Testimony: Landry Cantrell

Growing up in a small town in central California, my dad wore two hats: he was a pastor, and he ran a recording studio. Looking back, it’s clear to see how this shaped me into the man that I am today.

I always wanted to sing; I can’t remember a time in my life where I didn’t love singing. I had my first solo when I was six, singing, ‘Happy Birthday Jesus’ in the children’s choir. It was adorable—or at least that’s what my grandparents have told me my whole life.

As I got older, church became an outlet for me to express my love for God and my love for music. I began to write my own music to connect with Him, and to share His love with others. Growing up as a pastor’s kid, I found that much of my life seemed to be lived on a pedestal. I’ve never considered myself to be shy, but I always kept my personal life very close to my chest. Songwriting became a way for me to talk about personal things that I would have had a hard time sharing in conversation. When my experiences translated into music, and that music began to help people through their own experiences, I started to see my ministry take shape.

Around the age of fifteen I joined the Western All-State Youth Choir. Touring with the choir for many years pushed me out of my comfort zone and developed me in areas that I had been completely closed off to before. For the first time in my life I was not the ‘pastor’s son’—I couldn’t just beg my dad to let me off the hook if something in ministry felt uncomfortable. For the first time, I began leading worship with the choir, speaking publicly, sharing devotionals, and most importantly I started developing a prayer life alongside my fellow choir mates. It was during this time that I really learned what intercessory prayer was all about. Something truly powerful can happen when a bunch of like-minded young people gather together for one purpose! I credit of lot of who I am today to the choir tours I was a part of in my teens. I mean, I literally met my wife on one of those tours and, if that’s not life-changing, I don’t know what is.

If I was going to preach about faith I was going to have to learn to live by it.

I began to work for my dad in the recording studio, and over time he handed me the reins, allowing me to take over the business. Running the studio, working at the church, and doing my own music on the side kept me busy, but I still wasn’t satisfied; I wanted more! My heart was completely wrapped up in creating and writing my own music but for some reason nothing seemed to be taking off the way I had always dreamed it would.

I found myself in one of the darkest periods of my life. I was frustrated. A large part of my ministry was built around encouraging people to have faith in God and trust Him through every circumstance, and I found myself struggling to put it into practice. I wrestled with it week after week in prayer before God spoke to me a very profound thought. He said, ‘Have I not calmed the seas? Have I not raised the dead? Am I not strong enough to guide your every step?’ Instantly those words put me in my place. I was reminded that His promises would be fulfilled, but in His perfect time. If I was going to preach about faith I was going to have to learn to live by it. I was no longer anxious about reaching the finish line that I had set for myself, but I had peace knowing that through the journey I was learning to trust God’s process above my own.

If you are restless or anxious about your future, I just want to encourage you to trust God in the season that you are in! It is never easy because life always brings new challenges that test your faith, but if you can learn to genuinely trust in Him, He will provide for you in ways that you could never dream were possible. He’s done it for me and I know that He will do the same for you.

Want to know more?
Head to landrycantrell.com for information on Landry’s social networks and new songs.

Self-Control Secrets: 6

 

‘Don’t give the devil a chance.’ Ephesians 4:27 GNT

Avoid the things that tempt you. Stay away from situations that weaken your self-control. If you don’t want to be stung, stay away from bees. Plan in advance to avoid situations that you know are likely to cause temptation in your life. Don’t keep chocolate in the cupboard if you are trying to diet. Don’t acquire credit cards if you are an impulse spender. Get rid of your access to pornography if you’re struggling with it. (Try www.x3watch.com/buy?type=free for a free accountability filter.) You know, the time to begin thinking about self-control isn’t when you’re in the back seat of a car with someone who turns you on. Nope. It’s long before that.

What do you need to avoid? Or get rid of? Magazines? Books? DVDs? A relationship? The Bible says, ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’ (1 Corinthians 15:33 NIV) Avoid people and situations that tempt you. You may need to change jobs because a relationship is wrong and harmful to you. That’s a drastic measure, but you may need to do something that drastic in order to avoid whatever is tempting you at this particular time. If you have lived through years of repeated failure, then it’s time to get honest. And humble. It’s time to pray: ‘Lord, I’m not strong enough to resist this temptation by myself. Help me!’ And He will! ‘I patiently waited, Lord, for You to hear my prayer. You listened and pulled me from a lonely pit full of mud and mire. You let me stand on a rock with my feet firm… Many will see this, and they will honour and trust You, the Lord God.’ (Psalm 40:1–3 CEV)

SoulFood: Phil 2:5–11, Rev 19:11–16, Acts 3:1–16, Mt 1:18–21

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018

Today’s Readings

Philippians 2:5–11 ()

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Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Revelation 19:11–16 ()

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11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

Acts 3:1–16 ()

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3:1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

11 While he clung to Peter and John, all the people, utterly astounded, ran together to them in the portico called Solomon's. 12 And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? 13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. 14 But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. 16 And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.

Matthew 1:18–21 ()

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18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

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