“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23
“For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.” Mark 7:21-23
I have loved listening to music for as long as I can remember. I remember the first album that I ever owned, it was The Writing’s on the Wall by Destiny’s Child. I remember walking past the music shop with my mum and hearing a song and then when we had finished shopping we went back into the shop asking the shop assistant to help us figure out what the song was called. Life before Shazam or SoundHound! I remember playing the songs non-stop. I remember going to my first concert, also a Destiny’s Child concert.
I remember my obsession with Tupac. Although we had nothing in common, he had a way of making you feel as though you were going through his struggles. He really made you feel his pain. To be honest, Tupac was a great actor, an amazing poet and then a rapper. I always believed, and still do to a certain extent, that he was misunderstood.
Being obedient to God can be hard at times, especially when you can’t really understand why He is making you do something. I remember when He told me to delete all the songs in my iTunes library that had ‘explicit content.’ That was the first step. Then later on He told me to delete the songs in my iTunes library that didn’t glorify Him. What? That was the hardest part! I remember thinking, ‘but they don’t swear, what’s the problem?’ I remember trying to justify keeping some songs, saying stuff like ‘but they are Christians, just because they don’t sing about you doesn’t mean that they will corrupt me.’ But after a while, I realised why it was important to stop listening to this music. How could I be saved and still listen to the music that the old me enjoyed? It wasn’t until I had deleted my music that I became aware of why it was so important. I remember watching a video by chaseGodtv on YouTube and he was asking if you would ever see an atheist driving around listening to gospel music? That really convicted me.
Here’s a few albums that I would recommend, these artists are truly gifted and using it in the right way! I attached a way to get these songs, all you have to do is click on the pictures. If there is not a link then the album/mixtape was free. I think there are only two and they are by Lecrae and S.O.