"The Process" - Painted Day 58 of reviveFLORIDA, Manatee County
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Thessalonians 5:23)
On the airplane coming to reviveFLORIDA, I asked the Lord for a word/visual of what to paint. I immediately saw a series of pictures; first of oranges in a basket/crate, then a vision of oranges being sliced, and lastly a picture of orange juice in a pitcher. I heard the Lord say the series of pictures is about “Process”. There is a process from oranges grown on a tree (even back to the seed planted) to orange juice as there is with our walk with Him.
From the beginning of our walk with Jesus, accepting him into our life shouldn’t end there. There is a life of abundance, fullness in Him that is often not walked out or even discovered in this life. God’s ultimate and highest aim for all of us is our sanctification in Him. God wants to make us more holy like Him. He wants to transform us into the express image of His Son Jesus Christ.
Many of us never even attempt to give God half a chance to start this sanctification process in our life. This sanctification is a progressive process. It is not something that occurs instantaneously at our conversions. It is a progressive work done by the Holy Spirit over the course of our entire life.
The process requires work. Much like labor and care that is in farming, picking, slicing and squeezing to create something so sweet and good to drink. To be refreshed & renewed often times requires a process to get to something that is satisfying.
It is only when the very life of God Himself, through the Holy Spirit, starts to enter into your mind, soul, and heart will you feel that thirst quenching experience that everyone is really looking for these days. It is a process, but it all starts with a real connection with Jesus. You must allow Him to lead you in the divine destiny designed for you, surrender your own selfish ambitions and realize there is nothing you can do for yourself to obtain a perfect sense of “well-being.” It is the Lord that imparts everything He is into you, and your obedience to walk with Him through life that will create the life of fulfillment.
** I am honoured to have this painting presented to Tropicana, where it will be hung in the Head Office. Tropicana is partnering with Time To Revive to train & equip Bible study groups to share the Gospel and grow in Christ through the discipleship process. This was in the works the day I heard the Lord show me this vision on the airplane, without my awareness. I love how God works and ties His plan together!
Originally painted in acrylic on canvas.
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