Saturday, October 11, 2008

Armed and Dangerous

The Lord works wonders through weakness. He is the source of our strength. When we are weak, the supernatural power of God steps in and carries us to the finish line. In the ministry of dance, we can work hard to build strong bodies, but we cannot rely on our own strength to sustain us. There will be times when we are physically exhausted, drained, and weak. In these moments we must rely on the Lord to strengthen our arms to complete the work.

When the Bible speaks of arms, it is often representative of strength, power, and victory, especially in battle. The Word ascribes wonder to the awesome power and strength of the arms and hands of God. In movement ministry, the use of our arms may be the most significant movement that people see. Depending upon the setting in which we dance, much of the viewing audience may miss what we do from the waist down, unless stadium or sloped seating is available. This in no way implies that we are not to make full use of our legs. Most of the motion seen will involve our arms.

When we understand the meaning of movement from a scriptural perspective, our choreography will begin to breathe life and "preach" as we marry the meaning of the words with the movement. We must always allow the Holy Spirit to direct us as we approach choreography. Trying to make all movement have a literal meaning will open the door for us to rely on ourselves. If the Lord gives us an unconventional way to minister a particular section of a song, poem, prayer, or passage of scripture, we will take confidence knowing that it is He that gives us strength.

2 Chronicles 32:8 (NKJV)
With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people were strengthened by the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

Psalm 44:3 (NKJV)
For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, nor did their own arm save them; But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, because You favored them.

Psalm 89:13 (NKJV)
You have a mighty arm; Strong is Your hand, and high is Your right hand.

Isaiah 33:2 (NKJV)
O LORD, be gracious to us; We have waited for You. Be their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.

Isaiah 40:10 (NKJV)
Behold, the Lord GOD shall come with a strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him; Behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.

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