fbpx

How to Overcome Doubt – Matthew 14:31

How to Overcome Doubt Matthew 14:31

Doubt is a dirty word in Christian circles. It’s something we don’t talk about just in case the pastor is listening. And we pretend we don’t feel it because we think our friends will look down on us if we admit it. So, in this devotional, we’ll read the words of Jesus from Matthew 14:3,1 and learn how to overcome doubt.

What is the meaning of Matthew 14:31?

Let’s read this scripture together…

 

O you of little faith, why did you doubt?

                                                   Matthew 14:31 NKJV

The truth is… No matter how long we’ve been Christians, or how strongly we feel about our faith in God, we all have doubt. Every single one of us.

I have doubt, and I bet you do too.

Having doubt doesn’t mean we’re bad or that we don’t love Jesus. It just means we’re human. Because it’s human nature to doubt what we can’t see.

We think if we can’t touch it or hold it in our hand, then maybe it’s not real. Sometimes doubt is just a fleeting thought. It comes to us in an instant and leaves just as quickly. But other times doubt lingers. It plays tricks with our minds, tears us apart on the inside, and robs us of our joy.

What causes doubt?

Before we go into how to overcome doubt, let’s look at where it comes from. If we can understand the source of our doubt, we can easily quiet it when it comes calling.

#1 Satan

All Christians have an enemy in Satan. He seeks to destroy us. And doubt is one of the many tactics he uses against us.

He will search for a way into our lives to achieve his goal of utterly demolishing us. And once he has found a way in, He is relentless in his attack.

He slinks in, like the snake he is and puts doubt in our minds leaving us feeling hopeless. Then he’ll slink off again to look for some other poor soul to terrorize.

But we don’t need to fear Satan or listen to his lies. Jesus has already defeated him. However, we do need to be mindful of his plan to place doubt in our hearts and minds and learn to recognize his devious actions.

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

#2 Outside Sources

We are called to live in the world but not of it. But sometimes living in the world leaves us vulnerable to doubt. These outside sources are the things of this world that distract us from God’s plan. They could be the people we surround ourselves with, the things we read or watch on TV, social media, etc. Anything we put into our minds can cause doubt to form if we allow it to influence our thoughts and beliefs.

#3 Ourselves

Sometimes our doubt is much closer to home than we would like it to be. At times, we can be our own worst enemy. Our view of ourselves can leave us feeling like we’re not good enough or that we’re a failure. These negative thoughts can cause doubt to creep into our minds if we allow them to take hold.

How to Overcome Doubt in Faith

God, in His infinite wisdom, knows the innermost workings of our minds. He knows we have doubt and He knows we wonder where He is when everything goes wrong in our lives. He understands our hearts and He has not left us alone to face doubt on our own. We can recognize what causes doubt and quickly overcome it with one simple God-given tool…our Faith!

 

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

                                                   Hebrews 11:1 NKJV

Faith is the gift of God, given to us to help in the times we face doubt and unbelief. It is the evidence of the things we can’t see but know in our hearts to be true.

Read More: Will You Stand Firm in the Faith? 1 Corinthians 16:13

How do you overcome doubt?

In Matthew 14:31, Jesus said to the disciples, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”  But what does this simple scripture means?

The disciples had been with Jesus, and they saw Him perform miracle after miracle. They had the unique opportunity of being an eyewitness to the ministry of the Savior. And they still had doubt!

At some point, each of us made the decision to give our lives to Christ because the Holy Spirit showed us the truth of who Jesus is.

Unlike the disciples, we have not physically witnessed the miracles of Jesus. But we know for a fact God is real and Jesus is the Son of God because of our faith.

And even though We may not be able to reach out and touch God or witness the miracles of Jesus with our own eyes, but we can see what He has done in our lives, around us, and for us.

We have seen the hand of God at work. This is the evidence of our faith Hebrews 11 talks about. And our salvation through Jesus at work.

If we look around we will see God’s goodness surrounding us. And when doubt enters our minds, we can remember those times when we were so close to God it did feel like we could touch Him.

How to Overcome Doubt Biblically

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

                                                     Romans 10:17 KJV

We have the most powerful weapon on earth at our disposal, God’s Word. Faith comes by hearing the word of God and understanding the truth within it. We can grow our faith by reading the Bible and storing it in our hearts. When we become firmly grounded in God’s truth, doubt will no longer have a hold on us. Instead of allowing doubt to destroy us, we can simply turn to the Scriptures and lean on the promises of God to get us through. Because God’s word is real!

Read More: Living Water John 4:10

Prayer to Overcome Doubt and Unbelief

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord I believe, help my unbelief!”

                                                      Mark 9:24

This is a prayer of a man who had doubt in his heart but still wanted to believe. It’s an honest and heartbreaking cry to the only One who could help him in his suffering.

We all know how this man felt because we’ve been there, on our knees begging God to help us in our pain and unbelief.

But when doubt creeps in, we have a direct line to God. We can shoot up a prayer to Him in a second and ask Him for strength and guidance.

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

                                                    James 5:16 NIV

Our prayers are not effective because we have great faith or because we are faithful to God. They are effective only because we are righteous through our belief in Jesus.

This is our promise from God… He is always faithful to us, and He will hear our prayers when we call out to Him.

How to Overcome Doubt as a Christian

Yes, we all have doubt, but doubt doesn’t have to keep us from experiencing the loving touch of God’s hand in our lives.

It’s okay to have questions. And it’s okay to ask God to help us when we doubt.

But we cannot afford to let doubt penetrate our minds and our souls. We must recognize it for what it is and stop it in its tracks.

Our faith is the tool that helps us to overcome our doubt and seek God’s face in times of need. Each of the Bible verses in this devotional teaches us how to overcome doubt in God and persevere in times of unbelief.

And this final Bible verse tells us where to find hope for such times…

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

                                         Psalm 71:5 NKJV

 

So today, I pray each of us will turn away from doubt, seek hope in God, and grow our faith in Jesus.

May God bless you! And help you through times of doubt and unbelief!

Hope Black and White Bible Verse Art by Master’s Hand Collection

Black and White Bible Verse Art by Master’s Hand Collection

Victory Black and White Printable Art

Love Black and White Printable Art

Faith Black and White Printable Art

Popular Bible Studies from Master’s Hand Collection

By |2021-10-03T14:24:30-05:00August 17th, 2021|Christian Life, Faith, Hope|2 Comments

Living Water – John 4:10

Living Water John 4:10 What is living water? And what is the main point of John 4:10? Find out three tips to quench spiritual thirst.

What is living water? And what is the main point of John 4:10?

Let’s start with water itself.

Water is essential for our physical well-being. Without this critical element, life couldn’t exist.

And there’s no better example of this than the summer heat.

This summer seems to have flown by fast. But soaring temperatures are still in the forecast, at least for a little while longer. So, as the mercury continues to rise, we naturally look for ways to keep the heat at bay.

We all know the drill…stay inside with the AC on whenever possible, wear sunscreen when we go outside, and most importantly drink plenty of water.

If we don’t, we just might find ourselves lacking the proper hydration and in need of some serious relief.

When the sun beats down, we long for this cool relief water provides. A long dip in cool streams of blue water, or a sip of refreshing ice-cold water. They remind us to replenish our bodies with this life-giving liquid.

But as the end of summer approaches, our thoughts turn to the obligations the coming fall season will bring. Our lives are about to heat up in a different way with a new school year, work, family and friends, church activities and so much more. Honestly, it’s a lot to handle. With each new thing we add to our list, we pour a little more water out of our figurative cup.

Before we know it, we’re caught in the day-to-day grind and feeling spiritually thirsty with a cup that has run completely dry. We become depleted and crave spiritual refreshment. Or as the psalmist so beautifully wrote in these Bible verses about spiritual thirst…

 

My soul longs for You like a thirsty land.  Psalm 143:6

and

 

As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.  Psalm 42:1

These two scriptures speak so eloquently to the craving of a thirsty soul, searching for what will restore and renew.

So, the question becomes… Where do you find Living Water?

The good news is, we don’t have to look far to find living water in our lives every day. Here are three tips to quench spiritual thirst when life gets too hot.

 

#1 Jesus is the Living Water so let’s go directly to the Source.

 

“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 

“Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again;  but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

                                                          John 4:10; 13-14

Close to where I live, there’s a quaint little town called Eureka Springs. It’s a beautiful place located in the majestic Ozark Mountains. It began as a place of refuge for the sick. People in Victorian times believed the many natural springs in the area had healing properties and would go directly to the water source to be healed. Today, the springs are still flowing, they’re a force of nature that can’t be stopped. And people still flock to the town to bathe in their natural waters.

This is how I see Jesus, He is the source of living water in our lives. He has the power to heal whatever ails us. And He is like one of these natural springs. An unending flow of living water springing up, and a force of nature that can’t be stopped.

The deep spiritual thirst inside of us can only be quenched by knowing Him. So, He offers us the gift of living water which is eternal life. And it’s not just a little drip every now and then. Through Jesus we have an unlimited amount of living water springing up directly from the source, flowing through us, and ready to give a drink to the thirsty parts of our soul whenever we need it.

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

#2 Draw from the wells of salvation.

Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

                                                            Isaiah 12:3

 

Digging a well is no small feat. You’ve got to get in there and dig down, deeper and deeper until you find the water shelf where the fresh water lies. But once you hit pay dirt, the well is there for you to draw from every day without fail.

When our lives become like a barren wasteland, we thirst for the joy of our salvation. And sometimes we have to dig down deep to find it.

But the wells of salvation have already been dug for us, all we have to do is draw the water from them. There, deep in the wells of salvation, we’ll find joy and relief from the arid landscape of our lives. So, draw from the wells and refresh your thirsty soul today.

#3 Drink from the Rivers of Living Water.

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

                                                          John 7:37-38

As we already talked about, our physical bodies need drinking water every day to survive. Without it we become thirsty and parched. Then, we get cranky and cotton-mouthed. If enough passes by without this crucial element, eventually, we’ll die. That kind of thirst is a terrible thing. And in the middle of a crisis like that, nothing could possibly taste better than a tall, ice-cold glass of water.

As much as our bodies need water to survive, our spiritual selves need living water every day to flourish too. Without this critical element, we’ll wither away.

But we don’t have to thirst spiritually because our belief in the Son of the living God creates rivers of living water that flow out of our hearts.

Faith is the key to keeping our cups full. In the midst of our thirst, Jesus calls out to us, “come to Me and drink.” There is no need to thirst or want. He is there ready to pour living water into our empty cup and fill it full to the brim, renewing our spirits and refreshing our minds.

Is the summer heat making you thirsty, tired or even a little burned out? Are you wondering, where do you find Living Water to quench your thirsty soul?

Jesus said… I am the Living Water. So, go to the Source, draw from the wells, and find streams of living water flowing freely from your heart!

I truly hope and pray you will be blessed by the truth of who He is and by these scriptures as you drink the Living Water of Jesus today!

Have a happy and safe rest of the summer!

Christian Art Printables from Master’s Hand Collection

Popular Bible Studies from Master’s Hand Collection!

