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Dancing With The Red Thread

Dancing With The Red Thread

by Cynthia Inniss

ISBN: 9781365892608

Publisher Lulu.com

Published in Christian Books & Bibles, Religion & Spirituality, Nonfiction

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Book Description

What if a dance could save your life? The ancient art of dance, mixed with religion has long been intriguing to mankind; this book uses the metaphor of dance to describe the majestic embrace of a life lived covered by the blood of Jesus the Christ.

Sample Chapter

 

Introduction

 

Funny how each book is so different; how my heart becomes stretched and tender, as life continues to land blows; bringing tribulations and sorrows into an otherwise brilliant existence.

 

We as humans, never remain the same.

 

Each day, we either shrink through fear, or we grow through worship. I’d like to think the latter has permeated my existence; that the quality and kind of my worship has evolved and grown.

 

   With everyday demands competing heavily for our precious minutes during the day, what can spur us on to fastidious worship? 

 

What is there that can cause us to become intense about our worship; to desire a greater attention to the details of adoration and prayer?

 

Must it always be adversity?

 

Can we understand and treasure the jewel that is the Blood, without a new adversity?

 

Cannot the Blood of Jesus become our pre-occupation simply because it defines the very purpose for which Jesus came from Glory to visit us in the first place?

 

Can the Blood become our divine jewel for which we obsess, rather than the obscene baubles of the world we so often crave?

 

A jewel is an article of value used for adornment. Many Christians love to adorn themselves on occasion with corruptible ornaments, failing to recognize that the Blood is the most valuable adornment we can have in our life.

 

We must place the Blood of Jesus over the “doorpost” of our body, of our family, of our life!

 

Can we possibly neglect so powerful a gift, when the Bible declares, without the shedding of said Blood; there can be no remission of sin?

 

Without Jesus shedding His perfect God-Blood, we would all have died in our sins and trespasses.

 

Lord, I give thanks for the jewel called the Blood of Jesus: my daily adornment!

 

   It is imperative to understand that Jesus had God’s Blood, not Adamic blood. Jesus had pure, uncontaminated Blood that could remit sin. Only Jesus could have provided what we needed.

 

Therefore, the Cross of Calvary and the Blood of Jesus must be returned to grand preeminence within the body of Christ, the church; occupying center stage once again in our worship, both corporate and private,  so that the power of the Blood can return to the church.

 

   As we contemplate the power within the Bible, it’s good to note that the whole Bible is about Jesus, the Son of God, coming to carry out the mission given Him by God: which is to return the people back to God.

 

The stories in the Bible either point to the coming Messiah, speak of His life and ministry on earth; or the stories point to the soon return of our Lord.

 

As you can see, no matter what phase the people were in, whether in Old Testament life before Jesus came to earth, or during Jesus’ earthly ministry; whether in the days of the Book of Acts, or even today looking up for the soon return of our Lord; we always have the Blessed Hope of Messiah and His captivating love.

I do believe though, that America has suffered a “high-jacking” of the Gospel message by greedy and sometimes ambitious preachers and teachers of the Word.

 

This “high-jacking” constitutes an “abomination of desolation” of sorts (a period where profane man has exalted himself and placed himself in the center of it all; behind holy desks around the world, pointing to himself)!  Perish the thought!

 

Man must never thrust himself into the spotlight of the Holy Place, for that borders on blasphemy. Man must not seek the worship that belongs to God for himself.

 

We all worry about that day when antichrist will abominate the holy place, let’s make sure we never act in like manner!

 

One standard accoutrement in the church was always a Cross, symbolic of the greatest sacrifice in the history of all mankind; almost every Christian church had a cross; prominently displayed.

 

Now, today, we see pictures of people; or of clasped hands, or of nothing at all; definitely not a cross. What is the meaning of this?

 

The cross does not represent defeat as some suppose; rather, the Cross represents unparalleled power and hope.

 

Bring back the Cross! No more types and shadows; Jesus has come, and He is real.

 

   Throughout the Bible, man’s best was to present goodness and works as types and shadows of the real. The sacrifice of bulls and goats that predate the Cross of Calvary were good enough to cover sin for a time, but had to be repeated again and again.

 

Not to worry, One would someday come who would shed His precious Blood once and for all, to cover our sin forever. No other sacrifice of blood would ever be needed again!

 

   What a blessing to live in this moment: a day beyond the Old Testament days of “Types and Shadows” of the real Savior!

 

Not so fast though; there are numerous types and shadows of Christ in the Old Testament worthy of an in-depth study; remember, they point to the coming Messiah and to the need to put our faith in Him.

 

One type that is often overlooked is the creation of the first man, Adam.

 

Creation, of course, is a powerful word: first there is nothing, and then one day suddenly there’s something!

 

In this case, the something created was man; man, wrapped in the Glory of the living God, created in the image of God the Creator!

