Sunday, August 31, 2008

Parts of a Whole

Though the Lord uses us all individually, it is truly a blessing to see the Body come together. Movement ministry in a congregational worship setting should not be a spectator experience. In the church setting, dance ministry done in excellence takes much more than a radio and a CD. As ministers of movement, we should pray and rejoice to see how various departments in the church come together for a united goal: To magnify the Lord and exalt His name together!

This may mean praying and meeting with the Pastor, sound technicians, worship leader, minister of music, lighting director, prop masters, seamstresses, and more. We can incorporate much more of the congregation and ministry gifts when we think and operate like one unit instead of many. Building and strengthening healthy relationships between different ministries in the churches will cause us to remember that we are one.

Difficulty will arise without the cooperation of leadership. We will find that liberty and worship will be more plentiful when observers become participants in the time set aside for worship. Excellence will be the order of the day when the gifts in the Body are fully utilized. How good and pleasant it is when we worship Him in unity!

2 Chronicles 5:13-14 (NKJV)
Indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying: “For He is good, for His mercy endures forever," that the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.

2 Chronicles 29:28 (NKJV)
So all the assembly worshiped, the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded; all this continued until the burnt offering was finished.

Ephesians 4:16 (NKJV)
From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

Romans 12:5-8 (NKJV)
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Scare Tactics

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Often we are taught that there is spiritual warfare in movement ministry. The movement presented is often sharp, powerful, and forceful. We are taught to pray and to wear garments that symbolize war or victory. We often feel strong and confident after doing such pieces.

We must remember that we are not causing the enemy to be in fear of us. The Word tells us that every knee shall bow at the name of Jesus. Just as a soldier does not go to battle in his own name, we do not wage warfare on our own merits. All movement, thoughts, and directives should be about proclaiming the name of the Lord as our Victorious Conqueror.

Prayer and study of God's Word will sharpen our ability to represent the Kingdom in truth. Whether our dances reflect joy, praise, worship, or warfare, we should minister the right Word, in the right season, at the right place, at the right time. We all may not be ready for warfare dance right now. If we practice techniques we are not ready for, injury may result. Ask the Sons of Sceva...

Exodus 23:27 (NKJV)
I will send My fear before you, I will cause confusion among all the people to whom you come, and will make all your enemies turn their backs to you.

Deuteronomy 2:25 (NKJV)
This day I will begin to put the dread and fear of you upon the nations under the whole heaven, who shall hear the report of you, and shall tremble and be in anguish because of you.

Luke 10:20 (NKJV)
Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.

Acts 19:13-15 (NKJV)
Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?”

Friday, August 29, 2008

Somebody Bigger Than You and I

The vastness of God cannot be comprehended by mankind. There is no one church, denomination, organization, or culture that can provide the sole definition of Who God is. This should allow us to be more open to different expressions of movement. Though the Lord advocates creative diversity, not all movement done to gospel music is done with pure intentions. Our dance ministries should continue to reflect the diversity of our knowledge of God.

The Bible gives us guidelines concerning the attributes of the Almighty. When we are selecting songs to use in ministry, we must search to verify that the words of the song agree with the Word. Just as every person who proclaims to be a prophet may not indeed be one, every songwriter is not guaranteed to be inspired by God. We also should not rely too heavily on one artist or music style. This may limit our ability to see the bigger picture in the long run.

Many ministries have a sincere desire to dance, but not all dancers can attest to having had a personal experience with Him. Sharing our testimonies through dance will be most effective to someone who can relate. There is also the invitation for those watching us move to experience transformation when we embody the Word. We can never be locked into thinking that we know how the Lord will reveal Himself to someone else. We may have encountered Him in a church setting, but our neighbor may have a different testimony. This should encourage us to know that there will never be too many dance ministries. There is enough of God to go around for everyone.

1 Kings 8:27 (KNJV)
"But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built!

2 Chronicles 2:6 (KNJV)
But who is able to build Him a temple, since heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him? Who am I then, that I should build Him a temple, except to burn sacrifice before Him?

2 Chronicles 6:18 (KNJV)
"But will God indeed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built!

John 21:25 (KNJV)
And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Create in Me...

If we are bored in the dance ministry, then we must pray for fresh vision. The pulpit may become all-too-familiar to us once we have been dancing for years. Special programs, services, and dance concerts often are no longer innovative as copycat events seem to be the order of the day. Attending conferences and patronizing dance ministry vendors may grow old after we have purchased several garments, flags, billows, banners, crowns, tambourines...

We must allow the Lord to endow us with Divine creativity! When He shows us a revelation from His Spirit to ours, we will begin to see movement in a whole new way. The insides of churches, stages, and theaters no longer limit us. Parks, beaches, malls, parking lots, and sidewalks are full of people who may never venture inside of what may be viewed as religious "Country Clubs," also known as church buildings and organizations.

