June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, each of our EmpowerMoments will be based on Black music for the entire month. This includes Black songwriters, producers or performers. Stay tuned as we use various genres of Black music to tell our stories and exemplify the beauty of God’s love! He can be found virtually anywhere if we earnestly look for Him and listen intently! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!
Freedom from the Past: Don’t Judge Me
A powerful woman of God, who exemplifies the Proverbs 31:10-31 woman; well respected at church, well known in the community and highly regarded at work. She is a selfless, God-fearing, wise leader. “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. ”Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 10:29-30 NIV
It is 2018, in London, England. It’s the middle of the night and the enemy is tormenting Amber with issues of her past. She is recalling the lyrics to Chris Brown’s, “Don’t Judge Me” and using that to combat the enemy. It seems like an unlikely source but she feels God speaking to her through this song.
There is a skeleton locked in Amber’s closet that she never wanted to get out. She’s never shared this with anyone and never wanted to revisit the mistakes of her youth. The pictures were hid, the memories were mostly forgotten but now, at the moment we meet her, the floodgate has opened and there’s no more pushing it closed. Amber must deal with her past.
AMBER: (Telling the enemy) I don’t wanna go there! We should never go there… why you wanna go there? I guess I gotta go there…
AMBER: (Talking with God) You’re hearing rumors about me and You can’t stomach the thought of someone touchin’ my body when You’re so close to my heart. I won’t deny what they’re sayin’ because most of it is true but it was all before I fell for You.
AMBER: (Amber breaking the news to close friends) So please don’t judge me and I won’t judge you cause it could get ugly before it gets beautiful. Please don’t judge me and I won’t judge you and if you love me then let it be beautiful.
GOD: (Speaking to Amber) Let it be beautiful. Let it be beautiful. Let it be beautiful. Let it be beautiful.
AMBER: (Speaking to the enemy) Everything I say right now is gonna be used in another fight. I been through this so many times, Can we change the subject? You gonna start askin’ me questions like, “Was she attractive? Was she an actress?
AMBER: (Speaking to her boyfriend) Baby the fact is… “You’re hearing rumors about me and saw some pictures online
sayin’ they got you so angry making you wish you were blind before we start talkin’ crazy sayin’ some things we’ll regret can we just slow it down and press reset.
AMBER: (Speaking with her Church) So please don’t judge me and I won’t judge you cause it could get ugly before it gets beautiful. Please don’t judge me and I won’t judge you and if you love me then let it be beautiful.
SPIRIT: (Speaking with Amber) Just let the past, just be the past and focus on things that’s gonna make us laugh. Take me as I am, not who I was.
AMBER: (Talking to God) I promise I’ll be the one that you can trust.
AMBER: (Speaking to self) So please don’t judge me and I won’t judge you cause it could get ugly before it gets beautiful. Please don’t judge me and I won’t judge you and if you love me then let it be beautiful.
AMBER: (Speaking to self) Let it be beautiful. Let it be. Let it be beautiful. Let it be beautiful
AMBER: (Speaking to enemy) I don’t wanna go there. We should never go there!
AMBER: (Recalling God’s word) For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 NIV
I praise Your Holy name Father that You do not allow us to be in bondage from our past. You allow issue to be brought up so we can be free from it. Our past should not be a secret from the world but a testimony for the world. Father I come against self-condemnation. Today, Father, we are free! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, Have you ever looked back at your past and realized you were a mess -so you hide it because who you were isn’t who you are or who you are becoming? God wants you to be free; He doesn’t want the enemy tormenting you with the past. People die from lack of knowledge. Do not hold your testimony, your recovery, your struggle from the world, someone’s life may depend on it! I EMPOWER you to be free from the shackles of your past and let it be beautiful.
As you listen to Chris Brown’s Don’t Judge Me, recall where God has brought you:
Ms. Dené B. is a student of life who enjoys human studies and social media. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago where the motto is “Preparing People to Lead Extraordinary Lives,” She took her education and school spirit to heart and now is a young adult striving to live an extraordinary life while helping others achieve the same. With a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Public Relations and minors in Sociology and Visual Communication, Dené worked at a top PR firm but her greatest accomplishments resides in volunteer work with Autism Speaks and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Currently, she finds herself pursuing a vision God placed in her of starting her own business. One of her go to scriptures is, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV).