Wednesday, December 9, 2009

No Means Yes and Yes Means No

Sometimes along our ministry journey, we have to make decisions that will determine promotion, no motion, or moving in reverse. There are many who seek to travel the world, dance on national platforms and be celebrated without making the choice to follow God wholeheartedly. The truth of the matter is, there are some things we must say "No" to in order to say "Yes" to God... and sometimes our "Yes" to God means that we have to say "No" to our own desires.

Are we willing to compromise in order to gain a platform?

Are we using others as a means to an end to make connections that we believe will get us further in ministry?

Do we seek out relationships with "powerful" dance ministers in order to get ministry invitations and special favor?

Are we joining large churches with large dance ministries in order to be seen on television or by thousands?

Have we remained friends or associates with people or joined organizations just because we want to be invited back to an event at which we once had the opportunity to minister?

It is important to let God have His perfect way! How many of us will admit that we have desired good things in our hearts that we consider "Kingdom" but never took the time to see if it was His will or assignment specifically for us? Many plan ministry conferences, concerts, and gatherings with good intentions that may not have been ordered by Him. This is not determined by perceived failure or success from the outside eye. The Holy Spirit is a Revealer and we must allow Him to show us Truth.

On the other hand, how many of us are saying "Yes" to opportunities just because they sound good? Have we gotten excited about dancing at a large church or teaching at a popular conference because of the potential exposure gained? (I confess that I have done both in the past and have been greatly disappointed). Through it all, I have learned to desire what the Lord has appointed for me. Some of those assignments are large, and some seemingly small, but it is obedience that makes the difference.

Let's take inventory of all of the current assignments and calendar items that are ahead of us. Have we said "yes" to something when we should have declined? Did we say "no" to an opportunity because we have been overwhelmed by some of the tasks we should have let go of long ago? It's time to do the will of the Father and agree with His decree. Saying "No" to sin and disobedience at all costs means saying "Yes" to God. Submitting a "Yes" to His will means saying "No" to anything that will hinder us from pressing toward the mark.

Responding correctly will save us lots of pain and heartache in ministry and life. We must not let our mouths get us into trouble. We must mean what we say and say what we mean- but we should first check with the Lord! Our "Yes" to Him is not determined by what we say with our lips, but by what we obey in response to His word concerning our lives.

(New King James Bible Version)

Matthew 5:37
But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

2 Corinthians 1:17
Therefore, when I was planning this, did I do it lightly? Or the things I plan, do I plan according to the flesh, that with me there should be Yes, Yes, and No, No?

2 Corinthians 1:18
But as God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes and No.

2 Corinthians 1:19
For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes.

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