Although Jesus spent some time in the synagogue, He also preached and performed many miracles with the people in the streets. The church needs us. A dying world needs a Savior. Let us not let the conventions of familiarity hinder us from delivering the Good News. Let us walk by faith and trust that the Lord will show us His will for a fresh move of God to take place in us... step by step.

Isaiah 41:20 (NKJV)
That they may see and know, and consider and understand together, That the hand of the LORD has done this, and the Holy One of Israel has created it.

Amos 4:13 (NKJV)
For behold, He who forms mountains, and creates the wind, Who declares to man what his thought is, and makes the morning darkness, Who treads the high places of the earth— The LORD God of hosts is His name.

Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Colossians 1:16 (NKJV)
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008


Rivarly and competition brewing from the inside of a dance ministry can be more detrimental than any attack that the enemy could launch against us. Because people have various reasons for joining the dance ministry, too often the focus is of an individual need, rather than a true concern for the souls of others. Some dance out of pain. Some people want to tell a personal testimony through dance. Others are simply convinced that they are truly talented and want to showcase the gift for the world to see.

If we spend just as much time cultivating the ministry as we do on dance routines, then we may see less bitterness, heartache, and wounded servants in the movement ministry sector. We must never forget that we are dealing with people who have feelings, and many times, emotional scars. This does not mean that we tolerate every kind of behavior from people. It just means that we need to exhibit more spiritual fruit than ever before.

It does not matter if we are ministry leader or a passive supporter of the dance. What counts is when the Lord can say "well done" concerning how we conduct ourselves and care for His people. If we make a practice of exhibiting tender, loving care, then we will fulfill one of the greatest mandates on our lives: To love one another.

Leviticus 19:18 (NKJV)
You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.

Psalm 145:9 (NKJV)
The LORD is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.

John 15:12 (NKJV)
This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

Colossians 3:12-14 (NKJV)
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

1 Corinthians 12:25-27 (NKJV)
That there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


The popular way is not always the best choice for us. Selecting only songs that are in heavy rotation on the radio may not be the message that the Lord wants to deliver through us. If we are called to minister through movement in a way that is unconventional, we must remember that the Bible is full of peculiar people used mightily by God.

Our garments may not be what everyone else is wearing. Our movements may not be ballet or modern. If the Lord has decreed a thing to us, then let us run without hesitation. It's time to throw out the dance ministry rule book and pick up the right Book. When we continue to feast on the Word of the Lord, we will obtain more liberty than ever on the narrow path.

The way that we are led may indeed be the road less traveled. We should not seek out the narrow way just to do something different. When we are truly anointed, we have no choice but to stand out from the crowd. Our human efforts will not sustain the pressures to be popular. When we are faithful to follow Him, even when many may not agree with how we do this thing called "dance ministry," we are guaranteed to succeed.

Job 8:7 (NKJV)
Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end would increase abundantly.

Isaiah 60:22 (NKJV)
A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation. I, the LORD, will hasten it in its time.”

Matthew 7:13 (NKJV)
[The Narrow Way] “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Luke 13:24 (NKJV)
Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Watch Your Back!

Often we look at scriptures concerning hands and feet when studying movement in the Word. It takes the whole body functioning together for the dancer to be most effective. One of the most important parts of our bodies that is used in movement is the back. Without a flexible, painless spine and healthy back muscles, we would be rendered motionless.

It is important that we do all we can to stay in the best physical condition. Caring for the back includes proper stretching and limiting the amount of physical wear and tear put on it from lifting heavy objects and bending improperly. Sometimes we try to put blame on the enemy for physical ailments and injuries, but some of our trauma comes from lack of wisdom in using our bodies.

Spiritually, the back is a sort of "blind spot" in that our rear vision is limited. If we find ourselves in a state of sin as believers, it is known as "backsliding." A modern-day term for someone who cares sincerely about our best interests is known as "having our back." The Lord is our greatest Protector. We must do our part by exercising sound judgment when moving, so that we do not have to "back down" when we need to step up.

Psalm 129:3 (NKJV)
The plowers plowed on my back; They made their furrows long.”

Proverbs 10:13 (NKJV)
Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding, but a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding.

Jeremiah 32:33 (NKJV)
And they have turned to Me the back, and not the face; though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not listened to receive instruction.

Romans 11:10 (NKJV)
Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see, and bow down their back always.”

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Going... Going... Gone

If we are indeed going anywhere in movement ministry, we should not be at a spiritual standstill. Wherever the Lord directs us to go, it is done with a Kingdom purpose in mind. Making a personal list of goals to accomplish in ministry is not the focus. We should fix our eyes on getting to the place that the Lord is leading us.

Going in circles is also not a place where we want to find ourselves. Many ministries are stuck in a fruitless cycle of repeating the same things year after year. It is wonderful to have success in ministry, but we cannot limit the Lord to working in a formula. If we are not careful, our victories can set us up for failure if we depend on our own methods of doing things over what the Lord is saying now.

