Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Two Common Misconceptions About Prophetic Worship

There are two very common misconceptions that REALLY hinder prophetic worship:

1. Prophetic worship is SPONTANEOUS
2. God is the AUDIENCE

While both of these statements are not terribly wrong, they still keep people in their seats - intimidated by the spontaneous aspect of the prophetic and daunted by the prospect that they have to “perform” for this imposing “audience.”

Prophetic utterances may very well be spontaneous…but that is not what determines the prophetic. A prophetic statement, song, dance, piece of any kind is prophetic because it has God’s voice and character inserted into it. That’s simple – He LOVES to interact with us, so we can be expectant of His voice and participation in our worship every time we minister to Him. If we think about the prophetic like this - it makes it more about Him than us.

Secondly, although we are ministering to Him, He is NOT THE AUDIENCE. In prophetic worship there is no audience – only communing hearts. We used to get frustrated by congregations coming into worship behaving like an audience and simply sitting or standing in place. I think we tried to adjust that thinking by saying that God is the audience…so everyone needs to participate. While corporate participation by every member is desirable, we cannot limit God to the position of audience – He has something to say in every service.


Followed to their logical conclusion, both of these statements shut down congregational participation in worship and limit the scope of the prophetic because people may not feel proficient at spontaneously doing anything and they may be threatened by the concept of “performing” for the Audience of ONE.

We just need to relax about these two issues and allow Him to speak…and He LOVES to speak through every willing vessel. The onus is on Him – not us. We don’t have to perform or produce anything – we simply need to abide in Him and allow Him to flow in, and through us.



Monday, January 30, 2017

Character

Good character is...

• the throne of greatness
• the foundation for true success
• the strength to overcome every adversity
• the credentials for building nobility into others
• the abode for all virtue
• the light that guides our way through darkness
• the fuel that propels us towards our destiny...and...

• the true beauty of our soul
Vivien Hibbert

Romans 5:3-5 
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.
And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.
And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Welcome


Greetings to everyone who finds their way to this blog. Thank you for taking the time to visit.

I want to make a special welcome to students for the EITI School of Worship and all those interested in classes at EITI: http://www.eaglesiti.org. For further information on the School of Worship go here: schoolofworship_adm@eagles.org.

Please feel free to poke around - there are numerous articles in the archives that will be interesting to any students of worship. You can look through the postings based on a date - found down on the right hand side of this page under the heading: "Blog Archive."

You will see that I haven't been writing a lot this year - I hope to get back to regular articles when my schedule calms down a bit. 

Another way to access helpful information is to go up to the top left and enter a topic in the search box. Type in "Praise and Worship" for example, and an interesting mix of different articles will come up.

Feel free to use any and all of the material posted in this blog. Give attribution and pass on the connection to your mates. Also...if you have questions, don't hesitate to ask me either here, or via email: vivienhibbert@gmail.com.

One final word - If you are interested in any of my written materials, CD's, DVD's, Teaching tapes etc. Please go to my website: www.vivienhibbert.com. My book "Prophetic Worship" is about to be released after a major makeover. Make sure you pick up this groundbreaking text on worship.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Prophetic Word For 2016 From Isaiah 52:7

A word for us all in 2016:

Is. 52:7 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of good, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns!”




7 Observations:

1. Mountains - often refer to nations – also churches and centers of God’s presence. God is focusing on some specific nations for this year. Strategic meetings will set the stage for revival in certain nations that will touch every continent. People who have never traveled are going to be thrust out in short-term missions and see great effectiveness.

2. Feet - God is giving us increased authority - dominion in the places we tread this year.
"Feet" regel – journey, to move

These feet are beautiful on the mountains: "beautiful" (Strongs 4998) na’ah – this word is only used 3 times in the Bible to describe: holiness Ps. 93:5; cheeks Song 1:10; feet Is. 52:7

3. Good news...God is going to use us in greater measure to proclaim the power of His Gospel this year.

4. Peace - this not only means peace as we know it...but the prosperity and blessing that accompanies the Gospel. Increased blessing and prosperity for 2016.

5. Good news of good - we are the bearers of good news - happy news - positive messages proclaimed into the hearts of His people this year.

6. Publishes salvation - unusual circumstances coming this year - people you have been praying for over many years will come to salvation in 2016! Friends, relatives, neighbors and work mates. Expect significant breakthroughs!

7. You will say to Zion: "Your God reigns!" "Zion" represents the worshipers - those who love His presence. This is the mountain where David established his tabernacle of worship for all nations. The Lord wants to rule in the hearts of His worshipers in greater measure this year - some territories to conquer once and for all. He is giving you renewed authority to speak into these areas and be a champion for champions!



Monday, January 18, 2016

Titus - Godly Character

The Book of Titus was written by Paul (in about A. D. 64) to his Greek disciple, Titus. Titus was in Crete at the time. Crete was a corrupt seaport where cargo ships stopped off as they traversed the Mediterranean. It had been socially backward for 1400 years. This letter was intended to help Titus as he instructed the Cretans in holy living. Titus was sent to Crete to oversee the churches and leaders, and to bring them into Godly order (Titus 1:5 NIV The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.) These Cretan Believers were living in a society where the people were known for being lazy, liars, and gluttons. Titus showcases Paul’s strategy for leadership and points the way for all Believers to live as lights in the midst of unprecedented evil.

