Saturday, September 19, 2009

Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

Applause is not enough. Compliments mean very little. Popularity fades. When we operate as dancers demonstrating the Word, are we witnessing signs and wonders on a frequent basis? If we believe, then signs should follow us!

Not all of us will have the same effect on people, and we should not try to duplicate the power that we witness through the ministry of others. The Lord will uniquely anoint each one of us both as individuals and as groups to impact people however He sees fit. If we see a dancer lay hands on people, that does not mean that we must do it in the same way. Just because someone is effective with flags and billows does not grant us the same gifting. When we obey the voice of the Lord, we will discover where we are most effective.

We are a continual work in progress. Some of us may not be spiritually ready for demonic activity to surface in response to our dance. If we are prepared, we will know how to properly respond in such cases. Studying the Scriptures and receiving sound doctrine will equip us for the work ahead.

Some of the signs that can manifest during and after ministry can include healing, angelic presence, demonic manifestation, weeping, worship, repentance, people coming to the altar, prophetic song/Word/dance, etc. Whatever happens, we must be ready to take the necessary steps.

If we are not experiencing supernatural power through our ministries, we must not covet the ministries of others who do. Humble prayer, study, and obedience to God's Word will be characteristic in the life of a beleiver. Calling ourselves praise dancers, liturgical dancers, mimes, worship dancers, crumpers, contemporary movement artists, or other titles do not endow us with power. It is the Lord's doing, and we must avail ourselves to be used of Him.

New King James Version

Mark 16:17-18
And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.

John 6:2
Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased.

Ephesians 1:13-14
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

2 Timothy 4:17
But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion's mouth.

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