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Salt of the Earth Matthew 5:13

Salt of the Earth Matthew 5:13

What is the message of Matthew 5:13?

In Matthew 5:13, Jesus said you are the salt of the earth. But what does that mean? And how does it affect our lives as Christians? In this Bible study, we’ll explore the meaning of being the salt of the earth and discover the lesson Jesus was teaching us about applying it to our daily lives in this scripture.

Bible Verse about salt losing its saltiness

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

                                                                                                            Matthew 5:13 NKJV

 

Everyone loves salty food! Potato chips, French fries (anything fried, right?), pizza, pretzels, and the list of yummy foods could go on forever…

But doctors and dieticians tell us not to eat too many salty foods because they’re bad for our health. And they say we should check the amount of sodium on food labels.

But if you take too much saltiness out of these foods, they lose their flavor, and we lose our lust for them.

The same is true in our spiritual lives too.

Spiritual Importance of Salt

More important than the amount of sodium in our diet is the importance of salt in our spiritual life. Even though we may not sprinkle salt liberally on our food it should be sprinkled on our hearts abundantly. Our spiritual health and the spiritual health of those around us depends on this kind of salt, even if our diet doesn’t.

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Salt and Light

Matthew 5 tells us, Christians are to be salt and light. But what did Jesus mean when He said we are the salt of the earth? And how can we apply this lesson to our day-to-day lives?

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What is the spiritual meaning of salt in the Bible?

To fully grasp what Jesus meant when He spoke these words in Matthew 5;13, we need to understand the purpose of salt in Bible times and what salt symbolizes to us now in a modern world.

So, let’s look at some of the keys elements of salt and find the spiritual meaning of salt together…

#1 Salt is Stable

Salt is a very stable substance. The molecules of sodium chloride form an ionic bond that is very strong.

In the same way, salt symbolizes the strength of our stability in Jesus. Our faith is firmly bound together in the tangible, real truth of the Living Christ.

This stable foundation we have in Him is as factual as the science of salt molecules.

 

#2 Salt is Life-Sustaining

Salt is essential for life. Our physical bodies need a small amount of salt every day. Without the trace amount of minerals and electrolytes in it we will die.

But spiritually, we must have an overflowing amount of salt. We need this kind of salt for ourselves, so our spirit will flourish in this life and the next.

And we need it to season the lives of the people around us with the salt of God’s wisdom and love, so they can have this life sustaining nutrient too.

 

#3 Salt creates Thirst

Each of us is born with a spiritual thirst inside of us. It starts out as a longing or a feeling of being parched but not knowing why. The longer this thirst goes on, the bigger it becomes. Until one day it’s full-on dehydration that quickly becomes an undeniable need and must be filled right now.

Movie theatres are the perfect example of this. They put a lot of salt on popcorn to make us thirsty so they can upsell us a giant soft drink.

As Christians, we don’t want to “sell” anyone our faith. We just want them to know who Jesus really is and to understand how our life is different from theirs because of Him.

So our goal is to sprinkle our spiritual salt around in a way that allows the world to see Jesus and become thirsty for what He offers.

The secret Christians have is simple. We know Jesus is the only One who has the power to quench the spiritual thirst inside each of us. And we have received our fill of His Living Water.

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#4 Salt Preserves

God created our bodies with a need to eat. And with that need comes another, preserving food for future consumption.

Since God created us, it’s no wonder that He also gave us a natural way to preserve our food with salt. But modern technology has replaced our need to preserve food naturally. Now that we have refrigerators, chemicals, and 24-hour grocery stores we’ve conveniently forgotten how to salt meat and can vegetables. But salt has been used as a food preservative for centuries.

This is exactly what Jesus was talking about when He said we are the salt of the earth. As Christians, we understand Jesus is the only One who can truly preserve life. And we know He took our place on the cross and became the life-preserving salt we so desperately needed Him to be.

But because of what Jesus has done for us, it is our responsibility to be the salt for others. Not that we can preserve their life, we know we can’t. But we can point the way to Jesus, our Life Preserver!

 

#5 Salt can lose its flavor

When salt loses its flavor, it also loses its purpose and becomes useless. The common practice in Jesus’ day was to throw tasteless salt out onto the street where it would be trampled on by people and animals.

Sometimes we lose our saltiness as believers. We don’t intend to, it just happens.

We get caught up in our mundane daily routines, go through crisis after crisis, or get hurt by another church member. Little by little, we lose our taste for salvation.

The incredible joy we once felt diminishes and we find ourselves just going through the motions. Then, one day we wake up and realize we’ve lost our purpose too. We’ve become ineffective Christians, something we never wanted to be.

But unlike salt, which cannot regain its flavor once it is gone, we don’t have to remain stuck in this pattern of joyless, tasteless being. We can turn to Jesus and regain the purpose and zest for salvation we once had! And we can once again be useful and productive for the kingdom of God!

Be Salty

Jesus has called us to be the salt of the earth.

Because, when we share our faith, we are giving the unsaved world all of the redeeming qualities of salt.

We are showing them the stabile foundation we have in Christ. And the thirst-quenching, life-sustaining, preserving power they can have in Jesus too.

Together, may we season the life of an unsaved person with the knowledge and grace of Jesus Christ each day!

So, go out there and be salty. In a spiritual way, of course!

God bless!

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All Things Work Together For Good Romans 8:28

All Things Work Together for Good Romans 8:28

We’ve all heard… All Things Work Together for Good. And that makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside. But what does this quote from Romans 8:28 mean in our lives today? In this devotional, we’ll read this popular scripture and learn the true meaning behind it.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

                                                    Romans 8:28 NKJV

What does Romans 8:28 mean?

The meaning of this verse seems simple at first glance. But when we break it down, we begin to see the complexity of it.

First, let’s be clear about something… Some things simply are not good. In fact, they’re bad. Things like war, famine, the death of an unsaved person, and many other tragedies. There’s just nothing redeeming about them. Right?

Well, actually there is something redeeming in all of these things… Jesus. He is the Redeemer and because of Him, God promises those of us who believe in Jesus that all things, even bad ones, work together for our good.

And that’s what this Bible verse from Romans 8 is all about.

God takes the good and the bad things in life and uses them for our benefit. We may not see it right away, but God has an uncanny ability to turn a bad situation into something good later on.

Is Romans 8:28 a promise?

Yes, this scripture is a promise from God! As we just learned, this promise is for those of us who believe in Jesus.

That may seem a little heartless at first. But God has a plan for us and there’s only One way for us to get there.

So, let’s walk through it together and discover the meaning of this great God-given promise.

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All Things Work Together

When we read Romans 8:28, immediately we think of the good things we want to see in our lives. And we want these good things to work together so that more good stuff will happen for us.

But the phrase “all things work together” actually means “the suffering of this present time”.

Suffering isn’t something any of us want. It’s just human nature to turn the other way and run when we see suffering coming our way.

However, the Bible is clear about the suffering we will face as Christians.

The writer of Romans, the Apostle Paul, knew a great deal about suffering for the cause of Christ. And He wrote about it in this Bible Verse…

 

Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

                                                   2 Timothy 3:12 NKJV

 

The promise we receive in knowing all things work together for good is found in this scripture from 2 Timothy 3.

Instead of being a deterrent, suffering and persecution should show us how to live godly lives. Understanding that the persecution we suffer for Christ’s sake grows our faith and allows us to share in His victory. And that in our present suffering the glory of God is revealed through us.

Yes, God can and will use good things to bring about good in our lives. But He can also use the bad stuff too.

So, let’s not gloss over the hardships we face and wish them away simply because they’re difficult. Instead, let’s embrace them and know God is working all things together for our good.

 

To Those Who Love God, To Those Who are Called

Both of these phrases mean the same thing. And they both mean that this promise is only for those of us who are saved by grace.

If you’re a Christian, then you’ve been called to salvation by the conviction of the Holy Spirit. And you’ve answered that call by accepting the free gift of God’s grace through belief in His Son, Jesus Christ.

And it’s presumable if you’re saved, then you love God. Because it’s the love of God in us that causes us to love Him in return. And His love outshines anything we’ve ever imagined!

We love because he first loved us.

                                                     1 John 4:19 NIV

Sometimes it’s hard to put into words the depth of our love for God. And even harder still to understand the depth of His love for us.

So, here’s what The Apostle Paul said about the true nature of God’s love…

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

                                                   Romans 8:38-39 NIV

If you’re saved, then you are called, chosen, and loved by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!

There is nothing that will ever change this truth. And nothing that can ever take their love away from you. This is the absolute security we have in our faith.

And if you are in these two categories… called and love God, this promise from Romans 8, and the security we find in Him is for you!

According to His Purpose

God’s purpose is the salvation of His people. Everything He does is in accordance with this purpose in our lives.

Of course, His desire is for everyone to be saved. But God knows there are many who will choose a different path.

For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

                                                Matthew 7:14 ESV

Because we have chosen the narrow path, we are called according to God’s purpose. And our purpose in life changes from following the world’s standards of keeping up with the Jones’ to following the Great Commission of Christ found in Matthew 28.

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

                                           Matthew 28:19 NLT

 

Once we’re saved, our purpose becomes God’s purpose, the salvation of people.

And the words of our Savior, Jesus give us the call. Go and make disciples.

If we are actively making disciples, God is working through us. And automatically, all things work together for good and according to His purpose. Both in our lives and in the lives of those we share the gospel with.

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Examples of All Things Work Together for Good

There are many examples of all things work together for good in the Bible.

The two that come to mind right away are the stories of Joseph and Job. Both are amazing men from the Old Testament who suffered great hardship yet chose to walk closely with God in spite of it.

You probably know their stories, but let’s take a minute to review them again and learn from their examples.

Joseph and His Brothers

Joseph suffered humiliation and ridicule from his brothers. Eventually, they left him to die in a pit.

But that wasn’t the end of Joseph’s story. You see, God put him in that pit, not his brothers. Because God intended to use Joseph’s suffering to bring good into the life of His people.

Joseph was then sold into slavery to Egypt. There he became an advisor to the Pharoah, and quickly rose in the ranks. This position gave him power and prestige and allowed him to sell grain to Israel during a terrible drought.

God gave us this Bible story to show us, sometimes being in a pit isn’t so bad after all. And our present suffering allows God to work all thing together for good.

You can read more about Joseph and his amazing faith in the face of adversity in Genesis 37-45.

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Story of Job

Job’s story is a lesson in suffering well.

He began as a rich man who loved God greatly.

But Satan thought he could turn Job against God. So, God allowed Satan to test Job’s faith. It started with Job losing his wealth. Then his family. And then his health.

Instead of the devil having his way, each of these hardships grew Job’s faith and strengthened his resolve to follow the Lord.

Through it all, God was refining Job and turning him into the man He wanted him to be.

And this is exactly how God uses suffering to accomplish His purpose in our lives.

The examples of these two heroes of the faith, show us how God works all things for good in our lives every day.

God is greater than the high and lows

There will always be highs and lows in life. But through each hill and valley, we have an opportunity to grow our faith and to see how God works all things together for our good.

Today, I pray you will know God is greater than the ups and downs you face. And that He is with you through it all.

May you know God is working all things for good in your life today!

If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Savior, I encourage you to read “Accepting Jesus”. It will answer many of your questions about what it means to be saved and how to accept Jesus.

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How to Resist the Devil 1 Peter 5:8

How to Resist the Devil 1 Peter 5:8

What does the Bible say about resist the devil?

