Sunday, October 5, 2008

Tools for Success

The Lord will continue to give us what we need to succeed in ministry. We must constantly obtain the right tools that we need to advance His Kingdom. Our primary source of material comes from the Word of God. Through the Word we build our faith, establish a solid foundation, and take refuge. The work of our hands will not stand if the Lord has not commissioned the work.

Dance ministry resources continue to grow daily. Many proclaim to have divine knowledge of the mysteries of dance ministry and are eager to deliver that extra special book, DVD, or CD into our hands. True tools for ministry come from the leading of the Holy Spirit, and many times will be referred by word-of-mouth. We must be ever-cautious of those who are over-anxious to unload some precious resource at our doorstep. As we continue to build an arsenal of tools for Kingdom-building, the Lord will expose the validity of each of our works.

Our goal for building is not for ourselves. We must not use the gospel as a means to build our own houses (natural or spiritual), or lay up earthly treasures for our benefit. When we assemble a spiritual "toolbox," we must make sure that every part contained is useful for edifying others. If we are not careful when building, we will end up erecting monuments that only serve our own purposes.

Isaiah 22:22-24 (NKJV)
The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; So he shall open, and no one shall shut; And he shall shut, and no one shall open. I will fasten him as a peg in a secure place, and he will become a glorious throne to his father’s house. ‘They will hang on him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring and the posterity, all vessels of small quantity, from the cups to all the pitchers.

Jeremiah 23:29 (NKJV)
“Is not My word like a fire?” says the LORD, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?

Ecclesiastes 12:11 (NKJV)
The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd.

1 Corinthians 3:10 (NKJV)
According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.

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