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"Remain in Me"

"Remain in Me"
“Remain in me”
FEBRUARY 2021
C o l l e c t o r s   C l u b
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“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing”
John 15:5, NIV.
“No one sews a patch of un-shrunk (new) cloth on an old garment; otherwise, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and the tear becomes worse. No one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the [fermenting] wine will [expand and] burst the skins, and the wine is lost as well as the wineskins.
But new wine must be put into new wineskins”
Mark 2:21-22, AMP.
 
“Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out and the wineskins are ruined; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved”
Matthew 9:17, AMP.
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Scripture states that new wine must be put into new wine skins, and so what does this entail? For one cannot mend the two garments together; they would be incompatible and not sustain its purpose.
Thus, it is evident that the new calls for a putting away of what was, and cling to something entirely different, something better. “He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Hebrews 10:9-10, NIV).

 

The New Wine: The life and sacrifice of Jesus became our new wine, providing for a new covenant that provides for a communal response; a constant flow of an inpouring and outpouring to others. For this symbol is a representation of the new covenant that now exists between God and man. It is the impartation of new life through the Holy Spirit, who is at work amongst His people. God chose humanity, a weak and fragile vessel to house the Imago Dei.

What humility, what honor to house His presence. It’s the practice of abiding and becoming one in relationship, rather than needing to prove or earn a right standing with God through the Law. “Do not think that I came to do away with or undo the Law [of Moses] or the [writings of the] Prophets; I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For I assure you and most solemnly say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke [of the pen] will pass from the Law until all things [which it foreshadows] are accomplished” (Matthew 5:17-18, AMP).

Christ has accomplished all, He has become our complete sacrifice, the spotless lamb. And in doing so, His grace provides a higher standard of righteousness, because His glory resides from within.

Remaining in Him is the only way to receive and be carriers of the new wine. Therefore, we need to be open to the new and not idolize ways of old. The Kingdom is all about transforming us into the image of Christ.

The Old & New Wineskins: The old wineskin represented the religious practices, customs, and traditions of ancient times (that from the old covenant), which was both practiced and highly revered. The religious leaders of that time tried to preserve the old garments, because they found the “new” offensive. This was a threat to the religious systems of hierarchal order, an embodiment of people who had become entrenched in ego and blinded by pride, who had lost fellowship with the Lord.

The new cloth calls for righteous living and thereby provides for one to become spiritually strong, encouraging others to right relationship with the Father. In times of old a wineskin was made from an animal, such as sheep, goat, or ox. After being prepared, it would become filled with either wine or water. However new skins could stretch without bursting, whereas to reuse the old would bring a loss to the wine and skin as both would burst forth in the fermentation process. Therefore, the new message of the Kingdom of God must be received with soft, pliable hearts.

This is a call for a renewal in the Kingdom of God, to advance and distance itself from the dried out and inflexible system of what was. The new wineskin must be able to expand and contract, ready to adjust, so that all will remain strong and stand.

Fermentation: For anything to become fermented, one would know that it takes time. They say that aged grapes reap a good wine. Spiritually, this means that our hearts become one with His. We do this through meditating on His word and taking time to abide in His presence.

 

-Mindi Oaten Art

 

 

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"Salt of the Earth"

"Salt of the Earth"
“SALT OF THE EARTH”
January 2021
C o l l e c t o r s   C l u b
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“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” Matthew 5:13, AMP.
 

Visually the image of salt is reflective of snow, and the coming of a new season. Snow is a representation of purity, acting as a blanket that covers the earth. Both snow and salt provide for a cleansing and opportunity for renewal to begin. The timing of this painting is appropriate, as we approach the beginning of a new year and another closes.

It provides for a moment to pause and ask, “Lord, are there areas in my life where I have lost my saltiness?” And if so, would you expose those places to me so that I can identify areas that are needed to change.

