When I was a teenager going into my early 20's, All I thought about for the maturity of the time was playing and learning music. Between 18 - 22, MY OWN prayers changed the course of my life and the Holy Spirit begin to teach me how to better manage my time. So, instead of spending 6 to 10 hours a day with the saxophone, along with listening, learning, and writing music, I started really seeking God and studying His Word more. Got married at 22 and a notable musician with not much money frustrated me. But you know what the problem was? I hadn't put in the time to understand business & finances like I did music and even the things of God, so I started studying those areas so I could put some solutions in place for not having to stay gone all the time to make money since I was married! And I sure wasn't gonna do pop gigs for a living! So, I was like, "God, you gone have to help me! I'm trying to do stuff the best way I know how without selling out" So, in 2009 was the beginning of the pruning season, from cutting of the hair, to stolen saxophones, to the dying away of a lot of my selfish ambitions! But through it all, God had to uproot somethings inside of my heart in order for His desires to fit inside.
Young musicians, this is only a brief summary, I've won notable awards for my ability musically and have played and traveled with some of the best! But there is NO better feeling of comfort and Joy like being IN THE WILL OF GOD! What that means is, you let HIM lead and you follow instead of you leading and expecting God to cosign on what you want. God knows what He put inside of you and He knows how he wants to use it to! What we have in terms of our "giftedness" is to big of a responsibility to manage in and of ourselves! SATAN knows this and as soon as you choose to bite from that fruit within the music industry, you enter into a whirlwind of deceit on a bunch of levels that are impossible to overcome without God's specific instructions on how to navigate.
You're not going to beat the devil at his job! You gone end up working for him! There's only one of two ways, God's way or your own!
Jhn 15:1 (Jesus Speaking)
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away;fn and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
“You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
“If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you willfn ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
“By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.
“If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
May the Lord be with you,
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