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Happy New Year 2017!

Blessings for 2017 from Mikkeli! May it be the year of fresh anointing and new beginnings, in Jesus’s name! 

Overcoming fear as an artist

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Every one of us knows what it’s like to be afraid. That is something that belongs into human nature. Fear is a system that has brought the human kind to the present time as powerful and viral as it seems to be. Fear has had a life-saving feature especially when people were living in a very close connection with the wild nature.

But what happens when you’re a performing artist and panic hits you a minute before it’s your turn? What are your ways to cope? During the years with God I’ve leaned to His promise that He will not leave nor forsake us, no matter what. Jesus has never, ever let me down, and He surely has given His peace into my heart when the enemy has tried to take it! Also He doesn’t delay His help, but it always comes in time! It’s crucial, that we face these situations as it gives us the potential to RISE ABOVE this “false alarm”. Don’t stay mourning and shivering, shake the enemy’s strongholds instead in the name of Jesus and stop breastfeeding fear and it will leave! It is promised in James 4:7 “Be subject therefore to God. But resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

You know, that Bible has been written as a lawful legacy for you too to use against the powers and principalities of this world. You can declare every promise you find from the Bible concerning your own life! The power is not in our declaration though, but in the name of Jesus Christ. Every time you say Jesus’s name aloud, the enemy has to squat down. Jesus’s name has the power over every single thing we face. Every single one. 

Darling, be brave in your faith, as it is the lifeline for us to exist, to be, to create, to live (a godly life), and to keep the final goal at sight: our place in Heaven. When you boldly confess Jesus as your Lord and use your “new birth right” as His family member, He will be proud to present you to Father God! Stay blessed, and be safe in Jesus. šŸ™‚ 

False humility

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‘Humility’ is a word that isn’t necessarily connected with ‘artist’ so often. šŸ™‚ It might be true that the majority of artists are people, who want to be ‘on stage’, so to speak, whether it’s in personĀ or through our art work. If we want to work with the Holy Spirit though, we have to be humble in Him. He’s the One we really should honor, respect and fear above all.

But there is also wrong kind of humility which actually has pride underneath. (I’m not going in to that at this post, though.) A few timesĀ I’veĀ heard someone tell about a divine visitation when something extraordinary happened. When I’ve urged the person to share the story in front of the whole congregation because it is a great way to encourage fellow church members, he or she has refused. The reason has been: “I don’t wanna exalt myself”. What?! We are to proclaim about what He can do, that He is Real, and we’re not worshiping a plastic Elvis but an omnipotent God who does miracles of all kinds every single day! Of course it’s a different story if one really has got the understanding of not sharing, and that’s an amen on that then, but in general we should open our mouths so He doesn’t need to make the stones shout. šŸ™‚

When we practice false humility, we allow the enemy to tie our thinking and possibilitiesĀ regarding God. We have to realize, that how ever big dreams we’re having about the Kingdom, it’s never about us. It is always only and about God. His Kingdom, His glory, His people. Acting “humble” (note quotes!) in order not to accidentally exalt ourselves does no good to you, to your neighbor and least of all, to the Kingdom of God. And if you really actually would exalt yourself, God has the tendency to lowerĀ your nose, so fear not… šŸ˜€

Matthew 5:13-16 in WEB: “You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its flavor, with what will it be salted? It is then good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under the feet of men. You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill can’t be hidden. Neither do you light a lamp, and put it under a measuring basket, but on a stand; and it shines to all who are in the house. Even so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

What’s your song like?

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Renewal of your artist’s mind

Romans 12:2 says "2 Don't be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God."

Romans 12:2 says “2 Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God.”

Would you agree that an artist is someone who more often than not experiences emotions and life in generalĀ stronger than a John Doe? I think we are like… looking life through a kaleidoscope, seeing more colours where other people see just the “same old”. Or seeing the whole bar code where other people see just the big lines. Personally I consider it a massive blessing, though it does bring its challenges too.