So why the comparison of salt to a believer’s life? To effectively answer this, I believe we need to take a moment to review its history and use. Throughout the ages salt has been used as a sterilizing agent to effectively treat and heal open wounds, while preventing pathogens from entering in and causing disease. Like the work of the Spirit, He is the salt that sanctifies our hearts to be free from sin and render its ill effects. Over the centuries this little mineral was effective to preserve the quality and nature of many local goods, so that one could ship and store quality items for an extended period. These attributes are to be evident throughout our daily lives, sprinkled like salt and thus preserving the goodness of God and restraining evil.

Salt: Can be an agent used to purify or cleanse, thereby bringing impurities to the surface so that they can be dealt with and removed. Although salt appears minuet, it is a key ingredient that is needed to add, giving it a robust flavour.

The Bowl: Is a vessel that is crafted in the Potter’s hands. The bowl represents the temple of our beings to carry the pure nature of salt in our own lives.

Monarch: Represents transformation and new life. This is a reminder that we are to represent Christ in the world, a carrier of “the salt” at work within us.

Blueberries: Often can signify modesty, as berries can be found hidden under a covering of leaves. They also represent gentleness and sincerity, such as how we are to be in our posture and approach to others.

Berries are rich and vibrant in colour, which embody the evidence of Christ at work. They also signify authenticity and character that has been made mature. One may note that berries and salt are similar in function, in that they both act as agents to heal and aid in recovery.

As you reflect on this painting, I pray your new year is filled with abundant fruit, being purified from the past season and bringing life into the NEW.   

-Mindi Oaten Art

 

 

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"On Guard"

"On Guard"
“ON GUARD”
DECEMBER 2021
C O L L E C T O R S   C L U B
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“Be persistent and devoted to prayer, being alert and focused in your prayer life with an attitude of thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2, AMP.

Before painting for this month’s Collectors Club, I spent some time in prayer.I felt the need to paint a “Grey Jay,” specifically three birds that would represent our need to be reconciled under the Godhead of the trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Oftentimes denominations can place higher reverence to one above the other, failing to operate under the fullness of who He is. May we not found to hold this belief, only to hinder and ultimately grieve the spirit. For we are to be disciplined in developing a life of prayer, making time for Him. Choosing an attitude of gratitude and being sober minded and diligent in pursuing Him, until He faithfully returns for His bride.

Personally, this painting holds a specific meaning for me. Because I live in Canada, I felt the need to share a message of encouragement and speak a fresh breath of hope into our nation. Although this can be picked up and received globally, I believe Canada will be a forerunner in ushering in peace, unity, grace, and healing unto the nations. I believe God has called Canada to be a voice, take a position of authority and leadership. Canadians have an assignment and can no longer take the backseat in watching others lead. May we agree and pray together for believers to be a people of prayer, boldness, humility and courage.

The Grey Jay: Represents qualities of faithfulness, courage, and sovereign protection. These birds are known to guard over one’s territory (birds that can be known as the watchmen), bringing about a word of warning.

Arrows: Often symbolize peace, however they are not simply characterized as being the “peacemakers.”Arrows can be used as tactical weapon that offer protection, safety, strategy and of course accuracy. People who use arrows to hunt have developed the fruit of patience, to wait in hiding for the appropriate time to advance.

Maple Leaf: Is the National symbol of Canada. It represents unity, healing, and peace. The leaf also marks a seasonal change that is in tune with the Spirit, that will bring fresh color to change the surroundings of an atmosphere.

-Mindi Oaten Art

 

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"A Lamp on a Stand"

"A Lamp on a Stand"
“A LAMP ON A STAND”
NOVEMBER 2021
C O L L E C T O R S   C L U B

 

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.Matthew 5:14, KJV.

“And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light” (Mark 4:21-22, ESV).