Moving without direction is fruitless. Every dance piece should "go" according to the Word. Every rehearsal should allow us to "go" to a place of sincere praise and worship that extends beyond ministry outings. Every dancer connected to the heart of God should "go" into the world with the gospel messsage. Our travel schedules do not matter. Busy itineraries can do more harm than good to our spiritual and physical well being. When we are moving according to the way of the Lord, we will prosper in every task He has appointed for us.

Joshua 6:11 (NKJV)
So he had the ark of the LORD circle the city, going around it once. Then they came into the camp and lodged in the camp.

Judges 19:17 (NKJV)
And when he raised his eyes, he saw the traveler in the open square of the city; and the old man said, “Where are you going, and where do you come from?”

Psalm 121:8 (NKJV)
The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.

John 12:35 (NKJV)
Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Pros and Cons

There are those who would have us believe that in order to dance for the Lord, we must have trained for several years to do so. It is wonderful to see many professional dancers who have decided to move for the Lord. There are also many inexperienced dancers who are very effective as movement ministers. The beauty of our Lord is that He can use anyone He wants to to accomplish His will.

We also do not have to have perfect pasts in order to be used by God. He can use ex-convicts, reformed sinners, ex-drug dealers, and other past offenders for His Glory. All of us are guilty of falling at one moment or another. The opinions of men should not hinder us from operating according to the Lord's directions for our lives. It is the Lord's voice that we must listen to and follow.

Whether amateur or professional, there are people whose lives will be forever changed by seeing the gospel in motion. All preachers, teachers, and dancers will not be at the same level at the same time. It is more important that we have a true love for the Lord and knowledge of His Word. After all, it is the Word that does the work, and not our personal accomplishments.

Mark 2:15-16 (NKJV)
Now it happened, as He was dining in Levi’s house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him. And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?”

1 Corinthians 6:9-11(NKJV)
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

James 2:8-10 (NKJV)
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Foot Patrol

We may allow ourselves to forget that the Lord cares for our bodies as well as our souls. Having bodies that are the Lord's temple means that the Lord uses our bodies for His glory. Even though there may be times that we experience illness or other physical challenges, the Lord watches over us and wants us to prosper, even in health.

Making an effort to care for our feet will allow us longevity in dance. Proper stretching and foot care will prevent injuries and limit pain. It not a requirement to get pedicures, but if our feet are visible to others, it is a good practice to limit the potential for offense. We should at least keep them clean and odor free for the benefit of all. Our feet are the bases on which we stand in the natural. We will be rewarded for walking upright before Him.

It would be difficult to dance without our feet, though not impossible. Because the location of our feet are significant scripturally concerning the choices that we make, we must be careful who we follow, where we go, and where we choose to abide. When we walk according to the pathway laid out by the Lord, He Himself will watch over our feet.

Joshua 14:9 (NKJV)
So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the LORD my God.’

1 Samuel 2:9 (NKJV)
He will guard the feet of His saints, but the wicked shall be silent in darkness. “For by strength no man shall prevail."

Isaiah 60:13-14 (NKJV)
“The glory of Lebanon shall come to you, the cypress, the pine, and the box tree together, to beautify the place of My sanctuary; And I will make the place of My feet glorious. Also the sons of those who afflicted you shall come bowing to you, and all those who despised you shall fall prostrate at the soles of your feet; And they shall call you the City of the LORD, Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

Proverbs 3:26 (NKJV)
For the LORD will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring

The Lord will give us widsom concerning the Word we minister as dancers. Our repertoire must have enough variety that we are able to convey a message that is appropriate to the season. This principle does not particularly pertain to the Holidays. When we are sensitive to the voice of the Lord, then He will let us know what dances will edify the Body at the time we are appointed to deliver the message through movement.

This may mean extra rehearsal time so that we can learn more than one dance in a few weeks. There are some dances that seem to be in season, no matter what the times dictate. Other songs may have blessed the congregation in times past, but are not a word for today. Sometimes we may learn this lesson by making mistakes, but as we continue to grow in ministry, we will become more accurate if we stay submitted to the Lord.

We must do an honest assessment of the pieces that we have and pray about when to go forth with them. If it is time to retire a piece, then we should do so with gladness. Because the Lord is Sovereign, He can decide to use it again in a few months, or even years later. It is not our will that is important. We must do the work of Him Who sent us.

Proverbs 15:23 (NKJV)
A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season, how good it is!

Proverbs 25:11 (NKJV)
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

Isaiah 50:4 (NKJV)
“The Lord GOD has given Me The tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned.

Titus 1:2-3 (NKJV)
In hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began, but has in due time manifested His word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Temper Mental

There are times in movement ministry that we will become distracted by the circumstances of life. We can deal with this in many ways including becoming angry, retaliating, showing grace, or practicing forgiveness. If our minds are distracted from the purpose to which we are called, we will be hindered as we try to get the message of the gospel to others. If we can be consumed in our minds, then it will affect our bodies as well. It is often said that the mind is a battlefield.