Did you know that only 2 percent of deaf people have “heard” the good news of Jesus?

When you purchase any Master’s Hand Collection item, 10 percent of all proceeds are donated to deaf ministries around the world. THANK YOU for helping to spread the gospel to this under served community.

May God bless you greatly!

By |2021-08-16T13:02:01-05:00August 15th, 2021|Christian Life, Jesus|6 Comments

Will You Stand Firm in the Faith? – 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Will You Stand Firm in the Faith? 1 Corinthians 16:13

Will you stand firm in the faith even when it’s hard? And how do you stand strong in your faith when the world is against everything you believe?

I think we can all agree it’s easy to be a Christian on Sunday. We go to church where we’re surrounded by other people who believe as we do. We sing and worship together, and we listen to the sermon to find inspiration for the week ahead.

The challenge comes when we leave that church building. Waiting for us outside those doors is a world filled with people who oppose our beliefs and want us to be silent.

In their eyes, it’s okay if we believe our silly little thoughts as long as we don’t talk about them or try to persuade anyone else to believe them.

Have you ever had someone tell you that you shouldn’t talk about your faith? I know I have! And it always takes me by surprise.

Yes, they want us to be silent. But our faith is bigger than them and it’s bigger than us too.

Bible verse about standing up for what is right

This quote from Jesus says “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32.

We have the truth because we have Jesus. We know who we serve, and we know what has been done for us.

So, it’s our job and our privilege to share our faith with the people around us. To stand up for what we believe in and tell them the good news so they can have the same assurance of freedom in the Lord Jesus Christ that we have.

Here’s what the Apostle Paul had to say in 1 Corinthians 16:13 about this challenge every Christian faces.

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.

                                                   1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NKJV

This is an inspirational Bible verse about standing up for what you believe in. And within this scripture, there are five distinct commands to follow. Let’s explore each one together and discover the meaning of stand firm in the faith.

#1 Watch

As women, we are taught to watch what is going on around us when we’re in a public place.

Our parents teach us when we are young girls not to talk to strangers. When we get a little older, we’re told not to park our car in a dark parking structure or next to a van. They say don’t go on long walks alone in a neighborhood park or on a blind date with someone we just met online.

We’re taught all of this to keep us safe from someone who may want to harm us physically. But this command, “Watch” is directed at our spiritual wellbeing.

Because there are people out there who are against our faith. And they would like nothing more than to cause us to doubt our beliefs. So, we should take this warning seriously. Be watchful and on alert. Be aware of who we surround ourselves with. And be mindful of what their agenda may be.

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

#2 Stand Fast

As we just talked about, there are unsaved people out there who would like nothing more than to put doubt in our minds.

But there is another, more dangerous enemy to be on guard against. They are false teachers who sow confusion, not just in other religions, but within our own too.

These false teachers have a watered-down view of Christianity, or what I like to call the “rose-colored glasses” version of the Bible.

And they are not doing us any favors by misleading us about what the Bible says!

It is up to us to know what the Bible teaches and to stand fast in our faith, or as the NIV translation of the Bible puts it, stand firm in the faith.

I love that word, “firm”. It makes me think about Jesus being my firm foundation and the rock that I can stand on no matter what circumstance I face.

I hope when you hear the word firm, you have a similar image in your mind. Because our faith is built on the firm foundation and truth of Jesus Christ.

Our job here on earth is to stand fast in the faith. We are responsible for knowing the truth of God’s word for ourselves, understanding what is in it, and not allow false teachers to lead us astray.

Read More: Jesus is Our Firm Foundation

#3 Be Brave

It’s never fun to be called out and have to defend yourself. I get it, and I feel the same way. I don’t like confrontation either, it’s awkward and uncomfortable.

But we live in a world where our faith will be tested. We will be challenged, and we will be asked questions.

So when this happens, we have to be brave enough to face the challenge head-on. We can be ready with an answer and be willing to share our faith with an unbelieving world because we know the truth of God’s Word.

#4 Be Strong

Our society tells us that we are supposed to be politically correct. We shouldn’t say anything that might offend someone else. If we don’t agree, then we should just be polite and keep our mouths shut.

But God has not called Christians to be silent, He has called us to be strong.

Instead of silence, we should speak openly and plainly about our faith with those people who hold different beliefs and have questions about ours.

And we should be mindful that our words are always grounded in Biblical truth. If they are, then we should be strong enough to speak these truths with confidence knowing that God’s Word never returns void. (Isaiah 55:11)

#5 With Love

The four previous commands are forceful, maybe more forceful than we feel we should be sometimes.

But our Christian love for other people is the most important part of this equation.

Love is what binds us together and our love for the unsaved should be what motivates us to share our faith.

God doesn’t ask us to be judgmental or to beat people over the head with a Bible. Our kindness and love for our fellow man will go a lot farther than browbeating them ever could.

God wants us to show His love to an unbelieving world so that when they look at us, they can see Him.

Together we can show the love of Christ to those who need Him the most. With our love, we can be the beacon of light that shines the way to Jesus.

Read More: Why Should We Love One Another?

Sundays are a great day for us to get fired up for Jesus, and connect with other Christians. But our challenge is to live our life for Jesus every day of the week. When we do the benefits of standing firm in the Lord will speak for themselves.

The quote, actions speak louder than words, is very true. And our actions are important because the world is watching us.

What will they see? Someone who loves them with the love of Christ? Someone who is standing firm in the faith every day? Or are we just casual Christians going to church on Sunday and living our lives as we see fit the rest of the week?

I hope I am not that person. And my prayer is that I will be able to stand fast in my faith when challenged, have love for those people God puts in my life, and share the truth of Jesus with them.

How about you? Will you stand firm in your faith? Have the courage to live for Jesus every day? And share His love with those around you?

I pray you will join me in taking up this challenge to live for Jesus and stand firm in the faith every day of the week!

As always, May God bless you!

Stand Firm in the Faith Christian Art 

Christian Art Printables from Master’s Hand Collection

Faith B&W Printable Art

B&W Collection Cards (Set of 7 Greeting Cards)

Seeing God’s Hand Bible Verse Cards (Set of 14 Scripture Memory Cards)

Don’t Miss these Bible Studies from Master’s Hand Collection!

2 Older Comments. (These comments cannot be replied to, but you are welcome to leave your thoughts in the Comments section below.)

Sandra J.

10/27/2017 05:41:29 pm

Hi, I’m your neighbor at #FaithonFire and a first time visitor. I so appreciate this meditation from Scripture. Beautiful thoughts, beautiful verse! Blessings!

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

10/28/2017 09:17:41 am

Hi Sandra! I’m so glad you could stop by. Thank you for the encouraging comment. May God bless you!

By |2021-08-31T17:32:49-05:00August 9th, 2021|Christian Life, Faith|0 Comments

What does Taste and See that the Lord is good mean? Psalm 34:8

What does taste and see that the Lord is good mean? Find out with this taste and see scripture from Psalm 34:8

We experience the world through our senses. They give us the ability to understand our surroundings and enjoy life. This taste and see scripture from Psalm 34:8 gives us an exciting invitation to experience the goodness of God through two of our God-given senses…

 

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;

Blessed is the man who trusts in Him.

                                         Psalm 34:8

What does Taste and See that the Lord is good mean?

The sense of taste has the power to take us to unseen places. Sometimes, it’s a faraway locale or a dream vacation in the making. And other times it’s back in time to a special memory of sharing a meal with loved ones.

I love to watch those TV shows about cooking. You know the ones where the host describes what their food tastes like for the viewing audience. The sweetness of a strawberry shortcake, how the spongy cake mingles with the buttery cream and rich berries. The flaky crust and gooey, warm filling of a tart cherry pie. Or a spicy, hot enchilada. The way the flavors burst in your mouth and fill your taste buds with pleasure!

And I love to taste the flavors of my childhood. My Granny made the most scrumptious chicken and dumplings and the most delicious biscuits and gravy imaginable! With each yummy bite, I’m transported to a different time and place. Happy memories of my family gathered around the table, laughing and living life together fill my soul while I’m filling my tummy.

But the sense of taste isn’t something you can learn from someone else. It’s something you must experience for yourself. You can listen all day long to someone describe the flavors, but to taste them, you have to actually put the food in your mouth and eat it.

Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord

In the same way that we can taste our favorite foods and savor them, we can also enjoy God’s goodness. But this taste and see scripture teaches us, if want the goodness of the Lord in our life, we need to be intentional about it. Once we’ve developed a relationship with God by feeding our minds with His Word and by putting our trust in Him, we’ll experience the fullness of God’s blessings toward us.

But tasting God’s goodness is just the beginning! Because…

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

Seeing is Believing

The experience of tasting leads us to seeing. And seeing is believing. If we believe in our hearts that God is good, then our eyes will be open to seeing His goodness on display in our lives every day.

God has given each of us many blessings. Through the simple things like getting us to and from work safely every day, to the big earth-shattering moments where life takes an unexpected turn, the goodness of God never changes.

And we’re able to see God’s blessings just like we can see the beauty of a sunset with its brilliant colors fading into each other. The vast ocean with its sandy beach. A babbling brook, cool and blue. Or a rolling hillside, lush and green. Think of all of the amazing sights God has created for us to see!

 

God is good

God is good all the time! And the outcome of both tasting and seeing, is believing in the goodness of God. Through both the good and bad times, God shows His true colors by blessing us with mercy and compassion. Because He is good, we are able to taste and see His goodness surrounding us when we need Him the most. He loves us and wants to share His goodness with us.

So, if you want to see the goodness of God and His and blessings, just taste and see them for yourself today!

P.S. If you need a little more inspiration… This taste and see song always shows me a glimpse of God’s goodness!

Taste and See that the Lord is good verse Printables

Names of Jesus Collection Printable Art

Names of Jesus Collection Printable Art

Taste and See Printable Art

Taste and See Printable Card

More Daily Devotionals from Master’s Hand Collection!

By |2021-08-08T18:57:43-05:00August 8th, 2021|Christian Life, Summer|7 Comments

Waiting On God -Psalm 27:14

Waitng On God Psalm 27:14

What is the meaning of Psalm 27:14?

In Psalm 27:14, we’re told to wait on the Lord. But what does that mean? And how does it affect our lives as Christians? In this devotional, we’ll explore the message of this popular Bible verse and discover how waiting on God will strengthen our faith in Jesus.

Let’s start by reading Psalm 27:14 together…

Wait on the Lord;

Be of good courage,

And He shall strengthen your heart;

Wait, I say on the Lord.

                     Psalm 27:14 NKJV

 

Waiting on God is Hard

Waiting is hard!

We’ve all heard the saying “patience is a virtue”. Well, it’s not a virtue that comes naturally to me.

I hate to wait. I hate waiting in line at the grocery store, in traffic and yes, if I’m honest with myself, I hate to wait for that thing I’ve been praying about.

When I pray and God tells me, “Wait”, I sigh inwardly. It’s not the answer I was hoping for.

Sometimes I feel like my life is in a constant holding pattern waiting on the Lord. Every part of me is crying out to do something! Anything!

