Posts Tagged ‘Holy Spirit’

Songwriting and Arrangeing

October 26, 2008

I met one of my fellow teachers at another branch of the music school that I work at.  She explained how she had studied composing and had composed several orchestral arrangements which have been performed by an orchestra in Hong Kong.  I thought how wonderful it must be to create music for so many instruments  and have the thrill of hearing it played by professional musicians.  It would certainly be a wonder to behold.  She went onto say that she has produced a CD of these arrangements with lyrics for children and will be marketing it soon to Boosey and Hawkes. 

This interesting conversation reminded me a few years ago when I experienced the joy of having time to write songs and also dream up arrangements for them as well.  This is truly what I love doing as a musician and artist.   It is the thrill of being able to create something out of nothing and produce a piece of music which can be enjoyed by myself and others (with the help of the Holy Spirit).

It is my great hope that I will one day be able to have the time to write music again.  This is a big reason why I would like to find a full time Music Marketing Business Manager who can help me to promote my music to the public so that I can spend more time creating music and perhaps performing it with a professional live band now and then as well.  As the lyrics of Don Moen’s worship song says:-

“God can make a way where there seems to be no way, He works in ways we cannot see, He will make a way for me”

I realise that in one of my blog posts I have a list of prayer points which includes my interest in getting airplay on TV Commercial Radio and the Press.  It may appear that I am on an extensive ego trip.  However the reason I would like to make a few music videos and show them on TV is that I feel I would be able to reach a wider audience in a shorter period of time with the gospel message.  Also early in my music career,  I decided that the only way to make a somewhat decent living out of music would be to become very well known and close to famous.  Otherwise I would have to settle on living in abject poverty which is never easy for anyone.  Music seems to be my main occupational talent,  so I realised I would really have to make a good go of it,  in order for me to survive.  Hope this makes sense.

Notional Nonsense:  IMPROVISATION – What you do when the music falls down


Holy Spirit Conference

October 14, 2008

Recently I attended “The Holy Spirit Conference” organised by my church.  It was a valuable time of spiritual teaching and prayer.  I received prayer for more of the Holy Spirit’s power in my life and was able to make some new friends which is always a blessing.

Two of the speakers : John Torrends from South Africa and Clarke Taylor from Brisbane,  emphasised the amazing fact that as Christians God has imparted a piece of himself, in the form of  his Holy Spirit, to live in each one of us.  Often we can take this for granted.  However the speakers illuminated the WOW factor of this miracle .  Just think for a minute.  The all seeing,  all knowing omnipotent God,  creator of the universe has chosen to stoop down to bestow a portion of his holy spirit inside of ordinary human beings like us!

Hence it is healthy for us to become more aware of the Holy Spirit inside of us and allow it to grow and fill us in every part of our being.  We can then become more conscience to obey it’s leading and promptings.  In this way may more likely forget about giving into our fleshly desires since we are more aware and focused the awesomeness of  God’s Holy Spirit inside of us.

When we do this we can then walk into the world to be shining lights for Jesus.  People will then notice God’s Holy Spirit  inside us even without us saying anything.  We become like the ark of God which was carried everywhere by the Israelite people. See Joshua 3:3 & Exodus 25:10-16.  So if you are a Christian believer, be aware of the power of God inside of you, yes YOU!

 John Torrens then gave an example of how the Holy Spirit manifested in his own everyday life.  John was receiving treatment from his chiropractor as he lay on a table, staring out the window, not thinking about anything in particular.  Suddenly he heard this deep hearted sobbing.  He quickly turned around to see what was the matter, to which he saw his chiropractor blubbering with tears and eventually mumbled in between sobs that he felt this overwhelming presence  in the room.  John gently informed him, it was the presence of Jesus through the Holy Spirit which was touching his life. He then proceeded to share the gospel with him and lead him into the sinner’s prayer.

One of the topics Clarke Taylor spoke about was the importance of repenting of sin.  He stated that we not only need to repent from sin , but also we need to repent to God’s alternative and  there will always be God’s alternative.  Sometimes we just have to think of the equivalent  opposite.  (This may also involve looking deeply into the root causes of our sinful behaviour).  If we fail to repent to God’s alternative,  then we will be left with a vacuum within us , which we will want to fill again with sin.  A prime example involves people who feel a spiritual void or lack purpose or fulfilment in their lives.  Hence in order to comfort themselves they may use overeating ,  sex,  drugs,  gambling,  smoking, becoming a workaholic, money, greed and so on to fill this void. However although they may seem like a short term fix, in the long term they cannot ultimately satisfy in themselves.  God’s alternative is to fill them with His love, presence and Holy Spirit, to fill their emptiness and give them purpose and meaning to life.  Also in our stressful times God want us to go to Him for comfort instead of turning to worldly substitutes which ultimately cannot satisfy.

Another more specific example is, for instance, if we have a tendency towards jealousy,  we need to ask God for his power to help overcome this.  However we need to replace this sinful attitude with God’s desired behaviour (or the opposite) which could be to:-

God’s Alternative to the Sin of Jealousy

1. Rejoice with those who rejoice    Romans 12:15

2.  Encourage and build one another up   Hebrews 3:13,  10:25

3.  Be thankful & content with what we have and all the riches in Christ God has given us   1 Thessalonians 5:18,  Psalm 136:1

4.  Remember that just because someone has many gifts or has something we don’t have,  doesn’t necessarily mean they have a happier life. Outward appearances can be deceiving. The “grass is not always greener on the other side” (even though Satan always tries to tell us it is).  Also with more gifts can come more responsibility, more work, more stress , more Satanic attack and more persection (such as jealousy, gossip and slander) .  This is the part that we don’t see. We may just be seeing an illusion or a mirage. For instance musical talent can sometimes be one of the most coveted gifts in the church since it seems very showy and glamorous.  However these musicians can often be ravaged by Satan in a bigger way than non musicians.