We have a choice concerning how we react to conflict. As we mature in ministry and life, we will realize that some things are just human nature. The things that bothered us five years ago may no longer affect us the same way today. We must decide to keep-it-moving. Handling ourselves in an ungodly manner will affect our minds if we keep making the same mistakes over again. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal.

If we allow ourselves to remain angry, stressed-out, and overwhelmed, our bodies will begin to show signs of wear and this will hinder us in ministry. Feeling sluggish and burdened will douse our excitement and joy. Dance ministry is not an act or production. It is a live demonstration of the Truth. As a man thinks in his heart (mind), so is he.

Psalm 73:21 (NKJV)
Thus my heart was grieved, and I was vexed in my mind

Proverbs 14:17 (NKJV)
A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a man of wicked intentions is hated.

Luke 12:29 (NKJV)
And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind.

Romans 7:23 (NKJV)
But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

Colossians 3:2 (NKJV)
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Storm Chasers

Though many of us do not look forward to storms, they are necessary on many levels. There are people known as "Storm Chasers" who pursue tornadoes, hurricanes, and torrential weather out of sheer fascination to observe its power. In general, the majority of us would rather the storm land anywhere but where we are.

Man people view storms as destructive, but when we realize that there are yokes that need to be broken, we will yield to those things that must be carried away. As Jesus had peace in the midst of a storm while at sea, He has given us the same ability to trust Him when things seem to be in a tumult. The Lord works miracles in the storm.

Dance ministry is not exempt from shaky times. Dancers whose sole purpose is to infiltrate the ministry and wreak havoc will be exposed during the storm. Whatever is not grounded in the Lord will eventually be uprooted. It may be more comfortable for us not to face adversity in ministry, but eventually we will appreciate the struggle and mature in ministry as a result. When those that He has called love Him, He causes all things to work together for our good.

Often in songs about storms, dancers demonstrate how to command the storm to go away. There is also a place for us to show how to endure when in the midst of them. If we are always focused on the future, we will not be able to encourage anyone to make it right now. Paul proclaimed that in whatever situation he found himself, he would be content. Ministers of movement can embrace the current truth and encourage hope to prevail. Though we rejoice about what may happen tomorrow, we should be thankful for what we face today.

Psalm 107:29 (NKJV)
He calms the storm, so that its waves are still.

Isaiah 4:6 (NKJV)
And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.

Isaiah 25:4 (NKJV)
For You have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; For the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.

Nahum 1:3 (NKJV)
The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked. The LORD has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Web Sight

Because the Lord has given us discernment, there are many times when we may see evil or temptation coming. Sin does not always appear in obvious forms. Sometimes our old nature will try to resurface, or thoughts of the past will taunt us. The ministry of movement has become a powerful influence and soul-winning tool for the Kingdom. As a result, we will face attack not only from the outside, but from the inside (old sin nature) as well.

Our reasons for becoming ministers of movement must extend beyond a desire to dance. Boredom in our lives does not constitute a reason to get involved in the dance ministry. General interest in the worship arts does not ordain an individual for service. If we are not careful to obey the voice of the Lord, we may find ourselves entangled in a web of sin.

The ministry of movement declares the gospel visually. Making an open display of our allegiance to God will cause the enemy to want to make a public spectacle of us. Prayer is the key to avoiding many of the common traps that will try to hinder us from moving in freedom. It is important to lead holy lifestyles as an example to others, but it is even more significant to live righteously when we are alone.

Isaiah 59:5 (NKJV)
They hatch vipers’ eggs and weave the spider’s web; He who eats of their eggs dies, And from that which is crushed a viper breaks out.

Isaiah 59:6 (NKJV)
Their webs will not become garments, Nor will they cover themselves with their works; Their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.

2 Corinthians 4:2 (NKJV)
But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

Revelation 16:15 (NKJV)
“Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Body Language

We can convey meaning and express much without saying a word. Dance and movement ministers are effective when we can tell a story without using our own mouths. Granted, many of the songs that we use to minister are sung by others, using the Word as a base for us to demonstrate meaning. If we try to use movement that does not match with the message, then the result becomes muddled.

The body language that we exhibit goes beyond the time that we minister. When we are waiting to go before the people, do we appear irritated or impatient? If we disagree with something done or said in a service, do we begin to show open displeasure? As ministers of movement, people will watch us very closely. As a result, we have to be even more aware of our unspoken communication.

Even if there are cultural differences or if we minister in various languages, there are movements that have universal meanings. What is acceptable at home may have a different meaning abroad. The key is that we must use discretion so as not to offend wherever possible. If we ask the Lord to continue to reveal to us the areas in which we need to grow, then we will become even more effective communicators through motion.

Daniel 10:15 (NKJV)
When he had spoken such words to me, I turned my face toward the ground and became speechless.

Psalm 19:2-3 (NKJV)
Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.