One of the most popular scriptures is 1 Peter 5:8. In this verse, we’re told to resist the devil. But what does that mean? And how can we do it? Let’s read it together and learn how to resist the devil.

Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith.

                                                         1 Peter 5:8 NKJV

 

Temptation is everywhere.

Some temptation is just from being human, like eating that extra piece of cake.

But some temptation is more sinister and comes from our enemy, the devil.

We are under attack, not just from an unbelieving world, but from our greatest foe the devil himself. Satan knows he cannot have us because we already belong to Jesus. There is nothing that he can do that will ever take us away from our Savior. (John 10:29) But Satan can turn us into ineffective Christians so we won’t share our faith with other people who may also believe.

What does it mean the devil is like a roaring lion?

A lion prowls around searching for its next meal. It picks the weakest animal in a group. Stalks it silently, and ruthlessly. When the moment is right, the lion strikes and takes down its prey.

This is exactly how the devil stalks his prey, us. Satan’s goal is to devour and destroy Christians, and he will use every weapon in his arsenal to do it.

The devil prowls around seeking his next victim. He is constantly setting traps for us to fall into. And he knows our weaknesses and how to exploit them.

So, how can we resist the devil and live the life God has for us?

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Schemes of the devil

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

                                                       Ephesians 6:11 ESV

 

The truth is, we are at war. A spiritual war against the devil and his demons. And just like any military operation, if we want to successfully defeat our enemy we need to understand and recognize the tactics that will be used against us.

So, here are some of the most cunning schemes of the devil he plans to use in this battle…

Deception

Lying is what Satan does best. He is the father of lies. So, deception is the first tactic he tries.

His lies are cruel, and he knows exactly which lie will stop us in our tracks.

He will tell us that we’re not good enough, that we don’t deserve it, that we can’t do it, and so many other hurtful things.

Satan wants us to fail, and he will tell us whatever it takes to stop us from being effective Christians.

But we don’t have to listen to Satan’s lies and we certainly don’t have to believe them. Instead, we have this promise to hold on to.

He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

                                                      1 John 4:4 NKJV

While Satan delights in deception, Jesus delights in salvation!

We can resist Satan’s lies and fight back by knowing the truth. Jesus has already defeated him and is victorious!

We can rely on this truth, our Savior is greater than any enemy we face.

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Discouragement

Satan wants us to be discouraged and he accomplishes this goal by reminding us of our past sins.

He will make us feel defeated and like we are already a failure before we’ve even begun. Whether we are sharing our faith, getting ready to go on a mission trip or just going about our day, Satan will try to discourage us from doing what God has asked of us.

For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.

                                                      Hebrews 8:12

 

Satan may remind us of our sin, but God doesn’t.

God not only forgives our sins, He forgets them. He doesn’t bring them up again and He doesn’t use them against us.

When the discouragement from Satan takes hold of us, we can turn to God and He will show us His love and mercy.

Distraction

This sermon quote from the preacher Adrian Rogers tells us everything we need to know about this scheme of the devil.

“If Satan can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.” Adrian Rogers

Distraction is one of Satan’s most effective tactics against us. That’s because it doesn’t look like an attack on the surface.

He steals the time away from us that was meant to be used for God’s kingdom. If we’re too busy cleaning up the mess he made then we can’t take that friend out to lunch and share Jesus with them.

And sometimes, Satan will use even seemingly good things to distract us from God’s plan. If we say yes to a project that a coworker or friend wants us to do, then that time is not spent connecting with God and making Him a priority.

The remedy to this attack is found in this Bible verse from Psalm 46…

Be still and know that I am God.

                                                       Psalm 46:10

 

Busyness and stillness are opposites just like Satan and God. If Satan can cause us to be busy then we can’t experience the peaceful stillness that comes from time with God.

Satan will keep us running around in circles all for the sake of busyness. But if we recognize when our time is being stolen by the enemy, we can change that and say no to his distractions.

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Resist the devil and he will flee

The message of 1 Peter 5 is echoed in the book of James…

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

                                                        James 4:7 NIV

 

These are just three of the many schemes Satan uses to make us ineffective Christians. Once we learn how to recognize his tactics, we can resist him by submitting to God, knowing the truth of who Jesus is, and being steadfast in our faith.

Then Satan will have no choice but to flee from us.

My prayer for you is you will know the love of Christ and how to resist the devil and his schemes today!

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Because of His Love Psalm 91:14 Free Scripture Art

What is the meaning of Psalm 91:14?

Psalm 91:14 reminds us of God’s unending love for us. And because of His love, He promises to deliver us.

This Bible verse about God’s love for us shows His true character, fully loving and good. He is our protector who holds us close when the storms of life hit us hard.

He is our loving Father who hugs us tightly and wraps us in His love when we need comfort.

So, let’s read this great scripture together…

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 NKJV

Because of our love for God, He will never let us go. God loves us and His compassions for us are never-ending.  Through all of life’s ups and downs, we can count on our faithful God! He will deliver us and never stop loving us!

Be reminded of this truth when you…

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Colossians 1:13 Free Bible Verse for Halloween Printable Art

Looking for a Bible verse for Halloween?

This verse is a beautiful reminder of our forgiveness of sin and redemption through the blood of Jesus!

He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

Colossians 1:13-14 NKJV

Not long ago, I was asked about the blood of Jesus and why Christians would talk about such a thing. It may seem strange, even macabre to people who are not believers to talk about blood. But it is the sacrifice of Jesus and His blood that gives us salvation. Through no other means but the blood of Jesus are we forgiven and redeemed! By His blood, we can enter into the kingdom of heaven.

I hope you have a safe and fun Halloween. And that you will take time out this holiday to remember the loving sacrifice of the One who died to set you free.

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The Birth Announcement of Jesus – Luke 2:11

The Birth Announcement of Jesus Luke 2:11

Christmas is a time to celebrate Christ’s birth. So, in this devotional, we’ll read the Birth Announcement of Jesus. The greatest birth announcement in history!

We all love babies because they bring us so much joy. We eagerly await their arrival and when the birth announcement comes in the mail we can’t wait to hear… is it a boy or a girl, how much do they weigh, how long are they? That birth announcement becomes a keepsake we cherish.

I still have the birth announcements from my family going back several generations. They hold a special place in my heart because those people are so dear to me.

It’s a joyous occasion the first time we see that precious baby. We take a deep breath in and smell that scent only babies have, we feel their soft skin, then count their fingers and toes.  A new life has begun. It’s an exciting moment!

But there was once another birth announcement that was even more exciting.

The birth of Jesus! The most precious baby born!

Here’s the exciting birth announcement of Jesus…

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:11 NKJV

The angel who made this announcement may not have told us the baby’s weight or whether or not He had a full head of hair when He was first born. But we learn something much more important about the baby born in Bethlehem that day.

In this scripture from Luke 2, Jesus is given three titles upon his birth,… Savior, Christ, and Lord. Each of these titles is important and separate. So, let’s look at each one and examine the role they plan in our salvation.

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Jesus is the Savior…

Jesus came to earth for the sole purpose of saving us from our sin. He is the only source of salvation and the only way to the Father in heaven. Because of Him, we can have forgiveness of sin and eternal life through Him.

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.

                                                                                                Luke 19:10 NIV

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Jesus is the Christ…

When we hear Christ, we think of it as a name. But it is a title instead of a name. It means Messiah or Anointed One. There are many references to the coming Messiah, the Son of God, in the Old Testament and this angel clearly states that this baby born to us is the promised Messiah. He is special because He is the only one. There is no one else like Jesus. He alone is the Anointed One of God.

The prophet Isaiah prophesied of the Messiah’s birth in this verse…

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

                                                                                               Isaiah 7:14 ESV

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Jesus is the Lord…

This title of Lord means Ruler or God. It tells us that Jesus is divine in nature. He is both man and God and will rule over creation together with the Father and Holy Spirit.

For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.

                                                                                        Colossians 2:9 NIV

These three titles define the baby who would one day die on a cross for our sin. And the Bible verses show us the role each name plays in our salvation.

Jesus is the Savior of the world, the promised Messiah, and the Ruler of all creation.

When the angels announced the arrival of this precious baby, they ushered in a new era in humanity. Because of Jesus’ birth, we have the assurance of salvation and freedom from sin.

So, today, let’s celebrate the most important birth announcement in history, the baby Jesus! The One who came to save us and set us free!

Merry Christmas!

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Psalm 27:13 Free Printable Bible Verse Wall Art for Fall

I would have lost heart

We all have times when we want to give up. When it seems like nothing good will ever happen again. Or like all is lost no matter how hard we try to get it back. But the Lord’s goodness is always with us.

Here are some inspirational words from King David to help us face these times and not lose heart…

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.

                                        Psalm 27:13 NKJV

The meaning of this Bible verse is clear. Just when we think we’ll never make it, God’s goodness shows up and makes a way through the hard times!

And we can remain confident in our faith in both the good and bad times because Jesus is with us every step of the way.

In the good times, He is our champion, pushing forward to bigger and better things.

In the bad times, He is our confidant and comforter, reminding us of happier memories and giving us the strength to keep going.

So, if you are experiencing a time like this verse from Psalm 27 describes, don’t despair. Look up and see the Lord’s goodness all around you. Blessings and spiritual inspiration are sure to flow!

Be reminded of the goodness of God and inspired for the spiritual road ahead.

Print this Psalm 27:13 Free Printable Bible Verse Wall Art for Fall.

Use it for fun Fall wall decor or Sunday school lessons this Autumn!

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Nehemiah 9:5 Free Printable Christian Art for Halloween

For most people, Halloween is a dark and mysterious day filled with ghosts and goblins. But for Christians, this is a confusing holiday. Do we dress up and pass out candy to the neighborhood kids, or just close the door and leave the light off?

Personally, I like to spend this day reflecting on the glorious light of my Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.

So, please allow me to share this scripture with you…

Blessed be Your glorious name,
Which is exalted above all blessing and praise!

Nehemiah 9:5 NKJV

What immediately comes to mind when you read this Bible verse about the Lord’s name? Can you think of a time when God did something amazing in your life?

Like me I’m sure, you can recall quite a few of those moments.

So, to celebrate Halloween, let’s look back and remember all the Lord has done for us this past year. And bless His glorious name together!

Plus… You can Print this Free Printable Christian Art for Halloween

Use it for fun Halloween wall decor, share with family and friends, or tie to trick or treat bags!

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3 Exciting Reasons to Celebrate Christmas -Luke 2:14

3 Exciting Reasons to Celebrate Christmas Luke 2:14

Why do we celebrate Christmas? In this devotional, we’ll read Luke 2:14 and unwrap 3 Exciting Reasons to Celebrate Christmas!

It’s Christmastime, and the excitement of the season is here!

The Christmas tree is decorated, the cookies are baking, and the stockings are hung by the fire. As the song says, it’s the most wonderful time of year!

Like everyone, I’m excited to see family and friends and take a break from the ordinary day-to-day.

And this Bible Verse from Luke 2 gives us three wonderful reasons to be excited to celebrate Christmas this year…

 

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!

                                          Luke 2:13-14 NKJV

 

What does Luke 2:14 mean?

You can almost hear the excitement ringing out as the angels proclaimed… Glory to God in the highest!

But what were they so excited about?

The birth of baby Jesus! Of course!

How do Christians celebrate the joyous occasion of Christ’s birth? In this scripture, from Luke 2, the angels showed us three ways.

So, let’s worship our Savior and celebrate His birth by following their example together.

