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Dear Worship Leader, It's Not About Us

Dear Worship leader, I too am a worship leader. Actually, scratch that. I’m a redeemed child of God who He has called to lead worship.

I’m also queen of the hot mess express. I’m also a broken person. I’m also a warrior who doesn’t give up. I’m like a human cocktail of feelings and traits and characteristics, a walking contradiction some days.

But today, I’m convicted.

A lot of my life, the Lord has stepped out of the way to let me break and become empty. Every time it has unfolded into a beautiful testimony of drawing nearer to Him. Of Him winning, yet again, my love for Him.

I’ve been thinking and meditating on how God uses sometimes the most broken people to lead worship. But one night, I came to see it’s not just that He calls the broken to lead worship, but He requires those He has calls to lead worship to be broken before Him.

For a while thought, “I’m a messy broken person, here I am broken before you”. I almost cringe now at how wrong I was.

Being a broken person and being broken before Him are two totally different things.

He uses the broken because of grace. But as a worship leader especially, we cannot successfully, I believe, do our assignment without being broken before Him.

As worship leaders, we are called to create atmospheres. To call forth His presence. To lead the congregation into His presence so that the Holy Spirit can do the work that only He can do. And as mere flesh, we cannot bring that forth in pride.

We cannot lead His people where we are not and have not been. Thus, we cannot lead the congregation into His presence if we have prevented our own selves from being there.

Reading through Isaiah 57 and 66, the Lord gives us the direction to enter for this as worship leaders. That He dwells in the high and holy place and also with the one of a contrite and lowly spirit. That the one who He looks to is humble and contrite and trembles at His word. In order to be in His presence, we must be humble taking a step back to hide ourselves behind the cross. We must be contrite, being remorseful and deeply effected by our transgression.

This whole time here I had been caught up basking in the comfort of His grace so flippantly that I’d forgotten the weight of what He called me to do for His kingdom. I confused repentance with a brush off and walked back onto those platforms assuming I was good to go and it was all enough. I didn’t even see the pride or that by ignoring the gravity of my errors when I walked back onto those platforms, I was creating a possible stumbling block between the congregation and His presence.

"The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: "I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts."
Isaiah 57:15

Contrite is the key word here for me.
Did God love me and forgiven me in those moments? Absolutely. That never ever changes. Ever.

But by refusing myself to feel the remorse and coming in humility genuinely understanding I’ve done nothing to deserve what He has asked me to do, I prevented myself from being fully in His presence. And while I was there in lala land instead, I was leading these people God trusted me with nowhere.

I was broken, but not broken before Him. I didn’t understand that a contrite spirit isn’t an encouragement, but a beautiful requirement. And I thought, “What have I done…”.

Today I think of the draw towards repentance as a cross to bear for the worship leader.

I don't nail this 100%. I think we're all still growing and learning. This is why grace grows more beautiful the longer you walk with Jesus. Because it never runs out, no matter how much you use. 

If I could encourage you to do anything as a worship leader, just for a second, it would be to discover the gravity of the assignment He's given us and the gravity of its requirements.

As worship leaders, we lead worship. Therefore, personally understanding worship as an offering, and deeply experiencing that an offering, is a sacrifice.

Sacrificing ourselves, our ambitions, our aspirations, because it’s not about us, in even the smallest ways. It’s becoming so broken before Him, encountering His presence, so that our brothers and sisters, whom He loves so deeply, can follow us there.


 

Article Written by Whitley Degollado | Worship Resident

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How Trust Comes With Fear

Trust is an enigma, its almost always preceded with a great amount of fear but once you engage it, it'll set you free. 

I was a girl who was told having her own babies was probably never gonna happen. And now, 5 years later, I have a toddler and another miracle on the way (and I'm not even sure how this one happened...) 

The doctors gave me a diagnosis that shattered my world, but God always works at a different capacity from this world.

Listen, I'm not saying that when you bring your needs to God he will fill them how you want them.

What I am saying is when you bring your needs to God, He fills them in a way that will cause you to know Him and love Him and trust Him even more than you do right now in this moment. 

Whatever you're carrying around today give it to Him. 

Someone reading this needs to know God is their defender.

Someone reading this needs to know God is their provider.

Someone reading this needs to know God is their ultimate healer.

Someone reading this needs to know God still love you. No matter what. 

Trust Him at His word when it says, 

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

He's not messin' around.


Written by Jules Morlet | @juliannamorlet | juliannamorlet.com

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I Worship Because I HAVE To

I don't worship because I have to.
I worship because I have to. 

My life has been liberated and redirected, refined and redeemed, on so many levels by something outside of myself and my own choices and decisions. Sometimes people ask how I got to where I am in life, with my marriage or as a worship leader, and my only response will ever be this: 

It's Jesus. It's always been Jesus. 

Sure I've read books and studied for nearly a decade on some of these things. I've done counseling and training and sought advice and perspective from both professionals and people I trust. 

But at the end of the day, it's Jesus' life, His word, His example, His intimate relationship with me, that pushes me on day after day. 

Some people say they don't know where they'd be without Him, well I do. And it makes me shudder at the thought. 

That's why I worship. 

It's Jesus. For me, it'll always be Jesus. 


Written by Jules Morlet | @juliannamorlet | juliannamorlet.com

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Who Said You Could Do That?

As a kid, I remember asking the question over and over, "Who said?" Who said you could do that? Who said I have to go home? Who said I can't eat that? Who said, who said, who said...

As I got older, I realized my need for people to answer the "Who said" question never really went away. Except now it was chipping away at my identity. "Who said I'm bossy? Who said I'll never make it? Who said I'm not good enough."

Until one day, I realized, people's "Said's" don't hold a candle to what GOD SAID. GOD said we are valuable enough to send His Son to die so that we might be free. 

He said you're His son, His daughter (John 1:12)
He said you're free (Romans 8:2)
He said you're His friend (John 15:15)
He said your life is redeemed (Romans 3:24)
He said you're victorious (2 Corinthians 2:14)
He said you are chosen (Ephesians 1:4)

Live into that freedom friends. It doesn't matter what people say, or what your own mind says, you are who He says you are. End of Story. :)

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