“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
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.
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.
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.
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!