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He Will Protect You 

I learned something today.  I was reading Psalm 22: 1-18  and some of the verbiage that David spoke were the same words that Jesus spoke on the cross.  Some of the same things that David suffered Jesus also endured - "they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots..."  I recall the roman soldiers casting lots for Jesus' clothing (Matt 27:35).  And as I read this I heard (understood?) in my spirit that it wasn't David that the enemy was attacking.  It was the Spirit of God that was in him.  And they attacked the God in Jesus the same way. Jesus tells us in John 15:20 "Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you..." And maybe this is for me, but I'm going to put it out there anyway.... It isn't you that they are attacking, the enemy is attacking the Spirit of God in you.  And God KNOWS that they will be coming after you because you are his temple and he lives in you.  No matter how challenging it gets, just KNOW that the Spirit of God that's in you... he will protect you.    

 

Stay Prayed Up

 

Curt

However God leads     

I got this vibe in my spirit. That's the way music usually forms for me.  Before I touch a pen or any instrument, I just get this unction, this burning in my inner self that won't let me rest.  I've been skulling over the night Christ was in the garden of Gethsemane the night he was arrested.  He was fully God.  He was fully man.  As a man her was terrified of what he was about to face.  The humiliation.  The torture.  The agony.  It frightened him so badly that he tried to get out of it.  He even prayed to God in heaven for a possible escape -  "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt."  The tremendous weight of the idea that if he didn't do this... if he didn't go through with it... all of mankind - save the Enochs and the Elijahs, were simply lost.  All of us would be subject to a burning hell, eternally separated from God.

I feel this.  I just need to convey it properly.  I'd really like to get into the space where he was.  I'd really like to understand the kind of anguish he was experiencing that would make him sweat blood.  And who knows, this may only be for me.  No one else on earth may ever hear this song.  It could be something that the entire world hears. All I know is that I want to convey what God is sharing with me. I will do this however God leads.   

 

Stay Prayed Up

 

Curt

Shine In God  

I'm having to learn that I am NOT a product of my environment.  I was raised in one of the most disheartening situations that a child could be reared in.  Violent poverty.  Broken home.  Domestic violence.  Sometimes I honestly have to FORCE myself to remember that I am not that child anymore.  God turned all of that.  It's like a dream sometimes when I look around.  I'm in a good place financially but the voice of poverty still rings in my ears at times.  I remember reading a story as a child called The Rocking-Horse Winner", a short story by D. H. Lawrence.  In the story a young boy, Paul, talks about how poverty whispered from every corner of his house that "there must be more money..." His quest to obtain that money pushed him to the point where he lost his life.  That whisper sometimes plagues me when I allow it. I have to remind myself that God is my source and his abundance never runs out.  the Bible tells us in John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly..."   A more abundant life is what God has chosen for us.  All I have to do is reach for God and the directions he has for my life.  I will never be without.  I will never be in lack.  I'm grateful for where I am and EXCITED about where God is taking me.  I have absolute JOY when I imagine where this is all going because the Bible says that God "is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think..." I have LOFTY dreams and God is able to do abundantly above what I can even imagine???  

I understand those who went through it.  You just have to remember that your past isn't what you are.  EVEN if that past was just last night.  God loves you.  God wants to take you take a place of peace, where it's just you and him. Where he can protect you and keep you and love on you.  You're no longer where you were.  Now you need to shine in God where you are.  

Stay Prayed Up

Curt

Living That Life 

Wow... been a while since I've posted.  Shame on me, I am so sorry about that.  I sometimes allow the frustrations of what I would like to see vs what I am seeing get to me.  I'm better than that.  You deserve better from me.  Where are we now?  The plan is to start releasing singles to build up to a live recording of the whole project.  The "STAND!" project.  I am excited about the flow of the music.  I'm truly enthused about the message, I think it's clearly stating a common theme:  that theme being "if you truly are a child of the king, stand up and say so - even if you have to do so by yourself."  But you know you would never truly be alone in that.  the Bible says that when you offer praise, the Spirit of God fills the room with you.  This concert will feature just about every song that I've ever written - so yeah, we will be hitting the road hard trying to get that word out.  I want a move of God that night - not just revenue.  I want the Spirit of God to fill that room.  I want people to walk away from that whole evening changed. It can't just entertainment.  This is too important for that to be all of it.  I really need for God to pour out of his Spirit that night.  There needs to be an overflow of the anointing of God that night.  I want that so badly.  I need that move of God moment where if the band left the stage, the people would stay in that moment with the presence of God.  That's what I want.  Desperately.  

