The Sheep in Wolf's Clothing

by Ennis Smith

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Jesus is the Good Shepherd. And we followers are His faithful flock. We recognize His voice. Unfortunately, the rest of the world tends to ignore the voice of God. In order to save the lost, sometimes we have to speak in a language they understand; give them something that they can relate their own struggles to. Then...we can communicate the gospel with them.

That's what this EP is about. I wanted to give Christian soldiers encouragement, and attract the unsaved in a way that would cause them to listen to the gospel. Hip Hop music doesn't have to be labeled as secular. The youth of today understand this music in a way that we old school folks never thought to use it. Jesus is alive within the verses of these tracks.

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released March 28, 2014

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Ennis Smith Lincoln Park, Michigan

Writing devotionals, short stories and articles for the Lord is a passion of mine. But I also love the rhythm of a deep kick drum, tight snares, and harmonic melodies laced together to form a hip hop track. So, it was only a matter of time before I put the two passions together, to make my own sound.

Making music glorifying God, brings me joy.
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Track Name: I Do Not Fail
Chorus
Set your mind to it; pray through it; go do it
Let nothing stand in your way; diligently pursue it
Cowards complain; their so lame; it’s old news
They spend a lifetime singin’ the blues
Mind over matter; forget the chit-chatter
Cock your water pistol, stormin’ through the gates of hell
“I’ve got no need to role with a crew, to know I prevail”
I do not fail!

Verse 1
In my bible every night; maintain my sanity
Ephesians 4:29; I don’t use profanity
Stay out these streets at night, ‘cause women dressin’ scantily
Short skirts with flirty eyes; they won’t be seducing me!

Christian! Got my faith on high
Small stature in the world, but I keep my eyes to the sky
I’ve got the heat of a lion at 5-7; 153
Protected by the Lord, partner; ain’t nobody touchin’ me

Reclaiming everything he’s stolen from us
The victory’s already won, because in God I trust
You can keep your agitations and forget the frustrations
Raise my hands up to heaven and commence the celebration
Phony riches in the air they flaunt
But the Lord is my shepherd and I shall not want
I’ve got no need to roll with a crew, to know I prevail
I stand alone; I do not fail!

Chorus
Set your mind to it; pray through it; go do it
Let nothing stand in your way; diligently pursue it
Cowards complain; their so lame; it’s old news
They spend a lifetime singin’ the blues
Mind over matter; forget the chit-chatter
Cock your water pistol, stormin’ through the gates of hell
“I’ve got no need to role with a crew, to know I prevail”
I do not fail!

Verse 2
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
But the way you livin’ man, is kind of atrocious
Take a look up in the mirror; tell me what do you see
The same sins that burned them branches off your family tree

Man I was just like you; blind to the truth
But now I follow Jesus tryin’ to teach the youth
Blasphemies over beats, my God will dispute
“There’s only one Jehova”; don’t you trust them phony substitutes

I’m gon’ exalt my God; praise his name
And without shame, ‘cause He deserves all the fame
Sharp mind, brave heart, swift feet
I can do all things through the Holy Spirit: PARACHLETE!

Your dry bones slow grind into the grave
But as quick as a tick on a clock, the Lord saves
Ain’t you sick and tired of writing checks your life can’t afford?
Well then, take up your cross; humble yourself; and follow the Lord!

Chorus
Set your mind to it; pray through it; go do it
Let nothing stand in your way; diligently pursue it
Cowards complain; their so lame; it’s old news
They spend a lifetime singin’ the blues
Mind over matter; forget the chit-chatter
Cock your water pistol, stormin’ through the gates of hell
Following Jesus, I’m the head and I am not the tail
No! My soul’s not for sale

Chorus
Set your mind to it; pray through it; go do it
Let nothing stand in your way; diligently pursue it
Cowards complain; their so lame; it’s old news
They spend a lifetime singin’ the blues
Mind over matter; forget the chit-chatter
Cock your water pistol, stormin’ through the gates of hell
“I’ve got no need to role with a crew, to know I prevail”
I do not fail!

