bridge to prosperityJeremiah 29:11-13
For I know the plans I have for you, ‘declares the LORD,’ plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

If God says he has plans to prosper you and not to harm you, you should be able to trust him. Yet so often we want to take control of our life rather than handing control of it to Him, and when we do this with saying in a sense, “God, I simply can’t trust you.”

As worship leaders many of us would be familiar with this verse, and we recognize that God has a plan to prosperous and give us a hope and a future. It is one thing to quote this first on stage as we lead worship, but it is another thing to live our life in a way that declares its truth.

In ministry, we’ll often very tempted to take matters into our own hands, and make decisions that we hope will further our ministry without ever really praying or consulting God. We look at this verse in isolation and say to ourselves, ”God will prosper me in whatever I choose to do.” However, when you look at the verse in context, this is not what God is saying!

God is explaining that He has a plan to prosper us, and that it’s a wonderful plan that will give us a hope and a future. But in the very next two verses, the Lord instructs us to call upon Him, pray and seek him with all our heart. These calls to action are probably more important than the promises we love to quote when we are leading worship.

I believe that the Lord does have a plan and purpose for your life, a plan to prosper you and not to harm you, a plan to give you a hope and a future. You will discover this plan when you call on Him, pray to Him and seek Him with all your heart because when you seek the Lord like that, your will is conformed to His will and He can truly lead you into a wonderful and prosperous future!

True forgiveness1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Jesus has promised that if we confess our sins we will be forgiven.  The fact that my sins are forgiven is one of the great motivating factors in my worship leading, because I cannot fail to worship every hour of every day the One who has forgiven my sins and purify my heart.

The problem is that, even though most of his sins are forgiven, we often revisit them! The devil is quick to dredge up old sins and parade them about in front of us! We often say, “Forgive and forget,” but the honest truth is that forgiveness is easy, but forgetting is a hard part.

If we continue to revisit old sins our effectiveness as worship leaders will be greatly compromised. Our relationship with the Lord will also be compromised, so whatever we have done in the past, however bad or nasty sins have been, we need to confess them, hand them over to God and trust him to deal with them as we move on into the future he has for us!

I love what Corrie Ten Boom said: “God throws our sins into the sea of His forgetfulness, and He puts up a sign saying, ‘NO FISHING’!”

So if you want to be a more effective worship leader, don’t let the Devil drags us old sins out in front of your eyes time and time again! Confess them, throw them in the sea of the Lord’s forgetfulness, drop your fishing pole and move on to the great destiny for you as you serve Him!

Nehemiah 1:11
How badly do you want itLord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favour in the presence of this man. ‘

How much do you want success in your worship leading? We say we want to be successful as worship leaders, but if we look deep within we will recognize that we are only prepared to go so far to achieve our goals. We might as well pray, “Lord, give me success as long as I don’t have to pay too much for it!”

Nehemiah also prayed for success, but he was prepared to put his money where his mouth wants as far as stepping out in faith. By going before the king it was taking a huge chance, but he was soon removed and sent desperate to successful he’s people he was prepared to pay any price!

What about you? Are you prepared to pay any costs to be successful in your chosen ministry? How bad do you want it? Are you prepared to train, are you prepared to practice, are you prepared to devote time and money to achieve the success you seek? If you put the effort into training, serving and learning, and if you step out in faith trusting God to do as He has promised, then he will crown your efforts with success.

I want a new Lamborghini. I can just see myself cruising down the road in this exquisite vehicle. And it is not beyond my reach! If I’m prepared to sell my home, my car, my business and possibly my children, I can have a new Lamborghini. The thing is, as nice as that would be, I just don’t want to that badly. It just doesn’t mean that much to me.

So if you truly want success as a worship leader, put time and effort into training and into your personal relationship with the Lord, and trust him to crown your efforts with success!

what has happened to your joyGalatians 4:15
What has happened to all your joy?

Paul asks a good question of the Galatians, and I think it is a great question for us worship leaders today… what has happened to your joy?

Joy is something we need more of across the Body of Christ, and especially in seemingly successful churches!  Sometimes we have so many great programs and get so busy, that somewhere along the way we lose the joy we are supposed to have.  And in most churches, this is especially true of worship leaders!

With rehearsals, practices, teaching, rosters, preparation for services and one on one meetings with team members, a worship leader’s life can be pretty full.  Yes it is all necessary, and yes it is a great way to serve the Lord in your ministry, but I confess, with all the pressures of life I sometimes lose the joy.  So how can we not neglect our calling and service, but rediscover the joy that may have faded in our lives?

I always start in my devotional times, because that is the greatest joy of my walk with God.  Take the time to really press into Him, not for a revelation or even inspiration.  Don’t have any ulterior motives at all, just spend time with Him because you love Him and take the time to rest in Him.

Next, rediscover the joy of playing or singing music.  Put your favourite song on loud and sing or play, jam with a friend or just relax with headphones on and disappear into the world or music. There is nothing quite like playing an awesome riff or hitting that special note, is there?

Take the time to rest and enjoy the gifts and ministries the Lord has given you, and you will find that joy which is easily lost in the hustle and bustle of ministry life!

Here’s the next installment in our devotions for the worship leader…

Psalm 25:4

Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths.

decision-making-worship leaderCorrect decision making is critical for  a worship leader as it is for any leading in the church, and frankly most people don’t get it right!  We face many decisions in our lives, with some being big like getting married or moving cities, and some being small such as buying shoes or deciding what to eat.  So how do you make Godly decisions and get it right time and time again.

