Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Kingdom of Kings and Priests

"A Kingdom of Priests and Kings"
by Dayna Lopez

The Bible teaches us many times that those who follow after Jesus Christ and seek to live in the "Light" as He is in the light, will have the reward of serving with Him in His Kingdom as co-heirs as priests and kings.  He has promised to bless those who love Him and serve Him now with governmental authority and the anointing of the power of His Holy Spirit.

Christians are called to take His Presence to the nations and share the Good  News with all people.  As we do this, He gives us the governmental anointing of Priests and Kings.  This is our identity in Christ.  We may live in this world for a time, but this world does not give us our identity.  Our identity is assured with Jesus as His friends and as the children of our Heavenly Father.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Tongues of Fire

"Tongues of Fire"
16 x 20 in.

This painting is a rendering of the baptism of the Holy Spirit from Acts 2:1-4.  As the disciples were in unity together, the Holy Spirit descended on them as "tongues of fire" and they were filled with the anointing and power of God.

It is also interesting to note that in Matthew 3:11, John the Baptist referred to One who was coming that would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. That One he spoke of is Jesus Christ.  As His followers seek after Him in faith and obedience, He fills them with the Holy Spirit and with the fire of His Presence in their lives.

His Banner is Love

"His Banner is Love"
16 x 20 in.

As we cling to the Cross and stay close to our Savior...His Banner of Love shines over us.  His favor is on us and His love shines through us.  Let His love shine over your life today!

"He brought me to the banqueting house and his banner over me was love.  Sustain me with cakes of raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am lovesick."  - Song of Solomon 2:4-5

Eden Restored

(Close-up of Center)

"Eden Restored"
18 x 24 in.

"And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proeeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midde of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding it's fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever." - Revelation 22:1-5

War of Two Kingdoms

"War of Two Kingdoms"
16 x 20 in.

There is a battle taking place for the future of all mankind.  Satan and the Kingdom of Darkness are working through every area and industry to make people slaves to addictions, selfishness, pleasures of the flesh, great logic and knowledge without recognizing the source of all knowledge and wisdom.

Then, you have the Kingdom of God, working and laboring to set captives free from darkness with the love, mercy and grace of God.  Leading them to redemption at the feet Jesus Christ.  The victory is already assured for this Kingdom of Light...but, we have to labor to take hold of that victory.  Souls are hanging in the balance.  Do not be deceived...if you are not pursuing God's Kingdomin faith AND obedience, then you are trapped in the Kingdom of Darkness.  Let Jesus set you free today!

Satan and the kingdom of darkness have an assured end as well.  God has already spoken it in His Word.  It will come to pass.  Satan and all who are deceived into following him...even if they don't know it...will suffer the consequences of their sins.  Only Jesus saves from the pit of Hell.

Which side are you on?

Anointing His Bride

"Anointing His Bride"
8 x 24 in.

The Bible refers to the Church many times in the New Testament as "the Bride."  One day we will sit at the banqueting feast with Jesus for the Marriage supper of the Lamb to His Bride and we will reign and rule with Him in His established Kingdom.

Joel 2:28-33 talks about how God will pour out His Spirit on His people.  The Chruch, the Bride, is who will receive that anointing.  The Bride are those who have made themselves ready to receive the anointing through consecrating their lives in obedience and holiness before God.  Eating His Word and allowing it direct their lives in communion with the Holy Spirit of the living God.

In Isaiah 62:5, God says that He rejoices over His people in the same way that a bridegroom rejoices over his Bride.  "So shall your God rejoice over you." (verse 5)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Worship Through an Open Heaven

"Worship Through an Open Heaven"
18 x 24 in.


I will post paintings and works here as they are completed.  Critiques and discussion are welcome!