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pride praise worship and you
Pride has actually been referred to as the initial sin, the mother of all the others and it is not hard
to see why. It convinces us that we are superior, of more value and more worthwhile than others,
and therefore, in that context, we can be allowed to do, state and believe things that others can
Many people will tell you that the devil, Lucifer, was a worship leader in heaven before his fall and
that pride was the original sin he entertained, believing that he could set himself up in competitors
to God. (Isaiah 14:11 -16) Scripture does not reveal a lot of information of the situation, but if you
look at the course of human history then the statement rings true, particularly for those people
who are worship leaders.
Let's face it, playing an instrument, singing well and applaud and worship leading are all skills
which most people either fail to possess, or possess to a lesser degree than we do. Many other
abilities utilized in the church are possessed by people to some degree, however music and
singing stand alone as being abilities or skills that the commoner does not have, which a lot of
them extremely honor since they do not have it themselves.
Great preaching can likewise be a source of pride, but almost everyone can talk. Many people
can teach also, so for the typical individual in the church, while they might appreciate and be
blessed by the ability, it is not as if they can not at least attempt to replicate it.
Nevertheless, playing an instrument or singing is far beyond what the average individual can do,
and this provides itself to us having a special feeling of pride unlike any individual else in the
Having such a plainly identifiable and in advance skill can easily fill worship leaders, vocalists and
artists with an evil sense of pride. I am not referring here to the sense of pride we have in a task
well done (which is a good sense), I am describing the pride that comes before a fall (Proverbs
11:2), the one that the Lord hates (Psalm 18:27), the one that gives you an incorrect sense of
supremacy. Couple this with that we understand that, if we make use of particular techniques or
suggestions, frequently we will see a particular response from an audience, and this fuels the
pride in our lives, deceiving us into thinking that we are more than servants, and we have some
greater level of ability and purpose.
Like King Ahaz, we feel that we can set up a series of idols to replace true worship, and in many
cases the idle in concern is ourselves!
As a taking a trip Christian singer, I see this the time of the numerous churches where I minister.
Having taped a number of cds, and having a huge selection of tunes that I've written to make use
of, a lot of which the Lord makes use of powerfully in individuals's lives, I frequently experience
people coming up to me later on to say, "You're a terrific vocalist", or "I love your tunes", or "You
are actually amazing". I need to continually condition myself to state, "Thank you", however not to
let this build the sense of pride in my life. Of far higher definition for me is the person who comes
up to me later on and says, "Your tune really spoke with me". These are the people I know who
have been touched by the Holy Spirit, and not by the phenomenon I have simply presented. It is
His glory, not mine, because without Him I could sing and play well, yet lives would not be
This pride can likewise be added to by well-meaning people who treat you incredibly, but in such
a way that is different or superior to others. I recognize that they are honouring me, and I bless
them for this, however I should not let this feed my sense of pride, tricking me into believing that I
am superior in any method to any other follower. I continuously inform myself, you're not better
than any individual else, you just have different gifts, however you must serve the very same Lord
through the power of the same Spirit with the exact same humbleness.
The Antidote For the Toxin of Pride in a Praise and Worship Leader
The very best method to combat pride is to keep the right perspective on your life. To do this, you
need to fill your heart with Bible while you are continually remain in prayer and in humble
supplication prior to the Lord, thereby keeping your attitude pure and pride-less. I have actually
memorized, and typically remember, Mark 1045, when Jesus describes that even the Son of Male
concerned serve and not to be served, and this is a fantastic antidote to poison of pride.
If you keep the perspective of a servant, then whatever you do you're doing unto the Lord, and not
for your very own significance. This implies that, if anyone honours you and accidentally feeds
your pride, you simply have to keep in mind that you are a servant, and a servant is without all
rights, conserve the right of serving.
In the Western world, we constantly hear people speaking about rights. We have human rights,
land rights, gay and lesbian rights, females's rights and a whole host of other rights, where
individuals are pushing for approval and honour where there has formerly been bias. While I am
not against the call for rights, I think that as a Christian and a servant, you truly only have one
right: to serve the Lord!
As a servant, you do not deserve to push your own desires, to end up being a lord over others or
maltreat them, or to demand your very own way in any given situation. No, your right as a servant
is to serve, no matter exactly what is occurring, who you are serving with, who you are serving
and how comfortable the circumstance makes you feel!
The remedy for pride is a humble, serving spirit, and if we apply this remedy as praise leaders I
think we will see great benefit and will start to see a new, fresh power in our worship leading.
It will also alter the mindset with which we see our fellow servants on the music team, and give us
a newly found patience and love for them, and a desire to see them attain their highest capacity in
Getting this attitude right, and minimizing the result that pride has on our lives, is most likely the
greatest action towards much deeper and greater worship. As the initial sin, all the other appears
in some method stem from this one, so if we get this right we will be a long method to preventing
the toxins that follow. Nevertheless, I wish to analyze each of these poisons in more information,
but as you keep reading, please do not forget that a humble serving spirit will combat lots of, if not
all the fatal toxins that we will be looking at. Let the Holy Spirit handle pride in your life, and you
will a see huge surge in power and anointing in your worship leading!
The fascinating thing about this specific poison is that, the more success you have, the greater
your pride can end up being. That is why, as your ministry moves from success to success, or
your church grows and worships more deeply, you have to look out to the mistake of pride, lest it
scuttle the advances the Holy Spirit has actually made in your life and in your church's praise life.
Make sure you never ever feel like you have actually conquered this poison, because the higher
your ministry gets, the more powerful the toxin will be. You need to stroll in humility, both when
you are beginning and as you go on to greater heights in your worship ministry.
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