5.  Count our blessings to see what great things God has already done in our lives.  eg.  make a list of 10 things at the end of each day & you may be surprised.

6.  Note that God wishes that the more humble parts of the body of Christ be given special honour- 1 Corinthians 12:22-25, and the presentable parts need no special treatment.  God values us all on an equal basis.

Clarke Taylor went on to inform us of the useful tool of visualisation when repenting of sin.  Picture yourself for instance encouraging and rejoicing with someone for their special gift (as opposed to being jealous of them).  Picture yourself acting kindly to your spouse or close friend instead of speaking harshly to them.  Often what we see or visualise is what we will become.   Perhaps it is helpful for some of us, not to constantly watch TV shows where people are constantly fighting,  being jealous and envious of one another, with women being catty to each or men speaking harshly to each another .  (This was one of the speaker’s suggestions).

Ron______ another speaker at the conference also mentioned in his talk that as christians we must eradicate all jealousy and envy of others.  If not we will lose our own anointing for our own work and ministry.  It is important to realise that every person in the body of Christ has been given a gift he can use for God’s kingdom.  Some of these gifts can include the gift of hospitality, encouragement, mercy,  helps or serving, leadership,  organisation,  pastoring,  teaching or spiritual gifts like prophecy.  Even our occupational gifts can be used to edify and serve the body of Christ.

The following are a list of points that Ron mentioned, to apply, as we use our ministry gifts.

1.  Our annointing is to benefit others
2.  Seek God not the gift
3.  Do not despise the day of small beginnings and be thankful for what you have now
4.  Keep praying until you see a breakthrough
5.  Be faithful with what God has given you
6.  Find someone who has the anointing so it can pass onto you
7.  Realise that we are poor in spirit so then, God can raise us up
8.  Know the Word of God
9.  Prayer – is vital to our ministry

There were many other truths that were discussed during the Holy Spirit conference but there would be too many to summarise. . I hope however that the points mentioned will encourage you in your own walk with the Lord.

Blessings to you all.

How to Fill Your Spiritual Void

April 1, 2008

Most of us like to enjoy the things of this earth like having stylish clothes,  a comfortable spacious home,  nice car,  great wealth,  supportive friends ,loving relationships ,  exciting travel experiences,  or a promising career path.  These are some of the goals that most people may  aim for in their lives.  There is nothing wrong with these things.

As we strive to achieve these goals, we may believe that once we have acquired them, we will be ultimately satisfied in the long term. However many individuals discover when they finally realise these goals that their  still is a feeling of emptiness in the core of their being.

In a short documentary about a famous band, the lead singer (who shall remain nameless), expressed the fact that when he finally achieved success in terms of millions of records sold world wide and ultimate fame,  there was still an emptiness inside him.  This forced him to ask himself  – “why do I still not feel happy even at this high point in my career? What am I missing in my life ?  What is it that I still need”.

I had a friend (who has now passed away) who once shared with me some experiences in her younger years.  She had been a highly attractive woman who was like the “rose” of high society.  Sought after by many suitors she admitted that she had never had her heart broken but fortunately always had the upper hand when it came to men.  Naturally she would be invited to all the grand parties and played hostess to many of her own.   However when these were all over and everyone went home, she admitted to a feeling of  emptiness in her soul and thought to  herself   “is this all there is to life?  Surely there is something more?”

In one of my songs called “It’s Christmas” there is a line which says ….”there’s a void we all have in our souls that only one can fill”.  I would like to suggest that this feeling of emptiness that these two people felt, is the longing for spiritual fulfilment which is present in every human being .  We all long for something deeper than just surface satisfaction provided by the material things of this world.  Our longing is to be re-united with our Creator – to restore our relationship with God so we can experience the innocence of the Garden of Eden .  This can only be achieved through Jesus Christ and his saving work of the cross.   Through his death on the cross He is able to forgive and wipe away our sins so that we can have a direct relationship with our Maker once again.   What we must do, is to ask God for the faith to believe, ask Jesus’ Holy Spirit to fill  the empty place in our souls, and from then on, commit our lives to following Him.  It is only though this commitment that we can experience the peace,  cleansing and innocence once again for the rest of our lives. 

Fortunately for my friend she eventually found Jesus later in her life to fill the empty void within her soul. Jesus is like the missing link in our lives that we are searching for.  Some may think that relationships,  wealth or earthly pleasures will ultimately satisfy us.  However the truth is, that only a knowledge and relationship with  Jesus can give us lasting inner spiritual peace and fulfilment that we need.  Through Jesus we can also become part of the family of God which includes all of his true followers here on earth.  We are like another pearl added to a beautiful pearl necklace, where Jesus is the strong clasp that holds us together to renders us wearable to fulfil it’s purpose .

Finding Jesus  is also like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  The ironic thing is that when we experience the unconditional love and saving work of Jesus in a real way,  the blessings on this earth become more enjoyable.  The reason for this, is that we now realise who is responsible for giving us all good gifts on this earth, whether they  be material possessions or the beauty of nature , and therefore can now marvel  rejoice and praise God for  His creation and the different ways he provides for us.

Knowing Jesus can enrich our lives in a greater way.  Have you found your missing link yet?

By Adelle Arwen
Gospel Singer Songwriter & Recording Artist