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What is the Purpose of Life? -Matthew 28:18-20

What is the Purpose of Life? Matthew 28:18-20

Last week we discussed, “What is the Meaning of Life?” People have searched for the answer to this question since the beginning of time. They are hoping to find a meaning to all of the chaos we face. They mistakenly believe that if they can answer this one question, then all of their problems will fade away. As Christians we know that God gives us the answer in His Word. It’s surprisingly simple, yet powerful. If you missed last week’s post, you can read it here.

This week, I’d like to take the discussion one step further and look at the Purpose of a Christian’s life. Because we are followers of Jesus our purpose is different from the rest of the world. While most people are working hard to buy expensive possessions or rack up their 401k, we are called to achieve a more important goal.

And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
                                                                                       Matthew 28:18-20

This passage of Scripture we all know as “The Great Commission”. But what does it mean in our lives right now? This verse is our purpose and our calling as Christians. It is a commandment from our Savior about how we should be living every day. Within this one commandment there are three distinct points about the purpose we have been given, and how we are to grow God’s kingdom.
 
Go and make disciples…
 
Some of us will have the opportunity to serve God in foreign countries. But most of us will serve God here in our own country. We don’t have to go to a far off land to follow the Great Commission. Wherever we are, and whatever we are doing it is our responsibility to tell people about Jesus. We can’t leave it to chance that someone else will do it for us. God puts us where He wants us to be and we can win souls for Him right here in our own backyards. All we have to do is look around us and we will see that there are so many people who are already in our lives that need Jesus. Whether it is our calling to serve God at home or abroad, we have been given the power of the Holy Spirit to fulfill our purpose to make disciples.
 
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
                                                                                            Acts 1:8

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Baptize…
 
Baptism is an outward showing of our faith. It is a symbol of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. Being baptized doesn’t save us, instead it shows the world that we are changed and have a new life in Jesus. When someone is saved, the next step is baptism. We need to make sure that we follow Christ’s command to baptize people in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit once they have received Jesus as their Savior. As always, Jesus is our example. He was baptized by John the Baptist and in doing so, fulfilled God’s will.
 
It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
 
                                                                                        Mark 1:9-11
 
 Teach…
 
Once someone that we have witnessed to is “saved”, our job isn’t over. They need to be taught the Bible and about how to have a personal relationship with Jesus. I’m very grateful for all of the wonderful people who poured their knowledge of Jesus into my young mind while I was growing up. Of course, my parents, but also many Sunday School teachers, VBS workers, Deacons and friends. They invested in my life and discipled me along the way. Now it’s our turn to be the teacher. All of the things we learned, probably many years ago, God tells us to teach to the new Christians in our lives. Jesus spent time, one on one, with people. He taught them all that God wanted them to know. He is our example of how to be a teacher, and how to invest in the lives of the people around us. Just as He gave His knowledge to the twelve disciples, we must pass on our knowledge to the people that we have witnessed. Then one day they will be ready to teach all that they have learned to the next batch of new Christians.
 
And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
 
                                                                                       2 Timothy 2:2
 
While other people are worried about their place in life, we can rest easy. Our loving Heavenly Father has given us the answers the most pressing questions we face. What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? And what is our purpose? We now know that we were created for His glory and our purpose is to share Him with everyone we meet.
 
I’m so excited to bring this Bible study to you this week! And I hope that it will encourage you, as you go out into your personal mission field, wherever that may be! There are so many people in our lives who are lost and need Jesus. I pray that you will be able to show them Christ’s love. May the God of hope guide you as you fulfill the Great Commission!
 
Again, if you missed the first part in this series “What is the Meaning of Life?” you can find it here.

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What is the Meaning of Life? -Isaiah 43:7

What is the Meaning of Life? Isaiah 43:7

It’s the age old question that scholars have pondered since the beginning of time…

What is the meaning of life?

For a Christian the answer is very obvious. God doesn’t leave us in suspense. He tells us, in His Word, exactly why we were created.

Everyone who is called by My name,
Whom I have created for My glory:
I have formed him, yes, I have made him.
                                    Isaiah 43:7

So the simple answer is this, we were made for God’s glory! We were put on this earth not for our own glory, but to bring glory to the One who created us.

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This revelation leads us to another, more important question…

How do we bring glory to God? Let’s take a look at a few verses that tell us some of the ways we can glorify Him.

#1 Praise God.

Whoever offers praise glorifies Me…
                                     Psalm 50:23

If we want to bring glory to God then the first thing we need to do is to praise Him. It’s easy to praise God when life is good. But sometimes praising God is the last thing in world that we want to do. Maybe times are tough and things aren’t going so great in our lives. But God doesn’t ask us to praise Him only in the good times. When we praise God, in good times and in bad, we bring glory to Him. No matter what our current circumstances are, we can rest assured that when we praise the God who made us for His glory, He will lift us up.

#2 Live our lives in a way that pleases God.

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
                                 1 Corinthians 10:31

The way that we conduct ourselves can either bring glory to God or dishonor to His name. The world is watching us to see how Christians react. Most of us probably don’t think about if we are bringing glory to God when we are at work or school or wherever we are spending our time. It’s not really about what we are doing at these places, it’s if the people around us can see that there is something different about us. Do they see Jesus when they look at us? Or do we act just like the rest of the world? Sometimes I live up to that standard and sometimes I fail. But what’s important is to keep trying to set an example of why we are different. And that brings us to the last verse I’d like to look at today.

#3 Let your light shine.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
                                   Matthew 5:16

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I’m sure there is an unsaved person in your life that you know is watching you. They ask questions that they think you can’t answer or they point out the things that you do wrong and say, see they aren’t so perfect after all. We all have a few of those people in our lives and it’s our job as believers to shine our light in a way that shows them Jesus. I have people in my life like this too and I want so badly to show them the Savior. I try to be a good example of Christ’s love, but somehow I always leave feeling like I said or did the wrong thing. I wonder if I’ll ever get it right. But it’s a humble reminder that I am living my life not for myself but for Jesus, and whatever I say or do should bring glory to our Father in heaven.

We no longer need to ask the question, what is the meaning of life? If we are saved, then we already have the answer. So, let’s start living our lives to glorify God. He will surely bless us for it!

Now that we know the Meaning of Life let’s take it one step further and discover the purpose of a Christian life. Check out Part 2: “What is the Purpose of Life?”

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More Heartfelt Bible Verses about Love

More Heartfelt Bible Verses about Love

The “L” word, LOVE.

We’re drawn in by the promise it provides…

A special someone to buy heart shaped boxes of candy and red roses for us. A partner to hold hands with through life’s up and downs. A better half of yourself to share those cherished memories with as you grow old together. And someone who is completely devoted to you.

Last week we looked at several Heartfelt Bible Verses about Love, if you missed it you can read them here.

As we discussed then, Biblical love is the foundation of our Christian faith. It defines who we are in Jesus and brings us together as the body of Christ. And it’s a promise of all God has in store for us.

God has a lot to say to us about love. His Word is a promise of His perfect love. And an offer to hold us close when life becomes too much.

Since we barely scratched the surface last week, I’d like to share More Heartfelt Bible Verses about Love with you today. Together, let’s continue reading the many scriptures that reveal God’s love for us and be drawn in by the promise they provide.

How God Loves Us

Each of these scriptures show us the depth of God’s devotion. He is completely unwaverinig in His affection for His children. No matter what we do, or how bad we mess up, our Heavenly Father promises to love us with an everlasting love.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

                                             Romans 5:8

 

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!

                                            1 John 3:1

 

The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.

                                           Zephaniah 3:17

 

But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them

                                           Nehemiah 9:17

 

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.

                                           Jeremiah 31:3

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How We Should Love

It’s not enough for us to be loved by God. As His children, our greatest desire should be to show His love to those who need it. And these verses give us some pretty amazing tips on how to model our love on God’s love and spread it around to eveyone we meet.

And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

                                              Ephesians 5:2

 

A friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.

                                             Proverbs 17:17

 

with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

                                              Ephesians 4:2-3

 

But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.

                                             Luke 6:35

 

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.

                                           Romans 13:8

We love Him because He first loved us.

                                            1 John 4:19

 

Love in the Psalms

I couldn’t end this Bible Study on love without some inspiration from the pslams. They’re filled with lovely words and encouragement straight from God’s heart to ours!

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.

                                            Psalm 91:14

 

I will love You, O Lord, my strength.

Psalm 18:1

 

The earth is filled with your love, Lord;
teach me your decrees.

                                          Psalm 119:64

 

I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.

