Let me start this series off by telling you a story about myself!
Before we continue, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Yeah I know I have been MIA (and I sincerely apologize for that) and I don’t know if it’s the new year Mojo or the endless time I seem to have while sitting in this ship’s’ cabin but am writing again! Hallelujah!
I got born again in 200 level while in the University. I was raised in a Christian home i.e. my parents worship God and we attended church every Sunday and even had daily morning and evening devotion, paid tithes, worked in church etc. but I wasn’t born again. I grew up in Church, competed and won memory verse competitions, got baptized and yet wasn’t born again. I knew about God, I knew he existed, I thought I loved him and he even answered my prayers once in a while but I wasn’t born again.
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When I got born again in 200 level; a lot of things changed for me. My service in church had more meaning, I personally realized the need for getting to know God on a personal note and thus I went on a quest. Every morning by 6am I would leave my bed and go to an empty room towards the back of my hostel and sit on an empty bunk bed praying and reading my bible. I still have the notes from those times of honestly seeking God. A little while after this, I got baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. All this while I still listened to secular music and watched X-rated movies and series such as Spartacus [Judge Not!]
But one day on my way to my hostel, headphones on and jamming to Rihanna’s Man Down which just got released then; I had a heavy weight in my heart! I felt a strong burden and I couldn’t explain it. I felt sober, like I was sad and repentant about something but I didn’t know what it was. So I rushed into my room which was surprisingly empty and I climbed up my bunk and cried my eyes out. I cried and cried and cried till nothing could come out anymore. Somehow in the midst of all this crying I deleted all the secular music (which was all the music I had then) and all the movies I had in my possession. I knew what I was repenting of!
Then the Holy Spirit ministered to me that you can’t purify a vessel and then contaminate it right (2 Timothy 2:20-21) after and that he can’t dwell in a vessel that is consistently being used to uphold something else. God is a jealous God (Exodus 34:14) and he yearns for us (James 4:5)!
Up until that moment, I absolutely hated Christian music or other slow songs but the only song I could tolerate was J.Moss – Don’t Pray and Worry; so I collected this and the entire album from my then friend – Omonoh and with the help of the Holy Spirit retrained my taste till I could genuinely enjoy that song.
A little bit after I went back to my secular music collection o; I collected the Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Beyonce albums again but whenever I played them, my spirit just didn’t balance or feel right about it. I finally deleted all of them and I have been listening to only Christian music since then. Glory be to God!
Later on I got to find out about Lecrae, KB, Andy Mineo, Trip Lee etc. and I was able to enjoy Christian Rap and other genres of music.
In this series; I hope to show from the Bible, God’s standpoint on secular music, movies and the likes and its effect on your spirit and walk with God. I pray that the eyes of your understanding is enlightened and that your eyes and hearts are open to the revelation of God’s word. AMEN
Eyes that see, Ears that hear will be your testimony this year! Amen
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