Thursday, October 2, 2008

Station Identification

Dancing for the benefit of the Kingdom can be a wonderful experience. If we are blessed to transition from dancing for the joy of it into becoming ministers of movement, we must realize that ministry is not all fun and games. We must be watchful and prayerful about the things that we allow to happen in the ministry. If we are not careful, we will find ourselves in a divided house.

Everyone that joins a ministry is not necessarily a member of the household of faith, even though they may try to claim belief. Any powerful ministry will be faced with infiltrators whose assignment is to damage the foundation on which it stands. Each of us must make it a priority to secure the best interests of the ministry for the Lord's work to be done. We cannot police others if we have not brought ourselves under submission to the Holy Spirit.

It is the responsibility of each of us to be watchmen. We must also be on guard to discern anything that can potentially destroy the unity of the ministry. The ministry that we are referring to does not only concern one dance ministry or church. We need to watch for the Body as a whole, and rally around the success of other ministries as well. If the dance ministry up the street fails, we have failed them as co-laborers. What affects one part of the Body affects the whole.

Leaders have a great responsibility to care for the ministry, but leaders cannot do it alone. Each of us must make sure that we are not allowing the enemy to bring in division, discord, disunity, or dysfunction. The adversary only needs a small opening to wreak havoc. As ministers of movement, let us take our rightful positions and give no place to the devil.

2 Chronicles 24:7 (NKJV)
For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken into the house of God, and had also presented all the dedicated things of the house of the LORD to the Baals.

2 Kings 11:5-7 (NKJV)
Then he commanded them, saying, “This is what you shall do: One-third of you who come on duty on the Sabbath shall be keeping watch over the king’s house, one-third shall be at the gate of Sur, and one-third at the gate behind the escorts. You shall keep the watch of the house, lest it be broken down. The two contingents of you who go off duty on the Sabbath shall keep the watch of the house of the LORD for the king.

Nehemiah 7:3 (NKJV)
And I said to them, “Do not let the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun is hot; and while they stand guard, let them shut and bar the doors; and appoint guards from among the inhabitants of Jerusalem, one at his watch station and another in front of his own house.”

Matthew 24:43 (NKJV)
But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.

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