                                         Psalm 89:2

 

Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.

                                        Psalm 63:3

 

Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning,
For in You do I trust;
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,
For I lift up my soul to You.

                                       Psalm 143:8

 

Whew!!!.. We’ve covered a lot of Heartfelt Bible Verses about Love in these two posts, but there are still many more. I encourage you to look them up and be blessed by the truth they contain. Here’s just a snippet…

God loves you!

He is always there for you!

And He will never let you down!

P.S. Psalm 143 is a cry to God to see His unconditional love in action. And it’s a call to trust Him when we need guidance. This is the verse that really spoke to my heart today. And one we’ll look closer at next week in God’s Unconditional Love.

Please leave a comment below and let me know which verse spoke to you.

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Heartfelt Bible Verses About Love

Heartfelt Bible Verses About Love

Love makes us who we are, it defines us as people. We all want to be loved and to give love. We love our family, our friends and even our pets. And they love us back. No matter what, we always return to the ones who love us and accept us for who we are. In that sense, love brings us together when everything else tries to tear us apart. This kind of love is a wonderful thing to have!

But the kind of love I’d like to share with you today is Biblical love. At the very core of Christianity is love. It is the foundation of our faith in Jesus. Love defines who we are in Christ and brings us together as believers. Without love there wouldn’t be a pathway to salvation or even a reason to believe. But praise Jesus! We are loved by God and fully accepted by Him! And most importantly, no matter what may happen, we can always return to Him because of love.

So, together let’s look at these heartfelt Bible Verses about love and discover how the different kinds of Biblical love impact our lives.

 

What is Biblical love?

Biblical love starts with God, Himself. He is the very definition of love! And His every characteristic is a picture of what true love is.

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

                                                        1 John 4:16

 

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

                                                       1 John 4:8

The Hallmarks of Christian Love

These verses are the hallmarks of Christian love. And it is true that God is each of these things listed below. But these scriptures also give us a way to recognize real love when we see it. They are the benchmarks that we should measure love by. So as we read them we can ask ourselves… Is this how I feel? Is this how I am treated or how I treat others? All good things to consider when we look at what Christian love is all about.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 Love never fails.

                                                        1 Corinthians 13:4-8

 

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

                                                        1 Corinthians 13:13

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God’s love for us

God loves us! And He showed His love by sending His Son to save us. And by doing so, made a way for us to spend eternity in heaven with Him.

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

                                                         1 John 4:9-10

 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

                                                         John 3:16

 

The love of Jesus for us

Just as God the Father loves us, so does the Son. Jesus gave up His rightful place in heaven, willing came to earth and freely died in our place. And because Jesus has risen from the grave we can claim this sacrifice of His love as our own and have eternal salvation in Him.

 

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

                                                        John 15:13

 

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

                                                       Romans 8:35-39

 

As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

                                                        John 15:9-10

 

A Command to love the Lord your God

God has commanded us to love Him. I know, none us likes to be commanded to do anything. But when we follow this commandment, God’s blessing is on us and we receive so much more than we could ever imagine!

 

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

                                                     Deuteronomy 6:5

 

But take careful heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to keep His commandments, to hold fast to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

                                                    Joshua 22:5

 

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

                                                  Matthew 22:37-39

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A New Commandment to love one another

We all need the love of Jesus. So, if we are truly His followers, then it makes perfect sense that we should show the love of Jesus to everyone around us. And as these next scriptures attest to, Jesus has given us a new commandment to do just that. And if we love Jesus, we will obey Him and show an unsaved world who He is through love.

 

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

                                                     John 13:34-35

 

If you love Me, keep My commandments.

                                                    John 14:15

 

Beloved let us love one another, for love is of God.

                                                     1 John 4:7

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Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

                                                    1 John 4:11

 

And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”

                                                    1 Peter 4:8

 

We have barely scratched the surface of all that the Word of God has to say on the subject of love. But I pray that these heartfelt Bible verses about love have encouraged you to seek the love of Jesus in your life and to show His love to everyone you meet. His love is the greatest gift that any of us could ever receive. And the greatest gift that we could possibly give to so many around us. May your faith be strengthened by His love and grace always!

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3 Ways to Grow in Grace

3 Ways to Grow in Grace

Grace is God’s love poured down on us. It’s a gift we don’t deserve, and no matter how hard we work, we can’t earn it.

Ephesians 2:8 tell us this simple truth…

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God

 

Grace through faith in Jesus saves us. But this only the beginning of a Christian’s salvation journey. So, what comes next?…

but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

                                                     2 Peter 3:18

 

This verse is about becoming a mature Christian. It’s continuing to learn the Bible, pray, and seek God’s guidance in our lives. Because we can always dig deeper, stretch farther, and grow a little more in God’s grace.

Just like a tree needs certain nutrients to turn from a tiny twig into a towering oak, we also need life sustaining truth to grow in the faith.

Today we’re looking at 3 Ways to Grow in Grace. Each one takes us closer to understanding our Lord, Jesus Christ. And combined they show us the depth of God’s grace toward us.

So, let’s jump in and discover how we can grow in grace and knowledge.

 

#1 Prepare the Soil

Let’s face it… We all start out with a little rocky terrain. For some of us, it’s because we’re new Christians, learning the ways of the Lord from the beginning. For the rest of us, it’s contentment, not wanting to push the boundaries of our daily lives. We feel like we’ve already made it and our relationship with God is good enough.

But to get to the next level of spiritual maturity we must plow the field and prepare the soil to receive the seed.

Sow for yourselves righteousness;
Reap in mercy;
Break up your fallow ground,
For it is time to seek the Lord,
Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.

                                                   Hosea 10:12

 

We’ve all heard the term, “fallow ground”. But what is it?

Fallow ground is abandoned land. It’s been unused for so long it has become hard and riddled with weeds. For it to become useful again it must be worked. The weeds pulled, the clumps of dirt broken up, and the rocks removed.

Over time our hearts can become fallow ground. We go through the motions, attending church each week, but never actually moving forward in our relationship with God. We’re on a hamster wheel of spirituality, never getting where we want to go.

But God is calling us to a new and exciting place. A deeper relationship with Him!

It’s time for us to get off the hamster wheel and onto the plow! The first step is to break up the fallow ground in our lives by clearing our hearts of unused space and readying our minds to receive God’s Word.

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#2 Water the Seed

We know from experience water is essential for anything to grow. And without it, all living things dry up and blow away.

So, it only makes sense that once we’ve plowed the field and planted the seed of God’s Word in our hearts, it needs to be watered before it can grow.

For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

                                            Jeremiah 17:8

This is an image of a Christian’s life. We are the tree, planted by the Living Water of Jesus Christ. When we spread out our roots, He gives us all that we need to overcome the heat and bear fruit. It’s a stark contrast to the uselessness of fallow ground. The tree, us, is always useful to God. It is alive and vibrant, growing leaps and bounds above everything else. All because it is watered by the Living Water of the One who saves.

It’s true, we will always have difficulties, because life is hard sometimes. And this verse is not a promise that our lives will be easy. Instead it’s a promise that God will take care of us when our drought comes around.

If we want to be fruitful, it’s as simple as planting ourselves next to Jesus and allowing Him to water the seed of God’s grace in our lives.

#3 Let the “Sonshine” In

Nothing grows in darkness. Expect maybe a mushroom, and who wants to be a mushroom?

As our tree analogy continues, we see the need for a little sunshine to enter the picture. Without it our tree won’t have the proper nutrients to survive. It will become weak and turn a terrible, sickly shade of yellow.

This is true of our spiritual lives too.

In the beginning, when God created the world, He commanded the light to shine and separated day from night.

When we became Christians, again God commanded the light to shine by flipping the switch in our hearts. Out of the darkness we once where, the glorious light of the Son shone.

That’s the moment of salvation. The time when we acknowledged who Jesus is.

For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

                                                    2 Corinthians 4:6

 

By letting the “Sonshine” of Jesus in, real growth and knowledge happens! Without that moment of light, our hearts and minds wouldn’t be changed. We wouldn’t be a new creation in Christ. That’s Pure, Simple, Truth, ya’ll.

And since we’re speaking the truth today, I’d like to add this to the conversation… It’s not enough for us to have “Sonshine” in our hearts. We need to pass it on. It’s contagious and once you have it, you want to give it away.

There’s a quote from C.S. Lewis that I absolutely love… Don’t shine so others can see you, shine so that through you others can see Him.

Once we have the knowledge of who Jesus is, it’s our job, our honor and privilege, to share that truth with everyone we meet. So, let’s shine bright and let others see the Sonshine in us!

