Monday, March 31, 2008

He Restoreth My Sole

The Lord is a Protector and a Shield for us. We must realize that hurt comes with the territory of ministry. Even though we do not look forward to pain, we must understand that this develops character, compassion, and longevity. We must pray for our dance ministries on a regular basis so that we do not get trapped by the many pitfalls that await us when we pledge allegiance to the Kingdom of God.

Some of the pitfalls include arguments, pride, betrayal, envy, abandonment, rejection, discouragement, criticism, competition, etc. Some dancers may be sources of discord within the ministry. The key is to not take any of these attacks personally. We must recognize the spirit behind the activity and put the sword of the Spirit (the Word of God) to work. We wrestle not against flesh and blood.

We must be on guard concerning the spiritual condition of each of our ministries. We must aim to remain alert and address issues as they arise quickly. During each rehearsal, we must pray (for each other, our churches, communities, etc.), study the Word (and know which scriptures support the dances we are rehearsing), and keep the assignment and vision of the ministry at the forefront. When we acknowledge the Lord in all our ways, we will stay on the path that He has ordained.

Psalm 18:2 (NKJV)
"The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold."

Psalm 91:11-13 (NKJV)
"For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot."

Matthew 18:7 (NKJV)
"Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!"

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Walk This Way

Several years ago, the Lord demonstrated a spiritual principle to me through the depiction of a closet full of shoes. If we only have one pair of shoes to wear, then there is very little question as to what we will put on our feet for the day. If we have a closet full of shoes to choose from, the choice becomes a little more challenging if we are blessed with several pairs of shoes of the same color in different styles.

This would be the equivalent of a multi-talented, multi-gifted person. Many creative people, including movement artists, often have several creative gifts to employ. When we are passionate about each area in which the Lord has chosen to give us gifts, we may find ourselves torn between two ministries or functions with frustration.

The dilemmma was resolved for me like this: We cannot wear two different types of shoes at the same time and maintain balance. If we wear a sneaker and a dress shoe on opposite feet, we will walk unevenly. This opens us up to potential pitfalls and danger if we try to walk in a way that is unstable. There were times when I directed the choir, danced, and sang all in the same service. By the end of the day, I was drained and exhausted.

We must remain balanced in our walk before the Lord. It is ok to have several giftings, but in order to be fully effective, we may need to run the race one lane at a time. Many are burned out, overwhelmed, and off target simply because we are trying to do too many things at once. Let us continue to pray to the Lord for direction so that we are where we are supposed to be, doing what we are called to do for that place, season, and time.

Ecclesiastes 10:3 (NKJV)
"Even when a fool walks along the way, He lacks wisdom, and he shows everyone that he is a fool."

1 Thessalonians 4:1 (NKJV)
"Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God"

I Corinthians 12:4-11 (NKJV)
"There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same[b] Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills."

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Do as I Say

We keep going back to obedience because everything else falls into line from there. It is very difficult to obey God when we do not know His voice. We learn to recognize His voice by reading His word and spending time talking to Him, and then listening to what He reveals. When we follow Him completely, dances, songs, and anointing work together to produce powerful results.

When our dances line up with the Word of God, we will always accomplish what He sent us to do. When our lifestyles bring glory to God, we will not be dancing deceptively before Him and His people. When our conversation promotes healing, those who are watching us will be willing to receive the movement ministry as well.

Let us not be afraid to obey the Word of the Lord. He is faithful to His Word. He is the greatest Director that we will ever have. Move your feet into the path of righteousness, and watch the Lord increase you as never before!

Deuteronomy 12:28 (NKJV)
"Observe and obey all these words which I command you, that it may go well with you and your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the LORD your God."

Isaiah 55:11 (NKJV)
"So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."

James 1:22 (NKJV)
"But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves."

Friday, March 28, 2008

Dancing for Dollars

We must be careful to keep pure motives in ministry. Temptation comes in many forms, and money is often a means of influence. What are we willing to compromise to make a check? What dances are "off limits" to us? We must know what we are not willing to do in movement ministry. We must make the decision as to whether we serve God or mammon. We cannot be slaves to both.

A little compromise is still disobedience. If the Holy Spirit warns us that certain garments, songs, events, and affiliations are not to be an option for us, are we willing to stand in the face of ridicule? Can we endure criticism from those who may think that we are trying to be "deep" in the things of God? Will we embrace being labeled "peculiar people" for the sake of obeying God?

Let us not let anyone control us with filthy lucre. There is nothing wrong with being blessed for serving in the Kingdom; However, when our deciding factor becomes money, then we have chosen to yield to another god. If we dance for dollars, then we are no better than those that work as entertainers for hire. Let us retain the promise of the Lord to be our Provider. He is a Rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

Exodus 23:8 (NKJV)
"And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the discerning and perverts the words of the righteous."

