Has somebody's joy been the cause of your sorrow, anger, bitterness or depression? For myself, I know I have been in this position before. Don't despair, it can be natural to have these feelings. The question would arise though, is this alright? Or is it a sin? Here are some of my observations. 1) We are envious of the other persons reasons for having joy. 2) We are simply not loving the person whom we are envying. 3) We are disobeying the command in Romans 12:15 which says, "Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep." Ponder this today and let me know your thoughts too! Peace. - Great-is-the-Lord Price
Remember when you were young and your parents would tell you not to do something? You would do it anyways thinking that they were trying to control you or that they didn't know what they were talking about. At the very best you were smart enough to believe or trust your parents but you did it anyways because you wanted to try it for some reason. I'm talking about experience. We as humans seem to learn best from experience. It is my firm belief that the true worth of righteousness and purity is never fully realized until we know we have sinned and fallen short of Gods glory or when we repent and break free of sins grasp and we only truly know if we have tried it done it ourselves. You see, I think that without evil there can not be good and to know good we must be able to recognize evil. Can one fully experience joy before having known true sorrow? I'd say the answer is no. The reason being is because good news is made ever better if there is a worse alternative. When I say this I am, in no way, supporting sin at all. I am not saying, "Do something bad to know what is good. Experience the worldly things, dabble in illicit behavior and then come back to God to realize His goodness." Sin is not something to be messed with. You can't have a "detox" from the good life or more specifically put, you can't stop living for God. If you stop living for Him then you automatically start living for Satan. Rather I am saying, "Recognize the fact that we are all sinners and then come to Him for forgiveness and fulfillment." A bible story that supports my belief is Luke 7:41-47. Specifically verse 47 where is says, "...the one who is forgiven little, loves little." All this to say, be extravagant. Don't be lukewarm. Be passionate. Love much. Understand the depth of your forgiveness and salvation. Peace yo
As Christians, we still go through downpours in our lives. We will still get hurt, broken, depressed, filled with anxiety and so on. Take Jesus for an example. He hung there on that cross being beaten and tortured ruthlessly for hours upon hours. It stands out to me that even then He is still faithful to His Father, and didn’t turn away from Him even though it probably felt like His Father turned His back on Him. Jesus did not fight back but rather He turned His cheek the other way. Some of His last words were, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” He prayed for His enemies. What I am trying to say is this. Don’t let anxiety, depression, stress, hurt or anything in that general area discourage you. Don’t go thinking God has turned away from you when the times are tough. He is watching over you. Remain faithful to the Lord and He will reward you. There is hope, love, freedom, and breakthrough in the mighty name of Jesus Christ! Stand strong in our Lord and wait patiently.
Well we've just started a new month and this is when I write a little something for what's been on my mind lately and this time the topic is faith. Let me start off with giving the dictionary definition of faith. Merriam Webster's simple definition says, "strong belief or trust in someone or something." Often we hear the famous bible verses that talk about faith. "Faith without works is dead" or another one, "you of little faith." What are your first thoughts when you hear the word faith? Maybe it's one of the Oxford Dictionary's definitions that say, "A particular religion." If you have a moment, let me give you some of my thoughts. In short I could say that Christianity is my faith but to me, as a believer in Jesus Christ, it is so much more than that. To me Christianity is not just my religion of choice. I truly believe and have faith that He died and rose again. I have faith that the bible is true and accurate. I have faith that God will continue to sustain and provide for me. The list could go on... The one other thing about faith that has been on my mind this past month is the matter of a strong faith versus a weak faith or maybe better said, an actual faith as opposed to a false faith. You see, sometimes I encounter a faith that makes me question whether or not it's real. I believe someone could have only a display of faith in a certain area that is just a pseudo faith as a means to an end. False faith. I think one can have a dependent faith that hinges on peer pressure or popular trends. Weak faith. If you base your faith on another humans beliefs or if you require a good role model to actually live out your faith then how strong is your faith?
I think, as Christians, we need to be very careful when trying to better ourselves. I have seen Christians trying to change themselves to make God love them more and the truth is, there is nothing we can do to make God love us more. Christianity isn't a religion where we have to earn Gods love. It is a relationship with our Saviour. It's not about changing ourselves to be accepted by Him. It is about allowing Him to fill us with the Spirit and change us from the inside out. We don't fight for victory, we fight from victory.
What is it that makes one a musician? Is it a professional photo shoot? Is it a hit single? Is it the size of stage you play on? Is it a world tour? Is it the ability to play your given instrument faster or more accurately than the next person? Is it the number of fans you have? Is it the amount of followers you have on your social media pages? No, you say. Then what is it? Could it be the gift, dare I say, the blessing of being able to communicate directly to the heart via sounds more intricate than a stern reprimand or a threatening command? Would it be a person who strives to use said talent to evoke emotions such as joy and dancing or peaceful thoughts? In my opinion, yes, that is exactly who a musician is and what they do. I hope the music I make speaks peace to you, gives you joy and points you towards our Father in heaven. Great-is-the-Lord Price
The music we make, is more than the awesome stages, fun places, hotel rooms, and photo shoots. It is more than the flashy instruments, expensive guitars, and cool gear. Even though it is photos of exactly these things that fill up our Instagram and Facebook pages, the reason for that is because these are the easiest things to capture and communicate, but if we sit down and take a minute to speak from our heart, we would tell you that the music we make comes from the people we surround ourselves with, the literature we indulge in and most importantly to us, the God we worship. Some of our songs we sing directly to God as worship, some are meant to be a guiding light so others can encounter our all powerful Creator and still others are solely meant for our own enjoyment in Jesus name. With that being said, I hope you take a minute to check out the music we create.
Yours truly - Great Is The Lord.