of Christ we have to gain the understanding that if Christ suffered we shall also suffer. Paul gave us this testimony written in a letter to the Philippians. We Christians pay a price for following Christ. Paul joined in the sufferings with Christ. It would allow him to understand why such a high price had to be paid, “that I might know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sufferings.”
Philippians 3:10In this last hour we have paid a price for bearing our crosses. Must Jesus bare the cross alone? The word of God says no. We must begin to recognize our cross which spoken about in Mathew 16:24. 24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
If you are sitting in the pews here tonight wondering what role does the music have in this ministry? I can say for certain and with all faith that a glorious sound made unto the Lord keeps the devils spirits at bay. This is true for today and even in Samuel’s day. 1 Samuel 16:23King James Version (KJV)
23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him. Keep this scripture before your mind, highlight it, bold it do whatever do to never forget this verse. If you ask why? If you are bound by any depression or oppression sing a song to the Lord and dedicate it to Jesus. The reason is because demons are scared of the name of Jesus. How do I know this, because of the story of Legion written about in the book of Mark. Mark 5:8-11 8 For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”
9 Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.
11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13 He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.
We must understand the value that music has within this ministry, writing a song is never easy and certainly translating it is even more of a challenge, however this is the reason why we all must have our oil filled up. We must keep oil in our vessel and not be foolish about the task ahead. Mathew 25:1-13 explains in great detail what will happen to those of us who do not remain full of oil in our lamps.
I’m sure in some instances that some of the peoplele in world consider us to be a little fanatical about the way we live for God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Ghost.
We as a united church joined in one mind and one accord must be ready and willing to drown the devil in the blood. If we are as one are willing to do that than his blood can set us free. The word of God declares it to be so, in Luke chapter 4 verse 18 Jesus gives the reason as to why he has come to earth. 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.
The world may see us as outsiders who choose not to participate in any worldly but that is because we choose to live by faith and not by sight. We don’t need Christian rock or rap to define us. We don’t need false doctrine to bind us because we have old time religion.
Our light has to come forth out of the valleys, in view for all to see. This hour is a late on and must rise up and shine. There is no time to fear, because we are getting out of here, I warn you all, of the late hour we are in. We must all be about our father’s business. We have to move on from the former things that disappointed us in the past souls are to be won for the Lord. We are to bring a great harvest for the God. As workers for the Lord we must be ready to become fishers of men. Keep the visions of Jesus’s return ever before you, so that we can become rapture ready,
and in doing so, we have no doubts. We must believe all that the Bible says, Jesus fed 5,000 with five loaves and two fish, he healed lepers he made the lame to walk and he raised the dead. We must believe what the Bible says, so that when the Lord asks you who to send in his name , you can response with jubilation because you are baptized with the good Holy Ghost, and because you are baptized by fire you will have no reservation, in part that will enable you to say to the Lord Send me, Lord, Send me, just like the Prophet Isaiah spoke about Isaiah 6:8King James Version (KJV)
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
When the call of Lord gets put on your heart, be confident like Isaiah and like him you can say Send me Lord, you can count on me, that alone is how you receive the attitude of “Go Ye into the world and preach the Gospel,” That kind of obedience will please the Lord, whether in speech or song. I have good news and it is concerning the resurrection and rapture ground. There is good from the graveyard Jesus isn’t there and on rapture day we will meet him in the air. All Hell has lost its power, the word of God remains true, when it states “O death where is thy sting, Oh grave where is thy victory.” 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
That most certainly is a captivating cord that pleases the Lord.
Now, I’m not here to say that rap or rock is bad. I’m just stating that the beat is not in accordance with His Word. This message was firmly planted on my heart while listening to some acoustic session’s last night. What I gathered is that the song without the special effects and studio’s mixing touch to them is beautiful. One song in particular touched me Hawk Nelson’s song “Words.” While listening to the song, I began to think about how we as people of faith must weigh our words, not only to the people in the world but also more so to the people that is called our brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. It’s the captivating cords from the band Southern Raised that introduced me to how wonderfully beautiful music to the Lord could truly be. The music of Jesus got into my soul and bones. His music of praise, fulfilled the scripture spoken about Psalms 40.
There is certainly a new song in my mouth and it all started because of a banjo, a mandolin, an upright bass and of course our subject matter, the acoustic guitar. The Lord’s music took out the junk, he took the punk and replaced it with a melody that pleases Him. When we as Bible Believing Christians can take those hymns that we hear in Church and take them home with us, so that we may be able to sing a song to Him later after service has come to a close than that’s the true essence of a captivating cord that pleases the Lord. So next time you’re in church pay extra attention to the music and the hymns so that you can walk in the faith and grace of the Lord simply by singing a Sunday hymn at home during the week.