Micah 3:11 (NKJV)
"Her heads judge for a bribe, her priests teach for pay, and her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? No harm can come upon us."

Acts 8:20-21 (NKJV)
"But Peter said to him, 'Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money! You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God.'"

1 Corinthians 9:18-19 (NKJV)
"What is my reward then? That when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christ without charge, that I may not abuse my authority in the gospel. For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more."

Thursday, March 27, 2008

A Mixed Multitude

When many dance teams step into the ministry of motion, often more zeal is displayed than knowledge. All of us have to start somewhere, and honest efforts to dance before the Lord should be welcomed and encouraged. Our total bodies are for the Master's use, and we should make every effort to move our hands and feet. As we grow and develop in our choreography and understanding of the Word, we should show growth in the way that we deliver the message.

When studying the statistics of movement ministry, we can agree that most dance ministries are comprised of women and girls. We are beginning to see more men and boys dance before the King with power and understanding. It is important that we allow mixed-gender ministries to dance together on one accord. This does not mean that we are to all execute the same movements at the same time. There are some movements that appear to be more feminine than masculine. Slight adjustments to the hands or feet can allow the men to move with the women and remain distinct.

There are many men who are waiting in the shadows for their opportunity to dance before the Lord. As we witness the restoration of David's tabernacle, we must remember that David was a radical dancing warrior king for the Lord. We must clear the way for the men to lead the great procession in dance. We can do this by ensuring that men have a place to express themselves with freedom, understanding, and effectiveness.

Psalm 67:3 (NKJV)
"Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You."

Psalm 148:12-13 (NKJV)
"Both young men and maidens; Old men and children. Let them praise the name of the LORD, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven."

Jeremiah 31:13 (NKJV)
"Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old, together; for I will turn their mourning to joy, will comfort them, and make them rejoice rather than sorrow."

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Control Freak

There are no limits to Kingdom expansion. It was once thought that the preacher was the only person that was able to win souls for the Kingdom. Because God is omniscent and humans are not, He has gifted us with many ways to "preach" the gospel. One of those ways has been through movement ministry. We must no longer hinder the gospel by trying to control the way it is spread.

As arts ministries from all over the world gain influence, respect, and win souls for Christ, there seems to be a perceived threat that has gripped congregations and ministries worldwide. Instead of viewing worship arts ministries as partners, many church leaders are holding dancers, singers, and creative artists hostage by limiting their ability to reach the lost. Although I am not advocating ministry without accountability, it seems as though many that preach the gospel put the messenger in front of the message. I have had the opportunity to share the gospel beyond the dance platform and consider dance as another way for me to "preach."

When we train dancers to become ministries, we can serve as great partners for our churches and Pastors in the spreading of the gospel. Dancers may participate during the sermon in creative interpretation, dance to a song that compliments the preached word, or simply create an atmosphere that makes it easier to preach. I am a living witness that dance ministry wins souls for the Kingdom. After all, the gospel message is being heard through the lyrics as well as from pulpits and street corners the world over. Let's continue to lift the name of Jesus, and not our individual rights to be heard!

Isaiah 56:11 (NKJV)
"Yes, they are greedy dogs which never have enough. And they are shepherds who cannot understand; They all look to their own way, Every one for his own gain, from his own territory."

Romans 10:14-15 (NKJV)
"How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!"

Romans 15:18-19 (NKJV)
"For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, to make the Gentiles obedient— in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ."

Galatians 1:11-12 (NKJV)
"But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ."

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Falling Flatter

Humility is a thing that is challenged on a daily basis. If someone refers to us as humble, it ahould always come as a surprise to us. If we think that we are the hallmark of humbleness, then we are not humble. It is not difficult in movement ministry for pride to come in. If we have effective dance ministries, we will constantly be presented with compliments, praises, and comparisons to other dancers. Pride can come suddenly and must be cast down as soon as it tries to enter our thoughts.

Authority, recognition, and entitlement seem to be sought by so many who seek to be validated in their gifts. Our flesh wants to feel satisfaction from people who anticipate OUR ministries, OUR anointing, OUR presence, OUR contributions. It's time to stop fighting to get ahead of one another, and fight for the advancement of the Kingdom of God! Promotion comes from Him. Let's make sure that we know what He has given into our hands, and move in obedience concerning our own assignments.

There is no sin in giving honor to whom honor is due. There is a problem with giving people compliments in order to obtain favor from them. Many of us were taught that, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." The revision should be "If you cannot speak the truth in love, don't say anything false." Flattery breeds destruction and pride. Since the Lord searches our hearts, we must keep them yielded to Him.

