Friday, July 21, 2017

Common Men


Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Arms Me with Strength


For who is God besides the Lord?
And who is the Rock except our God?
It is God who arms me with strength
and keeps my way secure.
Psalm 18:31-32

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Walk as He Walked


By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. 1 John 2:3-6

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Woe


Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!  Isaiah 5:20

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Righteousness of God


For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. Romans 10:3-5

Additional context:

But the righteousness based on faith speaks as follows: "DO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART, 'WHO WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN?' (that is, to bring Christ down),  or 'WHO WILL DESCEND INTO THE ABYSS?' (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead)."  But what does it say? "THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART"—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching,  that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;  for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. Romans 10:6-10

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Deep Calls to Deep


Deep calls to deep at the roar of Your waterfalls; all Your breakers and Your waves have gone over me. Psalm 42:7

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

You Are My Lord


I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from You.”
Psalm 16:2

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Heart Turned Away


Now King Solomon loved many foreign women, along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the LORD had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. He had 700 wives, who were princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart. For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. So Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and did not wholly follow the LORD, as David his father had done. Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Molech the abomination of the Ammonites, on the mountain east of Jerusalem. And so he did for all his foreign wives, who made offerings and sacrificed to their gods. And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods. But he did not keep what the LORD commanded. Therefore the LORD said to Solomon, “Since this has been your practice and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes that I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you and will give it to your servant. Yet for the sake of David your father I will not do it in your days, but I will tear it out of the hand of your son. However, I will not tear away all the kingdom, but I will give one tribe to your son, for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem that I have chosen.” 1 Kings 11:1-13

King Solomon didn't remain faithful to the God of the Bible, the God of his father, King David. Perhaps he wrongly assumed that because he was so blessed in every imaginable good thing in life that God was pleased with him no matter what he did. Perhaps he felt he was invincible and had need of nothing else. Whatever the reason, he listened to ungodly advisors, his wives, who led him astray. He forgot the wise words of advice his father gave him. Jesus demands our WHOLE heart today as well. (Matt. 10:37-39, Matt. 16:24-27, Mark 8:34-38, Luke 14:33-35)

“And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever.” 1 Chronicles 28:9

Notice in the top passage that no mention was made of David having transgressed against God with Bathsheba, having Uriah killed and so forth. David repented of that sin and was severely disciplined for it. (2 Sam. 12:14) He is remembered forever as a faithful, true servant of God. But sadly, Solomon is not remembered as such, at least not in his latter days. He was the smartest man who ever lived before his time or since, but sadly He seemed to forget that fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom–words that he and his own father wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. (Psa. 111:10, Prov. 1:7, 9:10, 15:33, 2Tim. 3:16-17)

Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.” 1 Kings 3:9-14

And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore, so that Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all other men, wiser than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, Calcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol, and his fame was in all the surrounding nations. He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005. He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the wall. He spoke also of beasts, and of birds, and of reptiles, and of fish. And people of all nations came to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and from all the kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom. 1 Kings 4:29-34

Solomon started out SO well, asking God for wisdom. Who would have thought he could have ended up that way after beginning like this:

Now as Solomon finished offering all this prayer and plea to the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, where he had knelt with hands outstretched toward heaven. And he stood and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying, “Blessed be the LORD who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke by Moses his servant. The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers. May he not leave us or forsake us, that he may incline our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments, his statutes, and his rules, which he commanded our fathers. Let these words of mine, with which I have pleaded before the LORD, be near to the LORD our God day and night, and may he maintain the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel, as each day requires, that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God; there is no other. Let your heart therefore be wholly true to the LORD our God, walking in his statutes and keeping his commandments, as at this day.” 1 Kings 8:54-61

