"Finding the Flow and Breakthrough in Worship"
By John Belt
Recently through a vision, I saw that there are people who are in a place of frustration regarding
their worship. More specifically, they are frustrated because they haven't experienced real breakthrough in worship. It is like they keep hitting a wall and there is little to no effect in shifting the spiritual atmosphere. They have been caught up in a place
of mechanics and performance in worship, getting them nowhere. In the midst of this, God is sending help to bring them back into the simplicity of worship, where the flow of the Spirit can be restored.
Learning from David's
Many times people know what they want but do not know how to get there. Sometimes, when something new has been experienced, people can lose the freshness of that experience over time, losing their way. When it comes
to breakthrough in worship, it is a very real thing. In this context, I'm referring to "Davidic worship" (the worship of the psalmist David), where we worship with all of our being, using our voices, instruments, etc. Our lives are to be worship to the Lord.
We are to be living sacrifices to our God.
But there is also a specific experience in our voca
lization of worship to the Lord that brings a very real breakthrough in our lives, affecting the spiritual atmospheres that
surround us. This is the context in which I'm writing here.
God has given us a mouth to vocalize praise to Him. Just as the voice of the Lord is powerful – even breaking the cedars of Lebanon as David described it –
so our voice has great power. We know that words, even the tongue, are able to wield life and death. As our voice is yielded to the Spirit, we have a weapon in worship that can most effectively break through into the spirit realm.
Pitfalls of Performance
I believe there is a trap set for modern-day worship. I have noticed a lot of performance-based worship that is able to create hit songs, great recordings and put on a great show, but can lack
in true substance and effectiveness. This is not coming from the angle of someone who has "arrived," because Jesus is the standard, and it won't happen in this life. But there are people (even worship leaders) who are struggling because they aren't experiencing
real breakthrough in worship.
The book of Ezekiel describes our experience with the waters of the Spirit, where we can go ankle deep, knee deep, waist deep, up to the neck and then to the point where we lose control. Through
this, I see that many are stuck at different levels of experiencing God's presence and Spirit, knowing that there is more. They are frustrated because they are not seeing that next level of breakthrough. The good news is that Jesus sends us the Helper –
the Holy Spirit.
At the root, I truly believe the mechanics of performance can place some great limitations on the place of breakthrough. Our simplicity of faith and devotion is what enables us to enter into the rest
that God has for us – even to experience greater manifestations of His glory.
From Glory to Glory
God's glory is what we are ultimately wanting to break into. We should want greater
glory in our lives and our meetings; a glory that is carried out into the world. We are to live from glory to glory. It is an ever-increasing glory.
"But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the
Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord." (2 Corinthians 3:18, NKJV)
There are things that sidetrack people from pursuing Jesus in His glory. There are a lot of
show-oriented churches with lights, cameras and actions that come at a price. This kind of worship is not bad; I like some of it, but it can carry limitations with it. It can be one expression of worship but not the greatest. We don't want to be deceived into
thinking that this is the pinnacle of worship experiences, because it is not. There are some great anointed performances, but no matter how you cut it, they can only go so far. We must have a devotional life of worship without all the bells, hype, whistles
and spotlights; one that goes deeper into the heart. Otherwise, it can be a superficial cover for shallow lives.
This type of worship does have it's place, but we need to experience the depths of His glory. If it gets to the
point where it just sounds like more noise, then you know that it's time to go deeper.
There needs to be a sound of Heaven resonating in your heart, flowing from a devoted relationship with God through His Spirit. We have
this treasure in earthen vessels – the surpassing glory of God.
"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us." (2 Corinthians 4:7, NKJV)
on God's Frequency
The Father of glory gives us the spirit of wisdom and revelation. The prophetic flow is key to breakthrough.
Understand that the prophetic really finds its beginnings in
our intimacy with God. When we stay close to the heart of God we hear His voice. It is not a matter of whether or not He is speaking; He is always speaking. The question is, are we hearing? That's why we need to tune into His frequency. Those who live after
the flesh are trying to get God to tune into theirs, but that's just not the way it works. He is God, not us. Because of this, we have to get on His frequency.
In His mercy He reaches out to us to bring us into His family,
but as sons of God, He does want us to learn how to hear His voice, tuning into His channel to get His instructions for our lives and to show us what He wants to do. This way we get to be a part of His most amazing plans in the earth.
When we worship Him in spirit and in truth we find His frequency and hear His voice. This is foundational for us because this is the essence of the prophetic. Congratulations! When you can hear the voice of God, you now have the ability
to speak prophetically! When you hear the voice of God there are so many benefits in your life. It awakens your heart, gives you purpose, brings guidance, and most of all, helps you to know the reality of God personally. The voice of God does another thing;
it brings "breakthrough." The nature of His voice breaks things open!
"The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars, yes, the LORD splinters the cedars of Lebanon." (Psalm 29:5, NKJV)
this now in the context of worship: If we carry on in our carefully-planned, excellently-packaged, programmatic approaches to worship, neglecting this one aspect of prophetic living, we are left as a dry well with no potential for breakthrough. The voice of
the Lord is like the "sound of many waters."
"His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters." (Revelation 1:15)
The voice of the Lord needs to be in
our heart. If someone becomes dependent on programs, plans and professionalism, then it is idolatry. We need to learn to be solely dependent upon the Lord, not leaning on our own understanding. None of these things are bad within themselves. It is all about
where our heart is; what are we trusting in.
Another question to consider is how deep does one want to go with the Lord? One person may want water that is only ankle deep; another may want it up to the waist; while others
may want the waters of the Spirit to totally take them over. In the different expressions of worship we should realize that there are different purposes in the songs. Some are songs of joy, some are songs about God's goodness, while others express the awesome
sacrifice of Jesus, telling of His mercy, grace and love. It is all about where our heart is. One thing we want to keep is that simplicity of devotion to Jesus where all the other stuff doesn't matter.
May the Lord guide you deeper and
deeper into the fullness of His Spirit, because He is always calling you closer to His heart.
John and Brandi Belt
Overflow Global Ministries
528 Ellsworth St. SW
Albany, OR 97321