Text copyright © 2014 by Ennis C. Smith
Track Name: Eight Rounds
Chorus
I'm in the fight for my life and ever morning my feet hit the ground
I lace up my battle gloves...preparing for eight rounds.
I'm in the fight for my soul and everyday when my bell sounds, I'm steppin' up in my ring...battling for eight rounds.


Verse 1
Round one: I'm against the gun;
Gotta run; no time for fun
'Cause everyday is like a race for time, when God's on my mind,
Gotta spread that good word: seek and you shall find...the truth!

Gotta make that plane as Jane,
Y'all goin' insane
Actin' like God don't exist; like there's no assis - tance
Just chance, in life's dance

Round two: tell me whatcha gon' do
When the Lord comes through with his whole crew on you!
Shakin' and bakin', your souls are taken
To the place of ultimate disgrace.

But not me, yo.
'Cause you see bro,
The Lord's with me everywhere I go.
I'm walking in His light, amazed at how He helps me grow.

Round three: its on "E"
(that's me)
I'm givin' you the truth, so that you'll see.
The night's dark and hell is hot.
Fakin' like it ain't real will only secure your spot.

In flames; el fuego; false structures built up like Lego.
But my faith rests in the One;
(JESUS!)
the only one begotten Son.

Round four: open up the door
let me in; face sin, 'til I can't fight no more.
Quick step, don't hit the floor;
Left hook; fightin' hard like I never have before.

My mind's set; faith on the rise;
The enemy's hellbent on my demise,
but there's power in the word 'cause the word's alive
(I can't quit; I can't faint) I will survive!


Chorus
I'm in the fight for my life and ever morning my feet hit the ground
I lace up my battle gloves...preparing for eight rounds.
I'm in the fight for my soul and everyday when my bell sounds, I'm steppin' up in my ring...battling for eight rounds.


Verse 2
Round five: I'm stayin' alive
Slip the jab; bob, weave; move side to side
Beat the devil at his game; let go of pride.
I can run around the ring, but its hard to hide.

Take rest (take rest); refresh (refresh)
breathe in
I've got my second wind, and it begins again
I strike with the light, 'til I defeat sin

Round six: still in the mix
The enemy's in his bag pullin' out new tricks.
He's got death in the corner gettin' high off pixy sticks;
Building strongholds with new bricks.

Slow it down (Slow it down); turn around (turn around)
Face fear with faith unbound
I've got the faith of the Lord runnin' through my veins
Breakin' shackles free and lettin' loose my chains!

Rhonda Siete': demonds comin' at me
But I bet they,
Didn't count on me fightin' back
Use my own fear as a sneak attack,

like (*surprise laugh and bell*)
How you like me now?
I speak life to death, and give it all to God,
'Cause He can pull the victory somehow!

Round eight: gotta stay up straight
Can't bend; won't break; do whatever it takes
When the Lord comes back man, He won't wait.
Find faith in the word, before its too late!

Refuse to conform to the ways of this life.
Gave up my lustful thoughts and turned over my struggles and strife!
Track Name: Let Me Show You
Verse 1
Lord, do you care about me and my family
Hard times stretch out, as far as I can see
For ev’ry step I make, I take two back
Feels like I’m stuck in a rut; can’t find the right track

Lord help me please; can’t help my-self
I wasted too much time, tryin’ to be someone else
I turn it over to you, to let you lead the way
Sick of findin’ trouble, chasin’ false hopes day to day.

“Count it all joy,” James- 1:2 says
Keepin’ the faith for the brighter days
Lord, I know you’re with me, so please forgive my doubt
I’ve got some stress upon my chest; I’m tryin’ to shout it out

I need a new plan, something I can understand
Readin’ through your word to help me grow into a better man
Guide me down your path, ‘cause see, I haven’t got a clue
I know you’ve got a plan; I wanna help you see it through

As for me and my house, we choose to serve you
Wanna be accepted when my time is due
Blessings on my son, Lord; teach him how to stand
Grow him up into a godily man.