Proverbs 28:23 (NKJV)
"He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward than he who flatters with the tongue."

Jude 1:16 (NKJV)
"These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage."

Daniel 11:21 (NKJV)
"And in his place shall arise a vile person, to whom they will not give the honor of royalty; but he shall come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue."

Monday, March 24, 2008

"God Made the World in Color"

It is amazing how many dance ministries are still limited regarding garments. When we study the Word of God, we actually have more freedom and options when we apply what we have learned. I always like to say that "God made the world in color!" When are dance ministries going to get the picture?

There are several references to colorful garments in the Bible. We can research colors and their meanings and use this information to bring more truth and revelation to our ministry presentations. Black and white garments do not work for all pieces. Over-sized garments may hinder our ability to move safely while dancing. When the Lord gives us instructions to follow, they always turn out right.

We all may have colors that we prefer over others, but ministry is never about what we want, it is always about the message and delivering it effectively. We can allow arguments and strife to enter in when we want to incorporate our own personal visions into the garments. If we are sensitive to the voice of the Lord, our fleshly nature will be challenged in the area of obedience to Him. I have had to wear garments that I did not personally like initially, but discovered that they were very effective in ministering the message. When we follow His lead, we will always have a testimony verifying the reward of obedience.

Esther 8:15 (NKJV)
"So Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, with a great crown of gold and a garment of fine linen and purple; and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad."

Isaiah 63:1 (NKJV)
"Who is this who comes from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah, This One who is glorious in His apparel, Traveling in the greatness of His strength?— “ I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”

Revelation 1:13 (NKJV)
"And in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band."

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Keep Your Clothes On!

When God grants us favor, we should not walk in fear its use. We cannot stumble over affirmation by others when God places us in position. As dancers, we must view each God-ordained assignment as an opportunity to advance the Kingdom. Our lives are a testament of His awesome workings through mankind.

Joseph's favor was confirmed by the receipt of a garment given to Him by his father. This outward symbol sparked jealousy in the eyes of his brothers. As a result, his robe was stripped from him by those who should have celebrated him. The favor of God on our lives cannot be hidden. Dance ministry is very visual, and people will be able to see what mantle is on our lives.

In the case of Potiphar's wife in Genesis 39, she could not get from Joseph what she wanted from him, so she removed his cloak from him and used it to accuse him of something he did not do when he left it behind. We must be watchful of those who would manipulate us for their own gain. Accusations may arise against us, but false ones do not stand. If we are faithful to the Lord, we will receive our reward and be a blessing even to those that meant to harm us.

Joseph did not remove his garment for anyone. He continued to wear them until they were taken from him twice. We should never hide the favor of God on our lives to please others. The enemy of our souls may try to strip the favor of God from us, but deceptive tactics will not prevail. Our dances must please Him, and our lives must line up with His Word. When we please Him, he grants us immeasurable favor. Keep your spiritual garments on, and do not lay them aside. Make no apologies for God's favor. Step into the place He has for you.

Genesis 37:3,23 (NKJV)
"Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made a richly ornamented robe for him.

So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the richly ornamented robe he was wearing"

Isaiah 61:10 (NKJV)
"I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels."

Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Task Master

When we understand our unique positioning in ministry, then we will be able to flow with power and accuracy. The Lord did not mandate us all to dance the same way, wear the same garments, and minister to the same songs. The problem is that many dance groups are copies of others that have inspired them. It's wonderful to be an encouragement to someone else, but it's another thing to covet the gift and try to duplicate it. We cannot have a form of Godliness and deny the power.

We must study the Word in regards to all aspects of ministry for us to be effective. We cannot merely go to conference after conference and run with the words that we hear. We only get true confirmation when we study it for ourselves. With so many people hosting workshops and events, there is no guarantee that the information that we receive is rightly dividing the Word. Too many are teaching opinions as the rules of ministry. When we are His sheep, we are able to discern His voice.

We do not have to wait until everything is perfect for us to step out in obedience. He trains us as we go forward in service. The tasks that He appoints will breed obedience in us when we submit to His leading. We should have a standard of excellence in our movement, garments, websites, brochures, business cards, or anything else that we use to represent the Lord's appointment. In essence, we should make it our object to master obedience to God, and He will make our paths straight.

Numbers 4:27 (NKJV)
“Aaron and his sons shall assign all the service of the sons of the Gershonites, all their tasks and all their service. And you shall appoint to them all their tasks as their duty".

1 Corinthians 3:9-11 (NKJV)
"For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ."

Friday, March 21, 2008


To travail is to bring forth something that takes much effort or labor. This often results in strenuous physical or mental effort which can be overwhelming if we operate in the flesh. There are dances that take both physical and mental stamina to bring the Word forth. We must prepare to take people into the manifest presence of God.

