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The situation we find ourselves in as a world today is a soul issue much more than it is a race issue. This is not to take away from the very real issues of racism and injustice that exist in all segments of the population. Rather, its to blanket those issues in the fabric of the need for a soul revival across humanity. At this point, we have an opportunity to cry out and bring the fire of revival like we've never seen before. There are those who need to step into media positions and be willing to tell the whole truth for all individuals in every situation. We need people to take their place in education and stand for students being bullied for the color of their skin (regardless of what color it is)...and we need education reformers to Rise up and establish laws against inequitable education. We need government officials who will boldly carry the heart of God and not the heart of political parties. We need those who will stand for equitable Healthcare. We need the church to arise bold and glorious raising a standard that rests on the model of Jesus. He loved everyone and His concern was that ALL hearts would be drawn to Him and follow Him. Jesus was full of love for ALL and embodied righteousness. He not only told the truth. He IS the truth. What he was not is passive. We need a revival of mothers and fathers who will speak identity, purpose, and vision into a hurting generation whether they look like you or not...whether you feel ready or not. We need a revival of hearts filled with the fire of God. Everyone's assignment will not look the same. Some will have wide impact. Some will have a smaller sphere but all are called to reach the one beside you...the one in front of you...your neighbor....just take a step in the areas that burn your heart and encourage others to do the same.
Holy Spirit Let your fire fall on this nation and the world. Soften hearts...open ears...open eyes...comfort those who mourn...heal those with ravaged hearts...give direction and clear guidance to those crying out for answers. Let a Holy boldness and righteous indignation rise up to not only end injustice but to see a Holy Spirit revival where hearts are changed instantly because they've been wrecked by the presence of the Almighty God....
Isaiah 52:7 "How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God Reigns!'"
I dreamed of this painting the night before I started it. I knew it was significant and honestly, I doubted I could create what I saw in my dream. As I let go and let God lead me in the process, this piece was created that speaks directly into the world a message of love and unity that is so desperately needed. Though I don't attach a message to every piece I create to leave room for the art to speak the message you need, it is my passion to speak messages to you that will inspire and shift you into position to do what you've been designed to do.
I painted this before our world was turned upside down by the tragic killing of George Floyd. I released it to the world on social media in the midst of the civil unrest that resulted. The response has been nothing short of phenomenal. This is the way creating with God works. He speaks His heart to the artist. The artist creates. The creation releases the heart of God into the world to shift atmospheres and point people back to the Lord.
I can't look at this painting without hearing Bob Marley's "One Love" playing in my mind. Such fitting words for current situations. I've put the lyrics below.
***The "One Love" painting is entered in an art show and cannot be sold just yet. However, the prints are available on my ETSY store.
Bob Marley's "One Love" Lyrics
One Love "One love (hear the children crying)
One heart (sayin')
Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel alright (sayin')
Let's get together and feel alright
(whoa whoa whoa whoa)
Let them all pass, all their dirty remarks (one love)
There is one question I'd really love to ask (one heart)
Is there a place for the hopeless sinners
Who has hurt all mankind just to save his own (believe)
One love (what about one heart)
One heart (what about love)
Let's get together and feel alright (as it was in the beginning)
One love (so shall it be in the end)
One heart (alright)
Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel alright
Let's get together and feel alright
(one more thing)"
A few days ago, I was praying with a friend when all of a sudden I saw this huge antique fire starter blowing bursts of wind into a flame. I simply heard over and over, “I am fanning the flames of revival. I am fanning the flames of revival. REVIVAL is upon us. (An antique fire starter was being used to fan the flames because God was bringing us back to the ways of old and blowing from ancient wells).
More fire. More fire. More fire. I am awakening my fire starters. You are here for such a time as this. Rise up. Stand up. Use your voices. Use what is in your hands. Love like never before. Truly love. Love without condition. There is a renewed ability to love others as my perfect love penetrates the heart of my Bride. As my fire starters awaken with a fiery love for the lost, the hurting, and the sick, the fires of revival are being fanned. It is time. It is time to rise up in this hour and shine with the fire of Holy Spirit like never before. I'm fanning the flames of revival. Will you burn with my revival fire?
"For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14The fire of the Holy Spirit is renewing an awareness of the Kingdom within us as believers and igniting a passion to release the Kingdom of heaven on earth like never before. All creation is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God during this time when the enemy is doing everything possible to steal, kill and destroy. Believers have an opportunity to be a source of peace and comfort while lifting up the name of Jesus who came to give all of us abundant life. John 10:10
"For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that[a] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time". Romans 8:19-22
The painting above on the left is called “Flames of Revival”. It depicts what I was seeing during the prayer where I heard over and over "I'm fanning the flames of revival". The painting on the right is called “Under His Wings” and represents God’s constant love and sovereign protection over us in this time, a Psalm 91 reference. I'm sharing these paintings and these words as an encouragement that no matter what it looks like, God is not caught off guard. As we press into Him during this time when fear and uncertainty are high around the globe, we will encounter Him in deeper ways and He truly is fanning the flames of revival in every nation. My heart and prayers are with those suffering and those who have lost loved ones in recent days. May God comfort your hearts and hide you under the shadow of His wings.