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Throughout the gospels Jesus used parables to illustrate the hidden mysteries of the Kingdom to come, but this precious truth was not revealed to all. Jesus spoke in parables, that used simple teachings to uncover profound truths. For it was the little childrenthat Jesus used for His disciples become like. “Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein” (Luke 18:17, KJV). When I think of a young child, I am reminded of their innate joy and ability to both trust and forgive. Children carry qualities of innocence, humility, and of course great faith. All characteristics that allow for God to bring spiritual discernment and a broader understanding to. “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty” (1 Corinthians 1:27, NKJV).

In the parable of the lampstand, Jesus was speaking to an audience (during a time) who valued the use and purpose of an oil lamp. These types of lamps were not simply used as means of décor, only to be stationed at a bedside table. Instead, they were formed from clay and carried throughout the house. These lamps used costly and pure oils to fan a flame and heat a home. Anders states, that during the first century in the middle east “people used very small oil lamps which could easily fit under a small bowl. But the idea of lighting a lamp and putting it under a bowl is absurd. Not only would it be a waste of light, but it would also be a waste of oil” (Noren, Anders. Truth Applied, 2021). Similarly, just like the lamp followers of Jesus should be bold and open to profess their faith. Thus, contending for the oil to keep burning and shinning bright for all to see your “good works,” so that all can bring glory to your Father in Heaven. Our lives bare witness when we put into practice what scripture teaches, such as: pray without ceasing, give generously, forgive without reproach, love unconditionally, bearing one another’s burdens etc.

Lastly in the gospel of Mark 4, the parable of the lampstand takes on a different angle and heeds a warning to believers: “For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light.” This is a reminder for our need to take account, knowing that how we live will reap consequences, and what we do in “secret” will be made known. “The word “secret” (musterion) can be translated to mean mystery, and not commonly known truth. Instead, it refers to God’s truth that was previously hidden but now has been revealed” (Stott, Jeff. Mark 4:21-25: Parable of the Lamp, 2020). I also appreciate what Jeff Stott stated, “a lamp doesn’t try to expose sin. It naturally reveals what’s in the room. It shows what’s in the darkness. As you live for God and as you share His Word you will naturally expose sin. You will reveal what is in the darkness” (Stott, 2020). Just as the Word convicts us of sin in our own lives, the truth provides for the change that is needed to turn. As we know, believers cannot shine in the flesh, but through His indwelling Spirit that captivates and transforms our inner being to reflect Him. 

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The Oil: The Oil is symbolic to our time spent in the Presence of the Holy Spirit.It is practice and discipline that must be maintained. The Oil is refreshed and purified when we are in communion with Him. For we cannot reflect His light if we are not refined and renewed with the new oil.

The Basket: Baskets are often used to hold or carry items. However, in this case, they held a negative connotation. The basket in this parable was used to snuff out the light. Thereby limiting one’s influence or even shortening one’s lifespan to be effective for the Kingdom. To combat this threat, believers need to be aware of their own baskets that could be limiting their witness. These basket coverings act as weapons and try to short circuit one’s assignment through the use of disappointment, weariness, spiritual attacks, people etc.

The Light: Jesus is our representation and beholder of the light. He is the light and the oil. However, he has commissioned his sons and daughters to be salt and light in the world and represent Him. 

The Stand: Stands were needed in times of old, so that light could illuminate an entire room. Similarly, one’s faith must stand firm, proving to be true and tested in all seasons. Not only must we build strength, but we must continue to stand firm. Believers must occupy all positions of high and low regard, never to chase a title but simply to spread the name of Jesus and bring others to Him.

~Mindi Oaten Art

 References:

       Randy, Bushey. Parables: To Enlighten, to conceal. 2016.

https://bethelnorthbay.com/2016/08/29/parables-enlighten-conceal/

      Jeff, Stott. Mark 4:21-25: The Parable of the Lamp. Truth Applied, 2020.

https://truthappliedjs.com/mark-421-25-parable-of-the-lamp/

 

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"Come Up Higher"

"Come Up Higher"

Come Up Higher 

(from the "Garments of Praise: Mantled to Reign" collection)

Isaiah 61:1-3, NIV
 "The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captive and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor."

