|If you take a moment to look around and assess the state of our world and the health of the church, you would quickly see that we are in an age where secularism is dominating our churches. Legalism defines peoples relationship with God, and accepting Jesus in our lives is as casual as buying a shirt at Forever 21.Philosophy is dominating our schools and it has become more popular to read Pinterest and Instagram for spiritual advice, rather than opening the Bible.What is happening to our generation?This period of reflection didn’t just occur because I was momentarily captivated by a religious YouTube video. My reflection has come through a life changing experience that occurred over the past year. This experience impacted me in a moment that devastated me physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It was so devastating, that I even stopped doing a lot of things I loved to do like playing guitar, leading worship, and recording music.I’m sure that many people can relate to experiencing something dramatic and life changing. But when this happened, it stopped me “dead in my tracks” and hit me at the core of my very faith system. It even brought me to a place of understanding of why the world, and even the church appears ill in our present day. When bad experiences occur in life, its normal to ask ourselves “why?” In my personal experience, I asked God,”Was it something I did? Or Was it my sin?” Often times, in the most awful moments, the enemy has a way of always, I mean ALWAYS reminding us of our sin.
And I will be the first to admit that my spiritual life was rocked. The truth is that we all fall short of God’s glory. When we read the scriptures, we find that Jesus took every opportunity to remind his followers that everything in life happens with the intent to direct us to God. We experience the good and bad with the purpose that God would receive all the Glory and Honor in the end. So here I am one year later, I am so grateful to God to be able to proclaim that my faith is in tact, but definitely, still a “repair in progress” And now God has put in my heart this present question, “what am I going to do now?”
This has been such a difficult question to reflect on because I know that I am far from perfect. I feel that in many ways I fall so short of God’s expectations. I battle myself and my sin constantly; yet some how in this realization and through this experience, I feel closer to God. I feel that God has a way of reaffirming our dependency in him– in just the way a loving Savior would. It has literally caused me to wade in a state of humility and lowliness. I find myself being very apprehensive when making life decisions because I don’t want to live autonomously anymore. I need God. I confess to needing him more than ever. And I need his Saving Grace desperately.
So first, I would like to ask for your prayerful support as we trust God in this brand new start for “Henry Martyn.” We know that we live in perilous times and that our generation and its faith is being challenged daily. I find that it is the perfect time in my life to re-evaluate my return to the expression of music as a means to share what God has done; not in perfection…but with “fear and trembling.” My heart is longing to return to that place of ministering the loving grace and saving power of God more than ever. I want people to know that God is bigger than ourselves, he’s bigger than our problems, and he’s bigger than our sin. I just would like to say thank you to all those who prayed for me, and more importantly, those who have remained connected with us through the body of Christ. Remember, “Only one life, it soon will pass. But only what’s done for Christ will last.”
Henry Martyn Band
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