Verse 2
Let me show you a world beyond your heavy smoke
You tryin’ to cope, rollin’ stone for your anecdote
But the anecdote puts you in a saddened slope
No room for hope, with a face that shows a constant mope

You whine and grope ‘cause your life is so miserable
Living with regrets and the list is so extendable
“I wish, I wish, I wish” is the statement so repeatable
The past is the past, here’s your present so it’s time to go
“Oh, Israel, your life is so cynical
Eleven-day journey turned into a four-oh
See, I loved you, before you loved me
Heard your prayers, felt your tears, so I set you free
And now you’re free, but you want to star to doubt me
Gave you what you want, and now you forgot about me?”
Yeah…this is what I think the Lord would say
Let me show you, before you fall astray.


Chorus
Gotta find that place in my heart, I can turn to
(Let me show you…)
I need your mercy and grace, ‘cause there’s so much I go through
(Let me show you…)
God, I need your strength to do things I’m afraid to do
(Let me show you…)
Take me into your arms, and I promise I will follow you
(Let me show you...)


Verse 3 – Sermon Excerpt
In the beginning was the Word;
And the Word was with God;
And the Word became flesh! Whoo!!
For unto you is born a child; and a son is given
And you shall call him Wonderful,
Councellor, Mighty Father, Emmanuel, God with us
Oh, I wish I was Pentecostal this morning,
I wish I could help you this morning,
Understand how bad God wants to get in your life,
and have fellowship with you
It’s not about stained glass windows
And having little sacraments
And sayin’ your little prayers
Its about walking with God, in the cool of the day
Its about having God with you in the country
Having God with you in the city
Having God with you…all week long


Verse 4
Every-day mercy; how am I worthy?
I see a change in me but yet my hands are dirty
Knowing only you can make me clean
That’s why you came down to die for me
Now I proceed, picking up my sword to read
A false truth would only hand me to my enemy
And just to think of all the things that he would say to me
Hand me the world, but kill me spiritually
Lord you made this beat; you composed the talent
And every word upon this page, you helped my mind to add it
So Lord humble me right where I stand
’Cause pride can turn an angel into a devil, man
Lord grant me strength for my weakest days
See my heart clean; I’m forever changed
New life; new vision
And on His hands, we’re admitted



Chorus
Gotta find that place in my heart, I can turn to
(Let me show you…)
I need your mercy and grace, ‘cause there’s so much I go through
(Let me show you…)
God, I need your strength to do things I’m afraid to do
(Let me show you…)
Take me into your arms, and I promise I will follow you
(Let me show you...)
Gotta find that place in my heart, I can turn to
(Let me show you…)
I need your mercy and grace, ‘cause there’s so much I go through
(Let me show you…)
God, I need your strength to do things I’m afraid to do
(Let me show you…)
Take me into your arms, and I promise I will follow you
(Let me show you...)

Outro – Chorus Echo
(Let me show you...)
(Let me show you...)
(Let me show you...)
(Let me show you...)
Track Name: Summer Love (Stay with Me)
Intro
I'm gonna sing this song for my wife
Thirteen years and she's still with me...in spite of me
Get my 'Stevie B' on
Watch this...
(* clear my throat*)

Pre-chorus
Summertime love is on my mind, and I won't forget
The way we share, the way we care, and I don't regret

Half-chorus
Summer Love: girl I'm with you
Summer Love: I promise to stay true


Verse 1
Thinkin' on the day we stood together; said, "I do"
We had no clue of what God was up to
Long days and nights spent together,
Couldn't seperate the two of us, in any type of weather
Blissful (blissful); marriage as fine as wine
Girl I belonged to you, and you were all mine
Played the roll; gave up total control,
A part of me wanted to stay this way, 'til we're old

But then my selfish ambition had me wishin' for the game
Takin' it back, 'cause things ain't the same
Flirtin' with the devil kept my mind unfurled, and I forgot
Baby you were my world
Left you alone while I roamed from home,
You entertained your own lust, creepin' on the phone
Seven years later, and we came undone
We turned away from it all, and gave it all to the Son; JESUS!


