Christians and Secular Music

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Today, I have another video by Joseph Solomon with regards to the topic of “Secular Music” and whether or not Christians should listen to it. I personally think that this is a good video by Joe because I agree with pretty much everything he said. Let’s not get into legalism and think about this topic from a well-rounded perspective taking into consideration what music is and how music can affect us. From my own personal perspective I think that not all secular music is bad; however, having said that though, we need to be also consciously aware that not all secular music is good for us either.

Image result for Christians and secular musicI feel that the way in which we should measure what type of music is good or bad for us to listen to should be on the basis of not just listening to the beat of the music, but we should be intentionally trying to hear what the message of the song is found in the lyrics of the music that we listen to. Also, consider what emotions certain music evokes. If music has the potential and the power to evoke such emotions that drive us to either be angry, depressed, happy, excited, lustful, seductive, emotional, etc etc, then we need to consider that the lyrics, the beat and/or the melody to certain music has the power to affect our emotions to drive us to act in a certain way. We cannot underestimate the power of music.

I remember a few years ago (I think it was 6-7 years ago) when I used to go clubbing with my friends because I loved dancing to upbeat music but I also remember feeling like I wasn’t in the right place at the right time. I kind of felt depressed back then due to several reasons that I won’t necessarily list here and dancing seemed to be a stress reliever for me, and yes there was alcohol in the building *shock*. I know….. I’m not particularly proud about that period in my life …. however, continuing on …. although I never drank more than one small drink because I was the designated driver, I knew that in my spirit I really was in the wrong place doing the wrong thing and the Holy Spirit kept convicting me every-time I went with my friends to the club. When I look back at this time period in my life, a part of me keeps wondering What in the world were you thinkin’ Sherline!!!!???”

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Honestly, I have no idea what was going through my mind; but, I can tell you that when you’re depressed, you can be driven to do stupid things, and I mean STUPID THINGS. The music in the club wasn’t exactly wholesome either since some of the music promoted sexual innuendos, violence, immoral activities (i.e. using drugs etc etc etc etc). On top of that, there were also some unsavory characters hanging out in the club who would try to either harass me or my friends that I was with because they only wanted “one thing”, but I’m glad I didn’t club for too long because there just came a point where I couldn’t do it anymore and I think the last straw was when I heard shots fired outside the club I was at and I distinctly heard the Holy Spirit call me by my African name saying to me in a loud voice: “Nyasha, what are you doing here?!!!”. Honestly, I had no good answer to that question and I was pretty much ashamed of myself, but that was the night I prayed to God saying that if I could get out of here peacefully and unharmed, I would never go to the club again. I did manage to get of out there just fine with my friends and have never been enticed by my former friends to club ever again. They understood where I stood with my decision and respected my decision thankfully. I don’t regret my decision to this day.

Image result for Christians and secular musicWhen I reflect on my actions, I now think “wow, it is a battle to preserve my virtue and integrity”. You can experience mind-games that can drive you to places you never thought you’d ever find yourself in but I praise God for the Holy Spirit’s voice of conviction that convicted my spirit to go back on the right path. We cannot be presumptuous about how strong we are in “the Faith”, when certain circumstances can change your outlook on life and lead you to dirt roads you never thought you’d find yourself traveling down on. It’s not like I didn’t know that I was doing the wrong thing, I just felt very numb inside….and somehow just went on with the flow of things not really thinking ahead about the repercussions or the long-term consequences to my actions. I was going through a lot of spiritual warfare back then that I wasn’t sleeping well and I think that also contributed to me trying to numb the pain by doing things that were against my better judgment and conscience. I’m glad that the Holy Spirit convicted me in such a strong way that He slapped me with the Truth to wake me up from this seemingly hazy-dream-like-induced escape from reality to the road that led me to the right path where God wants me to go. So today, consider this message by Joe and ask yourself what type of music are you listening too?”. Not all music is bad, and not all music has to be Christian for you to listen to it. I just think that music is a wonderful, powerful and artistic form of self-expression; however, we have to be mindful about what type of message is being expressed in the lyrics of the music that we listen to. Music is a powerful tool that can drive people’s emotions to act a certain way so think about that when you check out the video down below.

I also want to post this cool song by Andy Mineo called Hands High. Now, I know that the beat to this song is from and old secular song by Busta Rhymes called “Hands Where My Eyes Can See”; which, I gotta admit, I used to rock to that song because of the beat; however, having said that though, I find that the use of the same beat with lyrics to glorify God by Andy Mineo is pretty clever and awesome! Who said you can’t turn what was meant for evil to become good? I’m not sure if many people will like this song because ideally, it’s dependent on people’s personal tastes; however, I do pray that this song blesses somebody today. God Bless You Everybody! 😀

I Want More!

