Toward the end of 2016, I was drawn to a new piece of prophetic art that my friend Meghan Williams made. I was scrolling through my Facebook feed one day and the post just before hers was a video teaching called “Clothed with Power from on High”. When I saw her art it spoke strongly to me. At that time, I didn’t know that she welcomed input when she made a piece. Still, I couldn’t help but tell her how the video before her Dyed4you Art post was quickened to me as being a great description for her picture.
A few weeks later she sent me a message thanking me for sharing what I saw— “Clothed with Power from on High” became the name of the piece. Of course, I decided to order that piece right away. It was a tough wait… even though it was only about a week. There are times when you know that something is a special message from our Abba Father. Once I got the piece I was very blessed by the artwork and the word, as usual.
A few weeks after receiving it, I had an encounter with the LORD where He gave me a new name. My given name is Lisa but one night He called me “Elisa”. As I puzzled over this I got a confirmation later that day that I had heard right. As I continued to seek Him about it, I was simultaneously wrestling with why I struggled with closeness with Him as my Heavenly Father.
The Spirit of Adoption
As a prophetic person, I see many things but I have always wondered why I’ve been so afraid to “face” my Heavenly Father. It would be an honor and a privilege to see the throne of God. And although I would never expect or demand to see it, I was bothered that I feared to see Him there as the Apostle John did. I loved God, called Him Abba-Father but I didn’t know why I was scared to ever face Him.
I realized that this was an area of wounding where I felt rejected and at times abandoned by my earthly father even though I know he loves me very much. As a result, this feeling transferred to God as well. I felt like a child of God but did not feel wanted. Life’s wounds can just cause those kinds of filters. However, Yeshua’s work on the cross brings restoration when we seek Him.
I suddenly saw that through my “name change” God was telling me that He was “sealing me” as His daughter. I wasn’t just some kid He happened to have had. This wasn’t a relationship where “children are to be seen and not heard”. This wasn’t “we can relate only once you’ve reached the full stature of Christ.” I am His beloved daughter, now and always. He wants me to be in His Presence never to leave it. And because I belong to Christ, I am an heir according to the promise He made to Abraham.
My name, Lisa, comes from the name Elizabeth, a Hebrew name which means “consecrated to God.” I have known for a while that this was significant, another stamp upon me to say I’m His. But Abba has taken the “E”—or Hebrew letter aleph—and “restored” it to my name. Aleph means strength, leader, and is considered to be the Father of the Hebrew Alphabet. With one little letter, He has claimed me as is daughter! And He has shown Himself strong and to be my leader…and in more ways than one.
This is was very key because Meghan’s piece echoes the Father’s heart:
Father says, “Today my child, you begin a day like no other. The day you transition from walking to dancing. Today you are not just called “My child,” I call you “My daughter” and invite you to enter into My Presence daily to discover all this means. Learn about the rights and privileges that I have reserved for My daughters. I love you My daughter and I am so pleased with you.
—Dyed4You Art, “Clothed with Power from on High”
The Door to More
Now, I thought this that was the biggest connection to “Clothed with Power from on High”, but I was wrong. I should know from doing prophetic art myself that God’s words to us speak over and over and over again because they are eternal, timeless. They seem to meet us where we’re at at any given moment.
In December 2016, “Clothed with Power from on High” inspired my own art project. I wanted to try an art project that involved painting on a rock. I’ve wanted to do that for some time but had never found a suitable “rock canvas.” That fall, I went on a trip to Door County, Wisconsin with my friends and we brought back a few rocks that were suitable for painting projects. As I was praying about what to paint I knew I wanted to use the Hebrew letter dalet to commemorate my trip there. Dalet symbolizes a door as well as a poor and humble man.
Not only was this rock from Door County but I know that going there was a prophetic act of walking through a door. I saw it all along the way and the reality of that wasn’t exactly pleasant. Through certain events over that year, I felt like I was being brought to the absolute end of my strength and to the end of myself. There were different visions and confirmations along the way that I was finally crossing the threshold of this door through death to self. In fact, the biggest confirmation came from Door County’s namesake:
‘Door County’s namesake came from ‘Porte des Morte’, anglicized as “Death’s Door’, or the passage between the tip of the Door County Peninsula and Washington Island.” (Wikipedia)
Yikes! The LORD was showing me that I would have to learn how to die to my flesh and let Christ’s Spirit live through me (Galatians 2:20). I have always struggled with how this actually works but it is only when we come to the end of our own fleshly strength that God can come in and work through His strength in the spiritual. Christ didn’t just want me to be submitted to Him for a moment or from situation to situation. My Bridegroom wanted me to submit to Him for a lifetime so that I could do the Father’s business in His strength. So, He has been in a wrestling match with me for some time—and in Door County He won!
When I went to paint my Door County rock with a dalet, I felt inspired to pull the colors from “Clothed with Power from on High”. It was sitting on top of my desk beckoning to me. My rock isn’t as close to the colors as I would like it to be (and I didn’t wait for the gloss to dry) but it was still a great project and an excellent reminder of how God has opened the door to more of Him and less of me which has produced rock hard faith in Him. It is a mantle if something called Humble Authority.
Less really is more. The flesh profits us nothing. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. He actually brought this scripture to mind right before I accepted and entered into one of the greatest trials of my life. And the revelation of this Scripture came in the midst of that fiery furnace. It came when I realized that I was not in the fire alone but that the Son of God was there with me, keeping me through it all (Daniel 3:25).
This trial was hard for me but it wasn’t too hard for Yeshua! Nothing is too hard for Him! There is no purer praise than that which comes when we truly have a revelation of God’s keeping power. There is no stronger shield of faith than one that is proved in the fire. (We don’t know how well the shield can hold up until there is an onslaught of enemy fire.) I think sometimes when God proves or test us (removing our impurities so that we come out like gold), He simultaneously proves Himself to us (proves that He is who He says He is and is worthy of all praise!).
“The Door to More” — While you are holding onto Me, please know, Beloved, that I am holding onto you. You stirred My heart when you gave up all and had a heart like Ruth, “Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The LORD do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and Me.” I told you that I would never leave or forsake you. And now you know and see. Now you know the depths of My keeping power, the depths of My love, the strength of our union, and the power of the covenant I made with you through My Blood.