Deuteronomy 31:19 NIV
“Now write down this song and teach it to the Israelites and have them sing it, so that it may be a witness for me against them.
In the beginning of my Christian walk, I observed something about the family of churches that I was, and still am, a part of. The observation was that leaders within the church staff came and went a lot more often than they should have in my mind. Nevertheless, I chose not to make a big deal out of it and to trust God in each situation, telling Him, "God, this is Your kingdom; You won't let anyone degrade, defile, or belittle You. I trust You." This resolution has sustained me through the years; it definitely came in handy while Michelle and I lived in the Metroplex. You see, in 2003, the church leadership went through a major overhaul. The number of things that the church leadership was being called out on was great--too many to mention here. I'll just say that God saw what was happening and put a stop to it. Personally, this situation was liberating to a certain degree, because it was during this time that I wrote the music to a song that would eventually become "By My Spirit"; it was also during this time that God inspired me to write new lyrics to what the church knew as "The Glory Song". As much as I loved that song and the many different variations of it that I heard, the most recent one that was created boasted more about the church movement that began in 1979. After hearing a lesson during one worship service that stated that the kingdom of God didn't begin in 1979, my Spirit was stirred, and I knew that something had to be done about that song. Just like the above-mentioned Scripture, God told me to "write down this song and teach it" to my brothers and sisters within the church. You can listen to it here. Through this song, God's people are reminded of the establishment of His kingdom, how it reached the Jews and the Gentiles, and how important it is to stay in the spiritual battle.
What can be learned from 2003? Trust in God, not in man. Also, when you're prompted by the Holy Spirit within you to do something, do it. You never know how much of an impact God is making through you when you are existing for His glory.