The 3D Worshiper (The Conclusion)

ImageMichele and I have been enjoying this cooler weather as fall is in the air!  We have been walking four miles a day after dropping Judah off at school as we seek God for clear direction in this new season.  Many exciting announcements to be made very shortly regarding four Throne Zone Events for 2014 and how we will be expanding the Kingdom in 2014 and beyond!

This month, I would like to conclude my thoughts on 3D Worship.

In August, I shared how the One-Dimensional Worshiper was singularly focused, and how that focus concentrated on their individual preferences in the area of worship.  Worship was all about them, their likes or dislikes, and how they received during the worship encounter.

Last month, I discussed the danger of making our worship encounter into a Big Production, and the danger if our focus remains on building our productions bigger and bigger while losing sight of the real purpose of our worship….HIM.  I cautioned us that when we attempt to cater our worship with the exclusive cause of reaching the masses, it is easy for us to lose sight of the real thing which draws men unto the father….lifting Jesus higher.  Yet the more that I travel to various churches to observe the worship service, I am finding more and more churches spending big money on creating lights, smoke and “non-churchy” sets, singing the latest tunes they crafted earlier in the week, providing a great show, with very little or no flow of worship.

GOLDEN NUGGET WHEN LEADING WORSHIP: 
It is all about connecting the heart of the people with the heart of God.  Not connecting them to our Art!

There are many worship leading teams that concentrate on “FREEDOM” in worship, yet many of these teams leave no room or opportunity to help the congregation release their song.  What holes are left in the music is filled with cool guitar licks or vocal ad-libbing rather than it being a SELAH moment for the congregation. 

As a worship leader, this is one of my greatest pet-peeves.  My heart is to set congregations free from the opinion of man, the fear of man and the rejection of man that has silenced their praise, and create a safe place in which they are free to release their song of praise unto the Lord.  Sadly, this is rarely the case in many of our “Contemporary” worship services.  To this cause, I believe that the 3rd and final “D” in our 3D Worship series deals with: DEPTH.

When speaking of 3D in an art-form, the third dimension deals with depth; that is, making objects appear closer than they really are for the purpose of engaging in the experience.  This is what happens when we worship.

God wants our worship teams and Sunday to be more than a huge musical production that has great commercial appeal.  He wants our worship to have depth and truly be a worship EXPERIENCE that results in a divine God encounter that brings forth transformation in our lives, in our home, in our church and in our community.  He wants us to experience His presence when we worship.

Yes, we need to make our praise to God as large and loud as possible because He is a Great God!  We want to lead people beside the still waters to find peace of the Holy Spirit in their lives.  I encourage you today to not simply settle for the big commercialized production.  I encourage you to press past all of the fanfare and press into the Throne Zone of God’s presence- that place where your purpose is discovered and your passion is ignited.

Today you may ask, “Keith, how do I become a 3D Worshiper?”  “I believe we need to make our praise of God glorious, and utilize every resource available to us, but how do I not settle and camp out in that 2nd Dimension?” 

Let me give you 3 D’s to help you make this journey as a 3D Worshiper:

First, it all begins with a DECISION.  The word of God says in Deuteronomy 30:19, “this day I set before you life and death, blessings and curses.  Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”  Our first step always begins with a choice.  Michele’s platform for her pageants all deal with this issue of “Choose to Change!”  We do not have to be victims of our environments, nor slave to them. God has given you and me the right to choose, and this scripture instructs us to choose correctly….choose LIFE!  Today, I encourage you to make the decision NOT to settle for polished performances of man, but to make the decision you want to press into that 3rd dimension, that Throne Zone Dimension of God’s presence.  Don’t just settle for the show when you can have the manifest tangible presence of God and access to your destiny and purpose in life.  This is the first step to experiencing transformation in your worship encounter with God!

The second D deals with DISCIPLESHIP.  To explain this, let’s look at our children.  When they are born, they are not able to speak.  As parents, we talk gibberish to them until they speak their first words.  As they begin to communicate necessities such as food, diaper changes, etc, our vocabulary changes.  They then head off to school.  In their elementary years, they simply learn to read.  Yet as they progress into middle and high school, they read to learn.  As they head into college years, they evolve into research and then are able to communicate on all levels and in all businesses.  Our children have become disciples of education.  As a result, they are able to communicate and connect with more people than they originally were able to while at a young age.  Their education gave them resources, challenged their thoughts, and ensured they could clearly communicate and defend their thoughts or positions in life.  The same is true with our worship.  If we remain as spiritual infants and never mature, then we will never reach a mature worship experience.  Yet, with every season of our growth, our expression of worship matures and can even impact others who have not yet matured.  In essence, the discipleship process not only enhances our worship experience, but it also models to other un-discipled believers (and non-believers) the proper way to worship and fully anticipate a God encounter in the worship experience.

