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.

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