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From the Heart of a Worshipper


 

Oh God, You have searched me and know me. Psalm 139:1

I love worshipping the Lord. There is nothing that I enjoy more than that. He gave me a good voice with which I can do that.  I get at times quite excited and emotional when I lead worship and it is hard for me to stay still. Not everyone enjoys that. In the past I have been accused of grandstanding and putting on a show with worship and I know that there are still those who think that. You don’t know how much that grieves me. There have been times I spent many hours in tears because that is not how I want people to see me. That’s not my heart. I want to see people worship. When they sit there in their seats and pretend to worship it tears me apart and I just don’t want to talk to anyone after the service. My heart grieves because I know how much He wants to commune with them. In worship I sometimes reach His very throne and feel His heartbeat. Don’t they know that if they would just let go they could reach that place too?  I don’t know why He allows me to come to that place at times when I worship because I know how unfaithful my heart can be. Maybe it’s because I don’t hide my frailties from Him. I am very open with Him about my weaknesses. Maybe it’s because my heart is very tender towards Him and I hurt whenever I fail Him. Four times I was told through men of God that God had called me into ministry. In the second instance God said that people would say about me like they said about His Son. Can anything good come out of Nazareth? Can anything good come out of this man? A question I have asked myself a lot in my life. Especially these last three years. How many projects have I started never completing? How many people have I let down because I just didn’t feel I could follow through with what they asked me to do. How many times have I just let a few words from somebody discourage me to the point of dropping everything? More than I can count. I know in the eyes of the world and in the eyes of many of my brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ I look like a big colossal failure. I must admit I feel like one. But I hear His voice saying to me; Gerry I love you, you are my son and in you I take pleasure. And I ask but how Lord? How can you love a person who has even failed at serving you. And I hear; My grace is sufficient. I struggle to understand this kind of love. It just doesn’t make sense according to this worlds view.

For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.” 1Cor. 1:26-31

All I have to give to Him is my voice. It is my offering. I am sorry I may offend some by the way I lead worship but to worship any other way doesn’t allow me to get to where I need to be.  I am not a person with many degrees or things that make people be taken notice of in this world. The times I have boasted I have felt so bad and embarrassed about.

Singing and worship opens our heart to God. In a game that I have played, in order to get into certain areas you needed to be attuned. Well unless you attune your heart to God’s Spirit through worshipping Him in spirit and truth, you can’t get to His throne. Worship and praise becomes boring and repetitive to you. Music and song is a vehicle that God uses to bring us there. It has been proven that music opens us up to the spiritual realm. Once you are attuned the teaching that follows goes in much easier as well. How do you get there? Abandonment. Throwing all cares of this world on Christ. Not worrying about who is watching you are what they are thinking. Surrendering every thought to Christ and letting your heart be captivated by Him and the songs you are singing Him.      

The Place of a Worshipper


I am the LORD, that is My name;
      And My glory I will not give to another,
      Nor My praise to carved images. Isaiah 42:8
 
Something has been nagging at me for quite a while now. I am not to sure I am comfortable with the direction contemporary Christian music is taking. Not all, but there are those that in my spirit when I hear their CD’s or hear them in concert, that seem to more interested in giving people a good show and instead of Christ being exalted it is them.

I remember the concerts I used to go to during the 70’s and early 80’s at the old Montreal Forum. They were all about sound and show. Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Queen and Supertramp. You could always be sure you would get quite a feast of sight and sound. Of course not much of our hearing would be left afterwards, but we were wowed. They were our idols and they exalted in being so. They loved the glory their fans would give them.

I see today many Christian bands and artists doing the same things. They have become prima donnas. I remember attending a music conference down in Pennsylvania one year. They had some pretty big name Christian artists coming in to do concerts and workshops. The problem was that the promoter had a hard time getting people out to this conference and had to settle to having it in a smaller facility. A few things from that conference stuck in my mind. One of them was seeing John Starnes in the parking lot talking with the promoter and telling him he was waving his fee for being there because of the situation. That impressed me as I know that John flies his own plane to each event. He told the promoter he believed what the promoter was doing was worthwhile and not to get discouraged. Another image was of this top Christian group that everyone wanted to see driving up in a huge tractor trailer with the name of the band emblazoned on the on the side. They took one look at the facilities and where they were to perform and freaked. They refused to do their show. They said without their stage show it they couldn’t perform. It was all about the show. When asked if they could scale it back a bit, they were insulted and left. We later saw that they had booked into the same hotel I was staying and were spending their time playing pool. The next day the Imperials showed up with and equally big stage show. For them it was no problem to scale back and perform and they were very gracious about it.

Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with a good show. The problem arises is when the medium becomes more important than the message. When people focus more on the performer than on the message they are supposed to be conveying. It makes me really squeamish when I hear young girls screaming as they used to at Beatles concerts at Christian concerts. What bothers me even more is to see these performers soak it up instead of telling them that it is Christ they should be worshipping.

I also have trouble with many of the young female singers that have come on the Christian music scene. Many of their vocals are breathy and sensual. I find little difference between the way they sing and those that are in the world.

It is not easy. Many of the Christian labels are owned by secular companies which put pressure on them to sell CD’s. Contemporary Christian music has become a very lucrative market. It is very easy to become caught up in the glamour and attention you get. You need to be strongly grounded in the Word and your relationship with Christ to stand strong. So many of the singers out there started off singing in churches, but the pull of the world was too strong for them. Research for yourself where Brittany Spears, Whitney Housten, Beyonce Knowles, and Jessica Simpson got their starts. Where is their faith today and what kind of answer will they have to give to God for the way they used what He gave them?

In 1986 I made a recording called "All For Him". I enjoyed the attention I received. I loved hearing my music on the radio or seeing my name on posters or billboards. In reality it was not "All For Him" as much as it was "All For Me". Nowadays I’d rather run and hide then take any kind of glory from my Lord Jesus Christ.

Worship alone belongs to the Lord and we never should give that worship to something that is created. Not even the angels will accept worship and we were created just a little lower than them. Ask John what happened when he tried to kneel at an angels feet.

And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." Revelation 19:10

If you are a worship leader, a musician or a singer, remember He is the one who has given you your talents. He gave them to you to glorify Him. Never your self. Don’t let others exalt you. Always point to Christ. He alone is worthy of glory. 

Worship – Abandonment


PRAISE THE Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in the heavens of His power!

Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to the abundance of His greatness!

Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with lute and harp!

Praise Him with tambourine and [single or group] dance; praise Him with stringed and wind instruments or flutes!

Praise Him with resounding cymbals; praise Him with loud clashing cymbals!

Let everything that has breath and every breath of life praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!

(Hallelujah!) Psalm 150 (AMP)

Many of us have our preconceived notions about worship. Many of us have been taught that this is how it needs to be. Three hymns and three choruses and keep it no longer than twenty to twenty-five minutes. Much of the way we worship comes from tradition and not from the Spirit. Oh, in the beginning it may have been, but it became more form than substance. Many churches have lost the excitement that God wants us to have in worship. It is not supposed to be something that is mundane or repetitive.

Matt Redman, in his book The Unquenchable Worshipper tells us how one of the Hebrew words for praise is hallal. It means to be clamorously foolish or mad before the Lord. It is the root of the word hallelujah. He says that; " In a reasons to be passionate competition, the church of God should come first; yet too often we find ourselves lagging way behind in this area. Isn’t it time we saw a bit more holy mayhem in our worship?"

During the recent world cup soccer event we saw just how passionate people can get about things. People got painted up and wave all kinds of banners on behalf of their national teams. The Italians are still driving around in this city with flags and banners on their vehicles. And yet put these same people in a church if they are Christians they have a real problem with having any kind of excitement in worship.

Matt goes on to say; "I’m pretty guilty of this myself, to be honest, I could blame it on my personality, but deep down I know that isn’t the whole story. Now and again comes a glimpse of a greater freedom in worship. One night when I was 15 years old’ we were having our normal Friday night youth meeting. But during the songs of worship God really got of my heart in a fresh way, and I felt I could explode with love for Him. I was desperate to somehow let this worship out. But singing didn’t feel like enough, and I’ve never really got on with dancing, so it really didn’t occur to me that dancing was a viable option either! Becoming frantic for a way to release my worship, I hurried out of church, forgetting to put on my shoes on, and ran around the parking lot for ten minutes. I must have looked like an idiot. But at that time I couldn’t have cared less. I wasn’t bothered who saw me or how weird it all looked. I was before God – and God alone. As Oswald Chambers says’ "The consequence of abandonment never enters into our outlook, because our lives are so taken up with Him"

We get so caught up with Him in love and wonder that we forget what others might think and we throw ourselves into God’s pleasure. I long for more of those times – seasons where my heart is so consumed with Jesus that abandoned worship floods out in extreme ways."

I have come to realize that in truth, I am not the worship leader and neither is the pastor. It is the Holy Spirit and Him alone that needs to have control. He needs to be the leader and conductor of everything we do in worship. I am just His instrument and He can do with me what He wills.

