Questions? Session #2 "Who told you that?"
Supplies needed: Colored tissue paper, a canvas or board, watered down glue in a bowl and a sponge brush, magazines.
Welcome to The Maker’s Space. This is a safe place where we slow down and use art to practice listening to God. This year, The Maker’s Space will be looking at 5 questions that God asks us that we can ask ourselves in order to get to know ourselves and God, and others, better. You might feel like you are at languishing point in your life, [a state between despair and flourishing] and I think that asking questions of God, ourselves and each other can help us do the “what’s next?” and move us into flourishing. Think about doing this session by yourself, and then invite a group of friends or family to do it together and encourage conversations. When we practice listening to God, we can then practice our listening skills with others. There will be more discussion questions at the end to take it further to promote conversation with each other. My hope is that you will see how using art as a tool, can help us hear God and each other.
Session #1’s question was “Where are you?” and can be found on www.themakersspace.us
Session #2’s question is…”Who told you that?” and is our question for this session.
It can be found in Genesis 3:1-13
We are going to be looking at the lies that we hear every day, starting with advertisements and moving on with those that you have heard spoken by others.Try to be brutally honest with yourself.
We are going to start by putting a colorful background on the canvas by layering tissue paper all over to cover the canvas, using glue to layer it down. While you are doing that, I will read
Genesis 3:1-13 to you for background. If you are doing this on you own, take time to read the passage.
“The serpent was clever, more clever than any wild animal God had made. He spoke to the Woman: “Do I understand that God told you not to eat from any tree in the garden?” The Woman said to the serpent, “Not at all. We can eat from the trees in the garden. It’s only about the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘Don’t eat from it; don’t even touch it or you’ll die.’” The serpent told the Woman, “You won’t die. God knows that the moment you eat from that tree, you’ll see what’s really going on. You’ll be just like God, knowing everything, ranging all the way from good to evil.” When the Woman saw that the tree looked like good eating and realized what she would get out of it—she’d know everything!—she took and ate the fruit and then gave some to her husband, and he ate. Immediately the two of them did “see what’s really going on”—saw themselves naked! They sewed fig leaves together as makeshift clothes for themselves. When they heard the sound of God strolling in the garden in the evening breeze, the Man and his Wife hid in the trees of the garden, hid from God. God called to the Man: “Where are you?” He said, “I heard you in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked. And I hid.” God said, “Who told you you were naked? Did you eat from that tree I told you not to eat from?” The Man said, “The Woman you gave me as a companion, she gave me fruit from the tree, and, yes, I ate it.” God said to the Woman, “What is this that you’ve done?” “The serpent seduced me,” she said, “and I ate.””
Genesis 3:1-8, 10-13 MSG
Let’s look at the lies in this passage.
“Don’t even touch it” “You won’t die.. you’ll be just like God, knowing everything…”
When you are finished with your background you can start flipping through magazine ads and find lies that you hear every day, perhaps ones that resonate with you. Go as quickly as you can, pasting down lots of lies all over the canvas. 10-15 minutes.
While you are doing that, I am going to play a video on collage.
Let’s pray, and invite the Holy Spirit to do art with us and to speak to us:
“Holy Spirit, we invite you to come and be with us today. Help us to notice the thoughts that you are speaking into our minds about who God is and who we are as His children. Help us to block out the thoughts of the world that want to keep us from listening to you.”
Now, let’s listen to what God has to say and who we should be listening to instead of the voices around us. All of the chaos that we have just been tearing out of magazines could have caused our heart rates to increase instead of decrease, so let’s begin by deep breathing which can slow your heart down, bring a sense of calm, just be regulating your breath.
RELAX, Slow down and take deep, breaths, breathing in and out deeply.
Now, let’s still ourselves from the inside. Notice your body at this moment, in the present and any tight places that need to relax or stretch. Return to attend to your breath. Just the sitting and being still is prayer, listening prayer, opening yourself and slowing down thoughts so that you can hear. Any anxious thoughts or distracting thoughts, redirect to your breath and the present moment. We have been conditioned to be scattered with many distractions, so we need to practice to focus on God, the more you do it, the easier it becomes.
Now close your eyes, continue to breathe deeply and purposefully, while I read a portion of Jesus Calling and the book of Isaiah and imagine God speaking to you.
3/15 JC Listen to the Love Song
LISTEN TO THE LOVE SONG that I am continually singing to you. I take great delight in you. I rejoice over you with singing. The voices of the world are a cacophony of chaos, pulling you this way and that. Don’t listen to those voices; challenge them with My Word. Learn to take minibreaks from the world, finding a place to be still in My Presence and listen to My voice.
