The Lord Wants to Dance with You

Seven years ago we gathered, a small group of us, in the home of a wonderful prayer warrior couple. It was a finishing, a closing retreat to thank the Lord for all He had done for us and through us in prayer ministry. During the time, someone began to speak prophetically over a few people in the room, and the man asked me if I liked to dance. He sensed a nudge from the Lord telling me to dance for Him. I had just met this man.

I grew up dancing. There is something about the beauty of the body suspended in open air.

SK DancingWe were created for worship, even in….perhaps mostly through….our bodies.

Add sound, this utterance created through the very breath of God, and you are captured. The movements enhanced, the eyes following. To watch the dance is captivating. To create the dance can be exhilarating.

In 2 Samuel 6, the writer tells of when King David, “wearing a linen ephod, danced before the Lord with all his might, while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.”

It was spontaneous. Unplanned. Unscripted. The springing forth from this joy that caused him to express outwardly what confidence he had in His God. To do so with all his might meant he was unbound.

“Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17

That word freedom comes from the Greek word Eleutheros, which means unbound, unfettered….the state in which one can act and move without restriction or hindrance.

When the Spirit can work unhindered within us, we will worship Him without restriction.

When He has full reign in our lives, we will experience complete freedom from the fear or thoughts of man. King David had no concern for those around him. He found his joy in the Lord and the result was a dance.

Later Samuel notes that when King David’s wife, Michal, saw him leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart.  She was jealous of the joy and freedom that can only come from the Lord. Because deep down, she wanted it.

Two days ago, I had a dream. I was dancing. I felt the freedom and release of those days on stage long ago. And then, what some may call coincidence, I “happened” upon the song “We Dance” by Bethel today. And while lying in bed, tears rolling down, I felt the Spirit speak to me.

I want to dance with you.

It was not just a call to dance before the Lord, but to take His hand and dance with Him. Immediately I traveled back in my mind to that moment of prophecy. I noted that in the dream, I looked better, stronger, more graceful than I believe I really am.

God sees us as beautiful.

Then stronger, louder in my heart than before, was one sentence. “I love you as you are.”

He sees you differently than you see yourself. He knows your weaknesses, but He’s focusing on your strengths. He rejoices over us with singing and then gives us a new song.

There is a song inside of you. It’s for the Lord.

The music of our soul is worship; it’s why we were made. But worship is more than singing with the mouth or dancing with the whole of us. The song is from the Spirit, and He is wooing you to the Creator who breathed the stars into place.

Do not despise the joy you see in others. Take the hand of the Lord, turn your face to Him and sing your song. He just may ask you to dance.

Jesus and the Spirit: What Unity!

How did our Lord relate to the Spirit?

  • He was begotten of the Spirit: Luke 1:35
  • He was baptized by the Spirit: John 1:32-34
  • He was led by the Spirit: Luke 4:1
  • He was anointed by the Spirit: Luke 4:16-21, Acts 10:38
  • He drove out demons by the Spirit: Matthew 12:28
  • He offered Himself as the atonement for sin through the Spirit: Hebrews 9:14
  • The Spirit raised Him from the dead: Romans 8:11
  • He gave commandments by the Spirit: Acts 1:2

So, there is not much they did not do together. If the Spirit of God was so involved in the life and ministry of our Lord, how important is He to us?

Let us see how they worked together. Coherently in all ways. Christ had to be obedient to the leading of the Spirit just as we should be. To walk into the desert knowing not the temptation that lie ahead. To press into His strength when the temptation arrived. To lean into His presence when hanging on the tree. To speak words of truth boldly to crowds that would deny Him.

Even Christ relied on the strength and presence of the Living Spirit of God.

Christ did not come down from His heavenly throne to be served, but to serve. Not only man. Not chiefly man. For He served first and foremost the purpose of the Father…and He obeyed the leading of His very Spirit. What humility! He took last place so He could rightfully ask us to do the same.

We serve others best when we have bowed the knee to our Master.

What an example in the Trinity. Three parts working together – with and through and for the others. What strength there must be in our obedience to the whispers of His Spirit. What true empowerment when we lay down our agenda for the kingdom call.

What the Spirit did for Christ, He can do for us.

He can baptize you with His presence. Anoint you in His work. Pray when you cannot. Lead you in His will. Confirm His Word within.

He hovered over the waters in the beginning. He hovers now. Over us. Within us. Still wooing, speaking, working. For the purpose of the Father. To point to the Son. And to the DAY when we, like Christ, will be raised to NEW LIFE forever.

This is Part 3 in a series on the Person of the Holy Spirit. You can backtrack here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imparter of Wisdom

“The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him – the Spirit of wisdom and understanding….” Isa. 11:2

The Holy Spirit is the imparter of all true and good wisdom. Seems everyone wants a new word today. The fresh word. Seems everyone wants to hit “publish” first with that new revelation.

Are we feeding on the revelations themselves or the Person they are from?

Are we giving full credit to the Giver of all holy revelation?

“Oh, the depths of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?

For from him and through him and to him are all things.