Also, I will be on a 21 day fast.  From today until January 30th I will be spending more time in the presence of God and cutting out all the noise in my life.  It's weird how I've grown accustomed to things that poison my spirit. Since the start of the fast I've noticed how irritating they are to my walk with Christ. It's almost like after shaving... you don't notice all the little cuts you have until you apply the balm. The Bible talks about the "balm in Gilead", the doctor who can heal the wounds of the masses.  I've always known that I needed a spiritual physician, we all do.  Somehow I had forgotten that.  So now I refocus everything.  Get back to what I'm supposed to be.  A child of the most high and knowing and living that life.  

TRUST 

At another airport.  I understand the human condition.  Circumstances often challenge people's mettle.  We are often most irritable when things don't go our way.  Long lines and stressed employees can bring out the worst in all of us.  I missed my flight because of some technical difficulty.  But God had a plan and I made it to where I needed to be on time.  I would have been miserable waiting around because of the earlier flight so this was much easier for me.  But it would have been easy for me to drift into anger or disappointment because things weren't going my way.  God gave me peace. I beginning to understand that this is how it will all work anyway.  I may not have control of the situation, but God does.  And the end result will be what he intended all along.  I just need to trust.  

 

Stay Prayed Up.

 

Curt

Background Music 

I dunno.  I'm a songwriter. Poet. Playwright.  I even have plans for a comedy series about experiences I've had working on the ramp at the airline.  For some reason getting on here and telling you about it seems a challenge.  Please forgive me.  What's new?  We are diligently working to get the new song "Fall" released. I'm excited about the song simply because of the visions I've seen concerning it - how people will react to it.  The change in mindset that people will experience excites me so much!  I mean that is the whole reason we do this right?  Not to be famous or get rich or any of that.  We do this to minister to God and to his people.  Everything else will follow.  We minister to God because we love him and that love changes our whole being.  We minister to God's people because it changes the atmosphere around them and allows them to get to a place where they seek God more - which changes their whole being.  I LOVE being on stage and the people are getting lost in the words and the music and they forget we're there.  I truly love that most. They're just having their own experiences with God and we become an afterthought - background music to their Praise & Worship.

 

Stay Prayed Up! 

Curt

Everything Else Will Come 

It's April and I haven't been posting.  I do apologize.  I know I have been promising an online performance for you guys and I haven't delivered on that either.  I have been logging some crazy hours and it is eating up everything else that I have intended, but I haven't forgotten you guys.  

Okay, the project is nearly finished.  I'm awaiting the right mix on a song that I love.  It HAS to be done right or it will cheapen the message behind it.  The other thing is I am having second thoughts on which track comes out first.  I was so looking forward to a particular track that I wasn't really listening to God about what I should do.  Now that I have taken time to hear from God, I am retooling the spring release.  No matter, the impact that the music you hear this year will be real.  I am soooo stoked!

I struggled with self doubt and fear of not being enough for most of my life.  Most people mistook my drive for ambition.  It was just me trying to outrun my fear of being nothing.  I learned something valuable recently.  My fears came from a lack of trust in God.  

Matthew 6:25-33  "Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you..."

My lack of faith in God drove my fear.  I really have never had to protect myself or fend for myself.  God always had the control.  I just believed I had to rely solely on me.  What I have realized now is that God is my portion.  All that I have been striving for, I should have only been striving to get closer to him.  Everything else will come. 

Learn To Soar 

It's been a while.  And for that I do apologize.  I am working on Judah Four's new jazz project and trying to finish up the video for the song "Good For Me".  It has been a challenge with all the social distancing and the understandable paranoia associated with the COVID crisis.  But we are changing a few things and will hopefully get that finished by late spring. The song (and I am so excited about this piece) is nearing a final mix phase.  I'm bringing in a fresh set of ears to get the maximum impact out of what I'm trying to share with everyone.  But rest assured, I'm not just sitting on my duff.  We are at work.  I MISS you guys.  I do wish that we could go back to connecting like we used to at the live performances.  I miss sharing that spiritual space with all of you.  But I am working to get the online performances done soon.  I honestly am trying to get that straight.  My reservation is all of the ones I've seen look and SOUND awful.  But I'll do it when I can get it done correctly.  