There is nothing that hinders our access to Him. The veil is no more. We can move forward in confidence, knowing that Jesus paid the price for us to be in relationship with God. Our dance ministries should reflect this freedom and lead others into His presence. It is there we will experience fullness of joy.

Dance before the Lord with no limits. Walk boldly in His Word and witness new life take place in others. Leap for joy! Let us treasure the friendship that we have with our Awesome God. If there is anything that is standing between us and Him, remove it! If there is anything in our lives that hinders us from drawing near to Him, overthrow it! If there remains any veils over our eyes, ears, and hearts, know that it was already destroyed by the power of Jesus Christ's death on the cross when we are His. Travel beyond the limitations of the former veil and press into your passion for His presence. Access granted!

2 Corinthians 3:16 (NKJV)
"Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away."

Hebrews 6:19-20 (NKJV)
"This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek."

Hebrews 10:19-22 (NKJV)
"Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water."

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Separation Anxiety

If we are operating in Kingdom authority, we will experience a separation process in ministry. Because dancers are often creative and emotional people, we crave acceptance and approval. We want people to like us and say that our dances have ministered to them. We want to be embraced by Pastors and church leaders as a bonafide ministry inside and outside of the church.

Our will must be to do what the Lord has sent us to do. Jesus Himself experienced ridicule and rejection in ministry, but kept His eyes on the mission that was set before Him. If we thrive on acceptance and approval, we will be headed for disaster. We must seek to please God, and Him alone. He will then give us favor with men.

When it is time to move from a position or ministry, it is for the perfect will of God to be done. We cannot allow anxiety or panic to overtake us when it seems like our best friends are abandoning us. We must not be shaken when adversity comes against us. We must not take it personally when dancers decide to leave the group. We must recognize this and ask the Lord to protect our hearts when transition comes. If we do not lean on the Lord, we will find ourselves misunderstanding His purpose and not recognize that He is indeed ordering our steps.

Genesis 13: 8-9, 11 (NKJV)
"So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren. Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.”

Then Lot chose for himself all the plain of Jordan, and Lot journeyed east. And they separated from each other."

Romans 8:35, 38-39 (NKJV)
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Divine motion births promotion. Kingdom advancement is not like corporate advancement. The Lord exalts the humble and resists the proud. When we walk in our callings as dancers, the Lord will open up doors for us that cannot be shut. Our gift makes room for us. When we try to press our way into a position, we will have to keep pressing to keep those doors open.

There are many today that are working the "Corporate Model" of the church. As a result, positions in ministry often birth rivalries and foster competition when a person sets his or her heart on advancing themselves instead of advancing the Kingdom. Like Joseph, the Lord may show us that we are to be great leaders, but also like Joseph, we must do it according to the Lord's timeline. The Lord placed him in the position to rule. Joseph did not bang on the King's door with a demand to operate in his gift.

Wait on the Lord, and continue to do the work that He has set before you. If you are found doing His will, then phone calls, ministry invitations and opportunities will come from even the most unlikely places. Do not concern yourself when others seem to be advancing while it seems that you have been forgotten. An invitation of honor is always better than a denied request.

Proverbs 4:7-8 (NKJV)
"Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her."

Job 36:7 (NKJV)
"He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous; but they are on the throne with kings, for He has seated them forever, and they are exalted."

Matthew 23:12 (NKJV)
"And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Sit at the Master's Table

How we maintain our bodies is important, not only for our well-being, but for us to be unhindered when we minister through dance. We want to be at our greatest level of energy and health when we go forth, both naturally and spiritually. Drinking water and adopting a regular habit of eating fruits and vegetables, proteins, and lean meats will not only promote good health in us, but will also make us look better in the process.

Because many things will try to work against us when we are serious about Kingdom movement, we must pay attention to what we eat (or do not eat) right before we dance. Some people choose to fast, others choose to avoid junk foods, and others will eat whatever they choose. It all comes down to what the Lord has instructed you to do, and not what everyone else thinks. I make it a regular practice not to drink too much water right before I dance for obvious reasons.

The Lord prepares a table for us, even in the presence of our enemies. We must be careful to select that which the Lord has provided for us. In the book of Daniel, he requested not to eat the delicacies from the King's table, but to eat vegetables and water to show the sustaining power of God. We also have a choice today to partake in the Lord's goodness. When we maintain our temples, then we can minister more effectively to the benefit of the Kingdom.

Ecclesiastes 2:24 (NKJV)
"Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God."

Romans 14:17 (NKJV)
"For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit."

1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV)
"Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."

