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Worship Warriors Arise!

From the Gregorian chants of the fourth century to Wesley’s hymns of the eighteenth century, there have been many variations of worship. In the twentieth century alone we spanned a full spectrum from George Beverly Shea’s gospel tunes to the Vineyard’s deep soaking in the presence of God to Mike Bickle’s intensive 24-hour-a-day model at his International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Missouri.

As we have turned the corner into the new millennium, we are seeing another momentous shift in worship, which may be related to God’s redemptive word in our time and which is pivotal in the spiritual battle both on earth and in the heavenlies. We are advancing to an intimate, strategic, warring worship.

When we hear the word "worship" many of us think of singing three or four hymns in a Sunday-

morning church service. Some picture quiet times or Bible studies. A few visualize prayer. The word "warrior," on the other hand, easily evokes images of a person in the heat of combat. Perhaps we imagine Russell Crowe in the movie Gladiator or envision Army troops on the front lines in Afghanistan. Maybe we think of a person who battles in the loosely defined "wars" against social nemeses such as poverty, prejudice and injustice. Perhaps we recall C. Peter Wagner’s call to become strategic prayer warriors. While the words "worship" and "war" are familiar, they nonetheless produce extreme and opposing emotions – seldom do we see the two work in tandem. As servants of God, we know we are to worship Him. We also know that we fight in a spiritual battle. But a close look at the Bible reveals much about God’s plan for worship in war.

Lucifer’s Plot

Worship is at the center of this great spiritual war. It has always been over worship, fought with worship and will be won through worship. Lucifer (also known as the devil or Satan) picked a fight with God. The Bible does not make clear exactly when this happened, but it certainly occurred before Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit and, tempted by the promise to be like God, introduced sin to the world. We know from Ezekiel 28:12-19 that in that time cherubs or angels, of which Lucifer was one, had access to the holy mountain or throne room of heaven where God is seated. Some theologians think that Lucifer actually led the angels as they worshipped the Creator. If this is true, Lucifer, whose heart was "lifted up because of his beauty," apparently decided that he no longer wanted to be a worshipper; instead, he wanted to be worshipped. His wisdom was corrupted because of his brightness. Full of pride, he was cast down, and he convinced many angels to join him in rebellion against God. Thus, the worship wars were on.

Worship and the Warrior

We usually render worship in adoration toward God and associate it with good, uplifting, even ecstatic feelings. Worship is often focussed upward and can embody the qualities of holiness, reverence and awe. We see ourselves as givers and God as the recipient. Warring, on the other hand, involves taking a stand, overcoming a threat, invading territory or conquering an enemy. In war, we often view ourselves as defenders against a dangerous force or sustainers of righteousness and truth. This is true in spiritual as well as physical conflicts. In the typical scenario, worship has not been part of the battle plan; it has come only in the form of thanksgiving after a victory. In the physical or earthly realm, we tend to worship the human heroes of battle and add God as an afterthought. In spiritual conquests, the Almighty gets all of the praise, but we still see warfare and worship as two separate acts. God is calling us to bridge worship and warfare. When we read the Bible we find that God instructs us to ascend into the throne room in heaven, be clothed in His authority and descend in war. There is a sound of heaven that enables us to recognize, embrace and advance through this process. It moves us toward victory in accomplishing God’s will on earth.

A Fresh Approach

God is calling us to be worship warriors! For many Christians, this is a new concept. We have come to understand how we can take authority over demons, territories and sin of all types, in the name of Jesus. We know how our prayers effect what happens not only on Earth, but also in the heavenlies. We have been good students of the principles of spiritual warfare. This is all good. But God is calling us to do more. In The Future War of the Church, my coauthor Rebecca Wagner Sytsema and I describe a coming battle. We show how there will be a time of increased struggle and, ultimately, prophetic fulfilment. As we approach this future war, we need to be prepared. We must fully comprehend the place of worship. As we battle against the enemies of darkness, we need to grasp the authority God has given us. We must become worship warriors.

The Sound of Restoration and the Sound of the Throne Room

God is pursuing His people. The Spirit of the Lord is calling us to worship. God is releasing a sound from heaven that is being embraced by people all over the world. The call causes us to draw near to Him and to each other. The sound causes us to go to war. We must manifest on earth what God says in heaven. God’s sound permeates from has always led the armies of God forth. I visualize it this way: God is on His throne, and Jesus is seated next to Him. Jesus is the door that we have into the Father’s throne. The Word of God tells us in James 5 to submit ourselves to God, draw near to Him and then resist the devil. I believe that as we worship and submit ourselves to a holy God, we can come into intimate contact with Him. Even though we walk here on the earth in our worshipful submission, we ascend into heaven. As we individually seek God and ascend into the throne room, we can hear the sound in heaven in our spirit man on earth. God does not play favourites. Everyone can embrace this call to ascend and become a worship warrior. If we believe in Jesus, we are automatically enlisted in His army.