Chorus
Summer Love: baby stay with me
(My baby, stay with me)
Summer Love: I promise you will see
(I promise you will see)
Summer Love: girl I'm with you
(I'm with you)
Summer Love: I promise to stay true
(To you, I will be true)


Verse 2
Summer love's not a season, but a state of mind
"Cause real love is so hard to find
Let alone keep; don't sleep
Gotta put in the work brother, seven days a week
Remind her how much you care;
Come hell or high water, you're always there
Put your big boy pants on; show emotion
What she needs is love and devotion

"Song of Songs" is the lovers' delight
Get your bible read on; learn to treat your girl right, man
Take a stand; remember the wedding bands;
remind her of safety in your strong hands
A three-fold chord is hard to break
Get the Lord in your marriage; do whatever it takes
Take her way back to when love was true
Summer Love makes old love, new
Track Name: Judgment Day (Revelation)
Chorus
(Our) Time is up
The hour’s comin’ for the Lord’s return
Jesus is ridin’ on his enemies
And hearts will burn

Your eyes are unbelievin’
Satan’s been deceivin’

Rev -el -a -tion
Judg -ment -Day

Game is over
Saints are waitin’ on the Lord’s return
Jesus is comin’
So you’d better make that U-turn

No more blatant lies
Or sinful alibis

Done
Judg -ment -Day

Verse 1
Your eyes are unbelieving,
Your mind just can’t conceive it,
The Bible warned you, but you shirked it
Choosing not to read it.

Blow-in’ from the sky above, and
Ri-sin’ from the grave below
The trumpet sounded; dead in Christ, wake up
It’s time to go.

All the unbelievers panicking
At mass-confusion’s reign.
They’re looking for some answers,
Knowing that they search in vain.

They’ve wasted precious time,
Chasin’ after selfish gain;
Runnin’ for the dollars; the toys;
For the fortune and fame.

Human depravity judged by the Almighty Lord
Four Horsemen ride;
They shatter pride;
They slay by the Heavenly sword.

Seal number six, breaks,
The great quake shakes
Blood shrouds the moon
The sun’s black at noon

World dominating powers
Simply hide and cower.
They tryin’ to hustle the Lord,
In this: the final hour.

Fed up with blasphemies,
And disrespectful virtues.
Revelation’s here at last.
The time has come for you to choose.


Chorus


Verse 2
Seven trumpets blasting,
Signifying earth is under siege
Poisoned waters; demon locusts
Forcing heathens to their knees.

The second terror sets
The horsemen into hellish flight:
Smokin’ fire; burnin’ sulfur;
Killin’ everything in sight.

Two Holy witnesses
Granted authority
To shut the sky and prophesy;
Converting the minority.

Terror number three,
Scared the devil outta me.
The complete wrath of God’s
About to be set free.

I saw Satan
Cast down through the skies,
Given free reign to spread
His propaganda and lies,

And with no shame,
Defame the Lord’s name
as he conquered the land, branding
His mark on everybody’s right hand.

But God sealed His own,
While seated high on the throne.
Settin’ the stage for war;
It’s time to settle the score.

The three angels are sent;
There’s still time to repent,
But you’d better get it done,
Because the worse has yet to come.


Chorus


Verse 3
Seven bowls about to fall,
Sores afflicting one and all,
Water turned to blood;
There’s nothin’ left to drink, for none of y’all.

Sun’s scorchin’ unbelievers
As they curse His Holy name.
Babylon engulfed in darkness;
Haughty splendor, turned to shame.

The Euphrates dried up;
Nothing is holdin’ back
The armies of darkness, to the east,
Are on the attack (Armegeddon).

(The) Last quake struck,
Everything is turned asunder.
Hail – stones rain
Through the lighting and thunder.

The clouds parted ways,
I saw something new,
The white stallion with the rider
Called Faithful and True.

His eyes blazed like fire,
(His) words cut like a sword
slashing through a hundred million
Of the enemy horde.

They tried to stand against the Lord
You can’t fight against truth
Slayed all rebellious men
From the old, to the youth.

Jesus looked in my eyes
My mind started to scream
Told me to wake up and write
‘cause it was more than a dream.

Outro Verse
I woke up; chest pounding;
Screaming, in a cold sweat.
But then I realized
This hasn’t come to pass yet.

Reached for my pencil; script the lines;
Did what I had to do;
Spit the verses; pass the message on
From me to you.

