Thursday, December 4, 2008

Better Done Than Said

What we say matters little if we are not faithful to do it. Standing before a congregation as a testimony to the delivering power of God is hypocrisy when we knowlingly "test-a-lie" instead of testify. Making a mistake does not mean that we immediately submit a resignation from the ministry of dance. Discipleship means that we do what we say according to His will.

If we know that we are walking in a way that is contrary to the word of God, we should excuse ourselves for a season. Pride may try to prevent us from admitting our struggles, but it is better to practice self-discipline than to be forced to obey. Sitting down from a ministry does not mean that allow sin to take over and indulge in it. Stepping back may simply mean that we do not take the platform during times of ministry, but still actively support the ministry by our presence during rehearsals and engagements by remaining committed. Doing this will most likely lead us back to the path of righteousness. Just because we were once lost does not mean that we need to be lost again.

Movement ministers must be careful when dealing with sin in the ministry. Continuing to seek the Lord and maintaining avoidance of such temptations is evidence of redemption. We should not cause fellow dance ministers to be "castaways" because of struggles with sin. We all have fallen short. It is our duty to hold each other accountable as believers. Sin is not to reign in us, and we should not allow ourselves to make accommodations for it either.

Numbers 30:2 (NKJV)
If a man makes a vow to the LORD, or swears an oath to bind himself by some agreement, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.

Ecclesiastes 5:3-5 (NKJV)
For a dream comes through much activity, and a fool’s voice is known by his many words. When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it; For He has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you have vowed— Better not to vow than to vow and not pay.

Ezekiel 33:31 (NKJV)
So they come to you as people do, they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but they do not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain.

James 2:14 (NKJV)
[Faith Without Works Is Dead] What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?

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