This week I want to write something about a friend of mine named Chris Bolor Batkhuyag in Mongolia. He recently emailed me and shared his heart and what God revealed to him about worship. Chris is a worship leader, and he desires to move in the prophetic. I have mentored many a worship leader, but I have to say, very few catch the true vision of worship as Chris has. I have already written about prophetic worship, but he asked me specifically how to hone that skill. My first response was,“You must be in the Word of God, and you must know the Word of God.” When I received an email from him this week he was overjoyed to share with me what God revealed to him. He said, “Jane, God showed me that we are to praise HIM at all times, and that worship is War+Ship!”
Wow---that was a powerful statement, and I have to say I have been pondering on his words for the better part of the day. Anyone who is a worship leader knows the spiritual warfare that takes place in the midst of praise and worship. This is mainly because the enemy hates for God’s children to exalt the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and to declare victory over this present darkness.
Ephesians 6: 12 says, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
As a worship leader we should have three objectives:
•To lift up the Name of Jesus
•To humble ourselves before a Mighty God
•And to destroy the work of the enemy.
Many a naïve Christian soldier has yet to reconcile that they have a relentless enemy who is determined to stop them from relinquishing their devotion to the One True God. You can bury your head in the sand, but it does not make the battle disappear. Many a commanding officer has one objective, and that is to win the battle! If we as commanding officers in uniforms as worship leaders approach the platform of praise and worship with the intent to win the battle, than we are setting ourselves up for a victory. If we enter the platform of praise and worship in our own strength and lack humility, we are overcome by the snares of the enemy, leaving God’s people void in the midst of worship. It is an awesome responsibility to lead God’s people in praise, and it should never be accomplished with arrogance or boastfulness. We must have the mindset that we are a “Warship”. Together, as the Body of Christ we cannot be penetrated by the darts of the enemy, and no weapon formed against us will be able to stand. Once the battle is won, the Word of God is received, and souls are saved, people are set free, the lame walk, the blind see…etc.
Leading worship is not for wimps. So remember worship (warship) leader, to put on the Armor of God and to realize that your position in the Body of Christ is to equip, support, encourage, and lead other worshippers into spiritual warfare every time you gather together. If you maintain that attitude, you will remain successful in your ministry and every other area of your life.
About the Author
Jane Morin is an international speaker, worship leader, Bible teacher, and award-winning author. Her latest re-release, The Weapons Of Our Warfare is now available on Kindle Books! Learn how to fight the "fight of faith" effectively and snatch up your copy today!