 

[simpleazon-image align=”left” asin=”B0078XPTE4″ locale=”us” height=”200″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51hjNo2pcSL.jpg” width=”114″]This verse assumes a couple of things.  It assumes that God has a way, a path He has already chosen for us.  And it assumes He wants to lead us along this path.  We may not know what the future holds, but we can always know Who holds our future!

 

So when it comes to decision making, as a worship leader or in any aspect of life where you face major decision, we need to do several things…

 

  1. Ask God.  We must pray and earnestly ask the Lord what we should do, being ready and willing to receive it whether it be what we want or not!
  2. Seek godly advice.  Ask someone you respect in the Lord for their advice, not your best mate at the football club or a girlfriend at work!
  3. Wait on God.  We need to wait for the Lord, not rush in without Him.  He does have a greater understanding than we do, so if He waits, so should we. However, we should also…
  4. Take action.  Start moving, but make sure you allow God to direct your steps.  Remember, the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord (Psalm 37:23).  It is easier to steer a ship that is moving because the rudder can bite, but a stationary ship can lose direction.
  5. Ask for Scripture confirmation.  This is increasingly a big one for me!  If I am to make a big decision, I want Scripture to support it.  Not something I have concocted to fit my circumstance, but something from my devotional time which is miraculous and speaks to my spirit.  If I have this, I can stand against any foe and keep believing!

So if you face decisions, trust the Lord and work through the above action plan.  If you feel God is calling you in a certain direction, and all of these line up, then you are on a winner!  If these are only partially there, then you need to wait and ask God for the rest before you dive in.

Remember, worship leader, whatever decision you face, God has a plan and a direction for you, so relax and trust Him!

Worship Leader PodcastThis pod will blow you away, and change your life!  The guys share their hearts about how, when and where they spend their personal devotion time with the Lord, and even reveal the best material that you can use to have your devotions.

 

If you want to supercharge your anointing on a Sunday, then get close to God daily, and this is the worship leader podcast that will show you how to do it!

So kick back, open your heart and listen to what the gang have to share on this pivotal subject.  You can learn

  • How to spend time every day with the Lord
  • Where to have your Quiet Times and when
  • What you can use as material, from online Bibles to daily devotionals

AND A WHOLE LOT MORE!

This worship leading podcast is going to make you look at your walk with God, and make sure that the person your church sees singing and leading worship on Sunday morning is the same person the Lord meets with every day.

 

[simpleazon-image align=”left” asin=”1591451884″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Ln-2qy-ZL._SL160_.jpg” width=”109″]And don’t forget, you could download lots of pods without spending a dime either from this site, or you may download without spending a dime from iTunes, or subscribe to it to make sure you don’t miss any episode ever!  Nearly every week there’s a special edition of this pod coming at you, so subscribe on iTunes and be part of our worship leader community.  And if you like us, and I hope many of you do, PLEASE LEAVE A REVIEW so iTunes knows that we’re helping you along!   Whether you are driving to work, mowing the lawn or simply chilling out (maybe with a nice cup of tea!), let us teach you, brighten up your day and maximize the use of the time you have got for the Lord!
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OK, it is going to take you some time, but you will definitely get some ideas about all aspects of worship leading, how to help your voice, manage your band, and a whole host of other things (and also have a few laughs).  Or, save yourself the trouble and buy the Worship in a Nutshell package, so you can get the best information ready to apply now in your church.  It costs a small amount, but boy it saves you quite a lot of time learning!!!

 

 

worship leader podcastThis hard-hitting worship leader podcast asks the direct and slightly uncomfortable question, “You look great on Sunday, but what about the other 6 days?”

Is what you show the congregation on Sunday the real you, or is it something you dress up and reveal to the crowd, then put away for the week?  Are you the same person in your devotions, with your family, in your job or at your Bible Study as you are on stage?

This worship leader podcast shows you how to live a righteous life on and off the stage!

[simpleazon-image align=”none” asin=”B002VYI09G” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51rcCoONmlL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]And that’s what serving the Lord should be about.  You need to have integrity on and off the stage, you need to treat people well and honour God in every aspect of your life, not just when you are up in front of the crowd!  Jesus condemned the Pharisee in Luke 18, so how can we have any questions as to how He feels about us if what people see in front of them on stage is not reflecting the reality of our walk with Jesus.  This pod, open and honest, is a ‘must listen to’ if you really mean business with God, and if you want your worship leading career to rise to new heights in the Lord!

 

And don’t forget, it is possible to download lots of pods totally free either from this site, or it is easy to download free of charge from iTunes, or subscribe to it which means you don’t miss any episode ever!  Nearly every week there is a special edition of this pod coming at you, so subscribe on iTunes and be part of our worship leader community.  If you like us, and I hope the majority of you do, PLEASE LEAVE A REVIEW so iTunes knows that we’re helping you along!   Whether you are driving to work, mowing the lawn or simply chilling out (maybe with a nice cup of tea!), let us teach you, brighten up your entire day and maximize the use of the time you have got for the Lord!

Click Here to Subscribe to your Worship Leader Podcast Now!

Or type this into your browser: http://www.buzzsprout.com/3378.rss
Or, if you are really keen to understand more about all aspects of worship leading, from managing your team to arranging your songs, from discovering how to worship lead with a small band to conditioning your voice, plus a bunch of other tips and techniques, check out the full list of  Worship Leader Podcasts, so you can hear all of them!!!

OK, it would take you a while, but you will certainly get some ideas about all aspects of worship leading, how to help your voice, manage your band, and a whole host of other things (and still have quite a few laughs).  Or, save yourself the trouble and buy the Worship in a Nutshell package, so you are able to get the best information ready to apply right now with your church.  It costs a bit, but boy it saves you a lot of time learning!!!