There is immense hidden treasure to be found through listening to Me. Though I pour out blessings upon you always, some of My richest blessings have to be actively sought. I love to reveal Myself to you, and your seeking heart opens you up to receive more of My disclosure. Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” —ZEPHANIAH 3:17
Isaiah 45:5-7,9,11-12,18 NLT
“I am the Lord; there is no other God. I have equipped you for battle, though you don’t even know me, so all the world from east to west will know there is no other God. I am the Lord, and there is no other. I create the light and make the darkness. I send good times and bad times. I, the Lord, am the one who does these things.”
Isaiah 45:5-7 NLT
““What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, ‘Stop, you’re doing it wrong!’ Does the pot exclaim, ‘How clumsy can you be?’”
“This is what the Lord says— the Holy One of Israel and your Creator: “Do you question what I do for my children? Do you give me orders about the work of my hands? I am the one who made the earth and created people to live on it. With my hands I stretched out the heavens. All the stars are at my command.”
Isaiah 45:11-12 NLT
“For the Lord is God, and he created the heavens and earth and put everything in place. He made the world to be lived in, not to be a place of empty chaos. “I am the Lord,” he says, “and there is no other.”
Isaiah 45:18 NLT
Now we are going to ask God to speak to us. Close your eyes and ask God to show you a color. Notice the first color that pops into your head. Quickly look through the magazine tearing out that page of color wherever you see it. Continue until you have a small pile.
Next, cover over the previous lies on your canvas with a thin veil of tissue paper so that it is semi-transparent.
Pray that God will tell you who you are as His child and know that He made you and did not make a mistake.
Next, start looking at the pages that you tore out and notice any phrases or words that jump out at you as truths. Tear them out and start pasting them onto the canvas, partially covering the other lies. If you feel compelled to glue them into a design or image of something, feel free.
We are practicing discerning the things you hear about yourself, and if you can’t trace it back to God when you ask yourself, “Who told you that?,” then we need to toss it from our thoughts. If you need a reminder or help about the things God says about you in Scripture, look over the list of Scripture promises at the end of this lesson. You are welcome to use those as well if you can’t find phrases in magazines— or feel free to build phrases from different places. Use pictures as well, or stamps. When you feel that your composition has taken shape, sit back and look at your art and see what it says to you. Write any thoughts down that come to you. Share your art with someone and what you discovered.
Further discussion questions for family and friend groups:
- What specific product branding do you like to look at? Do certain images of this branding make you want to be like the images? What decor to you feel most reflects your aesthetic?
- In Genesis 1:27 it says “So God created human beings in His[their] own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
- God made us in His pl. image. We can only really know ourselves if we know who God is. Without God, we no longer know who we are. This is true for individuals as well as entire cultures. So, if we say we want human flourishing without God, is that even possible?
- Discuss in how our culture try to ignore or remove the existence of God.
- In the 20th century, we have tried to sever human dignity from its Christian roots. Christianity has historically contributed many things to the world, but none more important than its vision of the human person. As atheist philosopher Luc Ferry describes it, “Christianity introduced the notion that men were equal in dignity-an unprecedented idea at the time and one to which our world owes its entire democratic inheritance.”
One hundred years earlier, F. Nietzsche called human equality “another Christian concept” that “furnishes the prototype of all theories of equal rights.” Human dignity and equality are concepts taken for granted as given today, but this grew out of the Judeo-Christian doctrine of Imago Dei. No society fully achieved this ideal, but no society without Christian influence even attempted to build a world in the first place.
Today, many want the fruit of human dignity while soundly condemning its roots. What do you think about the above?
[Excerpts taken from the book, A Practical Guide to Culture, Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World by Kunkle and Stonestreet and The Quest by Beth Moore.