I pray you will take these 3 Ways to Grow in Grace and seek a closer relationship with the Lord. Don’t be afraid to plow the field, water the seed, and let the Sonnshine in. Combined they will take you farther than you ever imagined as you grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Grateful Bible Verses for Thanksgiving

Grateful Bible Verses for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving means getting together with family and friends, breaking out the good china, cooking copious amounts of delicious food, then shoveling it in and wondering how we’ll ever make it to the Black Friday sales before our top buttons burst.

I’ve been looking at my family photo albums as I tend to do this time of year. And I have to say one thing stands out to me and it’s hilarious! Every single Thanksgiving picture I have shows my family in the very best light… forks raised, cramming food into our faces like it’s our last meal. Not one picture is of us laughing or hugging or telling stories, but you’ll just have to believe me when I say we shared those times too.

When I see these pictures my heart smiles. They bring back the cherishied memories of the wonderful times we spent together.  And they remind me how special each member of my family is. Each of them has a unique part to play in our family and what can I say… I love them!  🥰

Thanksgiving is also a time we set aside to reflect on everything that’s happened over the past year. Mostly we talk about the the good times, maybe even go around the table and say what we’re grateful for. (If you can get it all in before someone faints away from hunger.) But personally, I think it’s okay to talk about all the bad stuff too. Because without those hard times we wouldn’t appreciate the happy ones and the people that made them possible.

As I’ve grown a little older, Thanksgiving has become more than just a day on the calendar. And more than a once a year type of thing.

And the funny thing is… that’s how the Bible sees it too. There are a lot of Bible Verses about thanksgiving. Not the American holiday as we see it today. But instead, a heartfelt gratitude for God and all He has done in our lives.

So, with that in mind, I’d like to share with you some of my favorite Grateful Bible Verses for Thanksgiving. Each one shows God in His very best light… holding us up when we’re down and loving us no matter what. Because He is good, always so good!

I pray these scriptures will fill your heart with thankfulness for all our loving and faithful Heavenly Father has done this past year!

Be blessed and have a Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃

 

in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

                                    1 Thessalonians 5:18

 

Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.

                                      Psalm 100:4

 

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

                                     Psalm 107:1

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

                                   1 Chronicles 16:34

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You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

                                   2 Corinthians 9:11

 

 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

                                   Philippians 4:6-7

 

 Offer to God thanksgiving,
And pay your vows to the Most High.

                                  Psalm 50:14

 

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.

                                 Jonah 2:9

 

For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving;

                               1 Timothy 4:4

 

I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving.

                               Psalm 69:30

 

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;

                               Colossians 4:2

 

Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.

                               Revelation 7:12

Turkey and cranberry sauce. Crescent rolls and pie. Kitchen counters overflowing with yummy food. Tabletops set with the good china. Warm hugs and carefree smiles. These are the pictures that fill my mind when I think of Thanksgiving. They comfort me and make me feel at home.

Do you have a picture in your mind’s eye of Thanksgiving? Is it something close to my crazy family photos? Or is it more subdued and Norman Rockwell like? However you’re celebrating this year I hope you see the goodness of God in your life and all He is doing for you right now. May your heart be filled with  thankfulness this holiday season!

Did one of these Grateful Bible Verses for Thanksgiving strike a chord with you? Please leave a comment below and let me know which one. I promise to read and answer each comment. God bless! 😇

Just in time for Christmas! 🎄

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By | 2019-11-04T18:25:46+00:00 November 3rd, 2019|Bible Verses, Thanksgiving|1 Comment

You Are God’s Masterpiece

You Are God's Masterpiece

Welcome to the final leg of our artistic journey of faith! If you missed the first two, The Master’s Hand, and God’s Muse, you can go back and read them from the beginning. See you when you get back…

Now the creative process begins…

A blank canvas stands on the easel.

Paint is mixed on the palette.

The muse is gracefully posed.

And the brushes are ready for the Master’s Hand.

The artist doesn’t hold back. He pours himself into the work knowing it will be a painstaking experience. But with hard work and determination, his greatest masterpiece will emerge.

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

                                             Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

This verse is clear… You are God’s Masterpiece!

A priceless work of art carefully planned out and made according to the Master’s design. Each brush stroke inspired by His love and admiration for you.

Personally, it’s hard to see myself as a masterpiece. When I look in the mirror, I don’t see the same perfection I see on museum walls. Instead, I count every tiny flaw. And, believe me, there are a lot of them to choose from. So, I pick apart the masterpiece thinking I’m undeserving of the title.

Can you relate?

Comparison is hard too. In this social media obsessed world, all we see are the post worthy pictures of the perfect family vacation, the promotion at work, the shiny new car or house.

It’s easy to get caught up in the comparison trap. And it’s hard to understand how God could possibly say, “you are my masterpiece.”

But that’s exactly what you are…

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It didn’t happen suddenly or accidentally. The creative process was followed, and the work completed.

It started with a blank canvas. The moment God spun the world into motion, His master plan began to take shape. The intimate details of your life were accounted for as He sketched the outline of your being, painted your portrait, and carefully feathered in the background. He poured Himself into you, and over time, created the masterpiece that is you.

It was a painstaking process. And the final brushstroke of pure genius came as the nails were driven into the Savior’s hands.

It was the hard work of Jesus on the cross that made you a new being. He gave the very best of Himself that day, knowing you would emerge as His greatest masterpiece!

Now let’s dig deeper into that by reading the same verse from Ephesians again, this time from the NKJV translation…

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

This translation says we are God’s workmanship. It refers to the idea of building a great structure, a piece of architecture.

In this version God is the Master craftsman, building us from the ground up, turning us into the architect’s vision of a grand palace.

What I love most about this verse is the phrase, created in Christ Jesus… It was His blood that was poured out for us, His blood that painted the picture of victory in us, and His blood that created the masterpiece! Can I get an Amen!?

And His blood wasn’t shed without a purpose, this verse continues… for good work which God prepared beforehand. Like any great masterpiece, whether it’s a painting or architecture, there is a reason behind the creation.

You can bet, God didn’t make you just so you could hang on a gallery wall and look pretty. You were created in Christ Jesus for good works. This is the vision behind the creation of the masterpiece. It is your purpose here on earth to do good work for the kingdom of God! Good works that God prepared just for you before you were ever born.

So, if you look in the mirror and wonder, why on earth did God create me in the first place…

Remember you are the work of the Master Craftsman. Your purpose is found in Him.

You are a completed work of art for the ages. You are loved and adored by your Artist and Creator. He has poured Himself into creating you, and He will continue to do so every day! All because you are His Masterpiece.

TOMORROW: Each of these lessons, the Master’s Hand, God’s Muse, and You are a Masterpiece, have led up to the release of the Spring Collection 2019 from Master’s Hand Collection. I pray that each of these studies inspired you to search for God’s hand in your everyday life. Because it’s my heart’s desire for you to see His hand in the artwork and to feel His touch on your life! Please come back tomorrow when the Spring Collection arrives!

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God's Muse
By | 2019-10-01T13:06:11+00:00 October 7th, 2019|God's hand|4 Comments

God’s Muse

God's Muse

A few short days ago we began our artistic journey of faith with The Master’s Hand. On our first stop along the path from blank canvas to masterpiece, we talked about the Old Masters and their influence on our lives. Then we discovered the One True Master and the impact He plays in the journey. If you missed The Master’s Hand, don’t worry,  you can still read it here. 

Now, the second stop on our journey takes us to the inspiration behind the art.

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands.

                                             Psalm 143:5

Muse is a funny word and it’s not used much in our modern vocabulary.

It means to carefully, thoughtfully weigh something in our mind.

And it can also refer to an artist’s source of inspiration. It can be a person, a thought, a poem, an object, or whatever gives the artist inspiration and leads them into the creative process.

As an artist myself, this is the definition of muse I think of…

In my mind, I see a beautiful girl with flowing long hair and perfect porcelain skin. She’s sitting in an artist’s studio as he paints her portrait. She captivates the artist, gives him creativity and influences the work of his hands.

For centuries the relationship between artist and muse has played a crucial part in the creation of art. The artist chooses their muse carefully, drawing on the inspiration they provide. The muse poses for the artist for the love and admiration they gain as the inspiration behind the artist’s work. This relationship is immeasurable as the artist pours themselves into the muse painting their likeness and discovering new aspects of their character to draw inspiration from over time. As the art takes shape, they form an unbreakable bond and create a portfolio of gallery-worthy art.

But for us, Christians, the word muse takes on a deeper meaning.