Monday, March 17, 2008

"Trust Issues"

We must continue moving forward so that we do not grow stagnant in movement ministry. Everything has its season and time, and we must stay before the Lord to know what we ought to do. The way that it is now may not remain the same tomorrow. Things may change in a few days, weeks, months, or years. We must prepare our hearts for change and accept it as part of the growth process.

There are dance ministries that are not growing spiritually or in number because they continue to do the same thing that worked yesterday. There are ministries that have experienced growth, but will become stalled because of comfort and pride in thinking that ministry is a formula. There are ministries that depend on a few "star" dancers to make each song work, but this will not last. There are ministries that are built on the personality of the dance leader, but this will not endure. Ministries based on friendships alone will be tested and tried. Some of these emotional separations are allowed by God to ensure that His will be done in our lives.

Has He told you to release that ministry or dance partner and walk towards what He has ordained for you? Has He told you to start something new over and over again, but you have been fearful about how things will work out? Did He tell you to do something that will take Supernatural intervention, but you have not made your move yet? Are you listening? Have you obeyed? We must trust in the Lord and not in our own limited feelings.

After we have experienced separation, betrayal, and loss, we will discover that God alone will never leave us nor forsake us. Just as Abram had to separate from Lot, it was so that the Lord could increase Him and bless many Nations through him. The thing that we seek to embrace the most will be the thing that we have to set free. Let us grasp God's unchanging hand firmly, and trust His plans concerning us for our own good.

Genesis 13:13-14 (NKJV)
And the LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward; for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever."

Isaiah 50:10 (NKJV)
“Who among you fears the LORD? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the LORD and rely upon his God."

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Red and Yellow... Black and White

We used to sing a song in church when I grew up called "Jesus Loves the Little Children." In the lyrics we said, "Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight..." as we referred to the many different types of people in this world. If we are truly to minister to the masses, then we must be open to a variety of songs to spread the Gospel message.

When we get stuck on our favorite song or favorite artist, then we close ourselves off from hearing what the Lord may be telling us to minister to someone else. Pray earnestly and ask the Lord to open your ears to hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the church. Often, we will find that it is not about us, but what the Lord wants to do through us.

It's time to move from the place of comfort and into the place of faith and complete reliance on God. When we walk upright before Him, He will direct our steps. This includes not only the movement, but the Message of the Living Word that He wants to reveal to His children. Because the Lord loves creativity and diversity, we must train ourselves to love what He loves.

1 John 3:1a (NKJV)
"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!"

Psalm 96:3 (NKJV)
"Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples."

1 Peter 2:17 (NKJV)
"Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king."

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Talking Loud and Saying Nothing

"Actions speak louder than words," has been told to us time and time again. We can all say things that are nice and uplifting, but do not truly express how we feel on the inside. In the movement ministries, it is not about performance, but truth. We can pretend to be emotional and dance with intensity in front of people, but the Lord is not fooled by what we show on the outside.

Competition on the inside of us will push past our words and be revealed by our actions. Negative thoughts and offenses can only hide for so long before our smiles fade and we begin to pray for self-control to behave in a way that would bring honor to God. People are constantly searching for any hints of hypocrisy in our lives based on past disappointments and hurtful life experiences. In everything that we do, we must constantly submit to the Lord to discover if what we are doing is for us or for Him.

My mentor has ingrained the statement "You can show them better than you can tell them," into my mind for years. It is true that whatsoever we do should be to the glory of God. In movement ministry, we are the "doers of the Word." We must always remember that we are being watched more than we are being heard.

Ruth 1:18 (NKJV)
"When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she stopped speaking to her."

1 Kings 10:7 (NKJV)
"However I did not believe the words until I came and saw with my own eyes; and indeed the half was not told me. Your wisdom and prosperity exceed the fame of which I heard."

Job 2:13 (NKJV)
"So they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief was very great."

Friday, March 14, 2008

Take Me Back?

Music is powerful for many reasons. When the Lord wanted the children of Israel to remember His Word, He told Moses, “Now therefore, write down this song for yourselves, and teach it to the children of Israel; put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for Me against the children of Israel." (Deuteronomy 31:19) Songs can be remembered for many years, even when they have not been heard recently.

We must be careful when mixing secular songs with the gospel message. Contemporary music often samples other artists whose message does not bring glory to God. While this has been done in an attempt to reach the world, this is not our mandate. When we lift up Jesus, He will draw others to Himself.

These songs may take people to a place in time in their minds when they had a stuggle with sin in a particular area. Funky baselines of yesteryear often lead a congregation into dancing that is reminiscent of the parties and clubs that they once visited. The body naturally responds to music with movement. We will often find ourselves singing familar songs before we realize it. In the ministry of movement, let us always take care to lead others to Christ.