If you’re in a time of waiting maybe you can relate to that feeling. And I hope my story of waiting on God will help you through this difficult time we all face as Christians.

Because even though waiting on God is hard, it won’t last forever.

This scripture reminds us of that truth by likening it to a farmer waiting patiently for his crop to grow. With patience our waiting will bear fruit too.

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 NIV

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

Why is Waiting on God important?

When waiting on God becomes difficult, it’s easy to wonder… Why does God make you wait?

The simple answer is, God has a purpose for everything He does. And asking us to wait is no different.

God has spent the last few years gently guiding me and teaching me patience. It’s been a long, hard lesson. And there have been some bumps in the road.

He asks me to wait, so I do it. But I admit, there have been many times when I wasn’t too happy about it.

So, in my season of waiting, I try to remember God has a purpose behind it, even if I can’t see it now.

Here’s a verse that speaks to my heart during these times and reminds me to wait on the Lord and His faithfulness…

I cry out to God Most High,
to God who fulfills his purpose for me.
 He will send from heaven and save me;
he will put to shame him who tramples on me. Selah
God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness!

                        Psalm 57:2-3 ESV

 

These Uplifting Faith Bible Verses will strengthen your heart!

4 Important Benefits of Waiting on God

Through the waiting, God has taught me a few things, and I’d like to share them with you. I hope these important benefits of Waiting on God will give you a little bit of encouragement on your journey.

 

#1 Rely on God

Waiting on God has made me seek Him instead of relying on myself. I’m sure that’s the reason He has asked me to wait on Him in the first place.

Because when I’m waiting, I’m praying more and spending more time reading my Bible.

And because of these two things, my relationship with God has grown and I can feel the closeness with Him I long for.

Allow God to lead you during this time of waiting and learn to rely on Him.

Lead me in Your truth and teach me,

For You are the God of my salvation;

For You I wait all the day.

                        Psalm 25:5 NKJV

 

#2 God’s Timing is Perfect

Many times, people ask… Does waiting on God mean doing nothing?

And the answer may surprise you.

Waiting on God doesn’t mean God isn’t listening or that He doesn’t care. And it doesn’t mean we should just sit back and do nothing. It simply means, we have to wait for His perfect timing.

I know it might seem like the waiting will never end, but when we wait for God’s perfect timing, it forces us to focus on our faith instead of plowing through the day-to-day stuff that gets in the way of our relationship with Him.

If we’ll leave it in His hands, when the time is right, God will move us in the right direction. And He promises us, He will get us through the wait. All we need is a little patience, a whole lot of faith, and God’s timing.

My times are in your hands;

                    Psalm 31:15 NIV

#3 God has a Plan

Waiting on God means we accept His will for our lives and not our own.

God has a plan for each one of us. A plan to give us the very best of Himself.

Sometimes I feel like I know exactly what God wants me to do and other times I feel completely lost.

But God’s plan isn’t about how I feel, it’s about His perfect will for my life. I just need to get out of the way and let His will for my life take hold.

But I can’t do that if I’m constantly running ahead of God and trying to make it happen on my own.

So, God asks me to wait, to be patient, and to be still and know that He is God.

This Bible scripture teaches us to wait patiently and know that God is still in control.

“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”

                    Psalm 46:10 ESV

 

#4 God is Pretty Amazing

I’m in awe of how God works everything out to fit within His will. He can do some pretty amazing things sometimes!

I’m so thankful that I serve a God, who is full of grace and mercy, is patient with me, even in my impatience. And I’m so grateful that He loves me, even when I’m downright unlovable.

He understands that waiting is difficult for me and when it becomes too much for me to bear, He shows His lovingkindness to me.

And if you’ll put your trust in God, He will turn your waiting into an opportunity to rejoice and be glad.

Because God is pretty amazing that way!

 

And it will be said in that day:
“Behold, this is our God;
We have waited for Him, and He will save us.
This is the Lord;
We have waited for Him;
We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”

                           Isaiah 25:9 NKJV

 

Read the Bible Study: A Reason to Rejoice and Be Glad Psalm 118:24

 

Reward for Waiting on God

God promises those who wait on Him a special reward. Let’s read about that reward for waiting on God together…

But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

                      Isaiah 40:31 NKJV

 

This popular Bible verse from Isaiah 40:31 shows us the spiritual strength we receive when we wait on the Lord.

Instead of resigning ourselves to a life of disappointment and failure going our own way, God gives us hope for a brighter future ahead.

Our renewed faith gives us strength. We will run the race of a life well-lived for Jesus Christ and not grow weary. We will spread our wings and soar like an eagle taking the love of God with us to everyone we meet.

Isn’t that what we hoped for when we first believed?

Of course, it is!

And because we have Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we can confidently wait on the Lord and His perfect plan to unfold in our lives, knowing He will restore our faith and strengthen our hearts. Even while we are waiting on Him.

I know I will never be perfect, and my ability to show patience will probably always be a work in progress.

But I choose to wait on God because I know He wants to give me His best. And I know He will bless me for waiting on Him and His will for my life.

I want to have God’s will in my life more than I want anything else. So, if waiting a little longer will get me there, then that’s what I’ll do. Even when it’s not easy.

A Prayer for Waiting on God

How about you? Are you waiting on God for something in your life right now? Are you having trouble being patient?

I promise you this, God is right there listening to your prayers. He has not forgotten that you are waiting on Him and He has a plan for you.

Yes, waiting on God can be hard sometimes, but He has a reason for everything He does. His timing is always perfect. And your wait won’t last forever.

So, my prayer for you today is… your heart will be strengthened and filled with courage. And you mount up with wings like eagles and see God’s lovingkindness in your life today.

May you be blessed while you are waiting on God!

Bible Verse Art from Master’s Hand Collection

God of Hope

Love One Another

By Grace

Inspiring Bible Studies from Master’s Hand Collection!

By |2022-01-08T18:52:05-06:00August 3rd, 2021|Christian Life, God|0 Comments

3 Promises for Tough Times – Jeremiah 31:3-4

3 Promises for Tough Times Jeremiah 31:3-4

What is the meaning of Jeremiah 31:3-4?

 

Tough times will surely come our way. But in this devotion, we’ll read Jeremiah 31:3-4 and find 3 Promises for Tough Times from our loving Heavenly Father to see us through them.

Let’s read this inspirational Bible verse about God’s unfailing kindness together…

Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;

Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.

Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt.

                                          Jeremiah 31:3-4 NKJV

I have loved you with an everlasting love meaning

In this scripture, we find Jeremiah in a pickle. God had given him the unenviable task of telling the people of Israel they had failed God and He was about to unleash His wrath upon them. Ouch!

Judah was in a covenant relationship with God. They were His chosen people, yet they chose to worship the pagan god Baal. The king of Judah had been defeated in battle and now the people were the subject of Egypt.

Soon, God would allow brutal Babylon to rule over them for seventy years.

Yes, tough times were on the horizon for the people of Judah. But instead of turning to God for help, they chose to continue worshiping their false gods and idols.

So, God sent Jeremiah to call Judah out on their wicked ways and tell them to turn back to Him before it was too late.

But they ignored Jeremiah’s warning of God’s coming judgment.

Faced with the people’s indifference to his message, Jeremiah had his own choice to make. He could go with the flow and follow the people’s lead, or he could remain faithful to God and His will.

In the face of adversity and growing defiance from the people, Jeremiah chose faith over popularity.

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

God’s Promise to Jeremiah

God remained faithful to Judah, in spite of their disobedience. He remembered His promise to restore His blessing. And because of His everlasting love, God showed His mercy on a faithless people and gave them a new covenant.

This story from Jeremiah isn’t just a piece of history from long ago. It is meant for us right here, right now! Just like Judah, sometimes we find ourselves facing tough times. And just like Jeremiah, we might be in a pickle.

When tragedy strikes us close to home, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The pain is too close and the struggle is too difficult. It’s almost impossible to see how anything in our lives can ever be right again. We’re at the crossroads and we have a choice to make. We can decide to turn our backs on God like the people of Judah. Or we can turn to God for help and rely on His promises during the tough times to come.

The Bible is filled with so many blessings and promises from God! Each one of them is meant to give us hope for a better tomorrow.

Within Jeremiah 31:3-4, there are three promises of God to help us in our time of need. Once we understand them, we can face any hardship with a new perspective and resolve.

Read More: 12 Uplifting Bible Verses for Faith in Hard Times

3 Promises of God

 

#1 An everlasting love

God loved us before the beginning of time. And He still loves us now in the midst of the storm we’re facing.

God’s love for us is an everlasting love. It has no beginning and it has no end.

 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions

                                                   Ephesians 2:4-5 NIV

 

God showed His mercy and demonstrated His great love for us by sending His Son to save us and give us everlasting life.

Through the sacrifice of Jesus, we have the ability to experience the unfailing kindness and unending love of God.

 

#2 I have drawn you

Because of God’s loving kindness, He stretches out His hand to us and draws us to Himself.

Even when trouble surrounds us and everything seems lost, God has not forgotten us. And He draws close to us in our need.

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

                                                      James 4:8 ESV

Read More: Jesus is Our Firm Foundation Matthew 7:24-27

#3 Again I will build you

Whatever hardship we’ve endured or tough times we’ve faced, whatever sin we have committed in the past, God has promised to rebuild our relationship with Him.

You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Christ Jesus. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture,

Behold, I lay in Zion

A chief cornerstone, elect, precious,

And he who believes on Him will by no

means be put to shame.

                                         1 Peter 2:5-6 NKJV

 

As Christians, we are the building project of God.

He is the contractor, building a spiritual house for us to dwell in. Jesus is the chief cornerstone of the building, keeping our spiritual house from crumbling and falling to pieces.

God has formed us into living stones to be set upon the cornerstone of Christ. Each stone is carefully and deliberately placed, making us the walls of the house firmly set on the foundation of our faith.

But our sin tears down the house God is building for us. So, He forgives our sins and builds the house back up again.

We are imperfect so, the building goes on and on. It is a continually building and rebuilding of our lives. And it will only be completed once we are in heaven with Him.

Reflection on Jeremiah 31

Jeremiah’s story is a testament to a faithful servant who endured many hardships yet followed God anyway. Today, his story stands as a reminder to us that tough times will come, but we have a loving Father who is always faithful to the end.

We may make bad choices or get knocked down, but when we make Jesus the cornerstone and focus of our lives, we will never fail.

God will honor His promises to us. He will show us everlasting love, draw us with loving kindness, and pick us up and build us again.

If you are facing tough times, I pray that you will turn to God and be encouraged by these 3 Promises for Tough Times.

God loves you, He will draw you to Himself, and He will build you again.

God bless!

Love Black and White Bible Verse Wall Art

Black and White Bible Verse Art Printables

Victory Black and White Bible Verse Art

Grace Black and White Bible Verse Art

Faith Black and White Bible Verse Art

Peace Black and White Bible Verse Art

Joy Black and White Bible Verse Art

Hope Black and White Bible Verse Art

Popular Bible Studies from Master’s Hand Collection

2 Older Comments. (These comments cannot be replied to, but you are welcome to leave your thoughts in the Comments section below.)

