spirit word

Sword

Sword

As I was sketching for this armor piece, I thought it interesting that SWORD had WORD in it and I wanted to enhance it. I do like puzzles so studying the Bible has definitely replaced my Dell Crosswords.

Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Ephesians 6:17

It felt like this sword of the word wasn’t about a knife or a book that was carried to cut down an enemy but something even stronger to battle those things unseen.

sketch

sketch


For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12

We often think of our enemies in an earthly way but it that’s not what this points to. In order for us to battle well, we also need the Holy Spirit. Some have sarcastically said many believe in Father, Son and Holy Bible more than Holy Spirit, which may be true – but where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom! (2 Corinthians 3:17)

Wishing you a wonderful FREEDOM weekend.


If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36

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peace or sword

Sword

Sword

I’ve said I usually have more questions as I study and here is another area.

Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. Matthew 10:34

Jesus talks about turning families against each other…which seems very harsh for a Prince of Peace.

Are these really contradictions?
The Bible seems to have many.

We often focus on easy, encouraging verses instead of questions that require our “Counselor/Holy Spirit” to bring understanding. Sometimes it’s years before we “get it,” but He is patient with us.

Peace is such a personal aspect of our relationship with the Lord. Peace comes from trust, surrender, and a deep abiding in Him and His Word that nothing will come between; not even family.

It’s as if it were a test of where or in whom we find our peace.

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lightness of peace

PEACE

PEACE

Do you imagine a suit of armor to be comfy and easy to maneuver in?

Wiki shares the weight to be 33-55 pounds (15-25 kg). I suppose for the majority of warriors or those who work out, it’s not too much, but an everyday person would find it a hindrance.

As you read the Gospel of Peace, Jesus keeps sharing that we should feel the weight lifted from us; to find freedom, not heaviness. He tells us His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

Are you feeling burdened or light?

Most seem to focus on the darkness but He says in His Kingdom is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10

It’s really not about us…

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peace to you

PEACE

PEACE

As I sketched out this series relating to Ephesians 6, this was the first painting I felt to do.

I had looked at historical suits of armor and compared what I saw to how the Word portrayed those pieces. The original paint on the shoes was harsher, like metal, and as I completed the painting at home, they became softer, like house shoes that were worn everyday.

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm…For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. Ephesians 6:13, 15

Though the Word of God is sharper than any two edge sword, it’s also the Gospel of Peace, Love, Joy, Grace, Mercy, Hope, Freedom…

May you walk in the assurance of His Peace and Good News today!

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arrows

FAITH

FAITH

A major part of studying God’s Word is realizing there is always more to be discovered.

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:16

What things would you call flaming arrows?
Do they have to come from an enemy?
Why does Jesus say, “Get behind me Satan,” to his buddy Peter?
How do we stab ourselves?

HOW can we deflect these arrows?

Words are powerful and one of the biggest “arrows” on my list. Others who cut me down, when I limit myself (and my God), and COMPARING…ouch!

They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.
Psalm 64:3

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Proverbs 18:21

What kind of words/arrows are coming at you?
How are you deflecting those that don’t line up with God’s truth?
Are the words you are speaking ones to build up or tear down?

The world plants seeds of doubt, doom, and fear. Bad news sells and spreads like a wild fire. Wouldn’t it be amazing if it was the Good News spreading instead?

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shield of faith

FAITH

FAITH

How is FAITH a shield in your life?

One of the basics of faith is that its not just belief – it’s about action.

I hear many say, “Faith is spelled R I S K.”

We seldom need faith if all is well. Hebrews 11 shows the GREAT FAITH that has gone before us and their stories were not about being comfy at home, enjoying friends or TV. We are not much of a threat in that position – unless…we are in earnest prayer.

When Christ followers do step out in faith – to press on – to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold (Phil 3:12-14), this shield is of utmost importance.

For me it is often a shield of peace –

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

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faith in…

FAITH

FAITH

Oh my – I found my old way of posting!!
Simple things can bring great JOY!

Faith doesn’t seem like a big word, but it is very complex. As small as a mustard seed, but I feel there is a BIGGER question we should ask.

Who or what is our faith really in?

We exercise faith every moment and the majority is in our abilities, our resources, our families. Having the mindset that we can do all things is great, but in our own strength not the most effective for the spiritual battle.

A question I’ve been asking:
is that thought, solution, or plan from Him, from me or from others?

(If it’s pressured…it’s probably not God!)

This brings me to a favored verse…

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

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faith works

FAITH

FAITH

As we were studying Ephesians, I jumped ahead to chapter 6. Imagining painting a large scale suit of armor with rivets, cutouts and more, God gave me very different pictures. I did several sketches and a few paintings. In the days to come, I’ll share some of what came from the experience.

Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
Ephesians 6:13-18 Message

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joyful unison

beauty surrounds us

beauty surrounds us

How beautiful on the mountains
    are the feet of the messenger bringing good news,
Breaking the news that all’s well,
    proclaiming good times, announcing salvation,
    telling Zion, “Your God reigns!”
Voices! Listen!
Your scouts are shouting, thunderclap shouts,
    shouting in joyful unison.
They see with their own eyes
    God coming back to Zion.
Break into song! Boom it out, ruins of Jerusalem:
    God has comforted his people!
    He’s redeemed Jerusalem!”
God has rolled up his sleeves.
    All the nations can see his holy, muscled arm.
Everyone, from one end of the earth to the other,
    sees him at work, doing his salvation work.
Isaiah 52:7-10

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benefits

holy and blameless

holy and blameless

Where does your mind go when you think of benefits?

So often it moves to an employer, healthcare, vacation, bonuses…

I think this shares the most amazing benefit package…

1-2 O my soul, bless God.
    From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name!
O my soul, bless God,
    don’t forget a single blessing!

3-5 He forgives your sins—every one.
    He heals your diseases—every one.
    He redeems you from hell—saves your life!
    He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown.
    He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal.
    He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence.

6-18 God makes everything come out right;
    he puts victims back on their feet.
He showed Moses how he went about his work,
    opened up his plans to all Israel.
God is sheer mercy and grace;
    not easily angered, he’s rich in love.
He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold,
    nor hold grudges forever.
He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve,
    nor pay us back in full for our wrongs.
As high as heaven is over the earth,
    so strong is his love to those who fear him.
And as far as sunrise is from sunset,
    he has separated us from our sins.
As parents feel for their children,
    God feels for those who fear him.
He knows us inside and out,
    keeps in mind that we’re made of mud.
Men and women don’t live very long;
    like wildflowers they spring up and blossom,
But a storm snuffs them out just as quickly,
    leaving nothing to show they were here.
God’s love, though, is ever and always,
    eternally present to all who fear him,
Making everything right for them and their children
    as they follow his Covenant ways
    and remember to do whatever he said.

19-22 God has set his throne in heaven;
    he rules over us all. He’s the King!
So bless God, you angels,
    ready and able to fly at his bidding,
    quick to hear and do what he says.
Bless God, all you armies of angels,
    alert to respond to whatever he wills.
Bless God, all creatures, wherever you are—
    everything and everyone made by God.

And you, O my soul, bless God!

Psalm 103 The Message

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