  

Ephesians 2:4-7, ESV 
"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved — and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus."

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This painting represents the fulfillment and great commissioning of Jesus.  The title “Come Up Higher,” illustrates the completed work of “His Anointed." Isaiah 61 and Ephesians 2 were scriptures that the artist used to both frame the message of her work. Her desire was to capture the essence of our hope-filled invitation, to rule and reign with Christ.

The Hebrew translation of the word Messiah literally means, “anointed ones.” In biblical times, people in positions of kingship and royalty were often given these elective titles. Now being grafted into the vine of Christ Himself, believers have this heavenly citizenship and are also called “the anointed ones.” Thus, Believers radiate glimmers of His light (in various colours and shades), in order to displace darkness and thereby reign in truth, justice, and righteousness while on the earth. The anointed are to occupy and take up residence in different areas of influence while on the earth. However, this is to be forever distinguished from our true Messiah, that is “The Christ.” Jesus, who mediates and responds as our chief cornerstone, and who gifts His beloved with mantles to reign by His blood. Our objective as His followers is to pursue the process of sanctification. That is for the renewal of the heart and mind to be transformed into His image (Rom. 12:2). A journey that Paul compared to being crushed, beaten, perplexed, afflicted, and bruised. This is often not a road that is characterized as lilies and sunshine, but rather is an uphill climb of wilderness seasons and sufferings. It is obvious that the Lord cares little about our comfort, and more about the condition of our hearts. His desire is that we would tried and proven worthy, presented without spot or blemish (The Olive & Us).  

 “(…) As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue”  (2 Peter 1:3, NKJV).

 

The Crown of Thorns:

Is symbolic to the suffering that Jesus bore.

It is a reminder of what He endured, so that as His disciples we can become co-laborers with Him. For this is our priestly assignment, to rule and to reign with His Spirit: “On earth as it is in heaven.”

 

The Olive Branch:

Is a representation of the Lord’s joy, sovereignty, peace, and delight over His people. Specifically, the oil that is pressed from an Olive tree must be beat and shaken to produce fine quality oil. The process requires chastisement for refinement. Similarly to those who are in the faith, one must surrender to His Lordship to behold the first fruits of His righteousness.

"The Hebrew word for “olive tree” is es shemen, which literally means ‘tree of oil.” It is from a primitive root meaning “to shine.” It means “richness, anointing, fat, fruitful, oil, ointment, olive.” It is related to the word shemesh, “to be brilliant,” and which also is the Hebrew word for the “sun,” that brightly shining orb in the sky" (Dankenbring, 2018).

The Color Gold & Storm Clouds:

The gold flecks in the painting are to display the stark difference between darkness and light.

The storm clouds mirror our present trials and hardships while on the earth. This contrast serves as a reminder that even amid sorrow, one can remain in the splendor and comfort of His Spirit, to come up higher and trust Him.

The gold in this picture asks the viewer to seek the imperishable things of His Kingdom, and to come away with Him. Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold” (Psalm 119:127, KJV).

 

Robed in White:

Jesus our intercessor, His hand stretched out to offer companionship and deliverance from our foes. 

“Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save;
neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear (…)” (Isaiah 59:1, KJV).

 

We can be confident that He is already praying in the Spirit on our behalf.    As we weep, He weeps.

The Savior of the world bends down low to meet with us. One on one. He is personal and sincere. All dressed in white, his garment reflects a motive that is first pure and upright. The Lord desires to cover over us and illuminate our steps. His gentle embrace acts as a shield and strong tower; a safe place for remaining hidden.

 

Until Unity:

This painting of "The Christ" serves as the cornerstone to all the other paintings in this series. And although it can easily stand on its own, the beauty of His great commission was to include His creation to play a part in the story and carry forth His will. 