Now, O my God, let your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayer of this place. “And now arise, O LORD God, and go to your resting place, you and the ark of your might. Let your priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and let your saints rejoice in your goodness. O LORD God, do not turn away the face of your anointed one! Remember your steadfast love for David your servant.” As soon as Solomon finished his prayer, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple. And the priests could not enter the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD filled the LORD’s house. When all the people of Israel saw the fire come down and the glory of the LORD on the temple, they bowed down with their faces to the ground on the pavement and worshiped and gave thanks to the LORD, saying, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” 2 Chronicles 6:40-7:3

But at some point, he chose to disregard God's direct warnings to him (as well as those of his father) not to mix with foreign women who would lead him astray. This probably happened the way it usually does–gradually, over time. He apparently found himself wanting to please them more than God. He even built them "high places" where they offered sacrifices to their false gods. That does not sound like someone who loves God with all of his heart or even remembers where everything he has came from. Did he forget that God saw what he was doing? (Psalm 94:8-11) He may have trusted in himself and his own wisdom, not leaning on God like he did at first.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1:5-8

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17

There’s another lesson we can learn from Solomon for today. People (at least in this country) may not be building shrines to fake gods these days, but their hearts are still turned (lured) away from God, often by things and also by the “wisdom” of this world. One thing we hear frequently is “who are we to tell someone who they can love?” Well, Solomon was told by his father David and by the Scriptures recorded under the inspiration of God NOT to LOVE foreign women. (This had nothing to do with the color of their skin. It was their false gods that were dangerous.) Did God make that restriction because He didn’t care if Solomon was HAPPY? NO! It was for his own good, IF he wanted to remain in God’s good favor and continue to receive His blessings. This world is temporary. We are not meant to invest heavily or take too much delight in the physical things or pleasures of this world. (Matt. 6:19-24, 33, Matt. 19:21, 1Pet. 2:11-12)

If we forsake God, we have no idea what the result may be once he lets us go our own “natural” way. (Rom. 1:26-31, Jude 1:4-7) God decides what is right and wrong, not us. It was true back then and it is still true today. The fruit of the Spirit is self control. (Gal. 5:22-25, 2Pet. 1:5-12, 1Thess. 4:2-8, 2Tim. 3:1-5) Solomon had a choice as to whether or not to heed God’s wisdom or listen to himself and those around him, and we have the same choice. There’s a true saying: “Don’t play with fire and you won’t get burnt.”

For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:25-31

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. James 3:13

Solomon believed in God and served Him, but not with his whole heart toward the end of his life. After Solomon died, all but one territory of the kingdom was taken away. That’s sad to not finish well. There were and still are dire consequences for faithlessness. (Matt. 13:47-50, 1Cor. 6:9-10, Gal. 5:19-20, Rev. 2:5-4, Rev. 2:14-16, Rev. 2:20-23, Rev. 3:1-3, Rev. 3:15-19, Rev. 22:10-15)

A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Isaiah 40:6-8

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. Romans 1:18-25

The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:7-8

“For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” 8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Hebrews 12:6, 8

True wisdom comes from God. He doesn’t expect us or even want us to rely on our own intelligence or that of the world. (Jam. 4:4) Ironically, this next passage was written by Solomon:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Proverbs 3:5-8

And the vision of all this has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed. When men give it to one who can read, saying, “Read this,” he says, “I cannot, for it is sealed.” And when they give the book to one who cannot read, saying, “Read this,” he says, “I cannot read.” And the Lord said: “Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men, therefore, behold, I will again do wonderful things with this people, with wonder upon wonder; and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the discernment of their discerning men shall be hidden.” Ah, you who hide deep from the LORD your counsel, whose deeds are in the dark, and who say, “Who sees us? Who knows us?” You turn things upside down! Shall the potter be regarded as the clay, that the thing made should say of its maker, “He did not make me”; or the thing formed say of him who formed it, “He has no understanding”? Isaiah 29:11-16

The wise men shall be put to shame; they shall be dismayed and taken; behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them? Jeremiah 8:9

Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” 1 Corinthians 3:18-20

Perhaps Solomon succumbed to flattery? (Rom. 16:18) See what the Queen of Sheba (mentioned by Jesus - Matt. 12:42, Luke 11:31) when she brought an abundance of gifts said to Solomon below. I am not saying this was definitely her intention, but in the future, there will be flattery by the antichrist leading people away from God. (Dan. 11:32-39)

And she said to the king, “The report was true that I heard in my own land of your words and of your wisdom, but I did not believe the reports until I came and my own eyes had seen it. And behold, the half was not told me. Your wisdom and prosperity surpass the report that I heard. Happy are your men! Happy are your servants, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! Blessed be the LORD your God, who has delighted in you and set you on the throne of Israel! Because the LORD loved Israel forever, he has made you king, that you may execute justice and righteousness.” 1 Kings 10:6-9

God despises idols. The earth and everything in it is His. (Psalm 24:1) Anything that does not glorify Him is no better than pollution defiling His land. (Isa. 24:5) In fact, He will be tearing down all of the monuments to false religions in the future. They are not something that we should be proud of and make efforts to preserve (contrary to what UNESCO thinks). A better use of those funds would be to feed and clothe the poor, wouldn’t it? In the name of “justice” (even in much of the church these days), we spend more time, money and effort defending the “rights” of people to SIN than we do seeking justice for oppressed widows and orphans.

Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. Isaiah 1:16-17

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. James 1:27

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:14-18

Notice there is no mention of “I held a parade to demand my civil (or reproductive) rights and you didn’t march with me” in the list below. (1Pet. 4:19. Rom. 13:1-7) Please understand the ones referred to as being in prison are there for Jesus’ sake, NOT because they did anything wrong in God’s sight. (1Pet. 4:12-15, Heb. 10:32-36, Heb. 13:3) Persecution is not the same as discrimination, which is related to discernment. We need to be able to distinguish between good and evil so that we can have the sense not to partake in it. (Rom. 1:32, Luke 17:1-3). However, we are to love even our enemies, including those who persecute us. (Matt. 5:44, Titus 2:7-8, 1Pet. 2:11-12, 1Pet. 4:3-5) There is NO PLACE for violence, name calling and hatred. The entire point of speaking the truth in love is to save souls. (Col. 4:5-6, Eph. 5:3-21, 1Tim. 4:12, Titus 2:7-8, 2Tim. 2:21-26, Gal. 6:1, Eph. 4:11-24, Jude 1:22-23) However speaking the TRUTH is NOT hate and neither is disagreeing with someone, but the motive and manner of sharing the truth does matter.

“For my people are foolish; they know me not; they are stupid children; they have no understanding. They are ‘wise’—in doing evil! But how to do good they know not.” Jeremiah 4:22

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight! Isaiah 5:20-21

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25:41-46

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 2:14-17

There is ONE God, and He warned His people right from the start to destroy idols and not to worship false gods, including man-made idols as well as nature. They could have saved themselves so much grief if they had just listened and obeyed. We believers who have been grafted into Israel should be no more proud of physical idols (or careless about other forms of idolatry) than those who were warned in the Old Testament. (Rom. 11:17-25)

Take care, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land to which you go, lest it become a snare in your midst. You shall tear down their altars and break their pillars and cut down their Asherim (for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God), lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and when they whore after their gods and sacrifice to their gods and you are invited, you eat of his sacrifice, and you take of their daughters for your sons, and their daughters whore after their gods and make your sons whore after their gods. Exodus 34:12-16

“Therefore watch yourselves very carefully. Since you saw no form on the day that the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire, beware lest you act corruptly by making a carved image for yourselves, in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the air, the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water under the earth. And beware lest you raise your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, you be drawn away and bow down to them and serve them, things that the LORD your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven. Deuteronomy 4:15-19 

