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My name is Jay and I am a dynamic, articulate, and artistic Administrator & Instructor with 15+ years of professional experience as an art coordinator, music teacher, worship pastor and director of fine art. I have a proven and highly recognized track record of accomplishments in implementing music applications with both theory and practice, personalizing individual and group music lessons, building a sense of art and music among the students, and enhancing practical music theory and worship applications. I possess strong interpersonal communication skills with the great ability to grow and excel in a fast-paced working environment.

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What is Prophetic Worship?

first….I am no expert. I only have my own personal experiences, other people’s experiences fond in stories, videos and books….and the Bible.

Here are my thoughts on Prophetic Worship.

Prophetic Worship is a combination of two concepts (1) the prophetic and (2) worship.

I like to break it down this way:

I believe the word prophetic is simply an adjective. It is a describing word.

For the purpose of this Prophetic Worship post, worship is being described as prophetic.

The Hebrew word for prophesy is naba. It’s phonetic spelling is nä·vä (nah-VAH). It means to speak or sing under divine inspiration.

Prophetic

The word prophetic even describes one of its associated roots: prophecy.

This word prophecy should not be confused with the word prophesy.

‘Prophecy’ is the noun (person, place or THING) result of the verb (action) ‘prophesy’.

I remember a very simple definition I heard once. I want to share it with you now. ….to ‘prophesy’ means to speak or sing under divine inspiration.

The Hebrew Language is generally accepted to be one of the seven oldest languages known to man. The Hebrew word for prophesy is naba. It’s phonetic spelling is nä·vä (nah-VAH). Once again, it means to speak or sing under divine inspiration.

 

 

 

Growing as a Prophetic Singer -by Anna Blanc: Book Review

At the time of this post, I am 44 years old. Ever since I was about 21, I have been fascinated by the idea of the prophetic. I have wondered so many times about ‘this thing’ called prophetic music.

I have even questioned myself… am I a prophetic person? Am I a prophetic artist? Am I a prophetic singer? How does this idea of prophetic music fit into the local church? If I am prophetic, what are the boundaries for this gift and calling of being prophetic musically?

The book by Anna Blanc provides a true and practical piece of the ‘prophetic-singer’ puzzle that is sitting on the coffee table of my purpose.

Let’s get into our Worship Leader Review of Anna Blanc’s book called  Growing as a Prophetic Singer

  • Total pages: 113
  • Shortest chapter length 14 pages
  • Longest chapter length 6 pages
  • Personal Stories & Scriptural Examples
  • first published 2013

Chapter Titles

  1. Using This Book
  2. Possessing a Biblical Vision for Prophetic Singing
  3. Countering Comparison, Envy, and Pride
  4. Remaining Faithful in Hiddenness
  5. Developing through Demotion
  6. Passing the Test of Promotion
  7. Facing Fear
  8. Knowing Three Truths
  9. Singing the Word
  10. Pursuing Excellence
  11. Not Quitting

Quotes about Prophetic Singing

Here are a few quotes from this book:

  • You are not the first to taste the thrill of standing in worship as a vessel of the Lord
  • Comparison is the poisonous weed that takes out brand new singers
  • It is a delusion to think that, if you are called by God to minister as a singer, your ministry will be very public and valued by many
  • Talents does not ‘wow’ God, and crowds do not move Him
  • The Lord is not looking to increase our comfort, but our righteousness
  • As the Lord increases your gifting or gives you a greater ministry platform, it is for the profit of His body
  • The one opinion that matters and the only correct evaluation of you is what the Lord thinks
  • Justice is making wrong things right
  • If we do not know the word we have nothing to sing
  • If you do not practice, you will not move forward

Singing the Word

My favorite chapter in this book is titled Singing the Word. This chapter does a great job at outlining the practice of opening the bible and singing the scriptures.

“The Bible is the most valued resource to the prophetic singer.” 

Anna clearly gives the job description of the prophetic singer, which simply sing the word.

“Our job as prophetic singers is to gain an understanding of the Word, know it in our hearts, live it in our lives, open our mouths to sing it.” 

I like the idea that Anna Blanc shares about us being little libraries of His Word with its many books hidden in our hearts.

I really enjoyed the practicality of this chapter. (1) put reading and meditation upon the word into your schedule (2) map out how you will spend the time studying Gods word

some helpful suggestions:

  • try reading large portions of scripture in one sitting (10 Chapters)
  • try bringing your focus and meditation slowly on the Holy Spirit who lives inside you as he leads you to one  or two verses
  • choose a passage, book or topic and study with resources such as commentaries

Envy -The Enemy Within by Bob Sorge

Envy Insults God. Songwriter and Worship leader David Baroni.
Envy Insults God. Songwriter and Worship leader David Baroni.

Envy almost influenced me to walk away from what I do best. Envy is a subtle and powerful weapon of darkness. If I am not careful, I will casually let envy erode the confidence and clear conscience needed to bring fulfillment in the plans and will of God for my life.

The book by Bob Sorge is a great exploration of the destructive poison of the spirit of envy.

