June 06, 2014

#61 Focust1

 Today we were so blessed to speak with BG Burnette, known as Focust1, an up and coming artist in the Christian Rap scene who is working on his soon to be released debut CD.
He shared a lot about his life with us today even talking about the wrong decisions and trials he faced in his past. His lyrical expressions proved to be of great conversational value and we were able to glean even more from his words than what was written. His life is a wonderful picture of how God through our Lord Jesus Christ can transform a person who saw themselves at one point as hopeless. God calls those who will listen and respond to His call, and this is what happened with BG. He heard God call him in the midst of his pain and frustrations in life, in the midst of his bad decisions and what looked like chaos and loss, and God brought him out on the other side! His life is blessed today with a beautiful wife and children and a future! He is blessed with God’s presence in his life daily and he tells us more about it as we discussed his song of hope he has entitled, “Victorious.”

Interview 12/04/2014 – Victorious by Focust1
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Lead Scripture:
1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
God gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ to overcome all of our fears and frustrations in this life, but even more so, He gives us the victory to overcome eternal death because we are raised again with Him to live with Him forever!


1 Corinthians 15:57: “But thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Victory through Christ he’s my refuge
Holds the spark to my heart, he’s my life-fuse
When I look back and think about the dark times
Sin had me drownin, He was my lifeline
Addicted to stackin up dough, getting it no matter the mode
Stompin no matter the toes, crossin no matter the foes
Flossin no matter the ride, tossin no matter the time
Livin outside his design, fallin faster into crime…I crossed the line

11/03 woke up behind inside them glass walls
No longer free blind choices were my downfall
Check my Dow Jones, fallin like a rain drop
It can’t stop as I’m locked inside this cell block
That was the day I decided, hit my knees prayin and cryin
Quit all the shamin and lyin, gave my life back to the messiah
No longer runnin from cops, no longer hustling them rocks
Gave up the schemes and the plots, no desire for pockets with knots…Rebuked them thoughts

Fast forward 2013 & ya boy’s good
Can’t imagine where I’d be if I hadn’t understood
To live in Christ is good, regarless of life’s ups and downs
God’s blessed me abundantly, look at me now
Beautiful wifey beside me, daughter couldn’t be any more like me
Son that’s more precious than ivory, blessings previously denied me
Finally got it on track, and no I’m gonna look back
I said I finally got it on track, no I’m not gonna look back…victorious!

Scriptures from Interview:
Job 36:13-15
The godless in heart cherish anger; they do not cry for help when he binds them. They die in their youth and their life ends in shame. He delivers the afflicted by their affliction.
When we go through adversity that is like the testing fields for us.  If our hearts are full of anger then we will not cry out to God to help us and save us.  But when we go through the hard and the bad times and a cry to God comes from us then that is like a proof of who we really are.  We are children of God and He hears our cry and delivers us!

Romans 7:1 and 4 (paraphrased)
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
When we are living our lives for ourselves we are “under the law” even though we may not realize it. The penalty for breaking the law is death. When we feel the pain of life come upon us and we allow ourselves to open and up and cry out to God for salvation then we actually feel the presence of God come inside of us. This is the moment when we “die to our lives” we “died in Christ,” though our bodies are still alive.  And because we died in Christ we have become free from the law of sin and death! We are made new creatures who now live for Christ!

Romans 8:39
Neither height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
When we turn our lives over to God, our whole heart and even our thoughts we allow Him in, then there is nothing that can separate us from God’s love! We are victorious!

Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death
Psalm 116:1-9
I love the Lord, because He hears My voice and my supplications.
Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.
The cords of death encompassed me And the terrors of Sheol came upon me; I found distress and sorrow.
Then I called upon the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I beseech You, save my life!”
Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; Yes, our God is compassionate.
The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.
Return to your rest, O my soul, For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
For You have rescued my soul from death, My eyes from tears, My feet from stumbling.
I shall walk before the Lord In the land of the living.
Everyone who turns to the Lord in true repentance and confesses their sins to him will be able to say the same things in praise to God that He has rescued you and put you in the land of the living! Be victorious in Jesus and pray to Him now.  

Colossians 2:13
In this way, God disarmed the evil rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross of Christ.
There is victory in Jesus to overcome all!

Hebrews 2:14
Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death. 15Only in this way could he deliver those who have lived all their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.
Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life!

John 3:9-10
Those who have been born into God’s family do not sin, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the Devil. Anyone who does not obey God’s commands and does not love other Christians does not belong to God.
Litterally, those who have been born into God’s family do not continue to sin, and if we do sin then we repent and get up and try again. We are victorious when we learn to walk in the strength of Christ and not in our own strength!

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