Blog Archive - June 2008
The archives of The Sun Will Rise, organized by month.
This post is continuing a series on my blog entitled "Prophetic Musician Interviews". Today's thoughts are from Justin Rizzo, a worship leader here at IHOP. I play keys for Justin's worship team, and I'm privileged to be able to post some of his thoughts.
Josh: Hey Justin. I know you would agree that there is a war raging in the spirit realm today through the common language of music. Just as we see the Satanic movement being raised up, we are entering into a time in history when the Holy Spirit is specifically setting apart musicians like never before. Give us some of your thoughts on what the Lord is doing on the earth today, and how you posture your heart as a worship leader leading musicians in the Lord's worship movement.
Justin: For so long we have settled for simply listening to the ‘other guy’ and playing whatever they play. But in this day and hour God is giving many musicians a higher vision and releasing the cry within them, “There must be more than what I’ve known.”
Around God’s throne in heaven we are told that there is lighting, thunder, and voices which are proceeding from His throne (Rev. 4). There are four living creatures and the twenty-four elders who never stop crying out, “Holy, Holy, Holy.” They are not robotically programmed to say, “Holy.” They are saying it because they are constantly seeing new expressions of God and fresh waves of His glory are being released. My point is that God is the creator of all sound and all music and He is not lacking in new ways to express Himself.
One of the primary ways that I believe the understanding and expression of Christianity is going to change in this generation is through musicians (and singers) who consecrate their ears and watch what they feed their spirits, and also those who are faithful in cultivating their life in the Spirit. More and more I am hearing about musicians who are shutting out other musical influences because they want the influence of heaven upon their playing. There is such dissatisfaction with what they’ve known and they are committed to spending time playing their instrument before the Lord and communing with the Holy Spirit. I have experienced times when the Holy Spirit is breathing upon a musician as they play and I am convinced that these times happen as a result of the hours spent before Him alone at home in their rooms; playing before Him when no one else is watching. (Isa. 42:10-13)
Okay, so it's been WAY too long since I've written here. The main reason is because I am currently without a laptop computer, but thanks to God's gracious provision, a brand new one is arriving early next week. I have had so much I've wanted to write about, but the old fashioned way I've been journaling these past few weeks (pen and paper) just doesn't seem to work all that well for web readers :)
The main thing the Lord has been speaking to me about is how little I know Him as Father. I'm so convinced that the revelation of God as our Father is absolutely critical to understand if we want to mature in our love for Him. We can't expect to grow in our revelation of Jesus as the Bridegroom if we first don't understand that the Father is longing for a family. I suppose there are aspects of Christ as the bridegroom that one can see without the revelation of God as Father, but living off of that revelation alone leaves us with an incomplete and perhaps even a distorted picture of who our God really is. More on this next week when I get a laptop back and transcribe my thoughts from paper back to my e-journal!
I had the privilege of hosting some really cool people from the fine state of Arizona this past week...
The guys stayed at my place and the girls stayed with my parents just a few miles down the road. They came to spend some time at IHOP and to be refreshed in the Lord. I had met Jon (the guy sitting on my left) and Randon (the guy sitting above me) beforehand on my trip to Arizona last January but they brought along some of their friends. (The guy to my right is Tim, my roommate...) The world needs more people like all of these guys. They were so meek, so thankful, and each of them had the heart of a servant. I truly did not want them to leave!