Luke 1:22 (NKJV)
But when he came out, he could not speak to them; and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned to them and remained speechless.

1 Corinthians 14:11 (NKJV)
Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to him who speaks, and he who speaks will be a foreigner to me.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Sticks and Stones

Our hands are mighty weapons for the Kingdom. The Lord prospers the work of our hands. If we are diligent to use our hands for the building of the Kingdom, we will find ourselves fit for the Master's use.

In the ministry of movement, we must be careful what we place in our hands. A rod in the hand of Moses was used to perform many wondrous miracles. The power was not in the stick itself, but in obedience to the Lord. David also won a mighty victory over the Philistine with a stone and a slingshot. When we heed the Lord's direction, He will use uncommon things to perform His work.

Dance ministry is but one component of how the Lord uses uncharacteristic methods for His Word to go forth. If there are other areas that the Lord is calling us to, we must be as dedicated to obedience in these as well. Remaining washed in the Word and keeping our hands pure will allow the Lord to use what He gave us without contamination. Let us continue to use our hands to build, and not to destroy.

Exodus 4:2 (NKJV)
So the LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A rod.”

Exodus 17:9 (NKJV)
And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.”

1 Samuel 17:40 (NKJV)
Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine.

Ezekiel 37:19 (NKJV)
say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.”’

1 Peter 2:4-5 (NKJV)
Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Friday, August 15, 2008

For Richer or for Poorer

Our dedication to the Lord should not depend upon our financial status. Regardless of the state of the economy, the Lord is still our Provider. If we need dance garments, He will supply what we need. When we need to get knowledge through books, DVDs, or conferences, He is able to make a way.

Planning ahead will help us to be able to flourish in times of lack. If there are events that we would like to attend, we can set money aside in advance. When we are unable to attend a gathering in a particular year, we may be able to purchase the video instead. If we need new music, He knows that as well.

There are even times when the Lord will give us favor so that we will not need money to meet our needs. By the same measure that we sow, we shall reap. The Lord will use others to bless us. Whether we need food, clothing, or shelter along our journey, He know what we have need of and will not let us fail.

Philippians 4:11-12 (NKJV)
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 6:6-7 (NKJV)
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV)
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Fabric of Our Lives

When selecting fabrics for custom creations, many factors must go into consideration. There are moments in which we may view a particular fabric, and the Lord will give us a vision for a garment, billow, streamer, or other use for it. There are other times when the Lord may reveal an elaborate presentation idea, and we must find the fabric that brings it to life.

Depending upon where we live, accessing the right types of fabric may be a challenge in selection and expense. Larger metropolitan cities may have fabric districts where a large selection is available and more cost-effective. Smaller towns may have few suppliers, who will usually have higher prices due to location challenges. In the age of internet business, many of us can have fabric shipped to our homes. The disadvantage may be that we cannot see the detail and feel the texture of the fabric before we buy it.

In order to uphold symbolic representation, we should be discerning as to the images that may be embroidered onto the fabric. There are also options to have fabric with custom embroidery. We are not limited by what is being manufactured. If the Lord is showing us a vision that He wants us to bring to pass, then He will also give us the people and tools that we need to make it happen.

Exodus 26:31 (NKJV)
“You shall make a veil woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen. It shall be woven with an artistic design of cherubim.

Exodus 39:22 (NKJV)
He made the robe of the ephod of woven work, all of blue.

Acts 9:39 (NKJV)
Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them.

Acts 16:14 (NKJV)
Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

That's What Friends Are For

We have to be careful not to surround ourselves with people who will not tell us the truth. Many people feel as though anyone who does not agree with them is against them. This mindset will land us in trouble. No one person has all of the answers in movement ministry. Each part of the Body supplies something that another part needs.

Our friends should do more than offer criticism. We should have balance in our relationships in which our friends love us enough to speak the truth in love. The ability to receive the truth is a subject that we must pray about. We cannot trust our friends more that we trust God.

If our relationships are God-ordained, the Lord will use our friends (and our enemies) to keep us on track. We should each choose our friends carefully. In ministry, the purpose of friendship should be understood. When are so-called friends are exhibiting traits of an enemy, then we must pray and evaluate if that season is over.

Job 6:14 (NKJV)
To him who is afflicted, kindness should be shown by his friend, even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.

Proverbs 17:17 (NKJV)
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 27:9 (NKJV)
Ointment and perfume delight the heart, and the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel

Proverbs 27:17 (NKJV)
As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NKJV)
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. for if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

My Cup Runneth Over

As dancers, we should make every effort to minimize anything that would distract people from receiving the Word through movement. Dancers in the church setting may not fit into the typical body image of a professional dancer. A big problem with many top-heavy dancers is cleavage that overflows into public view. This is not just a female issue. Viewing the bare male chest in a congregation may also cause uneasy feelings if the exposure in no way relates to the song.

