First of all, I would like to apologize for the problem with the link yesterday. I believe that is fixed now.

Most of my ministry career, I have been a worship leader. I have also been assistant pastor at a few churches. I have been blessed to have led worship on stage with R. W. Shambach. I also led worship for 3000 at Heritage USA.  During my 30 years of leading worship, I have seen the good and the bad. I have seen powerful worship and powerless attempts.

As I was leading worship in a tent meeting years ago, the convicting power of God was so strong that people driving by would slam on their brakes, abandon their cars on the road, and run into the tent seeking salvation. I do not say this to “toot my own horn.” I long for those days again, when worship is directed heavenward and God answers with His presence and power. It has been many years since I have seen this. Over the next few days, I will get into scriptural reasons that create this atmosphere.

What I have seen evolving in most churches lately is what I call, “The show”. It is more of a concert and less like worship. It seems that we are taking our queues from the world instead of leading them.  I have heard that if you go in ‘too deep’ that you will offend people. It has been my experience that when God shows up in a service and meets needs, you will not need to try to draw people. People are hungry for a real experience with God. It is too bad that the church as a whole is not delivering.

Here is the first thing to know as a worship leader: The only person ever kicked out of heaven was the worship leader (Lucifer) and that was for the sin of pride. The devil still tempts worship leaders with this sin of pride and it still produces the same results: taking the worship leader out of the presence of God. The congregation will only go in as deep as the worship leader is willing to go. If, for pride’s sake, the worship leader holds back his worship, the result will be a powerless service that sets nobody free.

You see, God hates pride. He is the only one worthy of praise and he will not share that with anyone.

Isa. 42:8 I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, Neither my praise to graven images.

Do not attempt to take God’s glory in any way, shape or form. Doing so will force Him to take his anointing off of you while you are ministering. He will allow you do your own thing, but, if you are seeking worship that carries the anointing to break yokes (Isa. 10:27) Then you must seek to give Him all the glory.

These posts over the next few days will not be only for worship leaders. We will be looking into the type of worshiper that God is looking for in John 4:23.

But for today, remember that God hates pride and arrogance. He will not use either of these to draw people to Him.

Proverbs 8:13 – KJV – The fear of the LORD is to hate  evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

 Isa. 66:2 But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite sprit, and who trembles at My word.

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