Friday, 10 November 2017

THE SHEEP GATE

"The Sheep Gate"
Pam Finlay
Acrylic on paper
November 2017 

The Sheep Gate, it is here our life in Christ begins.  Jesus tells us He is the Door of the Sheep.  

John 10:7
Then Jesus said to them again "Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the Sheep".

The Sheep gate was the first gate built in Nehemiah 3:
1 Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests and built the Sheep Gate; they consecrated it and hung its doors. They built as far as the Tower of the Hundred, and consecrated it, then as far as the Tower of the Hananel 
32 And between the upper room at the corner, as far as the Sheep Gate, the goldsmiths and the merchants made repairs. ‭‭NKJV‬‬
Upon research I discovered a few interesting details about the Sheep Gate.  
Outside the Sheep gate, it is believed, was the location of the main animal market where sacrificed sheep were bought and sold in the second temple era.  The lambs and sheep were bought in through the gate after they had been cleansed in the upper pool of healing(the pool of Bethesda is said to have been near the entrance to the Sheep Gate).  

The Sheep Gate speaks to me of all aspects of Jesus' life.  Jesus became our sacrificial lamb.  He was the sin  offering and His death, blood and resurrection have set us free.  He died so we could live.  He is the Door of the Sheep.  He is herding His sheep in.  Everything starts and ends at the Sheep Gate.  He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.  Two hearts joined together as one, the love of Him whom lives in you.  

John 17:
21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.
26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.
‭‭NKJV 

I hear Yeshua saying "press into me and I will press into you.  Treasures will be found".  
Blessings 
Pam

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

MESSENGER

Pam Finlay 
"Messenger"
Acrylic on Paper
October 2017

As I was painting this painting today  I was sensing God was portraying a message of peace and joy
I was drawn to Psalm 97 especially verses
6 Heaven's messengers preach righteousness and people everywhere see his glory in the sky
11 For he sows seeds of light within his lovers, releasing a harvest in the souls of the righteous, seeds of joy burst forth for the lovers of God
12 So be glad, and continue to give him thanks, for God's holiness is seen in everything he does (TPT)
Be a messenger of His peace and joy.  Shine His light wherever you go.
Blessings
Pam

Sunday, 15 October 2017

TAPESTRY


Pam Finlay 
"Tapestry"
Acrylic on Canvas
October 2017

This painting is called "Tapestry".  God is weaving an all colourful tapestry into the fabric of our lives.  He is leading the path that he has chosen for you.  When you are reborn in Christ his very DNA comes to live within you, running through your blood and in your spirit.  We become one spirit with Him when His Spirit joins with our spirit.  
The scriptures I received for this painting were 
the whole of Isaiah 61 but especially Verse 3.
3 To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.(NKJV)
Ezekiel 36:
26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
‭‭(NKJV)
Blessings 
Pam 

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

FORMED ON LOVE

Pam Finlay 
"Formed on Love"
Watercolour on Paper
October 2017 
Marriage is so much more about God than us.  We were created to love the Lord and serve Him wholeheartedly.
This painting is all about marriage.  This year was my husband and my 33rd wedding anniversary.  The path of relationship is a life journey.  These 9 words describe the keys to relationship:
Dedication
Commitment
Honour
Respect
Obedience
Value
Trust
Faithfulness
But the most important key is "love" .  The marriage partnership is formed on love.  The love of Christ is our example, just as Christ loved us.
Christ considers himself incomplete without his bride.  He raises her to be one with himself.  He gave himself for her.  Love is the willingness to self-sacrifice.
This scripture spoke to me regarding this painting
Ephesians 5:25(NKJV)
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for her.
Blessings
Pam

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

UNTIL SHILOH COMES

Until Shiloh Comes
Pam Finlay 
Acrylic on paper
October 2017 

God has got the path of the bride all mapped out.  As I was painting this I heard "you are one with the fire".   Fan the fire of God in your life.  God needs "on fire" followers, who are set on following Jesus all the way.  He is the purifier of your soul.  As Christ's follower your heart belongs to him.  He desires a soul fully submitted to Him.
When Shiloh comes we have to be ready.  He's looking for the virgin soul, a bride filled with His wisdom.
The word "Shiloh" appears 33 times in the Old Testament.  The scripture in Genesis 49:10 is a blessing to Jacob's descendants.  It reads:
"the sceptor shall not depart from Judah,
nor the ruler's staff from between his feet,
Until Shiloh comes,
and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.

The Hebrew word "Shiloh" means "to whom it belongs".  God is looking for obedient people.  He is returning to where it all began, the restoration of Shiloh.  The inheritance of the kingdom returning to whom it rightfully belongs, His obedient people.

The other scripture that I received for this painting was Psalm 45.  It is a wedding song of the Anointed King and His bride.

Blessings
Pam

Thursday, 28 September 2017

IN HIS ARMS

Pam Finlay
"In His Arms" 
Acrylic on paper
September 2017 

The moment you are born Jesus has you in His arms. He has predestined you with His love and affection.  Before I even saw His face in the painting I saw the word love on His heart.  I had randomly wrote the word "love" in the background of the painting when I started painting and when I saw the outline of Jesus in the background I immediately saw the word love that I had written earlier and it was in the place of his heart.  The forming of you is His workmanship, wonderfully and fearfully made you are.

““Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations"
Jeremiah 1:5 NIV

“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:14‬ ‭NKJV
Blessings,
Pam
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Friday, 22 September 2017

Kenny


"Kenny"
Pam Finlay 
Watercolour on Paper
September 2017 


"Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary" in the heart of Brisbane, sits on the summit of Mount Coot-tha, and is somewhere I visited as a child.  There's meaning in a name.
Mt. Coot-tha is Brisbanes' highest peak and the name is an aboriginal word meaning "place of honey".  It's named because the Aboriginal people used to come to the mountain to collect "ku-ta"(honey) that was produced by the native stingless bee(www.australianexplorer.com).

Honey in the heart of Brisbane on the mountain.  What a perfect place to have a wildlife sanctuary.  I still think of that place from time to time.  It's the world's oldest and largest Koala Sanctuary and was founded in 1927 (www.koala.net).   It is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary and the perfect place to see and cuddle a Koala, my favourite Australian animal.

I remembered this place when I had a moment with a Koala earlier this year with a group of friends in South Australia.  I was able to get up close to the Koala to pat him and take his photo and hence this painting came into fruition.

A couple of interesting facts about one of God's amazing creatures.
The word "Koala" is thought to come from the Aboriginal word meaning "no drink".  Although Koalas do drink water on occasion, most of their hydration requirements are fulfilled by the moisture they get from eating Eucalyptus leaves (www.mnn.com).
I was amazed when researching the Koala to find that hundreds of thousands of them were slaughtered in the 1920's and public outrage forced the government to declare them a "protected species" by the late 1930's (www.savethekoala.com)

The things that happen when I am given a painting to paint. Many hidden truths are revealed on my journey of discovery.

I hope you love Koalas as much as I do and care about their future as one of our cuddly animal ambassadors.

Blessings
Pam