Why? Because…

We are God’s muse. That’s a surprising thought, isn’t it? 😊

God is our Master, the artist creating an image of us. And we are His muse, posing for the picture, adored by our artist, and inspiring Him as He paints the portrait of our lives. It’s a relationship that plays a crucial role in the creation of the art.

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So, let’s reflect on it for a moment…

Sometimes it seems like the painting will never be complete. We’ll be sitting in the studio, posing forever.  And the love and admiration of our artist feels lightyears away. During these times, it’s easy to forget we are God’s muse, His beloved, and the inspiration behind all He does.

But God is still at work, even when we can’t see Him. He is pouring Himself into us, painting over what doesn’t belong, gently touching up the edges, and watching as the art take shape.

We are the reason He puts paint to canvas. The reason He creates. All because we are His muse, His inspiration, and the object of His affection.

The relationship between artist and muse is evident in my artwork too. But I’ve flipped it around a bit.

My muse, my inspiration, is God’s hand. This is what I think about each time I take a picture or sit down at my computer to work.

But it extends beyond me. The desire in my heart is for you to see God’s hand for yourself. That’s what motivates me to create. When you view my art, I want you to see God’s hand reaching out to you. I want you to feel His gentle touch on you.

Can you see it? Is there a place in your life where God’s hand is working?

Let His hand be your muse just as much as you are His. Be inspired by all God is doing in your life right now!

Because one day soon, you’ll look back and remember the days of old. You will see how God had a plan for your life and how it came to pass. You will muse on the work of God’s hands as you view your life from afar. And the longer you know the Lord, the more profound it will become.

 

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ON TUESDAY:

The journey from blank canvas to masterpiece is a long one. An artist works diligently learning their craft and honing their skill. And with a little determination and inspiration, a gallery-worthy piece of art is created.

Together, we’ll embark on the final leg of our artistic journey this Tuesday. I hope you’ll come back then and discover the truth behind God’s masterpiece.

Until then,

Praying you will see God’s hand in your life!

Did you miss the first leg of the tour? 

No worries, you can read The Master’s Hand now!

The Master's Hand
By | 2019-10-01T12:52:17+00:00 October 4th, 2019|God's hand|0 Comments

The Master’s Hand

The Master's Hand

Who were the Masters? And why are they important?

The “Master’s” were the artists who changed our world view by their brilliance and vision.

Leonardo Da Vinci is the first “Master” that comes to most of our minds. His paintings of the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper are two of the most important works of art to ever be created. With people traveling from all over the world to stand transfixed by the grace of the Mona Lisa’s smile, is it any wonder how he claimed the title of Master?

Michelangelo forever altered the way we think of architecture when he painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. His incredible mural of the Creation of Adam made him one of the most influential artists of his time and secured his place in history.

Raphael’s beautiful interpretation of the crucifixion of Jesus in his masterpiece, Mond Crucifixion, conveys a realism that is unmatched by his counterparts. It is this mastery over realism that makes his works some of the finest pieces to come out of Europe and earned him status as a Master.

These three men are considered the trinity of the Renaissance. High praise indeed! Their combined work represents the cultural movement of literature, science, and art that blossomed during this brief but glorious time.

Their hands crafted priceless works of art by delicately brushing canvas to perfection, expertly chiseling marble into fine sculpture and molding raw clay into lifelike form.

Even now, hundreds of years after they left this earth, we are still learning from the wisdom of these Masters. Their magnificence hangs on the walls of the best museums and cathedrals the world has to offer. We view each piece with awe and wonder how such greatness could be achieved. Through their critical thinking and creativity, they have transformed our society.

Yet, even with that level of greatness, they still have nothing on the true “Master”!

As Christians, it is the Holy Trinity of Masters that we look to for our wisdom and truth. Their creativity is beyond human comprehension.  Still, it draws us in and gives us the vision we so desperately yearn for.

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God the Father laid the foundation of the world. When the earth was void and without form, He stretched out His hand and created the brilliant work of art we now call home.

I am He, I am the First,
I am also the Last.
Indeed My hand has laid the foundation of the earth,
And My right hand has stretched out the heavens;
When I call to them,
They stand up together.

                                Isaiah 48:12-13

 

And His hand wasn’t finished… the Master craftsman molded us like clay into His likeness, making us a vessel for His kingdom.

But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.

                                Isaiah 64:8

When sin entered the world, it separated us from the Father. His work of art cut off and unfinished, unable to hang on the gallery walls of eternity.

But through the nail-scarred hands of the Son, Jesus Christ, sin no longer holds us in its grasp. We are saved and complete, a work of art worthy of His righteousness. Because of Him, it is finished. And our place in heaven is secure.

and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.

                               1 Peter 2:24

Even now, as we struggle in our daily existence, the hands of the Holy Spirit lead us. He is our source of truth and a gift from the Father to help us in our time of need.

It is through the Holy Spirit that the vision of the Master is revealed. His hand draws us to the Father and creates a blank canvas for the Master to paint a beautiful portrait of His design.

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

                               John 16:13

The Master’s Hand has done the impossible! He has chipped away the broken pieces of our lives and created a smooth sculpture. Turned our lumps of clay into beautiful pottery. And made a blank canvas into a masterpiece.

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STAY TUNED: Every artist has a creative process. And because each one sees the world in a unique way, the process varies from artist to artist. The Old Masters, like those we just discussed, sketched their thoughts before putting paint to canvas. The sculptor, Rodin, made small clay models or plaster casts and then cut them up before taking his ideas to the marble. For me, it starts with one word of scripture and then a color appears.

There are as many variations on the process as there are artists, but creation always starts in the mind. That’s the place where inspiration is free to swirl around until it forms a tangible piece of art.

On Saturday, I’d like to share with you the inspiration behind God’s creative process, because like all artists He has one. And I think it might just surprise you. So, I hope you’ll check back and discover His unique way of seeing the world.

By | 2019-10-01T12:30:41+00:00 October 1st, 2019|God's hand|6 Comments

The Beauty of Autumn Leaves – Galatians 6:9

The Beauty of Autumn Leaves Galatians 6:9

Autumn is a time of change. The carefree days of Summer have passed and we look forward to a new season. Here in the Ozark Mountains, the temperature is falling and soon the Master’s paintbrush will turn the leaves from green to brilliant red, orange and yellow. The colors are so vibrant and there’s a sense of excitement for the change ahead. Since moving to Arkansas, Fall has become my favorite time of year. I revel in this brief moment of beauty that God gives to us.

But Autumn is also a time for new obligations. The beginning of school for the kids, Sunday school and Bible study classes, football practice, the coming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and so much more. We keep the wheels turning by taking care of our families, volunteering at church and witnessing to those around us who are not saved. And as much as we love doing all of it, these new commitments can leave us feeling stressed out and just plain tired. Sometimes, it can feel a little bit overwhelming.

So, during this busy time of year, let’s seek a little inspiration from the words of Paul to the Galatians.

And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
                                                                            Galatians 6:9

As women of faith, we endeavor to do what is right in God’s eyes. We want to do it all and be everything to everyone. But the challenge for us is, to do good and to not grow weary. When life becomes hectic and we start to feel like we’re being pulled in a lot of different directions, the truth of this verse is a source of encouragement for us. It has so much to say about how to get through these busy moments we all experience.

Let us not grow weary…

We all have times when we feel overwhelmed, discouraged, tired and downright unappreciated. In these moments, it’s easy to think that no one sees the good work that we do. But God does see the effort we put in and He doesn’t want us to give up and throw in the towel.

In due season we shall reap…

Sometimes it feels like that “due season” is just out of reach or will never come. But the seeds we sow today will determine what we reap in the future. God has a plan and He promises to reward us for all that we do in His name. His timing is different than our own and if we keep looking forward our season to reap that reward will come.

Do not lose heart…

We may feel like we’re drowning in a sea of endless things to do. And we may feel down and out, but all is not lost. God is on our side and ready to offer our heart the encouraging boost we need. But we have to be willing to take hold of that encouragement and use it in a way that will cause us to not lose heart.

Just as God creates the beauty of the autumn leaves, He also wants to create beauty in our lives. He knows that we’re only human and that we get tired and discouraged. When we’re down, He wants to encourage us to forge ahead and to not grow weary. And He promises us that when we do, we will reap the reward of a life well lived. So, during this time of great change in nature, I pray that we will revel in all the beauty God has put in our lives and in the beauty of Autumn leaves!

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sue

9/29/2017 09:21:07 am

Weariness is part of the curse, but I’m hiding in Christ with God (Col. 3:3) and learning to let Him to His thing through me.

