It is with the greatest joy that I share with you my latest release of Christian Instrumentals~ appropriately titled “Behold The Lamb.”
Why is that an appropriate name for the thirty-third album of musical instrumentals whose tracks and music are focused on various passages in the life of Christ from the Gospel of John?
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, spilled His spotless blood on the cross as an eternal sacrifice to pay for the deliverance from our sins at the age of thirty three.
I could never have known ten years ago when the Lord inspired me to publish my first album that He would give me thirty-three albums of music to glorify His name throughout the earth~or astonishingly, that He would prompt me to call the thirty-third album of music to His children “Behold The Lamb.”
The Lord encouraged me several years ago to write a disclaimer on the cover (or somewhere visible) on all my works that they are accomplished “…through the Indwelling Risen Lord Jesus Christ, Inspired by the Holy Spirit, to the Glory of God, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”
Why did He do this?
He wanted to remind not only me, but all of His children that Christ said always it was His Father within Him that did His miracles, and that apart from His Father He could do nothing.
I must remind everyone that my music from the Lord is truly a miracle gift. For I wasn’t a musician until Christ sovereignly dropped His music gift into my lap and asked me to do this work for Him. (*I’m not a trained musician and can only play or sing the music that the Lord gives me for His children. I truly can do none of my work apart from Christ.)
Jesus Christ said that He was going to dwell within each of His children who would keep His Words, and abide in Him.
Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
John 14:15 WEBUS
When we believe and act by faith on Jesus’ words, He really does show that He is the risen Lord and Savior and manifests Himself to our hearts.
He directs and guides our life;
His Holy Spirit comes to live in our hearts and we become the living temples of the Holy Spirit.
Christ manifests His reality to the world through our faith and obedience to Him.
We honor and worship Him by obeying Him.
Often our obedience to Christ is misunderstood and therefore misinterpreted.
But we cannot worry about what others will think about us, or allow their opinion or even rejection of us deter us from obeying our Lord Jesus Christ.
Christ must be our Head, our supreme Authority, our King and God, or else we have an idol.
Jesus said that no man can have two masters.
The price that a Christian is purchased or redeemed with is the spotless blood of Jesus Christ.
“You were bought with the precious blood of Christ’s death. He was a pure and perfect sacrificial Lamb.”
1 Peter 1:19 ERV
Each Christian who calls on Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is a living temple wherein the Spirit of Christ dwells.
“Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 WEBUS
Each professing Christian is a human representative or ambassador of Christ on earth who is proclaiming to the world that the risen Lord Jesus Christ lives within them.
“Look closely at yourselves. Test yourselves to see if you are living in the faith. Don’t you realize that Christ Jesus is in you? Of course, if you fail the test, He is not in you.”
2 Corinthians 13:5 ERV
“God decided to let His people know just how rich and glorious that truth is. That secret truth, which is for all people, is that Christ lives in you, His people. He is our hope for glory.”
Colossians 1:27 ERV
“We are therefore ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as though God were entreating by us: we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For Him who knew no sin He made to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”
2 Corinthians 5:20-21 WEBUS
The Lord Jesus Christ redeemed us with His spotless blood and only has our best interest in mind.
His Word admonishes us to seek the Lord, for we cannot cultivate our relationship with Him without abiding in fellowship with our Lord.
“Seek Yahweh while He may be found. Call on Him while He is near.”
Isaiah 55:6 WEBUS
Jesus Christ said on the Eve before His crucifixion, “…
“This is eternal life, that they should know You, the only true God, and Him whom You sent, Jesus Christ.”
John 17:3 WEBUS
“Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.””
John 6:29 WEBUS
“Always rejoice. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 WEBUS
Each one of these verses is an admonition to remain in the presence of the Lord.
Rejoice always…be joyful how, and why?
We give our praise to God for His wondrous blessings!
What is one of His beautiful blessings? Forgiveness. He forgives all our sins. He suffered and died on the cross to forever cleanse us from the stain of sin.
Others may condemn us for our faults but read what the scriptures say and rejoice in Christ!
“Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect [when it is] God Who justifies [that is, Who puts us in right relation to Himself? Who shall come forward and accuse or impeach those whom God has chosen? Will God, Who acquits us?] Who is there to condemn [us]? Will Christ Jesus (the Messiah), Who died, or rather Who was raised from the dead, Who is at the right hand of God actually pleading as He intercedes for us?”
Romans 8:33-34 AMPC
We meditate on Christ and the precious gifts we have in Him.
Pray without ceasing..this is abiding in Christ’s presence and it takes a choice admittedly and a determination not to abide in the world or conform to it.
Give thanks in all circumstances, and this is really a difficult one, but we can still abide in Christ here even when we vent to Him because Hebrews 4 says:
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Hebrews 4:14-16 ESV
No matter what our issue, if we choose to, we can abide in Christ or His Word would not have said it was His Will for us to do so.
Truly, I know these spiritual practices are challenging and take much perseverance and prayer.
But our Lord loves each of us very much. He redeemed us with His blood, therefore He paid the highest possible price for our souls.
“But when we live in a right way, it is like living in the light. God is always in the light. So, if we live in the light, we share together in the life which God gives. And when Jesus, the Son of God, died on the cross, He saved us from all our sins. The blood of His sacrifice makes us clean. If we say that we never do any wrong thing, we are deceiving ourselves. Even though we may think it is true, it is a lie. Instead, we should agree that we have done wrong things and tell that to God. Then God will forgive us for our sins. He always does what He has promised to do. He always does what is right. He will forgive us and He will make us clean again, whatever bad things we may have done. God says that all people have done wrong things. So, if we say that we have not done any wrong thing, we are saying that God tells lies. It shows that we have not accepted His message at all.”
1 John 1:7-10 EASY
When we stumble and make mistakes, (and we all do because we are human, not one of us is perfect,) Jesus does not condemn us; when we humbly go to Him and ask, He forgives us and says, “…let’s try again.”
His Spirit within us is there to help us hear His voice in our hearts and want to obey Him. (*See Romans 8)
I’m very excited about sharing the Lord’s new album inspired by the Holy Spirit as a tribute to Christ’s life and redemptive ministry, and pray that the Lord will speak through His Word to each heart that listens to His songs and encourage them mightily with His love and grace, in Jesus’ name, amen.
In Christ’s love,
“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.”
1 John 5:20 ESV