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Image result for wanting more of GodI just had to post this awesome song by Tye Tribbett called I Want More. I feel that lately, I just want more to be in the presence of God, gain revelation and continual growth in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I feel like I’m getting sharper and sharper each day. I know that though I’ve been fighting to regain my memories because of the sickness I’ve had to endure (Encephalitis – which causes short-term memory loss), I don’t feel a sense of self-pity; rather, I feel a sense of being driven to succeed and overcome.

I doubt that this is the last battle I’ll ever have to fight in my life. I think that in some way, I’ve been fighting all my life to simply “live” since I’ve had many near-death experiences from as early as age 4. Despite all that, I just want to give praise to my God for allowing me to see another day. We can’t take each day we have here on Earth for granted. I pray that this song by Tye Tribbett blesses your spirit today. It’s pretty up beat and I just love the song. Just remember that no matter what you’re going through, it’s always best to chase after God who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all your could ever ask, think or imagine. Put your 100% trust in God and He will not disappoint you, Amen! God Bless You everybody! 😀

Ephesians 3:19-21 (NKJV)

19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

How Far is Too Far?

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Image result for temptationI want to post another video by Joseph Solomon concerning How Far is Too Far? with respect to dating etc for the singles. I quite like what he had to say in this video and pretty much agree with everything that he said. It’s one thing to be attracted to someone, but there are some roads we shouldn’t cross when we’re thinking of possible courtships/dating situations. I think that since we live in a very lust-filled world, we need to emphasize on preserving our purity. As a single myself, I do believe in preserving myself for my husband so with most of the comments that Joe said in this vid, I truly agree with his advice in how he states we should approach courtship/dating. How many kisses will you give out to “potential mates” before you find “the One”? I don’t think as a single person we should play with fire and get burned over and over again all for the sake of finding “the One”.

Related imageI think that our approach to dating should be pure and shouldn’t involve the types of activities that you really want to commit and preserve yourself for your true destined spouse. Having said that though, people may struggle with this as a weakness and I don’t think that there should be any condemnation when you meet someone that didn’t really preserve themselves as well as you may have done. At the end of the day, we must look at a person’s heart and be prayerful about who we want to marry. I believe God has a way of showing us who our spouses are; however, having said that though, to all the singles out there, learn to wait, be patient, learn to appreciate this season in your lives and be prayerful about who your spouse is. God will direct your path at some point to meet this person because our God is a God of relationships. I honestly believe this and feel that as a single, I should not despise this season in my life. Rather take advantage of being single and pursue to grow stronger in your faith. Spiritual growth is an individualistic thing, so while you are waiting, learn to pursue God as your first love, Amen! I pray that this message by Joe will bless your spirit today. God Bless You Everybody! 😀

Learning to Hear from the Voice of the Holy Spirit

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Related imageToday, I want to talk about learning to hear clearly from the voice of the Holy Spirit. I’m going to base this on my own experience and say that in order to hear clearly from the voice of the Holy Spirit, you need to be meditating on the Word of God daily by reading your Bible (simply put). You need to know what the Word of God says in order to distinguish the voice of the Holy Spirit from the voice of a false spirit. Especially when you go to church and you hear the Pastor/ Preacher and/or Minister speaking a Word to you, you will be able tell when what they say is in alignment to God’s Word because you know what the Bible says and can differentiate when someone is speaking “a Word” out of context.

Meditating on God’s Word (The Bible) isn’t simply remembering Bible verses and stories of the Bible, it’s all about understanding what your read and gaining insight towards the meaning behind many of the lessons told in the Bible. We cannot afford to be passive Christians waiting for a Sunday service to feed our spirits with the Word of God. You need to be actively learning/meditating on the Word of God on your own in your private time. Don’t be like a baby who waits for a Sunday service to receive their pacifier. It’s time to put away childish things and learn to mature in the faith.

Learn to grow in maturity independently as an individual and collectively with other people in the Church. 

You cannot grow maturely in isolation; however, you can be proactive in your individualistic pursuit of knowledge by reading Christian literature/books on various topics regarding our Christian walk such as books on theology, spiritual warfare, books that pertain to Christian living and self-help books geared at shaping your walk as a Christian. However, the most important book to read out of all books is The Bible. Again I say, stop waiting for a Sunday service to get your Bible fix. You need to be proactive in your walk with God. You should even be pursuing on a personal basis to grow in the gifts of the Holy Spirit

John 14:26 [Full Chapter]

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

In my own personal walk with God, God has opened me up to certain gifts of the Holy Spirit, particularly in the area of dream interpretation, prophetic visions and dreams, the gift of speaking in tongues, increased spiritual discernment, etc etc. I’m still growing in these areas and God keeps expanding my threshold of what I am able to bear. You too can grow in the gifts of the Holy Spirit when you learn to pursue God actively on your own on an individualistic basis. You cannot grow if you’re not willing to walk the extra mile in your pursuit of God. That’s just a fact, no fiction here.

