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."

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