You shall surely destroy all the places where the nations whom you shall dispossess served their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. You shall tear down their altars and dash in pieces their pillars and burn their Asherim with fire. You shall chop down the carved images of their gods and destroy their name out of that place. You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way. Deuteronomy 12:2-4

The Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded, and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: The LORD is with you while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you. For a long time Israel was without the true God, and without a teaching priest and without law, but when in their distress they turned to the LORD, the God of Israel, and sought him, he was found by them. In those times there was no peace to him who went out or to him who came in, for great disturbances afflicted all the inhabitants of the lands. They were broken in pieces. Nation was crushed by nation and city by city, for God troubled them with every sort of distress. But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.” As soon as Asa heard these words, the prophecy of Azariah the son of Oded, he took courage and put away the detestable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities that he had taken in the hill country of Ephraim, and he repaired the altar of the LORD that was in front of the vestibule of the house of the LORD. And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and those from Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon who were residing with them, for great numbers had deserted to him from Israel when they saw that the LORD his God was with him. They were gathered at Jerusalem in the third month of the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa. They sacrificed to the LORD on that day from the spoil that they had brought 700 oxen and 7,000 sheep. And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and with all their soul, but that whoever would not seek the LORD, the God of Israel, should be put to death, whether young or old, man or woman. They swore an oath to the LORD with a loud voice and with shouting and with trumpets and with horns. And all Judah rejoiced over the oath, for they had sworn with all their heart and had sought him with their whole desire, and he was found by them, and the LORD gave them rest all around. Even Maacah, his mother, King Asa removed from being queen mother because she had made a detestable image for Asherah. Asa cut down her image, crushed it, and burned it at the brook Kidron. But the high places were not taken out of Israel. Nevertheless, the heart of Asa was wholly true all his days. 2 Chronicles 15:1-17

Your evil will chastise you, and your apostasy will reprove you. Know and see that it is evil and bitter for you to forsake the LORD your God; the fear of me is not in you, declares the Lord GOD of hosts. “For long ago I broke your yoke and burst your bonds; but you said, ‘I will not serve.’ Yes, on every high hill and under every green tree you bowed down like a whore. Yet I planted you a choice vine, wholly of pure seed. How then have you turned degenerate and become a wild vine? Though you wash yourself with lye and use much soap, the stain of your guilt is still before me, declares the Lord GOD. How can you say, ‘I am not unclean, I have not gone after the Baals’? Look at your way in the valley; know what you have done—a restless young camel running here and there, a wild donkey used to the wilderness, in her heat sniffing the wind! Who can restrain her lust? None who seek her need weary themselves; in her month they will find her. Keep your feet from going unshod and your throat from thirst. But you said, ‘It is hopeless, for I have loved foreigners, and after them I will go.’ “As a thief is shamed when caught, so the house of Israel shall be shamed: they, their kings, their officials, their priests, and their prophets, who say to a tree, ‘You are my father,’ and to a stone, ‘You gave me birth.’ For they have turned their back to me, and not their face. But in the time of their trouble they say, ‘Arise and save us!’ But where are your gods that you made for yourself? Let them arise, if they can save you, in your time of trouble; for as many as your cities are your gods, O Judah. “Why do you contend with me? You have all transgressed against me, declares the LORD. In vain have I struck your children; they took no correction; your own sword devoured your prophets like a ravening lion. And you, O generation, behold the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness to Israel, or a land of thick darkness? Why then do my people say, ‘We are free, we will come no more to you’? Can a virgin forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? Yet my people have forgotten me days without number. Jeremiah 2:19-32

Behold, the cry of the daughter of my people from the length and breadth of the land: "Is the LORD not in Zion? Is her King not in her?" "Why have they provoked me to anger with their carved images and with their foreign idols?" Jeremiah 8:19

But first I will doubly repay their iniquity and their sin, because they have polluted my land with the carcasses of their detestable idols, and have filled my inheritance with their abominations." Jeremiah 16:18

