God’s Presence in the Arts ~ 1 . . .

Joshua 24:15

This painting is one of the eleven that I painted last year 2020. I have been inspired in recent years to paint worship songs. The one above was inspired by Joshua Aaron’s song ‘You Are Holy’. It is from Joshua 24:15 ~

“And if it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

It is a declaration I make every morning over my family and for those for whom I am praying. In this time of uncertainty that has come upon us, it is so critical that we seek God with all our hearts, for He is the only one who can save.

As Christians, we have talked about the end times as described in Daniel, the Gospels and Revelation, to name a few references, but I don’t think we ever seriously saw ourselves in those times. Well, many Christians today, myself included, are convinced that we are now in the last days of the last days. In other words, if our existence could be measured pertaining to a clock, then I’m pretty convinced we are at one miniute to midnight.

All that is happening in the world, such as the wars and rumours of wars, rioting around the globe, authorities attempting to dehumanize us by forcing opinions on us, wanting to mandate inoculations and what we put into our bodies and so much more, are symptoms of a world in decline.

We need to decide which god we are going to serve: the god of humanism and worldliness and couldn’t-care-less-about-anyone-else-but-myself, or the God who made us and the whole universe. He knows what He is doing and often uses the bad things that happen to us to get our attention, so that we will return to Him, or maybe come to Him for the first time.

There really is a Devil, and he wreaks havoc upon this fallen world with his lies, hatred, deceptions and delusions. Our Heavenly Father is a God of love and He does not send viruses and destruction upon us.  But He does at times allow these things to happen, and doesn’t stop them, wanting us to call on Him for help instead of continuing in our own strength without Him.

Sometimes we need extreme circumstances in our lives to cause us to fall to our knees and call out for God’s help.

There are events yet to happen, according to the Word of God, that I would like to talk about in my next post, because I want you to be ready, prepared, and with me when they happen.

“I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no-one comes to the Father but through Me.” Jesus ~ John 14:6 AMP

Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord . . .

Praise the Lord! Psalm 150:6 NAS

I had a very quiet but lovely Christmas and New Year. I know that over the past year, I have not posted much, mainly because I have been on another project. But also, because, being a very introverted person, not much changed for me. I don’t eat out, because I have certain dietary challenges that are best dealt with at home. I do not like big crowds of peaple, and much of what I do requires solace. I’ve found it very difficult to voice anything concerning the past 12 months.

So, I just want to say now, that the Lord our God is sovereign, and He has all in the palms of His hands. He will make a way for each of us to be drawn to Him and His amazing grace and mercy. He will give every single one of us, every opportunity to come to Him.

My prayer every morning is that hearts will be softened toward God, that those same hearts will  seek only God’s Will in their lives, and that all would come to the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the great sacrifice He made for us.

Turn to the One who gives us life and see what He will do for you ~

He will help you find a job. He will heal your body, your soul, your spirit. He will restore your broken relationships. He will mend your marriage, help you get out of debt, and much, much, more.

2021 is the year to “Seek the Lord while He may be found. Call upon Him while He is near.” Isaiah 55:6

After all, God’s word also tells us that ~

“At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you. Indeed, the right time is now. Today is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:17

The Knowledge of God . . .

“I will praise You, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvellous things You have done. I will be filled with JOY because of You. I will sing praises to Your Name, O Most High.” Psalm 9:1

With all that is going on in the world, and the many different perspectives of God verses science, there is an urgent need for us, as Christians, to speak up about our Faith. About Faith in general.

You know, Faith in what God can do, for a Christian, is not blindly walking through life hoping that good things will happen. Having said that, HOPE is A Confident Expectation that Something Good is Going to Happen. But HOPE that is based on a solid foundation in God, whom I KNOW and TRUST.

Getting to know God is not just going to church on Sunday. Which we can’t do at the moment anyway. To be able to KNOW God we must spend time with Him as in any other relationship. Open the Bible today and read the Gospel of John and some Psalms. Psalms 23,27,121, and 139, are good ones to start with. Get to know WHO God is, that He has your back, and all about His unending LOVE. His awesome MERCY and PATIENCE. His amazing GRACE.

I KNOW that God exists, and that He is capable of providing, healing, saving, and delivering me from anything in life. I know because of my own personal experiences. I have had prayer for a bad toothache and it instantly went away. I have prayed for a young girl in pain with cancer, and the pain instantly left. I have met God as His love showed me WHO He is at the birth of my first child. I have had $1,000 placed in my hand (by someone who did not know me or my circumstances) to do what I wanted to do with it. It just so happens that I needed exactly that amount at the time to get our belongings out of storage after we came back from some time overseas. I have had food, clothing, shelter all provided for at times that they were needed most.

Coincidences? I don’t believe in them. God provides. I could go on . . .

I’ve had help with different health issues over the years, and I have been set free from the depressive negativity that overcomes the mind at times in my life. In fact God has changed me from a bad-tempered, aggressive, depressive, negative, pain in the neck, to a way more peaceful, forgiving, understanding and thankful person.

There’s no way we are here on this earth to suffer all the pain, grief and loss, that we do for nothing. The value of human life is far too great to just dismiss it and relegate it to nothing at the end of life. If there is no after-life, nothing to strive for, then why not just allow us all to do what we want regardless of consequences. People these days are looking for ways to live forever. Well, that’s exactly what God wants us to do, with Him, for eternity. Live forever.

I beg every single soul reading this article, to look to God in these very challenging, fearful, and uncertain times. Because the world is only feeding us with all those negative things, we need to search for the ONE who can help us through it all.

God sent His Son, Jesus, to free us from the uncertainty, the fear, the death we will experience for eternity, if we do not turn to HIM for our Salvation, which comes from Him alone through Jesus.

Through Jesus we can be forgiven, we can love and forgive our enemies, which sets us free from fear and anxiety and hatred, which in turn brings peace and hope to our souls.

God did not send this virus, however He often will use times like this to bring us to a place of searching our souls for something more to sustain us, than we have been relying on in the past. Searching for truth will cause change in our hearts, and that’s a good thing, because God always reveals Himself to those who genuinely are seeking for Him.

SEPTEMBER 2020