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Give Glory to God

The angels understood the birth of Jesus was God’s promise to give us the Messiah fulfilled. And they knew one day this tiny baby would die on a cross to save us from our sins.

Praising and glorifying God was a natural extension of recognizing His amazing gift to mankind.

The day we understand Jesus died for us personally and decide to accept Him as our Savior is cause for a huge celebration!

And the Bible tells us the angels are in heaven celebrating the victory of Jesus every time someone is saved.

Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.

                                              Luke 15:10

As Christians, December 25th is the day we celebrate this change in our lives. It’s more than a tradition and it’s bigger than the holiday season.

Instead, it’s about remembering what Jesus did for us when He came to earth that day. And giving Glory to God for His indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15

Because as the popular Christmas quote goes… Jesus is the reason for the season!

Together, let’s give glory to God and worship Him just like the angels.

 

Read More: Victory in Jesus

 

Have Peace on Earth

The angels celebrated the gift of Jesus knowing with Him we have peace on earth from the Prince of Peace Himself.

In the Bible Verse from Isaiah 9, we learn this wonderful name of Jesus…

And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.

                                              Isaiah 9:6-7

The baby born to save us is a prince unlike any other. Jesus is the Prince of Peace sent to give us peace on earth.

The Christmas season is busy and a little hectic. There’s so much to do in a short amount of time. And peace may be the last thing on our shopping list.

But Jesus gives us peace. Real peace that stays with us year-round. He alone is our source of peace. And the One we can turn to when life seems anything but peaceful.

In Him, we have true and lasting peace.

And the Peace of Christ is a gift for us to share during this holiday season.

So, let’s have peace in our hearts and pass it around along with that cute Christmas cookie platter we all adore.

 

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Show Goodwill to Men

And lastly, the angels knew God’s goodwill would be received by those of us who believe in His Son.

Jesus is the gateway to the Father. And He opened the gate to eternal life when He was born here on earth.

Jesus is the Way, the Only Way to heaven. Through faith in Him, we receive the goodwill of God, the free gift of grace, and eternity with Him in heaven.

Here’s how Jesus described it…

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

                                                    John 14:6

The angels sang the praise of Jesus, the Way to everlasting life because they knew the enormity of this great gift.

This truth is the reason we celebrate the birth of Christ each December. Without the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we wouldn’t have a Way to eternal life.

And it all started with the first breath of baby Jesus.

So, let’s show God’s goodwill to men by sharing our faith in God’s Son this Christmas.

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The Real Reason We Celebrate Christmas

The love of God for mankind and the love of Jesus to sacrifice Himself is the real reason we celebrate Christmas. The gift of saving grace they give to us is the greatest we’ll ever receive.

How many people are there in our lives who need to unwrap this gift?

While you’re wrapping those Christmas presents, I encourage you to think of those on your list. And to reflect with me on the angel’s joy and excitement over our greatest gift, Jesus.

And I pray these 3 Exciting Reasons to Celebrate Christmas inspire you to share your faith this holiday season.

May the excitement of the season fill your heart this Christmas and always!

Merry Christmas!

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Proverbs 14:26 Free Bible Verse Wall Art Printable

What is the meaning of Proverbs 14:26?

The book of Proverbs is often said to be an instruction manual for life. The knowledge within its pages amounts to a great deal of practical advice and old-fashioned common sense. And the meaning of this scripture from Proverbs 14 is all about the fear of the Lord and the wisdom it produces in the life of a Christian.

Fear in God

In fact, the central theme and the first bit of wisdom taught in this great book is to fear in God. That doesn’t mean to hide or tremble in fear, but rather to fully understand who God is. To be in awe of Him and His power.

To fear the Lord is a wonderful thing. Because once our eyes are opened and we understand the enormity of God, we are His children and He is our Father. With this truth, our lives will never be the same!

Strong Confidence 

Just like a father here on earth is obligated to love and protect his children, God promises His love and protection to us too.

And we can have strong confidence in this promise… Whatever may come our way, we have a safe home and a place of refuge in our Lord Jesus.

So, when life becomes too much, turn to God and find your place of refuge and strong confidence for the future ahead.

The simplest way to have strong confidence in your faith is to read God’s Word and store it in your heart. So, I’ve made this free printable for you. It’s an easy way to remember God’s promise of a place of refuge for those who fear the Lord.

Proverbs 14:26 Free Bible Verse Wall Art Printable

This Proverbs 14:26 free Printable Bible Verse Art teaches us whoever fears the Lord is wise. And it reminds us we have a place of refuge to turn to every day.

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Bible Verses about Winter that will Set your Soul on Fire!

Bible Verses about Winter that will Set your Soul on Fire

What does the Bible say about Winter?

 

Winter is a God given time of rest. A chance to hit pause and reflect on what He is doing in our lives. Because no matter what the season is, God still has a lot to say to us. In these Bible Verses about Winter that will Set Your Soul on Fire, we can read what the Ancient of Days is up to while the weather outside is a mix of rain, ice, and snow. Together, let’s allow His Word to warm our hearts and light ablaze within us.

Beautiful Winter Scriptures

 

Even the coldest Winter Bible verses are a beautiful reminder of God’s grace in our lives. His hand set the borders of the earth in their place and created a seasonal winter wonderland for our benefit. Giving us confidence that God is in control no matter what season of our lives we’re in.

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

                                  Psalm 74:17 NKJV

 

For behold, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone.
                                       

                                 Song of Solomon 2:11

 

Out of the south comes the storm,
And out of the north the cold.
From the breath of God ice is made,
And the expanse of the waters is frozen.

                                 Job 37:9-10

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While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

                                Genesis 8:22 KJV

 

It will be a unique day—a day known only to the Lord—with no distinction between day and night. When evening comes, there will be light.

On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it east to the Dead Sea and half of it west to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and in winter.

                                 Zechariah 14:7-8 NIV

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Bible Verses about Winter or Snow

Winter is a time to recognize God’s hand in our lives. Just as each snowflake is a unique creation, God made us a unique creation, created in Christ Jesus, for His glory. These snow Bible verses show us a glimpse of God’s glory and the salvation we have in Jesus.

For to the snow He says, ‘Fall on the earth,’
And to the downpour and the rain, ‘Be strong.’
He seals the hand of every man,
That all men may know His work.

                                  Job 37:6-7

 

For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.                              

                                   Isaiah 55:10-11

 

He spreads the snow like wool
and scatters the frost like ashes.
 He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
Who can withstand his icy blast?
He sends his word and melts them;
he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.

                                 Psalm 147:16-18

 

Praise the Lord from the earth,
Sea monsters and all deeps;
 Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;

                                Psalm 148:7-8

 

“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.

                                Isaiah 1:18

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She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.

                               Proverbs 31:21

 

“I watched till thrones were put in place,
And the Ancient of Days was seated;
His garment was white as snow,
And the hair of His head was like pure wool.
His throne was a fiery flame,
Its wheels a burning fire;

                                 Daniel 7:9

 

and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 

                                 Revelation 1:13-14

 

And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.

 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

                                 Matthew 28:2-6

 

Winter in the Bible

These are just a few of the many encouraging Bible Verses about Winter that will set your soul on fire! I pray you will seek out more of them and most of all be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2) during this brief pause in nature.

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Festive Bible Verses for Christmas

Festive Bible Verses for Christmas

Are you wondering… What is a good Bible Verse for Christmas? These Festive Bible Verses for Christmas are the perfect way to remember Jesus is the reason for the season!

And I’m so excited for the holiday season ahead! Because the countdown to Christmas is on! And the excitement of the season is just getting started!

This past weekend my family got our festive on!

We put the Christmas tree up and decorated it with happy wishes for a bright and light holiday. There are even a couple of presents wrapped in festive red and green underneath it already.

The nativity has been lovingly arranged in its place of honor, our buffet table.

The ceramic snowmen from my childhood have found their way to the side tabletops.

The candy canes and chocolate fudge are waiting to be gobbled up.

And Christmas cards are calling my name.

Yes, we are ready and well prepared for the festivities.

But before it all begins, let’s reflect on the most essential part of Christmas…

The Messiah, the Chosen One, the Savior of our souls, Jesus.

In this short devotional, we’ll read some Festive Bible Verses for Christmas. Each one fills my heart with the true meaning of the season, and I pray they will do the same for you.

Plus, they make a beautiful addition for cards. Just choose your favorite Bible Verse for Christmas cards and include their inspiring message along with your heartfelt greetings.

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The Christmas Story in the Bible

The birth of Jesus in the Bible is the greatest story ever told! And each year we celebrate this joyous event.

The cute ceramic nativity we set out on our tables represents that story. The story that changed history forever!

The shepherds who came to worship. The wise men who came bearing gifts. The angel announcing the birth of the Savior. The holy family, Mary and Joseph. And most importantly, the Messiah Himself, the baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes and sleeping in the hay.

They all remind us of the Christmas story and the importance it has in our lives every day of the year.

So, let’s read these Christmas story Bible verses and answer the question… What verse is the Christmas story in the Bible?

 

 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.

                                                     Matthew 1:18

 

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. 

                                                    Matthew 1:20 NKJV

 

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.

                                                Matthew 1:21 NIV

 

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

                                                   Luke 2:7 KJV

 

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

                                                   Luke 2:11

 

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!

                                                 Luke 2:13-14

 

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

                                                Luke 2:15-16 NIV

 

 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

                                                Matthew 2:9-10 KJV

 

And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him.

                                                Luke 2:33 NKJV

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Old Testament Bible Verses about Jesus’ Birth

These encouraging Christmas scriptures are awe-inspiring!

So many years before Christ would come, God gave us a promise of a Savior. To see that promise in black and white should bring tears to our eyes and thankfulness to our hearts every time we read them. Because without this amazing promise, there wouldn’t be a reason to celebrate this glorious season.

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from of old,
From everlasting.

                                                   Micah 5:2

 

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 NKJV

 

Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

                                             Isaiah 9:7 NKJV

 

Therefore God, Your God has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.

                                              Psalm 45:7

 

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

                                             Zechariah 9:9

 

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

                                             Isaiah 7:14

 

 

Bible Verses about the Meaning of Christmas

The most precious promise made to us in the Old Testament became the most wonderful Christmas gift we will ever receive. This precious gift came silently on a dark night, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.

What an amazing gift to see the Old Testament promise of the Messiah fulfilled in these scriptures!

Not because He said He would come, but because He came to save us and give us a new life in Him.

This is the true meaning of Christmas. Praise Jesus, the greatest Christmas present on our wish list!

 

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

                                                    2 Corinthians 9:15

 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

                                                    John 3:16 KJV

 

Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.

                                                     Acts 5:31

 

Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.

                                                   Luke 15:10

 

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

                                               John 14:6

 

For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.

                                               Luke 19:10

 

For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.

                                             Colossians 2:9

 

Did you find some Christmas verses that inspired you for the coming holiday season?

I’m praying the very best Merry Christmas wishes to you and yours this holiday season! And I hope one of these Festive Bible Verses for Christmas showed you the true meaning of Christmas and this joyous holiday!

Please let me know which scripture is your favorite in the comments. I’d love to read your thoughts and stories about what Christmas means to you. And I promise I’ll answer back.

Until next time, Merry Christmas! And let the festivities begin!

