Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Streams: Lakeland Florida Outpouring Todd Bentely

The Painting: Becoming the River: Streams of God’s Called Out People

9" x 12"Acrylic on Watercolor Paper
$300.00 Original; Signed prints on Demand $25.00 each
Painted 5/13/08 during live five feed of the event: Lakeland Florida Outpouring
http://www.god.tv/


by Linda L.Martin copyright©2008
All North and South American and World and Electronic Rights Reserved by the Artist

It was pretty amazing tonight. The wonderful presence of the Lord, all over me as I watched.

The Atmosphere overflowed from the live feed right into my studio. Glooooooooreeeee Gloooooooooree the entire congregation of thousands from all over the world sang out in unison even before the music started to play. It was like an impromptu move of God through the entire conference center and ending up with Roy and his worship team following them, instead of leading.
Atmosphere.. a place where God feels close to his people and welcome in his own place. It was an atmosphere of the most amazing love, amazing outpouring of grace and closeness to God.

Bob Jones was there, like some un educated wilderness prophet from out of the wilds of Appalachia. Yet … he was the elder. And Todd Bentley was the student. There was one beautiful moment when Todd looked at Bob and eager child hanging on every word of the elder statesman, the wise man, the Prophet. Todd looked so young and Bob was healthier than I have seen him in a long while.I wasn’t able to hear much of what was said. Some prophecies were confirmed that my prayer warrior friend and I had received earlier in the Month.

But the thing that dragged me back to my task: was the streams.. the nameless faceless multitudes of peoples from all economic, ethnic, race, and denominational backgrounds that were streams moved into place by the Holy Spirit to merge into one flowing river of people united, not because they come together by their own work or effort but because the Holy Spirit leads them right to the place that God wants them. They are unified by the same one Holy Spirit that Christ sent to keep us company, teach us, and give us discernment until he returns to gather us up into himself.

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2 comments:

pastorjohn said...

Great painting Linda. It really expresses the reality of the coming of the Holy Spirit like it did on Pentecost...but this time in Lakeland. I talked about the Lakeland Outpouring this week because of the power of the experience I had seen on the live webstream. Something remarkable is happening there as the Spirit descends and heals and saves and renews lives.

God Bless.

cheri said...

Thank you for your kind words, Pastorjohn. It is truely amazing watching the Lord Work this way. Many Blessings to you and yours.