Bonnie Lyn Smith

9/18/2017 03:41:51 pm

Amen! So awesome to find your blog via #FaithFilledFridays! I love this! Tweeting and pinning!

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

9/19/2017 07:26:24 am

Hi Bonnie! Thank you so much for your kind comment. I’m glad we could connect through #FaithFilledFridays . And I’m looking forward to checking out your blog. God bless!

By |2021-10-17T14:16:18-05:00July 22nd, 2021|Christian Life, God, Love|2 Comments

Race to the Finish – 1 Corinthians 9:24-26

Race to the Finish 1 Corinthians 9:24-26

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into submission, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
                                                                                          

                                                            1 Corinthians 9:24-27

During Biblical times, there was an athletic competition similar to our Olympics. The Isthmian Games where held in the city of Corinth every two years. Athletes would train hard and devote themselves completely to the Games. Then, and only then, they would be allowed to compete in an event. Along with the bragging rights of a true companion, the winner would receive a pine wreath crown. The Apostle Paul likened the life of a Christian to that of a competitor in the Isthmian Games. But instead of bragging rights and a crown of pine, after we have run the race, we receive eternal life with Jesus.

There are certain qualities that an athlete must have in order to perform at the Olympic level. And I thought it would be fun to look at some of these qualities and compare them to what we as Christians can do to perform at a top level in our walk with Christ.

First, we need a Goal.

Every athlete has a goal in mind when they practice and when they compete. Without a goal, there wouldn’t be a desire to win or a reason to show up at the competition. That goal is their main focus in life and their eye is always on it. They are always in pursuit of their goal and nothing will stop them from achieving it.

Every Christian has a call from God on their life, and each of us should set our goal on that call. We should be pressing forward or deliberately pursuing that goal. Just as an athlete sets their eyes on the gold medal or a Super Bowl ring, we must set our eyes on Jesus and make sure that He is the main focus of our lives. He is what we are pressing toward. His call on our life is the goal, and nothing will keep us from getting to that goal.

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

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
                                                                                              Philippians 3:13-14

Second, we must work hard and show Discipline.

It takes hard work to get from the goal to the prize. We tend to think that people are born with a natural ability to be a top-tier athlete. Either you have it, or you don’t. But an athlete needs discipline to reach the top of the podium. It is everyday practice and discipline that makes them able to train their bodies to perform at such a high level. Discipline makes them get out of bed every day and practice, even when their body is tired or injured. Discipline propels them forward when nothing else will. Discipline is what creates winners.

Just as an athlete needs discipline to go from a goal to the prize, we also need discipline in our daily lives. We should be training ourselves by praying, reading and mediating on God’s Word. These are some of the ways that we can work to put our faith into practice every day. When we do, God promises that we will be rewarded for our efforts and our goal will become closer and closer.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
                                                                                          1 Corinthians 15:58
                           
Third, we should have endurance and Perseverance.

A track runner is trained to only see the hurdle in front of them, not to look past it for the next one. They jump over the first hurdle, then move on to the next. Eventually, they get to the last hurdle, and then the finish line is in sight. They show perseverance through each hurdle until the race is over.

That’s how we need to be, focused on what God has put right in front of us. There will always hurdles to overcome in life and many things will distract us from our goal. At times the finish line will seem to be just out of sight. But when we have perseverance and look to Jesus, “the finisher of the faith” we will be able to run with endurance and see the finish line clearly up ahead.  

Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
                                                                                             Hebrews 12:1-2

It’s easy to feel weighed down and discouraged. When you don’t see any forward movement the finish line seems so far away. But Jesus has already won the victory for us! And when we set our goal on Him and run the race before us, we will receive everything we need to make it to that goal. We can race to the finish with confidence in our Savior Jesus Christ.

Don’t Miss These Bible Studies from Master’s Hand Collection!

These Bible Study and Prayer Journals are now available on Amazon!

Picture, Olympic rings made of plasma copyright Filip Susanek used under license of Dreamstime.

By |2021-07-18T15:49:23-05:00July 18th, 2021|4th of July, Christian Life|0 Comments

Monday Motivation- All Thy Breakers Psalm 42:7

Do you feel overwhelmed by life? Does it seem like you go from one crisis to the next? The psalmist understood this perfectly when he wrote, All Your breakers and Your waves have passed over me. If it feels like you’re drowning, this Bible Verse for Hard Times has the answer… Turn to Jesus and allow Him to rescue you from the deep!

A Popular Bible Study from Master’s Hand Collection

The Blood of Jesus -Luke 22:20

The Blood of Jesus Luke 22:20

Nothing But the Blood of Jesus

I grew up singing the song Nothing but the Blood of Jesus in church most Sundays. And I bet you did too. The lyrics of this song have a significant meaning to all Christians. It speaks to the power of the blood of Jesus. However, it’s not something I gave a lot of thought to until it was brought to my attention.

Recently, I was asked, “Why do you sing songs about the blood of Jesus in church? Isn’t it a little bit macabre to sing about blood?”

I admit, these questions jolted me out of my “Christian bubble”. It seems so normal to me to sing about the blood of Jesus. But it’s something we should think about and discuss in detail.

So, today I’d like to take you through some of the blood of Jesus scriptures that shed meaning on the significance of the blood of Christ.

 

What does Luke 22:20 mean?

 

This cup is a new covenant in My blood, which was shed for you.

                                                   Luke 22:20 NKJV

A few times each year we participate in the Lord’s Supper. Or if you’re Catholic you probably do it more often and call it Communion. Either way, it is the remembrance of the body and blood of Jesus.

In this Bible verse from Luke 22, Jesus commanded us to remember His sacrifice and the blood He shed for us on the cross through the Lord’s supper.

Because it’s by His blood sacrifice that we are redeemed and have victory over death.

But why do we need a blood sacrifice, to begin with?

Significance of Blood Sacrifice in the Old Testament

To understand the importance of the blood of Jesus, we need to look at the Old Testament covenant when people lived under the Law of Moses.

For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.

                                                    Leviticus 17: 11 NKJV

 

God has given blood a significant role to play in our lives. It has the power to atone for our sin.

And before Jesus came to earth, people were required to sacrifice animals for this atonement.

But this redemption was only temporary, and another sacrifice was required to stay within the grace of God.

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

Importance of the Blood of Jesus

What does the blood of Jesus do for us? Why do we talk about it so much, even celebrate it? And why is His blood so important?

Because Blood = Life!

If there is no blood, then there is no life.

Just as it is true that without blood in our bodies we will die physically, the same is true, that without a blood sacrifice we will die spiritually.

But there is life in the blood of Jesus.

That’s why God sent Jesus to be our sacrifice. He died once and saved us from our sin permanently.

Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood, He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

                                                  Hebrews 9:12 NKJV

Read More: Victory in Jesus 1 Corinthians 15:57

Saved by the Blood of Jesus

When Jesus died on the cross a new covenant between God and His people was formed. We no longer live under Old Testament law, and we no longer need to sacrifice animals for our sins.

Under the blood of Jesus and this new covenant, our salvation comes directly from the blood sacrifice of Jesus. And one drop of His blood has the power to save us eternally!

 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.                                              

                                                Hebrews 10:14 NIV

 

Because Jesus is perfect, His sacrifice is also perfect. It doesn’t need to be repeated over and over again.

It is His selfless sacrifice on the cross that washes away our sin and gives us eternal life with Him.

Read More: Why Should We Love One Another? 1 John 4:7

The Precious Blood of Jesus

 

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

                                                  1 Peter 1:18-19 NIV

We were bought for a price. Not an earthy cost of silver or gold.

But with the precious blood of Jesus.

He is the Lamb who was slain for us. His precious blood flowing over us cleanses us of all unrighteousness and redeems us of all sin and shame.

Because of His sacrifice, we can call ourselves children of God!

The Blood that Jesus Shed for Me

The blood that Jesus shed is the only way to salvation. And all you need to do to share in this redemption is…

First, believe Jesus is the Son of God.

Second, know He died for your sins.

And lastly, accept Him as your Savior.

He has already done the rest!

Here’s how the Bible Verse from 1 John explains it…

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

                                                   1 John 1:7-9 NKJV

If you are not a believer in Jesus, my prayer is for you to understand the sacrifice He made for your sins on the cross and see His great love for you today.

If want to know what the blood of Jesus can do in your life, or you have questions about what it means to accept Jesus as your Savior… please read “Accepting Jesus”.

You’ll find a list of scriptures that will answer your questions in this short devotional. I also encourage you to talk to a minister at a church in your area. I know they’ll be happy to explain anything I may have left out.

If you are saved, then I rejoice with you that you are redeemed. And your sins are forgiven and washed away by the blood of Jesus!

I pray you’ll be encouraged and uplifted today by this reminder of what the blood of Christ has done for you!

Victory Art from Master’s Hand Collection

Popular Bible Studies from Master’s Hand Collection

By |2021-09-18T16:35:12-05:00June 26th, 2021|Christ, Christian Life, Halloween, Jesus|0 Comments

In His Presence Is Fullness of Joy Psalm 16:11

In His Presence is Fullness of Joy Psalm 16:11

Psalm 16:11 tells us… in His presence is fullness of joy. In this devotional, we’ll examine this scripture and discover the meaning behind it.

What does it mean in His presence is fullness of joy?

For the answer to this pivotal question, let’s read the Bible Verse that reveals the path to true happiness and fullness of joy…

 In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

        Psalm 16:11 NKJV                                                                        

 

 

To fully grasp the meaning of Psalm 16, we need to understand why David wrote this Bible verse in the first place.

When David penned these words, he was facing dire circumstances. He was on the run, hiding out, and waiting for the king’s army to find him and kill him. A painful death seemed absolute.

On the surface that doesn’t sound like a reason to be full of joy.

But David was able to look past the hardship and see the goodness of God.

He understood that true joy doesn’t rely on the outward circumstances we face each day.

Instead, it is a loving relationship with the Creator of the world that gives us a reason to rejoice, even in the worst of times.

That’s why David could say… in Your presence there is fullness of joy!

What does being in the presence of God mean?

Simply being in God’s presence brings joy into our lives.

There is nothing too big for Him to conquer and nothing too small for Him to care about. Whatever comes our way, God and His presence are always with us.

There are two ways God’s presence stays with us.

First, we have an audience with the Ruler of the Universe through prayer. No matter what time of day it is, we can take our troubles to Him and find joy in His presence.

Second, through the power of the Holy Spirit within us, we are in constant contact with our Heavenly Father. He resides in us, and we reside in Him.

It is a blessing from the Lord to reside with Him every day. And because of our belief in the Lord Jesus Christ, we have been granted this great honor.

Here’s how Psalm 21 describes this unending blessing…

Surely you have granted him unending blessings
and made him glad with the joy of your presence.

                                                  Psalm 21:6 NIV

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

What is the meaning of fullness of joy?

 

In the Bible fullness of joy represents rejoicing and gladness. It’s a celebration of who God is and all He does for us every day.

Joy is not a fleeting feeling, here one minute and then gone the next. It has nothing to do with our outward circumstances, or whether or not we feel happiness in the moment.