What an honour, that as believers we can be entrusted and serve alongside Him! However, in order to fulfill the Great Commission, we address every entanglement that seeks to divide, and run in such a manner that is worthy to represent His name and calling. We must walk in complete humility so that we can stand in perfect unity. Let us admonish one another, not allowing for compromise, but covering over each-others shortcomings in oneness and love.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments” (Psalm 133:1-2, KJV).

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Tanya J. McCormack

 

Works Cited

     Dankenbring, William F. Biblical Mystery of the Olive Tree., 2018. olyvenbosh.co.za

     Dakenbring, W. The Olive in Us., 2018. olyvenbosh.co.za

 

 

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"The Leavening"

"The Leavening"

"Simple Ingredients" fine art print

"He spoke another parable to them: The kingdom of the heavens is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal until it had been all leavened" (Matthew 13:33, DARBY).

A little leaven [a slight inclination to error, or a few false teachers] leavens the whole batch [it perverts the concept of faith and misleads the church]" (Galatians 5:9, AMP).

"Your boasting [is] not good. Do ye not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Purge out the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, according as ye are unleavened. For also our passover, Christ, has been sacrificed; So that let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with leaven of malice and wickedness, but with unleavened [bread] of sincerity and truth" (1 Corinthians 5:6-8, DARBY).

As we can see, Scripture uses the metaphor "to leaven" more than once to teach His disciples a practical lesson on outcome. Whether the result is found to be fruitful or destructive, the reality is, this little single cell microorganism changes the composition of its entirety. 

Moreover what I found to be even more profound, is how Scripture illustrates the process of leavening to be used for both good or evil. Only time will tell however, what fruit springs forth."Ye shall know them by their fruits" (Matt. 7:16, KJV). This is why the body of believers need to be so grounded in the Word: So that they may be able to test and approve what is truth, against a backdrop of deceit. For even a little compromise will corrupt the sum of its parts. Just as Paul had warned, "Do ye not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?" 

Holy Spirit, I ask that you would help your people discern. That those who are known by you would grow in the knowledge of your truth, and will not fall prey to the lies of the accuser. May we be used mightily for your Kingdom and bring glory to your name. You are worthy.

~ written by Tanya MCCormack

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"Come, O Breath" | September 2021 Collectors Club

"Come, O Breath" | September 2021 Collectors Club

"Come, O Breath" | September 2021

 

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.”  Ezekiel 37:9-10.

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”  Isaiah 40:8.

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The style and imagery of this painting at first glance may come as a bit of a surprise.  I don’t normally paint skulls.  As I prayed into September’s painting, I heard the Lord say, “paint the breath of life, dry bones come to life!”

On their own dry bones and a skull often represent death and decay, however we must remember that the details in this painting do not simply end here. Rather, it is mirroring the anticipated beginnings of the biblical story that is found in Ezekiel 37. I would encourage you to make time, to review the whole chapter and meditate on the words from the Lord for this season and what it can mean for us today.

 As we dive a little deeper, we begin to clearly trace the breath of the Holy Spirit enveloping over these dry bones; to both hear the word of the Lord and arise from the graves. This breath symbolically represents the rushing wind of Holy Spirit, bursting forth to clothe the body with skin and sinews of flesh. This breath, Ruach in Hebrew, means the creative life force of God.  Just as God breathed life into Adam for the first time, forming a living man, He told Ezekiel to command the breath into these dry bones.  I see this as a prayer strategy in this season, to command the breath of life into dead, dry places to come alive again!  God’s presence & power drawing the four corners of the earth to woe all of creation back to Him.

