Sunday, July 13, 2008

Bring Them In

Dances that remain disconnected to the Word and irrelevant to what the Spirit is saying are done in vain. In the ministry of Jesus, he dealt with real issues that were facing the religious and natural lives of the people. Many dances are meaningful only to the persons performing it, and are meaningless to the viewer. This is not the purpose of movement ministry.

There is no special quality in the dance itself that makes it anointed. It is the heart of the dance minister, and the Word of God that moves on our behalf. If we are not careful, we will neglect to acknowledge that the Word is at work, and mistakenly magnify the dance. We are doers of the Word, not doers of the dance.

For movement to be ministry, it must lift up Jesus so that He can draw people to Himself by the Spirit. We are not to merely wait for people to come into our churches to receive the Word. As when Jesus walked the earth, the sick, lame, tormented, and dead were brought to Him to inherit a life-altering testimony. Let us draw the viewer in by remembering that those who need ministry may need to be carried into His presence through the use of our hands, arms, and shoulders.

Mark 2:3 (NKJV)
Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men.

John 12:32 (NKJV)
And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”

Acts 5:16 (NKJV)
Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.

James 4:8 (NKJV)
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Here is a clip from Expressions Dance Ministry... bringing them in!

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