Some prophecies have yet to be fulfilled (and some are historical but also serve as foreshadows of what is to come). (Rev. 17-18)

“Therefore behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “When I will punish her idols, And the mortally wounded will groan throughout her land. "Though Babylon should ascend to the heavens, And though she should fortify her lofty stronghold, From Me destroyers will come to her,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 51:52-53

“Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.’ “They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols. I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God. But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their vile images and detestable idols, I will bring down on their own heads what they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD.” Ezekiel 11:17-21

“And on that day, declares the LORD of hosts, I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, so that they shall be remembered no more. And also I will remove from the land the prophets and the spirit of uncleanness.” Zechariah 13:2

"This is what the Sovereign Lord says to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys: 'I am about to bring a sword against you, and I will destroy your high places. Your altars will be demolished and your incense altars will be smashed; and I will slay your people in front of your idols. I will lay the dead bodies of the Israelites in front of their idols, and I will scatter your bones around your altars. Wherever you live, the towns will be laid waste and the high places demolished, so that your altars will be laid waste and devastated, your idols smashed and ruined, your incense altars broken down, and what you have made wiped out. Your people will fall slain among you, and you will know that I am the Lord. 'But I will spare some, for some of you will escape the sword when you are scattered among the lands and nations. Then in the nations where they have been carried captive, those who escape will remember Me - how I have been grieved by their adulterous hearts, which have turned away from Me, and by their eyes, which have lusted after their idols. They will loathe themselves for the evil they have done and for all their detestable practices. And they will know that I am the Lord; I did not threaten in vain to bring this calamity on them.'" Ezekiel 6:3b-10

The word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, when the house of Israel lived in their own land, they defiled it by their ways and their deeds. Their ways before Me were like the uncleanness of a woman in her menstrual impurity. So I poured out My wrath upon them for the blood that they had shed in the land, for the idols with which they had defiled it. I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed through the countries. In accordance with their ways and their deeds I judged them. But when they came to the nations, wherever they came, they profaned My holy name, in that people said of them, 'These are the people of the LORD, and yet they had to go out of his land.' But I had concern for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations to which they came. "Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. And I will vindicate the holiness of My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Lord GOD, when through you I vindicate My holiness before their eyes. Ezekiel 36:16-23

This is still for today, in whatever form it rears its ugly head. (1Thess. 1:9-10)

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:1-21

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you once walked, when you lived in them. But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Colossians 3:5-10

Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 1 Peter 4:1-5

Let’s end with John’s words:

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. 1 John 5:21

papers (blended) by Holliewood Studios

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Object of Scorn


To whom shall I speak and give warning, that they may hear? Behold, their ears are uncircumcised, they cannot listen; behold, the word of the LORD is to them an object of scorn; they take no pleasure in it.  Therefore I am full of the wrath of the LORD; I am weary of holding it in. Jeremiah 6:10-11a

kits: Timeless Love paper pack by Optic Illusions, Mountain Mist by Southern Creek Designs; template challenge freebie by Optic Illusions

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Famine of the Word


“The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord,
“when I will send a famine through the land—
not a famine of food or a thirst for water,
but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.
People will stagger from sea to sea
and wander from north to east,
searching for the word of the Lord,
but they will not find it." Amos 8:11-12

kit: Sea Adventure by MDesigns (retired)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Islands Wait in Hope


My righteousness draws near speedily, My salvation is on the way, and My arm will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look to Me and wait in hope for My arm. Isaiah 51:5

kit: To Honour Lulu by Kristmess Designs; template: May 2013 Challenge freebie by Lindsay Jane

Monday, July 10, 2017

Weighs the Islands


Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket;
they are regarded as dust on the scales;
He weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.
Isaiah 40:15

kit: To Honour Lulu by Kristmess Designs; template: May 2013 Challenge freebie by Jellebelleke

