Never leave the Holy Spirit out when selecting a song for ministry in dance. Don’t do it. I tell you, I have been serving in the praise and worship dance ministry for some ten years now and it never ceases to amaze me how I can even get “tripped” up into thinking “I got this”. Holy Spirit knows who is going to be at the service or event, He knows what each person is currently or has already been through, He Knows the will of the Father! In John 16:13, Jesus puts it this way when He spoke of the Holy Spirit who would come to dwell within the Christian believer’s heart: “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come“. So there you have it, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth even when it comes to what song to minister in dance or what doors to go in. You would be surprised at the times when we pick and choose what we want to minister or where we want to go, and it may appear that we are effective above the surface, but underneath, we will lack the effect that the Lord has in mind. Only when we totally surrender our wills to His, will we serve with a purpose and get the results that the Holy Spirit desires to bring forth. I have experienced this first hand. Once I remember ministering at our local church and as soon as the music started playing and I started to move, I felt an impression in my “gut” that the song was not the right song for that service at that time. The song was an anointed, Christ-centered piece but it was ministered out of season. I could not wait until that dance was over. I felt a weight of burden on my heart and I did have to end up repenting. Even though a few people approached me at the end and stated that they really enjoyed the dance, I knew deep within that I did not consult the Holy Spirit.
Always stand in His council before ministering, even if someone else has asked you to do a specific number. Let Him (Holy Spirit) guide you into all truth concerning what the Father wants you to do, and you will see results.
Genesis 12:3-4: And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ha’i; unto the place of the ALTAR, which he had made there at the first; and there Abram CALLED ON THE NAME OF THE LORD.
When there is no audience to preach, teach, and prophesy to, when there is no music to praise dance to, no inspirational drama or poetry to recite; Father I come to You with my affection, to give you worship. Worship is what You really desire and it is at this point when You begin to search me, my very heart, every part of my heart. You begin to stare at me, Your eyes pierce the deep parts of my soul, bringing a breaking within in order for my spirit to worship freely.
God is still requiring that we build Him an altar. The only sacrifice that is required on that altar is us! We must die to our own agendas and bring Him the sacrifice of praise, the fruit of our lips giving prasie and thanksgiving continually. It is all about Him, not about us!
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Well hello my fellow praise and worship dancers. I love to encourage praise dance ministries. Sometimes I get so full when I think of the goodness of God and how He places creativity down on the inside of us, I get too excited and just want to write! Below are a few of my favorite tips. You may already be fully aware, but it never hurts to be refreshed and reminded. Just writing these tips again has helped to rejuvenate my spirit and frame of mind. If you enjoy these tips and are helped by them, why not become a follower of this blog and also check out the book: “So You Say You Can Praise Dance….Now What?” (get it at amazon.com/author/denisecookgodfrey) It not only helps those who are new to praise dance ministry, but it is filled with biblical foundations for answering criticisms and it gives the praise dancer a firm foundation from a biblical point of view. Enjoy the tips.
Praise dancers: when was the last time you danced for an audience of “ONE”? Dance for Him first and He will anoint you to minister through your dances, mimes, and interpretive expressions.
When His anointing rests upon your movements, it really does not matter how skilled you are or how many hours you put into practice. This does not mean that we do not prepare and continue to train and learn, it just means that the anointing makes the difference.
Praise dancers: sometimes the most popular song is not for your season. Always seek the Holy Spirit’s advice when selecting a song to minister in dance. You will be surprised sometimes at what He will direct you to do. Be open. Be sensitive to HIS voice.