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How to Celebrate Deaf Awareness Week as a Hearing Person

How to Celebrate Deaf Awareness Week As a Hearing Person

Most of us, myself included, are hearing instead of deaf. So, we may not give a lot of thought to the important cause Deaf Awareness Month and Week celebrates. But there are a few things we can do to celebrate Deaf Awareness Week as a hearing person and bring awareness to the amazing people it represents.

But first let’s learn a few facts about Deaf Awareness Week…

When is Deaf Awareness Month? And Week?

Did you know… September is International Deaf Awareness Month? And the last week of September is International Week of the Deaf, also known as Deaf Awareness Week? Now you have a new holiday to mark on your calendar!

 

Why do we celebrate Deaf Awareness Week?

This special time celebrates deaf history and culture through a different theme each year. Events and activities bring together the whole deaf community, which includes both deaf and hearing-impaired people. And this week raises awareness for the organizations and churches that support them.

What is the color of the Deaf Awareness Ribbon?

The color of the Deaf Awareness ribbon is gold and silver.

When was Deaf Awareness Week first founded?

The answer to this question seems to vary depending on who you ask. So, I’ll give you both answers.

International Week of the Deaf was first founded in 1958 in Rome, Italy and was celebrated during the last week of September each year.

And Deaf History Month started in 1996 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. When two deaf employees working at the library decided to teach their co-workers sign language. Later the library created Deaf Awareness Week as we know it today.

 

Now that we know the facts about this special time, let’s see how we can celebrate Deaf Awareness Week as a hearing person.

 

First, can we agree as Christians, it’s important for us to show the love of Jesus to everyone we meet? I thought you’d be on board for that one! 😊

And second let’s agree that each and every person on the planet is created in God’s image and extremely important to Him. I know you’ll agree to that one too!

But here’s where it gets a little dicey, ya’ll.

Most hearing people ignore the deaf.

I’ve never understood why.

Maybe it’s a fear of looking foolish, or an overwhelming feeling of awkwardness, or worrying we won’t be able to overcome the language barrier and understand the other person, or a million other excuses we come up with on the fly.

Whatever the true reason is, it’s not okay to treat people like they’re invisible.

That’s not how Jesus treated us when we needed a Savior. And it’s not how He wants us to treat anyone else, whether they’re hearing or deaf.

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My personal story with American Sign Language

When I was growing up, I had the chance to witness how the deaf are treated first-hand.

My best friend’s parents were both deaf. They were great people, loving, kind, and would do anything for their kids and their kid’s friends.

I loved spending time with their family. Her mom had a gentleness about her and a real knack for making me feel welcome and special. That was a big part of why I loved being with them, because who doesn’t want to feel special, right?

Plus, I loved watching my friend sign for her mom. It was awesome! And it’s one of the reasons I fell in love with American Sign Language or ASL in the first place. Those childhood memories still hold a special place in my heart. They always will.

But there was a dark side to those times too. I remember how the other moms treated my friend’s mom. They chose not to see the loving, sweet person she was. To them, she was an outsider, someone to shun and toss aside at football games and PTA meetings. All because she was deaf.

Thankfully, my mom taught me better. Not by her words, but by her actions. She loved my friend’s mom with the love of Jesus. So, she made a point of sitting with her at those football games, buddying up with her at PTA meetings, and writing notes back and forth with her for hours. Basically, just being the kind of friend, we all want to have. Not because she had to, but because she wanted to.

That doesn’t seem like such a big deal, does it? But to someone who is ignored on a regular basis, being treated like a friend instead of an outcast can mean all the difference in the world.

This story plays out in my mind whenever I’m with someone who is deaf. Because no matter what I may feel on the inside (fear, anxiety, not measuring up when it comes to my sign language skills), I never want to treat someone the way my friend’s sweet mother was treated.

And I’m sure as a loving follower of Christ, you feel the same way too!

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So, with that in mind, let’s look at how to celebrate Deaf Awareness Week as a hearing person.

 

#1 Show the love of Jesus

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 we’ve learned anything from following Jesus, it’s to open our hearts to different kinds of people and to show His love to all of them. That includes the deaf. And this week’s celebration of deaf culture is the perfect time to give it a go.

Don’t worry, it’s not hard to follow this command from Jesus. And it’s even okay if you don’t know sign language. You can still talk to someone who is deaf in other ways. Most can read lips, but if they can’t, all you need to do is pull out your phone and use the text function. Super simple. 😊

Remember, it’s about showing the love of Jesus to someone who needs Him in their life. So, when all else fails, a big smile and a little kindness go a long way!

                           

#2 Donate to Deaf Charities

 

So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

                                                              2 Corinthians 9:7

Whether it’s our money, time, or talent, we all have something to give.

Maybe you’ll never cross paths with someone who is deaf. But you can still make a difference in the life of someone who needs Jesus.

Wycliffe Bible estimates that only 2% of deaf people worldwide have “heard” of Jesus. That’s a sad number, and one we as Christians shouldn’t forget about.

God has blessed us with so much, Amen?! In return, He asks us to give of ourselves for His glory. So, please consider donating to a charity that is making an impact on the deaf community for Christ.

Here are a few worthy candidates to think about…

Your local church with a deaf ministry.

Google them, because they are always in dire need of funds and volunteers.

Deaf Bible Society

This amazing organization is working to translate the Bible into every sign language. Yes, there’s more than one! And the people who know sign language as their first language need these translations ASAP.

DOOR International

Both church planting and Bible translation are at the heart of DOOR’s ministry. They believe in a “Deaf reaching Deaf for Christ” philosophy that is evident in their outreach to the deaf community worldwide.

 

#3 Pray

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

                                                                 1 John 5:14-15

Prayer is our most precious resource in a world that doesn’t understand the love of Jesus. And we can have complete confidence that when we pray God not only listens, He responds. It’s the single greatest thing we can do for those who are not saved, including the deaf.

So, set aside some time during this special week to pray for the 98% of deaf people who don’t know Jesus as their Savior.

Ask God to give them an understanding of who He is and how much He loves them. And pray for God to meet their needs far above all we could ask or comprehend.

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I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

                          Isaiah 41:10

Master’s Hand Collection brings the artistry of sign language and the truth of God’s hand reaching down from heaven to save us into sharp focus. When you purchase art from Master’s Hand Collection, 10% of all profits are donated to one of the charities mentioned above.

Currently, I’m donating to a local deaf church, Bethel Deaf Fellowship. And you can too by clicking on the link. 😉

And most of all, you can be sure I’m in the fight right along with you to bring the love of Jesus to the deaf community. Every. Single. Day!

Together, let’s face the fear and awkwardness of sharing the gospel with the deaf community. And jump straight into the fire knowing these wonderful people need Jesus too.

Because that’s how to celebrate Deaf Awareness Week as a hearing person the right way!

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The Harvest Is Plentiful -Matthew 9:37

The Harvest is Plentiful Matthew 9:37

In Matthew 9:37, Jesus tells us the harvest is plentiful. But what does that mean? In this devotional, we’ll read the words of Jesus and discover the true meaning behind this important scripture.

What does Matthew 9:37-38 mean?

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

                                                Matthew 9:37-38 NIV

This time of year, we talk about the harvest a lot. Instead of the old-fashioned vegetable picking and gathering, it’s become a fun celebration of the fall season.

And in church, we read this Bible verse about the harvest each autumn. But do we really take the time to understand what Matthew 9:37-38 means in our lives?

Let’s look deeper into it and find the true meaning behind the message Jesus gives us in this verse.
                                                                     

The harvest is truly plentiful

The harvest represents the people in our lives God wants us to share the gospel with.

But sometimes it’s easy to think there isn’t anyone left to witness to. We surround ourselves with others who are like us and mistakenly think they are already saved.

However, when we take a closer look, we can see there are so many people in our lives who need Jesus.

They may be co-workers, friends, or even members of our own family.

In His wisdom, God has placed us where we are in life for a reason. And He put these people in our path for us to tell them the good news of salvation.

This is our mission field. And we don’t need to go to a far-off land to find it.

My pastor likes to call it “a divine appointment”. An unexpected moment to talk about our beliefs and share the love of Jesus.

Jesus called it “a harvest”. And He said there are plenty of people ready to hear the truth about Him right now.

There is always someone who needs Jesus! And if we’re willing to look around for even a minute, we’ll see the harvest is truly plentiful.

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The laborers are few

The problem isn’t that there is no harvest to gather and bring into the barn.

Instead, the problem is a labor shortage on God’s farm.

With the sheer number of people who claim to be a Christian, you’d think there would be a bountiful, almost unlimited amount of laborers available to share the gospel message.

But the reality is, the workers are few because we choose for it to be that way.

We avoid the work of God’s Kingdom and abandon the mission of the harvest before its even begun.

Why? Because it’s hard work.

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How will they know if we don’t tell them?

Everyone needs a Savior! But how will they know about Jesus if we don’t tell them?

How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?

                                               Romans 10:14 NKJV

For most people the idea of “witnessing” is scary.

And I agree, it can be a daunting task.

We get caught up in our head wondering… Will they think I’m crazy? Will they make fun of me? What if they ask questions? Will I be able to answer them?

Our minds are filled with doubt about our ability to be an effective witness.

But as Christians, we are commanded by Jesus to take the gospel to the people who need to hear it.

The Great Commission

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

                                              Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV

This is a command from our Lord Jesus Christ, to take the truth of His gospel to all people. Because we all need to be saved.

But it is also a promise to us. Jesus will never leave us, even when the going gets tough. He is with us when we fail and when we succeed in the mission.

So, we need to ask ourselves, are we willing to step out of our comfort zone and follow the command of Jesus? Are we willing to take hold of this great promise knowing He is with us even to the end of the age?


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What if they don’t believe?

It’s hard when we feel like the person we’re witnessing to won’t believe. When that happens, Jesus says…

If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.

                                                Matthew 10:14 NIV

There have been times in my life when the person I was witnessing to would not accept Jesus.

I thought they were hard-headed and couldn’t see the plain truth in front of them. I felt discouraged and like I was not being a very good witness.

But Jesus is telling us that some will believe in Him, and others won’t.

We just need to keep telling everyone we meet about Him and then the next person, and then the next.

It’s not up to us whether they become a Christian or not. We don’t have the power to make anyone believe. Only the Holy Spirit has the power to call people to Himself. And ultimately, it’s their decision to follow Jesus or not.

But it is our job to tell them the gospel, to pray for them, and to disciple them if they decide to accept Jesus as their Savior.

Leave everything else to the Holy Spirit.

And if you witness to someone and they don’t believe, shake the dust off and keep going. There are plenty of lost souls left to harvest.

Pray to the Lord of the Harvest

We hear Matthew 9 echoed in the book of Luke.

 

Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.

                                                     Luke 10:2 NKJV

In this gospel, Jesus says the harvest is great. And His message couldn’t be any clearer… Our mission field is wide open and ripe for the picking. All we need to do is pray for the Lord of the harvest to send us out as His laborers.

So, let’s pray for the Lord to send us out into the mission field He has for us and be ready to share the gospel with someone today.

The harvest is plentiful, ripe, and ready!

If you’re still worried about being a laborer on God’s farm… All you need to be an effective witness is a willing heart. God will give you the right words to speak. And He will bring to remembrance the right Bible verses at the right time.

Your mission field is right in front of you and your harvest is ripe for the picking! So, don’t be scared to share the gospel with someone. Jesus is with you.

My prayer for you today is that you will see the harvest is plentiful and be encouraged to join the mission field today.

May God bless you in your pursuit of His harvest today and always! And may you reap a great reward!