When we bend and bow, it may be very distacting to witness the lines of our flesh, or body parts that fly out of bounds. Cheap sports bras are not the answer. Movement ministers should consider investing in quality unitards and undergarments that keep all of the inventory in order. We should be able to leap and jump with ease when we are securely anchored. Without a proper foundation, we may feel self-conscious or distract the audience unecessarily.

Our legs may also need containment if we are not at optimal muscle tone. The unitard is a great solution to both problems, but we should make an effort to exercise some control. The Lord can use us a vessels, regardless of our physical attributes. If we are experiencing challenges in physical fitness, we should use enough widsom to make the best of what we have.

Exodus 28:28 (NKJV)
They shall bind the breastplate by means of its rings to the rings of the ephod, using a blue cord, so that it is above the intricately woven band of the ephod, and so that the breastplate does not come loose from the ephod.

Job 26:6 (NKJV)
Sheol is naked before Him, and Destruction has no covering.

2 Corinthians 5:3 (NKJV)
If indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked

Revelation 15:6 (NKJV)
And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands.

Monday, August 11, 2008

It's Greek to Me

We must have compassion even on those who are unusual to us. Too many dance ministries behave as though every dancer should move, dress, and minister in the same way. God is Lord of the Nations. Different types of cultures praise the Lord in various ways, but it is important for all of us to be led by the Spirit.

When we are not governed by the Lord, our dances may appear confusing to the onlooker. If the message that we preach is not distinct, then we can appear as mere entertainers to the crowd. Many today embrace "radical" dance styles, but there is a difference between the Holy and the profane. Clean hands and a pure heart will show through in the dance if the motivation for dancing comes from a place of reverance.

The Lord loves diversity, as we can see by looking at the world around us. Kingdom dancers are not all the same size. We do not all wear the same colors, nor do we listen to the same music. The gospel that we share through movement ministry is for all people, tribes, and tongues. It does not matter if someone is a Jew or Greek. Christ died for us all, and as a result, we must not act exclusive when we encounter people who may not do things the way the we see fit.

John 12:20-21 (NKJV)
Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast. Then they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”

Acts 17:4 (NKJV)
And some of them were persuaded; and a great multitude of the devout Greeks, and not a few of the leading women, joined Paul and Silas.

Romans 10:12 (NKJV)
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.

1 Corinthians 12:13 (NKJV)
For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Humble Adoration

The culture of celebrity can cause us to desire recognition that is unmerited. When the Lord does a mighty work through the ministry of movement, people will want to praise the vessel God uses. We should not discourage people from sharing how the ministry has impacted their lives. How we respond to the comments is what the Lord is watching.

The Lord will give us wisdom how to respond to people who admire the ministry. Some may simply need a hug. Others may need a handshake or a smile. We should always be loving when we are approached by His people.

By the same measure, we should encourage those who labor faithfully in the ministry. If another dance ministry blesses us, we should share with them how the Lord used them to minister. The Body needs to be built us, and the persecution that comes along with dance ministry needs balance. When anyone begins to require star treatment to work in the ministry, then they have lost to essence of the servant that ministers are supposed to be.

Deuteronomy 3:28 (NKJV)
But command Joshua, and encourage him and strengthen him; for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which you will see.’

2 Chronicles 35:2 (NKJV)
And he set the priests in their duties and encouraged them for the service of the house of the LORD.

Colossians 2:2 (NKJV)
That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Remote Control

We can only exercise a lifestyle of self-control when we do it out of our love and dedication to God. Our actions and motions should only be governed by our relationship with Him to use us for Divine purpose.

The channel in which we operate has to remain tuned into the voice of God. Ultimately, only He can select the right music, movement, and visual elements. When we realize that He gives us the option of handing the "remote control" of dance ministry over to Him, we allow Him to show us the things that we should see. When we only want to watch what we want spiritually and naturally, we may miss out on what the Lord wants to reveal.

Submission to the process to become an anointed movement will involve releasing control into the hands of God. We are safe in knowing that He will not lead us in he wrong way. Yielding to His control will always result in encouragement, education, and effectiveness.

Exodus 15:13 (NKJV)
You in Your mercy have led forth the people whom You have redeemed; You have guided them in Your strength To Your holy habitation.

2 Chronicles 30:8 (NKJV)
Now do not be stiff-necked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves to the LORD; and enter His sanctuary, which He has sanctified forever, and serve the LORD your God, that the fierceness of His wrath may turn away from you.

Isaiah 48:17 (NKJV)
Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.

Psalm 32:8 (NKJV)
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Whips and Chains

What the enemy cannot destroy, he will try to keep in bondage. Many dance ministries have suffered attempts of destruction. Jesus endured the whip that was designed to destroy His body. Dance ministries may be destroyed by loss of members, lack of commitment, and lack of finances.

If destruction cannot claim us, bondage will try to keep us from moving forward. Paul was imprisoned for his message. Dance ministries face bondage when there is no support from leadership, family and traditional religious systems.

