A painting is never finished – it simply stops in interesting places. -Paul Gardner.
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. Edgar Degas
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.
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
- How I discovered Praise Power
- Praising God Continually
- When All Else Fails, Try Praising
- So you’de Rather Praise in Private?
- First Praise – Then Increase
- Praise: The Key to Power
- The Attitude of Gratitude
- One Hundred Praise Scriptures
- Hallelujah Living
- 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
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
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.
Following the River
I began leading worship in the church in May 1992. I was 20 years old. It has been quite a journey. I have experienced many exciting things during my journey. I have had many encounters and many dreams and visions too. I remember hearing fun worship songs about The River.
I believe everything starts with a decision. The conception of my personal worship leading journey started with a decision.
Decisions are made from our encounter with circumstance. What happens to us requires a decision from us.
In 1992, I made an intentional decision to read and study truth.
Today, I still make this very important decision to read about truth, but…enough about me for now, let’s get into this little book by Bob Sorge called Following the River: A Vision for Corporate Worship
- Total pages: 78
- Short Chapters
- Personal Stories & Scriptural Examples
Quotes about Worship
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Bob Sorge’s book Following the River:
- Rivers don’t follow straight lines
- It’s not by song list, it’s not by service order, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts
- Just because you practiced the song, doesn’t mean it’s the right song for Sunday morning
- Preparation empowers you to deviate from your preparation
- It’s not a worship service until you find the river
- When worship’s tapestry is finished, everyone comes away with a clear understanding of what the Spirit is saying to the Church
- The war is between the old song and the new song
- In the vast majority of instances, the unthrottled power of worship is tapped and unlocked in the new song
- The wise worship leader will bring our of his or her storehouse songs new and old
Sea of Glass Worship
My favorite chapter in this book is titled Sea of Glass Worship. This enlightening chapter reveals the incredible and provoking idea that there are no worship leaders leading the worship around The Throne of God.
Referencing Revelation 14:1-2, we can gain a few detailed insights like the following from this little handbook for corporate worship:
“On the sea of glass, the great multitude is 100% proactively engaged in worship. There is no need for anyone to exhort them to wake up because a river of fire is flowing into their hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit, causing each member of the Bride of Christ to erupt with extravagant affections for the beloved Bridegroom. On the sea of glass, the great multitude has ownership of the worship. Nothing can extinguish their flame.” -Bob Sorge
The humor and wit of Bob Sorge are clearly identified:
“And I, John, beheld, and lo, a platform. And on the platform, a microphone, And at the microphone, a leader. And slightly behind the leader were four singers, each with a microphone. And the leader’s microphone was louder than theirs, And lo, I saw a keyboard. And guitars. And a drum set. And speakers. And the sound coming from the platform was so powerful that you couldn’t tell if anyone was singing. “
The Worship in Heaven
One final thought about this great little book…Bob presents a convincing thought about the primary differences between heaven’s worship and our worship today. take a look at his contrast.
“Heaven’s Worship is multitude driven; our worship is platform driven. To be successful, contemporary worship relies heavily upon the role of leaders and musicians to take us from commencement to completion.
When you look at the heavenly scenes of Revelation, you’ll notice there’s one thing curiously absent from heaven’s worship-a worship leader.”
The worshippers of heaven do not need anyone telling them to lift their hands. There is no need for someone to say, “everyone sing…let me hear ya say, ‘Praise the Lord’, or Worship Him now.”
If you click on the image below, you should find a few options available for you to purchase this book if you like.
Baby Steps To Walking
Babies learn to walk one step at a time, don’t they? They learn in a progression of sequential steps. I like how the Developmental Motor Milestones Chart explains this process of learning to walk. The infant follows this general sequence:
- Lifts head
- Uses arms to lift chest
- Rolls over
- Sits without support -crawling
- Stands with support
- Pulls to stand
- Walks holding on to objects-cruising
- Stands alone
- Walks alone
adapted from: Adolph, K. E. & Robinson, S. R. (in press). The road to walking: What learning to walk tells us about development. In P. Zelazo (Ed.) Oxford handbook of developmental psychology. NY: Oxford University Press.
