Worship With No Limits: Conference Teaching by Philip Renner
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Topic: The Hidden Power Behind Worship
There have been so many times when I get on stage to lead worship that I have felt drained, uninspired, and burned out. I feel like I’m on automatic, yet I know that my heart is right. There is no hidden sin that I can recall, but I don’t sense God’s anointing and power the way I’m used to.
Every worship leader will go through this at one time or another, but I have good news: If you continue to seek God and you are persistent, you will eventually come out of that condition and begin to sense His presence and anointing even stronger than before!
The principle we have to learn, I must tell you, is that our Christian faith isn’t based on what we feel. If that were the case, we would never wake up early to seek God; we would never witness to people on the street; we would never give of our tithes — and there are many more scriptural things that we would never do! Our flesh wars against our spirit, so if we did only what we felt like doing, we would always please the flesh.
Our walk with God is based on our inner convictions. We read the Bible and maintain our prayer life because we know that it is right, not because we feel like it. “Feeling” the presence of God is wonderful — but if you have lost the feeling for a time, continue to follow hard after God. As you do, His strength, sense of purpose, and anointing will all be restored to you.
When you are going through this kind of season, you may feel like you are in a desert. But you must remember that it’s only when you are in a desert that you realize what true thirst is. Even in a desert, if you dig deep, you will find water. In the desert, you become so desperate for a drink that you’re willing to try the unfamiliar to find a source of water. That’s a great place to be spiritually, because you become willing to do even the things you have never done to get to the Source of living water!
I was in this “desert” state of mind when I first discovered fasting. I used to laugh at people who fasted. I thought they were spiritual freaks. I was sure if you practiced your music more and worked on getting the right arrangement and lighting, everything would be perfect. I was so focused on the production side of things that I forgot about the spiritual! Then came the moment when I realized in a whole new way that although having great production is wonderful, it is not the key factor in ushering in the anointing of the Holy Spirit. That’s when I started to fast.
Fasting touches God’s heart in such a strong way. There are many examples of fasting in the Bible. For instance, after Moses fasted for 40 days and nights, he saw the fiery hand of God write the Ten Commandments (see Exod. 24:18; 31:18). Queen Esther saved her people from total destruction after she and all the people fasted and sought God (see Esther 4:16).
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