By Apostle Ricardo Butler | December 12th, 2011 – December 15, 2011
This is a new ministry mini-blog and devotional series for those in the Hip-Hop Ministry. I will be sharing short insights into the Word of God as revealed by the Spirit of God concerning the Music Ministry, Industry and Culture from a Kingdom perspective!
Scripture quotations are taken from the below Versions of the Bible:
Heavens and Earth Creation Day 1 Part 7
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." (Genesis 1:1-5, KJV).
"First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don't see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God's Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.
God spoke: "Light!"
And light appeared.
God saw that light was good
and separated light from dark.
God named the light Day,
he named the dark Night.
It was evening, it was morning—
Day One." (Genesis 1:1-5, The Message).
And God Called the Light Day
"Ye [ALL of you] are ALL the children OF LIGHT, and the children OF THE DAY: we are NOT of the night, NOR of darkness. Therefore let us [Light and Day] NOT sleep, as do others [night and darkness]; but let US [Light and Day] watch and be sober. For they [night and darkness] that sleep sleep IN THE NIGHT; and they [night and darkness] that be drunken are drunken [of Old Covenant golden wine cup that is full of abomination] in the night. But let us [Light and Day], who are OF THE DAY, be sober, putting on the breastplate of FAITH and LOVE; and for an helmet, the HOPE of salvation. For God hath NOT appointed us [Light and Day] to wrath [‘Woe unto you that desire the day (day of wrath) of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD IS DARKNESS, and NOT LIGHT.’ (Amos 5:18)], but [GOD has appointed us (Light and Day)] to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we [Light and Day] WAKE OR SLEEP, we [Light and Day] should live together with Him [in the FULL LIGHT OF THE FATHER AND THE SON]." (1st Thessalonians 5:5-10).
What is the Spirit saying to you today artists of God? The Spirit would say, “And now that you are the children of Light you are now Children of DAY. YOU are NOW the restoration of the music ministry, industry and culture!”
Create New Music
"Praise ye [ALL of you] the LORD. Sing UNTO THE LORD A NEW SONG [ALL music genres] and His praise in the congregation [Church] of saints. Let Israel [YOU ARE the NEW Spiritual Israel of God (see Gal. 6:16)] rejoice IN Him [Christ] that made him [us—mankind]: let the children OF ZION [that would be NEW Spiritual/Heavenly Jerusalem from above] be joyful in their King [Jesus]. Let them praise His name in the dance [ALL kinds and styles of dance]: let them sing praises unto Him with the timbrel and harp [all kinds of beats]. For the LORD taketh pleasure in His people: He will beautify the meek with salvation. Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them SING ALOUD upon their beds. Let the high [heavenly, spiritual] PRAISES [Heb: 'Exaltation, i.e. praise:--high'] OF GOD BE IN THEIR MOUTH, and A TWOEDGE SWORD [the Word of God (see--Heb. 4:12 & Eph. 6:17) is a two-edge sword] in their hand [Heb: ‘POWER’]; to execute vengeance UPON THE HEATHENS [that would be Satan's Kingdom and those in his house], and CHASTISEMENTS [Gk: 'Chastisement; figuratively (BY WORDS) correction, refutation, proof (even in defense):--argument, × chastened, correction, reasoning, rebuke, reproof'] upon the people; TO BIND THEIR KINGS [AND SATAN'S KINGDOM] WITH [SPIRITUAL] CHAINS, and [TO BIND] THEIR NOBLES WITH [SPIRITUAL] FETTERS [Heb: 'A chain or shackle for the ankles or feet:--CHAINS] OF IRON; to execute upon them THE JUDGMENT written ['Do ye not know that THE SAINS SHALL JUDGE THE WORLD? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels (and demons)? how much more things that pertain to this life?' (1 Cor. 6:2-3)]: THIS HONOR HAS ALL HIS SAINTS. Praise ye [ALL OF YOU--THE CHURCH and ARTISTS of] the LORD." (Psalms 149:1-9).
"Sing unto Him [God] A NEW SONG; play SKILLFULLY with a loud noise." (Psalms 33:3).
"O sing unto the LORD A NEW SONG: sing unto the LORD, ALL the earth." (Psalms 96:1).
"A Psalm. O sing unto the LORD A NEW SONG; for He hath done marvelous things: His right hand [Jesus Christ sits on the right-hand of the Father], and His holy arm [the Holy Spirit is also the finger of God, which is part of the holy arm], hath gotten Him [God’ the Father] the victory." (Psalms 98:1).
"I will sing A NEW SONG unto Thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto Thee. It is He that giveth salvation unto kings [apostles]: who delivereth David [the Apostle/King] His servant from the hurtful sword [words of Satan]." (Psalms 144:9).
"Sing unto the LORD A NEW SONG, and His praise from the end of the earth, ye [ALL of you] that go down to the sea [we should already know what the ‘sea’ is from Devotional Pt. 3], and ALL that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof." (Isaiah 42:10).
"And He hath put A NEW SONG in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear [fear, revere, and worship], and shall trust [believe, have faith] in the LORD." (Psalms 40:3).
