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Our churches are filled with broken people that have real hurts. Others keep coming through the doors in denial, thinking that everything is well and that they can just “phone in” their worship by showing up at church once a week, usually right before the teaching. How can we, as leaders, facilitate worship that breaks through great pain and denial to help people connect with God, who is waiting to embrace them with open arms? Could it be that we need a better understanding of the sheer magnitude of the power of God and the endless possibilities it brings?

When we worship God together at church, we connect with the Creator of the Universe and the power that raised Jesus from the dead! It’s also amazing that huge miracles were achieved by just a few words. “Let there be light.” Boom. “Lazarus, come out!” Raised from the dead. “Quiet. Be still.” No more storm. When the words are backed by the incredible power of God, not much needs to be said for miracles to happen. What if this applied to our Sunday services and the songs that we lead? We should get excited about the potential of our worship times and realize what may happen when we give ourselves to His service and really lead our churches into worshiping Him.

Spiritual warfare is a real thing, and worship is our weapon. The Bible calls us to pray for outward events all the way up to world leaders, but the real battles often rage on within us. People in the church struggle with fear, loneliness, rejection, pride, discouragement and many other burdens God promises to free us from. We, the worship leaders, are no exception to the rule. How many times have you stepped on the stage struggling with your challenges and emotions and struggled through your set? May I humbly suggest that we use worship as the weapon against all of it by inviting God to visit us by His power through our worship times, both alone and during our Sunday services? Just imagine what it can do to our worst enemies:

Fear – The acronym False Evidence Appearing Real sums up the smokescreen of fear. The enemy uses the lie of fear to beat us into submission, but God’s power is much greater than the sum of all our fears. Worshiping God will fill us with assurance about God’s power and presence in our lives, helping us to learn to trust Him and let go of our fears.

Discouragement – Worship fills us with a sense of purpose that goes way beyond what we do. We all have dreams, and having to wait for years is hard. Knowing that God will move in His good time and filling our waiting time with praise and worship is the right response of trusting Him. Nothing we do will move that date, imagine how much better your life can be when you accept it and enjoy His presence while you’re waiting!

Fatigue – Living water, anyone? Let God fill you with His power as you rest and worship Him privately so you will be able to lead others to Him and have the energy when you’re required to give to others. When life gets you down, pray for His power to help you through, step aside and watch Him draw people to Himself as you lead worship.

Pride – How can we remain prideful in our negligible achievements, when He merely spoke a few words, and by His gigantic power everything came to be? Worship helps us release our pride and submit to God as we get an understanding on who God really is.

Satan – With all his strategies, strength, stealing, killing and destroying, he is still no match to the one who created everything, including him. Worship gives us perspective to rise above our circumstances and see that ALL THINGS work for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). God’s power is stronger.

The list is longer, but you get the idea. There is no enemy that is more powerful than God. When we connect with His power by surrendering to Him in worship, He receives our offering of humility and gives us His favor just as His Word promises in James 4:6, “As the Scriptures say, ‘God opposes the proud but favors the humble.'”

It’s time to go into battle once again with God’s power on our side, and remember that worship is power.  Spend rich times in private worship of God and let Him fill you with the power that has no equal. Be praying about what you, your team, your congregation, your city and your nation are going through. Write it down, and either find or write songs that address those very issues with God’s truth. You will arm your church with power that will blow burdens, obstacles and resistance into smithereens!

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2 Responses to “Worship = Power”

  1. 1. Great encouragement. Love your writing style.

    2. This statement: Spiritual” warfare is a real thing, and worship is our weapon…” Are there some scriptures you can point us to that you had in mind when writing this? Some passages that could be some strong memorization ammo for us to keep warm?

    3. I love that passage in Romans 8; speaking of trials and future glory…

    Romans 8:28-30 ESV

    And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
    For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
    And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

    Amen.

  2. Hello Mike, and thanks so much for your comment! So blessed to be a part of The Church Collective and have the opportunity to share some things learned on this journey of leading worship.

    Great question about the verses regarding spiritual warfare and worship as a weapon. David’s psalms have a lot of moments where his discouragement was turned into joy and victory through worship. A good example is Psalms 13, where his desperation ends up with a statement of faith and trust. Then in Psalms 18, David thanks God after He delivered him from king Saul and brought him from desperation to victory. Verse 3 is a great statement, just imagine praying it in faith when you’re going through the fire, “I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.” The whole story of the walls of Jericho is a testimony of the power of worship, where a spiritually dark enemy was brought down by shouts of worship and obedience to God.

    Paul’s statement about fighting against evil spirits and authorities in Ephesians 6:12 is so true, we see people battling discouragement, fear and other lies constantly. Putting on God’s armor is in all details a part of our worship to Him, as it focuses us on His salvation, righteousness, faith, truth, etc. They’re some of the cornerstones of a life of worship! I love that you brought up memorizing verses, because they make all the difference in the war. Saying them out loud as prayers are worship just as much as singing them in songs. They are the key to winning our battles!

    Blessings and thanks.

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