Sunday, May 4, 2008

Stretch Out Your Hand!

Movement has very significant meaning in the Bible. The simple act of stretching out our hands can mean many things, depending on how it is used. When we are aware of the power in demonstration, we will seek the Lord to ensure that every move accurately reflects the Word of God.

Not only do technical classes increase the vocabulary of the dancer, reading the Word will give spiritual vocabulary to us as well. Technical movement without Divine revelation will only result in public exercise to gospel music. The beauty of movement ministry is that the Word takes form right before our eyes. For many, the viewing of a God-breathed dance is life-changing and liberating.

We must be as diligent in grasping an understanding of movement in the Bible as much as we are about rehearsing and expressing it. Without Him, we can do nothing. Living, moving, and having our being in Him takes on greater meaning when we understand what it means to live, how He wants us to move, and who He wants us to be.

The following scriptures are just a few ways that the stretching of the hands were used in the Scriptures:


Matthew 12:13 (NKJV)
Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other.


Psalm 138:7 (NKJV)
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me.


Mark 1:41 (NKJV)
Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”


Psalm 77:2 (NKJV)
In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; My hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing; My soul refused to be comforted.


Psalm 144:7 (NKJV)
Stretch out Your hand from above; Rescue me and deliver me out of great waters, From the hand of foreigners,


Luke 24:50 (NKJV)
And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them.

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