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Melody Drake

About Melody Drake

Melody is a twenty-two year old Customer Service Manager for an online bookstore. She studied and was involved in worship at Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, TX shortly after graduating high school. Melody currently serves in ministry alongside her parents and sister on the worship team at her church in Katy, TX. Her heart has always been to use her voice to bring people into the presence of God, but recently realized that writing and speaking is also a part of God's plan for her life. She desires to bring black and white truth to a world full of "grey areas".
25 Sep

What Goes In Must Come Out!

Everything that you do affects the outcome of your destiny, determines how you walk out your purpose and shapes the person you become. Take a moment and let that sink in.

“For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the [Holy] Spirit.” Romans 5:8

Everyday decisions affect your destiny.  Even the littlest of choices can have the biggest impact, whether you realize it or not. And most of the time, we don’t realize it.   

There are 3 major things that affect the outcome of your destiny, determine how you walk out your purpose, and shape the person who you become:

1.     What you watch – what you allow yourself to visually be a part of

2.     What you speak – every word that comes out of your mouth has a purpose, you choose whether that purpose will be for the good or the bad

3.     What you listen to – whatever you let go into your ears, into your mind, into your heart, and into your spirit

This reminds me of the children’s song:  “O be careful little eyes what you see… O be careful little mouth what you say… O be careful little ears what you hear”

 What you watch:

An article I read said the following regarding movies, but this can also be applied to TV shows as well: “For youths who lack a solid foundation in spirituality, movies become a pseudo-religion, forming the basis of their questions about life, their ideas about life’s purpose, about the spiritual world, and their connection to it.”      

What we watch is key, what we allow our eyes to see. If we let ourselves watch things that focus on violence, for example, we become desensitized to it. We get used to seeing these things and our opinions of them begin to change.  It’s as simple as seeing someone you know. When you don’t see someone for a long time and then do, it’s a big deal and it causes you to react. But if you see that person all the time, it isn’t a big deal and reactions lessen as it becomes normal.  When we continue to watch something that isn’t right, and isn’t glorifying God, the door to the enemy is opened.

“But whatever comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this is what makes a man unclean and defiles [him].” Matthew 15:18

 What you speak:

Amy Whinehouse was the first British female to win five grammys, but was found dead at age 27 from a drug overdose. Some of the lyrics to her songs were as follows:

“They tried to make me go to rehab, I said, “No, no, no”
Yes, I’ve been black but when I come back you’ll know, know, know
I ain’t got the time and if my daddy thinks I’m fine
He’s tried to make me go to rehab, I won’t go, go, go”

“I cheated myself
Like I knew I would
I told you, I was trouble
You know that I’m no good”

Amy probably did not realize what exactly she was doing by continually singing these lyrics. We create our lives with what we speak out, we set the atmosphere. She spoke/sang out her end.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].” Proverbs 18:21

 What you listen to

What is born of [from] the flesh is flesh [of the physical is physical]; and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:6

Here is an excerpt from an article on the music artist Marilyn Manson:

Marilyn Manson’s second full-length studio album, Antichrist Superstar, was released on October 8, 1996. The process of making the album was reportedly a long and difficult one, highlighted by experiments allegedly involving sleep deprivation and near-constant drug use in an effort to create an environment suited to the album’s moody and occasionally violent content.

Wow! Drugs and violence birthed and nurtured his music! What kind of effect does that have on someone? In an interview with CNN, Manson stated that he went to a Christian school as a boy. He remembered people telling him not to listen to bands like Black Sabbath and Kiss, but in spite of the warnings, he began to listen to them anyway.  Do you really think that it’s simply a coincidence that he became one of the most shocking metal artist who promotes violence, comes against God, and rips Bibles at his concerts? There is no way that it’s all just pure entertainment with no consequences or effects.

Where did the music you listen to originate? Even if we say we’re not really paying attention to what we hear or that we just like the beat, our spirit hears everything our ears do. For example, if we listen to songs that are full of lust, our thoughts will gradually change and become more and more lustful. This goes for any kind of music. If you make a decision to listen to music that brings glory to God rather than self and fill yourself with the Word, thoughts will begin to change, and if thoughts change, actions will change. “I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship. “ Romans 12:1

 We as believers are called to a higher standard. We are called to be different and to do different from the world.  “Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you [as My chosen instrument], and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you; [and] I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

 Queen Esther was a prime example of putting self aside to be a living sacrifice for God’s glory. She grew up as motherless and fatherless Hadassah, but God had a greater plan for her life. Esther had a choice. She could have thought of only herself and not stood up for her people. But she knew God called her there for such a time as this. Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast for me; and neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. I also and my maids will fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law; and if I perish, I perish.”  Esther 4:16

She laid down her own will and made the choice to belong fully to God with her obedience. When we step past ourselves and let the Father step in, He is pleased and His will can be done. Everything that you do affects the outcome of your destiny, determines how you walk out your purpose and shapes the person you become. You make the choice. Choose to be spirit-minded in all things you do.

 

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05 Sep

A Play Called Life

Life….What is the purpose?

Why have we been given air to breathe and steps to take?  Some say “Live your life to the fullest.”  Others say “Do what makes you happy.” But what does living your life to the fullest and doing what makes you happy actually accomplish?  Absolutely nothing if it’s for you alone, yet absolutely everything if it’s for Him.
There’s a bigger picture.
You see, everything simply leads up to the Grande Finale in this theatrical play we just happen to call “life.” We have a choice of what character we play. Some say it’s predetermined; but really, it’s not. We always have a choice.  No, we don’t always get to choose what happens in each scene or the people in it.  But, yes, we choose what character we play.

Ephesians 1:5 AMP
“For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will [because it pleased Him and was His kind intent].”

Ephesians 1:10 AMP
“[He planned] for the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on the earth.”

He has destined us in love, leading up to the “climax of the ages” or as I earlier stated, the Grande Finale.

So who will you choose to be? Which character will you play?
Be careful in your choosing. Your actions, words, thoughts, attitudes…it all contributes to the character, the script, the scene, the location. Every day decisions we make without thinking twice affect our life more than we realize.

Say it’s a Friday night and I decide to have a movie night. What should I watch? I choose a scary movie without hesitation. I watch the movie, no problem. But is that really true?  We are spiritual beings.  Our spirits are never asleep.  Our spirits are always aware.  What is the purpose of a scary movie?  To invoke fear.  Without realizing it, by watching a scary movie, I have opened the door to fear. Who is the father of fear?  The enemy.  Therefore, I have just opened the door, maybe just a crack but a crack, nonetheless, to the enemy.  Over time, all of the little decisions like the one I just illustrated, mold and shape the character we play.

So, again, I ask which character are you choosing? Do your decisions line up to that?

2 Peter 1:5-8 KJV
“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Jesus played the perfect character when He was on this earth. Fortunately for us, He left us a cheat sheet.  His Word.  The more we study this cheat sheet, His lines, His actions, the more our character will reflect His. Jesus was and is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Prince of Peace, the Almighty. I don’t know about you, but I want to base my “acting career” around Him and everything that He is. You can’t find anyone better than the one and only, true Oscar winner. That’s as good as it could get.

So, one last time, I ask, who do you choose?

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