3 John 1:11 (NKJV)
"Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God."

Psalm 149:1 (NKJV)
"Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, and His praise in the assembly of saints."

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Idle Worship

If we are not careful, our ministries can become a god to us. We cannot enjoy dance more than we enjoy our relationships with God. There are some that may say "Dance is my life," but it should not be so with us. If the movement ministry has become an idol to us, then we are engaging in idle worship.

Anything that we exalt higher than God must come crashing down. It feels great to celebrate the victories and recount the lives that were changed because of the ministry of movement, but we must never mistake the true source of our power, which is the Holy Spirit. We must continue to keep our gifts in perspective, and never let them compete with God, the Giver of all good and perfect gifts.

Our conversations should always point to the handiwork of the Lord. When we receive praise and accolades after a ministry outpouring, we should redirect it to the Lord. Many flattering words may tempt us to receive the glory, but we must guard against pride and selfish ambition. It is only in Him that we live, move, and have our being. It is only in Him that we should boast.

Revelation 19:10 (NKJV)
And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Seam Stress

Searching for the right garment for ministry can be stressful. Some ministries purchase dance garments from costume catalogues or online, while others have garments that are made-to-order. It is wonderful to find a seamstress or tailor that can make custom garments, if the vision becomes a reality.

When the Lord gave instructions to Moses regarding garments, they were to be made according to the pattern that the Lord showed him. I cannot describe how many times I have met a wonderful seamstress or tailor who did not make the garment that I had in mind. Often the skirt was not wide enough, the sleeves were too tight for movement, or the design was not what was drawn or discussed. This has caused "seam stress" when the garment is needed for a particular time or season and does not "fit" the pattern.

Skill does not qualify a person to sew a ministry garment. Eagerness does not equal qualification. When the Lord provides a skilled craftsman that can sew according to the pattern He has shown you, do not take it for granted. If an anointed garment maker has not yet been discovered in your area, pray that the Lord will provide. The stress, money, and time spent on creations that do not "seam right," will make you appreciate those anointed for the task.

Exodus 28:3 (NKJV)
"So you shall speak to all who are gifted artisans, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments, to consecrate him, that he may minister to Me as priest."

Proverbs 31:24 (NKJV)
"She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies sashes for the merchants."

Acts 9:39 (NKJV)
"Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them."

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

"Spotlight Spirits"

Beyond the platform, people are paying attention to how we live. Ministry starts when we wake up each morning. How we respond to our neighbors, how we handle "road rage," how people view us at work and in business all impacts the ministries that God has entrusted to us. We can work against the calling on our ministries when our "mess" overshadows the message.

It is amazing how some movement ministers become completely different people in the spotlight, but show a different side of themselves on the internet, in text messages, in e-mails, on the telephone, and in person. We must not be lukewarm, but must be distinct in Who we have chosen to serve. Our message must be consistent and not hypocritical.

People who only behave righteously in front of a crowd have what I call "spotlight spirits." These are those that have bad attitudes, unpleasant personalities, and bad reputations (justifiably so), but are in competition for the title of "Most Extravagant Worshipper." These people often shout the loudest, run around the most, and love to stand out in the crowd. The Lord loves a radical worshipper, but it must be rooted in truth, and not exhibition. Let's pray that our lives and our ministries agree with our conduct and our passion for movement.

Mark 8:33 (NKJV)
"But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

1 Thessalonians 2:4 (NKJV)
"But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts."

Monday, March 10, 2008

Take Me by the Hand

The hands are very important symbolically and scripturally. The hand is a symbol of power, position, possession, burden, strength, authority, and justice. The right hand is a place of favor and honor. A handshake equals agreement. Miracles happen through the laying on of hands. We lift our hands in prayer and praise.

What we do with our hands should be taken seriously. In the movement ministry, hands are used more than anything else. Some dancers new to the movement ministries dance only from the "waist up," primarily using their hands through sign language or other motions to convey meaning. Mimes may use their entire bodies, but often wear gloves on their hands so that the message is clearly understood. Dancers use the entire body to tell a story, although hand positioning is very important.

Prophetic movement ministry often invloves the laying on of hands, the pointing of the fingers, or ministry that directly impacts those that are watching. We must keep our hands clean (literally and spiritually) and understand the power of them as we minister. We cannot haphazardly lay hands on anyone without the direction of the Holy Spirit. We can learn the mechanics of movement through classes and training, but only the Lord can endow us with His wonder-working power.

Psalm 18:34 (NKJV)
"He teaches my hands to make war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze."

Psalm 90:17(NKJV)
"And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands."

