Flags and dance are used in intercession and worship at Father’s House. The Dance and Flag Team is headed up by Marcie Lukasik. Men, women, and children are all involved. The following is an overview of our use of flags and dance in our services at Father’s House. We acknowledge that this area of ministry may be new to some who attend our fellowship.
Jesus our Banner
When a banner or flag is lifted, it becomes a figurative demonstration of the presence of God being lifted in our midst. Jesus, who is God incarnate, literally became a banner (a sign, or example) of our God: And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me (John 12:32). The flagpole symbolizes the Cross. Jesus was lifted as Jehovah-nissi (the Lord my banner), and the heavens were shaken by the glory of God, which was lifted high in all the earth.
Many people around the world use flags and banners during their times of worship and intercession. They desire to lift Jesus and His glory high and to declare His victory at the Cross over all demonic forces.
Scriptural Use of Banners & Flags
It is the Lord’s pleasure to give his people banners to display before their enemies: You have given a banner to them that fear You, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Psalm 60:4
These banners strike fear in the hearts of the spiritual enemies of the Lord: ... at the sight of the battle standard their commanders will panic. Isaiah 31:9
Banners and flags are often used as a physical connection to what the Lord is doing in the unseen realm: They are used to muster the troops for battle as “the call to arms” (Isaiah 49:22) and as a declaration of war (Jeremiah 51:27). Other times, they serve to publish the news of spiritual warfare and of the Lord’s intentions. (See Jeremiah 50:2-3; and 51:24-28.)
Spiritual victories are celebrated with shouts of joy and the lifting up of banners. (Psalm 20:5) Flags and banners are waved over those needing healing as a symbol of Christ’s healing work (Numbers 21:8-9). They can also be used prophetically (John 3:14).
Jeremiah 51:10-12 names the watchmen as those who would set the standard (flag or banner) up upon the walls. In many services, it is often the intercession-flag team (acting as watchmen) who will stand and wave flags around the outer “wall,” or rim, of the congregation as they intercede.
When waved, flags can stand for the same things as did a wave offering: consecration, peace, forgiveness, supplication and mercy. When lifted up (or heaved) these flags also represent the things that a heave offering stood for: offering plunder and captives taken during (spiritual) warfare and displaying the victory of God over His enemies.
Dancing is a visual enactment of worship. In 2 Sam. 6:14-16 and 1 Chronicles 15:29 David danced before the Lord in worship with all his might. Psalm 149:3 declares, “Let them praise His name in the dance.” Often in worship, there is a release of prophetic anointing. Dancers (especially those on our dance and flag team) may move to interpret a prophetic utterance or moving of the Holy Spirit (Ex. 15:21).
Dance can also be used as an expression of joy and triumph during warfare praise. The Hebrew word guwl means to spin about or dance violently and is the word for rejoice in Zephaniah 3:17. “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Feet are often used in spiritual warfare to stomp, march, or be placed upon the neck of a conquered spiritual enemy.” (See Joshua 10:24 / Isaiah 10:6 / 25:10 / Micah 1:3.)
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