Maintaining the anointing in our ministries will bring healing to our scars and freedom to our hands and feet. Whips and chains cannot destroy or bind us. When the Lord is for us, nothing that stands against us will flourish.

Acts 26:29 (NKJV)
And Paul said, “I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains.”

Philippians 1:12-14 (NKJV)
But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

Matthew 10:17 (NKJV)
But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues.

Luke 18:33
They will scourge Him and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.”

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Rest Stop

Ever-moving and never resting is not a wise practice for dancers. Because of our love for the Lord, we can often find ourselves battling injury, sickness and fatigue because we do not properly care for our bodies. The Lord has given permission for us to stop and rest.

If we neglect to renew ourselves, we will be weak, worn and weary. We should schedule time for vacation, or just to sit and hear what the Lord want to say to us. Clear minds and rested bodies are great assets to ministry. Confusion and fatigue give entrance to the attack of the enemy.

When we are weak and weary, we must yield ourselves to the Lord. There is a vast difference between sleep and rest. When we cast all our cares upon Him and consult Him concerning how He wants us to be renewed, revival will occur. If we allow Him to carry us in the midst of multi-tasking, He will definitely handle the rest.

Genesis 18:4 (NKJV)
Please let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree.

Exodus 33:14 (NKJV)
And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Hebrews 6:10 (NKJV)
For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Arrivals and Departures

When we go out to minister in dance, how we arrive and how we leave have a great impact on the way that our ministries are perceived. We should maintain a posture of worship and humility when arriving and leaving the ministry location. This will greatly aid in our ability to deliver the message that we intend.

It takes more than just dancers to make a ministry piece a success. Greeting event hosts and audio technicians in a courteous manner will place everyone at ease and allow for unity to take place with all involved. Arriving early will allow us to properly survey all involved areas and adjust accordingly.

When leaving, we should take care to give thanks and maintain a posture of humility. There may be people that would like to greet us, and we should treat all of them with grace. we begin and end should be a total compliment to the ministry. Let's continue to be prayer concerning how we begin and end.

Psalm 45:15 (NKJV)
With gladness and rejoicing they shall be brought; They shall enter the King’s palace.

Psalm 100:4
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

Acts 13:5
And when they arrived in Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. They also had John as their assistant.

Acts 18:27
And when he desired to cross to Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him; and when he arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace;

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Public Defender

At times we need to be reminded that we do not have to fight for ourselves. There is a time to fight, and usually it is on behalf of someone else. We must contend earnestly for the faith. As dancers, there is a time to be valiant and combative in movement. There is also a time for peace. We must discern the cause for which we are fighting, and choose our battles with the Lord's marching orders.

Wasting time on critics is time that we will not recover. When the ways of the world impede upon our ability to stand on the Word of God, we must not be silent. Many dancers are still fighting against church politics, negative family members, and praise dance assassins who seek to immobilize progress. Faithfulness and diligence will overcome adversity as the Lord Himself rises up to fight on our behalf. We cannot worry about the secretive attacks that we face from the adversary. The Lord rewards us openly, making a public spectacle of the enemy.

If there are areas in which we are fighting and seem to be losing, let us stand firm and release our God Almighty to handle it for us. He will give us peace and rest in the midst of warfare. Strategic positioning includes daily prayer and studying God's Word. When we prepare on a daily basis for the weapons that may try to harm us, we will take courage in knowing that we are protected by putting on the whole armor of God. He is our greatest Defender and Advocate. With Him, we always win!

Psalm 5:11 (NKJV)
But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You.

Matthew 6:6 (NKJV)
But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

John 18:20 (NKJV)
Jesus answered him, “I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always meet, and in secret I have said nothing.

Acts 18:28 (NKJV)
For he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.

Colossians 2:15 (NKJV)
Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Kiss and Make-Up

What is and what is not appropriate in the church varies with tradition, doctrine, customs, gender, and even race. The Word tells us to greet one another with a holy kiss (2 Corinthians 13:12), but some people may use that as an occasion for error. We should not allow ourselves to get caught up in the condemnation of who is allowed to wear pants, jewelry, or make-up. The truth is that it matters to some people. Internal beauty is far more valuable than external beauty.

Wearing make-up and jewelry in some church settings is still a widely contested topic. For safety, larger earrings may be avoided, but total exclusion of all adornment and beauty products could place us in the position of legalism. The color of a woman's nail polish should compliment the message of the dance, if she so chooses to wear it. Extreme make-up colors and fingernail designs will produce a stronger focus on the dancer than on Christ. Ministry groups should come to a consensus regarding beautification and unity among the team of dancers. This should not be finalized without prayer.

It is unfortunate that many are still debating these issues while the world around us is perishing. We should search the Word regarding anything that offends us concerning the appearance of another, and base our conclusions on the Bible. Whether we dance in pants or skirts, wear earrings and hair accessories, paint our faces or not, it is by His Spirit that we live and move.