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Going to church is important; however, do not be a passive attendee going to a Sunday Service. Be an active listener to what is being spoken about by the Pastor/ Priest/ Preacher on the pulpit. Learn to distinguish when the speaker on the pulpit is speaking a Word that is in alignment to what the Bible says or when they are speaking a word “out of context” to suit their own personal agenda. You need to know that as Christians, we are living in perilous times and need to sharpen our discernment and knowledge of God’s Word for ourselves so that we can walk in wisdom and in the direct will of God. Don’t be a passive Christian, rather, be an active one pursuing purpose, pursuing the truth actively and walking in the light of God’s Word everyday as you seek to increase in the gifts of the Holy Spirit that the Lord wants to dispense on His people that are actively seeking to Hear from Him directly regarding their destinies. Desire to walk in the authority of God’s Word by being confident in Whom it is that you believe in; Jesus Christ.

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But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

Image result for Holy SpiritI believe that in the present time, we need to actively seek the gifts of the Holy Spirit to manifest in our lives. Don’t be just a regular “Christian” who simply attends a church service just to get your Word fix; rather, pursue to go beyond the norm and pursue the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be made manifest in your life. If the apostles could function at such a high level with the gifts of the Holy Spirit after the great commission, then we should be able to manifest these gifts in our lives as well by being active in our pursuit of Holiness and Godliness. So today, meditate on this pursuit of Holiness and seek God to increase the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be made manifest in your lives for the sole purpose of bringing others closer to God and strengthening their faith in Jesus Christ, Amen!

There is a song I want to post by Jesus Culture feat. Kim Walker-Smith called Infinite. I pray that this song blesses your spirit today. God Bless You Everybody 😀 !


Never Stop Loving You

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I just had to post this song sung by Kim Walker-Smith from Jesus Culture called Never Stop. The song is so serene to my spirit that I know it’ll bless you. How many of you know that God’s love is unchanging, unfailing and unstoppable? If anything, we must strive to love people in this manner, because such a demonstration of such a love can heal a broken heart, restore a person’s faith in humanity, and cause one to believe that “there is a God” out there that loves them and it can be witnessed by those that demonstrate that love through their actions. Love without actions is not love at all. Love is something that needs to be demonstrated through actions for one to believe that love exists in the first place. So today, focus on demonstrating love through your actions towards other people today. Be bold, be daring, be faithful and be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ demonstrating His love through your actions towards others today. I pray that this song blesses your spirit today. God Bless You Everybody 😀 !

John 13:34-35 [Full Chapter]

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;

Love Your Neighbor ] Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loveanother has fulfilled the law.

And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Seeing God Through Love ] No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.

Fresh Outpouring

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Today, I wanted to post this awesome song by Jesus Culture feat. Kim Walker-Smith called Fresh Outpouring. This song just sounds so amazing on surround sound and I pray that it ministers to your spirit today. There are times when I feel like I need a fresh outpouring of God’s Spirit in my life to give me inspiration, revelation and some vision towards what I will see in my future.

I tend to have prophetic dreams every so often concerning things that will happen in the future and some of these dreams encourage me to continue moving with purpose. Sometimes, we get so distracted by what is currently happening in our lives that we see no way forward, but that is where we ought to move by faith and not by what we see. No matter what it is that you face, always remember the Name of the Lord. He is the Way Maker, He is the One that pushes you forward towards your destiny. He is the One Who will direct your path so continue to trust Him no matter what obstacles or discouragement that you may face. Keep fixing your eyes and your heart towards Jesus.

The Waythe Truth, and the Life ] “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.

Jesus said to him, “I am the waythe truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Bless the Lord, Oh My Soul!

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I just had to post this song for today by Amanda Cook and Josh Baldwin called Bless the Lord (Worthy) – it’s spontaneous worship that just fills up our soul with high praise unto God. I know that this song will bless your spirit today. Fill your spirit with praise and you will begin to magnify God over every circumstance that you face. Adore Him, Worship Him and Praise Him. Let your praise be continually be in your Mouth, Amen! God Bless You Everybody! 😀

Be Anxious for Nothing!

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Today’s post is a contemplation of the following scripture:

Philippians 4:5-7 (NKJV)

Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to Godand the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Sometimes, we can become anxious in life when certain things aren’t going in the way that we imagined they would. We may have many plans in our hearts to achieve certain things but then there are road-blocks placed in front of you to discourage you from moving forward. We cannot be distracted by the obstacles that are placed in front of us from moving forward to where we need to go — which is ahead.

A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.

There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.

Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established.

The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.

The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations.

