A few years back the Lord really stirred me up inside. I have always been a musician and my main goal was getting popular and selling hit songs. I still remember the day that the Lord told me “I want you to write music for me and give the money away”. I was shocked, this mindset of giving and having a humble heart was new to me. After a few months of fighting I finally submitted and allowed the Lord to begin changing me.
Soon enough a good friend and I started a ministry called “Project Belize”. I wrote a Electronica album, my buddy Chris Webb created a Logo, website, and had shirts made. We set up camp at our church and was astonished by the response. People came up left and right to purchase the items and soon we were raising money. We started with nothing, and over time we raised nearly $700.00 to give to assist in building churches in Belize! This was my first dose of humility, but the Lord changed my heart in too many ways to describe! He has given me a heart to reach out and bless others! About a year ago I began working on writing more music. Over the course of a few months I noticed my frustration growing larger and larger. I was trying to write music from my personal perspective and I could feel the holy spirit saying “David, stop! This isn’t my will for you”. Of course I was pretty confused at first. I knew music is a talent that I do have, and for me to just stop music all together just didn’t sit right. I missed the point completely. The Lord was calling me to write music composed from only his word.
Soon after “The Word Composed” was born and the songs began to be created. I recently watched a video on a blog that moved me. These Christians show and share their humble and giving heart’s by blessing others! It’s a must watch! Here’s the link: http://lethoperise.com/2011/12/11/1441/
I want to give like these people gave. Not only to the community but to the world. Please pray and search your heart for ways that the Lord can use you at this capacity. I am right there with you, praying that he will reveal the same vision in my life.
Here is the song I just released on iTunes. It’s straight from Revelation 5. I hope it blesses you!
The situation is the same for everyone. We have something deep inside that we tend to pray to the Lord about almost every day. Weather it be anger, greed, envy, unforgiveness, the list goes on. We have to understand that we can’t hide anything from God, and even if we pray and ask forgiveness we still need to have accountability in our lives.
Confession without accountability is useless because there is no urge to change. We tend to live in the “Saved by grace” mentality forgetting that Christ calls us to change. Speak the truth even if it hurts. Love even if it hurts. Cast down any negative image that the devil may throw at you because it’s far more important to be set free then to look good in front of people.
This is a challenge to come clean before Christ and your brothers and sisters. Find that accountability partner and bear your heart. And take it seriously because Christ takes it very seriously.
Galatians 6:2 Help carry each other’s burdens. In this way you will follow Christ’s teachings.
Then Jesus gave the following illustration: “Can one blind person lead another? Won’t they both fall into a ditch?
I know the feeling, we want to help others but we have something deep within that is lurking in the shadows. A certain habit it seems. I will call it what it is though. It’s a deep down sin that has a hold. The scary thing is that if you don’t seek to change this sin it will destroy you. The very same scenario rings true in my life. I held a monster inside for so long that it became part of me. There is hope though. There is freedom in Christ
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
So before you give up know this. If Christ can change my heart he can change yours. But you will need to choose Christ. Let me say that again, you will need to choose Christ. I don’t mean be saved. I mean give that sin to God. There are certain steps you can take to change your heart. I know from personal experience that they work.
Confess: Not just to God. Confess to your spouse, your brother’s or sister’s in Christ, Your pastor….. Everyone you can think of. You will have to experience humility before Christ can set you free.
Replace: You will need to replace this desire with the word of God. This is the only way to freedom. If you don’t get into God’s word you will replace this sin with something else.
Be accountable: Find someone who is willing to hold you accountable but this requires great honesty. Ultimately you will need to remind yourself that even if you lie to your accountability partner, God knows!
Press on toward the goal: Philippians 3:14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
Pray! and not just for yourself. Pray for others. God will begin to develop a selfless life within you.
It all starts with confession though. I am very blessed to have a strong accountability partner who takes it very seriously. I look up to this person and I feel as if he looks up to me in some ways also. We both know that we will have to answer to each other at the end of the day.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
There is power in confession, there is freedom in confession and there is healing in confession. But let’s not forget the important point to pray for one another. Prayer and confession must go hand in hand for the healing to take place. Confession and transparency makes us righteous in God’s eyes and this makes our prayers more powerful and effective!
Have you ever came across a life changing situation like this? Where you had to confess and change your heart? If so, will you be willing to leave a general comment explaining what the Lord has brought you through and where he is taking you?
