This guy is an amazing chalk artist. He inspires me. Greatly. Jesus Christ inspires me first and foremost. My heart’s desire is to lead people to Christ by using art. I want to be an encourager, not a discourager. I want to share God’s love, to offer peace & hope ; I want to shine the light of Christ through my artwork. I want to reach people in a new and different way. God has instilled this desire in me and lately I have been feeling the pull of the world, “to just forget about it, let somebody else do it, you don’t have what it takes, it’s not for you, you aren’t that good at it, it’s time consuming, it gets in the way of family life.” I have been focused on other people and things and not on the things of Christ. I am an approval addict, probably one of the world’s biggest! I also have this little tape recorder in my head that plays all the negative, discouraging CRAP, over and over again. Yes, I said crap. Because you know what? That’s exactly what it is! It’s not from GOD.
Ephesians 6: 10-19 says:
The Armor of God
10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
It says: BE STRONG in the LORD and in his MIGHTY power!!!!!!!!!! God is all powerful & ominiscient. ( having infinite awareness, understanding and insight. Possessing a universal or complete knowledge!) He has all the knowledge, understanding and insight that we all wish we had. He asks us to do things we never dreamed we would or even could do. He is NOT going to ask you to do something that He won’t bring you through. He is the ALL MIGHTY! There is no one else like God. No one. ( By the way, I am giving myself a pep talk and if you want to listen in, feel free! )
We are to put on the FULL armor of GOD, not just part of it, but ALL of it. The Belt of TRUTH, the Breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS, feet fit with READINESS that comes from the gospel of PEACE , a shield of FAITH to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one , the helmet of SALVATION, and the SWORD of the Spirit which is the Word of God. When you play softball you have to have all the players in order to have all the bases covered. Infield, outfield, 1,2,3 bases, catcher, pitcher, hitter, umpire. If you are missing even one player, you aren’t going to have as good a game as you would have had with them all. It leaves you weak in one area. If you are missing two or more, then you are working overtime to cover those positions as well as your own. Well, the armor of God is like that too. We can’t have one without the other. They all work together in unity. So if I am praying, but I am not being faithful, righteous or peaceful, I am going to be in trouble. I will have to work overtime to cover those three that are missing. This causes me to stumble and fall. The good news is that when I do, God is right there to pick me up and dust me off.
When I was a kid I loved to ride my bike. I lived between “Lottie’s Hill and Sutterby Hill” and I would race down one hill and back up the other. Well, there were quite a few times when I wrecked at the bottom. I always had gravel in my knees and blood running down my legs. There was one summer when my parents were always picking me up and toting me to the emergency room! They were always faithful to pick me up, dry my tears, wipe my legs off and cart me to the emergency room to get my wounds tended to. Thanks Mom and Dad! This is what God does for us too. He lifts us up, embraces us, wipes away our tears and puts salve on our wounds. Wounds that we are not to forget too soon! It is in the pain of the wound that we grow in understanding and knowledge. We learn when to apply the brakes on our bicycle, we learn when to speed up, with time and experience we learn to balance the two until we are confidently riding in the wind again. We have to be fully armored, alert, ready and prayerful in all that we do.
“I want to live with a fearless courage, courage that’s coming from trusting GOD! It’s constantly guiding me though the road may seem dark, I want to live with a fearless heart. ” ( Point of Grace) I don’t know how to do this without God. The world scares me, needs are great and I am but one miniscule of a dot on this earth. A dot that is a body that God planned long before I was ever thought of by my parents. God filled me with this yearning to help people see Him, to want to do, to be useful, to be needed, to be real, to be an encourager, to be a peacemaker, to create , to love all people, regardless of race, nationality, color, creed. God made us all and not one of us is anymore special than the next. We are ALL special because we are created in HIS IMAGE! That’s the story I want to tell and I can only do it with Christ by my side giving me the strength and courage I need. Thanks Chalkguy. You inspire me!