 

 This man was the first Adam who sinned, and fell short of the Glory of God; but remember one would come, the last Adam, who is Jesus, to put it all right.

 

   Another type comes through Abraham who showed intense obedience to the command of God when he took his only son Isaac to be sacrificed; same as God himself would later do: Giving us Jesus, his only begotten, for the sacrifice of sacrifices: the Cross of Calvary!

 

   Little did Isaac know that he would typify Christ as the sacrifice of his father; a burnt offering.

 

The demonstrated faith of both Abraham and Isaac is remarkable in their ‘collaborative’ effort to obey God’s command for this burnt offering: this amazing demonstration of faith actively proclaimed.

 

Abraham spoke of going forth to “worship”, and that he and the lad would return. Yet, he put Isaac upon the altar, raised his hand to complete the act, until he heard the voice of the angel of the Lord God commanding him to stop. He heard God’s voice!

 

   Many speculate that Isaac was of a grown-up age, and Abraham was aged, therefore Isaac must have acquiesced in the sacrifice, by faith.

 

It was Isaac who carried the firewood upon which he would later lie (Gen. 22:6). But nevertheless, there was a ram in the bush.

 

Jehovah Jireh Himself had provided a ram for the sacrifice!

 

This was stunning in a good way. God has a way of showing up for us in the “nick of time” when we demonstrate steadfast faith in Him.

 

It is good to note that this is where the similarity ends between Father Abraham offering his son, and Father God offering up Jesus as our sacrificial lamb: or the Lamb that was slain before the foundation of the world.

 

   Sacrificing Isaac would not have provided salvation to anyone. In that day a scapegoat was used to take away sin, but could not remit sin for all time.

 

Years later, God would sacrifice His Son, once and for all upon the altar, for the salvation of all who would accept this Holy exchange: His life, His Blood, in exchange for our sins.

 

   As we progress herein, before each of the chapters, a brief synopsis of the chapter will appear on the left side before the chapter begins. They are “pokers” designed to stimulate interest and to provide a statement of remembrance or summation.

 

Hopefully, we will come away with a vastly elongated view of the Old Testament and its relationship to Jesus: how it points to the coming Messiah; and we’ll become more familiar with the promise laid out in the Old Testament stories that point to Calvary.

 

The goal is to make us thirsty for knowledge concerning our Savior; awestruck by Scripture and its conciseness and brilliance; and to engender greater gratitude for His monumental sacrifice, leading to unparalled worship, prayer, and praise.

 

Worthy is the Lamb who died for me!

 

By now we’ve introduced this work sufficiently. The occasion has been identified; the honored guest has been properly seated; and the choir of angels is ready to provide background music for our dance of praise.

 

We simply need to arrive and be seated.

 

   In the deepest floor of my heart lives a desire, a longing to reveal Jesus to someone who scratches for life; to expose the sometimes “hidden genius of Grace”.

 

I see Him as a dancer, who happily takes the lead when we surrender to Him.

 

   Dancing with Jesus is monumental. In those moments, when you symbolically close your eyes and let Him lead, you glimpse heaven!

 

   To dance is to flow, to let go and allow someone else to share your moment. It is entering into relationship with another being, one who brings a point of view to the dance.

 

What point of view do you bring to the dance?

 

Naturally, we crave relationship as humans. Our need to bond with one another is strong, giving intensity to life’s dance. We are just like our Father God who is the author of relationship.

 

   Our God is indeed a god of relationship. From the beginning, He has always been in relationship with His Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

 

Marvel of marvels, He has extended to you and to me a glorious invitation to join this holy relationship, through acceptance of us into “The Beloved” (the Holy Trinity).

 

   Before the invitation could be formally offered to us, there was work required, whose intent was to pave the way for our soon reconciliation to God.

 

See, we were mired in sin; we were shaped in iniquity from birth, we needed a Savior.

 

We needed a sacrifice that far exceeded that sacrifice of bulls, of goats, or of any animal. We needed a sacrifice that no man could give, because every man had sinned and come short of the Glory of God.

 

   Sounds dismal, right? Not so.

 

God had a divine plan, an inconceivable plan; the best plan possible for the remission of our sin. Pure and perfect, untainted blood, free of the Adamic nature was required.

 

God himself must supply the blood required to remit sin once and for all!

 

 

 

 


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Cynthia Inniss

Cynthia Inniss

Cynthia K. Inniss is the author of God Still Loves Aging Beauties, We’re All Trumpets, From Poverty to Power, Escaping Obscurity: Napoleon Encounters Jesus and Paris Mon Amour. She is an eight year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and a former civil servant, employed as a logistics manager, by the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington D.C. Cynthia was born in Rome, Georgia, she is a Business Management graduate of Troy University, Troy Alabama, as well as an ordained Evangelist. After more than thirty years of diligent study of the Word of God, she found her voice. When not writing, she is an avid student of the Bible, enjoys travel, cultural pursuits, as well as learning new languages.

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