The Lord is comin’,
So you’d better get your life in line.
Don’t waste your time
Then wake to find, you’ve been left behind.

God is patient
But the Revelation’s on the way
Be prepared, and repent
Before Judgment day.
Track Name: Don't Follow the World's Definition of Fame
Intro
Back in the day, her grandma took her to church on every Sunday
Hoping and praying she would submit to God one day
A wild child, always itchin’ to fight
She struggled daily makin’ that choice between wrong and right
But now…

Verse 1
She’s sixteen, already sinnin’ like adults do
Broken home she’s got nothin’ to look forward to
Lustin’ after money was her heart’s real joy
The first chance she got, she went and hooked up with a dope boy

Fast cars; shiny things; she was livin’ that life
Yoked to the game; she was sin’s own wife
Rollin’ up that joint, they passed it down the line
She took a toke up on that poison and it blew her mind

Next, she was cracked out, pipe blown; jacked out
Steady doin’ wrong; that money was still long
Seein’ friends die young didn’t stop her flow
‘Cause livin’ fast and dyin’ young was the only way to go

But soon her heart could only take so much
Her beauty faded; spirit jaded; and she lost her touch
Pushin’ in that needle; veins burned too long;
Now she’s gone.

Chorus
Don’t follow the world’s definition of fame
The devil’s comin’ to kill, and its your life he’ll claim
Don’t follow the world’s definition of fame
‘Cause satan’s seekin’ to destroy and its your life he’ll claim
Don’t follow the world’s definition of fame
Judas sold out Jesus; don’t do the same
Don’t follow the world’s definition of fame
Refrain

Verse 2
Three thirty in the mornin’ still slangin’ at the dope spot
Got your night vision on, ‘cause your block’s hot
Glock strapped tight; money right; not a cop in sight
You lookin’ ‘round, like everything’s alright

But, around the way, a plan’s put into play
The task force is comin’ to get ‘cha; ‘bout to ruin your day
While you keep shirkin’ the Lord; you ain’t got no time for God
To busy runnin’ with satan; keepin; up the façade

They’ve got the gats cocked; while you’re slangin’ rocks
Creepin’ up the street; totin’ the heat
You’re doin’ wrong and it won’t be long
Before your momma’s on the front pue, lamentin’ to a sad song

Leanin’ on the brick wall countin’ your cash
You never heard ‘em run up on you; never saw the shots flash
Now you’re lyin’ on the concrete, losin’ your breath
And realize you’re about to face a spiritual death

Chorus
Don’t follow the world’s definition of fame
The devil’s comin’ to kill, and its your life he’ll claim
Don’t follow the world’s definition of fame
‘Cause satan’s seekin’ to destroy and its your life he’ll claim
Don’t follow the world’s definition of fame
Judas sold out Jesus; don’t do the same
Don’t follow the world’s definition of fame
Refrain

Verse 3
He’s tired of copin’ with his wife’s funky attitude
Hit the streets, lookin’ for someone in a better mood
Late night creepin’, and his phone keeps beepin’
Even though this cat is yoked, he’s steady lyin’ to folks

Found a Jezebel to get close to
Unprotected sex was on the menu
Did the deed in private; got away with the sin
He thought the drama was over but its about to begin

Its now seven years past and the marriage is blessed
He gave his life over to Christ, and got the stress off his chest
But, one day his got the toys spread all over the floor
While playin’ with his little boy, there was a knock at the door

Nobody there; just a cursive note
Took the page, looked it over, and he almost choked
Written in black letters for his wife to see
The note read, “I’m positive for H.I.V.”

Chorus
Don’t follow the world’s definition of fame
The devil’s comin’ to kill, and its your life he’ll claim
Don’t follow the world’s definition of fame
‘Cause satan’s seekin’ to destroy and its your life he’ll claim
Don’t follow the world’s definition of fame
Judas sold out Jesus; don’t do the same
Don’t follow the world’s definition of fame
Refrain

Outro
Make no mistake, this is a Christian track
To let you know that followin’ sin into the end is wack
Don’t follow the world’s definition of fame
‘Cause satan’s prowlin’ to hack, destroy, bully and maim.