Are People Born Leaders?
“An eagle does not crawl because it was born to fly.” -Matshona Dhliwayo
Some people believe people are born leaders. Do you know what I believe? I believe people are born to lead. I believe intentional leaders have to be made and developed through a sequential growth process.
I like what coach Vince Lombardi says about leadership, “Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal or any goal.”
Joshua was born in Egypt under a heavy hand of the pharaoh.
According to the website Chabad.org, Jewish tradition suggests Joshua, like Moses, was also hidden in the Nile after birth to escape Pharaoh’s decree that all newborn Hebrew males be drowned in the river.
I think Joshua grew to have a unique perspective on the juxtaposition between right and wrong. Perhaps Joshua clearly saw the dance between a holy Heaven and a fallen Earth.
I think Joshua’s Hebrew tradition, roots, and culture kept him connected to the heartbeat and desire of Heavens King and Ruler, yet his being born and raised in the culturally and technologically leading nation of Egypt gave him an advantage of learning how to take the human experience of domination, growth, advancement, and leadership. I really think Joshua was the servant of Moses for a reason.
Moses and Joshua were Gods choice and He made sure to use their like-mindedness together to advance his plan to answer the cry of a nation who was weary and tired of being enslaved. Although Joshua and Moses were not the same person, they were one in purpose.
Baby Steps to Leadership
Here a few personal thoughts on the potential baby steps Joshua grew through on his journey to national leadership:
- Know who YOU are
- Have a BIG dream
- Become servant to all
- Work to stay close to your mentor
- Know your mentor’s heart & personal journey
- Understand your dream is an extension of the inspiration of your mentor
- Be absolute certain and confident when your time to lead comes
- Get the word about your dream & vision out
When Joshua specifically knew with confidence what it was he was called by God to do, he turned his face from listening to God to speaking and sharing this information with those he was called to lead.
Joshua was mediating the heart and will of God for His people. And so will you. That is what great leaders do…they mediate the between the excellent and provisional purpose and plans of God to the people. Great leaders are most often God’s spokesmen.
I want to end this thought on taking baby steps into your glorious leadership potential by sharing a quote from American Politician Adlai E Stevenson II, “It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.”
“I definitely missed it.”
At the time of this writing, I am forty-four years old. One of the biggest ‘excuses’ I’ve had to deal with is age.
I don’t even know how many times, I’ve have had to wrestle with the loud persistent voices in my head assailing me with an onslaught of remorse, regret, and overall sense that …I have missed my prime time in life.
I have literally felt the heavy oppressive weight of hopelessness ….that there is no hope for me to really do all that is my heart.
I look at others who seem to have *all the stuff* and *do all the fun*.
I compare myself with others my age. Believe me when I say it’s easy to slip into depression when that happens. That is a Big Mistake.
Comparing yourself to others is a deliciously bitter and painful recipe for disaster and unhappiness.
What about other people?
However, when I read the short snippets about the following people and their stories I sense the faith for my dreams stirring deep within. I sense that vision, dream, and longing beginning to bubble for my attention. My hope begins to rise like the dawning of a new and my mind begins to experience the optimistic warmth and smile of potential opportunities.
What is impossible with man, now seems possible with God. The language of my heart turns its course away from “I can’t” towards “I can”.
Check out a few examples:
- Charles Flint was believed to be around 61 when he started IBM
- Kawasaki Shozo was believed to be around 59 when he officially Started Kawasaki
- Raymond Crock was believed to be around 52 when he started McDonald’s
- Harland Sanders was believed to be around 62 when he started Kentucky Fried Chicken. This was after his over 1,000th rejected solicitation with his famous recipe
- Julia Child was believed to be around 51 when she wrote her first cookbook
- Sam Walton was believed to be around 44 when he started Wal-Mart. In 2015, according to Wikipedia, Wal-Mart was the second largest employer in the US for employing 1.5 people….(and over 2.3 million worldwide). That is a giant. Can you imagine have 2.3 million employees….but wait, we can’t forget. Not officially starting until you are 44 years of age?