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Ruth

11/15/2017 02:43:27 pm

Amen! Our job is to witness and pray for them, not to make them believe.

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

11/15/2017 04:49:33 pm

Hi Ruth! Thanks for the encouraging words. May God bless you as you witness and pray.

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Emmanuel God With Us – Isaiah 7:14

Emmanuel God With Us Isaiah 7:14

Where in the Bible does it say Emmanuel God with us?

In this Christmas devotional, we’ll read Isaiah 7:14 and discover the gospel message and the true meaning of Emmanuel God with us!

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son and she will call His name Immanuel.

                                                    Isaiah 7:14 NKJV

 

This Old Testament prophesy of the virgin birth and the coming Messiah is echoed in the New Testament book of Matthew.

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

                                                  Matthew 1:23 KJV

 

What is the difference between Immanuel and Emmanuel?

You may have noticed in these two scriptures the names Immanuel and Emmanuel both appear.

Is there a difference in the meaning behind this name? And does it matter which one you use?

The simple answer is no. Both names translate to God with us.

They are just spelled a little bit differently in various versions of the Bible.

So, you can use whichever version of this name you would like. In this devotion, I’ll use both. But they still mean the same thing.

Emmanuel Meaning in the Bible

What is the meaning of Emmanuel?

Jesus has many names and titles given to Him by God the Father. And within these Bible verses, we learn His name, Emmanuel, which means “God with us”.

Each part of the Holy Trinity has a unique role to play with humanity. And from His name, Emmanuel, we see Jesus is the part of the Godhead who has come to earth to be with us.

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What is the importance of God with us?

Jesus came to save what was lost, namely, us.

In His own words, He described it this way…

for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.

                                                 Luke 19:10 NKJV

Jesus’ role was to live the perfect life we never could. Die on the cross for our sins. And be raised again on the third day.

Even though we focus on the birth of the Savior during Christmas, this is the gospel message we celebrate every day of the year. And the importance of God with us in our daily lives.

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How is God with us?

From the beginning of time, it was always the Father’s plan to send the Son to save us from our sin.

So, long before Jesus was born in a manger, the prophet Isaiah prophesied of the virgin birth and a child who would be called God with us, here on earth.

And again, in the gospel of Matthew, we see Isaiah’s prophesy of Immanuel fulfilled.

 for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

                                             Matthew 1:20-21 ESV

Jesus knew He was the only One who could save us from our sins.

And because He loved us, Jesus willingly gave up His rightful place of honor in heaven and became the sacrifice we needed.

When He died in our place and filled the gap between heaven and earth, He secured our future in heaven with Him eternally.

If we believe in Him, we are forgiven, become righteous in the sight of God, and share in the inheritance of the Son. Then, Jesus is with us from that moment on.

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

                                                 2 Corinthians 5:21

 

Jesus With Us Every Day

 

As He ascended back into heaven after the resurrection, Jesus gave us the greatest promise we could ever receive…

 

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

                                          Matthew 28:20 NIV

 

Jesus wasn’t just God with us for the short time that He was physically here on earth, He is with us right now!

This is the promise we as Christians hold tight to. Once we believe in Jesus and put our trust in Him, we are no longer alone.

Whatever life throws at us, Jesus promises He is always there, and He will never leave us.

When times are good, He is with us and celebrates our success. When times are bad, He is there to lift us up and get us through it.

Because we are saved and have Christ in us, God is with us every day.

And that is a promise you can be sure of!

God With Me Today

This same faith we have in Jesus also gives us free and full access to God the Father whenever we want it.

We can boldly enter the throne of grace and seek God’s face.

Whatever troubles we have, we can take them directly to God because He wants to have a real and loving relationship with each one of us.

That’s why He gave us His only Son, Emmanuel, so we could live with Him forever.

Because of the Father’s plan for Jesus to be God with us, we can be completely confident in our faith! Jesus has conquered sin and made a way for us to have eternal life.

And He will keep His promise to be with us to the end of the age because He is “God with us” yesterday, today, and forever!

So, boldly proclaim Jesus is God with me in your life today!

Whether you call Him Emmanuel, Immanuel, or simply Jesus the meaning is the same… God is with you. The Son of God came to earth to die a sinner’s death to save you. He loves you and He is with you always.

As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, I pray you will feel the joyful presence of Emmanuel in your life this Christmas season!

Merry Christmas! And God bless!

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Rachel Lee

12/15/2017 08:20:55 am

“By the same faith we have in Jesus, we also have free and FULL access to the Father.” Yes and Amen!
Great post! Thanks for sharing.
(visiting from Faith of Fire) 🙂

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

12/15/2017 10:21:17 am

Hi Rachel! Thanks for stopping by. I’m so glad we’re friends and neighbors at Faith on Fire. I hope you have a blessed and Merry Christmas!

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Give Thanks to the Lord -Psalm 107:1

Give Thanks to the Lord Psalm 107:1

There are many examples of thanksgiving in the Bible. And each one shows us how to give thanks to the Lord.

During this Thanksgiving holiday, we’ll gather with the people closest to us around a table of glorious, delicious food. We’ll tell stories about the past and share memories of everything that has happened in our lives this past year.

But it’s equally important to give thanks to the Lord and remember His loving kindness during this special time. God is good and He gives us so much to be thankful for.

So, in this devotion, we’ll look at some Bible verses about how to give thanks to the Lord with a grateful heart.

Let’s start with one of my favorite thanksgiving scriptures, Psalm 107:1…

What does Psalm 107:1 mean?

 

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

                                         Psalm 107:1 NIV

A few years ago, I was sitting in a lady’s Bible study when a young woman shared something that changed my life.

She recited a quote you’ve probably heard before…

“What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?”

I thought about this quote for several days and decided I needed to start thanking God for everything I have today.

It’s easy for me to dream about tomorrow or get caught up in all of the things I wish I had.

But God is good to me right now and I need to show my gratitude for all He does in my life every day, not just one day a year.

Because a little bit of thankfulness goes a long way.

Imagine if you did everything for someone and they never once said thank you.

It wouldn’t make for a lasting relationship. Over time you would lose interest in helping them and then you’d distance yourself from them too.

Thankfully, God isn’t like this.

And that’s what this verse from Psalm 107:1 is about.

The meaning of the phrase “his love endures forever” translates to “a loyal love”.

This is the kind of love God has for us. He is always loyal. And because He is, no matter how we act, He always loves us and promises to care for our needs.

But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t give thanks to the Lord for His goodness and all He does for us every day.

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What are we thankful for?

After pondering this quote, I began thanking God each night for the things He gives me today that I don’t want to live without tomorrow.

Here’s a list of some of the things I give thanks to the Lord for each day…

#1 Salvation

Where would I be if I didn’t have salvation in Jesus Christ?

I would be lost and condemned. So, salvation is definitely at the top of my list of things I can’t live without. And it’s the one thing I’m most grateful for.

#2 My Family

Every day I pray for God to take care of my family. I’m sure you do the same for yours too.

I always mentioned them in my prayers before and asked God to take care of their individual needs.

But now I simply say thank you to God for their presence in my life

This has made a big difference in my relationship with my family. I see them in a different light and recognize how thankful I am for each of them and the unique qualities they bring into my life.

#3 My home, food, car, clothes, etc.

Food, shelter, and water, are the necessities of life. And I certainly don’t want to live without any of them.

Especially food! Who wants to go hungry?

With the bounty of Thanksgiving, this basic of daily life may be overlooked, for so many, it’s an everyday struggle.

God has always been faithful to provide for my family. We may not be millionaires, and we may not have everything we want. But God has always made sure we have what we need. And I am very thankful for His generosity!

#4 My Country

What a privilege it is to live in a country where I am free to worship God! I am so grateful for the opportunity to live in a nation where I can express my views and practice my religion without fear.

#5 Answered Prayers

Like everyone, I ask God to do certain things for me. And then when He does them, I conveniently forget He has just answered my prayer.

So, I’ve started thanking Him in the moment for each answered prayer.

But I also want to remember in my nightly prayers, to say thank you again because I am truly grateful He has heard my cry for help and cared enough to answer.

There are usually a few other things that happen throughout the day I give thanks for. But this list represents the things I don’t want to live without the next day.

Learning to give thanks to the Lord has had a huge impact on my life and my relationship with Jesus. Because of the simple act of saying thank you, my prayer life has grown and my attitude has changed.

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So, How do you give thanks to God?

In answering this question, two scriptures come to mind. In each one, we learn a different, but equally important aspect of how to give thanks to God.

In everything Give Thanks

 

in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

                                    1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV

As we gather around the Thanksgiving table, we’ll talk about all of the wonderful things that have happened over the past year.

And we should be thankful for them. God has done so much for us!

But this verse is about being grateful in all things, both good and bad.

Why?

Because in Romans 8:28 we learn… all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

God has the power to turn something we see as bad into something amazing. He causes all things to come together in the end for our good.

This is the hand of God intervening in our life when we least expect it. And With His touch, and through the work of the Holy Spirit, God can bring good into what seems like a terrible situation.

So, if you’ve suffered a loss this past year, remember… in everything give thanks. And know even in the bad, God’s will in Christ Jesus brings glory and honor to Him.

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Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart

 

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

                                                 Psalm 9:1 NIV

To truly give thanks to the Lord, it needs to come from the heart. Not just a little bit of our heart, but all it.

The lyrics of the great song Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart say…

Give thanks because He’s given
Jesus Christ, His Son…

This is the greatest gift we could ever receive. And a heart full of praise for the gift of God’s Son is the greatest gift we can give back to God for this sacrifice.

When we tell of this wonderful deed, we are giving thanks with a grateful heart just like the song and this scripture tell us to do.

What are the 3 things you are thankful for this Thanksgiving?

This November, instead of focusing on what I don’t have, I choose to focus on what God has blessed me with already.

That gratitude has changed my way of thinking and my outlook on life. God is good. His love endures forever. And learning to give thanks for His loyal, unfailing love has made me feel closer to God in so many ways.

After reading the list of things I’m thankful for, I’m sure you have some thoughts of your own. And I encourage you to write a list of at least 3 things you are thankful for this Thanksgiving.

I hope it will help you in some small way to grow your relationship with Jesus.

My prayer for you today is that you will see all the wonderful things God is doing in your life right now, give thanks to Him, and be blessed with a grateful heart.

May God bless you greatly as you give thanks to the Lord!

And if you would like to leave your list of the 3 things you’re thankful for in the comments, I would love to know what God is doing in your life. Plus, I promise to answer back. 😊

Happy Thanksgiving!

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How to Rejoice in the Lord Always – Habakkuk 3:17-19

How to Rejoice in the Lord Always Habakkuk 3:17-19

Rejoice in the Lord always is more than a hymn we sing at church. For a Christian, it is a way of life.

Here’s what the Apostle Paul told us in Philippians 4…

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

                                                  Philippians 4:4 NKJV

This Bible verse seems so simple. Just rejoice in the Lord no matter what.

But when life takes a turn for the worst, it isn’t so simple anymore.

That’s something the Old Testament prophet Habakkuk knew a thing or two about.

It’s through the story of Habakkuk that we learn how to rejoice in the Lord always, even in the face of adversity.

Habakkuk saw trouble coming a mile away in the form of the Chaldean army. And he knew his people were about to face some seriously hard times.

The basic necessities they needed to survive would become scarce. The food and water they relied on to sustain them would dry up and blow away. Fear and desperation would set in.

But Habakkuk also had confidence that if they put their trust in God, He would see them through.