 We see these bones came together to form a great army, and yet if the body of Christ cannot be united as one, we hinder our witness and compromise the coming of generational revivals to take place. Our need to display community and connection is integral to our effectiveness and ministry; “…and the bones came together, bone to bone.” (Ezekiel 37:7). May we leave no room for the enemy to work through open doors of offense, un-forgiveness, opinions or pride. Let us be a people who join hand in hand, shake the dust from our feet and journey upwards and onwards in Christ, as the mighty army of God.  Letting the old flesh die, for the breath to breathe anew in us and into the Church.

 The Withering Flower:

Capturing the breath as wind blowing in a painting is difficult, unless there is a subject tangibly being blown.  I immediately saw petals dancing in the wind and heard the verse in Isaiah, “the grass withers and flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”  I love how God uses metaphors all throughout His word. In this verse, human fragility is compared to flowers falling and grass withering.  Like the flower, our life is fleeting, only here for a moment, but the Word of God endures forever.  Much like the dry bones, we too are dead to our sinful nature, until accepting God’s saving grace through His Son, Jesus, the Word became flesh spoken at creation – we then receive the breath of life, the Holy Spirit, breathed into our ‘dry bones’ to fully live, here and in eternity. 

Our Need for Hope:

“Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’” (Ez. 37:11)  I want to stop for a moment and highlight the word hope, because this little word is imperative to lay hold of.  You may find yourself or the current state of the world in a season of the wilderness, be encouraged that the Lord is near; however you must also chose to respond. May we make room for Him to breathe afresh over us, and to not allow your hope to become distorted and appear deferred. Be reminded that you are the gatekeeper of your hope, but you do not have to go about it alone. “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him” (Proverbs 30:5). Ask the Lord to help you protect your hope so that you would be able to test all things, endure the course – and when you have done all you can do, stand.

Prophesy Dead Things Back to Life:

In chapter 37 of Ezekiel the word “prophesy and to be prophesied” is spoken of 7 times. The Lord actually commands Ezekiel to prophesy to his own heart, while both speaking and believing that all things are possible to Him who is able.  I urge you to see past the stale tomb, where dead things once lay, and be reminded that we serve a God and King who has conquered over death, hell and the grave! May we take this truth up, so that as a people, we can walk in the available power and authority freely given to His beloved to rise in Him again; Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel.” (Ez. 37: 12).So I ask you, what graves are you living from that God has called you to prophesy you out from? Have you asked Him? Be open to hear his voice over those things big and small.

This message is three prong. First it is a word for the corporate body; reviving our lost hope to be brought back to Him. Secondly, we are given a command. We are asked to prophesy, and prophesy with boldness and complete authority because of His sacrifice. And thirdly we are to acknowledge and revere the Word of the Lord in all we do; For then all will know that the Lord has spoken and caused these great wonders to happen.

Let us be reminded of the promised hope that our valleys of dry bones are being exchanged for the Spirits’ transformative power that is living within us. His unyielding grace that is constantly longing to captivate and flood the temple of our hearts with the knowledge of His name.

May dry bones comes back to life and become a mighty army in this day!

 -Mindi  

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"Garden of Grace" mini collection

"Garden of Grace" mini collection
"For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. And who is sufficient for these things?” (2 Cor 2:15-16, NKJV).

"And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people" (Rev. 5:8, NIV). 

 

This collection of mini 'garden' paintings were birthed through one-hundred days of prayer. The Lord took me through a season where he challenged me "to learn how to pray" on a whole new level.  He invited me to go back into the 'Garden of the Word,' into the secret place with Him and pray.  I began to see each flower along the journey of painting through the Bible, going back to that time with God.  These mini 'garden' paintings are prayers gathered along the path, journeying deeper into the truth of His Word and promises.

