All posts tagged: #faithforcreatives

The Heart of Hospitality: Faith for Creatives

“Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.”              ~ROMANS 12:10-13 (See vs 9-21) Hospitality, whenever many of us hear the word the first image that comes to mind is that of homecooked meals, friends and loved ones gathered around a table, smiling and sharing in one another’s company. I know that I have often considered hospitality meant that I had to open my home, serve a meal and all that comes with it. And although that is indeed true to the definition, there is so much more to it and yet so much more glorious simplicity than what we typically assign to the word. Hospitality isn’t about a location per se but more about meeting others in their need wherever they are. It’s about being present and available in the moment, with undivided attention, no matter the location, but with sincerity …

When the Oil flows: Faith for Creatives

Revised from January 24, 2014 “Is there no balm in Gilead, is there no healer there? Why has the healing of the daughter of my people not come?” ~JEREMIAH 8:22  The answer to Jeremiah is, Yes there is a Balm and a Healer, and He has indeed come! Sometimes, the ups and downs of life have the ability to cause our hearts to grow hard as stone, even for those of us who belong to Messiah Yeshua, Christ Jesus. The encouraging thing is that even stones can’t help but soak up oil. When Yeshua Jesus, our Christ, pours His oil upon us, the oil will be soaked up and our wee little hearts will be healed and hard no more! There is relief in Him! I am learning that the soaking is not always instantaneous. Maybe I already knew that but I did not really give this truth much heed. But I believe we all need to. Consider the work of a massage therapist. You have trigger points in your muscles that are preventing you …

When the Going Gets Tough, You Have a Helper

“Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is with those who uphold my life.” ~PSALM 54:4 The Lord Who called you with purpose, dream, and vision, will help and sustain you especially when the going and growing gets tough (PSALM 23). Remember when He told the disciples He required or had a need to go to the other side of the sea of Galilea (MARK 4:35-41)? He let it be known to them that He had business there, instructed them to row in that direction, and then with Him, on the boat with them fast asleep…an ugly storm came. STORMS DON’T CANCEL HIS WORD The storm that hit in the midst of transition did not cancel the word, desire, or direction that Christ had spoken and put in motion. The best part about it was that not only was His plan and purpose not hindered by the storm but He was also in the midst of the storm during the transition with those He had commissioned to go forward. And as He was with the disciples during their storm, so too …

Strategic Power: Power in the Process pt 4

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” ~Abraham Lincoln In the book of Acts, we find the disciples waiting in Jerusalem, along with many others for the green light from Heaven to go out and spread the goodness about the Lord and Messiah, Jesus Christ. They’ve witnessed His miracles, they’ve heard His words, they watched Him die a gruesome death on a rugged cross only to see Him risen on the third day. They believe. They believe in what He has said, they believe in what He has done, they believe in Who He is. They believe in what He has commissioned them to do…however… However, He, considering all of their belief instructs them to…wait. “Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.  But you shall receive power when the Holy …

The Power in Songs of Praise

I just wanted to take this moment to encourage you all with not just a song of worship, but with the powerful weapon that we have in worship through song, coming from our very lips and hearts, no matter if they are out of tune or not appreciated by those sitting next to us. Often times we allow men (to the delight of the enemy) to deter us from opening our mouths in song unto or Heavenly Father. What is the big deal with singing to our Heavenly Father? Well, there is power in it that shifts the atmosphere. It is through song that our hearts are encouraged, that we remember what our God has done for us in the past, is presently doing, and will do. It is through song that we find strength, and that the enemy is evicted from our atmosphere, for our God inhabits our praise. (PSALM 22:3) Ephesians 5:18-21 says, “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and …

Precious Living Stones: Faith for Creatives

“…you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” ~1 PETER 2:5 Every stone in a building matters. Every stone in a wall ensures its strength and ability to do what it was created and constructed to do. You would never see a brick mason grabbing a random brick from a wall and tossing it aside just because he felt it wasn’t relevant. This truth is the same way with our Heavenly Father. He has created you with a divine purpose. Your position matters. What He has purposed in your heart matters. There is no gifting, no matter how simple it may seem to you, that is not without power in building the walls of the Kingdom. You are a living stone in the walls of Kingdom, expanding His reign and will throughout the earth by walking out His plan in your life. Let Him set you in place to His glory. Trust His touch and positioning. What …

Out to Abundance: Faith for Creatives

Revised from May 4, 2018 “…we went through fire and water, but you brought us out to abundance.” ~PSALM 66:12 Another translation of this portion of scripture says, “We went through the fire and through the water, but You brought us out to rich fulfillment.” Here is what we as Creatives and People of Faith have to take note of: THERE IS ‘PROCESS’ BEFORE ‘POSSESSION’. Before we are able to take hold of and step into the new level that God has for us, we must be prepared for it. Who we are before the process is not who we will be on the other side of it when we take possession of what the Lord has promised and called us to. Fire. Consider the occurrences of forest fires, not the ones that are caused by human negligence, but those that take place as a part of the circle of creation. These fires are natural. They may cause great devastation, but, they bring greater enrichment to the ecosystem. Water. Water, rain, are necessary for the nutrients to be able …

Pray for Rain: Faith for Creatives

“Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.” ~JAMES 5:17-18 He prayed, and the land was dry. He prayed again and the heavens were opened and the earth saturated. This is the story of Elijah. If you are familiar with the great Prophet, then you know how he stood alone against a multitude and those who served a false god and their queen, Jezebel, armed only with his faith and the authority of the True and Living God. You know that when it was time for him to pass the baton of faith that he was called up to heaven in a chariot of fire and swept away into eternity without ever being touched by death even though at one point in time, death was indeed his prayer. You know then that he was a man of great power and …

Growing in Grace & Favor: Faith for Creatives

“…but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” II PETER 3:18 NKJV We are told in the Word to grow in favor/grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. It seems simple enough, and even obvious, really, which only begs the question, why the instruction. The answer? All of us at some point in time has struggled or will struggle with our position in Christ and the truly awesome, and completely free gift of unmerited favor. Knowing that in many things we will fail and fall short even as we walk with Him but yet are never disqualified from His grace is just mindblowing (ROMANS 5:20). The even bigger mind-blow is that when we fail and fall short, no matter how great our intentions to do good, it is His GRACE pouring out to us that brings us into deeper repentance (ROMANS 2:4). When we walk in unperfected love, and we all have, which is a fear of punishment, we don’t …

Safe Pastures of Pursuit: Faith for Creatives

“Trust in the Lord, and do good. Dwell in the land, and enjoy safe pasture. Also delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord. Trust also in Him, and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine out like light, and your justice as the noonday sun. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. Don’t fret because of Him who prospers in His way, because of the man who makes wicked plots happen.” PSALMS 37:3‭-‬7 WMB It seems almost counterintuitive when you read Psalms 37 and ponder the pursuits of your heart. Your heart is filled with God-given dreams and goals for a successful life and contrary to the instructions of the Psalmist, to wait on God and rest in His timing, human nature tells you that in order to see these things come to life you have to join the rat race, hustle, strive, push, accept the pain if you want to achieve the gain. The ‘noise’ …