When considering a Christian worldview on dancing I am reminded of 1 Titus 1:15 all things are pure to those who are pure. Much like a child. A child dances freely with nothing malicious in his mind. He is pure at heart and so his dance is pure.
But there are a few questions we should ask ourselves (and this can apply to anything else you may be wondering about that isn’t specifically called a sin or an abomination in the Bible)
1. What are my intentions today?
a. Am I dancing to celebrate, to have fun, to be social, to join in and be a part of, to exercise, for joy?
Or am I trying to draw attention to myself? Am I feeling seductive and want to be?
b. Am I trying to show off or am I lusting when I dance?
2. Do I rely on Dance too much to have a good time? i.e. “I can’t enjoy myself if I’m not dancing!”
a. Has dance become an addiction or god in your life?
b. Does it draw you away from God?
Philippians 4:8 instruct us to think on things that are excellent and of good report, pure, honorable and or lovely. “Whatsoever things” is a clue to us that it can be just about anything… dance, music, the arts can be one of those things that can be “Lovely” “Pure” “good”. Understanding that Balance and self-control, as given by the Holy Spirit is key to choosing anything in life.
Ultimately, it is our choice, the Bible does not specifically talk about Dance as a bad thing nor is it restricted to the believer.
Always remember that God knows our hearts and He is looking at the intentions of our heart. For Him, everything has a purpose and we should live life on purpose, intentionally.
If dancing troubles you, don’t do it until you have brought that before the Lord and searched your heart. If it brings joy and laughter to you and you aren’t moved by it, then by all means, dance.
In Acts 10:9-16 we read about Peter’s vision. Peter has a vision where he saw heaven opened and an object that resembled a large sheet coming down, lowered by it’s four corners to earth. In it were all the four-footed animals and reptiles of the earth and the birds of the sky. Then the Lord said to him, Peter, get up, kill and eat!!” To Peter this was an abomination and perhaps he thought surely God was testing him, so he said No he will not eat anything common and ritually unclean!
But the voice said to him, “What God has made clean, you must not call common. “ Interestingly enough, Paul goes on to record that “this” vision/encounter happened 3 times before the object was taken up into heaven. It was that important to God that we get this: For some it's ok, because God said so.
In this account of Peter’s life God was showing him that He doesn’t play favoritism, “but in every nation the person who fears Him and does righteousness is acceptable to Him”. (vs.35) (the heart)
When we fear God and do righteousness we are acceptable to God. What are those things that defile us? Can dance defile us? The bible says that it is not what goes into our body that defiles us but what comes out of our mouth that makes us unclean. (Matthew 15:11)
So, no matter what we do, what flows out of our hearts while doing it will be the determining factor; the end in sight; that which can make us or break us. At the end of the day, Folks, it all comes down to the condition of your heart. Anything that holds our heart in contempt with God, or binds us to ungodly thoughts or actions, is not pleasing to God. Not because He can’t handle it but because it can ultimately destroys us.
It is for Freedom that He set us free. God sent Jesus Christ who provided us with redemptive power so that we can be free to choose life and live it abundantly, without limits. Limitations can come in religious forms or even worldly forms.
What limits you from experiencing the true freedom of God? If dancing limits you then don’t dance, until you get a full understanding of why. If you feel miserable when you are at a party and feel like you are not allowed to dance and feel a sense of restriction and limited then by all means get up and dance!
When you are in the dark, listen and God will give you a very precious message. -Oswald Chambers
When I call you in the scriptures draw yourself away with Me I am calling you to defy the expectations… yes even the demands of others, and find your solace (comfort) in Me.
Find the dictates of life; both small and great in Me.
The idol, and its temple of opinion and anger and self-aggrandizement of others, and what people are saying…. will fall says the Father.
I will not have you held in the indifferent consumptive habits of those around you.
You are not a commodity that they can use up, and dispose of like so much garbage. No more.
See yourself as I see you say’s the Father.
Run to Me. Find your security in Me.
The storm will come. They will protest and complain.
They will roar and threaten.
They will even invoke My name and demand you to return to the traces and harnesses of bondage to their whim and immaturity. DON'T DO IT.
I am ending that foolishness even this day and laying claim upon you by right of My Lordship in your heart.
It's "yoke easy, burden light" it’s time says the Father.
Rejoice in that celebratory experience of the liberty whereby this day this year I make you FREE.
From man’s opinion, and from self.
Pastor Nate Ortiz
In a time of prayer I had a vision as I asked God to help me submit my emotions and thoughts to Him. I saw a Tornado and instantly I knew that the Tornado was my emotions and that I have been a tornado of emotions and thoughts destroying everything in the way ("Therefore my anxious thoughts make me answer, Because of the turmoil within me -Job 20:2). I began to cry and I saw a lasso being tossed around the neck of the Tornado. I felt the Lord lead me to pray that my thought and emotions are to submit to the authority of Christ. He was taming them as I gave in to His mind and His heart.
THe word says, "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." notice the word effectual and fervent. This indicates that there are effective prayers. prayers that give instant results, healing and delivering the righteous. The prayers that come from a sincere heart that is given to God yield results, things happen!
That day I repented before God for allowing my emotions to govern me. He taught me how to pray an effectual prayer that has yielded result. I am no longer a slave to my emotions, when I feel that trying to creep up on me again I submit my mind, thoughts and emotions to the authority of Christ and I take every thought into captivity, casting out all fear in His name (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)!
God shows us how to pray effective prayers that heal and deliver through HIs Word. Thank you, Jesus!
As I read about being in the House of the Lord I was reminded of a prayer I made some time ago. I asked God to make our prayer room a place of refuge, a secret service room, sound proof and safe. A place where we can pray without fear of the devil hearing what’s on our heart and interfering in our affairs. At the time I didn’t know if that prayer was even correct but in Psalm 27 King David talks about a place where we are concealed from the enemy, a high place, a secret place where we are hidden from our foes; the Lord’s House, His Temple.
The Lord’s House is any where an Altar has been built. The Lord’s Temple is even within ourselves for our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit.
When we Build an Altar for God in our Home we can enter into a safe place at any time when in trouble. If we are not home and we have built an Altar in our hearts we can get to that safe place INSTANTLY where ever we are.
Have You Built Him an Altar? -Brisy O
Church attendance is not just a modern day issue it goes back to the early church. Paul had to tell the church not to stop getting together. Now they were not going to "church" because of FEAR of persecution. Today in America we do not suffer religious persecution to the level that the early church suffered it. But the most common excuse people give for not going to church is: Drum roll, please: "Other people". The true test to our spirituality comes when we assemble (Go to church or get-together). In the face of mean-ness, unappreciation, disrespect, and rejection we know how truly spiritual we are.
I have been guilty of fleeing from "the assembly" for fear of pain. But Paul reminds us that we should embrace being together with God’s people. We can try to be holy or we can let Jesus make us holy. His making is in the field, while we are busy, not while we are at home with no one to provoke us.
Is this a form of punishment? No, it is discipleship. We all, at some point, have had to be among those who reject us, talk about us, are mean-spirited with us or have dishonored us but the victory is that we STAND. Just you being there and allowing the Love of God to lead you is a victory for you. Determine to be an encourager, an exhorter and you may not even notice others bad attitudes any more.
My heart bleeds for people who allow the enemy to use them but I understand that they are in the dark about some things. I simply have to accept this as a test for me…for my growth. Someday, they will have to face the consequences for their actions, And I will be there to bless them and not judge them. -by Brisy Ortiz