Our third and final “D” deals with DETERMINATION.  Life is full of challenges and opportunities for us to press through or to run.  If you have ever watched the TV program “Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition”, you will see that transformation never occurs unless the individual becomes determined to break through the cycles which have held them captive.  The very first workout that Chris Powell takes his clients through is known as the “Fight or Flight Workout.”  He wants to push them to their limit to discover their level of determination.

Perhaps what you and I are going through today is merely a Fight or Flight Workout from the Holy Spirit.  You say, “Keith, God does not do that!”  O, I beg to differ with you.  He did when He tested Abraham to offer Isaac on the altar.  God wanted to see what He was going to do with the test.  Abraham’s faith was great, and God knew he was fully determined to fulfill the word of the Lord.  James 2:23 says “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.  And he was called the friend of God.”

We must be fully determined to run the race with endurance, and to lay aside every weight that slows us down.  This is the same determination required in our approach to worship.

We must make the decision to go the distance in our worship and press past what we like and envision for worship.  We must not settle for the huge commercial presentations that offer freedom, but no depth or encounter in the worship presented in many churches today.  We must recognize that each of these dimensions is needed in the journey to the Throne Zone.  We must realize they are stops on the journey, not the final destination God is calling us to.  Therefore, we cannot settle for them if they prohibit us from entering into that 3rd dimension of worship….The Throne Zone.

When I am asked to sign my book, I always write, “Keep pressing into the Throne Zone and settle for nothing less than HIS Glory!”  He is calling you into that depth of worship where He can download strategies and specifics for your life, your ministry and/or your business.  He is calling you into the Throne Zone so you can discover your purpose and He can ignite the passion that has faded on your journey so that you can run the race with endurance, but complete the journey He has called you to.  You were born with a unique purpose- one that no one else on planet earth can accomplish.  You have a unique assignment and God wants to give you the strategies and specifics and the “how-to’s” to accomplish the vision you were born for.  However, you will not find it in the outer courts of praise and celebration.  This is found only in the secret place.  The place of praise and celebration are only the doorway.  The divine exchange that you and I seek occurs only in the Throne Zone. 

Today, I challenge you to become a 3D worshiper.  Get over what you like and ask God what HE likes in worship.  Do not settle for a big commercialized cutting-edge musical production, but make the decision to be a determined and discipled worshiper who will have depth in your worship encounter and press into the Throne Zone and settle for nothing less than HIS Glory!

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The Decade of God’s Glory

Happy New Year!

It is difficult to believe that we have already entered into a new decade.  It seems as if it were only last year when we were at the 2000 New Year’s Eve service-gathered in prayer and worship-yet wondering if the power would go out when the clock struck midnight.  There was widespread concern over the “what if” scenarios that Y2K presented as we embarked upon this new Millennium.  And “9-11” were only the numbers we were trying to make sure that our children knew to call in case of an emergency.  So much has transpired over the past 10 years that has reshaped America.  Yet, God is speaking that this is a new season, and it is a new day.  So, as the church, what do we expect this new decade to look like? 

I am convinced as I watch the events of the world unfold before our eyes that we are embarking upon a new season in the spirit of God at warp speed.  And all the hell that you and I have been fighting during 2010 is merely a process preparing us for the greatest days for the Church as we prepare to see the Glory of the Lord revealed like never before.

II Corinthians 3:18 says, “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.”

I have a plaque hanging in my office that says, “The years tell us what the days never knew”.  And what that means in the life of a Christian is that the experiences we have come through shape and mold our paradigm of life, and prepare us for something greater that lies ahead.  I believe that the church has come out of one season of glory, and we are transitioning into a New Season of God’s glory, but we are stuck in that “to” segment of transition.  And unfortunately, this is the place where not everyone survives and makes the transition into the new season.

For many, we relieve the past.  We coin those moments as the “Glory Days” and we exert much of our energy trying to relive those days.  We set our eyes on those things which are behind of us rather than to lay hold to the future that God has called us to press toward.

We do not intentionally mean to look back to the past.  It is either because our faith is weak, or because we feel as though we are growing older and lose the energy and passion which inhibits us from looking to the future.  We use phrases like, “it is time for the next generation to rise up and begin to lead the church”.  In essence, we forfeit the race.

I want to encourage you- and myself- that we must be relentless in our pursuit of God’s Glory.  We must not forfeit our destiny!  We must not keep looking to the past Glory Days, but we must realize that what we experienced in the past only pales in comparison to this new season of Glory- a season where the Glory of the latter house is far greater than the former.  A season where Habakkuk 2:14 will be fulfilled:  “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.”

