S.O.J.A. Music

S.O.S.A. or the Seal of Self Approval is a term that I first wrote in the summer of 2005 in the lyrics to what was the title song of my forthcoming album, Golden Seal: S.O.S.A. I used the term to describe what I believed would sustain me throughout the many adversities I experienced throughout my journey in music. S.O.S.A. was my carnal defense against the forces of this world. I believed that S.O.S.A. was my strength and armor. These were self made, ill advised declarations. These words were of me and not of God. I boasted in the powers of my abilities and approval but God has corrected me and the ignorance of an anguished mind yearning to be free.

2 Corinthians 10:5
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ

Shortly following my God given victory at the “Battle of Whateva Comes to Mind” at Fontana’s in New York City, Jesus Christ led me to a stronghold, where I was given instruction and rectification. My self made declarations of authority, ability and self approval mean nothing without God’s approval.

2 Corinthians 5:17-18
But, let the one who boasts boast in the Lord. For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

My 1st blind error was in thinking that I could actually win this battle through the strength of myself. God has taught me that this battle is not of the flesh (or the self) but of the spirit. This is spiritual warfare.

Ephesians 6:12
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

It is my belief that the word of God is truth. I accept it through faith and belief in the ultimate deliverance that God gave us through the death & resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. Today, I no longer believe in the power of self to carry me through the great trials and tribulations of my journey because this is not the word of God. We have been given clear instructions on this matter. I am grateful and thankful that I have been corrected. My correction has come by way of a merciful God who loves the meek, ignorant, rejected, sorrowful and persecuted. I know this experientially because even in my ignorance and error, God has spared and blessed me throughout my pursuit of a dream.

I have not conquered demons for 40 days & 40 nights. I have not spoken in parables that will save the world. I have not sacrificed my life for men, women, boys and girls. In Jettas and Jeeps I ran like a slave. Destined for freedom from the grips of the cave. I cannot weather these streets or tame the heathen. In trouble, I have not once called on myself. I called on Jesus. He sent down his help. The Angel that flew beside me in my Jeep on the 101 South was swift.

I no longer profess S.O.S.A. {Seal of Self Approval}. I profess S.O.J.A. {Seal of Jesus Approved}. I declare that my victory is sealed by the blood of Jesus Christ. By replacing self with the name of Jesus, I can claim victory and receive The Father’s approval through the name of Jesus by way of the truth of God’s word and promises.

1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 2:14
Now thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

Matthew 3:17
And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Romans 6:14
For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

Romans 8:31
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Romans 5:8
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.

May God be pleased with my declaration. May it be tested and proven to be the truth of my heart & soul because it is my only salvation. God has used music, a gift that I love dearly, to bring me to the greatest truth of this world, Jesus Christ. All glory be to God, the Father, in the name of Jesus Christ. May the Holy Spirit lead me and guide me to the completion and release of my next album, Golden Seal: S.O.J.A.

 

-Falona Brown, S.O.J.A. Music

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