New Beginnings | Nehemiah - mini fine art print

For we are the fragrant offering of Christ, a body of people who have both collectively and personally counted the cost to be poured out in surrender. Our lives are to mirror the image of His Son, His work to be completed through His beloved ones. For we are carriers of His presence and partakers of His glory to a lost and dying world. The church is the embodiment of His perfect love, so that His Spirit may indwell within us. The mystery of His breath of life stirs within each of us, speaking forth hope in both authority and maturity of faith. For as believers, we are commanded to “take courage” and be of good cheer, no matter what trial we are facing. Be reminded, that we stand victorious!  May our shortcomings never hold us stagnant, but instead propel our need to remain dependant on the completed work of the cross. Declaring over our failures, the promise of His blood and the final work that “It is Finished” (John 19:28; 19:30 KJV). “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16, KJV).

Purity & Holiness | 1 Thessalonians - mini fine art print

To be known by the Lord, we must walk on the narrow path with Him. We are asked to steward an unseen garden that is found within us. We must ask, what fruit do we bare? Do we heed His voice, and give ear to His instruction? Take a moment this week to set your mind on the path you are walking. Do not be discouraged when you are hard-pressed on every side, instead ask the Good Gardener to tend the soil of your heart and break ground with His presence. He is faithful to steady your mind and soul as you trust in Him.

Faith | Luke: mini fine art print

Each garden mini painted, can be paired with each book of the Bible. Today I invite you to walk through the Garden of the Word, experiencing the aroma of God's grace, His love, His presence and His character.  My heart is for the paintings are to draw you in to read the Scriptures and hear from the Lord for yourself.  Let Him take you on a journey to see the Bible in a new way. They beautifully punctuate God's grace from Genesis to Revelation, and the fragrance of worship through prayer & painting, featured in the book, "Garden of Grace."

Awaken & Watch | Jeremiah: mini fine art print

In closing, be sure to stay tuned! As I have my first Art Collection book arriving this Fall titled, “Garden of Grace.” This coffee table book is both a witness of the gospel and inspiration for all denominations to encounter the living Word through art. All sixty-six paintings of every book of the Bible in one book! This is a timeless treasure overviewing the entire Bible through art and creativity. This project was a labour of love, directed by the Holy Spirit, and taking four years to complete.

Be sure to pick up your copy when our pre-sale books are available to order, limited quantities available. We will keep you posted!

 

- Mindi Oaten

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The Harvest | August 2021 Collectors Club

The Harvest | August 2021 Collectors Club
"The Harvest" | August 2021

“And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Luke 10:2

“And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.” Genesis 17:7

“And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.” Luke 1:50

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This painting has multiple meanings for me personally.  I will start with where it came from… My Grandpa passed away at the end of July, returning to his heavenly home.  What a glorious day that will be!  After hearing of the news, I sat at my easel staring at a blank canvas.  I was thinking of my Grandpa and all he meant to me and about his life while on earth… I began to paint.  This is what came out of that time.  My Grandpa was a generational farmer.  He farmed his whole life.  Wheat fields remind me of him.  One of my most cherished memories of my childhood was growing up in North Dakota, going to the farm where my Grandparents lived, experiencing farm life.

Generations:

As I thought about the wheat fields, I realized I have a harvest in my bloodline through my Grandpa and how God works through generations.  We are all part of a family.  God designed humanity to come through generational lines.  Each family has natural and spiritual callings and assignments, generational inheritances, but also curses.  When born again into the family of God, through the blood of Jesus, he gives us authority to break curses off our family lines and step fully into the inheritance of the Kingdom, reclaiming what the enemy may have stolen from us through the generations.  We can reclaim a spiritual inheritance no one can steal through the Lord.  Today, ask the Lord to restore and reclaim His purposes and plans through your generational line… cancel every attack coming against your family and pray blessing on the generations to come that they will walk out every assignment God has purposed to accomplish through your family. 

The Harvest:

When we become a member of the family of God, we are all called to be a labourer in His harvest field.  There’s a mighty harvest of people who need to be welcomed into the family of God… we are all called to be part of that harvest in the area of our assignments.  Let’s pray for the laborers of His harvest to go out into the fields.  Everywhere we go is the harvest field.  The harvest is plentiful; in our towns, neighborhoods and communities.  Lord, rise up the laborers in this hour!  We are entering a harvest season like never before. 

