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Releasing the Presence of God Through Artistic Expression

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Have you ever seen a sunset and knew there had to be a Creator, or heard music that made your soul long to dance before the Lord?

We were made to reflect our Creator. To do so means to create. I am a simple person, but I believe that one of my highest callings is to reflect the Creator through my writing.

At our church we have Bob Burrows—maker of unique wooden crosses, Jeremy Sizemore–creator of wooden flutes, M. Christine Weber–author,  Carolyn Watson, Sarah Leader, and Donna Johnson–gifted photographers, as well as many other individuals who share their gifts and talents with Father’s House.

In her book, Prophetic Worship, Releasing the Presence of God, Vivien Hibbert makes a case for the Lord being the Consummate Artist:

He is a sculptor and potter who made his own clay and a painter who created all the colors (Genesis 1-2; Jeremiah 18:1-6).

He is a musician who formed every sound and gave ears to hear with, a dancer, and singer (Zephaniah. 3:17; Revelation 1:10).

He is a poet (Job 38-41).

He is a writer who has written the greatest best-seller of all time—the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16).

He is a story teller and actor. Jesus used parables in the Gospels to convey mysteries (Hosea 12:10).

He is an architect (Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 44:24).

He is a worker of needle and thread. He has woven a garment of light for himself (Psalm 104:2) and has provided a golden wedding garment for his bride (Psalm 45:9, 13-14).

He is a creator of culinary delights (Exodus 16:31; Numbers 11:7-8; Psalm 34:8; 119:103; Song of Solomon 2:3).

He is a perfumer (Psalm 45:8; Song of Solomon 1:3; 3:6; 5:1; 5:13).

In all of these, he is without compare. There is none who can match his artistry, excellence, and genius.

How do you display the wonder of the Lord through your art? In what way do you release the presence of God through the artistic gift he has given you? I’d love to hear from you.

In Him together, Susan Gaddis

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  1. Jeremy Sizemore

    Good stuff, Sue… one of my favorite truths about God: the first revelation we have of God in Genesis is as “The Creative Community”. God, a Community in of Himself (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), is the most creative being of all time. And we were created in His image.

    I love that my church-family (Father’s House) is reflecting God more and more as a creative community… reflecting the glory of THE Creative Community.:-) I love being creative (wood working, music, painting, starting “Kingdom ventures”, etc.)… but I receive even greater joy seeing God’s bride discovering her creative heart, the heart that reflects God’s heart.:-)

    Thank you for highlighting this truth. I really do enjoy and appreciate your writing. And I think it brings God joy.:-)

  2. Connie Martinez

    God is so good. I am a painter who hasn’t painted in over (well, let me be honest) almost 2 years. I recently went to womens retreat a few weeks back and was in a class that taught praying through color. It was the most profound revelation that God has given me. I am a recovering alcoholic and thought I could only create when I was drinking. That is a lie straight from the pit of hell. The enemy was trying to steal what gift God has blessed me with. What was once used for darkness is now used to glorify the King. I have now started a prayer sketchbook. God is working in me and I’m finding if I just let the Holy Spirit guide me, I don’t need words to praise Him. I can now paint and draw to glorify the Holy name of Jesus Christ. I will be starting on a few paintings when the weather warms up. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me.

  3. Susan Gaddis

    Thanks for sharing, Jeremy. I know you are gifted in so many ways, and I appreciate how you encourage others to have fun with their giftings as they enjoy the Lord and share Him through their art. Father’s House is becoming a creative community, and I love it!

    Connie, what a wonderful concept–praying through color. I hope to see some of your paintings someday. I think your story illustrates so well what I was trying to communicate in this post. Thank you for being so transparent with us.

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