Success is in Your Hands: Faith for Creatives

And they overcame him [the evil one] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony…” ~Revelation 12:11 *Bracets added

The scripture says we overcome by the word of our testimony. When it comes to being successful when it comes to victory, one of the greatest ways to secure this is to tell it, not only for the encouragement of others but to remind yourself when you begin to face other trials.

Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. ~PSALM 37:4-5

Success and victory go hand and hand. Both are a mark of triumphing over an obstacle or challenge or in the case of this scripture the enemy of our very lives and souls, Satan.

Here is my testimony that I share as a seed of faith for you. In 2015 I was laden with change; change in calling, change in career path, change in vision, change in relationships. Every change brought me to a new level of faith and deeper love for Christ Jesus.

He has always been sweet and perfect, kind and faithful, but it was and is as I overcome and begin to trust His character more that I am able to see and relate to Him in this sweetness.

One of my biggest struggles is in dealing with provision. I have never really lacked for anything BUT I had trained myself to work for everything, leaving very little room for God to show Himself faithful in providing for me.

Even though I am confident of His love for me, I have struggled with the question of will He meet my daily needs.

I have grown much in this area.

Matthew 6:24-30 Jesus expresses His great love for us, instructing us not to worry about our daily needs but to seek first His Kingdom and its righteousness and all our daily needs will be met. He knows we have need of them, but it takes faith in Him, faith in His character to allow Him to prove Himself here.

And what is His Kingdom? As Romans 14:17 states, “ for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Basically and gloriously, to seek His Kingdom is to continuously agree with His word that you are no longer a sinner but a new creation in Him, His Righteousness by faith and then taking hold of peace, and joy that is found in His Holy Spirit now indwelling you.

So in light of my changes in 2015 and beyond, I have started several new business ventures, one of them being transforming ICFTS into a platform that is more a community. The blessing is that as I take steps in faith (and even before I began) I heard and continue to hear Him say, “You’ll have everything you need.”

Hearing is one thing, believing and putting your faith in what you have heard is another. I decided to put my faith in what I heard and did not question Him.

Psalm 37:4-5 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…”

But as a test of my growing faith, while I was in the midst of getting a commissioned art piece finished, I reached for my trusty bottle of varnish only to find that it had dried into a lump!

This was not good being that the holidays were right around the corner and I had very limited time. Instead of accusing the Savior, I testified with MY WORDS, reminding myself through faith what HE had said, that I would have everything that I needed. (PSALM 103:20)

Later that day, cleaning up for the day of work and organizing some of my other tools, I came across a can of spray varnish that I had only used once!

I immediately did a happy dance, not because of the can, but because my faith had increased and I had abided in the faithfulness of His Word and received the fruit of faith!

I have learned to trust Him more. I am learning to rest and trust Him more with confidence because I am HIS righteousness and in this, I have joy and peace! I was victorious in my trial then and have been in many since then. I gained success! And the greatest success is found in walking with Him and holding to His hand!

*Revised from November 6, 2015. 

~Poiema, Poetry in Motion

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His Mercies New, His Grace Abundant: Basking In the Faithfulness of God

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Have you seen the sky today? I don’t know where in the world you might call home, but here, in my neck of the woods the sky is breathtaking.

Just typing these words, peering out the window at the glorious display that Yeshua Jesus has put on outside puts such joy in my heart and a smile on my face. The Word says that “The heaven’s declare the glory of God,” and I have to agree. Seeing this evidence enables me to say it is truly well within my soul.

Clouds. They are such marvelous things. The sky is a gorgeous aquamarine blue and is perfectly dotted with fluffy white clouds, framed with even whiter halos of light!

Some of you may be thinking, “So what. They are clouds.” But do you know what the Word of God says about clouds?

Nahum 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger but great in power; the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of His feet.”

The clouds are the very dust of His feet. Let that sink in for a moment…I smile on days like this because on these days it is impossible for me to doubt His love for me and that HE is doing something awesome on my behalf.

Yeshua Jesus is busy, busy, busy with fulfilling His word and promises.

I have probably said this before on this very blog, but it warrants being told again and again. First, the purity of Christ Jesus is so amazing that even the DUST/CLOUDS from HIS FEET is white. There is no stain, no blot, no imperfection to be found in Him.

Secondly, clouds are the sustaining factor of life on this earth. Without clouds, we have no rain, without rain, fresh water runs dry. Without fresh water…you get the picture.Clouds 1

God is so mighty, and so big and so awesome, that HE sustains His creation with the DUST that falls from His feet. The dust. The Word of God says in regard to God and His goodness:

Matthew 5:43-45 You have heard it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I(Yeshua Jesus) say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you , and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in Heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and SENDS HIS RAIN ON THE JUST AND THE UNJUST.”

When it comes to God and His loving kindness, He extends it to all, equally. The just and the unjust, the good and evil, all partake of His kindnesses daily, whether we knowledge them or not, whether we acknowledge Him or not.

But these collective mercies, are coming solely from what is shed from His person and not from the fullness of what HE desires to give unto us. These blessings, that which is more than dust, are reserved for His children, those who are called according to the Name of Yeshua Jesus, who have accepted Him and His adoption of them.

There are bounties of grace, favor and goodness, that we as the children of God take part in just because we have said “yes” to Him and His abundant love found in the redemptive work of Christ upon the cross. All of us have the choice to say yes and invite Yeshua Jesus into our hearts as our Lord and Savior.

Clouds…not even a taste of what He has to offer, but the promise of some incredibly, indescribably, magnificent goodness and blessings to come. Clouds…testaments of how MIGHTY and AWESOME and OMNISCIENT GOD TRULY IS!

God is moving, always moving. Today was just a reminder of that truth.

~Poiema, Poetry in Motion