Faith Embraces Mystery


‘Faith Embraces Mystery’

An imaginary line in the mountains marks the altitude where snakes won’t go any higher. We often talk about living above the line, out of the enemy’s reach, and in a higher place with God. But how do we get there? What do we need to move to higher ground?

Think of this line as an imaginary division between the positive and negative of individual thoughts – like the two sides of one coin. When we say “above the line/below the line” we are talking about the same emotion manifesting in either positive beneficial behaviour or negative defensive behaviour. You can choose to flip a negative thought into the positive. For example, instead of looking elsewhere for blame or excuses, you could be accountable and responsible. You could stay kind and calm under the fire of accusation. You could choose values, beliefs, and behaviour that operates in the positive spirit. If something comes against you, move in the opposite spirit. The Holy Spirit moves through you when you choose to express the nature of God.

The opposite of fear is love. “Perfect love casts out fear.” 1 John 4:18

The opposite of unbelief is faith. Faith strengthens love, and love strengthens faith.

This painting represents love above fear on the left-hand side. As I painted, I wrote “love, perfect love” in pink in the sky. Pink means ‘joy’. There is no joy in the torment of fear. The right-hand side represents moving from unbelief into faith. We do this within the love of community. (Oh yes, surround yourself with warrior champions. Go to a church that preaches faith!) We build faith as we build our history with God. Every time we experience the promises of God, we have another ‘building’ in our ‘faith city’.

You don’t want to live in fear and unbelief your whole life, do you? Then, stop it. God has given you all you need to live in love and faith – He has given you Jesus.

The colour orange represents intimacy with the Holy Spirit. The orange square is Jesus, our cornerstone. It is in relationship with love and faith Himself that we practice life “above the line”.

‘Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.’ Romans 12:21 NKJV

Title: Faith Embraces Mystery  ||  Artist: Wendy Manzo  || Painted: ‘Faith Strong’ World Changers Church conference, Gold Coast, 7 August 2022

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About Giclee printing.

We use the word ‘print’ so that we are easily understood, however, technically speaking, our prints are not prints at all. They are fine art reproductions of original works. The quality is so high that it is difficult to tell between the reproduction and the original.

The most critical part of reproducing artwork is Digital Capture and Colour Correction, so the photographic file provides the truest representation of the original. It’s not just using a good camera, but using the right camera with expertise and experience. Wendy’s artwork is captured using specialised techniques to ensure your reproductions will be colour correct and faithfully reproduce all the detail and tones of the original painting.

Giclee Reproductions are premium high-resolution digital images produced on museum quality, Canson 300-320gsm Cotton Rag (fine cotton fibres woven into a paper-like product) printed with archival Canon Lucia EX 12-colour pigment high-performance inks. Canon Lucia EX pigment inks achieve an “under glass” permanence of 95 years for colour images.

Giclee can be confusing, as many may incorrectly assume that all digital printing is equal. Essentially Giclee (pronounced ‘zhee-clay’) is an invented name from the French word ‘le gicleur’ meaning ‘to squirt’. It was originally coined in 1991 to distinguish between common digital prints and the highest quality form of art reproductions using wide format inkjet printing technology. In 30+ years, this technology has advanced enormously, giving an even wider distinction between Giclee reproductions and digital prints. However, we still use the word ‘print’ because it is the common use of the term and it’s easier to say than ‘reproductions’.

Fine Art Giclee Reproductions should be protected by framing behind glass, using a matte to separate them from the glass. Consult your local framer for the best way to frame your art reproduction and read our blog article “Caring for your Fine Art” for information on ensuring your artwork still looks amazing for 3 – 4 generations. When you invest in a quality print you want it to last!

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