Let’s get into our Worship Leader Review of Bob Sorge’s book called  Envy -The Enemy Within

  • Total pages: 150
  • Shortest chapter length 26 pages
  • Longest chapter length 8 pages
  • Personal Stories & Scriptural Examples
  • first published 2003

Chapter Titles

  1. The Most Common Problem that Nobody Has
  2. What is Envy?
  3. The Brothers
  4. The Great Talent Showdown
  5. Why Revival Tarries
  6. The Cross: Death of Envy
  7. Perceiving the “Measure of Grace”
  8. The Envy Detour: Death or Destiny
  9. Rooted in Love

Quotes about Praise

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Bob Sorge’s book Envy; The Enemy Within:

  • Envy is the internal pain we feel over someone else’s success
  • Envy is the Natural by-product of being favored by God – Michael Cavanaugh
  • It’s the tallest tree that gets hit by lightning
  • Envy is always an issue with the brothers
  • No amount of practice can give you a gift you haven’t received from God
  • There is always somebody more talented than you
  • When revival hits two things typically begin to gather in abundance; people and money
  • God protects power with problems
  • My goal is to be known in Heaven
  • The best antidote for envy is the pursuit of the knowledge of the love of Christ

The Great Talent Showdown

My favorite chapter in this book is titled The Great Talent Showdown. This chapter contributes to a deeper understanding of the parable Jesus Christ shared regarding the talents found in the book of  Matthew 25:14-30

…each according to his own ability. Matthew 25: 15 

Bob concludes that when it comes to the ministry of music, one’s level of giftedness becomes so measurable, you can almost put a numerical value on it.

I also like this idea that Bob brings to light; It might be tempting to look at someone else with more gifts than you and envy what they have; but the truth is that if you had their level of gifting, you could potentially suffer quick burnout and utter frustration. Your ‘ability’ may not be meant to handle it.

Having said that, I like that Bob points out that you can only work with what giftings and talents god gives you, but you can also multiply them!

Bob Sorge has also included Mike Bickle’s perspective on talents. The more talent and giftedness a person is,  more publicly and visually expressed towards a more prominent public platform.

And finally, when it comes to leadership, I like this thoughtful illustration Bob makes explain the various talents given by The Lord:

“If the level of excellence in the worship ministry (and other ministries) doesn’t grow with the church, the growth of the churchwill level off and will plateau according to the level of giftedness among its leaders.”  -Bob Sorge

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” ― Rabindranath Tagore

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”  – Rabindranath Tagore

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”  ― Rabindranath Tagore.. Art design by Jay Bryan Sandifer, worshiparts.
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
― Rabindranath Tagore

Prophetic Worship Dreams

Praise Him by Susanna Katherine. Prophetic Worship Dreams. Jay Bryan Sandifer
Praise Him by Susanna Katherine. Prophetic Worship Dreams. Jay Bryan Sandifer

Again. Another dream about worship. These worship dreams are becoming a regular part of my deep quest for that longing to be enjoyed by God.

The feelings of uncertainty prohibited my confidence to lead. I was there to lead. It took several uncomfortable moments for me to focus as I searched for my purpose to connect and lead those around me. It was as If I was air dropped into the middle of an urgent rescue mission.

The people needed me to lead them, but I was not sure where they were in their relationship worship journey, I was not sure what they were used to.

The dark and cloudy atmosphere I could see with my natural eye was shrouding the direct light and worship energy which was expectant of my contribution, but because I felt new to this particular circumstance, I could not lock in immediately.

My confidence was being hindered by an apprehension that they may not follow me quick enough. I had to quickly [on demand] push through my emotional feeling of inadequacy. and find my strength to lead. I had to lead the way I knew I could only lead. I had to connect with them in a way they trust and respect the gift in me. The gift used by God to bring glory to his Name and expand his Kingdom. His deposit in me was the light for others to follow. The light connected with the light. My spirit connected with their spirit. We became unified in our song.

I woke up singing a melody to these words:

Let’ s shout it out.
Let’s shout it out.
Let’s shout the High Praises of God.

I can’t tell how many times I have woken out of sleep by the sounds of my own song leading. I just can’t help it.

Each dream is different in detail but always includes all the same components:

  • A platform.
  • A new original song.
  • An instrument.
  • A light in the darkness.
  • A large sea of faceless people. People I know are there, but I can’t see them.
  • And most importantly; an awakeningly intense feeling of Gods power and presence.

Have you ever had one of these types of worship dreams?

After having a dream like this…and becoming conscious and awake, I will make a quick voice recording of the song as sung in the dream. I know I have hundreds of song ideas, both lyrically and melodically, most of which have found their way into a recording of sorts….even as far back as ….THE cassette tape.

I would really enjoy hearing your prophetic worship dream.

Please share your prophetic worship dream in the comments below.

There’s Dynamite in Praise by Don Gossett: Book Review

Do you know the seven characteristics of praise? There's Dynamite in Praise by Don Gossett
Do you know the seven characteristics of praise? There’s Dynamite in Praise by Don Gossett

I remember the first time reading about the difference between Praise AND worship. I was really fascinated by the contrast.