For Christians, joy is a state of being. Something that remains inside of us no matter what is going on in our lives. And we receive our joy from the Creator of joy, the Lord Jesus.

With gladness and rejoicing, we can enter the presence of God, day or night, and find fullness of joy simply because we know Jesus.

Here’s what Jesus told us about this kind of joy…

 

But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

                                                       John 17:13 NKJV

 

This is the prayer Jesus prayed for His disciples and for us… that His joy would be fulfilled in us.

The scriptures impress upon us the importance of building our joy on the truth of who Jesus is. And not on anything we may find in the world.

By putting our faith in Jesus, we have His joy in us. And by trusting in Him as our Savior, our joy is complete.

Jesus is the true meaning of fullness of Joy!

Read More: You Will Show Me the Path of Life

What is the meaning of at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore?

At God’s right hand sits our Savior, Jesus Christ.

In Him, we find salvation, acceptance, and pleasure, in spite of our current circumstances.

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

                                                      Colossians 3:1 NASB

 

We have a new life in Christ, one that doesn’t end with physical death.

And in this verse from Colossians 3, the Apostle Paul encourages us to keep seeking heavenly things. These are the things that matter, and the things that will last beyond this life.

All of Psalm 16 points to the birth, death, and resurrection of the Messiah, Jesus.

And the “pleasures forevermore” we experience, are the things we’ll have when we’re in heaven with Him for all eternity! They are our reward for a life lived for Jesus.

Psalm 16:11 is a moving scripture of praise and rejoicing. It shows us how to live in Christ Jesus, even though we face hardship and pain in this life.

Read More: A Reason to Rejoice and Be Glad Psalm 118:24

What does being full of joy mean?

And in my life, I’ve had a great example of how to live out this joyful Bible verse.

My Granny exemplified the meaning of fullness of joy in so many ways.

She was many things, tough, independent, smart, funny, loving and most of all… full of joy.

No matter what life threw at her, she had joy deep within!

At first glance, it doesn’t look like Granny had a lot to be happy about.

She began cleaning houses at eleven years old to pay the family’s rent. By this time, her father was elderly, and her mother was ill. So, it was up to her to provide for the family.

When she was sixteen, Granny got married and had four kids right away. Life looked like it was shaping up.

But tragedy struck her young family. Granny’s daughter died suddenly at only one-month-old. The same year, she lost her grandmother and her mother. The loss of all three in such a short time was devastating.

Years later, tragedy struck again. Her son was murdered. This loss meant two of her four children were gone before their time. The heartbreak was almost unbearable.

The grieving process was hard for Granny. There were many tears shed and memories shared. And there was, yes, laughter.

Granny wasn’t afraid to cry, but she wasn’t afraid to laugh either.

She reminisced about the good times and talked about the bad without fear. She remembered her loved ones who were gone too soon. And she remained joyful in spite of the hardships in her life.

 

How is it possible to have fullness of joy when everything is against you?

Granny showed me how to do many things in life. But the one I remember most is the way that she shared her joyful spirit with everyone around her.

Like David, she chose to walk with God through every circumstance, good or bad.

Knowing Jesus and walking hand in hand with Him gave her the confidence to live life fully and with joy.

Because she understood the meaning of in His presence there is fullness of joy.

We may not feel joy at times. But we don’t have to look far to find it, because God has promised us that in His presence there is fullness of joy.

If you feel like joy is something out of reach in your life. Enter God’s presence. Pray and ask Him to help you. He will show you the meaning of… in His presence is fullness of joy!

Joy Black and White Bible Verse Wall Art

More Joy Christian Art

Joy B&W Printable Card

B&W Collection Printable Cards

Joy of the Lord Printable Art

More Bible Studies from Master’s Hand Collection

By |2021-09-16T12:40:32-05:00May 22nd, 2021|Christian Life, Joy|1 Comment

How to Weather Life’s Storms – Isaiah 4:6

How to Weather Life's Storms Isaiah 4:6

What is the meaning of Isaiah 4:6? And what do we do when we’re facing the storms of life? In this Bible study, we’ll uncover the message of this popular scripture and find out how to weather life’s storms with God’s help.

Let’s read this Bible verse about the storms of life together…

 

It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.

                                                       Isaiah 4:6 NIV

Life is Full of Storms

Every spring I wait with great anticipation for my irises to bloom. I look forward to seeing them sprout up, as they emerge from their winter slumber.

They belonged to my Granny, who I loved and admired so much. And they remind me of how her laughter could fill the room or how her homemade chicken and dumplings were the best around.

My heart is full of these memories. And I always feel like celebrating when that first iris opens!

But this year was a little different, the irises decided to appear on a cloudy, stormy day. The sky was gray and the wind was whipping around. Later, I found out a nearby town was hit by a devastating tornado.

The trees were uprooted, and homes were destroyed. It was a mess!

It’s not surprising to have tornadoes here in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Because we have a lot of them, but this one was unexpected.

Life is like that too, you just never know when a storm will be brewing.

In fact, if you’re not currently in the middle of one of the storms of life, you can bet one is just over the horizon and headed your way.

That’s because life is full of storms. But with a little resilience and a whole lot of faith, we can face the storms of life and come out the other side stronger.

So, today I’d like to talk about how to weather life’s storms.

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

The Purpose of Spiritual Storms of Life

There are three kinds of iris in my flower bed. Most of them are yellow with large blooms. Then there are the tiny blossoms of the small purple irises. But my favorites are the huge white ones.

I only have a few of them, but with their giant flowers, they’re showstoppers! What makes them so unique is that they have a special kind of beauty, one you have to look hard to see.

From afar, they’re completely white, but if you look closer you can see a faint hint of lavender peeking out from the center.

Finding the beauty in life’s storms can be just as difficult. You have to look closely to see it.

But the beauty is not in the struggle, it’s in the fact that there is a spiritual purpose in the storms of life.

God has something He wants to teach us, and He has put us in the eye of the storm for a reason.

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

 

Sometimes it’s hard to understand how God could cause all things, good and bad to work out in our favor. But because we have been called according to God’s purpose, He promises that they will.

Even if we can’t see it now, we can have confidence in God’s ability to use the storm clouds overhead to bring about good in our lives.

So, I encourage you to look closely at the storm you’re facing and discover what God’s purpose is.

Read More: Jesus is Our Firm Foundation Matthew 7:24-27

God is our Hiding Place and Shelter from the Storm

Every year there’s at least one tornado that destroys a neighboring city. In the aftermath of the storm, the only thing in a house left standing is usually the bathtub.

That’s why we have storm shelters in this part of the country.

If you don’t live in the Midwest, you may not be familiar with storm shelters. They’re big metal boxes buried underground with a door that slides shut. They protect us from tornadoes and give us a place to hide from the storm.

In addition to these shelters, we also have tornado sirens. They’re loud, really loud! When the wind picks up and they go off, that’s our cue to run to the storm shelter and hunker down until the storm passes by.

Isaiah 4:6 makes it clear, during life’s storms, God is our hiding place and shelter from the storm. He is our refuge in difficult times. And He’s the One we run to for protection when life becomes too much.

David knew this very well when he needed a hiding place from Saul. Here’s what he and wrote in the middle of his own thunderstorm of life…

Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, For my soul takes refuge in Thee: And in the shadow of Thy wings I will take refuge, Until the destruction passes by.

                                                       Psalm 57:1 NASB

This inspirational Old Testament prayer of praise is an example of how we should weather any storm that blows through our lives.

What a comfort it is to know God, the Creator of the universe is ready to take us under His wings, give us a hiding place, and cover us with His grace.

As the storm rages on around you, run to Him and take refuge under His wings until the destruction passes by.

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

Jesus Calms the Storm

When one of life’s storms hits us, it may feel like we are being tossed around by the wind and rain with no end in sight.

Peter must have felt this way too during the storm on the Sea of Galilee.

 

And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately, Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

                                                      Matthew 14: 29-31 NKJV

I’m sure we all know this story well, but sometimes it’s nice to be reminded to keep looking to Jesus.

Peter started out with his eyes firmly fixed on Jesus and his heart was in the right place. But then he stepped out onto the water and became scared and distracted by the storm raging around him.

The moment he took his eyes off of Jesus, he began to sink and drown. So, he cried out for Jesus to save him.

The Bible says immediately Jesus reached out His hand to help Peter. There was no waiting or begging, just immediate assistance from the Savior.

Just like Peter, we start out with our hearts in the right place and our eyes on Jesus.

Suddenly, we’re distracted by the hurricane-force winds of life. We began to sink under the crashing waves surrounding us. And we cry out for Jesus to save us before we drown.

So, He gives us the same immediate help He gave to Peter, and we turn our gaze to Him again.

Until the next storm hits. And we start the process all over again.

But no matter how many times we wind up in the eye of a storm, Jesus is always there with us in the middle of it all. And He is always willing to reach out His hand and pull us out of the deep water.

Thank you, Jesus!

Trusting God in the Storm

Luckily for us, storms don’t last forever. They blow in suddenly and leave just as quickly.

My irises may have been a little beaten down when the storm was over, but their beauty was still intact.

And life’s storms may spin us around like a tornado, but when they’re over, we’ll be just like those irises, standing tall with our beauty intact.

Jesus promised us that in this world we will have tribulation. So, there is no doubt storms are sure to come our way. But with God’s help, we can learn how to weather them all.

If you’re in the middle of a storm right now, I pray you’ll keep looking to Jesus! Because that’s how to weather life’s storms the Biblical way!

Christian Art Printables from Master’s Hand Collection

More Bible Studies from Master’s Hand Collection

By |2021-10-16T18:50:36-05:00May 16th, 2021|Christian Life|6 Comments

Our Hope is in the Lord – Psalm 71:5

Our Hope is in the Lord Psalm 71:5

In this short devotional, we’ll read Psalm 71:5 and discover… Our Hope is in the Lord!

We all have hopes and dreams. And we expect the goals we set for ourselves to work out exactly as we plan.

Sometimes they do, and we can celebrate our accomplishments. But other times life gets in the way of our best-laid plans.

We get up every day, go to work, and take care of our families. We’re just going through the motions as the hopes and dreams we started out with slowly fade away. Until one day we find ourselves wondering, is this all there is in life?

I know how it feels to have your hopes and dreams crushed under the weight of life’s demands.

A few years ago, I set out to accomplish a huge life goal. I put everything I had into it. And I truly believed it would change my career and my family’s future.

I was completely invested in it, both financially and emotionally. But no matter how hard I worked, it just didn’t happen.

I was devastated and became disillusioned with the work I was doing. I felt like a total failure who had let my family down. Try as I might, I couldn’t understand what I’d done wrong.

God is Our Hope

The problem wasn’t the work I was doing or the amount of time I’d invested in it.

It was who I was counting on to see the project through. I was relying on myself and my abilities instead of relying on God.

The solution to my problem was simple… I needed to put my hope and trust in God and what He wanted for my future!

And when I began to put my hope in God, He led me in a completely new direction. One full of opportunities to serve Him that I never thought possible.