Image result for anxious for nothingWe can start to judge our circumstances when we observe and compare our lives with others that seem to be having it great on their side of the fence whereas you find yourself feeling like you’re being dragged down into the mud and seeing no end in sight with regards to the muck you see in your own life. Have you ever lived beside neighbors that were nosy, always poking around wanting to know what’s going on on your side of the fence because they don’t want to face what’s going on on their side of the fence? Sometimes, people nit-pick at what’s going on in your life because they much prefer to be distracted with your own dramarama rather than focusing on fixing their own issues that they refuse to face on their side of the fence. These are the people you have to learn to steer away from and avoid or ignore in your life. Do not be distracted by people that want to see you fail in your life and desire to see you struggle. It is obvious that they have low self-esteem and target those that are strong-minded, confident and have an overcoming attitude. I believe that we need to remember that though people may fail you, God’s plan for your life will always remain the same and that would be to prosper you, give you hope and a bright future.

Jeremiah 29:11 [Full Chapter]

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

I have learned over the past few months not to compare myself with others and accept what it is that I have to go through and overcome every obstacle that I face because God doesn’t give you something you cannot handle. Like Shadrach, Meschach and Abed-nego had to face the fiery furnace in Daniel 3 because of their faith in God, we have our own types of fiery trials that we need to face in order to discover how strong our faith is in God. What will it take for you to deny your faith in God? 

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Image result for trust godSome people think that it has to be something big for you to deny your faith, but even the smallest things can cause someone to stumble and deny their faith in God, so the question now becomes, how far are you willing to endure for the faith? I think that as time goes by, you will discover how strong or how weak you are in your faith on the basis of how you endure each trial that you face in your life. If Peter could deny knowing who Jesus was so easily, even after having been one of the closest disciples to Jesus Christ, then it’s no small wonder that there could be some type of weakness in our lives that can be used to shake our faith. This is why we need to remain humble and continue to meditate on God’s Word each day and have it engraved in our hearts so that we remain anchored in what we believe in no matter what trial that we face. We should not be shaken, rather, we must stand firm and not be moved by what we see or hear from what other people do. Always remember what the Word of God says about you. Be strong, be courageous and remember the name above every other Name, Jesus Christ.

I feel that we should not be ignorant nor complacent in our walk with God. Some people enjoy the “blessing factor” of Jesus Christ, but disregard the “trials and tribulations factors” that we each have to face when we have faith in Him. We can’t be “pick-n-choose” Christians in our walk because being a Christian is “The Entire Package” . No one wants to go through the firey trials because we always preach about “blessings”; however, the truth of the matter is is that the reality of the Christian walk means that we cannot and will not avoid trials and tribulations because that is also part of the package of choosing Christ as our Saviour. We have to learn to endure trials and we have to learn what it means to overcome these trials that we will all face at some point in our lives.

John 16:33 [Full Chapter]

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

So for today, meditate on what it means to be a “Christian”, and consider that even when we face trouble, we have to be confident enough to believe that God is on our side. I’ve been through a lot this past year and I am confident enough to say that God is on my side. People can abandon you, forsake you, disappoint you, make fun of you, disregard you and even hate you, but God will always love you and be there for you even in the darkest hours of your life. I trust God to the extent that I know that He is here for me, and if God is for me, who can be against me? You need to trust God to the extent that you are certain that He will always be there for you not matter what trial or battle that you face in your life, Amen! 😀

Romans 8:31(NKJV)  – God’s Everlasting Love

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

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None Like You

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I just heard this song today by Elevation Worship called None. There really isn’t anybody quite like Jesus because He is faithful, sinless, wonderful and His love for all of us is everlasting. This song sounds just amazing on surround sound so I pray that it ministers to your spirit today. God Bless You Everybody! 😀

Jeremiah 31:3 – The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.

Plastic Jesus – Are we “Real” or “Fake”?

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I know I already posted some videos on my blog for today but I just wanted to post one more video just to get you thinking about how “for real” you are in your walk with the Lord? We cannot afford to be pretentious Christians that claim to be Christians in “Name Only” but not demonstrating it through our “ACTIONS”. Our Faith needs to match our actions with our words because many unbelievers can pick up on the fact when somebody is a hypocrite. I don’t believe in “selling” our faith to non-believers, I believe in living out what we believe through our actions so that when we speak of Jesus to others who don’t have a relationship with God, they can truly say, “You’re different from other people”, and that’s because our faith must match our actions.

So today, do some self-analysis and consider that the best form of evangelism, is faith-based actions of believers. What you do on the basis of your actions has more impact than what you claim to say that you do through your words. People aren’t stupid. People can tell who is “for real” from those that are “fake”/”pretentious”. Learn to be genuine in your walk with God and strive to be an example of God’s love through your actions today. Actions hold more weight than mere words because most people tend to remember what people do more so than what they say. Make sure you live out what you believe and be genuine in all that you do as a Christian, Amen! I pray that this video blesses your spirit today and makes you think deep about where you stand as a “Christian” in today’s world. God Bless You Everybody 😀