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

9/29/2017 02:58:39 pm

Hi Sue! Thanks for sharing this with me. I’m saying a prayer for you today. May God bless you!

Lyli @lylidunbar.com

9/29/2017 01:47:28 pm

Hi, Connie,

Welcome to Faith on Fire! Thanks for sharing your wisdom and creative artistry with us this week. I look forward to reading more from you in the weeks ahead.

Blessings,
Lyli

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

9/29/2017 02:49:12 pm

Hi Lyli! Thanks so much for welcoming me into your community at Faith on Fire! I’m looking forward to being a part of it and contributing in the weeks ahead.

Lani

9/30/2017 08:51:57 am

Beautiful writing

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

9/30/2017 10:15:25 am

Hi Lani! Thanks so much for your encouraging words. I appreciate it. God bless!

By | 2019-09-24T12:31:42+00:00 September 24th, 2019|Fall, Thanksgiving|0 Comments

7 Simple Ways to See God’s Hand in Your Life

devotional 7 Simple Ways to See God's Hand in Your Life

There’s an anonymous quote I love. It says… Those who leave everything in God’s hand will eventually see God’s hand in everything.” That’s such a beautiful sentiment and one I can completely get behind.

Because the truth is, the more we look for God in our lives, the more we see Him. He is always at work behind the scenes, molding and shaping us into the people He wants us to become. And He is always protecting and loving us no matter what challenges we face.

Take a moment to imagine what it would be like to see God’s hand in your life.

What does His hand look like in your mind’s eye? Would it change your everyday life if you could see His hand clearer?

We’re all searching for God’s hand. Because at our core we know He is the answer to the problems we face every day. And we know if we could just figure out how to see His hand, our lives would turn around and be changed forever.

You’ve probably heard someone say,” I saw God’s hand in my life!”. It’s a phrase that comes up often in Christian circles, in conversations with other believers, or in testimonies given at church.

But what exactly does it mean to see God’s hand in your life? Is this something you’re supposed to look for? Or is it already there?

So, in our quest to find God’s hand, I decided to write a devotional…

7 Simple Ways to See God’s Hand in Your Life is completely free to download and written to help YOU find God’s hand in YOUR life. In this Bible Study, we’ll explore and answer the burning question, how can I see God’s hand in my life today? As we work our way through this short (and free 😊) Bible Study, we’ll look at six simple ways to see God’s hand in our lives.

#1 Walk Hand in Hand with God

A new beginning starts on day 1! To see God’s hand, take hold of it and learn to walk hand in hand with Him.

#2 Inscribed on His Hand

Day 2 is all about God’s deep and unwavering affection for us. This lesson will reveal the true nature of our relationship with Him.

 

#3 Protected Under a Mighty Hand

As we discussed before, the struggles we face are real. And the burdens and worry of life are never far away. But on day 3 we’ll discover the answer to life’s troubles and the perfect place to be when they hit us hard.

 

#4 A Generous Hand

God’s generosity is immeasurable! And His hand goes above and beyond to provide all we need. This is the truth we’ll explore on day 4.

 

#5 The Strength of God’s Hand

We all have times when we feel weak. But at our lowest, we have the strength of God’s hand to rely on. Day 5 offers us hope for our weakest moments.

 

#6 Secure in His Hand

It’s human nature to seek safety. On day 6 we’ll talk about where real security comes. I’ll give you one guess… That’s right, it’s God’s hand!

 

#7 is a Life Changer!

You won’t want to miss this special lesson on day #7. It will change everything you thought you knew about your relationship with Jesus!

I hope you’ll resist the temptation to jump ahead because each of the six lessons leads up to this life-changing truth!

Yah! Jazz hands! High fives! And a big thumbs up! 😊

Seeing God’s hand in everything is a hallmark of Christian life. His hand tells us the story of who He is and how He reaches out to us in our struggles. It’s an image of the divine interaction between God and His people. And it’s God’s characteristics, His very nature, that are on display when we feel His healing touch. And just like the anonymous quote above tells us… The more we leave our problems in God’s hand, the more we’ll see Him working in our lives!

So, if you’re ready, let’s get started on 7 Simple Ways to See God’s Hand in Your Life…

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Calming Bible Verses about Peace

Calming Bible Verses about Peace

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Do you struggle with worry, fear, or doubt? Do you feel like your life is one catastrophe after another? Do you think peace is something that’s only talked about in church or those feel-good movies on TV?

Yeah… I feel ya!

In our society, peace is a fleeting feeling, here one minute and gone the next. The world tells us we just need a mini vacay, a shopping spree, or a pedicure and then we’ll have the peace we’re after. Believe me, I love a girl’s day out as much as anyone, but these things will only distract us for a short time. Eventually life catches up with us and we’re right back where we started, stressed out and knee deep in chaos.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. A solution to all of the negativity is out there, and it can be yours if you want it.

God gives us peace, real peace. It’s different from the peace the world offers, and it doesn’t cost a dime!

Fear and worry threaten to tear us apart from the inside out. But they don’t stand a chance against God’s peace! It calms the chaos life throws our way. And it slays the beast of worry, fear and doubt.

If we want to find God’s peace all we need to do is turn to the scriptures. So, I decided to put together some Calming Bible Verses about Peace. Once you read them, you’ll understand how God’s peace is the opposite of the world’s. You’ll begin to see His peace take shape in your life. And soon, the struggle of worry, fear, and doubt will fade away as you discover real and lasting peace is only a prayer away.

Let’s dive in, shall we?…

The Peace of Jesus

Jesus is called the Prince of Peace for a reason. He is our Savior, our Redeemer, and Peace itself! When life is anything but peaceful and chaos is the reigning force in our lives… He says “Peace, be still”, and calms the raging storm. This is the peace that only comes from knowing Jesus and you can find it in these verses.

 

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

                                     Isaiah 9:6

 

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

                                   John 14:27

 

 

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

                                John 16:33  

 

 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

                                 Philippians 4:6-7

 

 

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.

                                   Colossians 3:15

 

 

Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.

                                   Mark 4:39

 

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Peace is a Blessing from God

Living a Christian life is full of blessings…Salvation, forgiveness, love, and yes…peace! These next scriptures speak to the peace we find when we put our trust in the Lord.

 

You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.

                                   Isaiah 26:3

 

 

The Lord will give strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.

                                   Psalm 29:11

 

 

Great peace have those who love Your law,
And nothing causes them to stumble.

                                  Psalm 119:165

 

 

Live in Peace

God blesses us peace, and He asks us to live in peace with others. I know it can seem like we have no control over a peaceful existence with our neighbors, but there are times when we have a choice between stirring up conflict or working towards harmony. In those moments God says to offer an olive branch instead of a curt reply and choose peace over adversity.

 

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

                                  Romans 12:18

 

 

Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:

                                 Hebrews 12:14

 

 

Let him turn away from evil and do good;
Let him seek peace and pursue it.

                                 1 Peter 3:11

 

 

Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
But counselors of peace have joy.

                                  Proverbs 12:20

 

 

Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.

                                 Romans 14:19

 

 

Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

                                 James 3:18

 

 

Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.

                                Psalm 34:14

 

 

 

God’s peace comes from knowing Him and seeing His hand move in your life. I truly hope these Calming Bible Verses about Peace have touched your heart and renewed your spirit. Before we go, I’d like to share one last verse. This is my prayer for you today…

Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.

                                2 Thessalonians 3:16

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15 Essential Bible Verses about Hope

15 Essential Bible Verses about Hope

Hope is a word that gets thrown around a lot.

We hope when we get to WalMart there’ll be a parking spot close to the door.

We hope we’ll find a twenty-dollar bill on the ground as we walk into the store.

And we hope the bakery will have that pastry we like so much.

These small hopes get us through the day. But when life takes a turn for the worst, that one little word, hope, becomes essential to our well-being. It means the difference between spiraling down into despair or putting one foot in front of the other and pressing on.

But the hope we have as Christians is very different from what the rest of the world has. Their hope relies on wishful thinking and whatever strength they can muster up inside of themselves.

While they’re wrestling to find hope deep within, we don’t have to. Because our hope comes from a completely different source and it doesn’t have anything to do with wishful thinking. Where does hope, real hope, come from?

Our hope comes directly from God and His strength, not our own! And the most essential part of finding hope is understanding who He is.

God is faithful to fulfill His promises! He will never let us down! And when we put our trust in Him, we can expect hope to rise to the surface no matter what circumstance we’re facing.