One of the striking features of this book are the lists of character traits that show what a true Godly life looks like, and what an ungodly life looks like. I have attempted to put these into some sort of order, and pair them with character traits that show the Godly and ungodly sides of our heart. I have used several translations (particularly NKJV, NIV, NLT, AMP and NLV) in order to get a greater understanding of each of these character traits. Different translations use different words to describe what the Holy Spirit is saying through these verses.

The Lord is more interested in our character than our gifts or talents. I use lists such as these to take inventory of where I stand with the Lord, and how I can move forward – away from ungodly behavior, and towards His holiness:

Key verse: Titus 2:14
He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin,
to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people,
totally committed to doing good deeds.


Godly Character For Elders (Leaders of the Church)


Godly Character


Ungodly Character

Fruit of the Spirit Needed to Grow this Character


Husband of one wife; faithful to his wife, blameless 1:6


Wild and disobedient; immoral; rebellious 1:6

Patience—Gal. 5:22

Faithful children - Believers 1:6


Overbearing 1:7

Gentleness—Gal. 5:23

Hospitable; a servant; enjoy having guests 1:8


Unable to manage the household 1:7

Joy—Gal. 5:22

Lover of what is good 1:8

Violent; Quick-tempered;
gets angry over little things  1:7


Goodness—Gal. 5:22

Sober-minded; wise 1:8

Self-willed; arrogant 1:7


Peace—Gal. 5:22

Just; financially ethical 1:7-8


Greedy; dishonest with money 1:7

Faithfulness—Gal. 5:22

Holy 1:8


Sinful 1:15

Love—Gal. 5:22

Self-controlled; disciplined 1:8



Given to (much) wine; heavy drinker 1:7; 2:3


Self-control—Gal. 5:23

Trusting in the Word and
able to teach the truth 1:9


Opposing the Word;
stands against the truth 1:9-10

Kindness—Gal. 5:22














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Godly Character For all Believers – Men and Women


Godly Character

Ungodly Character


Sober; self-control; dignified 2:2; 2:12


Addicted to wine; insubordinate; rebellious 1:10; 2:3


Reverent; sound in faith 2:2-3; 2:7


Idle (useless, empty) talkers 1:10

Temperate; wise 2:2; 2:6; 2:12


Deceivers – false teachers 1:10

Sound in Faith 2:2

Unbelieving 1:15


Loving 2:2


Defiled 1:15


Patient; steadfast; endurance 2:2


Deny God; Detestable; disobedient and unfit for doing anything good 1:16


Teachers of good things that encourage younger Christian women to tenderly love their husbands and children 2:4-5


Deceived 3:3


Discreet; wise 2:5; 2:6


Slanderers; malicious gossips 2:3

Chaste; pure 2:5


Impure 2:15

Kind; good-natured; do good works of every kind; have homes where God is honored
2:3; 2:5-7


Living in malice; malicious gossips 3:3


Teach the truth 2:8


Dishonest; 1:11;
Turned away from the truth 3:11


Obedient (submissive) to their husbands 2:5


Disobedient 1:16; 3:2


Strict regard for integrity; beyond reproach 2:7-8


Disqualified; worthless for anything good 1:16

Incorruptible; self-control; seriousness 2:6-7


Corrupt mind; conscience and heart 1:15

Sound speech; teach truth; wisdom 2:8; 2:12


Foolish 3:2


Righteous; upright 2:12


Lustful; worldly immoral desires & passions; enslaved to various sinful desires 2:12; 3:3


Godly; devotion to God 2:12


Ungodliness 2:12

Looking for the appearing of Jesus with confident expectation 2:13


Unbelieving, deny and disown God 1:15


Submit (subject) to rulers and authorities 3:1


Strivings about the law 3:9


Obedient 3:1


Foolish and disobedient; Hateful 3:3


Ready for every good work;
Always ready to do what is good 3:1


Foolish, ill-informed disputes; controversies 3:9

Speak evil (slander) of no one 3:2


Quarrels and fights 3:9

Peaceable; kind 3:2


Contentions; foolish discussions 3:9

Gentle 3:2


Envious; malice; evil; hatred; hateful 3:3

Humble towards all; show consideration to all 3:2


Divisive 3:10


Participate in good and honorable things – things that are excellent and profitable for all people 3:8


Heresies that cause divisions and confusion



Godly Character For Slaves


Godly Character

Ungodly Character


Obedient; subject to masters; pleasing 2:9


Answering back 2:9

Showing good faith; trustworthy; good, do credit to the teachings of the Lord 2:10


Stealing (pilfering) 2:10



Key verse: Titus 3:4-7


But—
When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love,
he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.
He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit
He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.
Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence
that we will inherit eternal life