Genesis 29:17 (NKJV)
Leah’s eyes were delicate, but Rachel was beautiful of form and appearance.

Isaiah 61:10 (NKJV)
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Song of Solomon 4:3 (NKJV)
Your lips are like a strand of scarlet, and your mouth is lovely. Your temples behind your veil are like a piece of pomegranate.

1 Peter 3:3-4 (NKJV)
Do not let your adornment be merely outward —arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.

Revelation 21:2 (NKJV)
Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Paper or Plastic?

In the myriad of activities that we participate in every year, we agree that it takes money for ministry to go forth. Many of us have financed ministry garments, travel, and lodging accommodations. Conference registrations and ministry outings can definitely claim a sizable portion of our funds. It is wonderful to invest our resources into the work of the Kingdom. If we are not wise, we can also incur a significant financial burden.

Planning in advance will allow us to have the maximum resources available to us. Purchasing airline tickets early can save hundreds of dollars in comparison to last-minute shopping. Conferences often offer early-bird registration rates to delegates who plan ahead. Deciding dates for garment purchases beforehand, or even purchasing garment separates in stages will allow everyone to get the needed items with the least amount of stress. A solid color garment with different overlays can be a great money-saver and add to the variety of our garment options.

If we find ourselves spending all of our money before the next payday and getting into debt, we must pray to the Lord regarding stewardship. Our bills at home should not go lacking while we are "going therefore into all the world." If we have credit card debt or owe people money, it is a good idea to pay it before we spend it elsewhere. Setting a personal and ministry budget will allow us to stay on task and operate with integrity. The Lord provides where He guides. There may be times when we have to postpone an idea or journey to set our houses in order.

2 Kings 4:7 (NKJV)
Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”

Habakkuk 2:6-8 (NKJV)
“Will not all these take up a proverb against him, And a taunting riddle against him, and say, ‘ Woe to him who increases What is not his—how long? And to him who loads himself with many pledges’? Will not your creditors[b] rise up suddenly? Will they not awaken who oppress you? And you will become their booty.

Matthew 6:12 (NKJV)
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Luke 12:42 (NKJV)
And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season?

Romans 13:8 (NKJV)
Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Testimony Service

Hearing testimonies that we can relate to greatly serve to edify the church. Hearing and seeing them through movement ministry should also benefit the saints. When we do not understand the purpose of dance as a ministry, we may find ourselves sharing scenerios that are not relative to others. Our struggles and testimonies are valuable, but may not always be appropriate for an audience at that time.

Dancers who face tremendous difficulties in life may sometimes use a ministry invitation as an occasion to work through whatever problems they may have through music and movement. We must remember that ministry is service. Though we may be blessed by the songs that we minister to in truth, the primary purpose is to serve others. Witnessing a dancer have an emotional breakdown during ministry may invoke sympathy, but will be less likely to bless the observers. Getting emotional is normal, but allowing negative emotions to run amok should be worked out before we step in front of people.

Songs about personal experiences should be used prayerfully. When we allow the Lord to select the songs that we minister, He will give us the time and place to minister them effectively. Divine timing will result in agreement from the viewer and encourage the people. Let our testimonies serve as opportunities to bring glory to God and Him alone.

Luke 21:13 (NKJV)
But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NKJV)
Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

Colossians 3:16 (NKJV)
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

1 John 5:11 (NKJV)
And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

Witness The Silent Prophetess- Ministering in Motion Effectively

Friday, August 1, 2008

Let's Get Physical!

It is important to have a spiritual foundation in movement ministry. It is often quoted that we cannot be "So spiritual that we are no earthly good." Some dancers focus solely on the spiritual aspects of ministry, but forget about the physical portions of it. We must find a balance between the two.

Failing to care for ourselves will reduce our effectiveness as movement ministers. Lack of sleep, poor eating habits, and unrealistic schedules will cause harm to us both physically and spiritually. Our love for the Lord should compel us to nurture the bodies that He blessed us with. Proper stretching and positioning will aid in keeping our joints supple and develop instruments that are finely tuned for the Lord's use.

What we eat will also contribute to the functionality of our bodies. When we gain too much weight, we place undue strain on our backs, legs, and feet, which are essential to what we do. When we do not get the right nutrients, our bones may become fragile and susceptible to injury. Swollen feet and painful knees will only become excuses as to why we are unable to dance.

To be used at optimal levels, we must gain a foothold on our health. When we submit to the Lord, He will guide us at to what is required for our individual bodies. Maintaining good habits now will give us longevity in ministry and greater ease in performing our service unto the Lord.

2 Chronicles 15:7 (NKJV)
But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!”

Nehemiah 6:9 (NKJV)
For they all were trying to make us afraid, saying, “Their hands will be weakened in the work, and it will not be done.” Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.

1 Corinthians 15:44-46 (NKJV)
It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.

3 John 1:2 (NKJV)
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.