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"My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to accomplish His work"

John 4:34.

The rations are weekly wrestlings in the word of God with the hope that we might better discern what the full council of God is and how His council then governs a life in the arts. Once we get a bead on what God desires, we must apply ourselves, in the strength that He supplies, and work out the implications that follow. An artistic life that is besieged by the praises of men must be grounded in the fear of the Lord if it is going to experience the full pleasures to be had in artistic expression. God has given us all things to enjoy, but we will never fully enjoy anything where we do not enjoy God for it. So we must wrestle for the truth. The truth will set us free to more fully enjoy what God has given us for our enjoyment, all towards the end and pleasure of a greater enjoyment of God Himself.
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AN ARTIST'S CREED RESOLUTION II

TO PURSUE EYES THAT SEE AS GOD SEES AS I AM PRESENTED WITH ALL THAT HE HAS PUT TO IMAGE IN WHAT HE CREATED.

(ROMANS 1, I SAMUEL 16:7)

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Past Rations

December 7, 2009 Ration

I Chronicles 5:20b

“…for they cried out to God in the battle, and He granted their urgent plea because they trusted in Him.”


The Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh were valiant men who were experts in war (v.18), and yet they knew enough to cry out to God in the midst of the battle.

Artist, would you or others consider yourself, at least in some measure, valiant, confident, skilled, or maybe even an expert in your field of artistry? You too better know how to cry out to God in your work and battle. God is your greatest strength.

Our battles are not so much for life and limb in the arts, but we fool ourselves when we do not approach our labors as such. The battle is for your faith: what will you put your hope in? Art? Your plan? Another human? A market? Your skills? Your latest work? The battle is for your faithfulness: Are you faithful with the charge the Lord has given you, or have you stirred up your own wars? The battle is for your affections: Do they culminate and terminate in your pleasure in the Lord Himself, or are you becoming like the many Romans who have exchanged the glory of God for the glory of what God has made glorious (Romans 1)? The battle is for your fruitfulness: Are you harvesting and enjoying the fruits of an apprentice-like fellowship with God in the particular gig He has given you, or do you know better how to sow your seed and reap your little peck measure? The battle is for your observation: Do you see as the Lord reveals? The battle is for your comprehension: Do you discern what the Lord knows? The battle is for your articulation. The battle is for your effectiveness. The battle is for your very soul.

Our battles are many, artists. But be encouraged, God is able to grant your earnest plea! God’s ability is not in question; you must not question it. Prove that you do not question God’s ability to deliver by crying out to Him for your deliverance. God’s ability and God’s desire are not of the same category. Ability refers to what God is capable of doing. Desire refers to what God would be pleased to exercise of His many abilities. If you can cast your whole soul on the ability of God, while entrusting yourself completely to the desire of God, you will have all that you need in that battle to accomplish God’s purposes and to enjoy His grace for you in it. Consider Christ's plea in the garden, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will" (Mark 14:36). Remember Paul's encouragement: “...we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

The Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh were valiant men who, in this battle at least, trusted in the Lord and not in their expertise, their might, their sword, or their shield. The Lord worked for them because they trusted in Him.

Artists, you are in battle all day long. The affections of your heart are enticed and assaulted at every turn, but only by an enemy who has lost the war already. Learn to cry to God. Trust in Him. It is your greatest and most fruitful exercise! Then play the artist in the strength that He gives.