"And they sung A NEW SONG, saying, Thou [Jesus Christ] art worthy to take the book [the Word of God—the LIFE of Christ Himself], and to open the seals thereof [‘Then opened He (Jesus) their understanding (the seven seals), that they might understand the Scriptures (the Book).’ (Luke 24:45)]: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue [language], and people, and nation [basically redeemed us from out of the ‘sea’—see Rev. 17:15]; And hast made us unto our God kings [apostles] and priests [prophets]: and we shall reign ON THE EARTH." (Revelation 5:9-10).
"And they sung as it were A NEW SONG before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand [the Church of the Living God—the Body of Christ—the NEW Spiritual Israel], which were redeemed from the earth." (Revelation 14:3).
There is a reason why I used nine (9) scriptures for this particular section. What is the common denominator of the above verses? There are three.
1. Sing a new song
2. Unto THE LORD
3. God’s people are to do this.
When we are to make music, whatever the genre, it should always be directed to the Lord. Don’t sing for the people or even the lost. Don’t sing for the masses. Don’t rap for the non-believer to come to Christ.
What did Christ say?
“And I, if I [Jesus] be lifted up from the earth, will draw [Gk: ‘DRAG’] ALL MEN unto Me.” (John 13:32).
Don’t worry about pleasing the crowd or “the fans”; you truly have an audience of ONE! LIFT the Father and His Son up in your music and THEY will draw the fish into your net just like Jesus did for Peter in Luke chapter five.
Paul says in several places,
“This is a terrific responsibility. Is anyone competent to take it on? No— but at least we don't take God's Word, water it down, and then take it to the streets to sell it cheap. WE STAND IN CHRIST’S PRESENCE when we speak; God looks us IN THE FACE. We get what we say STRAIGHT FROM GOD and say it as honestly as we can.” (2nd Corinthians 2:16-17, The Message).
“For do I now persuade men, OR GOD? Or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should NOT be the servant OF CHRIST.” (Galatians 1:10).
“And whatsoever ye [ALL of you] do in word or deed, DO ALL in the name of the Lord JESUS, giving thanks to God and THE FATHER by Him [Christ].” (Colossians 3:17).
“Whether therefore ye [ALL of you] eat, or drink, or WHATSOEVER ye [ALL of you] do, do all TO THE GLORY OF GOD.” (1st Corinthians 10:10:31).
Now that you are under the NEW Covenant, write NEW music. I don’t know about you but I’m tired of going into different churches and singing the same old songs that are sung everywhere else!
Even Jesus said,
“But when ye [ALL of you] pray [Gk: ‘to pray to God, i.e. supplicate, worship (which includes MUSIC)’], USE NOT VAIN REPETITIONS [Gk: ‘to stutter, i.e. (by implication) to prate tediously (tiresome by reason of length, slowness, or dullness; boring)’], as the heathen [carnal minded non-believers do] do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking [or singing]. Be NOT ye [ALL of you] therefore like unto them.” (Matthew 6:7-8a).
So please use the Spirit of God and get creative and write NEW music towards God! THIS is how we ARE children of the Day to display the Light. We ARE the NEW Music industry because according Matthew 7:26-27 & Revelation 18:2-3, 22-23 the music industry being GREATLY influenced my Mystery Babylon IS FALLEN, IS FALLEN!
And if it isn’t, then you need to learn from the principle from the story of Joshua and surround “spiritual Jericho” (which is the Mystery Babylon in the form of the music industry). Don’t be discouraged because a lot of people are not looking or listening out for you music at the moment. In the end they will be running to you like they did King Solomon on NEW (Covenant) ways of conducting the music industry. The prophet Isaiah says,
“And it shall come to pass IN THE LAST DAYS, that the mountain [Mt Zion—The Kingdom] of the LORD'S house [that house is the House of God—the Church] shall be established [on Christ the Foundation] in the top of the [SEVEN] mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills [all other worldly influences]; and ALL nations shall flow unto it. And MANY people shall go AND SAY, ‘Come ye [ALL OF YOU], and let us go up to the mountain OF THE LORD, to the house [Church] of the God of Jacob [Israel]; and He [Jesus and His Body are ONE, they] will teach us of His [THE FATHER’S HIGHER, SPIRITUAL, BETTER] ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law [LOVE GOD and LOVE OTHERS], and the Word of the LORD [the Good News (Gospel) of the Kingdom of God] from [NEW, Spiritual/Heavenly] Jerusalem.’ ” (Isaiah 2:3-3).
It’s going to happen! It is only a matter of time. Until then thanks for reading with me in this first of many devotionals. And remember this,
“Fret NOT thyself because of evildoers [in the music industry], neither be thou envious [do not envy] against the workers of iniquity [secular rappers or Christian rappers who compromise]. For they shall SOON be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. TRUST IN THE LORD, AND DO GOOD; so shalt thou dwell IN THE LAND [in the Kingdom], and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD [seek FIRST the Kingdom and His righteousness]; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart [and all these things shall be added unto you]. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. And He shall bring forth thy righteousness AS THE LIGHT [OR AS THE DAY!], and thy judgment as the NOONDAY. Rest IN the LORD, and wait patiently for Him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers SHALL BE CUT OFF: but those that wait upon the LORD, THEY SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH [THE KINGDOM]. For yet A LITTLE WHILE, and the wicked shall NOT BE: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall NOT BE. But THE MEEK SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH [the Kingdoms of this world shall become the Kingdom of our God and Christ--see Rev. 11:15]; and shall delight themselves in the abundance OF PEACE.” (Psalms 37:1-11).
By Apostle Ricardo Butler
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