June 10, 2023
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Martyr Makes God Man Music

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martyr_bio_picWho is Onri Austin aka Martyr? If you asked him, he would say in a humble response “It really doesn’t matter”. You have heard it before, the typical story about a young boy trying to fit in a culture that didn’t fit itself. Being smothered by the violence within his hood, he always felt he had to prove something. He lived with his great-grandmother, a woman that served the Lord, but of course he didn’t have the same mentality. Instead, he was out getting “high” and “hustlin” on the blocks because he felt he had to prove that he could provide for himself. At the age of 19, he decided to go into the toughest branch of the military, the Marines. His five years in the Marines was disastrous because of his rebellious attitude, but God’s mercy kept him alive and he was able to get an honorable discharge from the military.

gmm-logo-1After twenty-four years of a rebellious lifestyle and exhausting many avenues, which would eventually bring him to a halting stop, he finally surrendered his life to Christ. His passion is to serve Christ and on a daily basis allow the Holy Spirit to conform his pleasure and will to God’s pleasure and will. The name Martyr meaning someone who dies for a cause, derived from that exact mindset. His focus is to apply Romans 12:2 (“And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…”) and in doing this God can work effectively through him. Understanding that he is unworthy of God’s unmerited favor, he thrives on not only studying to show himself approved, but to also utilize application in his life.

Martyr thanks God on a daily basis for the Mercy that He showed on him previously to him receiving what he didn’t earn, which is Grace. In Romans 7, Paul comes to the understanding that the bad things he does is not him, but the sin that dwells in him. Looking at that scripture, Martyr saw that, on the flip side of the scripture, Paul could also see that the good things that he did according to God’s will, wasn’t him either, but the God that was in him. Martyr did not have that mindset until much later in his life, and now that he does, he is much more humble. So at the end of the day remember it’s always God’s glory! Don’t end up with the same end as Herod. (Acts 12:21-23) GGA (God’s Glory Alone)

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