I learned something.  Isaiah 40:31 says "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."  Most of the time when you see eagles, they are "soaring", NOT flying.  In soaring they aren't flapping wings and trying to stay in the air.  They are simply resting on the wind.  They are holding a position and allowing the wind to keep them in the air.  We... or rather I spend so much time trying to keep myself moving rather than soaring... resting in a posture of prayer and expectation and letting God keep me afloat.  I don't need to fly.  I just need to keep soaring on the winds of God.

 

Stay Prayed Up

 

Curt

You May Have To Reintroduce Yourself  

So I'm still on this Joseph thing for a moment.  I'm sharing what I'm learning and this may be just for me, but I'm sharing it anyway.  In Genesis 41, we see Joseph promoted to the second highest position in the land of Egypt.  The Godly wisdom and training he received as a house slave and as a prisoner came into focus when he began to manage the Kingdom of Egypt just as he managed Potiphar's house and the prison he was sent to.  But one thing struck me as I read this.  Joseph was immediately given a wife and this wife bore him two sons.  To commemorate the blessing that God had conveyed on Joseph's life, he named his children as a memorial to the power and love of God.  The name of the first born was Manasseh: meaning causing to forget.  The blessing that God is about to bestow on you will make you forget every pain you experienced in the past.  The name of his second son was Ephraim: meaning fruitfulness. God will cause you to be fruitful and very successful in the land of your suffering.  It doesn't matter what you are experiencing now.  Keep the faith, but keep moving forward.  Keep praying.  Keep believing.  Wherever God intends to take you or whatever God intends for you will come to pass.  And when it happens, you'll forget the pain of your suffering.  

Another thing I found is that the changes that God places on you will make you unrecognizable compared to what you used to be.  Because in Genesis 42:8 the Bible says "And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him..."  They came too see him, but God had blessed him so much that they didn't recognize their own brother.  The changes are coming.  And when they hit, you may have to reintroduce yourself to the ones you used to know.  

 

Stay Prayed Up!

Curt

God Will Elevate You 

I had been experiencing sort of a writer's block.  Not in the sense that I wasn't able to create anything, but more along the lines that everything was beginning to feel cliched or forced?  I would work on something and start hating it before I even finished.  It was starting to feel like the "juice" was running out.  Like the connection to the spirit of God was waning.  I started to doubt that I was destined to do this.  I started wondering why God would bestow a gift like this on me, only to sit by and watch me suffer as it faded away.  I know, I know, the enemy was speaking to me and I was stupidly listening.  But then a curious thought entered my mind.  "You have a ton of unfinished music... do that and then we can move forward."  I started looking at my hard drive at all of the snippets of tracks that I hadn't completed.  I was so used to tracks hitting me and me finishing them in a few hours time - that when it took longer than that, I would move on to something else. The result was a pile of unfinished ideas.  And then last night I found a bulging folder of lyrics that I had written back in the day when I had no instruments or recording equipment.  MORE music to finish.  I have enough material sitting around incomplete that should keep me working for a few.. even if I produced a track a week (produced, mixed & mastered) it's gonna take I'm guessing two years to record all of this.  

There's a moral to this.  God can't take you to your next level until you complete what you are going through now.  Joseph started out dreaming and interpreting his own dreams. That landed him in the pit, stripped of all the wealth he had coming from his father Israel.  He was sold into slavery, where God taught him to manage a household in such a way that his master NEVER even thought his affairs anymore.  From there he was tossed into prison where God taught him to manage that institution in such a way that Jailers gave him complete control over the prison - to the point where he controlled everything that happened there.  Using his natural gifts (interpreting dreams) and his God-instructed abilities prepared Joseph to command a nation.  To become the most powerful man in Egypt, yet humble and wise enough to still give honor and respect to Pharaoh.  Stay where you are.  Master what's before you.  And God will elevate you to a place where NOBODY can touch you.  

 

Stay Prayed Up!

Curt

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