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Worship Team Blues

  • I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and humility, with patience, bearing with one another in love, being eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1 WEB

    I could see by the look on his face that we were making a lasting impression on the visiting evangelist. Some of the praise and worship team at the front of the church, were now arguing loudly with the sound team who were at the back of the church, while the evangelist sat on the front row between them and looked at the spectacle in puzzled amazement. It was another heated discussion about the monitor mix. As I slowly sank down behind my keyboard, the Holy Spirit quietly left the building.

    What followed was one of the driest church services that I have ever sat through. I felt sorry for the speaker as he labored to bring his message later. The praise team should have ushered in the Spirit of God and set the atmosphere, but we were too busy fighting amongst ourselves to notice that He had left. It turns out that our attitude mattered to Him, more than the chords that we played, more than the words we sang.

    God does not like it when His children argue, and He wants us to live in unity and peace with one another (Psalm 133:1). Paul wrote: 'Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?' (1 Corinthians 6:7) and 'Do not grieve the Holy Spirit' (Ephesians 4:30). We certainly grieved Him that day. When someone else is having a bad day, it does not give us the freedom to mirror them, and it always takes two or more to argue.

    It is easy to get offended in church, and then nurse those hurts like a dear old friend. Eventually everything that person does or says becomes negative to you, and it begins to poison your spiritual life. Even a simple word from them can cause an explosion as the volcano of bitterness inside you erupts.

    Strive to maintain the peace. Blessed are the peacemakers. Learn to bite your tongue and keep your thoughts to yourself. Don't be so important in your own eyes that you cannot overlook another's shortcoming or failing. Don't let a small thing, become a big thing. It is not about Me, Myself, and I, but about us, as we all make up the body of Christ. Can't we all just get along?

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please help me shake off the hurts, rejections, and offenses that I encounter. Please deliver me from the negativity and cleanse me from any bitterness in my life. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen.....Praise the Lord...Hallelujah!! Thank you for giving us the wisdom !
Aug 8
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen.  Heavenly Father,  I pray for Peace for all living things and may Peace be with You. AMEN

Aug 8
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Yes Lord,  Amen 

Aug 8
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I pray for peace

Aug 8
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen,please bring peace in our family.Thank you Jesus.

Aug 8
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Aug 8
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Aug 8
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I know there is so much pain and hurt on this world and even in our country, lead us to become peacemakers giving love as You have given to us. That Your Holy Spirit surround us with the love and understanding for others, in Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. Lord hear our prayers. 

Pastor, this devotional reminds me about what I am reading in the morning about anger,rage and the me factor. Thank you, God bless you and Sylvia. 

Aug 8
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Dear God help me to be a good role model. Forgive me when I talk too much. Thank you for our blessings Praise God Praise Jesus Amen 

Aug 8
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you for your example  for all Christian's  to follow Jesus!

Aug 8
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen praise God  for his love and patience 

Aug 8
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

Aug 8
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

Aug 8
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father please help me shake off the hurts, rejections, and offenses that I encounter. Please deliver me from the negativity and cleanse me from any bitterness in my life. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

Aug 8
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Aug 8
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Aug 9
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask Amen. 

Aug 9
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen

Aug 9