A Place for Prophetic Artists to Network and Encourage One Another
Lately, I have been made more aware of the importance of action as a result of hearing the Lord. I have learned to be sensitive to the voice of the Lord, and to recognize when the Holy Spirit is guiding me and illuminating scripture for me, and giving me pictures and words, but I have often struggled with following through the active part of what I feel the Lord leading me to create or speak. There have been many works of art, and encouraging words that I have not shared with others, just because I hesitated long enough for the fire to go out in my spirit.
I have discussed with a few others the past few days about how creativity has to be continually cultivated in order to keep momentum going. If I do not paint within a few days of my last painting… then I end up not painting for several weeks or even months. It’s harder to get back in the groove. Life must be maintained in order to flourish. Art is about creation… creation is life.. life needs attention and nourishment. Art can be nourishment for the person who experiences it and receives it.
James 2:14-17 says, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? in the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
Our faith must be actively lived out. We are saved when we believe and have faith. But the journey should not end there. Jesus preached, healed, and ultimately went to the cross. As an artist, I can speak life into others’ lives through my creative words, and doing my art and releasing it to others. I’m seeing how important it is to follow through when I am led to create.
James 1:22-24 says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”
In school, I always retained information better if i did a project as part of the study. When I just had to read and take a test, I usually forgot the information quickly. But, having a hands-on activity reinforced the lessons. Many of those lessons I still remember today. I find I can retain God’s Word in my spirit much better when I actively live them out. I can practice kindness, forgiveness, love, friendship. I can pray, create, sing, help, give.
Proverbs 3:27-28 says, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you’ —when you already have it with you.”
This not only says that we must act as a result of our faith… but it says to do it immediately! If we hesitate or ignore an opportunity to act, then we are being disobedient. Pretty intense! If I have received a word or picture to paint, and I have the supplies necessary to paint, and have time to paint it.. why would I be selfish and not follow through? It takes a lot of discipline and courage… and I’m learning to embrace that and live it.