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?”

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