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."

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