Justin Bieber praised Jesus for his faithfulness as he released his first album in five years. The 25-year-old celebrity who is known for his faith was sharing hourly Instagram updates in the build-up to the 17-track “Changes,” when one post that simply read “Thank you Jesus,” dedicated to his deep Christian faith stirred hearts all over the country.
“Thank you Jesus for your forgiveness!” he wrote. “Thank you Jesus that when I was lost you found me, thank you that you brought be from death to life! Thank you that once I was blind but now I see! Thank you for giving your life up on the cross so that I could have ETERNAL LIFE! TRUE LIFE on earth and life ABUNDANTLY!”
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Thank you Jesus for your forgiveness! Thank you Jesus that when I was lost you found me, thank you that you brought be from death to life! Thank you that once I was blind but now I see! Thank you for giving your life up on the cross so that I could have ETERNAL LIFE! TRUE LIFE on earth and life ABUNDANTLY! Thank you for the promises you have for me! Thank you that I am protected from the hidden traps of my enemy!! I am honored to serve you all the days of my life!
Bieber concluded: “Thank you for the promises you have for me! Thank you that I am protected from the hidden traps of my enemy!! I am honored to serve you all the days of my life!”
Most of the songs on the album are about Bieber’s Christian faith, the title track “Changes” comes to an abrupt end with the simple spoken word: “People change, circumstances change, but God always stays the same.”
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It’s here. #CHANGES IS OUT NOW
Bieber has shared in the past about how his faith helped him overcome serious drug addiction. “I decided to stop [drugs] because I felt like I was dying, my security were coming into the room at night to check my pulse. People don’t know how serious it got; it was legit crazy scary,” he said in a recent episode of YouTube documentary series, “Seasons.”
“I was waking up in the morning and the first thing I was doing was popping pills and smoking a blunt and starting my day,” he added. He turned to God for help. “I basically said to myself, ‘God, if you’re real, you get me through this season of stopping these pills and stuff and if you do, I’ll do the rest of the work,’” he said.
“I’ve abused my body in the past and now I’m just in the recovery process trying to make sure I’m taking care of my body and taking care of the vessel that God’s given me… there’s so many people that have gifts, and an opportunity to make a change, and they end up either losing it or using their gifts for selfish reasons.”
Bieber has often praised God on Instagram, “Take joy in all of the wonder and beauty’s god has done in your life! God will give you the desires of YOUR HEART,” he wrote in a post last month, paraphrasing Psalm 37:4. In another faith-filled post, Bieber thanked the Lord for “leading the way.”
“Thank you for showing me compassion, giving me the grace to grow and loving me through everything!!” he wrote. “No matter what happens in life I know you are always good and your love for me never changes no matter what I do!! You loved me before I did anything to earn or deserve it and for that I say THANK YOU JESUS!”
Last year, Bieber even tried his hand at leading worship, taking the stage at Pastor Judah Smith’s LA-based “Churchome.” “Sang at church last night. God is pulling me through a hard season,” Bieber posted to Instagram following the appearance. “Having trust in Jesus at your worst times is the absolute hardest. But he is faithful to complete what he started.”
Most of the songs on “Changes” are about his new wife, Hailey, with lyrics like: “it’s a blessing that you’re in my life,” “you make sure I’m comfortable,” and “what are our kids going to be like?” The album was dropped on Valentine’s Day. Bieber told a group of assembled music journalists at an album listening party in London last night. “The thought of being with my wife forever gives me chills,” Bieber said, “This album is obviously dedicated to her and my love towards her.”
my favorite song on the album ❤️ so glad you can all finally hear it!!! #CHANGES pic.twitter.com/1pM3ENvrHC
— Hailey Bieber (@haileybieber) February 14, 2020
Hailey Bieber too has shared on how faith keeps them together, “Being able to share that with each other—to have that bond of faith and spirituality—is so [critical] for us,” the model explained. “It’s the most important part of our relationship, following Jesus together, being a part of the church community together. It’s everything.” God bless this new beautiful couple and may they use this God given platform to reach millions of their fans and win them for Christ.