Bowing Wheat:

When wheat is fully matured, it bows its head from the weight.  This is when it’s fully fruitful, ready to be harvested.  The fruit of this wheat will produce the bread of life.  It reminds me of the parable of the wheat and tares.  The wheat that is humbled and bowing in the presence of the One with the heavenly sickle, will produce food.  The tare who refuses to bow will not be fruitful and will be separated out.  Lord, keep us submitted and humbled to your ways, so we will produce good fruit.

The Monarch Butterflies:

I painted two Monarch’s representing generational transformation.  Two represents union, male and female, producing life… the generations.  The monarch butterfly has a migration path from Mexico to Canada.  It takes up to four generations to migrate on their journey to pass the torch to the next cycle of generations.  It’s amazing how God designs every aspect of creation in generations, even the butterfly.

 

I pray this simple painting speaks to your heart and stirs you for the harvest.

 

Mindi  

 

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VICTORY | January 2021

VICTORY | January 2021
“Victory”
January 2021
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“O death, where is your victory?  O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

 

In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” 1 John 5:3-5

 

“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.”

2 Timothy 4: 2-5

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Happy New Year!  Can you believe we made it through 2020?  It’s hard to believe the year we just had; ups and downs, the world changing right before our eyes.  When praying for what to paint in the first month of 2021, I heard the word, “Victory!”  It’s time to walk victorious.  It’s time to walk and not waver in Truth.  2021 will be a year to advance the Word and God’s truth, for in him we are victorious in all circumstances.  We must enter the year standing confidently in who we are in Christ, overcomers.  Rising above all situations and seeking the Lord for his wisdom and ways. 

 

The Hourglass:

This represents time.  We live in earthly time, bound by hours, days, months and yearly cycles.  We know the Bible speaks of Jesus returning, but no one knows the day or hour.  We must be ready at all times for his glorious return.  I know every day we are closer, it sure feels like last year was a wakeup call to what is important… there is no time to waste!

 

The Holy Bible:

This is our compass of Truth.  Everything we need to know is in the Scriptures.  Over the past couple years, I’ve been hearing the Lord telling me how important it is to studying and know the Word. A hunger for the Word has grown in my life.  As we get closer to the end times, the Word needs to be written on our hearts in order to discern false doctrine.  It has to be more about the Bible than books and opinions.  It is the only way we will KNOW Jesus and his ways. 

 

The Laurel Wreath:

Laurel leaves symbolize victory!  It is a symbol of triumph and were awarded to victors.  In Biblical symbolism, the laurel can mean “Flourish,” to grow luxuriantly, to achieve success or prosper, and to reach a height of development or influence.  Although we see the wicked succeed and achieve everything their hearts desire, God promises that the righteous will flourish (Psalm 92:12) and God will not forsake his faithful ones.  God’s idea of flourishing isn’t always in material things and successes of this world, we flourish in our faith and knowledge of Him, living victoriously in our salvation through Christ.  There is nothing more rewarding than that!  Walking in relationship with Jesus, we flourish in the garden of life.  We see from a heavenly perspective and glorify him in all that we do.

 

The Background:

I chose to paint a landscape as the background.  God’s creation and the dawning of a new day!  The promised land he has for each one of us on the horizon. The sun rising.

 

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I am excited to see what this year will bring!  An incredible time to be alive and be part of God’s plans in the earth.  We are watching history be written right before our eyes.  Walk in VICTORY and stand on the Truth of his Word, I pray this painting blesses you and is an encouragement of the victory we already have!  Walk into 2021 with the authority you’ve been given through Christ Jesus.  He goes before you to fight and gives you victory.

 

 

“For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”  Deuteronomy 20:4

 

“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” 2 Corinthians 2:14

 

 

I am declaring victory in all areas of your life as we enter this New Year!

God Bless,

Mindi

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