Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Other Side

Divisions in the dance ministry cannot be allowed to permeate our minds. Where talented people gather, there seems to be a natural inclination to strive for the best, most anointed people to be celebrated or revered. Of course, if we are not moving beyond the four walls and stepping out on faith, we may hardly realize that these issues exist. When the focus is on self-promotion instead of Christ, then we will see these spirits manifest.

Organizations, dance groups, and circles of influence may seem great at first, but the key is to seek God concerning each alliance that we make. We should not make decisions based on charisma, popularity, or to increase our chances for ministry invitations. What we do to advance ourselves will eventually wear us out. What we do to advance the Kingdom will bring us before great men.

The enemy is not on our side. In order to stand for righteousness, we must make sure that we are standing with our feet planted in the right soil. The Scriptures often refer to the "other side" as the dividing line between God's people and the adversary. Dance ministers who are serving with the right heart should stand together. We should not align with the enemy by choosing to stand for divisions and fragmentation of movement ministries. When the enemy is at work, there will always be at least two sides to every story. We must know which side we are on.

Joshua 24:14-15 (NKJV)
“Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD! And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

1 Samuel 17:3 (NKJV)
The Philistines stood on a mountain on one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side, with a valley between them.

Obadiah 1:11-12 (NKJV)
In the day that you stood on the other side— In the day that strangers carried captive his forces, when foreigners entered his gates and cast lots for Jerusalem— Even you were as one of them. “But you should not have gazed on the day of your brother in the day of his captivity; Nor should you have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; Nor should you have spoken proudly in the day of distress.

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