I called my husband in a panic, “I’ve been stung! Twice! By a scorpion! Do you think I should go to the hospital?”
He paused, then answered me in a firm and quiet voice. “Kristen, this is a physical attack of the enemy. You need to rebuke him in the name of Jesus. You still have work to do there tonight”.
He was right and it was then I remembered where I was and why. I was at a women’s retreat and scheduled to host a concert that afternoon to share my testimony and sing my songs. Later that night, I was scheduled to give my testimony again at the campfire and explain how my life has been transformed as a result of knowing Jesus. Yes, I had work to do. This was my task and heart’s desire – to testify about Jesus Christ and to use my gifts and talents in the arts to do so. And the enemy had attacked me! Thankfully, my husband reminded me that scripture says I have been given authority to overcome the power of the enemy and trample on snakes and scorpions and that nothing will harm me in the process.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said “A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” As a writer, speaker, and performer using art as an expression of my faith, I am an instrument God can use to free the human soul from worldly cares and daily sin and I must be mindful of the spiritual battle. The spiritual battle is real and the more effective my ministry, the bigger the attacks. This is something I need to be conscious of in my effort and scripture instructs me to remain prepared and cloaked in the armor of God so that I can stand against the devil’s schemes. I must be ready to face and overcome the enemy and remember that I am empowered to do just that. There by the grace of God go I, and with His Strength, I am victorious!
This was my experience. What has been yours?
Excerpt from “Art as an Expression of Faith”, audio book coming soon!