It may be a different life than what I had planned, but it is a better life than I could ever imagine.

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

Our Hope is Not in This World

Our doesn’t come from material things. The perfect career, the dream home, or the big bank account. These are worldly things and not heavenly treasures worth possessing.

And when we put our hope in the world and what it provides, we are hoping in ourselves and trusting in our ability to make something happen. In doing so, we’re essentially saying to God, “I don’t need you, I can do it on my own.”

This path of thinking we don’t need God only sets us up for a fall.

Because in hoping in our abilities, we deny ourselves the opportunity to see the goodness of God’s plan in action. And we miss out on the many blessings He has in store for us.

Where does hope come from?

So, if our hope is not in this world or in ourselves, how do we find hope when we need it the most?

This scripture from Psalm 71 tells us exactly where hope comes from…

 

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

                                      Psalm 71:5 NKJV

Hope in God is different from hope in ourselves. It is grounded in His truth and faithfulness to us.

This kind of hope is a concrete confidence in God’s ability to make His will for our life happen.

When we surrender ourselves to God’s will and put our hope in Him, we no longer need to rely on our abilities. We can trust that God has our best future in mind, and He will lead us into it with faith and confidence in His abilities.

Read More: 15+ Essential Bible Verses about Hope

My Hope is in the Lord, I will trust in Him

There are many Bible Verses that speak so well to the blessings of placing our hope in God and trusting in Him through thick and thin.

This scripture paints a beautiful picture of the strength that comes when we can say… my hope is in the Lord, I will trust in Him.

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

The image of a tree planted by the raging river of life yet dipping its roots into the water and receiving all it needs to survive, reminds us of the root of our hope, which is faith in God.

Our trust in the Lord when hard times come and we are tested in ways we never imagined, produces this hope. And just like this tree we will make it through the heat and drought and still produce fruit because our hope is in the Lord.

So, when the heat gets turned up and hope seems lost, remember God will sustain you and make you into the beautiful tree this scripture describes so eloquently.

Jesus is Our Hope

Faith in Jesus is the essential element of the fruit that produces hope. He is the reason for our hope. And without Him, all hope is lost.

Here’s a perfect explanation of how Jesus is our hope…

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

                                                 1 Peter 1:3-5 ESV

God sent His Son, Jesus to this earth not only to give us hope but to be hope Himself.

That means Jesus is our living hope!

In Him, we have forgiveness, salvation, and a living hope that can never be taken away.

And because He is our living hope, we have an inheritance waiting for us in heaven where we will share in the victory of our sovereign Lord.

Praise God for our Lord Jesus Christ our Living Hope! Amen!

Read More: How to Abound in Hope Romans 15:13

Hope for Our Times

In our troubled times, hope is a fleeting feeling that only comes around every now and then.

But that’s okay because God understands how it feels when the hopes and dreams, we have for ourselves fall flat. And as His children, we don’t fall into a dark abyss of hopelessness, instead, we fall into the light of our Heavenly Father’s arms.

This is where hope for our times is found…

The firm foundation of our faith and trust that God has our future in the palm of His hand!

Bible Verse about Hope for the Future

I’ll leave you with this last thought…

 

 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

                                                  Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Whatever may come our way, we can be sure of this. We have a loving Father who is always willing to hear us when we cry out to Him, support us when we seek His will, and give us hope for the future.

May you be blessed by placing your hope and trust in God! And in knowing Our Hope is in the Lord!

Hope Black and White Bible Verse Art

Christian Art Printables from Master’s Hand Collection

More Bible Studies from Master’s Hand Collection

By |2021-09-26T15:57:45-05:00May 8th, 2021|Christian Life, Hope|0 Comments

How to Abound in Hope – Romans 15:13

How to Abound in Hope Romans 15:13

Romans 15:13 tells us to abound in hope. But what did the Apostle Paul mean when he wrote these words? In this short devotional, we’ll read this scripture and discover How to Abound in Hope.

 

What does Romans 15:13 mean?

Let’s read this Bible verse together and find the meaning behind it and how it affects our lives today…

 

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

                                                   Romans 15:13 NKJV

The message of Paul’s words in Romans chapter 15 is a call for all Christians to abound in hope.

To abound in hope sounds like such an amazing thing to aspire to. On the surface, having an abundance of hope and being hopeful in all things sounds like a great idea.

But in reality, we don’t usually think about hope much or wonder whether we have it or not.

Our days are filled with so many other things that need to be done in a short amount of time. Things that seem so much more practical at the moment, like getting the laundry done or dinner cooked.

It’s true, we fall short of experiencing the hope God has for us when get caught up in the day-to-day stuff. But that doesn’t mean we don’t want to experience the hope of God or to feel hopeful about the future.

So, I thought today would be the perfect time to talk about what it means to abound in hope.

But first, we have to ask…

 

What is the true meaning of hope?

Hope is an expectation that our current circumstances will get better.

The world sees hope as just wishful thinking, a Pollyanna kind of attitude that doesn’t really get you anywhere.

But hope in God is different.

As Christians, we don’t need to walk around with rose-colored glasses on. We have God on our side. And we can have complete confidence that He has everything under control.

This knowledge that God is in control is real and creates a lasting hope in us.

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

What does God of Hope mean?

Romans 15:13 tells us our God is a God of Hope.

That’s because God has not left us to face the struggles of life alone. He is with us in both the good and bad times.

He knows we have temptation and that we sin in spite of our faith. And that we need hope to carry us through those times.

So, in our sin and shame, He created a way to salvation and gave us a living hope.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

                                                     1 Peter 1:3 NIV

Jesus is the source of our hope!

Because of His great mercy, God sent His Son, Jesus, to be our hope and to die in our place.

Because Jesus paid the price for our sin on the cross and rose again on the third day, He is our living hope.

Without Jesus, all hope of a future in heaven would be lost. But because of Jesus and His resurrection, we have hope if we believe in Him.

Read More: 15+ Essential Bible Verses about Hope

How can hope abound?

If we want to claim this hope for ourselves, we don’t need to look any further than our original Bible verse for today, Romans 15:13 to find it.

This scripture tells us exactly how to abound in hope… “by the power of the Holy Spirit”.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you,

                                                        Acts 1:8 ESV

When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we automatically receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38)

So, if we believe in Jesus, we already have the power of the Holy Spirit within us.

The joy and peace we have in knowing Jesus lives inside of us. And along with this joy and peace, the Holy Spirit and hope remain in us, ready to be mobilized in our lives.

But just like following Jesus every day is a choice, so is harnessing the power of the Holy Spirit.

But don’t worry if that sounds hard. It’s not. We can tap into this power easily by walking with God every day. That means reading His Word, praying, asking for guidance, and seeking His will.

When we do these things consistently, we’ll see the hope we receive from the Holy Spirit in our daily lives.

Read More: Why Should We Love One Another 1 John 4:7

May the God of Hope Fill You

There will always be ups and downs in life. Some days we’ll feel hopeless and like nothing we do seems to work.

Sometimes those days will be few and far between. And sometimes they’ll pile up on top of each other.

On those days, we may feel alone in our hopelessness. But we can be sure, the God of Hope hasn’t left us all alone. He has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit and His power to guide us through life’s struggles.

And during these times, God wants us to not only have hope but to abound in hope!

If we turn to Jesus, the source of our hope, He will see us through whatever trials we may face.

And no matter what our current circumstances are, through patience and perseverance, God will give us joy and peace in believing, and the ability to abound in hope.

A Prayer to Abound in Hope

My prayer for you is this…  May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing. And may you know the power of the Holy Spirit and How to Abound in Hope in Him today!

God of Hope Printable Bible Verse Art by Master’s Hand Collection

Christian Art Printables from Master’s Hand Collection

God of Hope Printable Card

Love One Another Printable Art

Love One Another Collection Printable Art (Set of 6)

Don’t Miss These Bible Studies from Master’s Hand Collection

By |2021-10-06T14:49:57-05:00May 3rd, 2021|Christian Life, Hope|4 Comments

Victory In Jesus – 1 Corinthians 15:57

Victory In Jesus 1 Corinthains 15:57

Do you ever think… How can I have victory in Jesus?

It’s that one simple word, victory, that makes all the difference when you’re facing an uphill battle.

What do you think of when you hear the word, Victory?

Maybe you think of gladiators entering the arena with one goal in mind… total victory. They fight hard, overcome obstacles, and if they are victorious, win their freedom.

Or maybe you think of a Civil War soldier marching through a field, his rifle raised as he faces a brutal battle. His future is uncertain, and he doesn’t know if he’ll ever see home again, but he’s fighting for the glory of the cause he believes in.

In our lives, it’s in the name of Jesus we have victory over the battle in front of us each day.

This victory in Jesus scripture from 1 Corinthians 15:57 paints the picture of a battle already fought and won…

 

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

                                                 1 Corinthians 15:57 NKJV

 

Jesus our Victory

Just like a Roman gladiator or a Civil war soldier, Jesus had an uphill battle to climb. Except in His case, the fate of the world was on His shoulders.

I can only imagine how Jesus must have felt as the Romans led Him up to Golgotha. He was facing the pain and agony of the cross, but He was also promised victory over death.

He had prayed for this cup to be taken from Him, but He chose to die a sinner’s death in our place anyway.

On the cross, death and sin were conquered. And just as God the Father had promised, when Jesus rose again, He had the victory! And through His resurrection, we can have victory too!

Read: Jesus is Our Firm Foundation Matthew 7:24-27

 

Claiming Victory in Jesus

Jesus doesn’t keep His victory all for Himself. He gives it to those of us who believe in Him.

As Christians, we are active participants in the victory of Jesus! All we have to do is claim that victory as our own.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the great hymn Victory in Jesus. The lyrics say…

 

O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood

But Victory in Jesus is more than a song we sing in church. It’s a way of life for every Christian. We have been bought with and redeemed by the blood of Jesus.

Watch the Victory of Jesus lyrics displayed beautifully in ASL 

As Christians we are active participants in the victory of Jesus! #BibleStudyClick To Tweet

So, let’s look at some more Bible verses about victory in Jesus and see how to claim His victory for yourself each day.

Have Faith and you’ll be victorious in Christ

And this is the victory that has overcome the world- our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

                                                                      1 John 5:4-5

 

To be victorious in Jesus, we must accept Him as our Savior. When we do, we no longer live our life for or take comfort in the things of this world. If we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died for our sins, then our faith in Him has already given us the victory we are looking for.

If you have not put your faith in Jesus, now is the time. Do it right now and claim the victory in Jesus name for yourself!

Find out more about Accepting Jesus

If you are already saved, then be encouraged, you have victory over death and sin through your faith in Jesus.

Believe that God is on your side and you’ll have victory

for the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

                                               Deuteronomy 20:4

In this life we will always have hardships. If you are not currently in a crisis, then you soon will be. It may be financial, emotional, physical, or spiritual, but you can bet your bottom dollar you will wake up tomorrow facing some kind of conflict.

But no matter what this world throws at you, God will be there with you, fighting the battle for you. He is on your side, and He will see you through it.

He has already won the battle and given the victory to you!