To him be the glory forever! Amen.” (Rom. 11:33-36)

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That He should use us to impart HIS wisdom to others for their strengthening, for His kingdom purpose – what a privilege – what a HIGH responsibility.

“Not many of you should be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” James 3:1

Have we wrestled this out? It is a sober reminder to sit at the feet of the true TEACHER, the Spirit of God, if you are to carry His message to the world. If we are to yield the SWORD of truth, we must live within it and it within us.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding.” Psalm 111:10

The first deposit of faith comes with a fear of the Lord. It is the beginning. To know our place. That He is God….and we are not. All true wisdom thereafter will point to the main source – God Himself.

How do we test the wisdom that comes from Heaven?

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17 

The “word” someone shares…..must first of all be pure.

Pure: not mixed with anything.

We cannot mix His truth with our motives.

Often His Word is hard. It must be. Often His truth will set the heart on fire. It means to. We do not need to soften the Word of the Lord. And forbid we do.

His wisdom is good for us. And those who have the courage to impart the truth of God’s Word in the strength of His Spirit will receive a reward far greater than the approval of man.

“Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.” Daniel 12:3

If we are leading anyone – let it be to Him. If we are privileged to receive the pure wisdom from heaven, let us give Him glory!

This is part 2 in a series on the person of the Holy Spirit. You may read the first entry here. Blessings to you in the fellowship of the beautiful Spirit of the living God.

The Ministry of the Spirit

“Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.” 2 Cor. 4:1

What mercy to impart such a friend in the Spirit! What preparation within for that which lies ahead. What strength to withstand any temptation. What joy we have yet to touch.

Who is God….that He sets His own Spirit within created man.

We cannot fully comprehend the strength He is storing within us, even the power that raised Christ from the dead.

I used to think that every time He warmed my heart, it was to convict.

Oh Spirit, teach us all here.

He is the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11)

And with Him, like Christ, we do not judge by what we see with our eyes or decide by what we hear with our ears.

He turns our face upward and inward and through Him…

we look beyond.

I’m privileged, honored to even learn of Him. I love talking about Him, to Him.

Let us learn of the strength He imparts. Paul exhorted the church at Corinth (2 Cor. 4) to not lose heart, because through Him, we can:

1. Renounce secret and shameful ways

“All of life is repentance”, according to Martin Luther.

There really is no secret thing with God. He is aware.

Have we all had our own little secrets? Just God and us. The Spirit will go with us to the cross. There is nothing dark enough, deep enough that surprises Him. He knows. He is waiting to help you and I. He will burn your heart until you want the light more than any sin. The truth more than any reputation. Here we learn, conviction is not His end game. It’s the starting gate.

Through his Spirit, we have strength to renounce – to speak out loud against those ropes Satan would use to tie us down.

The sin is the darkness – your soul was made for communion with the Light of the World. Bring all into the light. The Spirit will lead you, even do the cleansing.

2. Set forth the truth of God plainly

The Spirit enables the teaching of His truth. Here is the freedom for the prophet, the pastor, the called of God: His word does not go out void. It never falls on deaf ears. It will enter the heart, the mind, the soul. How each soul allows it to churn and change them – that’s God’s business.

We must press into the strength of the Spirit and find GREAT courage to set forth the truth from the WHOLE counsel of the Word of God. His Word is not easy, but it makes it no less true.

He leads us into ALL TRUTH. John 16:13

And because His Sword is the WORD, all leading must agree with that Word. Or truth it is not.

3. Commend ourselves to every man’s conscience

We get caught up by what we hear, see with our eyes, feel with our emotions. The Spirit is not confined by these things. He works where we cannot see. Mending relationships, providing understanding, chiseling away our pride. He works on the conscience of every man. Through Him, we put our upmost confidence in His ability to be our Defender.

We can come before any man, because He goes before us.

We can stay silent when our flesh says to speak out, because He covers our heart with humility.

4. Have triumph in suffering

Have you ever held a jar of clay? Quite breakable, indeed. Mineral dirt and water, dried up.

And within these temporary shells – He sets a treasure. Himself.

He is the unbreakable part of us.

This is why we are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; Perplexed but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed. (2 Cor. 4:8-9)

Oh we FEEL all those things – because we are still clay jars.

And deep within, there is a renewing. Day by day.

A hope He imparts. A verse He reminds us of. A friend He brings by.

Even His mercies are wrapped in cords of human kindness.

There is a strength, an enabling He offers that we will only experience when we have great need of it.

“as your days are, so shall your strength be.” Dt. 33:25

He is the rising up within you. In the midst of deepest doubt, greatest trial. He is the deep-gut yearning to GET BACK UP. He is the “Yes” in your spirit. You know you will get up again and you will praise Him and you will be there at the end of days to see His face.

James tell us our perseverance must “finish it’s work.” It is a long work to become like Christ.

What a gift in our Great Helper.

Join me this week, as we talk more about the person of the Holy Spirit.

Today, I’m linking up with Lyli at #thoughtprovokingthursday.