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Music is a spiritual force.

Like "the force" in the Star Wars movies, it can be used for both good and evil. As witnessed during the 1960's and 70's, music can prophesy and propel major sociological shifts like the erosion of moral foundations.

It can also fuel revivals and spiritual awakenings such as the great Salvation Army movement at the turn of the century.

Music was created as a media for expressing our worship to God. Worship can be motivated by either adoration or fear, but all worship is basically a focus of our attentionupon the object of worship. It is this power to focus men that has made music such a force in directing even civilization-wide changes.

There is yet much for us to understand about this powerful force in the church and the world. The Lord is now moving in the hearts of His leaders to seek this understanding. If we do not learn to utilize music properly, the enemy will fill the vacuum and use it against us.

The Lord is going to give us this understanding in preparation for a great outpouring of increased anointing on music. This anointing will propel the church to higher realms of worshipping Him, which will cause the entire church to more fully abide in Him. When the church enters into the higher realms of worship, the result will be a focus and a power that releases extraordinary spiritual advances.

The Lord is going to use music to help take all of the light that we have been given and focus it like a laser. The more focused it is the more power it will have to cut through any barrier or darkness.

The vision and strategies that the Lord is now giving His church will be put into songs that will help to grip and seal the hearts of the people with those visions. This will not be accomplished just with catchy tunes or lyrics, but with a powerful anointing that will come from the heart of the Lord to grip the innermost being of His people.

The Father is also going to share with those who are prepared to handle the power, the music from heaven that He loves. This music will grip all men's hearts like no music that has ever been played before.

This music will lift up those who have fallen to the low depths of self or idol worship, causing them to repent and turn their attention to the Lord. However, this power will not be trusted to those who are still in the snare of self or idol worship, which includes the worship of music.

Deliverance from self-centeredness and focus upon the Lord frees us to receive this anointing. This great anointing can be misused, which would only result in a greater depravity and corruption of soul.

Major changes must be made in the way the church is now stewarding her music ministries before the Lord can give this greater anointing- for our own safety!

The music ministry has become the music industry and the Lord wants it back! The present state of the Christian music industry is not the result of schemers with evil motives, but is largely the result of well meaning people, who have disregarded the warnings of the Lord and succumbed to worldly forces and pressures.

Seeking to reach the world, they opened the door for the world to come flooding in. As the old proverb declares, "The ship in the sea is fine, but the sea in the ship is not!" The sea is now pouring in and this ship will soon go to the bottom-without a miracle.

The Lord still does miracles, and His main business is redemption; but without major, sweeping repentance and change on the part of many involved in the Christian music industry, it will soon perish. Mammon has become a primary motivation in the Christian music industry, and we cannot serve God and mammon. With some this is greed; with others it is more insecurity and the lack of grace in handling "market forces."

The Lord begins judgment with His own house (I Peter 4:17), and He is about to release a James 5 judgment against the Christian music industry: "Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you.

Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten.

Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure!

Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.

You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in the day of slaughter " (James 5:1-5).

This judgment is partly the result of the laborers not receiving their worthy wages. The world's system that was adopted by much of the Christian music industry robs those with the anointing, such as the songwriters, musicians and singers, so that they are propelled into lifestyles that utterly sap the anointing they were given. Because of this the entire church is robbed of the gift.

The judgment has already begun as the "riches have rotted and your garments have become moth eaten."

First the resources for perpetuating the industry will not just dry up, they will become "rotten."

That is, they will come from evil, worldly sources. Because the Lord will remove His grace and anointing, even the most loyal Christian followers will begin to look at the whole of Christian music as a worn out garment that needs to be discarded.

The music and the anointing that the Lord is about to share with those who can receive it does have unprecedented commercial value. With the present system it would be tragically prostituted, and He is not going to trust us with it until we get the process right.
We cannot use the world's system of compensation for artists and others, but must seek the Lord's ways, which will promote such equity, justice and grace that it will help to change the world's system.

The first step toward a repentance that will result in the Lord's endorsement, is to return to our first love-worshipping Him. Because all music promotes worship in some form, if our hearts are not right we will misuse the power of this anointing.

Our music must promote the worship of the Father, obedience to the Spirit, and the witness of Jesus.

If the Christian music establishment does not repent, and return to its first love, its lampstand will soon be removed and what light it now has will go out. When we do repent, we will find the greatest desire of our heart; peace, and even greater resources for the extravagant worship of the King.

Permission from Rick Joyner di Morning star Ministries