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

Read: Jesus Name Above All Names Philippians 2:7-9

Prepare for Victory and you’ll win the battle

The horse is prepared for the day of battle,

But the victory belongs to the Lord.

                                             Proverbs 21:31

A soldier gets ready for the battle. He puts on his armor, readies his weapon, and prepares his horse to ride out onto the field.

Just like the soldier, we should also prepare ourselves for the battle ahead. Although, our weapons are a little different, they are just as effective in waging war. Praying, reading the Word, and seeking God’s will, these are the weapons we use as Christians in our spiritual battle.

But no matter how many preparations we make or how confidant we are in our abilities, we must always remember that true victory belongs to Jesus. And we can only achieve victory by placing our trust in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

A victorious Christian life is not a perfect life. We make mistakes, and we have pain and hurt sometimes. But we keep moving ahead, fighting the good fight. Because we know that we have already won the battle. And we have victory in Jesus!

No matter what battle you’re facing…Keep fighting. Don’t give up. You are victorious!

Victory In Jesus Bible Verse Art

Christian Art Printables from Master’s Hand Collection

Victory B&W Printable Card

Victory B&W Printable Art

B&W Collection Printable Art (Set of 7 Art Prints)

More Bible Studies from Master’s Hand Collection!

Did you know that only 2 percent of deaf people have “heard” the good news of Jesus?

When you purchase any Master’s Hand Collection item, 10 percent of all proceeds are donated to deaf ministries around the world. THANK YOU for helping to spread the gospel to this underserved community.

May God bless you greatly!

By |2021-08-29T15:20:58-05:00March 1st, 2021|Christian Life, Jesus|6 Comments

Seeing God’s Hand

Seeing God's Hand

Imagine seeing God’s hand in your life.

What would it look like? How would it feel?

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

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

These questions have been on my mind a lot lately. Because it seems we’re all searching for God’s hand in our lives.

So, in our quest, I decided to write two devotional Bible Studies to help us see God’s hand.

How to See God’s Hand

The first is… 7 Simple Ways to See God’s Hand in Your Life. In it we’ll answer the burning question, how can I see God’s hand in my life right now?

This devotional is completely free to download and written to encourage and uplift you on the journey to seeing God’s hand.

As you work your way through this short (and free 😊) Bible Study, you’ll uncover some simple ways to see God’s hand in your life today…

Filled with scripture after scripture about God’s hand you’ll realize…

A new beginning starts on Day 1, as you learn to Walk Hand in Hand with God.

On Day 2 you’ll discover the true nature of your relationship with God and the simple fact that you are Inscribed on His Hand.

 

Day 3 brings you face to face with the answer to the very real struggles you experience every day and how to be Protected Under a Mighty Hand.

The truth you’ll explore on Day 4 shows A Generous Hand who goes above and beyond to provide all you need.

Day 5 offers hope for your weakest moments. When you are at your lowest you can count on The Strength of God’s Hand.

On Day 6 you’ll learn where real security comes as you realize you’re Secure in His Hand.

 

Day 7 isn’t just a game changer, it’s a Life Changer!  I don’t want to spoil the surprise and reveal too much, but I promise it will turn everything you thought you knew about your relationship with Jesus upside down!

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

If you’re ready, claim your FREE copy of 7 Simple Ways to See God’s Hand in Your Life today!

What does the hand of God represent?

The second is… Seeing God’s Hand Through the Art of Sign Language. In this art and devotional book, you’ll dive deeper into what Seeing God’s Hand means.

As the title suggests, the artwork I’ve created, Master’s Hand Collection, gives you a visual representation of God’s hand. Because I believe if you can see the hand of God in your life clearly, it will strengthen your faith and encourage your daily walk with Jesus.

Each picture in the collection spells out an inspirational word in American Sign Language or ASL. Those words and the Bible verse they represent are the jumping off point for your deep dive into God’s Word and my way of showing you God’s hand in the everyday struggles we face.

Because the truth is… We’re all struggling with something. And we know if we could just see the Lord’s hands and grab ahold of them, our lives would be changed forever.

I know that sounds difficult…

But what if I told you seeing God’s hand is easy if you know where to look? Would you give it a try?

Through each of the fourteen devotionals and accompanying artwork in Seeing God’s Hand, a new aspect of God’s character and how His hand is working behind the scenes of your life every day will be revealed.

You’ll…

Recognize God’s hand reaching down with Grace.

Find Joy in the healing touch of Jesus.

Discover a foundation of Love God is building just for you.

Receive an offer of Hope to get through any circumstance.

Experience lasting Peace from knowing whose hand you’re in.

Plus, nine more devotions, all aimed at helping you see God’s hand.

By the end of our time together, His hand will become “visible” as you dive deep with me into the truth of scripture and start Seeing God’s Hand Through the Art of Sign Language…

Buy your copy of Seeing God’s Hand Through the Art of Sign Language on Amazon today!

The meaning of Seeing God’s hand is simple.

It’s an image of the divine interaction between God and His people. And it’s God’s characteristics, His very nature, that are on display when we feel His healing touch.

And just like the anonymous quote tells us… The more you leave everything in God’s hand, the more you’ll see His hand in everything!

Both of these devotionals were designed to help you along the path to Seeing God’s Hand. I hope you’ll read one or both of them and experience the blessing of God’s hand in your life today!

Because sometimes all you can do is leave it in God’s hands. So, give it all to Him and before long you’ll be able to say… I can see the hand of God in my life!

Hand of God Art from Master’s Hand Collection

“Love One Another”

“Jesus Name Above All Names”

“God of Hope”

“Faith B&W”

“By Grace”

“Jesus No Other Name”

More Bible Studies to help you See God’s Hand!

By |2021-08-26T13:02:20-05:00February 25th, 2021|Christian Life, God's hand|3 Comments

Your Labor is Not in Vain – 1 Corinthians 15:58

Your Labor is Not in Vain 1 Corinthians 15:58

What does the Bible say about laboring in vain?

Does it seem like no matter how hard you work nothing ever changes? Are you worn out from the demands of daily life?

Believe me, I feel your pain. We’ve all been there and sometimes we just need a little inspiration to get through it.

No matter how weary or exhausted you feel right now, God doesn’t want you to remain there. He wants you to be energized and ready to take on the world. So, He gave us some much-needed inspiration for a time such as this. Here’s His promise for a worn-out, down-right tired heart.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
                                                                                                                                         1 Corinthians 15:58 NKJV

What does your labor is not in vain mean?

Let’s break down 1 Corinthians 15:58 into bite-sized pieces and find out exactly what Paul meant when he wrote this Bible verse that says your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

My beloved brethren…

Like many of the promises within the Bible, this one is meant for us, the body of Christ, and not the whole world. God has so much that He wants to give us, but we must be a believer first in order to be partakers of His promises.

as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
                                                                                    2 Peter 1:3-4

Steadfast…

We are to be focused on Jesus and to continue focusing on Him even when life throws us a curveball. At times, it can seem to be a hard task, but if we remain steadfast we will see a real change happening. Instead of the daily chaos of life, that steadfast attitude will turn into a peace that stays with us.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
                                                                                  Philippians 4:7

Read: Victory in Jesus 1 Corinthians 15:57

Immovable…

Many people have called me stubborn over the years and I’m sure they didn’t mean it as a compliment. 😉 While being stubborn about silly things that don’t matter is not the right way to be, stubbornness in Godly things is always good. The Apostle Paul is calling on us to not be wishy-washy, but instead to stand firm and keep the faith when it really does matter. We know that God does not change, His ways are always the same. Likewise, we are to be, stubborn, single-minded, and unmovable in the ways of Christ.

God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved.
                                                              Psalm 46:5

Read: Will You Stand Firn in the Faith? 1 Corinthians 16:13

Always abounding…

As I read this verse, the catchphrase, “under promise and over deliver comes to mind”. It’s about an abundance of love for our fellow man that flows out of us and covers them with the love of Christ. And it’s about going that extra mile even when we’re tired and exhausted because we want them to understand exactly who Jesus is and what He means in their life.

But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
                                                                                   Hebrews 13:16

Work of the Lord…

The work of the Lord is wide and varied. It can mean different things to each one of us. So the question becomes, what has God asked of you specifically? At home? At work? At church? And in any other area of your life? If you are unsure of God’s plan for you, simply ask Him. He will tell you. Then when you have the answer, you can put it into practice in a way that is pleasing to Him.

equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever, Amen.
                                                                                   Hebrews 13:21

Not in vain…

Did you know God will reward you for your good works? Whatever we do for the kingdom of God, our labor is not in vain. God has promised to reward us for our efforts. That reward may come in this life, and wouldn’t that be great? But if not in this life, our reward will definitely be waiting for us in the next.

And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.
                                                                                  Revelation 22:12

When we labor for the Lord we lose nothing and gain everything. He has promised to equip us with what we need for the work He has given us. And He has promised to repay us a hundredfold for our sacrifice.

So, my dear friend and fellow laborer, my prayer for you today is that you will not lose heart when fatigue sets in and that God will energize you for the work ahead. May God bless you and give you rest! And may you see your efforts are not in vain in the Lord!

Bible Verse Art Printables from Master’s Hand Collection

B&W Collection Printable Cards (Set of 7 Greeting Cards)

Victory B&W Printable Art

Love B&W Printable Card

Related Bible Studies from Master’s Hand Collection

By |2021-08-29T12:58:23-05:00February 18th, 2021|Christian Life, Jesus|2 Comments

Does the Devil Know Your Name? -Acts 19:15

Does the Devil Know Your Name? Acts 19:15

Does the Devil Know Your Name?

If you’re a Christian the simple answer is yes.

But for a deeper explanation let’s read Acts 19 and uncover the meaning of this scripture…

 

But also some of the Jewish exorcists, who went from place to place, attempted to name over those who had the evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, “I adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches.”                     

And the evil spirit answered and said to them, “I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?”

                                                                                    Acts 19:13;15

The devil may seem like a strange topic for us to study. In our society, you just don’t talk about Satan and his demons, unless you want people to point at you and call you crazy.

That being said, the devil and his demons are very real and they are out to take down Christians any way they can.

As Christians, there is an important lesson for us to take away from this verse from Acts 19:14. Its meaning plays an extraordinary role in our lives as Christians.

The words spoken by the evil spirit are very interesting. And they lead us to three very important conclusions.

 

Jesus

First, the demon says he recognizes Jesus.

Satan and his demons were once angels and had direct access to God. (Revelation 12:9) They don’t dispute the fact that Jesus is the Son of God because they know that it is true. They know exactly who Jesus is and what He has done for humanity.

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

The Apostle Paul

Second, the demon knows about Paul.

Paul was on fire for Jesus! Everywhere he went he was preaching the gospel and winning people to the kingdom of God. The devil and his demons were very aware of this. If we back up a bit and look at Acts 19:11-12 we can see exactly what Paul was doing.

And God was performing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and diseases left them and the evil spirits went out.

As Paul was traveling through Ephesus God was allowing him to perform miracles and cast out evil spirits because of his faith in the Lord Jesus.

