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."

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