- Henry Ford was believed to be around 45 when he founded Ford Motor Company
- Momofuku Ando was believed to be around 48 when he discovered the Ramen Noodle.
- Jack Cover was believed to be around 50 when he invented the Tazer Gun
- Laura Ingles Wilder was believed to be around 65 when she wrote her first book of the “Little House” series.
- Benjamin Franklin was believed to be around 76 when he invented the bifocals
- …and there are much, much more
Joshua was believed to be around 60 when he took over the Nation of Isreal to lead them into their Promised Land
Are you too old to dream and start over in a new direction with a new vision and passion? The simple answer. NO
no. no. no.
Online business solutions site, the Business Insider states that one in three new business were started by entrepreneurs aged 50 and over.
Check out all these great startups that were born from leaders who were in their thirty’s:
- Public Storage
- Proctor and Gamble
- Hugo Boss
- Garmin….to name a few.
Are you too old to dream and start over in a new direction with a new vision and passion? The simple answer. NO
Think for a moment about the possibilities: What is it you would have liked to do, but haven’t yet?
Is there anything really holding you back except yourself? Are you the one telling yourself it’s too late? God doesn’t seem to think so, and by history’s example neither do a myriad of others who have proven so.
What you MUST do to Succeed
Joshua is told he MUST lead the people to the place God has told them about. Why?
God *had* the people in mind *then* and he has the people in mind *now*. He will also have them in mind tomorrow. He is same yesterday, today and today.
The Lord also gives Joshua an ultimatum, IF you follow my words exactly, you will be successful in everything you do.
In other words, success is yours, but only IF……
I remember meeting a lot of musicians and artist and people in College. I attended the Savannah College of Art & Design.
There was this one guitarist I met. I thought he was a really nice guy. Why? He would take me out for lunch and throw parties for the students. His name was Rob. One time I was talking with Rob about God….not sure why…I was n’t exactly being intentional about worshipping or serving God at the time.
Anyway, in one of our conversations, I remember Rob saying he could not accept a God who serves ultimatums….hmmmm. Without getting too deep here, I believe it would be impossible to have a standard without an ultimatum. Without a standard, there would be no rule for measurement. Without a standard, there would be no integrity, no repetition, no order. Without order, there would be no God. God exists because order says so. I will touch on this in another chapter.
I can’t help but think of this verse found in scripture: For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. -Hebrews 4:12
My wife Sherry says we all have attitudes in our hearts. We all thoughts. We all have a soul. Everyone has a Spirit. The word of God is alive and it discerns everything on the inside of us…so that we know what is right. And we can choose to do it.
3 Tips for Success
God gives Joshua three extremely insightful tips to help him with success:
Everyone has moments in their past where truth has proven its life changing importance. You have had those moments of awakening when you saw or heard something that had a major impact on your outlook and perspective. Remember the positive ones. For me, it’s certain bible verses and catchy one-liners of wisdom…like this one: what goes around comes around.
I’ve noticed that many of the wise sayings I’ve heard over the years are just different ways to express the ancient biblical truths of scripture…for instance…‘You will always harvest what you plant’ is part of a verse found in the book of Galatians 6:7
Remember the wise sayings and all the circumstances that may have surrounded your hearing them for the first time. Where were you? how old were you? who were you with?
Study where these words of wisdom originated. Study their contextual clues. Memorize the truths. They are life changing. They are the standard that will cause you to rise to new levels.
“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.”
Obey is the holy word for action. It means work. In fact, unless we want our faith to be dead, we must work. We must put action to our beliefs…we must put activity to our hopes. James 2:26 says, “Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.” NLT
IF: a powerful word
If you do these things, you will be successful. You will accomplish your purpose of leading others into their dreams of hope and freedom.