Jason Harms

Jun 1/07 - Hebrews 12:16
Jun 11/07 - Acts 18:9-10a
Jun 18/07 - Acts 21:19-20a
Jun 25/07 - I Corinthians 10:8-11
Jul 2/07 - Mark 4:18-19
Jul 9/07 - Acts 18:23b
Jul 16/07 - Zephaniah 1:5b-6
Jul 23/07 - II Corinthians 9:6
Jul 30/07 - Hebrews 12:10b
Aug 6/07 - John 12:49-50
Aug 13/07 - I Corinthians 8:5-6
Aug 20/07 - John 6:13
Aug 27/07 - Galations 1:10
Sep 3/07 - Ephesians 4:15-16
Sep 10/07 - Galations 5:1
Sep 17/07 - John 12:41-43
Sep 24/07 - Luke 19:40
Oct 1/07 - I Timothy 4:16
Oct 8/07 - II Corinthians 10:12
Oct 15/07 - II Corinthians 2:15
Oct 22/07 - I Corinthians 4:1-2
Oct 29/07 - James 3:16-17
Nov 5/07 - II Kings 13:18-19
Nov 12/07 - Ecclesiastes 12:10
Nov 19/07 - II Peter 3:10-12a
Nov 26/07 - Revelation 2:4-5
Dec 3/07 - Revelation 2:10-11
Dec 10/07 - Revelation 3:15-16
Dec 17/07 - Psalm 2:3
Dec 24/07 - Eccles. 2:24-25
Dec 31/07 - I Samuel 2:3
Jan 7/08 - John 5:23b
Jan 14/08 - Matthew 5:8
Jan 21/08 - Philippians 2:5
Jan 28/08 - Psalm 16:4a
Feb 4/08 - John 15:11
Feb 11/08 - II Corinthians 2:17
Feb 18/08 - II Timothy 2:15
Feb 25/08 - I Cor. 12:21-22
Mar 3/08 - I Timothy 6:17
Mar 10/08 - I Timothy 6:18-19
Mar 17/08 - Acts 4:29
Mar 24/08 - Psalm 48:12-14
Mar 31/08 - Matt 20:26b-28
Apr 7/08 - Psalm 62:1-2
Apr 14/08 - Psalm 135:6
Apr 21/08 - Psalm 100:3
Apr 28/08 - Romans 12:13a
May 5/08 - Romans 1:28
May 12/08 - Romans 1:11-12
May 19/08 - John 18:37b
May 26/08 - Colossians 2:3-4
June 02/08 - Psalm 19:5b-6
Jun 09/08 - Psalm 102:18
Jun 16/08 - Psalm 111:2-3a
Jun 23/08 - Psalm 119:160
Jun 30/08 - Philippians 2:19-21
Jul 7/08 - Colossians 4:17
Jul 14/08 - Psalm 146:3-7
Jul 21/08 - Colossians 3:4-5
Jul 28/08 - Isaiah 26:10-11a
Aug 4/08 - I Thess. 5:25
Aug 11/08 - II Corinthians 6:3a
Aug 18/08 - II Corinthians 6:12
Aug 25/08 - II Timothy 3:4b
Sep 1/08 - II Cor. 12:9-10
Sep 8/08 - Genesis 2:9
Sep 15/08 - James 3:1
Sep 22/08 - John1:3
Sep 29/08 - I John 2:17
Oct 6/08 - II Peter 1:15
Oct 13/08 - Revelation 4:11
Oct 20/08 - II Peter 2:18-19
Oct 27/08 - Luke 1:80
Nov 3/08 - Luke 6:45
Nov 17/08 - Luke 10:20
Nov 24/08 - Luke 17:1
Dec 1/08 - Luke 22:2
Dec 8/08 - Colossians 1:11-14
Dec 15/08 - John 19:30
Dec 20/08 - Luke 1:20
Jan 5/09 - Genesis 11:4
Jan 12/09 - Genesis 22:14
Jan 19/09 - John 5:44
Jan 26/09 - I Thess. 5:18
Feb 2/09 - Exodus 1:17, 21
Feb 9/09 - I John 1:3-4
Feb 16/09 - Exodus 23:29-30
Feb 23/09 - James 1:25
Mar 2/09 - Psalm 8:6
Mar 9/09 - Psalm 34:8
Mar 16/09 - Job 31:26-28
Mar 23/09 - II Peter 2:2
Mar 30/09 - Psalm 138:8
Apr 6/09 - Numbers 6:27
Apr 13/09 - Numbers 14:24
Apr 20/09 - Numbers 20:12
Apr 27/09 - Numbers 33:55-56
May 4/09 - Deut 1:8a
May 11/09 - Deut 5:29
May 26/09 - Deut 15:11
Sep 14/09 - I Sam 15:22-23b
Sep 21/09 - I Sam 25:23b
Sep 28/09 - Eccles. 5:2, 7:13
Oct 5/09 - II Samuel 23:12
Oct 12/09 - I Kings 5:5
Oct 19/09 - I Kings 3:9
Oct 26/09 - I Kings 18:21
Nov 2/09 - I Kings 22:14
Nov 16/09 - I Kings 17:3-4
Nov 23/09 - I Kings 11:2b-4
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