In the Presence of My Foes, is an acrylic painting painted on gallery wrapped canvas.
I often wonder how many of us are aware of the magnificence of God's new covenant that Jesus ratified by His blood? I struggle to grasp the scope of it, because it is so vast!
Eph 6:10 "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might."
The many qualities of human frailty I possess are of no consequence, because I am strong "in the Lord", not independent of Him.
According to the terms of this precious covenant, I've been granted victory for every battle that I will ever face.
I find it fascinating that in the Bible a meal was included when a covenant was made, a time of fellowship at a table between those coming into agreement. Psalm 23 describes a table prepared for me. God seems to delight in inviting me to feast with Him in the presence of my enemies, when I would rather He banished them all!
I am awed that when David penned the Psalm, he had no idea that ultimate reason for confidence, would be the victory Jesus won on the cross against this enemy. The bread and wine of this meal remind me of this very truth!
So it is with calm confidence that I put on the full armor of God every day. My mind is peaceful with His salvation, I have on the breastplate of righteousness—my unrighteousness traded for His matchless purity. What a great exchange! The shield of faith, the sword of the spirit, and my feet shod with peace, are all so effortless, if I will believe.
This victory is played out in the context of this satisfying meal! I dine with Him—His bread is bountiful and my cup runneth over! I am filled with a peace that passes understanding. The enemy is unable to touch me.
There is intense warfare to enter that rest, to reach that place of perfect communion with my Father, to enjoy His banqueting table, to cease from self effort and to simply believe. That rest will not come without a ferocious struggle against demonic forces.
The Bible calls it "labour"!
Heb 4:11 "Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief"
The greatest danger I face is not from any scheme of the enemy, but failure to believe that the victory is already mine!
I, Sara Joseph, am the sole creator of the above painting.
In the Presence of My Foes is an original acrylic painting painted on gallery wrapped canvas, available for $2700 USD.
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