Lesson # 8- Understanding spiritual warfare and the warfare dance
The key to understanding our warfare is in knowing that it is primarily spiritual. We are not wrestling against flesh and blood. The battle is not against another human being, but with principalities, powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph. 6:12). Let’s talk about dance as warfare for a moment.
Can our dance wage war? Yes, but we must understand our dance in light of spiritual warfare the Biblical way (being obedient / living by the Word of God, submitting to God, resisting the devil and walking in the Spirit) so that we don’t pervert the methods of God or make them into idols. Did you know that there are some Saints who believe that stomping on the floor (the devil’s head), drawing “blood lines” on the floor and beating the air is really doing something to the devil? Did you know some believers really believe that a physical demonstration of violence towards the devil does something to him?
This is one way in which we can pervert the methods of God. We must understand that our dance is symbolic. We should not put our energy and faith in such demonstrations. We cannot make idols out of these demonstrations either. Some believers won’t even leave their house without acting out such demonstrations! The proper understanding of spiritual warfare exemplified through dance is that our dance is a tool that we use to teach the truths of God. When we dance, we are not just dancing to God in our own little world hoping that those who are watching will somehow be blessed. That is not Dance Ministry. That is individual praise. Individual praise is fine, however Dance Ministry is intentional. Since our dance is intentional we must also understand that our dance is symbolic. Yes, our dance is symbolic! This is also true for the accessories/tools that we use in our dance. Accessories and tools are symbolic and have no spiritual power in and of itself. As a result, symbolically, when we dance and or demonstrate warfare type movements (warfare dance) we are reminding the saints that we are in a real war. Most importantly we are reminding them of the war that is raging within (Rom. 7:18-21). We remind them that the Word of God instructs us to mortify the deeds of the flesh. Saints the Word said to KILL IT! When we kill it and teach others to do so, then we are truly engaging in spiritual warfare the biblical way.
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: (Col. 3:5) For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. (Rom. 8:13)
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