Yes, there will be days when we’re feeling a little less than hopeful, but we can turn to the scriptures and be reminded of God’s strength, His faithfulness, and His special kind of hope!

Today, we’re looking at 15 Essential Bible Verses about Hope. Each one will fill you with hope as you store them in your heart for safekeeping.

So, let’s get started…

 Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord.

                                               Psalm 21:34

 

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.

                                              Psalm 42:5

 

For You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth.

                                                 Psalm 71:5

 

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the Lord his God,

                                             Psalm 146:5

 

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.

                                             Jeremiah 17:7

 

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”

                                              Lamentations 3:24

 

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Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

 

                                             Romans 5:5

 

For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

                                            Romans 8:24-25

 

rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer

                                           Romans 12:12

 

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

                                          Romans 15:4

 

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

                                         Romans 15:13

 

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

                                           Hebrews 10:23

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

                                         1 Peter 1:3

 

who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

                                        1 Peter 1:21

 

And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

                                        1 John 3:3

 

When hope seems like a lost cause, these 15 Essential Bible Verses about Hope will carry you through to the other side. I pray you will store them in your heart, put your trust in God, and see hope rise!

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Sunny Bible Verses for Summer

Sunny Bible Verses for Summer

Summer is in full swing, ya’ll! 😊

Golden rays of sunshine fill my heart with a renewed sense of optimism. The shade trees give me a reprieve from the rising temperature and remind me to rest in God’s embrace. Sunglasses and sunscreen are my favorite things right now. I take them with me wherever I go, and they help this very fair-skinned girl survive the scorching season.

While the sun is shining bright, and I’m looking for a cool shady place to rest, God pointed me to a quote from Christian author C. S. Lewis…

“Don’t shine so others can see you, shine so that through you, others can see Him.”

Such wise words to ponder. And truth be told, I’ve kept this quote pinned on the board above my desk for a long time. Too long, because I guess I forgot it was there. But God wanted me to think about it today and I know He wants the same for you too. Because this quote is exactly what our Christian lives are all about, pointing others to Jesus!

So, as summer turns up the heat and we look for new ways to shine for Him… let’s turn the AC up, grab an ice-cold drink, and read some Sunny Bible Verses for Summer!

God’s hand created Summer…

God established the seasons when He created the earth. He made each one for our benefit and He promises they will remain as long as the earth remains.

 

You have set all the borders of the earth;
You have made summer and winter.

                                        Psalm 74:17

 

While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat, Winter and summer,
And day and night Shall not cease.

                                     Genesis 8:22

 

 

Summer is Near…

The parable of the fig tree is our call to be ready for Christ’s return and to witness to those around us who need Him.

Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.

                                      Matthew 24:32

 

God is our Sun…

What a wonderful picture, God as sun and shield! He is our light in the darkness and protector from harm. His gifts are good, and He gives them to us freely.

For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly.

                               Psalm 84:11

 

For so the Lord said to me,
“I will take My rest,
And I will look from My dwelling place
Like clear heat in sunshine,
Like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.”

                            Isaiah 18:4

 

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Sun and Moon…

Another gift that comes down from the Father of lights, the sun to shine the way in the daytime and the moon to glow at night. Each of these heavenly bodies speaks to the divine nature of God and the cycle of nature He alone created. These verses paint a picture of God’s sovereign character, reigning over His creation.

 

Thus says the Lord,
Who gives the sun for a light by day,
The ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night,
Who disturbs the sea,
And its waves roar
The Lord of hosts is His name

                              Jeremiah 31:35

 

The sun and moon stood still in their habitation;
At the light of Your arrows they went,
At the shining of Your glittering spear.

                            Habakkuk 3:11

 

The earth quakes before them,
The heavens tremble;
The sun and moon grow dark,
And the stars diminish their brightness.

                             Joel 2:10

 

 

Summer Proverbs…

Proverbs is full of practical wisdom, and these scriptures are common sense at its best. If we follow them, we can’t go wrong in summer or any other season.

He who gathers in summer is a wise son;
He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.

                            Proverbs 10:5

 

The ants are a people not strong,
Yet they prepare their food in the summer;

                          Proverbs 30:25

 

Summer heat reflected in our lives…

In our minds, summer is about fun and vacation, but these next two verses are a cautionary tale. As I read them, I’m reminded to fear the Lord and walk in His ways. I don’t want the summer heat to reflect badly in my life, so I chose to learn from the mistakes written here.

 

For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was turned into the drought of summer.

                                    Psalm 32:4

 

Thus the Lord God showed me: Behold, a basket of summer fruit.

                                   Amos 8:1

 

 

A Little “Sonshine” to bask in today! 😊

I wanted to end on a happy note. And what could possibly be better than the words of our Savior?!

Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.

                             Matthew 13:43

 

 

The lazy days of Summer are the perfect time to connect with God. So, I pray these Sunny Bible Verses for Summer have refreshed your mind and revived your spirit. Most of all I hope they have helped you see the “Sonshine” in your life! Bask in His love, drink it in and shine bright! Have a wonderful and safe Summer! 😊 And may you see God’s hand in your life now and always!

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Monday Motivation – Psalm 116:13

Do you thirst for the gracious blessings of God? Do you long to be in His presence? Then lift up the cup of salvation and drink until you are full.

God has filled this special cup of salvation to the brim. It is overflowing with His grace and mercy. All you need to feel full is found inside of it. So, take lift it up, drink in God’s love for you and praise His holy name for all He has done.

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Bible Verses for Spring that will Renew Your Spirit

Bible Verses for Spring that will Renew Your Spirit

Spring is in full bloom! It’s a beautiful time of renewal in nature. The trees are budding, and the flowers are peeking out. They’ve come to life after a long winter’s rest. Just like them, we’ve been tucked away during the cold winter months and we’re ready to spring to life too. And nothing accompanies the backdrop of spring better than the many scriptures about this glorious event. So, today we’re reading Bible Verses for Spring that will Renew Your Spirit. Together, let’s fill our minds with God’s Word, allow it to take root in our hearts, and renew our tired spirits. In no time at all, we’ll be ready to bloom.

To begin our Spring Bible Verses, I’ve chosen one of my favorites… This scripture isn’t so much about spring, but instead a new thing that God wants to do in our lives. And since spring is about renewal, I thought it was the perfect place to start. I hope it speaks to you the same way it does to me.

Do not remember the former things,

Nor consider the things of old.

Behold, I will do a new thing,

Now it shall spring forth:

Shall you not know it?

I will even make a road in the wilderness

And rivers in the desert.

                             Isaiah 43:18-19

 

 The same sentiment of “spring forth” is echoed again later in Isaiah…

 

For as the earth brings forth its bud,
As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth,
So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

                             Isaiah 61:11

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Spring wouldn’t be spring without flowers. Their vibrant pops of color are a metaphor of the delicate balance between life and death and represent the new life we have in Jesus. So, here’s a short list of the many verses about flowers…

The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of singing has come,
And the voice of the turtledove
Is heard in our land.

                              Song of Solomon 2:12

 

I am the rose of Sharon,
And the lily of the valleys.

Like a lily among thorns,
So is my love among the daughters.

                              Song of Solomon 2:1-2

 

So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

                             Matthew 6:28-29

 

The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.

                             Isaiah 40:8

 

As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

 For the wind passes over it, and it is]gone,
And its place remembers it no more.

                             Psalm 103:15-16

 

He comes forth like a flower and fades away;
He flees like a shadow and does not continue.

                             Job 14:2

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Without the spring rain, we wouldn’t have the blessing of brightly colored flowers. Likewise, these scriptures give us a picture of God’s blessings falling on us like rain…

Ask rain from the Lord at the time of the spring rain—

The Lord who makes the storm clouds;
And He will give them showers of rain, vegetation in the field to each man.

                             Zechariah 10:1

 

In the light of a king’s face is life,
And his favor is like a cloud with the spring rain.

                             Proverbs 16:15

 

Let my teaching drop as the rain,
My speech distill as the dew,
As raindrops on the tender herb,
And as showers on the grass.

                           Deuteronomy 32:2

 

Let us know,
Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord.
His going forth is established as the morning;
He will come to us like the rain,
Like the latter and former rain to the earth.

                             Hosea 6:3

 

They waited for me as for the rain,
And they opened their mouth wide as for the spring rain.

                            Job 29:23

 

Springtime means fresh growth, not only for the plants for us too. May we rejoice in God’s truth during this season of renewal…

but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

                            2 Peter 3:18

 

Let the sea roar, and all its fullness;
Let the field rejoice, and all that is in it.

