The Story of Beloved
At Beloved Creative Studio we celebrate the love of God and loving God through writing, art, and music! My family is part of a bigger, beautiful family who desires to live loved and led by God. Because Jesus died and His blood covered the ransom sin had won for me, I can be who I was created to be. Free from sin and free to obey God from a heart of love. Beloved was a name given to me by Him as a name under which to do creative projects, and He invited me to take on His name for His fame.
So, the name Beloved is His name and mine.
I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine. Song of Solomon 6:3
My name is no longer important, but His name is beautiful. So whether I’m writing books, music, or blog posts, or picking up a paint brush, designing discipleship resources, or training other musicians and artists to make disciples, you can bet that I’ve got Him on my mind, because I love Him. He rescued me from a lot and I love telling people about it so they can experience His love too.
God wants you to know Him as a pursuer of your soul, as a Father who loves to be close to you and hold you and listen to you. Jesus is a friend that sticks closer than a brother, and as savior. At the last supper, Jesus spoke a betrothal covenant over us, which we celebrate as communion in the church. When He died on the cross for our sins, we were brought into a family, made His Beloved, and entered into a new kingdom of abundant life which flows spiritual life from the Holy Spirit into heart of us and back out in worship and into the world around us. This global family eagerly awaits the day that our Messiah returns for us. We wake the bride (the church) and live in His already-not-yet kingdom now, but soon, He will come and rule and reign in a permanent kingdom that is never going to end. Meet me there!
The Good News of the Kingdom
This is a story that has no end. In the beginning, God made everything good. A Kingdom where heaven and the earth were under His rule and reign. People were created in the image of God & lived in a paradise God prepared for them. He was king and people reigned alongside Him over the earth.
God walked and talked with them every day and there was no division between them, only listening, trust, and obedience.
Satan tempted the woman to disobey God, lying to her about God’s character and intentions, so she would not trust God and His intentions for her. Fear and distrust found a place in her heart and gave birth to sin. She and her husband did the one thing God told them not to do. They had lived in childlike trust, but now their eyes were opened and they could see they were naked. They were embarrassed and they hid from God in deep soul darkness. God found them, killed an animal, and covered them up.
God had wanted people to trust Him, love Him, & let Him lead them, but they did not trust His goodness or His leadership.
The people had traded a relationship with God for a lie and they could not turn from sin on their own. They had to leave paradise because of their sin. They began to die, broken in body and soul. Everyone died from that day on and death to all came through those who followed. Everyone sinned from that point on. Except for one man, who was not born from man’s seed, but from the Holy Spirit overshadowing a virgin named Mary. The Son of God.
The Father sent His Son, Jesus, to rescue us from sin, and bring us back to Him, because He loved us.
The Son of Man. He was with God in the beginning and came to fill us with the Holy Spirit, so we could be reborn as God’s children and know real life, only possible through this one man. Jesus never sinned from day one. He healed and brought life to all who receive Him and who followed Him. He had the authority to forgive sins and invited even murderers to to live with Him in paradise! When we accept Jesus as the one true way to God, we received the Holy Spirit who empowers us to turn from our sin and embrace a relationship with Him.
God wanted people to trust Him, love Him, & let Him lead us, but we did not trust His goodness nor His leadership.
The people killed Jesus, and God used His blood to cover our sin. Now, we can come close to Him again, unhidden and free from fear of punishment. We receive the free gift of Jesus’ blood to cover us, and we can come close to God again. Fear and distrust are replaced by the life of Christ in us. We are filled by God’s Spirit who empowers us to obey God from a place of trust. With God’s power in us, we are able to trust His Word and fight temptation, living lives pleasing to Him.
Tell God you want to walk and talk with Him every day and tell Him you trust Jesus’ blood to reconnect us by paying the price for our distrust and disobedience.
He is coming to judge the world. We become re-formed to His image again, walking in His authority and dominion in this world, until He comes back again. And He will rule in the paradise of His Kingdom, a new heaven and earth He has prepared for us! Those who endure will rule and reign with Him in a kingdom that has no end.