“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” NKJV.
Five bees from God’s honey hive
The father of (James) Joseph Jacques Tissot, was not happy that his son wanted to be a painter. However James, the anglicised name of this French painter, ensured that he made his father eat both his words and worries, by becoming a very famous, “painter-preneur”.
Tissot was born on the French coast in
Tissot, now back in
Tissot then, having left the Roman Catholic church would later, whilst visiting a local church for artistic inspiration, be arrested by a literal “vision of Jesus taking care of the poor”. This church vision, turned Tissot’s life around and though his contemporaries thought that this dramatic “conversion” in later life was a great money making scheme, Tissot nevertheless, did completely spend the last 10-15 years of his life, more than any other great artist, totally and completely immersed in the Gospels and by his Middle Eastern travels, also become absolutely immersed in the geographical and social landscape of the Bible. From this position of total immersion, Tissot was then able to produce, probably for the first time and with a most vivid and stunning reality, some hundreds of pictures relating to a pictorial imagery of the Life of Christ. It is truly magnificent and over 100 years since its first publication, it is still a prize for any library! Indeed, for a give-away price, I picked up two of Tissot’s four-volume set from a local charity bookshop.
Tissot, totally immersed and having gathered all his data, still needed what he referred to as “the illumination of intuition,” some of which in his forward he said, had been agitated by certain induced receptivity. Indeed, it was as though he had been anointed with hyperaesthesia, thus becoming, exceptionally and sensitively heightened to any spiritual stimuli which had been evoked by certain material objects outside of himself. He was obviously claiming that it was meditation and the opening up of his mind to such excitements that had brought him such prolific and stunning results in his paintings and sketches.
Now I mention all of this tonight, because not only did Tissot rightly immerse himself in physical fact but also in Roman Catholic Mysticism, even consulting the visions of St Anne Catherine Emmerich, who by the way, also had her visions consulted by Mel Gibson for his film, The Passion of The Christ. Yes, Tissot by these religious and mystical associations and also his connectional associations with the early New Age Movement in the person of Eglinton, conjures up for us, some pictures of the present, postmodern, therapeutic, charismatic-mystic movement.
Now, being myself a present believer in the existence and function of the fivefold ministries and all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, it is important for me and I think also important for all of us who operate in the spiritual realm, indeed, even for all of us artists seeking inspiration and also ministers seeking power and movement, to understand the difference between the evils of channelling or divination, and the blessings of receptive creation and prophetic instruction. That is, whilst being in touch with both spiritual and material reality, we should be able not to allow, any lying intrusion or manipulative control of beings, who whilst maybe having angelic eyes, still possess the coldest and darkest of hearts. In other words the question for us is how can we be open to the illumination, the revelation and instruction of God The Holy Spirit, whilst at the same time, remain closed to any possible demonic intrusion? Believe me, if you are consciously operating in the spiritual realm, this is so very important!
The five basic safeguards for those Christians both conscious and daring to move in the spiritual realm, are The Book, The Believers, The Battle dress, The By products of the past and the Blessings of the present.
The Book of course is the Bible. Eat that book and let it swallow you whole. Know it, spout, quote it, move in it, regurgitate it, and let it rule you.
Secondly, “be with believers!” Let them, together with you, apply the Word to any speaking spirit. Test them. Together. All the time.
Thirdly, “put your battle dress on.” Take sword and shield and armour for every part provided, for be sure that every part provided for, shall indeed be most viciously attacked! Get some folks to stand shoulder to shoulder with you and get some even braver folks, who do not sleep too much, to cover your back in any attack you are engaged in.
Fourthly, “be aware of the by-products.” Past associations often leave openings for re-visitation. Be aware of any by-products of the past and make every endeavour to close the windows and the doors still remaining open in your own spiritual house. Some of you have some evicting still left to do.
Finally, rejoice on the blessings of the present. The Charismata of the Spirit are for the present edification of the saints in light whilst they are dressed in armour and walking the
Listen: “By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” - 1 John 4:2-4 NKJV.
Pray: Lord, send these five bees from Your honey hive, to save me from deceit and sting to death the spirits that might bring deceiving lies. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
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