Friday, April 18, 2008

Disc Jockey Dancer

Let us do what is right in the sight of the Lord. There are some things that are not outright sins, but if it is the wrong thing for us to do, then it is not righteousness. It is important to know what our function is in the Body, as well as our roles in the dance ministry.

I am called to minister through movement, but that is not my only assignment. This calling is challenged on a regular basis. I refuse to be entertainment or forced to accommodate spectators because a "praise dancer" would be a great addition to the program in question. I am frequently asked to minister to specific songs chosen by the event host, but I must decline if the Lord has not ordained me to minister to that selection. I am not a "jukebox or on-demand" dance performer. If the request is confirmed in my spirit, it may be considered, but is not automatic. Trust God for His leading.

Jesus did not perform for spectators as evidenced in Luke 23:8, "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." We do not dance to give people chills and thrills. We must be careful not to be lured with bright lights and large platforms. We must go where the Lord leads and minister as He mandates.

When we become puppets for people, we run the risk of operating in witchcraft (controlling spirits). Look at the story of Herodias' daughter. It is not always that the motives of people are impure, it is that our own loyalty and obedience will be revealed by what we agree to.

Isaiah 58:2 (NKJV)
Yet they seek Me daily, and delight to know My ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and did not forsake the ordinance of their God. They ask of Me the ordinances of justice; They take delight in approaching God.

Psalm 137:3 (NKJV)
For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song, and those who plundered us requested mirth, Saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

Matthew 14: 6-8 (NKJV)
But when Herod’s birthday was celebrated, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod. Therefore he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. So she, having been prompted by her mother, said, “Give me John the Baptist’s head here on a platter.”

James 4:17 (NKJV)
Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

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