Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Sign Language

Our discernment must remain sharp. Often, we are "wowed" with extravagant pageantry, skillful dancing, and impeccable garments. It is not to be automatically assumed that these indicate the anointing or presence of the Lord. We can attend multiple conferences and be Bible scholars and still miss the mark.

In the various ways to move in ministry, some employ the art of sign language with dance. Although sign language is traditionally used for those who have impaired hearing, witnessing the Word of God in motion can help add to our faith. This conversation by hand is the way that some people are able to "hear" the Word. If faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God, then we are in essence getting a double-dose of the Word when movement is paired with it!

Though there are some who specialize in one particular area of movement, it will only broaden our horizons to allow God's creativity to show in every format. We do not have to limit it to hand motions. We may incorporate written signage as well that accentuates the Word. A word of caution must be offered here: Let us not rely on the power of the "signs," but only in the power of the Lord God Almighty. Flashy presentations are also used by the enemy as a lure. Let us make sure that Jesus does the drawing, and not creative manipulation.

Daniel 4:2 (NKJV)
I thought it good to declare the signs and wonders that the Most High God has worked for me.

Matthew 24:24 (NKJV)
For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

Mark 16:20 (NKJV)
And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.

John 6:26 (NKJV)
Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.

Revelation 16:14 (NKJV)
For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

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