Let Judah Arise and Go First!

There is a great inheritance that He has for each one of us individually. He also has a corporate inheritance that He is calling the Body of Christ into that will affect each territory throughout the nations of the earth. The time is NOW to war for our inheritance. There are personal promises God wants to manifest. This is a time of the preparation and shifting of the mantle of authority for the next generation. How do we proceed?

Look at how Judges 1:1-2 relates: Now after the death of Joshua, it came to pass that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, "Who shall be first to go up for us against the Canaanites to fight against them?" And the LORD said, "Judah shall go up. Indeed, I have delivered the land into his hand." Judah was selected as the tribe of divine preeminence in Jacob’s patriarchal blessing. Genesis 49:8-10 gives us more insight: "Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise; your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; your father’’s children shall bow down before you. Judah is a lion’s whelp; from the prey, my son, you have gone up. He bows down, he lies down as a lion; and as a lion, who shall rouse him? The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet until Shiloh comes; and to Him shall be the obedience of the people."

Judah must go first. Praise must take its preeminence within our lives, churches, cities, states and nation. When Judah goes first, the sceptre of authority is then in place for ultimate victory. This is a time that the Lion of Judah will roar louder than the lion that has sought to devour us! Judah means ""praise Yahweh."" In this season, a major shift is coming in the way we worship and acknowledge God corporately. The word "praise" originates from "value" and "price." ""Yahweh"" signifies the God of covenant. This is a time when God values our worship. Also, this is a time when we begin to value the covenant that He has allowed us to enter into with Him. What a price He paid to give us access to the throne room!

Our worship will take on great covenant significance in this time. Our worship will release great blessings into the earthly realm. The redeemed of the Lord will say so. The burning bush, "I AM," type of worship is coming into the midst of God’s people. This is going to release a deliverance call across earth. Deliverers will rise up! Entire groups of people will begin to be delivered from the bondage and oppression that has kept them prostrate, and they will begin to stand before the Lord with great shouts of victory. This is a time of much confrontation. But when the confrontation of the enemy comes from intimate communion and worship, we are assured victory. This is a time when we must give Judah (our praise and worship) the freedom to experiment until we come into the sound that will bring victory into the earthly realm.

Worship Warriors Arise!

Worship warriors of every generation, young and old, connect and stand. This is the time to worship, enter boldly into the throne room, be clothed with favor and go to war. The sound is being released. Listen to it. Enter the battle. And release the harvest!

Chuck Pierce is the Vice President of Global Harvest Ministries and President of Glory of Zion International Ministries in Denton, Texas. Excerpt from The Worship Warrior by Chuck D. Pierce and John Dickson.


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Comments on: "Worship Warriors Arise!" (23)

  1. LÕŠ†_ÌÑ_HØPËŠandÐRÈÃM§ said:

    wow this place is like a online church……

  2. very good piece. worship and what consitutes as worship has been a point that my husband and i have been trying to show people for some time now, and even ministers just havent gotten it. Thank you for sharing this piece on worship and war.Blessings,Bethany.

  3. Very good space very wonderfuly donI really enjoyed reading it :)Jesus is the way the truth and lifeJenby the way Delirious is aswume i really enojoy there music

  4. Ciao , just stopped in to wish you a good evening.May God Bless YouLoveShelleyxXx

  5. God bless GerryWorship warriors is something that I know very little about. I have to go but will read it tonight. Beware of Rob. He\’s back. Very confusing he is. God bless you and your family Gerry.

  6. i\’m a lover not a fighter.

  7. KyleFor we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12

  8. siento decirlo,pero lo unico k le falta a tu space es pomerlo en español.por k soy cristiano pero no entiendo na.weno solo era eso.adeu

  9. untamedat32 said:

    Thank you for stopping by and visiting. Glad to be seen on others sites. Sometimes it is hard to find other believer in this day and time. I try to write from my heart in hopes to brighten someones day. Never can have enough happiness in life. Hope you liked what you read. Please come back and visit more often. I really liked your site too and will most defently be back.Have a great weekend,God Bless you and your family.Clarissa

  10. Hi GerryThanks for posting this excellent word. Worship and praise. Millions of believer\’s whose hearts are adoring the Lord. Praise God, for He is worthy of worship and praise forever.