In our church’s abandonment to the Holy Spirit in our church, things have changed. To some it may shock. To others God will lead you to worship in a different way. Our worship has taken on color and beauty. We get excited about coming into it on Sunday mornings. We move the chairs out of the way, take out banners and sing, dance, jump, twirl and shout and there is an awesome sense of God’s glory that enters into our midst. The worship can last from up to an hour. We want to come to that place of total abandonment in all things relating to our King. If He wants to lead us to worship until there is no longer any strength in our bodies, then so be it. He is worth it.

Get excited in worshipping Jesus. He is the greatest person who has ever walked the face of the earth and He done things that no other could. He conquered death and the grave and He purchased us with His blood. What could be more exciting than that. If we can cheer sports teams and athletes for their accomplishments and act like fools when they win, how much more for Christ. Let’s worship with that wild abandonment we find in hallal.

HALLELUJAH!!!! THE LORD HE REIGNS!!!!

 

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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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Strange Fire


Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu put coals of fire in their incense burners and sprinkled incense over it. In this way, they disobeyed the LORD by burning before him a different kind of fire than he had commanded. So fire blazed forth from the LORD’s presence and burned them up, and they died there before the LORD. Then Moses said to Aaron, "This is what the LORD meant when he said, `I will show myself holy among those who are near me. I will be glorified before all the people.’ " And Aaron was silent. Leviticus 10:1-3

Nadab and Abihu were sons of Aaron. They had been anointed as priests by God and had accompanied Moses partway up Mount Sinai and had seen God. In an act of disobedience they took fire from another source other than God’s alter and for this reason, God consumed them. They had been taught by their father all they needed to know to be a priest. They knew the correct way of offering incense, so what caused them to do this? It is not told us. Perhaps it was pride, drunkenness, or just plain stupidity we don’t know. It could be that because they were sons of the high priest that they thought they were immune to God’s punishment. Basically, they had mocked God’s holiness with their presumption and that was their sin.

Today so many in the body of Christ want to be in positions of leadership. They want to involved in one of the glamour ministries such as being a pastor, teacher, prophet, evangelist, apostle, worship leader, singer, etc. Many don’t understand the cost that is involved with being in one of these positions. They want the prestige. When a person is called to one of these positions they are called to a separated life, a holy life. God always confirms your calling through 2 or 3 witnesses. To presume that you are called without that is a dangerous thing. James 1:3 says "Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged by God with greater strictness." Christians in these potions are held to a greater accountability as they are the leaders and can cause many to stumble if they fall. To presume that God won’t punish you for sin if you are in a position such as these, is sure to bring strong judgement. A number years ago there was a well known televangelist that preached holiness. One day it was discovered that he had been meeting with a prostitute at a motel. His ministry came crashing down very quickly. He later confessed that he believed he was immune and presumed that God would not judge him. He was offering up strange fire in his meetings. Many fell away because of his sin. You can not be in a position of leadership without a holy walk. To presume otherwise will bring you to nothing but destruction.

 

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Choose to Worship


Why is it, when we as Christians come into God’s house we have trouble worshipping Him? After all that He has done for us, after all He has given us, we either refuse to worship or else do it half hearted. As a worship leader this hurts, because I know how much He has done for us. He went all the way to the cross for us and we can’t even give Him an half hour of worship on Sunday.

Every single child of God is called to worship Him. Not just the musicians or worship leader. We as musicians are not putting on a show for the congregation and if we are, we will be subject to judgement. Worship should be corporate, meaning the whole body should take part. If one part is not worshipping than the whole body feels it.

There is nothing I enjoy more in life than worshipping Him. I have led worship in front of congregations numbering in the hundreds and in my memory I can still see those who would call themselves Christians standing there with their arms folded, daring me to impress them with a new song that tickled their feelings. The worship leader cannot force you to worship. You need to worship whether you feel like it or not. Many times other gods, the god of self, the god of money, the god of unforgiveness, etc… distract us. You have to make the choice to worship them or worship your Creator and no one can make it for you. God has given you a free will and will never force you to worship Him. God is seeking those who will worship Him in spirit (worship is spiritual and is necessary in the Christian walk. It is an exercise that causes growth) and in truth (Your heart must be right and your worship should never be pretentious. The object of your worship should be Jesus). John 4:24.

Paul said in Romans 12:1; "Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship." (NASV) and in 1Corinthians 6:19-20; "Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s." (NKJV) Both these verses speak of our duty to worship as Christians. We need to give our all in worship. Not only on Sunday’s but every single moment of our lives, holding nothing back. Worship is giving your best to God in every area of your life. When you do this, coming into the praise and worship in the house of the Lord is something that you look forward to with excitement. Imagine as I do, every heart, every voice, and every hand raised in worship. Do you realize the power that would come in to a service like that? Give your best in worship to Christ our Lord. Choose this day to worship Him. He deserves nothing less than your best.

 

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