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."

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