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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