Recently, I was going through a difficult time too. Maybe it wasn’t as dramatic as an invasion of the Chaldeans like the people of Habakkuk’s day, but it was a crisis in my little world nonetheless.

I felt like the weight of the world was on my shoulders. And it was crushing me.

One day, my to-do list was getting longer instead of shorter. I was stressed and overwhelmed by everything I had to accomplish.

Then, a dear friend sent me what seemed to be a random text. In it, she asked me to read Habakkuk 3.

I immediately sent her a text back and said “OK”, with a smiley face emoji. 😊

But I had no intention of reading it, at least not right then. Maybe later when everything else was done. I was in the middle of a project, and I needed to get it finished.

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However, God saw things a little differently. He pulled on my heartstrings and gently whispered, “You need to read it”.

I answered, “Okay, I’ll read it later tonight when things calm down”.

But God whispered to my heart again, “You need to read it now”.

I sighed as I resigned myself to God’s plan for the day, grabbed my Bible, and started to read…

Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.

 

The Lord God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.

                         Habakkuk 3:17-19 NKJV

Wow! I felt like I’d been struck by lightning!

All these years later, Habakkuk can still cut straight to the point.

It’s easy to praise God and find joy in our salvation when things are going great. And it’s so much harder when life isn’t going our way.

But no matter what situation we’re in, we can still find a reason to rejoice in the Lord.

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Habakkuk 3:17-18 reads like a laundry list of terrible circumstances. Each item on the list represents something essential to daily life back then. And their absence would create an immediate emergency.

 

Though the fig tree may not blossom…

Nor fruit be on the vines…

Though the labor of the olive may fail…

And the fields yield no food…

Though the flock may be cut off from the fold…

And there be no herd in the stalls…

Alone, each of these things would be a disaster for Habakkuk and his people. But combined they are a catastrophe of epic proportions.

No fruit on the vine, no crops to harvest, no sheep on the mountain, and no cows in the stalls all mean one thing… starvation, pure and simple.

In our modern world, it’s hard to see how this affects us. But if we look closer and compare these crises to the things we value today, we’ll understand exactly how dire the situation truly was.

Recent events have forced us to deal with exactly the same things our Biblical counterparts did, just with a modern twist.

Coronavirus gave us more than an unknown disease to contend with. Supply chains were disrupted, there was no toilet paper on the shelves, meat shortages became the norm, and people were laid off of work for extended periods of time.

Complete chaos and hopelessness followed.

I imagine this is how Judah felt too. They were no different from us. They wanted to work and take care of their families the same way we do today. The devastation of watching their hard work turn to dust must have left them reeling.

And it leads us to wonder…

How long would we last without our state-of-the-art water plants producing freshwater each day?

What if farmers and ranchers suffered great losses year after year? How would we survive without the food they bring to market?

And if we lost our jobs for good, how long would it take for the money to run out and desperation to set in?

This is where the rubber meets the road.

And just when we think all hope is lost, in Habakkuk 3:19, we see the answer to all of life’s problems…

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord!

It’s true, we will always have troubles in this life. There will always be another crisis to tackle. Or another earth-scattering decision to make.

But even if the whole world falls apart right before our eyes, we can still say, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, just like Habakkuk did.

Why?

Because God has promised those of us who believe in His Son, Jesus, we will never face adversity alone. He is always with us. And His joy remains in us no matter what comes our way.

Jesus is the One who gives us the strength to get through the most difficult of times. And because of the joy of our salvation, we are never defeated.

So, if Habakkuk could rejoice always under such dire circumstances, then surely, we can too.

This is my updated, modern-day prayer to trust God and praise Him in every circumstance, good or bad using Habakkuk as an example.

I hope you’ll pray it along with me as we rejoice in the Lord always together…

Even though my house is filthy, company is coming over, and there’s not enough time to clean…

I will praise the Lord!

Even though the bills are piling up, and it seems there will never be enough money to pay them all…

I will rejoice in the Lord!

Even though my health is failing, and I feel weak…

I will joy in the God of my salvation!

Even though I’ve lost a loved one and my heart is broken…

I will rejoice in the Lord always!

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There’s no way my friend could’ve known what was going on in my life that day, or how much I needed these words of Habakkuk 3:17-19 spoken into my heart. But I’m so grateful she followed God’s lead and sent that seemly random text.

Thankfully, to God, nothing is ever random. He knew exactly what was happening in my life. And He used this scripture to take away the stress and overwhelm weighing down my soul.

And He replaced them with a song in my heart and praise on my lips.

God is good! And He is worthy of our praise in every circumstance!

Because the truth is… it’s our choice to rejoice.

Knowing that I pray this seemingly simple Bible verse from Habakkuk 3 has shown you how to rejoice in the Lord always! And that you will trust Him in both the good and bad times to come!

Please leave a comment below and let me know your own modern-day prayer of trust and praise.

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Grateful Bible Verses for Thanksgiving

Grateful Bible Verses for Thanksgiving

There are a lot of Bible Verses for Thanksgiving.

Not the American holiday as we see it today, with tables of food as far as the eye can see.

A giant turkey ready to be gobbled up. Mountains of mashed potatoes with rivers of gravy running through them. Or dreams of pumpkin pie as we nap the afternoon away.

Instead, these thanksgiving scriptures are about how to have a grateful heart every day, not just on Thanksgiving Day. And they’re about giving thanks for all God has done and continues to do in our lives.

So, if you came here wondering…

What is a good Bible verse for Thanksgiving?

You’ve come to the right place.

Let’s settle in with a hot cup of coffee and a heart of praise and together find all the blessings in these thanksgiving Bible verses.

 

Bible Verses about Thanksgiving and Gratitude

The Christian life is not without trouble. But one of the main tenets of our faith is to give thanks in all things, both the good and the bad.

I won’t lie, sometimes it’s hard to find thankfulness in our hearts in the middle of a crisis. But it’s about being thankful for the little things God does every day.

By following the words of these Bible verses about thanksgiving, and a lot of help from Jesus, we can learn to face both the good and bad things in life knowing God is on our side. Thankfulness is sure to follow.

 

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

                                    1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV

 

giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ

                                    Ephesians 5:20

 

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

                                   1 Timothy 4:4

 

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

                                    Colossians 3:15

 

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

 

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Give Thanks to the Lord

God gives us so much. And the most precious gift He has given us is salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ!

Because of this great gift, we give thanks to the Lord knowing God is good and His love for us is forever.

What more could we possibly celebrate this Thanksgiving than the gift of everlasting life?

Giving thanks to God for everything He does is a simple way to show Him how much we appreciate His love.

So, with gratitude, let’s say a prayer and say, thank you Lord for this amazing and indescribable gift of salvation!

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

                                   1 Chronicles 16:34 NIV

 

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

                                     Revelation 7:12

 

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

 

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

                                      Psalm 9:1

 

We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks!
For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near.

                                         Psalm 75:1

 

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

                                        2 Corinthians 9:15

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Psalm Thanksgiving Praise

 

The psalms are full of thanksgiving praise. And Psalm 100 is one of the most popular Bible Verses for Thanksgiving for a reason.

It is called “A Psalm of Thanksgiving”. And in it, we learn how to praise God and acknowledge His goodness and grace.

Because we are God’s children, we can enter His gates with thanksgiving. A triumphant and confident stride into the loving presence of God Himself.

And enter His courts with praise. A humbling and thankful heart of worship.

This is how we offer true thanksgiving to our Heavenly Father!

Through the following psalms, we see the pattern of worship and praise for God’s goodness.

With a thankful heart, let’s praise Him together!

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

                                      Psalm 100:4 NASB

 

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

                                     Psalm 107:1

 

Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.

                                    Psalm 95:2

 

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

                                    Psalm 69:30

 

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

                                   Psalm 50:14

 

That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving,
And tell of all Your wondrous works.

                                    Psalm 26:7

 

 

Bible Verses about Being Blessed

 

The old hymn tells us… count your blessings, name them one by one.

I’m sure, you have many blessings to count this Thanksgiving Day. I know I do.

God is always good to bless us with all we need and so much more.

And as I’m counting my blessings this year, I’ll be thinking of the verse below from Numbers 6:24-27.

It has always been one of my favorite scriptures because it paints a beautiful picture of God’s blessings toward us.

The meaning of the Lord make His face shine on you, is an intimate and awe-inspiring experience of God’s presence in our daily lives.

It’s seeing His smile as He looks upon us, His children. And it’s feeling indescribable peace in the face of adversity.

Lastly, it’s God offering His name as a blessing to us. And what a blessing it is to know the name of the Lord personally!

May you be blessed by these Thanksgiving blessings!

The Lord bless you
and keep you;
 the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.

So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.

                                          Numbers 6:24-27

 

 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,
and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.

                                     Proverbs 16:20

 

 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!                                   

                                     Psalm 34:8  New King James Version

 

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
 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 17:7-8

 

Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the law of the Lord.
 Blessed are those who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart—
they do no wrong
but follow his ways.

                                           Psalm 119:1-3

 

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Prayer of Thanksgiving in the Bible

We’ve already learned to give thanks to the Lord and enter His gates and courts with thanksgiving.

But how do we accomplish that?

The answer is prayer.

Through prayer, we reach the Great Almighty day or night, rain or shine.

The attitude of prayerfulness the Apostle Paul wrote about in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 is one of persistent, consistent prayer in our daily lives.

By being connected to God in prayer, Christians can rejoice in all circumstances because we know we have a direct line to God whenever we need Him.

That’s how God designed prayer to be. It’s a one-on-one relationship with the Creator of the world. And it’s available to us at all times.

So, let’s rejoice, and give thanks in everything, knowing it is God’s will for us through faith in Jesus.

May you continue earnestly in prayer, and let your requests be made known to God!

 

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

                                    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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

                                   Colossians 4:2

 

 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

 

praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

                                     Ephesians 6:18

 

As you’re celebrating the glorious Thanksgiving holiday, I pray these Grateful Bible Verses for Thanksgiving fill you with a thankful heart for all God has done!

Many blessings to you!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Which thankful Bible verse gave you a grateful heart today? Please leave a comment below and let me know. I promise to answer back.

And as I said before, Numbers 6:24-27 is the verse that fills my heart with gratitude.

Just in time for Christmas!🎄

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Heartwarming Bible Verses for Fall

Heartwarming Bible Verses for Fall

Each of these Heartwarming Bible Verses for Fall stands on its own. But they are also a great jumping-off point for a new Bible Study, a wonderful start to creating a seasonal bulletin board at church, or a way to teach the children in your life a new memory verse.

Whatever your reason for searching for Fall Bible Verses, I pray you will find inspiration for the season ahead.

Fall is my favorite season! I look forward to this brief moment of splendor God blesses us with each year. The beauty of nature is on full display! The cool, crisp weather. The brilliant red, yellow, and orange colors of the leaves.

Plus, comfy sweaters and festive scarfs. Spicy pumpkin pie and gooey apple cobbler. Everything about fall warms my heart and brings happy memories to mind.

Fall also marks the end of the carefree days of summer. And as we reestablish our routines, it’s a great time to connect with God on a deeper level.

So, wrap your hands around the warmth of a mug of pumpkin-spiced coffee, or the hot drink of your choice, and savor these Heartwarming Bible Verses for Fall. Enjoy!

Psalm Autumn Bible Verses

The Psalms are always the perfect place to find inspiration. Their cries of praise and thanksgiving for a loving God start off our fall Bible verses.