You say, “Keith, I have heard this for the past 20 years.  Why should I believe it now?”

My response to you is that we must be like the Sons of Issachar who knew the signs of their day, and the signs of God’s agenda.  We must not only know what is on the heart of God, but we must be spiritually mature enough to see what is happening in our world.  Then you can see that we are on the brink of breakthrough.

You see, there is a great surge of demonic manifestation and fascination with the supernatural that the world is being exposed to.  You don’t have to go to a huge library or School of Theology to discern this.  All you have to do is go to your neighborhood movie theatre to see what is playing.

When I was growing up, the show “Bewitched” aired.  Now as my son is growing up, the Harry Potter series attempts to get this new generation interested in the supernatural.  Then Disney put out a movie entitled “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” starring Nicolas Cage.  The commercials on that movie made it seem to be a humorous and harmless movie.  However, when you check out the movies for this month you see that Nicolas Cage is now starring in “The Season of the Witch”, which –in my opinion- is not a cute and harmless movie.  Just watching the previews you can discern the onslaught of demonic manifestation and witchcraft.  And if you stay tuned to more previews on the TV, you begin to see other films coming out early this year like, “The Rite” whose subtitle reads, “The making of a Modern Exorcist”.  All you have to do is Google “Movies for 2011” to see a lineup of the movies being released, and it is easy to see where American’s are spending their money.

We must remember that demonic manifestation is the opposite (or what I like to call the counterfeit) of the original.  What is the original?  It is a manifestation of the Glory of the Lord, an invasion upon the earth by the angelic host of Heaven that surrounds the Throne of God! It is when people become not possessed by demons, but consumed by the Glory of the Lord.  And it affects everyone who comes in contact with that person. 

This is the beginning of God’s glory being released upon the Earth. 
This is your season.  This is YOUR DAY!

I believe that this will be the DECADE of GOD’s GLORY!  God is looking for someone who is not afraid to submit their total being to His will for their lives.  He is looking for someone to simply say “YES” to HIS CALL. Will you be that one who will fully submit your whole self to God so that the destiny within you can be not only realized, but released upon the Earth?

Eye has not seen, nor ear heard the things that God has in store for those who say “YES” to Him.  Your best days are not behind you.  They are in front of you.  And the Glory of the latter house will be greater than that of the former.

For this ministry, we believe that 2011 will be a year of teaching, training and imparting as never before.  We are actively scheduling Friday night and Saturday training sessions teaching various models on worship, and how we can prepare for this release of glory.  We are asking churches to let us come in 3 times throughout this year to teach three separate models.  The first model is to establish a baseline for worship.  The second model deals with leadership and the third model deals with Kingdom Principles.  These models involve two hours on Friday night, and 4 to 6 hours on a Saturday.  Maybe you are interested in bringing this to your local body of believers; contact Michele for more information and details on these sessions.

We continue to expand the Throne Zone in 2011.  We will once again host the Charlotte Throne Zone in August of 2011.  We will have more information on that next month at our Throne Zone in Virginia Beach.  We would love for you to be a part of that conference and help us dig the well in the Carolinas.

We are also attempting to utilize the internet as much as we possibly can to raise up worshipers, making preparations for the coming Glory, and becoming an agent of change that will effect a shift in cities and regions.  Our first step is by releasing a monthly video blog.  This will help us to learn the new technology and utilize it to its fullest.  The sooner we learn this technology we will transition into a weekly video blog.  You can follow us on www.youtube.com/keithduncantv and at www.keithduncan.wordpress.com.

Additionally, we are releasing a new Instrumental CD that has an evangelistic appeal.  I will have more information on that next month, as well as releasing our new worship CD entitled, “Welcome In”- which is the most anointed CD we have ever released.  Both CD’s will be available on iTunes and on other digital distribution platforms, as well as the actual CD sales through His Call Ministries.

Your faithful monthly support is valued greatly.  You are making a difference.  By faithfully sowing your seed into the fertile soil of this ministry, you are helping us to prepare the way for HIS GLORY by raising worshipers and leaders who are passionate for the presence of God.  You are helping us to raise up a new generation of worshipers and worship leaders who are not seeking fame and fortune-although that is the by product for some- but they are focused on the purposes and plans of the Father, and how to release His Kingdom upon the Earth as it is in Heaven, just as Jesus prayed to the Father while in the garden.  And for sowing your seed faithfully each month, Michele and I say THANK YOU!

We believe God for your destiny and for the fullness of God’s plans and purposes for your life, and we believe that you will be established in 2011.  We love you and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Digging the Wells of Worship,

Keith Duncan
His Call Ministries
www.HisCall.org