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Prison Ministry

People do not have to be behind bars to be imprisoned. Many are bound in the mind. Some are held captive by tradition. Others are chained by fear and unbelief. When we minister with the authority of God and power of the Word, then yokes will be destroyed to the glory of God!

We must move from the place of dancing for our own enjoyment, and have a sincere burden for souls. People need to experience the true presence of the Lord like never before. We must make it our business to show them the open door that is before them through Christ Jesus.

Pray and ask the Lord what songs and choreography can be used to destroy yokes because of the anointing. Be sensitive to Him when He speaks and reveals instructions, even if they may seem farfetched. Have faith that the Lord uses imperfect people, and that we are not worthy, but because Jesus lives in us, we are free to release others from bondage. He came to set the captive free, and freedom starts with us.

Psalm 142:7 (NKJV)
Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Your name; The righteous shall surround me, for You shall deal bountifully with me.”

Acts 16:25-26(NKJV)
"But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed."

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Picture This

"God is not visible, but He is visual." Rekesha Pittman

How we present ourselves counts. In the era of websites, MySpace, video, and digital imagery, we must be very careful. Many proclaim to be ministers of the Lord, but will have questionable photos, comments, and images for the public to see.

If we are truly ministers of Truth, then our lives must be a reflection of this. Not one of us is perfect, but we should not do anything that would compromise our testimonies as dancers for the Lord. If we are leading double lives, then we will not be able to keep up the charade between the Church and the world.

We must look around and see if there is anything that we are exhibiting that would exalt itself against the knowledge of God. Cell phones, camcorders, digital photos and technology can be used to advance the Kingdom. They can also be used to show our true selves if we are not walking the straight and narrow.

2 Corinthians 6:3 (NKJV)
"We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed."

Friday, March 7, 2008

Hear and There

Advertising alone will not launch your ministry into the Hall of Fame. When we lift up Jesus, He draws people unto Himself. Many people today use slick marketing, ministry logos, and catch phrases in an attempt to prove validity. Only what we do for Christ will last.

If we stay faithful to the calling of the Lord on our lives, He will exalt us in due season. Excellence in ministry should be a hallmark. We also have a responsibility to demonstrate truth-in-advertising. If we have a flashy image and outstanding "packaging" but are empty on the inside (not filled with the Holy Spirit), then we will not be able to stand the trials that come with ministry and servanthood.

Billboards will not keep you. Television exposure does not make you more powerful or anointed. National and International platforms can be your downfall if you are not prepared for the appointment. Promotions and titles in ministry will test your true character.

When we are truly following Christ and walking in His footsteps, then our names will be uttered and recognized as Kingdom Ambassadors. People will follow us as we follow Christ. Stay faithful to the course that God has designed for you. When we operate in the Spirit of the Lord, our works will be known throughout the land.

Luke 23:8 (NKJV)
"Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see Him, because he had heard many things about Him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him."

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Moving Day

If you have ever experienced the process of moving from one place to another, you discover in the packing process things that you had forgotten that you still possess. You also realize that many things that you are still keeping with you are no longer needed and are tossed into the trash. Others may have a moving sale. There may be things that still have value and are donated or given away so that others may benefit from them.

Ministry can be that way too. Sometimes in the dance realm, we are storing things inside that we need to get rid of. Past hurts, disappointments and missed opportunities must be released for you to make your move. If you have a wealth of knowledge or information, it is a blessing to share it. Are there churches in your community that would love to have a workshop or fellowship? Some may feel the need to "sell" the information that they have obtained in books, conferences, and DVDs.

The point is that we all must release some things in order to keep moving forward. If we never shed our extra possessions, then we will find ourselves unable to move. There is no fear in letting go and sharing what you have. We are blessed to be a blessing.

Matthew 5:42 (NKJV)
"Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away."

Luke 6:30 (NKJV)
"Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back."

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Acting a Fool

We should all remain teachable. We can learn something even from the smallest children, and even just by observing His creation around us. There are times when people think that they can only be taught by those who have more influence and popularity. Not so.

It's not always about the movement. Instruction and study of the Word will teach us to hear directly from God and remain sensitive to His Spirit. You can easily do the right thing at the wrong time. It is one thing to build your core and increase your strength naturally, and another to do it spiritually. It is time for a supernatural increase in the strength and power of God.

If you only go out to gatherings that have invited you as a guest... If you only attend conferences that feature you as a dancer or speaker... If you only go to church when the dance ministry is scheduled to present... If you only study the Word regarding dance and nothing else... If you only take the classes that make you feel comfortable... If you only listen to music that celebrates your culture... If you are never willing to pay to go get some training... If you are always the teacher and never the student... Examine yourself!

Proverbs 1:7 (NKJV)
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction."