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Wisdom Cannot Be Purchased


Wisdom is more valuable than gold and crystal.
It cannot be purchased with jewels mounted in fine gold.
Job 28:17

kit: D'egg'orated Easter by Kristmess Designs

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Gentiles Hope


And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, even He who arises to rule the Gentiles; in Him will the Gentiles hope.”  Romans 15:12

kit: Mountain Mist by Southern Creek Designs

Friday, July 7, 2017

Yes or No


"Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ But I say to you, do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is His footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil." Matthew 5:33-37

kits by Createwings Designs (retired)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Search with Lamps


"At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps and punish those who are complacent, who are like wine left on its dregs, who think, ‘The Lord will do nothing, either good or bad.’ Their wealth will be plundered, their houses demolished. Though they build houses, they will not live in them; though they plant vineyards, they will not drink the wine.” Zephaniah 1:12-13

paper by Createwings Designs (retired), banner by Marta van Eck, lamp by Mr. Whiskers

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Distorted Gospel


I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. Galatians 1:6-7

paper by Lorie Davison, cluster by K Studio

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

First Gave Us


But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to You? Everything we have has come from You, and we give You only what You first gave us!  1 Chronicles 29:14

kits by Marypop Designs

Monday, July 3, 2017

Fixed a Day


The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent, because He has fixed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by a Man whom He has appointed; and of this He has given assurance to all by raising Him from the dead.  Acts 17:30-31

paper: Cherish by Marta van Eck; foliage, blended clock by Marypop

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Testimony


Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning His Son.  1 John 5:10

kit: Good Life by Aprilisa; template by Aprilisa

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Delivers From Death


Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. Proverbs 11:4

kit: Capture the Moment by Key Lime Digi Designs

Friday, June 30, 2017

Sudden End


"Neither their silver nor their gold
will be able to save them
on the day of the Lord’s wrath.”
In the fire of His jealousy
the whole earth will be consumed,
for He will make a sudden end
of all who live on the earth.
Zephaniah 1:18

paper: When in Rome by Marta van Eck; elements: What Dreams May Come by Mystique (retired)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Born of God


No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for His seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. 1 John 3:9-10

This passage tends to confuse people. They wonder how this can be, since people who are born again DO still sin sometimes? Some speculate that maybe it means that even though they do sin, their sins are not counted against them? What does "cannot" mean--is it in the sense of "unable" or "shouldn't"? I think the key to the passage is the word "practice." We are not perfected until we see Jesus and He finishes the process He began in us the day we were saved. However, we make a PRACTICE of trying to please Him in all we do rather than sinning deliberately. (Hebrews 10:26-27)

God cares whether we practice righteousness (which is obeying, as the opposite is unrighteousness, which is lawlessness, which is sin - 1John 3:4-8), or not. If we live for the devil, God says that's who we "belong" to. (John 8:44) We believers love what our Father loves and walk in obedience to Him. He hasn't left us alone to try to do this, since it would be impossible with our sinful nature. He has given us His Spirit. (Romans 8:7-9)

For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you. 1 Thessalonians 4:7-8

It is possible for us to resist and even quench Him--when we do that, there will not be "fruit" of the Spirit. (Romans 7:4-6, 1Thessalonians 5:19, Ephesians 5:1-11, Hebrews 12:7-11, James 3:17-18) Faith comes by hearing the word and so does our knowledge of God. (Romans 10:17, Romans 15:14, 1Corinthians 15:34, Ephesians 1:17, Ephesians 4:11-32, Philippians 1:9-11, Colossians 1:9-11, 2Peter 1:3-12) If we neglect our faith, we will lose sight of what it is to BE a Christian--to LIVE OUT our life IN Christ. We will be sickly Christians, both physically (1Corinthians 11:30-32) and spiritually--our lamps may run out of oil. (Matthew 25:1-13)

