Monday, November 3, 2008

A Sure Election

When the Lord elects us to fulfill a certain purpose, there is nothing that anyone can do to stop it. On the other hand, when we realize that we have been selected to minister through dance, preaching, teaching, or living our lives as a witness of His transforming power, we must not be in denial of His work in us. Many dance ministers deal with low self-esteem and insecurity. As a result, whenever someone offers commentary on the ministry, there is a sense of doubt on the part of the dancer. Although we may not be secure in our own abilities, our confidence must be in the Lord.

Perfect posture is not to be relied on. Hours of classes may make us a better dancer, but will not help us to grow in Holy Ghost power. Shiny, pressed dance garments may help us to look good, but will not mask a terrible attitude or hidden hurts. We can stand in confidence when we know that it is in Christ that we live, move, and have our being. In Christ, we are new creatures. In Him we can do all things that strengthen us.

If we continue to experience moments of insecurity, we must take our concerns to the Lord in prayer and ask Him to reveal the source to us. It may be criticism from others, fear, lack of knowledge, abuse, church tradition, past sins, self-consciousness, etc, that is the root of our problem. As we continue to move in Him, we will rejoice in the fact that He has personally elected us to the position that we have in the Kingdom. It is our job to accept it and operate in it to the fullest.

Isaiah 42:1 (NKJV)
“Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.

Romans 8:33 (NKJV)
Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.

1 Thessalonians 1:3-5 (NKJV)
Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God. For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.

2 Peter 1:10-11 (NKJV)
Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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