Jerry really wanted to become an artist. He loved attending art galleries and art shows. It was something about being in the presence of art that brought something to life in him.
He remembered when he was a child. He was actually nine years old and his elementary school teacher introduced art to the class. The first time Jerry held a paintbrush he was caught. He knew that his first attempt at art wasn’t that good but the praise from his teacher endeared his heart and gave him a passion for art.
For the rest of his life Jerry created abstract art and became an excellent artist. Until that fateful day that caused his dreams to die.
Jerry had several pieces in an citywide show and he received a lot of positive feedback. He even sold several pieces. The local paper reviewed the show. Jerry bought several papers because he was excited about the review.
Jerry was horrified as he read these words in the paper. “One of our local artist Jerry Parker prides himself on becoming a renown artist of abstract art. It is my opinion that Jerry keep his job and stop wasting his time in the arts. His presentations was crude, fragmented and without cohesiveness.”
Jerry was crushed. This one review built a stronghold in his mind. He believed the reviewer. He stopped painting.
Even though Jerry moved on with his life he could never move on from his hearts desire to be an artist. The pain of rejection that came for the review of the art critic kept him captured and paralyzed. Whenever the motivation and desire to paint would rise up in his heart the words of the critic would crush his hope and his return to art.
Jerry believed what the man wrote and he believed that everyone else believed it too. Even though his friends and family would encourage him to paint Jerry couldn’t. He was bound by a stronghold. He wasn’t good enough. His art would never amount to anything. And so Jerry remained stuck for 12 years.
All of his supplies and all of his paintings were packed up and hidden in storage.
Fear and rejection had Jerry bound and nothing could break him out.
Would Jerry ever return to the arts? Would he ever create again?
Although it had more ten years since Jerry had drawn for the public he still kept his drawing pads. Every now and then he would pull them out and attempt to draw but it was too painful for him. The article that rejected his article has become bitterness in his heart.
He buried himself in his work and in his community activities. Jerry was very involved in his church as a boys mentor and he loved helping the boys in the community develop good character skills. But something was missing in his life and Jerry knew it.
When Jerry turned 40 years old he followed the advice of a friend and hired a life coach, he was bored with his life and nothing could satisfy him.
“I believe the most dominant problem in your life is linked to your decision to stop painting. You have a stronghold in your mind and it has blocked everything else from flowing in your mind.” Jerry’s coach informed him.
“Stronghold!” Jerry proclaimed!
A light of understanding shined in Jerry’s mind. He remembered a series of messages that Apostle Williams taught on about six months ago. Was it possible that he was being held back by a stronghold?
“What do I need to do Coach?” Jerry asked.
Jerry’s life coach had just told Jerry that he was dealing with strongholds. Jerry remembered hearing that word in a sermon his pastor preached a few weeks ago.
“What is a stronghold coach?” Jerry asked.
“It is a system of thoughts that influences your decisions. Usually when a person has a stronghold it stops them from going forward. It attacks their intelligence, their understanding, and their vision.”
“How did I get this stronghold?” Jerry asked.
“You’ve had a lot of resistance to your gift as an artist. From members of your family. Your friends.
“A lot of people are uncomfortable around artists and they become a critic of your work or your ambitions.
“All of those thoughts and attitudes that resisted your gift and ability came to a head when the art critic wrote that scathing review of your work. When that happened everything collided and you made a decision to stop pursuing your destiny.
“You left the path that you had been in your entire life. Instead of living with the positive energy that is an artist produced in your life your mind became filled with negative energy.”
As Jerry’s coach spoke Jerry’s mind was going through warfare. He saw all the negative words from his childhood. Members of his family making fun of him, cousins calling him names.
Jerry saw the one person in his life, his high school art teacher opening his mind to the possibilities of being an artist. It was his teacher who took him on trips to the art museum and to art shows around the city.
Jerry stated hearing words in his mind.
“Jerry you have a gift. You will be a great artist one day.”
“Jerry your art really speaks to me. I love your work.”
“Jerry grow up and get a job. A real man doesn’t waste his time drawing and painting. Get real man!”
There was a battle in his mind, but now he understood why.
“What doi need to do coach?
“2 Corinthians 10:4 says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not human but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. You’ve got to pull that stronghold out of your mind.
“You’ve got to change your mind, Jerry. What you’ve believed about yourself as an artist is a lie. You’ve got to take the truth and pulverized the lies that you have believed. What is the truth, Jerry?”
“I am an artist. I was born to create art, to give people beauty in my creations. I was created by God to inspire people with art.”
Tears started falling down Jerry’s face. He wiped them away quickly.
“What are you feeling Jerry?”
“I feel free. For years I was afraid to say that I was an artist. But now I feel free. Saying it has created something in me.”
“Now begins the work of pulling down every wall that’s been erected in your mind.” The coach says. “It’s time to redo the house, your life. You’re going to pull out some things that don’t belong and you’re going to renovate your mind.”
Jerry went home and started pulling out his art supply. His coach told him that it was important to start painting today. With every stroke of his paintbrush, Jerry was pulling down strongholds and renewing his mind. Whenever a thought from his mind would come up Jerry would tell himself the truth.
“I am an artist. I am wonderfully and carefully made to create the beauty I see in my mind.
“I am filling the earth with the beauty of God placed in my heart and imagination.”
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I AM sending My angels to help you steward and bring forth your dreams. Align with them and agree with them. They will help you possess what you are dreaming and they will help you bring them to pass. (Genesis 28:12).
The dreams I give you are seeds I AM planting in your mind to form your future. Within your dreams is the fullness and abundance I desire you to possess for your future.(1 Kings 3:5).
Keep your dreams like they are secrets that have been shared with you by a trusted friend. Some dreams I give you is not for all to see and I AM giving wisdom to know the difference. Some of your dreams are testimonies that I desire you to share to build others faith. Some of you are dreaming dreams that will lift the burden off of others. (Judges 7:13-15).
1. Set your environment. Clean up your space where you create. Organize your desk and the utensils you use to create with.
2. Do a brain dump. Take ten minutes and write down every idea that you have.
3. Do something today. Stop waiting for the perfect moment or for more free time.
4. Set boundaries. Don’t be a jack of all trades. Become a master at one thing.
5. Work with your imagination. Imagine the things you can do and the places where you can go.
6. Listen to music.
7. Be alone. As much as we need people in our lives there re times when we need to be alone.
What are you creating this week?
I AM giving you dreams of businesses and streams of wealth. I AM stirring your creative gifts in your dreams. I AM showing you the ground to sow in for your future harvest. (Genesis 31:10-12).