What is the most important tool of a Christian artist? That is our mind. As a fine artist if you’re not able to keep the brush between your fingers, you can keep it in your mouth or between your toes or whatever ‘joints’ you have in your body. But if you’re not able to think and observe the world and life around you, and have a connection with the Holy Spirit, you’re complitely helpless as an artist.

What is the worst enemy of a Christian artist? Lack of inspiration? No! Inspiration comes and goes, but there’s something even more profound. That is the lack of renewal in our spiritual life, in our mind, soul and spirit. As an artist we experience the spiritual desert and challenges strongly, but God makes all the troubles worth going through (as He does for all His children), when He forms them in to a breeding soil for us to grow. Of course there is time to rest even from our creative level of life sometimes, but we can still have it going in our minds, even though the “Great Inspiration” seems to have taken a hike.

What I’ve found helpful in desert times is trying to be true to yourself, and keeping yourself open to the Holy Spirit. The day will come when you will find the drive back, but during the slower phase keep in touch with the Holy One and let Him renew your mind every day!

Married with the Inspiration?

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Yeah. Living together with your Inspiration is a lot like living in a marriage. Once you’ve said “I do”, you’re going to spend the rest of your life with the same spouse, by default, that is. Think of your run-away Inspiration as a marriage: once you get the first wrinkle in love, it’s time for the “I do” -part. At that point the marriage is about our will, not the feeling, and this is very important.

So when your Inspiration is doing everything it can to avoid your grab, it is a lot if not allĀ about your will to get it back! (Unless you are willing to sit tight and wait when it shall return… in which case you’re reading a wrong blog! šŸ˜‰ šŸ˜€ ) At that point you need to take a grab of what ever cousins of Inspiration you’ve got left, and just start exercising what ever area of creativity it is that is your talent. Don’t let it get away with running away that easily, take a good hold and just go for it!

Christian art/ist?

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Does a Christian artist need to produce only Christian labeled art? No. I’m amazed how much there is discussion about this thing that should go without saying!

Even though you have become to faith and started to follow Jesus, you don’t actually live in the church, do you? One does not become a Christian by going to church, one does not become a hamburger by going to McDonalds, and one does not turn intoĀ holy-machine-painter even if one happens to be an artist. And Christian. Yea. That’s about it. šŸ™‚

Take time to worship

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Natunen gave me the honour and stood as the live model for the Lion of Judah! šŸ˜€

It is a wise investment into your life, to spend time with the Holy Spirit. There usually is no short cut into knowing Him more, but to actually take the time for Him. Put Him the priority of your life. What ever blessing you think you lack, all your needs will be fulfilled once you “seek first God’s Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33 WEB)

It is also encouraged to use the means of your God-given creative gifts at home, if you are too shy to express it publicly. If you’d love to paint (but have always “known” you can’t) buy some paints and brushes (or paint with an old dishcloth for that matter, point being that you start using the gift you have!) If you can keep a brush between your fingers, you can paint. If you can’t keep the brush between your fingers, you can put it into your mouth or between your toes. The same freedom is highly urged when asking from Father God how you could express your love towards Him (if you don’t already know), and maybe even share the Gospel through your creativity!

Here’s a series of photos of my home-lion Natunen, as he was so kind to introduce himself as a live model! šŸ˜‰ šŸ˜€

Here we go!

After a long(ish) brake in blogging, here starting again, and hopefuly with a more interactive touch this time. You can see from the About-page, surprise surprise, what this is all about! There’s also encouragement for you to take part in content providing of NBM.

I chose to write the entire blog in English (my native language is Finnish), because more people can be served and anyway I think most of the Finns speak English too. There was a time when I was blogging the same stuff in both languages, but it’s too much! šŸ˜€

The blog will be structuring little by little. The first thing I’ll be adding now is the blogroll. I’d be happy to list your blog concerning creative Christianity, just let me know the address.

Stay blessed! šŸ™‚

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