The bible and christian music

Over the past few years I’ve been writing about the role of the Holy Spirit, and more recently about what it means to be transformed, and the role the bible and christian music can play in the midst of all of this.

Well, it seems A LOT of christians these days are talking about transformation. Before I continue, I’ll admit that I certainly don’t have the sole perfect answer. This being said, I feel like many people who are talking about transformation aren’t always using the most effective weapon available to us according to Scripture.

In the bible (Ephesians 6:10-17) we read about putting on the armour of God to help us take a stand against the devil’s schemes. Interestingly, all of the armour we’re instructed to use is defensive with one exception, “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (v17) Let’s break this down a bit… A sword is an offensive weapon, and it’s a sword of whom? The Spirit. So, it’s not a stretch to say that by reading the word of God, we are actively engaging in “picking up the sword” and being filled with the Holy Spirit. Now, whether your theological leaning is baptist or pentecostal, I think we can all agree that reading the word is a good thing, as is being filled with the Spirit!

I am completely convinced that if we want to see greater societal transformation, it won’t start with us doing good works (don’t get me wrong, I understand that us performing good works will help people glorify our Father in heaven!). Good works will flow from us being filled with the Spirit, with reading the bible and connecting to the bible through christian music both being ways we wield the sword of the Spirit.

Written by CEO Stephen Relph while listening to Father Jesus Spirit by Fred Hammond on the O Top New Songs Playlist.

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