                            1 Chronicles 16:38

As we close out our time together reading Bible Verses that will Renew Your Spirit… This last one is my prayer for myself and for you this spring and always. 😊

 

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

                               Psalm 51:10

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Monday Motivation – Philippians 4:7

In this Bible verse, Paul uses a military term to remind us of this truth… The peace of God is like a garrison of soldiers, protecting and surrounding our hearts and minds at all times. This peace keeps us safe from any enemy or outside force that would come against us. So, today let’s meditate on the peace of God, which surpasses understanding and be strengthened by the knowledge that He is always our best defense.

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Trusting God Even When It Doesn’t Make Sense – Proverbs 3:5-6

4 Steps to Trusting God Even When It Doesn't Make Sense

Imagine being fifteen and pregnant, not knowing what would happen to you… Could you turn to your parents for support or would you face your future motherhood alone? Would the kids at school still be your friends, or would they give you judgmental stares?

Mary, the mother of Jesus, faced a similar circumstance. As a betrothed young woman, showing up pregnant was a big no-no. She was under contract to marry Joseph, and a breach of that contract meant she would lose everything. Instead of judgmental stares from her classmates, she would have been shamed in the public eye. At best, her husband would leave her and she would be an outcast for the rest of her life. At worst, she would be stoned. When Mary turned up pregnant, she faced a very unsure future.

And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”

But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”

And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”
                                                                        
“For with God nothing is impossible.” Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” 

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Even though it didn’t make any sense how she, a virgin, could conceive and give birth to a child, she believed all that God’s messenger, Gabriel, said to her with an open heart. In the midst of her dilemma, her faith was unshakeable. She knew that she could count on God to see her through because He is always reliable. She chose to trust God and to accept His plan for her life.

At the same time that Mary was facing the news of her pregnancy, Joseph also had a choice to make. He could continue with his marriage to Mary, knowing that she was carrying a child that was not his, or he could cancel the marriage contract and leave her in disgrace, alone to face the crowd.

Being a godly man, Joseph chose to end the marriage quietly so Mary’s life wouldn’t be ruined. But God intervened on Mary’s behalf and sent an angel to speak to Joseph.

But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

Matthew 1:20-21

It must have been confusing and frightening for Joseph to hear these words. Because let’s be honest, it’s pretty crazy to think a woman could suddenly be pregnant and still a virgin, right? But Joseph believed what the angel said and took Mary as his wife. He chose to trust God and to continue on the path God put him on.

Mary and Joseph both trusted God even when it didn’t make sense. They believed that God is faithful and His plan would be fulfilled in their lives. They didn’t understand it all, but they followed God anyway. Because of their faith, God chose them to play a big part in the promised Messiah coming into this world and we are all blessed by their decision to trust God.

How does this story affect our lives?

Because of our faith in His Son, God has chosen us too! Just like Mary and Joseph, we each have a part to play in God’s amazing plan!

When we think of Mary and Joseph we tend to put them on a pedestal. We picture two amazing people, chosen by God to bring about His plan. The “perfect” couple, unafraid, and trusting God in all things. This is how we see them in our mind’s eye, angelic and holding the baby Jesus in their arms. Halos surround their heads as they gaze into the eyes of the child who would one day die on a cross for our sins. It’s a beautiful picture of grace under fire.

And this is the way we want to see ourselves too. But we know deep down we’re not perfect, we don’t have halos around our heads, and we aren’t always the picture of grace we want to be. So how could God ever use us in His plan?

Let’s read this Bible verse from Proverbs. It gives us 4 steps to trusting God even when it doesn’t make sense…

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
                              Proverbs 3:5-6

#1 Trust in the Lord with all your heart…

God wants our whole heart! Not a tiny little piece of it. So, the first step is simply to trust Him with all your heart.

#2 Lean not on your own understanding…

Our understanding isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. We see the world as it is right now. But God sees things differently. He knows our past, our present, and our future. And He puts all of those together to work for our good. When we learn that we don’t know it all and our understanding fails us, that’s when God steps in.

#3 In all your ways acknowledge Him…

All of our blessings come from God. Period. And God is asking us to realize and acknowledge where everything we have, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual comes from.

#4 He shall direct your path…

This is the end result of trusting God even when it doesn’t make sense. God is with us and when we trust Him, He will get us where we need to be according to His perfect plan.

Maybe you don’t have it all together, I know I don’t. Maybe you don’t understand everything that God has in store for you. Or, maybe there’s something He’s asked you to do that seems impossible. You want to follow God but you can’t see the way to do it. It’s okay if you don’t understand the big picture plan God has for you. Step out in faith the way Mary and Joseph did. Chose to trust God to lead you on the path and take that first step. He will give the next step, then the next one, and then the next. Eventually, you’ll get to the place He wants you to be. All it takes is trusting God even when it doesn’t make sense.

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Monday Motivation – Habakkuk 3:19

Looking for some Monday Motivation? This Bible Verse about finding strength in God always speaks to my heart. Because usually when we’re in need, it’s His strength we’re after. The strength to keep going when all you want to do is give up. The strength to persevere in a difficult circumstance. And the strength to find joy when it seems worlds away.

That’s exactly what this verse is about! Finding strength in God…

The phrase “the Lord God” refers to the name of God, Adonai, which means “my strength”. When we put our trust in Adonai, we can be sure He will lift us out the place we’re in and make our feet sure-footed just like a deer on a steep mountain cliff.

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Easter Bible Verses that will inspire you everyday!

Easter Bible Verses that will inspire you everyday

If you have come here looking for inspiring Easter Bible verses, you are in the right place! I pray that these verses will give you encouragement and inspiration as we prepare for this momentous holiday season.

Easter is THE Christian holiday. It represents the most important and fundamental belief of our Christian faith, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Without the resurrection, Christianity would be pointless. But because of it, we have the hope of a future here on earth and in heaven with Him.

It is no small wonder that we are the only world religion that worships a living god. Jesus is alive! He has risen from the grave! Easter is the time we set aside to remember the sacrifice of our loving Savior. So let’s celebrate Him today!

Classic Easter Scriptures…

These verses are perfect for writing in Easter cards, Sunday School lessons, or reading aloud at your Easter dinner and egg hunt.

 

He is risen! He is not here.

                          Mark 16:6

 

Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.

                                                    1 Corinthians 15:12-14

 

He is not here; but has risen! Remember how He spoke to you, when He was still in Galilee, saying, The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.

                                                         Luke 24:6-7

 

And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say Place of the Skull, they gave Him sour wine mingled with gall to drink. But when He had tasted it, He would not drink.

Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet:

They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.

                                                           Matthew 27:33-36

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to whom He also presented Himself alive after his suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

                                                             Acts1:3

 

Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last. So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying “Certainly this was a righteous Man!”

                                                            Luke 23:45-47

 

So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

                                                           John 19:30

 

And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them.

                                                            Acts 4:33

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In His Own Words: Jesus spoke about His impending death and resurrection…

There is nothing better than the words of Jesus! You just can’t improve on them. Jesus knew what was going to happen to Him, yet He still chose the cross. And to “hear” His words flow through our lives as we read them is an amazing experience.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

                                                           John 11:25

 

I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this? John 11:25 #Easter #BibleVersesClick To Tweet

For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

                                                          Matthew 12:40

 

The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and on the third day He will be raised up.

                                                          Matthew 17:22

 

All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written:

I will strike the Shepherd,

And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.

But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.

                                                          Matthew 26:31-32

 

Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priest and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles; and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And on the third day He will rise again.

                                                           Mark 10:33-34

 

Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

                                                          John 2:19

 

Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.

                                                           John 10:17-18

 

Old Testament Prophecies of Jesus death and resurrection…

These scriptures plainly show how much forethought went into the coming of the Messiah and His sacrifice on the cross. Before time began God was making a way for us to be with Him. He had a plan, a plan to redeem us through His Son.

For me, these verses kick start my faith when I need it the most. When I read them, fear and doubt disappear and all that is left is the peace which surpasses all understanding. (Philippians 4:7)

 For You will not leave my soul in Sheol,

Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.

                                                            Psalm 16:10

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For dogs have surrounded Me;

The congregation of the wicked has

enclosed Me.
They pierced My hands and My feet;

I can count all My bones.

They look and stare at Me.

They divide My garments among them,

And for My clothing they cast lots.

                                                        Psalm 22:16-18

 

And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; and they will look on Me whom they have pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.

                                                     Zechariah 12:10

 

For I know that My Redeemer lives,

And He shall stand at last on the earth;

                                                   Job 19:25

 

He will swallow up death forever,

And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces;

The rebuke of His people

He will take away from all the earth;

For the Lord has spoken.

