"Break open your word within me until revelation-light shines out! Those with open hearts are given insight into your plans."
Psalm 119:130 TPT
Did you know that darkness is just the void of light? In other words, where light fills a room, darkness can't invade it and overcome it. Where light exists, darkness cannot stay. Even the smallest amount of light has removed darkness. As a believer, we are filled with the Light of the World.
Have you ever experienced a time where the Lord felt far away, or all you felt was heaviness and darkness around you? How is it possible to have the Light of the World in you, and yet feel far away and only see darkness?
“The hand of the LORD was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones. And He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were dry. And He said to me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ And I answered, ‘O Lord GOD, Thou knowest.’ Again He said to me, ‘Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.’”
The verse above has held special meaning to me as I have often applied it to my own being. I know what it feels like to be walking around as if I am a pile of dry bones. I may be functioning, but there is no life within me that I can grasp onto. Has anyone else felt this way at some time in their life?
"Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes."
Romans 12:2 (The Passion Translation)
These last few weeks have seen me fine-tuning my purpose and artistic medium with Father God. At the end of June I felt exhausted from learning, striving, pushing forward into new creative territory, so much so that I began to have doubts about whether fine art was really my “Gift” like I had thought.
Father is so, so good: no matter what we ask, so long as we ask Him, He’ll answer.
Identity is a tricky thing. The world grabs us every. single. day. and yanks us around with messages about who we are, what we should be doing, how we should be thinking. If we aren’t spending enough time with Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, it is easy to find ourselves lost in the weeds.
"I pray with great faith for you, because I’m fully convinced that the One who began this glorious work in you will faithfully continue the process of maturing you and will put his finishing touches to it until the unveiling of our Lord Jesus Christ!"
Philippians 1:6 (The Passion Translation)
I've had an old worship song stuck in my head all day,
"He who began a good work in you, will be faithful to complete it. Will be faithful to complete it. He who started a work will be faithful to complete it in you."
Have you been there lately? Looking at your circumstances and they don't quite match up with what you know God has promised you, or what you know to be true? I have too.
"Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand."
James 5:7-8 ESV
Many of us have heard the phrase, “Patience is a virtue”. But have we really stopped to think what exactly it means to be patient and why it should be a virtue for us all? While the scriptures often emphasizes the importance of patience, we now have quickly forgotten the very idea and the reason we have to tolerate seasons in our lives to realize incredible fruits of blessings.
Advancements in technology have brought us many good things. But, one entity it has also brought forth from the depths is this nasty character of impatience. We live in a generation of the instant; where we all need things done as soon as we begin them. We expect to have things in our hands right after we order them, we expect a perfect relationship with our partner without putting in the effort or expect growth in our businesses just as we set them up. While these are rather simple examples of impatience, we realize a similar pattern through our journey of life.