This exquisite masterpiece was inspired straight from the heart of God.After two completely different failed attempts I realized that I needed to surrender and let God use my artistic skills as his vessel to speak to the world.Interestingly I can testify that after I put on the whole armour of God I honestly felt like my Spiritual eyes were rejuvenated and my creative energy started flowing effortlessly..
After praying and seeking his face I confidently conceptualised this piece entitled "The Epitome of The Sword of the Spirit."I really wanted to be exceptionally unique creating this authentic piece which
captures the true essence of our incredibly loving God.
Delightfully I was also gifted with superb inspiration from Tana Valmond who is a phenomenal young rising artistic star.She is also my precious daughter who fuels my passion to pursue my artistic skills.It was done using a mixture of acrylics and watercolor.
My Art seeks to illuminate the precious and powerful Word of God through Visual Arts.The Bible is the focal point and I will highlight John 1-1 which made it abundantly clear that "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God." As we follow the instructions delicately outlined in Ephesians 6-10-20 I want to echo that because our battle is not against flesh and blood it is critically important to note that God is the ONLY answer to our circumstances.
Very often when studying this Bible verses we tend to cling to the actual battle rather than our Saviour Jesus Christ.The Bible inside the house is depicted on the switch as the electrical connection straight to Jesus who is the ultimate source of light.According to John 9-5 "I am the LIGHT of the world .Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of LIFE."Isn't that amazing?We should proclaim Psalms 25-1"The Lord is my light and salvation whom shall I fear?"1Corinthians 1:30states that"But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus who became to us wisdom from God and righteousness,sanctification and redemption." This represents the Helmet of Salvation.
Acts 2:38 says Peter replied "Repent and be baptized,everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit " This represents the Breastplate of Righteousness."John 14 -6 ,Jesus said " I am the Way,the TRUTH and the Life.Noo econe to the Father except through me.".This represents the "Belt of Truth."Colossians 3-15"And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,to which indeed you were called one body and be thankful."Mark 16-18 even strengthens it ,and he said to them"Go into All the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation."This represents the" Gospel of Peace."It is very fascinating because all the evidence points to Jesus Christ who is our Lord and personal Saviour.Indeed these powerful Scriptures is our vaccine over spiritual warfare.
He is depicted ihis majestic glory, sitting on his royal throne lovingly looking down on his amazing children. John16-33 states that "These things I have spoken unto you that in me ye might have peace.In the world you will have tribulations but be of good cheers because I have overcome the world."As Christian's they need to take great comfort in 1John 4-4"You little children are of God and have overcome the world because greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world."
The next focal point is the house which represents the family. Proverbs 24_3 says "By wisdom a house is built ,and by understanding it is established,by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious things and pleasant riches,"I Isaiah32-18God promises that "My people will abide in a peaceful habitation I se urs dwelling and inquiry resting places."The house is fully litted which depicts our daily walk with God .When we live a life that is pleasing to God it makes it extremely difficult for the enemy to attack us personally. To security alarm system represents that we are covered under the blood of Jesus Christ .He would then viciously resort to using his snares to intimidate us.It would include a global health crisis like Covid 19 and use sexually immoral things to seduce us .The camera represents protection.from all angles according to 1John4-1"Beloved ,believe not every spirit,but try the spirits whether they are of God:because many false prophets are gone out into the world.Finally the satellite dish represents the wide collections of Holy Scriptures we have access to on a daily basis.
The enemy who is depicted using half thief and an angry lion seeks to destroy the happy family with his schemes but he will never succeed.According John 10-10" The thief only came to steal kill and to destroy.I came that they may have life and may have it more abundantly."1Peter 5-8,9warns that as Christians that we should be alert and vigilant because your adversary the devil as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour.We should resist him standing firm in faith.Yes this is a strong representation of the "Shield of Faith."
Hebrews 4-12 which clearly states that "The Word of GOD is alive and exerts power and is sharper than a two edged sword and pierces even the dividing of the soul and the spirit and the joints and their marrow and is able to discern the thoughts.I pray that this piece will inspire you to put in the whole armour using the Holy Scriptures as the anti-dote to break free from his self inflicting bondages of insecurities,fear, anger and a troubled spirit. 2Timothy 1-7 "God has not given us a spirit of fear ,but of POWER,LOVE AND A SOUND MIND."I encourage you to place your laser focused attention on Ephesians 6-10 which tells us that we should be strong in the LORD and in the POWER OF HIS MIGHT!!!
This exuberant work of art fits perfectly with Ephesians 6-10-20 interlaced with other supporting Scriptures.It is high time that we ask God to cleanse our spiritual eyes,hearts,ears to hear when he speaks to us.Yes,we face a raging adversary but I know my God is GREATER!
What I have learnt is that the deeper you go the more obstacles you will face.The whole armour of God is JESUS.Nothing else will do.We as Christians need to understand that there is only one supreme Lord over the world and he ALONE has ALL AUTHORITIES.He has no equal and is NEVER not is intimidated by the enemy.The devil has been cast out of heaven.God is the ALMIGHTY,all powerful and he has his children in the palm of his hands.
"For though we walk in the flesh we don't war according to the flesh. For the weapon is not carnal but mighty in God pulling down strongholds casting arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God bringing every thought to captivating into the obedience of Christ."We need to put on the whole armour of God by using the Sword of the Spirit to combat the wiles of the enemy.
Satan has been defeated! Isaiah 54-17 encourages that " NO weapon formed against me shall prosper and every tongue that shall rise up against thee is judgement thou shall condemn."Romans 8:38 tells us that" We are victorious,know in all these things we are conquerors through him who loves us."Our weapons to combat the wiles of the enemy is to minimize the enemy's significance to the smallest degree and magnify Jesus to the fullest extent because according to Phillipians 4-13 God gives us power."I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."It is only when we are vulnerable and weak that the enemy sneaks in and tries to intimidate us.We need to rise up and take our rightful position.As a young and vibrant Christian mother struggle with my inadequacies .I aspire to be the Proverbs 31 wife but i struggle with my tongue since i can use it a a whip to slice others.Daily I pray and meditate on Proverbs which says that she opens her mouth with wisdom and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.To combat that evil force against me I purposefully seek to encourage others especially hurting women.I am so eternally grateful for this incredible opportunity to do what I love and to give all the glory and honour to God.
To my incredibly Heavenly Father JEHOVAH for blessing me with these amazing artistic skills Supernatural inspiration, endurance ,foresight, enthusiastic energy and unwavering confidence in my own abilities. My Bible has given me all the necessary nutrients to complete this Art project. Indeed every good and perfect gift comes from above .
To my loving and devoted fiance Bronson Jno.Baptiste for motivational support and sound advice To my incredibly beautiful and artistic daughter and best friend Tana for her humor,spiritual upliftment,delicious meals and loving kindness.She has been super instrumental in the production of this captivating Art piece.
Finally to my precious baby Prince for simply being my bundle of joy. A special thank you to my awesome Mother in Law for her love ,assistance and delicious meals.Indeed I am eternally grateful to God for my special gift of family.To God be the glory,Great things he has done!! As for me and my house we will continue to serve the LORD.
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