Songs That Impact Your Faith

Songs That Impact Your Faith

The truth is as long as the world evolves, people would always have different views about almost everything. But in all those views people have, there is always the one that is the truth whether it’s accepted or not.

How many times have you heard a Christian listen to a song that has God in the lyrics, and because of that singular reason, say it’s gospel music. That’s funny. Let us first of all analyze what the word gospel means. I will paraphrase what dictionaries define it as. Gospel basically has to do with Christ, teachings related to Christianity that relate to the message of Christ and salvation. Literally, it means good news; for Christians, the good news about Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. So, the fact that a song has “God” in its lyrics does not validate it as gospel music. I mean, what did God do? Let me get to the point; gospel music glorifies all that Jesus Christ did for humanity, simple. Do you disagree? What then do you believe in exactly?

Gospel music impacts inspires and further affirms your faith in Christ. Any song that just makes you “emotional, “focus on your life situations or “life” itself cannot be seen as gospel music.

Gospel music glorifies God, not your circumstances, His life in you, not “life” in itself. Something else that makes gospel music has an impact on your faith is the fact that it’s not from the writer’s “heart,” you know how people can sincerely write from their hearts how they feel about God? That’s not gospel music. If it can qualify as a piece of gospel music, it will have zero views of man and only God’s word uplifted. And definitely, when a Christian listens to one of such songs, his or her faith is further strengthened.

Let me drift a bit into how these songs in question can impact your choice. I am sure by now you know that what you listen to goes a long way into what would eventually be in your heart if you don’t guard it. Have you ever listened to a song that is all about love this, love that, my heart this and that, and over time you realize you start craving love from “the one”? That’s because what you hear is actually powerful; how much more when you feed your mind with it over and over again.

All I’m saying is gospel music would certainly impact you to make Godly choices. There’s no way you are listening to songs that constantly Glorify Christ and His word, remind you of who you are as a Christian, and then you are making choices like a worldly man. I say this confidently because what you listen to constantly builds a consciousness in you whether you planned for it or not, and when a God-consciousness is around you, your decisions would be influenced by such.

Also, gospel music can be in the form of consecration songs, which further strengthen your allegiance with our Lord, Jesus. Such songs help you re-affirm your love and commitment to Christ. This definitely impacts your faith. It reminds you of your decision to serve Christ and spurs you to love and serve Him even more. Therefore, every song cannot be referred to as gospel music! It’s a great thing we have music today, and in it is so many harmonious sounds and all that instruments that make you feel like your heart is about to burst, but please just before your heart bursts,  listen to the lyrics well. That a song is very slow, or the singer’s voice is so high, and “angelic” doesn’t make it gospel, let’s know what we are doing. Let’s not justify what is not by laying claims on the wrong things. Call a spade a spade. Call a song that glorifies God’s word gospel. I trust you un

Gospel Songs that Nourish the Soul

Gospel Songs that Nourish the Soul

Gospel Music is beyond the lyrical expression of the human mind; it is a powerful tool of conveying ideas, thoughts, doctrines, and ideologies which directly affect the soul. It is literally a craft of immeasurable capacity mastered by talented men across all ages to impress their convictions on their generations. However, testimonies in the Bible and in the history of the Church reveal that through music, souls have been saved, wounded hearts are healed, broken homes are restored, the lost are saved and the straying saints are revived. It is simply the language of the soul and a powerful weapon of influence that conditions both the physical and spiritual state of every child of God. The spirit man is a living being and he is highly responsive to music.

We read in Acts 16: 25-34 how Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God in the middle of the night and other prisoners were listening to them. This simple act brought down the power of God so much that the foundations of the prison were shaken, the prison doors flew open, everyone’s chains came loose and the jailers were saved. Such is the power of spiritual Gospel music songs. No wonder Apostle Paul admonishes the Ephesus Christians thus “Do not to get drunk on wine, which leads to reckless indiscretion. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19). 

Not all songs in this generation are healthy for our consumption. Some songs are sponsored by the culture of lawlessness and can be very damaging to the soul as they dignify immorality and promote selfishness and pride. The fame of the artist is not what validates the importance of the song; if a song does not bring you nearer to God or encourage you to be positive and godly in character, it simply has no place on your playlist as a child of God. This is because the kinds of songs you listen to will determine the quality of life you live. As a child of God, it is expedient to understand that music has a place in your Christian growth and you must be able to harness it for your maximum good. Psalms 95: 2 makes it clear that through spiritual songs, we can access the very presence of God and unlock His blessings over our lives.

Moreover, one of the ways through which a believer can stay edified and lifted in the spirit is through spiritual songs. When you study the church hymns, for instance, you will easily discover how rich the contents are in the revelation of God’s nature and power. They are songs borne out of divine encounters, released to the Body of Christ to inspire us into a deeper fellowship with our Savior and help us to align our lives better with the will and glory of God. Colossians 3:16-17 puts it this way: “Let the word of Christ dwell within you as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

Beloved, this is a wakeup call to you as a citizen of God’s kingdom. Our minds are not meant to be manipulated by the ungodliness of this age through unhealthy songs. We must be deliberate in our choice and intentional with our musical collections. It is our sincere prayer that the good Lord will help you to make this decision today in Jesus’ name. Amen.