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

 

He made the moon for the seasons;
The sun knows the place of its setting.

                               Psalm 104:19


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Fall Scripture in the words of Jesus

There is nothing more powerful than the words of Jesus! And His assessment of the fall season gives us a great lesson in what it means to be a witness all year round.

Jesus said to them, My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.

                                   John 4:34

 

Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.

                                 Matthew 9:37

 

Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.

                                  John 4:35

 

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

                               John 12:24

 

Fall in the Bible and for the Season

These Fall scriptures are favorites for a reason. They speak to the honest truth of the season and help us focus our minds on what is truly important this time of year.

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

                               1 Thessalonians 5:18

 

And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

                                 James 3:18

 

They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots;

                                 Jude 12

 

‘They do not say in their heart,
“Let us now fear the Lord our God,
Who gives rain in its season,
Both the autumn rain and the spring rain,
Who keeps for us
The appointed weeks of the harvest.”

                               Jeremiah 5:24

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

Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—
those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,

                                     Psalm 107:1-2

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Bible Verses about Leaves/Autumn Leaves

The significance of leaves in the Bible can be seen in these Bible verses about autumn. The freshness of green, new growth, to the changing of their colors, all the way to faded and wilted. Each phase of the leaf’s life represents the Christian life. Are we new and green? Or brown and decayed? The choice is ours.

 

They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.

                                    Jeremiah 17:8

 

They’re—

Puffs of smoke pushed by gusts of wind;
late autumn trees stripped clean of leaf and fruit,
Doubly dead, pulled up by the roots;
wild ocean waves leaving nothing on the beach
but the foam of their shame;

                                    Jude 12-13 MSG

 

And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.

                                 Matthew 21:19 KJV

 

down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

                                   Revelation 22:2

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Thankful Harvest quotes from Scripture

In Biblical times the harvest meant life. The gathering of food for an entire year after months of hard labor. It was a celebration of God’s goodness and provision.

These days, our idea of a harvest is a little different. It’s family gathering for a feast. Turkey and dressing and pumpkin pie, all laid out on the dining room table. Warm hugs and friendly conversation as we share our faith. But we still celebrate all God has done for us. His goodness and grace, and the way He provides so generously give us plenty to be thankful for.

As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.

                                   Genesis 8:22

 

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

                                    Proverbs 10:5

 

Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.

                                     John 4:35

 

Those who sow in tears shall harvest with joyful shouting.
One who goes here and there weeping, carrying his bag of seed,
Shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.

                                    Psalm 126:5-6

 

You have multiplied the nation
And increased its joy;
They rejoice before You
According to the joy of harvest,
As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

                                     Isaiah 9:3

 

As you can see there are many Bible verses for Autumn. Each one is a blessing worth celebrating. As you celebrate the beauty of this season through scripture, may the love of nature and the strength of God’s hand guide you this Fall and throughout the year.

Which of these Heartwarming Bible Verses for Fall has blessed you and inspired you for the season ahead? Please let me know in the comments below.

Happy Fall, ya’ll!

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The Beauty of Autumn Leaves Galatians 6:9 Devotional

The Beauty of Autumn Leaves Galatians 6:9 Devotional

In this Galatians 6:9 devotional we’ll see the beauty of autumn leaves and learn how to not grow weary in doing good.

It seems like a tall order to accomplish in one short Bible study, but with God’s help, we’ll see how in due season to reap the benefits of a life well-lived if we do not lose heart.

Autumn is a time of great change in nature. 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.

Fall is so beautiful! And since moving to Arkansas, Fall has quickly become my favorite season.

The color of the pretty fall leaves fills my heart with wonder as I breathe in the crisp autumn air. I revel in this brief moment of beauty God gives to us each year.

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 be 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 in this verse…

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 NKJV

What is the meaning of Galatians 6:9? And how can we not become weary while doing good?

 

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 not grow weary when life becomes hectic, or we start to feel like we’re being pulled in a lot of different directions.

In these times, the truth of this Bible verse becomes a source of encouragement for us. Because this one scripture has so much to say about how to get through these busy moments we all experience.

So, let’s take a closer look at each part of Galatians 6:9.

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 no one sees the good work 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.

Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

                                                   1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV

 

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In doing good…

It’s true that good works do not save anyone. It is only the grace of God through faith in His Son, Jesus that offers salvation.

However, this verse and many others are quick to point out, we should want to do good and show the love of Christ through our actions if we are saved.

This begins with those closest to us. Then to other believers. Lastly, and maybe more importantly, to the ones God sends our way to be a witness to.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

                                                     Ephesians 2:8-10 NIV

 

In due season we shall reap…

Sometimes it feels like our “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 with patience and perseverance, if we keep looking forward, our season to reap our reward will come.

 Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.

                                                       James 5:7-8

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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 hearts the encouraging boost we need for the voyage ahead.

But we must be willing to take hold of that encouragement and use it in a way that will cause us to not lose heart.

How do you not lose heart?

By fixing our eyes on Jesus. In the light of His glory, the struggles we face dim as we are renewed and restored each day.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

                                                      2 Corinthians 4:16-18

The beauty of autumn is undeniable.

And I hope this Galatians 6:9 devotional reminds you… just as God creates the beauty of the autumn leaves, He also wants to create beauty in our lives.

He understands we’re only human. And He knows we become tired and discouraged from time to time.

So, when we’re down, He wants to encourage us to forge ahead and to not grow weary in doing good. When we do, He promises we will reap the reward of a life well-lived.

During this time of great change in nature, I pray you will revel in the beauty God has put in your life today and the beauty in 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!

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Light of the World Matthew 5:14

Light of the World Matthew 5:14

In Matthew 5 Jesus tells us, you are the light of the word. But what is the meaning of this scripture? And how can we be the light in the darkness of the world? In this devotional, we’ll explore this Bible verse and answer these important questions about it.

 

What does the Bible mean by you are the light of the world?

Let’s read Matthew 5:14 and find its meaning together…

You are the light of the world. A city on the hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

                                                  Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV

 

Have you seen the commercial on TV for Bring Your Bible to School Day? It shows a group of teenagers wearing a basket on their heads as they go about their day. It’s funny and a little bit silly too, but it conveys the message clearly… our light cannot shine when it is hidden under a bushel.

Sometimes we find ourselves figuratively wearing a basket over our heads. Maybe we’re afraid of what people will think of us if we share our faith with them. Or we mistakenly assume everyone has already heard the good news of Jesus.

Satan would like for us to believe these lies and keep our faith to ourselves.

But Jesus has called Christians to be the light of the world and to put our light on a lampstand for everyone to see.

It’s our job to reflect the glowing light of Jesus and to be bold enough to take the basket off of our heads and let our light shine bright.

Because the truth is…

Jesus is the light of the world

God gave us the sun to shine light into the darkness. He created this heavenly body to illuminate the earth and separate day from night.

Then God gave us His only Son, or should I say Sun, to illuminate sin and separate us from it.

Jesus is the light of the world. And He came into the darkness to give us His glorious light. When He shines His light into all the dark places of this earth, He gives us more than just a little light, He gives us life!

Jesus said…

 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

                                                    John 8:12 NIV

The truth is, without sunshine nothing survives. All of nature needs some sunshine to live and grow.

And we need Sunshine to survive everything the world throws at us too. So, we need Jesus, the light of the world in our lives. Because we want to not only survive but bloom into the person God wants us to be.

With His light, Jesus gives us all we need to thrive in a dark world and live for Him.

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You are the light of the world

Christians reflect the light of Jesus.

That means it’s not our light that illuminates the darkness of this world. It’s the radiating light of the Savior. And His glorious light should shine through us for everyone to see.

One of my favorite CS Lewis quotes reminds us to let your let shine bright…

Don’t shine so others can see you, shine so that through you others can see Him. CS Lewis

This is our call as Christians, to be the light in a dark world. And to shine bright so others can see Jesus in us and have His light in their lives too.

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How do we become light to others?

When we shine for Jesus, we become the light of the world. And these three things happen…

#1 Opportunities to share our faith open up.

How can someone ask us about our faith in Jesus if they don’t know we have it to begin with?

When people see us, they can tell there is something different about our lives. And they want to know what that difference is.

With each person, we meet, and with every question they ask, God opens up a new opportunity for us to share our faith.

A seemingly chance encounter in the grocery store checkout line or a random meeting at the DMV just might be the perfect time for us to share our faith with someone who needs the light of Christ in their lives.

My pastor likes to call these “chance” encounters divine appointments. God loves to give them to us, especially when we least expect them.

So, let’s be on the lookout for our next divine appointment and take every opportunity God gives us to let our light so shine before men.

#2 We show the path to Jesus.

A lighthouse points the way to safety. It stands tall and shines brightly to keep a ship from crashing into the shore.

And just like a lighthouse, we point the way to safety. Our light stands tall above the darkness of this world and shows the path to Jesus.

It is a shining beacon of hope that keeps the unsaved of the world from crashing and burning into the despair of Satan’s lies and guides them into the loving arms of the Savior.

And this is what Jesus meant when He said a city on a hill cannot be hidden.

In the darkest of nights, we stand tall on the hill of faith and shine the way to salvation!

#3 We give God the glory! 

Most importantly our light gives God the glory for what He has done, for us, and for everyone else.

God sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross and be raised again to save us!

And our lives are changed forever because of it. We no longer live in guilt and shame because we have been forgiven.

By letting our light shine, we are showing the world what Jesus has done for us and for them. And we give God the glory that rightfully belongs to Him for it all.

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Be the Light

Christians are the light of the world! The city on the hill and a shining beacon of hope. We point the way to Jesus by reflecting His radiant light for everyone to see. And His light cannot be overshadowed or hidden from view.

So, let’s be the light and shine so others can see Jesus today!

I pray we will be the light of the world and give glory to God for what He has done in our lives.

May God bless you!

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Ruth@plantedbylivingwaterr

11/2/2017 11:14:22 am

I definitely believe in divine encounters! It has happened to me numerous times.
May the Lord daily give us courage to let our light shine in the dark world around us instead of our trying to hide it under a bushel.
Thanks for this great reminder!

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

11/2/2017 11:26:55 am

Hi Ruth! Thank you for your encouraging words. I’m saying a prayer for you today. May God bless you and give us all the courage to be the light of the world!

sue

11/3/2017 10:38:29 am

so true – how can someone ask me if they don’t know i am a woman of faith? super reminder and praying today I’ll shine and that someone will ask. Light to shine. Invited to invite.

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

11/3/2017 03:59:30 pm

Thanks Sue, Praying for you today that your light will shine bright. God bless!

Rachel Lee

11/3/2017 04:06:14 pm

Connie, I love your ministry! Very original!

You wrote, “Sometimes we find ourselves figuratively wearing a basket over our heads.”
Yep. I can definitely relate to this. It’s a shame, but it’s true.

I believe in divine encounters, and I truly try to view every “chance encounter” as a divine encounter. We never know how we may impact another in our day to day life!

-Rachel

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

11/3/2017 04:29:44 pm

Hi Rachel, Thank you for your kind words. They have uplifted me and encouraged my heart today! I’m saying a prayer for you, that you will also be encouraged.

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Faith in Hard Times 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Faith in Hard Times 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Learning to have faith in hard times is one of the most important lessons in any Christian’s life. In this short devotion, we’ll uncover the meaning of 2 Corinthians 4:8-9. And find inspiration and encouragement for faith during hard times.

How do you keep your faith in hard times?

