Dancing on Ashes

dancers-28868_12802001, Pastor Holguin had a rough day. He was told he had diabetes. In 2005, his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer and then Hurricane Katrina hit. Their home wasn’t destroyed, but there was no electricity for a while. In 2008, arriving from Costa Rica, they got home on Thursday, and on Sunday, while at church, someone broke into their house and robbed them. In 2010, while in Greece, they got on a bus and his wallet got stolen, but all they took was the money, not the credit cards. The police found his wallet with all his credit cards and his driver’s license. In 2011, their home burnt down and they lost everything.

Esther 4:3 “And in every province, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.”

Hebrews 9:13 “For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:”

The Bible says that Job lost everything. He sat in ashes.

People measure their outlook on life based on circumstances. ‘How is my career? How is my married life?’ We measure everything. We need to take account and measure what God thinks of us.

Ask God if you’re doing good.

Job never blamed God. We need to do the same. We have people, church people who ask, ‘Why?’ That’s a human question. Our response needs to be, ‘Why not?’ God gave it, He can take it back. It doesn’t belong to me. How I use it for the kingdom of God is all that matters.

We appreciate our culture. We have pride in where we’re from, but that’s earthly. We need to get Kingdom Culture!

That’s what will get you to the other side! I long for a place whose builder and maker is God. I’m just passing through. What matters is for me to do the will of God while I’m here on this earth.

Job had a great attitude. What integrity he had to trust God with no reservations.

Job 1:20 “Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,”

A missionary in Singapore talked about an old man, nearly 90 years old. He would come to church early, and someone would help him walk all the way to the front. He stood for a while, but he would dance for the Lord as much as he was able. Every service, he was the first one there. The missionary felt so convicted. Here was this old gentleman doing what he could to worship the Lord. We need to learn that no matter what, we need to dance for and worship the Lord.

A woman spent all that she had to get healed. She knew that if she just touched Jesus’ garment she would get her miracle. It didn’t matter if she had to crawl. She found that dance floor quick. We can get encouragement and know that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. It doesn’t matter when. It only matters how you approach the Lamb of God.

Bartimaeus sat for a long time blind. Then, one day, he heard a commotion.

Mark 10:46-52 “And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.”

He wouldn’t let anything or anyone stop him from crying out. He took off his robe. We need to do the same. Take off that robe of depression and dance. God will change you. You will get your miracle.

If God can take a bartender and make him a preacher of the gospel, He can do anything. God wants to use a willing vessel. All you have to do is say, ‘Yes, Lord!’

Blind Bartimaeus cried out and got his audience with Jesus. He fought for it and received his sight.

The ark of the covenant had been taken by the Philistines, but their gods kept falling over. So, they decided to send it back. David with his entourage went to get the ark. He got it, but didn’t carry it properly and a man died. They were the people of God and needed to obey God’s rules. David learned from this and decided to do it right.

The presence of God was in the man’s house who cared for the ark until David got it. David got it right and had the ark carried on the priests’ shoulders. For 23 miles, David took 6 steps and then stopped and offered sacrifices and danced before the Lord. That must have taken a long time. David danced before the Lord with all his might, girded with a linen ephod.

Paul and Silas prayed and sang in the midnight hour—in prison. They were in the inner prison. Many of us are so bound today, in our own inner prison. There is a secret to getting out of that bondage. The Bible says they prayed and sang and that place was shaken so much that the prison doors were flung open. They prayed and worshipped.

It’s time to rise up as a church and shake yourself and get out of that pity party. In your pain, learn to dance. In your sorrow, learn to dance. Step out by faith, the Lord is waiting.

Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Holguin, guest speaker.

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About ChristinaLi

Christina Li, BA, MA, is a wife, mother of five, journalist, and author. She believes life is an adventure and has seen first hand the miraculous that happens when you say 'yes' to God. Besides writing, she loves tea, black, green, or white, and coffee, fresh roasted by her wonderful husband. Check out her books at: amazon.com/author/christinali
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