                                                 Isaiah 25:8

 

But He was wounded for our transgressions,

He was bruised for our iniquities;

The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,

And by His stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;

We have turned, every one, to his own way;

And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

                                                Isaiah 53:5-6

                                       

God planned the death and resurrection of Christ very carefully. Each intricate detail thought out and painstakingly put into place so that we could have complete confidence in our faith and salvation. Because of Jesus’s death, we have forgiveness of sin. Because of His resurrection, we have eternal life in Him. Praise the Lord, we serve a Risen and Living Savior!

Have a very happy Easter and may God bless you!

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All verses have been taken from the New King James Version of the Bible.

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Monday Motivation – Song of Solomon 2:12

There are so many Bible verses about flowers blooming! And spring is the perfect time to reflect on them and this brief moment of beauty God bestows on us each year. This scripture from Song of Solomon is one of my favorites. It describes the joy of winter finally ending. And the excitement of a new season, not just a new page on the calendar,  but a new beginning in our lives too. Be blessed my friend, a new season has arrived!

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Why is Jesus the Good Shepherd? – John 10:11

Why is Jesus the Good Shepherd? John 10:11

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Recently, I was asked the question, “Why is Jesus the Good Shepherd?” Truthfully, I never gave it much thought. I simply accepted what I was taught as a child. But it’s an intriguing and important question, so I did a little research.

In John 10, Jesus calls Himself the good shepherd many times. Today I’d like to explore four of the different aspects of what Jesus was talking about.

#1 Jesus is the door.

Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.  John 10:7

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.  John 10:9

In ancient times, the shepherd kept the sheep safe at night by laying down to sleep in front of the door of the sheep’s pin. He did this to keep the sheep safely inside of the pin and to keep predators out.

Jesus is the door that we must enter through if we want to see God the Father. Jesus said in John 14:6 “No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  When we accept Jesus as our Savior, the door is opened to the Father. Then Jesus becomes not only “the Good Shepherd” but our shepherd. He keeps us safely in the fold and protects us from the predators of a Christian life.

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#2 Jesus is the Leader

…and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them: and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.  John 10:3-4

A shepherd doesn’t follow his sheep, he leads them. The shepherd would go out in the front of the fold and the sheep would follow behind their shepherd.

Jesus has lead the way for us. His life is the example for us to follow. Everything He did and everything He said was to teach us how to live. Our path is to follow the example set by our leader and shepherd, Jesus.

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#3 Jesus is the One We Know

Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.  John 10:5

I am the good shepherd, and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.  John 10:14

When the shepherd called to his sheep, they could easily recognize his voice and they would come to him. But sheep are timid and scared animals and they will run and hide from someone they don’t know. Sheep may be timid, but they are smart enough to tell the difference between a stranger’s voice and the voice of their shepherd. They would never follow a stranger even if the stranger called to them the same way that their shepherd would call.

We can recognize our shepherd too. Because we have accepted Jesus as our Savior and because we have an intimate and personal relationship with Him, we can easily recognize His voice. There are many competing voices out there in the world and they all want our attention. But just like the sheep, we shouldn’t listen to or follow anyone other than our shepherd, Jesus.

#4 Jesus is the Savior

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.  John 10:11

Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power take it again.  John 10:17-18

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A shepherd takes care of and protects his sheep no matter what the cost. If just one sheep goes missing, he will go out to find that missing sheep. And the shepherd will put his own life at risk to find his sheep and bring it back into the fold.

How fortunate we are, that we have a Savior and Shepherd who died for us! Jesus willingly gave up His life as a sacrifice for us. Then He took it back up three days later because He has the power to do so!

Jesus is the Good Shepherd because He is our door and way to the Father. He is our leader and example. He is the voice that we know. And above all else, He is our Savior.

Your Turn
Do you have a story to tell about how Jesus has been the Good Shepherd in your life? I’d love to read it, so please leave a comment below.

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Monday Motivation – Zechariah 10:1

Spring is finally here! And if April showers bring May flowers, then we’re in for a beautiful show of pastel-colored blooms this year! Because outside my window, there is a downpour of rain, spring rain. It will wash away the remains of a long dark winter and usher in a new season. Flowers will begin to blossom and trees will start to bud. The birds will return soon and bring their song with them.

Yes, the grandeur of Spring is about to arrive on the earth. But what about in our hearts? Spring is a time for new beginnings for us too. And a perfect time to leave behind the past and move forward. This Bible Verse about spring rain is an invitation to ask for and receive an abundant outpouring of God’s love and faithfulness. It’s a reminder of God’s promise to care for us even in the toughest of times. If we ask, He will take the barren parts of our lives and turn them into a blossoming garden. So, whatever hurt or disappointment lingers in your heart, give it to God and let Him usher in a new season in your life today! Be blessed this Spring and always! 🙂

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Spring Forth – Isaiah 43:18-19

Spring Forth Isaiah 43:18-19

It seems that I’ve spent the last few years waiting for God. It’s been hard. Patience doesn’t come easily for me. I just want to do something, ANYTHING, to get from where I am, to where I want to be. But God said, wait. So I waited. And waited. And waited some more. Until I thought God would never give me the green light to move forward with all that He has for me to do. And finally, I got it…the green light I’ve been waiting so long for!

Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness,
And rivers in the desert.

                               Isaiah 43:18-19

God gave me this verse recently to say, “Now is the time, go for it!” This new thing that God wants to do in my life means taking action and putting myself out there, something that I’ve been longing to do, but now it seems so scary. Will it work? Will I succeed? Or will I fall flat on my face? Whatever happens, I know I have to trust God and follow His plan.

But God doesn’t just want to do something new in my life. He wants to do something new in yours too! So let’s dive into this scripture and discover how we can spring forth!

Do not remember the former things…

Let’s face it, we all have a past. And it probably has a few things in it that we’d rather not think about or share with the rest of the world. But that’s okay because God is giving us permission to let go of those hurts and disappointments from the past. So, whatever hardships you’ve endured up until now, take them to God and leave them at His feet. It’s okay to forget them and move on.

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Behold, I will do a new thing…

God has something new in store for us! Something greater than we can even imagine! But we have to be willing to accept this new thing and take action to achieve it. God doesn’t expect us to be spectators in our own lives, He wants us to participate fully in this new thing and see it through to fruition. I know what you’re thinking because I’m thinking about it too. Taking action is hard. It feels unnatural and like I’m setting myself up for a big letdown. But this is where it gets good because God continues on…

Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it?…

Spring is finally here. And with it comes the beautiful blooming flowers and budding trees. All winter long these flowers and trees have been there resting, taking root and waiting for the right time to spring forth. We’re just like these flowers and trees. We’ve been waiting, praying and letting God’s Word take root in our hearts so that when springtime comes for us, we’ll be ready to bloom.

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I will even make a road in the wilderness…

Have you ever gone hiking? There are usually some pretty well-worn trails that other people, or maybe animals have made. Instead of stumbling through the tall grass, rocks and downed tree branches, we choose to walk these trails. When we start to take action and work toward this new thing in our life, we will face roadblocks. But God promises that He will go before us and blaze the trail. He will remove the roadblocks when they present themselves. He will remove all of the debris in front of us and make a road for us to walk on. And He will lead us into this something new. There will always be roadblocks in our path, but we can hold tight to God’s promise, that He will make a road in the wilderness for us.

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And rivers in the desert…

Back to that hike through the wilderness, only this time it’s a hundred degrees in the shade. When the temperature is soaring, you’re going to get a little bit thirsty. All you can think about is a cold, tall glass of water. (And maybe some ice cream!) Okay, just the water, but we definitely need a little refreshment when it gets so hot outside. Likewise, when the heat is on in our lives and we feel like we’re failing in this new thing, it’s easy for our spirit to become parched. We’re so focused on the task at hand that we forget to replenish our resources, like reading the Bible, praying or seeking God’s will. But in the midst of our thirst, God is our oasis in the desert of our lives. He offers us a cool river to relax and refresh ourselves in because He understands that we get tired and discouraged when things are hard and don’t go the way we thought they would. So, when hard times hit us square in the face, all we need to do is to turn to God. He will fill us up when we’re empty and pick us up when we’re down. Then, when the thirst subsides and we feel better, we can continue on.

Now is the time. God wants to do something new in your life! Will you let Him? Will you accept this new thing that He has planned for you? I know my answer. I will gladly accept this new thing. I will follow wherever He leads me. I will hold tight to His promises when things get tough. And, when the time is right, just like a blooming flower, I will spring forth.

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