Some days are hard to get through, and I’ve had quite a few of those days lately. We all face tough times. Maybe it’s the little things that add up and drive us crazy. Or maybe we are facing much bigger problems in life. Either way, we can take comfort in God’s promises. He is faithful! And He will show us how to have faith in hard times.

What is the meaning of 2 Corinthians 4:8-9?

God has continued to place this verse from 2 Corinthians 4 in front of me over the past few months. I have been facing a rather large trial in my life and the words that Paul wrote, speak volumes to me.

We’ll start this devotion by reading this scripture together…

We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed-

  2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NKJV

 

Each of the situations Paul describes in this Bible verse affects us all at some point in our lives. So, let’s take a closer look at this verse and break it down together.

hard-pressed but not crushed…

When I think of being hard-pressed, I imagine being in a trash compactor. The walls are closing in on me and soon I’ll be pressed into a small little box. It’s a feeling of being trapped.

Hard-ships will come in life but with God’s help, we can face them. We may be hard pressed, but He will not allow us to be trapped or crushed by life’s troubles.

perplexed but not in despair…

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed that you just didn’t know what to do next?

I think we’ve all been there. Life can seem so complicated and confusing. There is so much to do and so many things that demand our attention. Sometimes it feels like there is no way out.

Maybe you are dealing with the grief of losing a loved one or struggling at work. Whatever your circumstance, I pray that you will be encouraged. You have a Heavenly Father who loves you. You don’t have to be in despair because God is in control and we can rely on Him fully to see us through these trials.

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persecuted but not forsaken…

There are different ways to be persecuted. It can literally mean that someone is trying to hurt you physically, or it can be in the form of a verbal attack. It can also be a general feeling that people don’t like you because of your beliefs. I know in my life I have felt this kind of persecution, sometimes even from people I’m close to. I have been questioned about my faith in Jesus on many occasions. I think questions are a great way to open up a discussion about Jesus, but when that discussion turns ugly, it can be a daunting task to keep it together and not lash out. In these times, I try to remember that I’m in good company. The Bible tells us that every Christian will face some kind of persecution. But the great news is that God promises to never forsake us! We can have complete confidence that He will never leave us!

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struck down but not destroyed…

Life is hard! Really hard. Sometimes things don’t work out the way we planned and reality hits us hard. When a huge emergency pops up in life, it’s easy to feel like we’ve been struck down. But we are only temporarily knocked down, not knocked out. God is there to pick us up, dust us off and send us back out into the world again. We haven’t been destroyed, we have become stronger.

Trusting God in Hard Times

I have been in each and every one of these situations.

I’ve been hard pressed, perplexed, persecuted, and struck down. I have felt despair and sometimes it has overtaken me completely.

But God has not forgotten me or left me alone to face these trials by myself.

He has shown me His love and He has fulfilled His promise to see me through it every step of the way. And I’m so grateful God has continued to put this verse in front of me over and over again. Every time I read it, I find the strength to face the trials of life and to have faith during hard times.

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Keeping Faith in God During Hard Times

Bad times come and go. But learning to keep the faith in the most difficult situations is what the Apostle Paul teaches us through this scripture.

And God wants to take all of the pain and sadness we find along the way and show us how to keep the faith. With His love and encouragement on our side, we can find hope for tomorrow and strength for today!

This is my prayer for you… whatever trial you’re facing right now, you’ll know you are never crushed, in despair, forsaken, or destroyed. God understands life is hard. So, He has given you the promise inside this verse from 2 Corinthians 4. He loves you, He is with you, and He will get you through it!

All you need is a little faith in hard times.

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Power of Prayer – James 5:16

Power of Prayer James 5:16 Why is prayer so powerful?

Prayer is powerful! And the power of prayer is real and tangible. As real as anything we can see or touch. It is a source of strength that we, as Christians, can tap into at any time, day or night. This verse from James 5:16 sums up this incredible power perfectly.

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

                                                               James 5:16

 

As I was researching, I came across some articles that claimed the power of prayer is a mysterious force. Honestly, I just don’t believe that. Prayer is not a mystery that we can’t comprehend. Like most things pertaining to God, it is simple and easy to understand.

So, if prayer is not a mysterious force, what is it? And why is prayer so powerful?

Prayer is our direct line to God. When we call on Him, He hears us and He answers. It’s simple, maybe too simple for some people. Maybe they want it to be mysterious and complicated for some reason that is beyond me. But I believe in a God who loves me and wants to hear from me as much as I want to hear from Him. And I believe in the power of prayer too.

Prayer has the power to make things happen. Not because of our own strength, but because we have been declared righteous through faith in Jesus. He alone is the reason that our prayers have power!

 

What does James 5:16 mean?

For the answer let’s look at an example of the power of prayer in action in the next scripture…

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.

                                                              James 5:17-18

Elijah believed in God and therefore was a righteous man. He prayed for the rain to be withheld and the Lord answered him. Then he prayed for the rain to come, and the Lord answered again.

Through his faith, Elijah shows us the meaning of fervent prayer and how it avails much. He didn’t just say a little prayer every now and then. He prayed continually and earnestly that God would keep the rain from falling. Then he prayed for the Lord to bring the rain. In both circumstances, the Lord heard and answered Elijah’s prayers. (You can read more about Elijah in 1 Kings)

And because we are righteous in God’s eyes, our prayers are effective and powerful tools too. We just need to practice the same kind of faithful and consistent prayer that Elijah did. Then the results will be undeniable.

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Is there real power in prayer?

The answer is a simple yes. But for us to see the power of prayer in our lives we must first believe in it and have faith in God. This is where the real power comes from… our faith.

Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

                                                             Mark 11:24

 

With His words here in Mark 11:24, Jesus emphasized believing in the power of prayer and having faith that God will not only hear our prayer but answer it also.

Sometimes we pray but we don’t really believe that anything will actually happen. Or we pray and think that our problems are too big, too small, too whatever for God. We have a “wing and a prayer” mentality. Kind of like luck or happenstance. Maybe our prayers are heard and maybe they’re not.

But what Jesus is talking about here is the condition of our hearts. Do we really believe deep down inside that God will hear our prayers? Do we have faith God will answer us? Because if we want to see the power of prayer, we must truly believe in our hearts that He will.

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Beyond just believing, we can have confidence in the power of prayer. Here’s an open invitation from God to us…

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

                                                            Hebrews 4:16

 

Prayer is not a last resort. Even though we may see it that way sometimes. When something bad happens, we try to fix it on our own and only turn to praying once we have failed. (Believe me, I’m guilty of this sometimes too!)

But prayer is not our last hope. Instead, it is our greatest offense and our best option in all circumstances. No matter what is going on in our lives, good or bad, God wants to hear about it. There is no need to worry about if it’s okay to pray or how our prayers will be received. We can boldly take all of our problems right to God’s throne of grace in our time of need.

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In my life, I have seen the power of prayer many times. But never more than when my mom had cancer. The doctors gave her about three months to live, however, God gave us three more years together. And I have no doubt that it was the power of prayer at work. So many people were praying for my mom. Our family and friends, two whole churches, even people we didn’t know. They were all praying for her.

And guess what… God heard their prayers. He listened and He cared. He knew that our family was in need and He didn’t let us down. It was during this time that God allowed me to experience the power of prayer firsthand. I could see how prayer is the solution to all of life’s problems and how we can have complete confidence in taking everything to God in prayer.

So, you see, understanding the power of prayer is not a mysterious thing. We are simply having a conversation with a loving and faithful God.

Isn’t it amazing to know that the Creator of the universe, the One who spoke the world into motion wants to speak to you? God loves you and He wants to hear from you.

Today, I pray you will claim the power of prayer, find encouragement and strength in it, and see the undeniable results in your life.

Now is the time to declare I believe in the power of prayer!

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Benefits of Winter – Psalm 74:17

Benefits of Winter Psalm 74:17 devotional

Why did God create Winter?

In this Psalm 74:17 devotional, we’ll answer this question and discover the Benefits of Winter, our God-given time of rest.

The dark days of winter are here. The beauty of the fall leaves is over, and the barren trees are all that is left behind.

I’ve been watching the coverage of the snowstorms on the news and my heart goes out to everyone who is struggling through yet another winter storm.

Although we haven’t had the extreme weather here in Arkansas others are experiencing, I know how difficult it can be.

Some of the hard ice storms we’ve endured in the past are still fresh in my memory.

A few years ago, my mom was fighting cancer and we had to get her to St. Louis for an important treatment.

But the problem was we were in the middle of one of the worst ice storms in recent history. My dad, brother, and I spent most of the day shoveling snow, putting towels and kitty litter under the tires trying desperately to get the car uncovered and unstuck so we could leave before the next wave of snow came down. It was exhausting!

During these times it’s easy to forget the reason why God made winter.

When we’re shoveling snow, driving to work on sheets of ice, or battling a cold or the flu, the benefits of winter can get lost in the struggle just to get through it.

But God did create this season and He had a reason for it.

What is the biblical meaning of Winter?

Let’s read this Bible verse from Psalm 74 and find the biblical meaning of this glorious winter season!

You have set all the borders of the earth;

You have made summer and winter.

                                         Psalm 74:17 NKJV

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In the beginning, God established the borders and limits of nature for our benefit. He made a beautiful creation for us to live on when He created the earth.

And it is not a coincidence that He created the four seasons. Because each season has a purpose in maintaining our environment. And winter is an important part of God’s plan to preserve the earth for our use.

This verse from Psalm 74, describes this plan perfectly and shows us God’s sovereignty over all of creation.

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Benefits of Winter for Nature

 

Even though we may not see it while we’re shoving snow from the sidewalk or scraping ice off of our windshield, God’s blessings pour down on us during this critical time in nature.

And each of the things listed in this Bible verse from Isaiah 55, bless us in ways we can only see once winter has ended.

 

For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,

And do not return there,

But water the earth,

And make it bring forth and bud,

That it may give seed to the sower

And bread to the eater.

                                          Isaiah 55:10 NKJV

 

Just as our bodies need rest, so does the earth.

God, in His infinite wisdom, has given us and all of nature this time to rest and prepare for the coming spring.

The falling snow replenishes our water supply and keeps the trees alive during this dormant time. The frost protects the soil and keeps the seeds preserved for springtime planting.

Some of the animals are hibernating, while others have migrated to warmer climates. Giving them a time to rest and recuperate from the long summer months.

In truth, I’m hibernating a little bit this year too. I’m recovering from an injury and falling on the slippery ice is not my idea of a good time. So, I’ll use this cold snap to rest my body and refresh my spirit as I look forward to the coming spring.

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Spiritual Benefits of Cold Weather

This scripture from Isaiah 55 also has a bigger meaning we should address. Following these words about the Winter season the prophet wrote this…

It is the same with my word.
I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
and it will prosper everywhere I send it.

                                    Isaiah 55:11 NLT

 

Just as the barren trees will once again produce fruit, the Word of God will prosper and never return void.

As we look at the benefits of winter, this is an important lesson for us.

Because the spiritual benefits of cold weather far outweigh anything going on in nature.

Building upon our faith by reading the Bible and praying should always be our priority. And winter, our God-given time of rest, is the perfect time to reconnect with God’s Word and store it in our hearts!

So, I plan to spend a great deal of my time this Winter reading the Bible and preparing my heart for the spiritual springtime ahead. My hope and prayer are that you will do the same.

May you be blessed by the truth of God’s Word and see the Benefits of Winter in your life today!

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