Tuesday, March 4, 2008


It seems as though mentoring is all the rage in the world today. Top dollar is being charged by entrepreneurs, professionals, and many accomplished people in the church. "Be like me," seems to be the selling point for many of these "expert" training systems. Training is orderly and often necessary for us. There are times when mentoring can cross the line.

In the movement ministries, mentoring should never seek to produce exact copies of the teacher. Once, one of my friends in ministry commented on how the ministry that I was training looked "just like me." I was convicted. I realized that the goal was not for them to look like me, but to become who God has designed them to be.

Pray and seek God regarding those who would come into your life that intensely desire to mentor you. I have found that some of my best mentors have been the people who want no public recognition and understand why the Lord brought us together. I have also experienced some who called themselves a mentor in my life, but were really a tormentor.

The enemy always seeks to pervert God's design. We must guard ourselves against ravenous wolves who seek us out for their own gain and notoriety. The goal should always be to look to Christ and not man.

1 Corinthians 11: 1-3 (NKJV)
"Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, just as I passed them on to you. Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God."

Monday, March 3, 2008

May I Ask, Who's Calling?

Understanding your function in the Body will help ease frustration along the movement ministry journey. There is a difference between being a liturgical dancer and a movement minister. The lines in between the two vary greatly, depending upon where you may be in your relationship with the Lord and the understanding of your calling.

Anyone can be a liturgical dancer. Not everyone is a sincere praiser, worshipper, or minister. You may start with the basics and the Lord will develop you as you move in Him. The understanding of your function as a dancer will help you decide which invitations to accept and which to decline. I have been propelled into the arena of ministry in dance and prophetic movement. This means that I am often frustrated during many traditional "dance concerts" and "stage productions" because my assignment is not necessarily to be watched. I am a dancer on Kingdom assignment.

We must be secure enough to know when to say no. When I am unable to accept an invitation to dance, I will offer an alternate dancer or ministry that may be a better fit for what the host is looking for. This does not mean that I think that I am better than anyone else. The Lord has not called the ministry He has given me to provide entertainment for people. We must continue to ask the Lord to lead us in the paths that He ordains, and obey His direction.

Isaiah 1:12-14 (NKJV)
“When you come to appear before Me,
Who has required this from your hand,
To trample My courts?
Bring no more futile sacrifices;
Incense is an abomination to Me.
The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies—
I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting.
Your New Moons and your appointed feasts
My soul hates;
They are a trouble to Me,
I am weary of bearing them."

Sunday, March 2, 2008

It Wasn't the Nails...

We must be careful when coming up with "the rules" of movement ministry. The Lord's will and design for us is precise and exact. Is there ever a time that we should sacrifice our personal sense of style for the sake of the ministry?

For the Ladies: Are your fancy fingernails a distraction to the message that you are trying to deliver? Do you ever consider your hairstyle just as relevant to the ministry as the music and garments? Bright green and blue designs on our fingernails may lead to the admiration of our peers, but this may very well be a hinderance to the message. Do you want the hear someone compliment your "nice nails," right after you minister and have nothing else to say? I pray not.

For the Gentlemen: What role does your hair play in ministry? Do you favor fanciful designs or colorful personal expressions with your hair or earlobes? Do you try to hide that tongue ring while you are dancing so that no one will notice it? Is there anything that you are doing right now that brings more attention to you and less to God?

Nail artwork, facial piercings, neck tattoos and hair art may be interesting subjects of conversation and may be very creative; however, when the message of the cross is overshadowed by "us," we are doing a disservice to the ministry. We must seek the Lord earnestly concerning how He wants our temples adorned. There will be no greater satisfaction than hearing the words "Well done!"

Romans 6: 11-13 (NKJV)
"Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God."

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Men, Women, Boys and Girls

When God created Adam and Eve, He created them as compliments to each other. Although in Christ there is neither male nor female, this is a Spiritual revelation of how we are one. In Genesis, the Lord created them male and female (naturally and physically). There should be a distinction of this truth in our movement ministries.

I often see females in movement ministries dressed in overtly masculine attire, and at times see males in what could be perceived as feminine attire. The Gospel is universal, so this refers to perception more than our cultural differences. We must be careful to guard against anything that would open up a doorway for error. We should not be deceptive in our demonstration of the Word. When we worship Him in Spirit and Truth, then we must not seek to display what He has not created.

We do not want to send mixed signals when we minister. If we trust the Lord, He will instruct us concerning exactly how we are to move, what we are to wear, and what message He is trying to send. When we trust Him with all that we are, then He will lead us into all truth.

Matthew 19:4 (NKJV)
"And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’"

Mark 10:6 (NKJV)
"But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’"