A Symphony of FAITH.

WHO IS YOUR CONDUCTOR?

There have been many times in my life when I’ve tried to be the conductor of my path. I tried to orchestrate my decisions without consulting the Lord. In those moments when I became the conductor, things fell apart. My life was no longer playing in beautiful harmony, but chaos was everywhere, hearts were broken, and lives were torn down and needed rebuilding.

I have learned, after much heartache, to let the Lord be my Conductor.

Throughout the Psalms, David writes to The Chief Musician. Jesus is our Chief everything, and this reference is a picture of Him. Jesus, our Lord, and Savior . . . He is The Chief Musician. Once I gave up the reigns, (Jesus take the wheel should be on repeat in your head by now, thank you Carrie Underwood!) and allowed Him to conduct my life, a Symphony began to form.

Who is your conductor today, my Friend? Who is leading your life’s orchestra? If things are out-of-whack and nothing seems to be going right, ask yourself honestly, "Have you given the Lord control?"

 
When our faith walk is off, it seems that our entire world falls apart. Our faith in Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of a Christian's foundation. If that part of our life is shaky, everything will begin to crumble. Join us as we figure out what a Symphony of Faith looks like, and how our faith-life can produce a beautiful sound in our lives.
 

OUR CHIEF MUSICIAN - JESUS.

In an orchestra, the conductor takes on the vision of the composer. If our Conductor is The Chief Musician, Jesus Christ then Father God is our Composer.

When on earth, Jesus said, “For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of HIM who sent me.” (John 6:38). Jesus’ formed His earthly life on one thing . . . Accomplishing the vision of His Composer - His Father. Jesus would only do what He saw His Father doing, and would say what His Father wanted Him to. Jesus was living a life that emulated the vision of The Great Composer.

We are called to live a life that emulates our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If He followed the vision of His Father, how much more should we?


THE COST of FOLLOWING CHRIST

Our walk of faith is the foundation of our life’s orchestra. If our faith isn’t healthy, the other areas of our life won’t be either. At A Symphony of Praise, I focus so much time on your faith to help you and teach you to build a firm foundation of your life. For this to happen, your faith must be “playing in tune” with The Chief Musician.

I started playing the piano at five-years-old and never stopped. I took piano lessons and practiced every day all the way through High School and College. It was a responsibility that required dedication and commitment. Did I want to practice every day for my entire life? No. Absolutely not. I wanted to play with my friends, go out, or watch TV. But I was learning to submit myself to something greater than me.

The same is true for our faith-walk. You guys, we HAVE GOT TO, commit to it every single day. When someone tells me they pray and pray and wonder why God isn’t speaking or answering them, my first question usually is, “How much time do you spend in relationship with Him through His Word instead of just begging Him or coming to Him with a laundry list of needs and wants?” That question is usually answered with silence.

No one wants to hear that, do they? They don’t want to hear that the Christian walk will cost you something.

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it." (Matthew 16:24-25)

Following Christ will mean denying ourselves. It means recognizing that we are not our own anymore. We have been bought with a price, and that price is His Blood shed on Calvary’s cross. Our life must be placed in His hands.

"Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Our faith walk requires us to die to ourselves. It requires us to surrender our will to Him. It requires nothing but total obedience from us. It requires us to hand over the baton and allow the Conductor to create a Symphony out of our lives.


IS IT WORTH IT?

There aren’t many preaching this message in Christianity anymore. Our Americanized society would much rather here “come as you are; no change necessary. Jesus loves you just the way you are.” We would much rather hear the message that tells us that following Christ won’t be complicated, we won’t have struggles, and it won’t cost us to change our lifestyles at all.

If you are hearing this Gospel, you’ve been sitting under a false theology. It isn’t Scriptural. It sounds good, and it makes you feel good, but it isn’t God, and it isn’t His Word.

I’ve given up more than I can tell you for the Kingdom of God. But I would do it again and again in a heartbeat. Because as Peter said in John 6:68, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

 
When our faith walk is off, it seems that our entire world falls apart. Our faith in Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of a Christian's foundation. If that part of our life is shaky, everything will begin to crumble. Join us as we figure out what a Symphony of Faith looks like, and how our faith-life can produce a beautiful sound in our lives.
 

YOUR FAITH LIFE

If you are reading this today and you know that the instruments of your Faith are out of tune and not in harmony with your Chief Musician, let me give you five simple and practical things that you can do to start getting in one mind and one accord with your Maker who is God.

1. Pray for Forgiveness.

Your prayer of forgiveness is your confession and recognition that you haven’t been following in the ways of the Lord and you desire to get back on track. Ask the Lord for forgiveness and repent. Turn from the old ways, and start new.

2. Get in the Word.

The Word of God is alive and active. It is living and breathing. (Hebrews 4:12-13) Start with our Inscribe the Word plans. They are easy to follow and very straightforward. Most importantly they will get you in the Bible every single day.

3. Set Aside Time.

Set aside a time that is your time with the Lord. It doesn’t have to be the morning. It can be before bed or at lunch or during breakfast. But make it a time that is non-negotiable. NOTHING comes between you and Jesus. Read the Word, Inscribe the Word, Pray, whatever it is, take 30 minutes or more and spend time with Jesus. Watch what happens when you do!

4. Change your Mindset.

As I was giving up control of my life and allowing the Lord to orchestrate my path, my mind had to be renewed. I needed to stop thinking the same old ways I used to think. I needed to think with His mind and His heart. If we are to follow the Conductor, we must get in line with the vision of our Great Composer - our Father God. You do this by being in His Word and through Prayer.

5. Worship.

I believe worship is the gateway to the Father. When the High Priest went into the Tabernacle of Moses on the Day of Atonement right before He went into the Most Holy Place where God dwelled, he went to the altar of incense; the altar of prayer, worship, and praise. Praise and Worship is the gateway to the throne room of God. Turn on music in the car, on the job, as you exercise, and begin to fill your heart with worship. If you don’t know where to start, we have these playlists for you.


I pray that this article encourages you to tune your faith life to the voice of the Great Composer. God has a compelling vision for your life, a mighty Masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10). Your faith-walk is the foundation of that Masterpiece. Don’t wait to get it in tune with The Chief Musician.

WITH ALL MY HEART
E R I K A M I C H E L L E