Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped [them] with the hair of her head. “You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which [are] many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, [the same] loves little.” Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
Luke 7:44 – 48
I am always blessed by the wonderful song of worship by CeCe Winans titled Alabaster Box. When I read this scripture passage and consider that song, I am reminded of the impact that my own personal worship of the Lord has on me and an atmosphere.
A ‘remedy’ is a “medicine, application or treatment that relieves or cures a disease; something that corrects or counteracts; the legal means to recover a right or to prevent or obtain repayment for a wrong. So, when this definition is coupled with worship, it is interesting to observe how God uses your own worship to remedy and heal many of your own wounds. There’s a miracle in your worship of God–for you.
If you study many of the people in the Bible who sought the Lord for their own healing or deliverance, then you will notice that their breakthrough came as a result of their own supplication and worship. Realize that this specific kind of miracle typically does not come from the result another’s worship of God. You must participate in your own deliverance.
“ …this is the extraction place…”
As a worship minister, understanding this principle is critical to your effectiveness in preparation and delivery in ministry. When you have not consumed the ‘remedy’ that your worship provides, then you will devalue the importance of the time that you spend alone with God in fellowship and devotion. You will make the mistake of assuming that the “prescribed” efforts that you are putting forth are unnecessary and seemingly unrelated to what you have to do in ministry. This is a serious error, because this is the extraction place of your own anointing.
Many times I have experienced powerful release and deliverance when ministering to the Lord in dance privately. I can minister with songs that speak specifically to where I am, and I pour out my soul to the Lord and Him alone. There are no audiences, no one to offer a critique of my dance, no steps to remember, no choreography to execute–just whatever my heart can pour out, I offer it to the Lord.
There is a certain transparency needed in His presence and also when ministering to others. You have to open yourself up to God and allow Him to deal with the broken places in your life that need healing.
Through this genuine place of worship, Jesus ministers back to you in a way that only He can. He shows you what you need to see, tells you what you need to hear and reminds you that He is always there.
“He shows you what you need to see, tells you what you need to hear and reminds you that He is always there.”
Interestingly, the ability to “enter in” at any time comes from that personal time that you invest in worship. This is why it is important make the time to worship at home, in your car, in the shower–where ever you can find a place to isolate. Your ability to hear God and speak to Him in a manner that is natural for you is birthed from the time that you sow there.
Now, can you break open your own alabaster box for the Lord? Are you willing to share the precious anointing that can only be produced from your specific style of ministry? Are you willing to release the fragrant aroma of your worship? Can you let yourself go with Him and not feel scared, ashamed or fearful? He seeks for people to worship Him like this. Will you be one to spare no expense and pour your worship out for Him?
The worship that you lavish upon the Lord in your own time is the balm that He uses to heal your own wounds. Then, when you stand before the people of God to minister, you can do so from a real place of healing as opposed to some sympathetic idea from which you cannot relate. The same way that you received a miracle through your own worship, is the same place that you draw from when you minister to others. There is a miracle in your worship, both for you and for those who receive your ministry.
© 2012 LR Rodgers All Rights Reserved.