Taking a Closer Look at The Baptism of The Holy Spirit Part 4

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is key in all aspects, but vital in the ministry of music. I strongly believe that God’s musicians and singers are more than just entertainers; I strongly believe that God’s musicians and singers ought to be some of the most powerful people walking this earth right now. I am also taking a risk by saying that as musicians and singers, we are being attracted by Secular Music to the point that we have lost our intimacy with God; therefore, we are no longer seeking heaven for new music, sounds, songs, styles, melodies, etc. We are looking at the world and we are always a few steps behind in creativity.


“A Look at the Attack Against the Prophetic Sound”

          The
Baptism of the Holy Spirit is key in all aspects, but vital in the ministry
of music. I strongly believe that God’s musicians and singers are more than
just entertainers; I strongly believe that God’s musicians and singers ought to
be some of the most powerful people walking this earth right now. I am also
taking a risk by saying that as musicians and singers, we are being attracted
by Secular Music to the point that we have lost our intimacy with God;
therefore, we are no longer seeking heaven for new music, sounds, songs,
styles, melodies, etc. We are looking at the world and we are always a few
steps behind in creativity.

When was the last time that the church made a life
changing musical contribution to the world? We look at the Secular Music and we
see the creation of Salsa, Jazz, Latin Jazz, Rap, R&B, Reggae and many
others. We then come right behind them and add Christian to the music they
invented. Don’t we serve a mighty God? How far have we fallen from the
God-giving, transforming power of music!

Important portions of the Bible, the most powerful book
in the world, were written by anointed men as they listened to the sounds of
anointed musicians. We read the Word today, but how would you have loved to be
the musician that played the harp while Elisha prophesized? What an amazing
honor!

“Elisha
said, ‘As surely as the LORD Almighty lives, whom I serve, if I did not have
respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not pay any
attention to you. 15 But now bring me a harpist.’

While
the harpist was playing, the hand of the LORD came on Elisha 16 and
he said, ‘This is what the LORD says: I will fill this valley with pools of
water. 17 For this is what the LORD says: You will see neither wind
nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and
your other animals will drink” (2 Kings 3:14-17)

 

            Anointed music and
Prophesy walk hand by hand through the writing of the Word of God. Anointed
music has a way of releasing the Word of The Lord. Elisha specifically, asked
for a harpist and then the word was released. This seemed to be a common practice
for prophets in these days. Let’s take a look at another powerful reference to
the Biblical reality of the gifts of music and the gift of prophesy walking
together. First
Samuel 10:1-12 tells us:

1 Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil
and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, ‘Has not the LORD anointed
you ruler over his inheritance? 2 When you leave me today, you will
meet two men near Rachel’s tomb, at Zelzah on the border of Benjamin. They will
say to you, ‘The donkeys you set out to look for have been found. And now your
father has stopped thinking about them and is worried about you. He is asking, ‘What
shall I do about my son?’

3 ‘Then you will go on from there until you reach the great
tree of Tabor. Three men going up to worship God at Bethel will meet you there.
One will be carrying three young goats, another three loaves of bread, and
another a skin of wine. 4 They will greet you and offer you two
loaves of bread, which you will accept from them.’

5 ‘After that you will go to Gibeah of God, where there
is a Philistine outpost. As you approach
the town, you will meet a procession of prophets coming down from the high
place with lyres, timbrels, pipes and harps being played before them, and they
will be prophesying. 6 The Spirit of the LORD will come powerfully
upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a
different person. 7 Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your
hand finds to do, for God is with you.’

8 ‘Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. I will surely come
down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, but you must
wait seven days until I come to you and tell you what you are to do.’

9 “As Saul
turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these signs were
fulfilled that day. 10 When
he and his servant arrived at Gibeah, a procession of prophets met him; the
Spirit of God came powerfully upon him, and he joined in their prophesying. 11
When all those who had formerly known him saw him prophesying with the
prophets, they asked each other, “What is this that has happened to the son of
Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?”

12 “A man who lived there answered, ‘And who is their
father?’ So it became a saying: ‘Is Saul also among the prophets?’

            Beloved, as we read
these verses, I see a powerful Old Testament version of the Baptism of the
Holy Spirit. Verse 6 tells us, “The Spirit of the LORD will come powerfully
upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a
different person.”
So, we see a few things here worth re-evaluating:

  1. We see anointed musicians.
  2. We see prophets manifesting their gifts.
  3. We see Saul prophesying.
  4. We see Saul’s heart changed.

TO BE CONTINUED…

Author: angelcasiano

An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director. While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog. In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.

One thought on “Taking a Closer Look at The Baptism of The Holy Spirit Part 4”

  1. I see Jesus over us opening His hands and, with one hand, releasing living water over us. With the other hand, I see living bread like manna being released. Scripture: Psalm 81:10 Open wide your mouth, and I will fill it.

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