We do not need to live in fear that we have committed some sin, without even realizing it, that won't be forgiven until we confess it. John says that attitude shows we don't understand the perfect love of God. (1John 4:13-21) That said, it doesn't mean that we should take our forgiveness lightly such that we don't even care about obeying Jesus. (John 14:15-24, John 15:4-10, Colossians 2:6-7, Titus 2:11-15, 2Peter 3:11-12)

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:5-10

This is how the world can tell by looking at our lives whether we are IN Jesus or not (Matthew 5:15-16 - this light includes TRUTH; John 14:6). If we love all of the same things they do then we should question how important our faith is to us. If we show more love to our unsaved friends and family than to other believers, there is something wrong. It's one thing to have a "heart for the lost" and another to be indistinguishable from them. (2Corinthians 6:14-7:1, 1Corinthians 15:33) "Brother" is fellow believer and follower of Christ. Jesus isn't interested in having "fans."

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:15-17

Believers are supposed to be willing to "take one for the team" by suffering for Jesus' sake, whether it's because people think we're ODD that we don't want to join them in sin, or they hate us for having unpopular VALUES, or even if they threaten our lives because they hate Jesus. We're supposed to remember that it's HIM being persecuted, not really us. (1Peter 4:1-5, John 15:18-21, 1John 3:13, 2Timothy 3:12-13, 1Peter 4:12-19, 1Peter 2:20-24, Philippians 1:27-30, Hebrews 13:12-15, Hebrews 12:3-4 - or all of Hebrews 12, Acts 9:4-5)

Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. 1 Peter 2:12

This is why He said to count the cost. It's not easy to be a disciple of Jesus, but the rewards of overcoming in this temporary world are eternal. (Luke 9:62) Jesus set for us the example of faithfulness, no matter what, to the end. We are cautioned repeatedly in the New Testament not to be deceived, not to accept "another Jesus." (2Corinthians 11:1-4, Galatians 1:6-10, Jude 1:4)

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you. 1 Peter 1:13-25

Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Luke 14:25-35

Some say that the above passage was to the Jews, not the church, which had not yet begun since this occurred prior to Jesus' victory on the cross and also Pentecost, when the indwelling Holy Spirit arrived. I would like to point out, however, that Jesus uses the same phrase about hearing as He does in each of the letters to the CHURCHES in Revelation 2, 3. We ARE special because of God dwelling IN us--there is NO doubt about that. However, we are grafted IN to Israel as well. (Romans 11) There is no difference between Jew and Gentile in the New Covenant. (Romans 2)

This really isn't too hard for us to understand. If we love Jesus, we will do as He says (not twisting His words or choosing which ones we like). If we love sin, we do not love Jesus and we are NOT born again. (John 3:3-6, James 4:4-5) "Fear" of God is a healthy respect for Him and His almighty power. If we have any sense at all, we'll remember that even as we obey out of LOVE and GRATITUDE for what our beloved Savior has done for us. Jesus "as Lord" is not an honorary title! (2Corinthians 4:5-6, 2Peter 2:1-3, Romans 10:9, Hebrews 4:13, Hebrews 10:29-31)

For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:20-23 

How hard is it to see that blending in with the world, loving sin and supporting others in theirs the way unbelievers do, etc. is a FAR CRY from "struck down," "given over to death," and "slaughtered all day long"? (Romans 8:35-36, 2Corinthians 4:8-11) We are not all called to martyrdom, but we ARE all called to die to our sinful selves. That is what it is to OVERCOME. Jesus modeled it for us perfectly. (John 12:25-26, Colossians 3:2-10, Romans 6)

Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. Romans 13:11-14 

This is a wake up call to TRUE believers. Jesus said the way was NARROW to eternal life and BROAD to eternal destruction. His discussion continued on, in context, to the topic of OBEYING Him. Let's believe Him and take His advice. If what we would like others to "do unto us" is to approve of our sin and join in it with us, then we are NOT on the narrow road. Let's not put God to the test. Let's submit to God and resist temptation. (Matthew 4:1-11, James 4:7, 1Corinthians 10:13, 2Corinthians 12:20-13:2)