This book is all about the power of praise. There are several powerful theme scriptures running throughout the entire text. These scriptures weave a sound proposition that praise in not an option for us if we are to experience the fullness of God’s power, provision, and freedom on the earth.

Don Gossett was not raised in a Christian home. He accepted Christ as personal savior in a Baptist church. He began his preaching ministry in the Baptist churches.  He met and married Joy. Joy was raised in an old fashioned Pentecostal home. 

Let’s get into ourBook Review by Don Gossett called There’s Dynamite In Praise

  • Total pages: 128
  • Shorter Chapters
  • Personal Stories & Scriptural Examples
  • first published 1974

Chapter Titles

  1. How I discovered Praise Power
  2. Praising God Continually
  3. When All Else Fails, Try Praising
  4. So you’de Rather Praise in Private?
  5. First Praise – Then Increase
  6. Praise: The Key to Power
  7. The Attitude of Gratitude
  8. One Hundred Praise Scriptures
  9. Hallelujah Living
  10. Adventures in Praise

Quotes about Praise

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Don Gossett’s book There’s Dynamite in Praise:

  • The Baptists stand for baptism in water. The Pentecostals stand for baptism in fire. You get water and fire together and you get steam.
  • Prayer and praise are two wings of spiritual power.
  • He doesn’t require sacrifices for sin [Jesus took care of that], but he does require sacrifices of praise.
  • The true spirit of praise doesn’t drive people away; it attracts them.
  • Praise is God’s order. When all else fails, praise prevails.
  • True thanksgiving is not complete until it is expressed.
  • First praise then increase
  • Ingratitude extinguishes the light of God in your heart.
  • The more we praise Him, the more he blesses us.
  • Praise is the language of faith.

Praising God is the Secret to Having Increased Blessings in Your Life

My favorite chapter in this book is titled First Praise – Then Increase. This freedom chapter reveals the incredible and compelling idea that extra blessings may be contingent on our Praise.

May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. Then the earth will yield its harvests, and God, our God, will richly bless us. Yes, God will bless us, and people all over the world will fear him. Psalms 67: 5-7 NLT

I like this thoughtful illustration Don makes uses to contract our requests from our thanksgiving:

“There is a story that tells of two angels who came from heaven every morning and go on their rounds all day long. One is the Angel of Requests. The other is the angel of Thanksgiving. Each carries a basket. The basket belonging to the Angel of Requests is soon filled to overflowing, for everyone pours into it great handfuls of requests, but when the day is ended, the Angel of Thanksgiving has in its basket only two or three small contributions of gratitude.”  -Don Gossett

100 Praise Scriptures

This book also has some really nice teaching material:

  • 10 points in learning to praise God continually and practically
  • 7 characteristics of praise
  • 7 question’s to ask yourself about praise
  • 6 facts about the fruit of our lips
  • 100 scriptures to  be memorized (my favorite)
  • 5 reasons for lifting hands in praise

Delegation: How Others can Help You. Joshua 1:10,11

How did Joshua delegate
How did Joshua delegate

How to Inspire Others to Help You with Your Vision

You’ve got an amazing vision….an incredible dream. You know where you are going and you know how to get there. Now you are going to need to recruit some help to make it happen.

I like what Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States of America, says about delegated leadership,  “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” 

Top sales associate, motivational speaker and author of the book See You at The Top  Zig Ziglar shares a very simple,  profound and ancient concept. Some accept this ancient concept as a universal spiritual law.

“You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.” -Zig Ziglar

Delegation

Zig Ziglar’s quote sounds simple enough; work to help others get what they want and you will get what you want. hmmm

You may have come to know this idea as the law of ‘sowing and reaping’. Perhaps you may have chosen to know it as ‘karma’….or….quite rhetorically, ‘what goes around, comes around’.

It may be a bit of a stretch of the imagination to think that helping other people get what they want is a viable form of delegation…but let’s stretch for a moment.

What did Joshua do to delegate? Then Joshua gave orders to the officers of the people: “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your supplies ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan River and take the land the Lord your God is giving you.’ ” NCV

Joshua gave orders. Other versions say it this way:

  • He commanded
  • He instructed
  • He charged
  • He appointed

Joshua gave orders. He gave orders to the leaders of Israel.

Here is how delegation worked with Joshua. He simply issued a clear directive. He gave a short and quick order:

  • Go through the camp
  • Tell the people

Using the power of delegation, Joshua gave the entire nation of Isreal an expected timeline of three days. “Three days from now you will cross the Jordan River and take the land the Lord your God is giving you.”

Joshua communicated to the masses, by communicating first to his appointed leaders and officers.

Joshua knew God was giving the land to the people. It was not Joshua land, it was the peoples. Joshua was giving the people what they wanted…guess what, He got what he wanted too.

Knowing what to do next is a very important

Perhaps, right now…as you read these words, you are finding yourself in a particular circumstance which is producing a required response from you.

You have come to the end of something and now it is obvious and apparent that you must make some type of decision. It is now time to move forward…to move on. You know it’s time for that next step, but you are unclear of what it might be.

If this is you, I suggest a reminder of how to find out where you are going.

You must first know where you are going and how to get there before you can confidently delegate.