So Thursday night and all day and night Friday I was at a women’s lock in at Anointed Tabernacle in Beaumont Texas. So many words come to mind when I think of what I experienced for the last day and a half. The most prevalent though, is AWESOME! You’ll find that I use that word a lot lol. I saw women getting the Holy Ghost for the first time, I saw women being baptized in Jesus name, I heard prophecies. I saw an angel! The spirit was really moving in that place and I feel so blessed that I got to experience it all.
On the last night a man came in. I watched as they lifted him from his wheel chair and laid him on the alter. They laid hands on him. They prayed over him. I watched as the spirit overtook him. I watched as he lifted his hands to God. I watched the tears flow down his face as he spoke in tongues, and I rejoiced with him! When they put him back in his chair, I watched as he wheeled a lap around the sanctuary! Seeing the pure joy on his face as he went down in that water and came up a new man was a beautiful sight to behold.
There was so much I didn’t know when I got there. How to pray was one of them. I always felt silly praying; in public and in private. I’m naturally a shy person which plays a part in my finding this difficult. There was a lady there who sat and talked to me for about two hours. She was so helpful and I will forever be grateful that I had the opportunity to speak with her. They handed out packets when we got there. They were filled with all kinds of goodies about praying and fasting. She was kind enough to take some time and answer some questions I’ve had for awhile and have been too embarrassed to ask. I told her things about myself that I had never told anyone else. It was such a cleansing and eye opening experience!
Going forward, I hope to grow in Christ and build on the things that were revealed to me in listening to Sis Warner, and the last prophecy in particular.
This past week I was blessed to be able to attend Texas Camp Meeting in Lufkin Texas at Texas Bible College. It was an awesome experience. Looking forward to next year’s camp already! In the meantime, here are some highlights…
“Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
Let everything that have breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.”
Psalm 150: 3-6
So recently on Facebook I happened across a video of gospel singer Erica Campbell performing her single “I ‘Luh’ (Love) God’. The poster called it “Trap Gospel”. Now I don’t pretend to be an expert in any type of music but from what I can understand “Trap Music” glorifies a certain type of lifestyle. A lifestyle that is very unChrist-like.
The song itself still glorifies God but the vibe, in my OWN PERSONAL OPINION, lends itself to a more secular and worldly sound.
The very next morning I heard a Christian rap song. They were dressed in bandanas and covered in tattoos. That sounds judgemental. I’m really not trying to be. I only mention their appearance because it speaks of a particular way of life.
As Christians, the ones we want/need to reach are the ones who are lost; the ones that don’t know the truth. Oftentimes those people can only be reached by approaching them in a manner that they are familiar with. In this instance it’s making music that sounds like what they are used to hearing. I get it. The younger set aren’t always fans of what they consider “old school” gospel/Christian music. Artists nowadays seem to be making music that share similar beats and rhythms. Ok. Great! All genres of music must and will evolve. At what cost, though? You’re composing music that has secular tendencies. You’re still singing about a positive message of God’s love but what’s stopping you from taking it a step further? Then another step? Maybe that soul you’re trying to reach is a little more stubborn than you thought. You have to go just a little bit further. Maybe it’s your style of dress. Maybe it’s your mannerisms. Maybe it’s the way you’re wording your message. You think changing a word or two will be more effective. Suddenly you’re sending an entirely new message. The wrong message. Now you’ve lost them entirely. What’s worse, is that in your attempt to reach them on a level that made them more comfortable, you may have inadvertently lost yourself.
Music is going to change. As a man/woman of God attempting to reach someone through song, don’t let that change, change you.