  11. °¤.§LëëpLëss Юëãmë®.¤° said:

    ok…. cool

  12. Greensboro NC Christian said:

    Gerry, I give thanks that you press on brother. Good work above. I got zapped by the anti-Gerry dude today. What\’s with that? Would love to chat with you via e-mail about that. Anyway, keep up the work, and we\’ll pray for the church in Montreal, and we hope you all will for us down here in NC. Peace. Joel

  13. The-Country-Cowboy said:

    Many of us have been spammed by the "anti-Gerry" man (AKA: Rob), lets all take appropriate action and report him; if they get enough reports of space abuse they might actually do something! Which would mean we wouldn’t get our spaces spammed with undesirable comments.

  14. Totally true, love it!!

  15. amen Gerry!! I am a warrior and love it when the Lord moves upon me to worship that way do not get to milatant all the time ,but there have been times especailly when praying for my family, that the Lord has had me act things out, just the other week I woke up and felt like sounding a trumpet, all through my house declaring war on sin!!,But I did not do it as I thought I would not sound much like a trumpet , but in my spirit I was so aroused with the miltant worship and declaration ,that by the next day I had to do something, so the next day i awoke and said to my husband, this may seem strange but I have to do it , this time He had laid upon my heart to weild a purple flag that I have , while trumpeting,not fully understanding but I went down stairs in my living room and started to worship with milatancy, and declaring with my voice(which was the trumpeting) all that is rightfully mine in my family ,taking back my land Numbers 10, breaking sin and the bondage of sin over my boys and family, while all the time weilding this flag,it was awesome!! I knew that something was happening in the spiritual realm,so when that ended I have a book that gives the meaning of colours and things , I felt to look up the colour purple, it means judgement,WOW!! and the trumpeting is symbolic of Phrophtic declaration, If we just be obediant we will see awesome things happen when God calls us to do "things" that the natural mind cannot understand. Bless you Gerry, In Christ Michele

  16. Yes I think worship is something that is most confused with other things, it\’s not about singing, it\’s not about feeling all spiritual, it\’s all about God! We\’re fighting for our title deed back to this earth from Satan, and we\’re given the armour of God, as well as the sword of the Spirit to fight him. Worship isn\’t an activity, it\’s a life! And we don\’t have long till Christ returns… Satan\’s going to be hitting this world as hard as he can when he sees the signs of Christ\’s coming… lets all be united as brothers and sisters in Christ and do what Satan hates most – worship our one true God!Oh and BTW great site! 😀

  17. in the book "Following Jesus" by dave roberts there\’s a qoute that stood out the most: \’when a heart is changed, a family changes. Changed families create changed communities. Changed communities create justice and harmony and influence the very atmosphere of a nation.\’let\’s win one battle(heart) at a time

  18. just come on to say hi ok and if you like my space will you plzzzz put a link off my space on your space plzzzzz bye xxxx

  19. this space makes me sick

  20. BlackFog0Take 2 tylenol, get some rest and we\’ll pray for you.

  21. Hallelujah!!!!Loved this word, I\’m going to do some looking into this Chuck Pierce guy! Do you have some resources? I totally related to it, especially when he was talking about "to submit ourselves to God, draw near to Him and then resist the devil." and referring to worship as the vehicle of ascent to the very throne room, sounds and atmosphere of Heaven! Our Pastor was preaching something very similiar to this about three years ago, and he just stopped and said "You know. I\’m SICK of singing about God. Overhead people!! Change all the words singing about God in the 3rd person to singing to God in first person!!!" From the next worship service when all of the worship songs were phrased as \’You\’ instead of \’Him", it brought this intimacy and focus into the worship that we\’ve never seen before. I think God really loved it.Jason

  22. The-Country-Cowboy said:

    Gerry, I like your advice to BlackFog0.I\’ve already had my rounds with him, but it looks like you gained another "anti-Gerry" man.

  23. Hi Gerry, I like this entry because it speaks about the spiritual battle that is taking place. The victory has been won, (NKJV)1 John 5:4-5 – \’4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?\’ John 16:33 – 33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”However, we must still put on the armor of God, the Word and fight the good fight. I believe that we all have a decision to make – whose side we will chose? I chose Jesus. Thanks for speaking about this issue, In Christ Tammy

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