January 20, 2024
Matthew 13:11, New Living Translation
“You have been permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others have not.”
Your Kingdom Calling Awaits Part Two
In 2009, I had a spiritual father who encouraged me to paint in corporate worship gatherings. One Sunday, I decided I would try painting in the evening worship service. As I sat in the morning service seeking the Lord as to what He wanted me to paint, I felt a heaviness in the people and felt that He wanted to comfort His people. I sketched an image of a woman’s face and the Lord wiping away her tears. I heard the Lord say, “Amy, I don’t wipe away tears, I catch them.” That evening I painted my first live painting. It’s so beautiful how the Lord can use something so simple and childlike to touch and speak to the world.
1 Corinthians 1:25-26 (TPT) says, “This ‘foolish’ plan of God is far wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is far stronger than the greatest of human strength. Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes, or powerful, or wealthy when God called you.”
Prophetic Art is visual prophecy. It is similar to a parable. While Jesus was here on earth, He taught in parables. When his disciples asked Him why, He told them:
“You have been permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others have not. To those who are open to My teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But to those who are not listening, even what they have will be taken away from them. That is why I tell these stories because people see what I do, but they don’t really see. They hear what I say, but they don’t really hear, and they don’t understand.” (Matthew 13:11-13, NLT)
Parables are stories that help make the invisible Kingdom more understandable and relatable for the people. These stories illustrate truth by using analogies or comparisons. The Lord is looking for a people that will seek out His secrets. As believers, we are blessed to be able to see and understand the revelation of the Kingdom of God. Jesus tells us that many prophets and righteous men of the past desired to see and hear what we are privileged to see and hear today. The Lord wants us to dig deep and discover the many treasures He has for us.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8, NLT)
I have painted all over the world at all kinds of events. I train and teach others how to hear the voice of God and paint prophetically. My passion is to see people use their gifts for the Kingdom of God. Prophetic art is such a universal language that it can touch many for the Lord. The Holy Spirit speaks through the paintings and brings life, hope, and healing to people. I love that it can be done by anyone of any age, and it is a ministry of love from the Holy Spirit.
After I had been painting for several years in public, the same spiritual father who encouraged me to paint in corporate worship gatherings, also suggested I include the prophetic words I had received from the Lord. At first, I was very hesitant. I felt the paintings spoke for themselves, and I also wanted the viewer to receive their own interpretation from the Lord. After some time, I decided to try and add the meanings that I had received since I felt the viewer could still receive their own message from the Lord in addition to the message I had received.
You may feel that the gifts and talents God gave you aren’t important enough to make an impact in His Kingdom. You may feel like you are nobody special and the dreams He placed in your heart are just ordinary. However, His Word says otherwise.
“But God chose those whom the world considers foolish to shame those who think they are wise, and God chose the puny and powerless to shame the high and mighty. He chose the lowly, the laughable in the world’s eyes—nobodies—so that he would shame the somebodies. For he chose what is regarded as insignificant in order to supersede what is regarded as prominent so that there would be no place for prideful boasting in God’s presence. For it is not from man that we draw our life but from God as we are being joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. And now he is our God-given wisdom, our virtue, our holiness, and our redemption. And this fulfills what is written: If anyone boasts, let him only boast in all that the Lord has done!” (1 Corinthians 1:27-31, TPT)
There is no one else like you and the world needs your gift. You are His hands, feet, and voice to a lost and hurting world. Arise and shine beloved—for your king!