Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Fast Forward

There are many of us who already know what the Lord is telling us to do. As a matter of fact, several of us have spent countless years delaying what we know to be our next move. Dance pieces are made up of a sequence of movements. Whether moving backward or forward, the goal is that we continue to progress in ministry. The reason why many dance ministers have become frustrated is due to disobedience. The Lord may have already given us instructions to move forward, but we have allowed fear and doubt to immobilize us.

Remaining motionless when we are supposed to move forward is like walking reverse. We will fall behind if we stop moving! If He gave us instructions to open that school or studio, we should at least have a vision written and a sample class schedule. If we are to launch a television program geared toward movement ministry, we should know the names of the appropriate contacts and available broadcast stations. If we are to start a dance company, we should be aware of rehearsal space options and performing arts venues suitable for use.

Prophetic words and inspirational messages may encourage us, but faith without works is dead. Economics, emotions, and history are no match for the Lord. Television news reports, internet updates, and newspapers do not determine our futures. In order for us to step into the miraculous concerning our lives and ministries, we must believe the report of the Lord. We do not need another year, month, week, or day to get started. The time is now!

Exodus 14:15 (NKJV)
And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.

2 Kings 4:24 (NKJV)
Then she saddled a donkey, and said to her servant, “Drive, and go forward; do not slacken the pace for me unless I tell you.”

Jeremiah 7:24 (NKJV)
Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward.

Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV)
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

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