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Ministry or Music

Growing up I always wanted to play an instrument for the Lord. I started out singing with my brother and sister around town in local churches as my father played the piano. That was really exciting and it instroduced me to worship and praise. Along with singing I started playing the drums at about five years old, and thought that I would always play them. My father bought my first set from a guy who was getting rid of them. I played that set for a few years and took it with me to church all the time too. After that he ponied up the dough to by me a brand new kit that I still have to this day. At any rate I really learned to love music and had so many opportunites to  grow as a musician even as a child. One thing I will never forget is the love for music and the love for God that my parents help to cultivate in me. I remember times when I was singing with my siblings and really feeling God’s presence upon me and not being able to do anything else but just shed tears or lift my hands while I sang. After finishing the song, there were times that my little 8 year old feet got light and I would leap not realizing what was really happening to me, but knowing that it was real special. I am thankful that the Lord allowed me to experience His touch so early, and it has been a constant reminder to me that God, indeed does love, speak to and endow little children too. There were many occasions where I had this experience and  I will never forget them. These experiences were extablishing a love and relationship for God in me that I would never be able to let go. I understand that as I sang songs unto the Lord with a sincere heart and worshiped His name with all my soul, that He was pleased with me and would come near me and actually allow His spirit to embrace me. he was in fact responding to what I was telling Him, and acknowledging the fact that He heard me and was happy with what I was saying and doing. On every occasion where he would respond I would feel lighter and would experience great peace and joy. He never came empty handed. I always felt as if I could do anything as long as His presence was near.  For this reason I will always yield to the Lord when His presence comes into a place, and as He begins to move within me. I am not held captive to a song or to an instrument when I sing or play. The music I play and the songs I sing are to give glory and honor unto the Lord and to show Him just how much I love Him, therefore should He chose to visit and live in my praise as His word says He does, the singing stops and the playing ends to listen and to hear his response. I know that after I have another experience in His presense I’ll be changed for ever. True sincere worship from any musician, choir member, vocalist, worshiper will always get the attention off the Lord, and the ultimate result is that He will take the time to respond to your worship. Here is the key. When He responds, please take the time to listen to what it is He is saying. Stop playing, stop singing, and just listen. If you are indeed attempting to get the attention of the Almighty, it is a good idea to allow Him the opportunity to show up and show out. There is nothing more frustrating to a service than to witness a group of talented conceeded individuals who will not let go of the microphone or the instrument when the spirit of God is moving in the place. Mission accomplished, he’s here, now let go and let GOD have HIs Way!


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