Bezalel and Aholiab

April 3rd, 2011

Exodus 31:1-6 “Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2 “See, I [the Lord] have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3 And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, 4 to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, 5 in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship. 6 And I, indeed I, have appointed with him Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and I have put wisdom in the hearts of all who are gifted artisans, that they may make all that I have commanded you:”

There are some wonderful principles to glean from this passage of Scripture! The first is that it is the Lord who calls you into ministry.

Exodus 35:30-35 “And Moses said to the children of Israel, “See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; 31 and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding, in knowledge and all manner of workmanship, 32 to design artistic works, to work in gold and silver and bronze, 33 in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of artistic workmanship. 34 And He has put in his heart the ability to teach, in him and Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. 35 He has filled them with skill to do all manner of work…”

The second principle here is that it is God who promotes you – you don’t promote yourself. God will tell your leadership when, how, etc. Your leaders have received wisdom and ability from the Lord to teach you. They are in position because God chose to put them there. Notice, it was Moses who announced to the children of Israel the calling to ministry of Bezalel and Aholiab…they did not tell Moses, Moses heard from God and Moses then instituted the proper order according to the Lord’s plan…not Bezalel’s plan, not Aholiab’s plan.

Exodus 36:2 Then Moses called Bezalel and Aholiab, and every gifted artisan in whose heart the Lord had put wisdom, everyone whose heart was stirred, to come and do the work.

Lastly, God will join those with like vision. Aholiab and Bezalel together were skilled in all matter of giftings and abilities. But, they couldn’t do it alone. God added to them…bringing up others under them to train and impart to. There were those who (#1) had wisdom from the Lord and (#2) their hearts were stirred to be a part.

What was the outcome?

Exodus 39:42-43 “According to all that the Lord had commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did all the work. Then Moses looked over all the work, and indeed they had done it; as the Lord had commanded, just so they had done it. And Moses blessed them.”

Where there is unity, God commands the blessing! (see Psalm 133)

Divine order is truly divine.

Divine Order is Divine

April 3rd, 2011

When we participate in a ministry presentation, we are representing the Lord. It’s important to be submitted and in proper order. That means doing what your oversight says whether you agree or not…AND without murmuring in your heart. There are expectations that come with being in a ministry in front of the people.  These expectations are:

  1. Anointing (this can only come from relationship with God)
  2. Servant hood
  3. Heart for souls
  4. Heart for the hurting
  5. Heart for ministry
  6. Self-less attitude (not my will, but His)

Our own agendas are selfish and self-serving. God wants us to have His agenda. Another part of submitting to your oversight comes into play with the difference between input and opinion. Input is when the oversight is asking for your feedback…Opinion comes once a decision has been made by leadership and then opposition to that decision comes – tries to change the leadership’s mind to suit your wants. There can only be the head leading the way otherwise it brings confusion to the rest of the body.

Submitting to your leadership is about trust, knowing they are there for your protection and care. It’s not about control, but to keep order and keep things moving in order and with the flow of the vision God has laid out before you. Divine order is divine and God instituted it. *See the post about Bezalel and Aholiab for more on Divine Order


April 3rd, 2011

It is important to be a servant, especially when ministering in the forum of the Arts. A servant is not a slave. A servant is someone humble and submitted. It’s all about the right heart motive. It’s about serving, not performing. Your most important function is serving. Serving is not a hardship, it’s a joy.

Matthew 6:1-4 warns, “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”

When refiner’s purify metals, they stay and oversee the entire process and KNOW it is pure when they can see their own image in it. We want to allow God’s purity and holiness to rule in our lives and in our hearts. What we do for Him should be done with the purest of motives. We want God to look upon us and see His reflection in us.

The Arts Are An Extension Of Our Relationship With God

April 3rd, 2011

All art is but the extension of our longing to love and communicate with God. In fact, we are instructed to love God with all of our heart, soul and strength (Luke 10:27). Our strength speaks of our abilities, talents and gifts. When these are used in service to God, we express our love toward Him in praise and obedience to this command to love Him.

To move in the Arts, is to lift up the Lord. It’s about offering a sacrifice of praise…the sacrifice is your first fruits, not the leftovers. It is to be without spot or blemish, the very best you have to offer. It is to be done with clean hands and a pure heart.

Each one of you has gifts inside of you from the Lord. My desire is to stir them up and activate you in them with a pure heart for the Lord’s glory and purposes. Your gifts are a deposit, not a loan, so I am hopeful that you are here because you are eager to sow what you have been given from Jesus. In fact, it says in 1 Peter 4:10 “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

We are ambassadors for Christ, right? An ambassador is an official envoy; especially : a diplomatic agent of the highest rank accredited to a foreign government or sovereign as the resident representative of his own government or sovereign or appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment. Our assignment here on earth is temporary. We are appointed for the ministry of reconciliation. To reconcile is to “satisfy a debt, pardon, cleanse, bear the blame, to reestablish friendship between”. Jesus was the Reconciliation – He satisfied the debt we owed and bore the blame for us.

We only have a short time period to reach as many people for Christ as we can and the Arts are a tool God has given to us. God is not willing that any should perish. It’s our joy and our honor to be a part of winning the lost for Christ.

What Are You Listening To?

April 2nd, 2011

As ministers unto the Lord, what we put into our eye gates and our ear gates is very important. The Bible teaches us that it is impossible to serve two masters, as you will love one and hate the other. This is true even in the music we listen to, as it is impossible to listen to lyrics of hate and violence and still have a tender, compassionate heart before the Lord.

For me, music is very influential on my life as a whole. It can effect my mood and can take me instantaneously into God’s presence. It can stir a memory or bring to light something God is trying to show me in my life that needs adjusting. I am so thankful for those who are gifted in song writing! They have touched my heart for God many times. Nothing stirs me quite like a heartfelt outpouring of love and devotion to our Lord. A good song can lift me out of my rut and inspire me anew. It can lead me into intercession and travail or take me into the Holy of Holies. There are times when I am dancing that I can literally feel the pull of the Holy Spirit guiding me through the music.

We cannot afford to play games with our purity, with our holiness. Our enemy takes every advantage we give him. 1 Corinthians 15:33 warns, “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners [morals/character]”. As Satan is the prince and power of the air, do you not think he would be so inclined to draw you away and entice you with what you can hear? Be careful little ears what you hear!

Who are you allowing to speak into your life? Are they edifiers or those who would cut and tear down? Are they speaking life to you or are they agreeing with the enemy? If your best friend is always telling you that you’re fat, you’re stupid or that you are less in any way, he/she is not your best friend. Our best Friend, Jesus, comforts. He exhorts. He lifts you up. And, He wants you to know who you are in Him. He has placed people in authority over you to guide you and keep you safe. If you are unsure if someone in your life is pointing you more to Christ than to the world, talk to someone you trust in the Lord.

There’s a song by Phillips, Craig and Dean that queries, “Will you love Jesus more when we’ve gone our separate ways? When this moment is a memory, will you remember HIS face? Will you look back and realize you sensed His love more than you did before? I pray for nothing less than for you to love Jesus more”. That should be our heart for one another, in every relationship. That should be the standard by which we treat others – pointing them to Jesus with our actions and with our words.

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