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:12-27

kit, alpha: March Daze by Kristmess Designs; template challenge freebie by Lindsay Jane Designs

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

No One Who Seeks God


As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3:10-18

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good. The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one. Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread and do not call upon the LORD? Psalm 14:1-4

kit: January Daze by Kristmess Designs; template: challenge freebie by Lindsay Jane Designs

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

So-Called Gods


For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. 1 Corinthians 8:5-6

kit: Forget Me Not by Kristmess Designs

Monday, June 26, 2017

Stubble Set Ablaze


“For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch."  Malachi 4:1

paper by Marta van Eck, flames by Holliewood Studios

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Add an Hour


And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? Matthew 6:27

kit: Margaret by Valentina Creations; template challenge freebie from Scrapbook Bytes

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Heal Me, O Lord


Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for You are my praise. Jeremiah 17:14

stacked papers: Aunt Lily by Kristmess Designs

Friday, June 23, 2017

Perverse or Blameless


The LORD detests those whose hearts are perverse, but He delights in those whose ways are blameless. Proverbs 11:20

Stacked papers: Aunt Lily by Kristmess Designs

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Good Name


A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. Proverbs 22:1

kit: Aunt Lily by Kristmess Designs

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

In Your Light We See Light


How precious is Your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. They feast on the abundance of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your delights. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light. Oh, continue Your steadfast love to those who know You, and Your righteousness to the upright of heart! Psalm 36:7-10

stacked papers and kit: Aunt Lily by Kristmess Designs

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Weighs the Heart


Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart. To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin. Proverbs 21:2-4

paper: Aunt Lily by Kristmess Designs

Monday, June 19, 2017

Not Disgraced or Ashamed


‘I was not disobedient nor did I turn back. I gave My back to those who strike Me, and My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting. For the Lord GOD helps Me, therefore, I am not disgraced. Therefore, I have set My face like flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.’ Isaiah 50:5-7

kit: Aunt Lily by Kristmess Designs

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Fight the Good Fight


Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12

kit: Aunt Lily by Kristmess Designs

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Under His Feet


And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way.  Ephesians 1:22-23

paper and stacked border: Regal Elegance by Kristmess Designs

Friday, June 16, 2017

Heirs


So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are His child, God has made you also an heir. Galatians 4:7

paper and stacked border: Regal Elegance by Kristmess Designs

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Love One Another


I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. John 13:15-17

papers and stacked borders: Pretty Paisley by Kristmess Designs

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Love God Not Money


“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money."  Matthew 6:24

paper by Createwings (retired), pot of gold by Kristmess Designs, glow by Marta van Eck; page border by BekahE

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Love of Money


For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 1 Timothy 6:10

kit: Art Box 2 by Holliewood Studios

Monday, June 12, 2017

Earth and Sky Fled


Then I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it. From His presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. Revelation 20:11

paper by Holliewood Studios, texture by me

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Love His Appearing


Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.  2 Timothy 4:8

kit and template: Vintage Valentine by Optic Illusions

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Grasshoppers


Do you not know? Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
Isaiah 40:21-22

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Wisdom is Better


Receive my instruction, and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold; for wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her. Proverbs 8:10-11

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Preeminent in Everything


He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. Colossians 1:15-20

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wait for Him


Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him. You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember Your ways. Isaiah 64:4-5 a

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Flee


But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.  1 Timothy 6:11

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Unworthy


"I am unworthy—how can I reply to you?” Job says. “I put my hand over my mouth.” Job 40:4

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

King Eternal


Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.  1 Timothy 1:17

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

When You Sit, Walk, Lie Down and Rise


“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." Deuteronomy 6:4-9

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Walk Humbly


With what shall I come to the LORD and bow myself before the God on high? Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings, with yearling calves? Does the LORD take delight in thousands of rams, in ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious acts, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:6-8

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