Have you ever been in a predicament where you have a chance to serve God but in a way that you aren’t used to? A way that takes you out of your comfort zone? Have you ever thought that maybe that’s what you need to take your eyes off of yourself? That’s exactly what happened to me.
I received an email from a church leader asking me if I would do a 3 minute monologue on the minor prophet Obadiah. I have been used to being on stage, but mostly to sing or Rap but never to do a monologue. I was in a predicament. I had to choose, me or God. I really wanted to choose me and could hear my flesh screaming, but I knew deep down inside that God had a bigger plan for all of this. That’s truly what it’s all about isn’t it?
I don’t want to do it because I _______ ( <——- insert what ever excuse that relates)…
I think Paul said it best
1st Corinthians 9:22-23
I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet to a God-Saved life. I did all this because of the message. I didn’t just want to talk about it, I wanted to be it.
Wow.. .wait… Let’s back up a bit. “Just about every sort of servant”! And I’m having a hard time doing a monologue? I realize now that I was struggling with pride and in hindsight I see that God wanted to show me that my confidence need’s to be in him! The message of Obadiah is about Pride. Edom was eventuality destroyed by their own pride.
When we tell Jesus that he is Lord of our lives we are telling him that we place him first and that nothing will come before him. So if the opportunity arises we need to allow him to use us to bless others. I have much more growing to do in this subject. Just because I made a good choice to serve God in doing the monologue doesn’t mean that I have denied all of my rights. My heart is willing but my flesh is weak. Even though we have no rights we still tend to live life as something that we can fit God into.
Luke 9:23 The Message (MSG)
Then he told them what they could expect for themselves: “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self.
So if we deny ourselves we will find our true identity in Christ. If we will allow God to lead us by his spirit we first need to throw away our plans for our life.
The monologue went well and God blessed me in my obedience. I remember the second out of the 3 times I did the monologue, quieting my heart and saying “Lord shine through me and lead me”. I had memorized the monologue but didn’t really give it all to Jesus until that moment. I heard him softly say to me ” I will”.
The hard truth is that unless we allow God to lead us we will never truly know who we are. But if we allow him to take our hand even into situations that are out of our comfort zone, we will see true growth with our identity in him.
Has a situation like this ever happend to you? If so, please comment below.
I have been a Christian, or shall I say believer for quite some time. However, most of the time I saw God’s plan for my life as something that I have a say in.
1 Corinthians 10:14
So, my very dear friends, when you see people reducing God to something they can use or control, get out of their company as fast as you can.
I have dabbled in music for over 15 years and at one point in my life I felt as if it would be my full-time job and desired nothing else. That was my problem, I desired to be successful so badly that I put everything aside.. my family, my friends and God. If you knew me back then you wouldn’t have liked me. I thought the world revolved around me and wouldn’t give you a chance…. that is unless you owned a record company, a venue or if I could benefit from knowing you in some way shape or form. I was deeply hurt and deeply lost.
Why am I telling you this? Because God has brought me a long way and can bring you out of what you are dealing with. No matter what it is. But it all starts with humble heart. The word says “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Or “Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and he will lift you up.” Do you find it hard to walk in humility with your family and friends? The hard truth is this, God loves you and if you don’t end up humbling yourself he will humble you. And usually there is some sort of tragedy involved.
I sat down with my wife and daughter faced with a choice. Will I continue to neglect my family through the Pride I took in music? Or will I give it up and be a father and husband and even more so a Christian? Needless to say I made the hardest choice I’ve ever had to make. It tore me apart but I needed that change. I needed that freedom. I then began to find my identity in Christ. If I can be frank, I almost lost my family because of my Lust after music.
I now have a servant’s heart and have dedicated my life to God. It took me giving up what I wanted the most to finally see God. That’s what I call the great choice. Please, search your heart and ask God to help you remove that selfish desire and allow God’s Holy Spirit to replace that desire. I have seen this scenario time and time again in my own walk with God. You won’t regret it though. Before you know it the light bulb will come on and you will feel terrible for being the way you were for so long.
My Challenge to you: What is keeping you from your family and God? It could be anything from television to Drinking. What is it? The truth is that God want’s to replace that heart’s desire with a desire for him. He has done that time and time again in my life and he WILL do it for you if you will allow him to. Keep in mind that others share in this great choice. Which will you choose Christ or _______? (You fill in the blank)