• I have everything I need for life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3)
• I have the ability to get wealth and glorify God through it (Deuteronomy 8:18, Proverbs 8:17-‐21, II Corinthians 8:9)
• I am surrounded by the favor of God (Psalm 5:12, Proverbs 11:27, 12:3)
• I am overtaken and chased down by the blessings of God (Deut. 28:1-‐2, Luke 6:38)
• I will prosper in whatever I put my hand to (Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:3, Psalm 35:27, III John 2)
• I will live in increase, prosperity and blessing as I love and obey
God (Deuteronomy 30:15-‐16)
• I have everything I need according to God’s riches in Glory through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19, Proverbs 3:9-‐10, Matthew 6:8 & 33)
• I live under God’s blessing (Galatians 3:13-‐14)
• I am blessed and cannot be cursed. I am the head and not the tail, above and not beneath, I will lend and not borrow. (Deuteronomy 28:3-‐14, Proverbs 10:6)
• I can participate in God’s Divine Nature through His very great and precious promises (2 Peter 1:4)
• I am a Child of God (John 1:12)
• I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
• I am Jesus's friend (John 15:15)
• I belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20)
• I am a member of Christ's Body (1 Corinthians 12:27)
• I am assured all things work together for good (Romans 8:28)
• I have been established, anointed and sealed by God (2 Corinthians 1:21-‐22)
• I am confident that God will perfect the work He has begun in me (Philippians 1:6)
• I am a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20)
• I am hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3)
• I have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self-‐ discipline (2 Timothy 1:7)
• I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me (1 John 5:18)
• I am blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3)
• I am chosen before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4, 11)
• I am holy and blameless (Ephesians 1:4)
• I am adopted as his child (Ephesians 1:5)
• I am given God's glorious grace lavishly and without restriction (Ephesians 1:5,8)
• I am in Him (Ephesians 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:30)
• I have redemption (Ephesians 1:8)
• I am forgiven (Ephesians 1:8; Colossians 1:14)
• I have purpose (Ephesians 1:9 & 3:11)
• I have hope (Ephesians 1:12)
• I am included (Ephesians 1:13)
• I am sealed with the promised Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13)
• I am a saint (Ephesians 1:18)
• I am salt and light of the earth (Matthew 5:13-‐14)
• I have been chosen and God desires me to bear fruit (John 15:1,5)
• I am a personal witness of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8)
• I am God's coworker (2 Corinthians 6:1)
• I am a minister of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-‐20)
• I am alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5)
• I am raised up with Christ (Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:12)
• I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6)
• I have been shown the incomparable riches of God's grace (Ephesians 2:7)
• God has expressed His kindness to me (Ephesians 2:7)
• I am God's workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)
• I have been brought near to God through Christ's blood (Ephesians 2:13)
• I have peace (Ephesians 2:14)
• I have access to the Father (Ephesians 2:18)
• I am a member of God's household (Ephesians 2:19)
• I am secure (Ephesians 2:20)
• I am a holy temple (Ephesians 2:21; 1 Corinthians 6:19)
• I am a dwelling for the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:22)
• I share in the promise of Christ Jesus (Ephesians 3:6)
• God's power works through me (Ephesians 3:7)
• I can approach God with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:12)
• I know there is a purpose for my sufferings (Ephesians 3:13)
• I can grasp how wide, long, high and deep Christ's love is
• I am completed by God (Ephesians 3:19)
• I can bring glory to God (Ephesians 3:21)
• I have been called (Ephesians 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:9)
• I can be humble, gentle, patient and lovingly tolerant of others (Ephesians 4:2)
• I can mature spiritually (Ephesians 4:15)
• I can be certain of God's truths and the lifestyle which He has called me to (Ephesians 4:17)
• I can have a new attitude and a new lifestyle (Ephesians 4:21-‐32)
• I can be kind and compassionate to others (Ephesians 4:32)
• I can forgive others (Ephesians 4:32)
• I am a light to others, and can exhibit goodness, righteousness and truth (Ephesians 5:8-‐9)
• I can understand what God's will is (Ephesians 5:17)
• I can give thanks for everything (Ephesians 5:20)
• I don't have to always have my own agenda (Ephesians 5:21)
• I can be strong (Ephesians 6:10)
• I have God's power (Ephesians 6:10)
• I can stand firm in the day of evil (Ephesians 6:13)
• I am dead to sin (Romans 1:12)
• I am not alone (Hebrews 13:5)
• I am growing (Colossians 2:7)
• I am His disciple (John 13:15)
• I am prayed for by Jesus Christ (John 17:20-‐23)
• I am united with other believers (John 17:20-‐23)
• I am not in want (Philippians 4:19)
• I possess the mind of Christ (I Corinthians 2:16)
• I am promised eternal life (John 6:47)
• I am promised a full life (John 10:10)
• I am victorious (I John 5:4)
• My heart and mind is protected with God's peace (Philippians 4:7)
• I am chosen and dearly loved (Colossians 3:12)
• I am blameless (I Corinthians 1:8)
• I am set free (Romans 8:2; John 8:32)
• I am crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20)
• I am a light in the world (Matthew 5:14)
• I am more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37)
• I am the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21)
• I am safe (I John 5:18)
• I am part of God's kingdom (Revelation 1:6)
• I am healed from sin (I Peter 2:24)
• I am no longer condemned (Romans 8:1, 2)
• I am not helpless (Philippians 4:13)
• I am overcoming (I John 4:4)
• I am persevering (Philippians 3:14)
• I am protected (John 10:28)
• I am born again (I Peter 1:23)
• I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
• I am delivered (Colossians 1:13)
• I am redeemed from the curse of the Law (Galatians 3:13)
• I am qualified to share in His inheritance (Colossians 1:12)
• I am victorious (1 Corinthians 15:57)
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