Have you ever had someone give you a look that changed your life?
There are all kinds of looks: a look of disgust, of anger, of fear, of true love and many more. With ONE particular look, we can destroy, build up or change a life.
I often wonder what people think of my looks. Do I look judgmental, approving, disgusted or loving? How do you think you look when you look at people? Only God knows the motives of our heart, but the outcome is often the way we look at others.
What was it like to see our Lord look at people? It must have been awesome to see His deep penetrating eyes filled with compassion or even anger at times–anger at the self-righteous religious leaders, and love for sinners and prostitutes.
Three weeks after Peter had denied the Lord three times, he saw Jesus standing on the shore after He had risen from the dead. One would think that out of shame for what Peter had done, he would not have wanted to face his precious Savior. If it had been me, I would have walked away from Him and found a hole to crawl in. What made Peter jump out of the boat and run through the water as fast as he could to greet His Savior?
What was the reason Peter felt so confident that he could face his Master with boldness, assurance and joy?
Could it have been that the third time Peter denied his Lord openly, Jesus turned around and looked at him with a penetrating, loving and forgiving look he had never experienced before? Peter also knew that at the very moment Jesus Himself was being wrongfully accused, He took time to think of Peter, even as he denied Him. I am sure this made Peter weep bitterly, realizing he had just committed an unbelievable sin. Peter mournfully walked away, deep into the dark and cold night of his soul, remembering Jesus’ penetrating look. Peter came to the point of brokenness and repentance, accepting forgiveness from Christ and eventually being able to forgive himself.
My friend, are you finding yourself in a situation similar to Peter’s, where you find yourself wanting to turn the clock back and redo what you did? Jesus is looking at you with a look of love and forgiveness. He has already put you in the clear before you even repented, just like He did for Peter. Jesus desires you to accept His oil of healing and forgiveness and go on with your life. The accuser has been stopped by your Savior. Do not allow this enemy to torment you any longer with his lies of self-doubt and condemnation. Be free! Go on living a refreshed and cleansed life, and fulfill His commission for you to love the world through His eyes.
Below we have a picture of a woman who knows she has been forgiven much. In love and adoration she touches Jesus’ feet, thanking Him for what He did for her by setting her free. I hear Jesus say, “You have carried your burden far too long. My hand is stretched out to you and My compassion forgave you even before you went astray. Receive My love and place your hand in Mine.”
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Brushed by God .
This book gives a refreshing look at inspirational art ( prophetic art) exposed in church, to individuals, on the streets and in parks. The book shares many experiences on how almost any body can do prophetic art for people you love or want to reach for Christ. This book is for every one and a delight to read. See side panel for details. If you live outside the USA you need to add $5.00 extra for shipping by air.
Drawn by God
This devotional book has 52 short chapters and 176 pages. Each chapter starts with a question, has a biblical background scripture that is appropriate for the title of the chapter and then discusses the answer to that query through the eyes of the author’s vision of God. The chapter ends with a prophetic word from Jesus’ heart saying “I hear Jesus say…” Every chapter ends with a drawing by the author or an inspired artist who knows Jesus intimately.
The book will make you hungry to know more of Who God is and answers questions like, “Does He really care about the small stuff in my life? How can I give Him first place when I feel like I am losing it and I feel He does not love me anymore? Do we need conflict in our life? What about generational blessings? How far will He go with me? What about impossible situations? How do I ever attain to living a life that is bathed in God’s rest?”
The book also shares personal examples of how the author faced tremendous difficulties in her own life. How in her youth during the war in Holland they were hiding Jews right under the nose of the Nazis who occupied a castle next door. The pain she experienced in her broken youth when she felt like no-one even realized she was around. How God became her Father and her Mother when she herself was just a young mother, longing to be free from much bondage.
The book is based on spontaneous prophetic art and how God wants to speak to each one of us not only through His precious word, but through anything that comes our way
Spontaneous Prophetic art is practiced in some churches where the artist steps forward as the worship starts and asks God for a spontaneous picture for the congregation. After the worship, the artist explains the meaning of the picture and shares what she or he senses God wants to say to the people at that point in time.
Most of us have heard the maxim, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” We may try a hundred word-related ways to comprehend a truth, but somehow, pictures engrave the heart. When the picture matches the words well, the reader is more deeply impacted.
Each devotional highlights an aspect of life – a challenge, a question, an irritation, a potential decision – and offers biblical truths in a practical, encouraging voice. See sight panel how to obtain this reviving book. Orders outside the USA pleas pay an extra $5 for shipping by air.
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