When we think of the city of Ephesus, we usually think of the very inspiring book of Ephesians written by the Apostle Paul. But during Biblical times, Ephesus was known as a place full of false magicians and wizards who would use incantations.

When the people of Ephesus saw the miracles that Paul was able to perform in the name of Jesus, they started talking about it and word caught on to what he was doing. Some men (the exorcists in verse 13) decided that they would do the same thing for their own purposes, probably to make money. But they had a problem, they didn’t know Jesus so they couldn’t perform the same miracles that Paul did. They didn’t understand that it was God and the name of Jesus that had the power, not Paul.

 For more about Satan in the Bible read, How to Resist the Devil.

Christians

Third, the evil spirit asks, “Who are you?”

This is the part I would like for us to focus on because it pertains to us too. These men didn’t have a good answer ready for the evil spirit, but as Christians we do! We know Jesus! That’s who we are!

So, back to the question, “Does the devil know your name?” I’m confident that he knows mine! He loves to come around and torment me with my past mistakes. He likes to put doubt in my mind and tell me that I’m no good. And he likes to distract me from the things God would have me to do.

Growing up I was afraid of Satan. Isn’t that what we’re taught? Satan is the bad guy and we’re supposed to fear him. But over the years I’ve developed a new outlook.

I think Satan should fear me! Like Paul, I’m on fire for Jesus and I hope you are too! My goal in life is to lift the name of Jesus high so that everyone will know Him as their Savior.

That might get me brownie points in heaven, but it puts a target on my back with Satan and his demons. But that’s okay with me because no matter what Satan does to me, I will always belong to Jesus. I know that I am forgiven for the things in my past I’ve done wrong, and I will be with Jesus in heaven someday.

Let’s be clear, Satan is actively seeking to destroy us. (1 Peter 5:8) If he can’t destroy us, then he’ll try to cause us to become ineffective Christians. As long as we don’t tell other people about Jesus or do the good works of the church, Satan will leave us alone. But as soon as we decide that we are going to live for Jesus one hundred percent, you can bet that he will know our name.

Because here’s the thing, there’s another word for the devil we should address… accuser.

Satan the Accuser has many tricks up his sleeve, and he will use every one of them to try to hurt us. He knows exactly which buttons to push. For some of us, it’s doubt, or illness, or reminding us of our past failures and sins. For others, like myself, it’s distraction. No matter which trick he pulls, you can always count on Satan to knock you down and kick you in the teeth when you least expect it. That’s what he does best, and he relishes in seeing Christians suffer.

While the devil is our accuser, Jesus is our advocate. He is on our side and fighting our battles every day. He is greater than any enemy we face. And Satan and his demons are no match for Jesus. He is already victorious over the powers of darkness! And because we are saved, we share in that victory.

As believers, we don’t need to fear the devil or listen to his accusations, because Jesus has already defeated him. There is nothing that Satan can do to us that will ever change the fact that we belong to Jesus, and he knows it.

Christians are called to be outspoken about our faith in Jesus Christ. If we speak up and show up for Jesus, the world will hate us just as they hated Him. And the devil will hate us too.

But really, what does it matter if someone as small and insignificant as Satan hates us? Jesus is the Son of God, our Redeemer, and the Savior of the world.

At this point you may be asking… does the devil know my name?

If you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the answer is yes! But you don’t need to be scared of the devil or his demons. They are easy to control with one simple word, the name of Jesus!

Satan cowers in fear and hides at the name of Jesus, the name above all names. So, when Satan reminds you of your past, remind him of his future. You know, that whole “lake of fire” thing, where the devil, his demons, and everything they’ve done will be burned to a crisp. (Revelation 20:10)

What would I say if I was asked the question, Does the devil know your name today? My answer would simply be this, “I’m the girl that knows Jesus by heart and I’m the girl He died for!” That answer alone is enough to send the devil and all of his demons running scared.

What would your answer be? Let me know in the comments below.

Bible Verse Art Printables from Master’s Hand Collection

Rock That Is Higher Bible Verse Art Printable

Names of Jesus Collection Bible Verse Art Printables

My Redeemer Lives Bible Verse Art Printable

Popular Bible Studies from Master’s Hand Collection!

By |2021-08-19T14:03:32-05:00January 11th, 2021|Christian Life, Halloween|23 Comments

A Promise of Hope in Uncertain Times

A Promise of Hope in Uncertain Times

Last year God gave me a challenge.

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

                                                       2 Peter 3:18 

In January, I thought this challenge to grow in grace meant spending more time reading my Bible and more time praying and connecting with God. It seemed straightforward enough.

But by mid-March, our world was turned upside down. And along with it, this seemly simple challenge from God was too.

Truthfully, I totally forgot about it while we were reeling from the impact of coronavirus on our lives. But as we moved through the beginning stages of the pandemic, I realized exactly what God had challenged me to do.

It was bigger than simply reading my Bible and praying more. It was about seeing God for who He truly is. And how no matter what terrible thing comes my way, He is still in control!

This challenge forced me to stretch farther than ever before. And it changed me in ways I never could have dreamed of.

After everything we’ve endured this past year, you’re probably feeling the same way. 2020 gave us a new perspective on life and more importantly on our relationship with the One True God.

If you missed this challenge, don’t worry, you can still read it and take part in it by reading the Bible Study 3 Ways to Grow In Grace.

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

Now it’s a new year and a new opportunity to grow closer to God!

This year, God is doing something new. Instead of a challenge, He’s given us a promise.

A Promise of Hope in Uncertain Times!

Here’s the Bible Verse God has placed on my heart for this year…

 

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

 

You might have noticed, the word “hope” doesn’t appear in this verse. But it’s there. Loud and clear.

Within it, there’s a promise of hope in uncertain times. Because that’s exactly what we’re living through.

We have no idea what tomorrow will look like or how long our lives will be this way. So right now, the future seems like a hazy faraway dream. It’s a stark contrast to how we saw the future this time last year. Back then we thought we knew exactly how our lives would play out. We could see it so clearly and plan accordingly.

But even though our lives are in limbo right now, this promise laid out in Romans 8:28 gives us hope that everything we’re going through will turn around. Because that’s what hope is… an expectation that our current circumstances will change for the better.

So even with a hazy future looming over us, one thing is certain… God is offering us hope during the difficult parts of our life and for a brighter future to come.

So, let’s break down this verse and look at each part of this amazing promise of hope in uncertain times…

 

we know…

This verse starts us off on the right foot with a statement, a fact, that we know with absolute certainty who holds our future in His hand.

If we possess this knowledge, then we can have complete confidence that the One who saved us will see us through this hardship.

He reached down and rescued us from the miry pit. (Psalm 40:2) So why do we wonder if He’ll do it again?

all things…

When we read this verse, we usually think of all the good things that happen in our lives. It’s pretty natural to want to focus on the positive and put all of the bad stuff out on our minds. And it’s true, God will use all of the good stuff to bring about His plan for us.

But the phrase “all things” actually refers to suffering. It means the “suffering of the present time”. And if there’s anything we can relate to during a global pandemic, it’s suffering in our present time.

With that said, God doesn’t cause us to suffer needlessly or without reason. There’s always a reason and it’s found in the next part of the scripture.

work together for good…

God’s hand is always working behind the scenes of our lives, putting the pieces of the bigger picture together, and doing it all for our good.

Sometimes we can see what He’s up to and have an idea of what the picture will look like once it’s put together. But most of the time, we can’t.

Instead, we rely on faith, knowing that hope and faith go together like PB&J. We have hope, confidence, that God is on our side. And we have faith, believing without seeing, that God is doing what He said He would, working it all out for our good.

And we don’t need to look any farther than the Bible stories of both Joseph and Job to see this in action. They both suffered greatly. And they both had faith that God would see them through it. (Joseph’s story is found in Genesis 37-45 and Job’s is found in, well… the book of Job)

As we read their stories, it’s good to remember that they only represent a brief moment in their lives. The hardship they suffered didn’t last forever. At some point, God’s hand came into view as He put the pieces together for them.

And believe me, He is going to do the same in our lives! This moment of suffering won’t last. We will get to the other side of this hardship and God’s hand will come shining through in the end!

to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose…

This promise of hope isn’t for everyone. It’s only for Christians. Those who God has called and those who have accepted His offer of grace.

Unfortunately, not everyone will accept this offer. Jesus said… narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:14

But if God has called you into a relationship with Him, and you have accepted His invitation, then this promise for hope in uncertain times belongs to you!

And you have been given more than just hope, you have been called to a purpose. A purpose that is bigger and greater than yourself. God’s purpose, His perfect plan.

All of those plans we made at the beginning of 2020, were our plans, not God’s. They failed because we were focused on the here and now. And because we couldn’t see the bigger picture the way God does. Now, I’m not saying our plans were bad. I know all of mine weren’t, and I’m sure yours weren’t either. But God has a bigger purpose for us than simply getting by.

He wants us to join Him in His kingdom plan. You know the one, right?…

Go therefore and make disciples of all the 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.

                                                                                                           Matthew 28:19-20

This is our purpose and our God-given mission. To take the name of Jesus to those who haven’t accepted the call yet. To show them the love He’s offering. And to see the hand of God putting those pieces together for them, and for us, as He works all things for our good.

If you’re struggling in this present time to see His hand at work in your life, take heart. One thing is this crazy upside-down world is certain… A promise of hope in uncertain times is yours! All you need to do is accept it. Then sit back and watch God’s hand orchestrate it all!

Bible Verse Art Printables from Master’s Hand Collection

God of Hope Printable Art

B&W Collection Printable Cards

Hope B&W Printable Art

More Bible Studies from Master’ Hand Collection

By |2021-10-07T12:42:45-05:00January 4th, 2021|Christian Life, Faith, Hope|2 Comments

Because of Grace – 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Because of Grace 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

This past week my faith was put to the test.  And I’m sad to say that I stumbled and fell. In fact, I face-planted. It was an epic fail!

My family has been planning a big renovation on our front porch for a while now. I knew that this project was going to be bigger than some others we have done in the past. And I knew that it would require a lot of time and physical labor. Because we usually do all of the work ourselves, I wanted to have everything else done and be able to concentrate all of my efforts on the porch reno. As the time to start the project grew closer, I began making preparations for it. I managed to get the laundry caught up, the meals planned and groceries bought, my blog post written and anything else I could think of.

But there was one thing I couldn’t foresee coming my way. Right in the middle of the porch reno, I started to get bug bites all over my body. They were small and itchy and more and more of them showed up every day. We had a flea infestation on our hands! I couldn’t understand why this was happening. We don’t have any pets right now and we treated the yard for bugs like we do every summer. But here I was, covered in flea bites from head to toe. It was awful and we’ve never had anything like this happen before. I was at a loss as to what to do.

I really didn’t want to take the time to deal with it. But it reached critical mass about three days into the reno and I realized I had no choice but to stop and deal with this distraction. Since I was waking up with new bites every morning, we thought that the majority of the fleas were coming from my bed. So, after reading online about how to get rid of my unwanted house guests, we bought some flea powder and sprinkled it all over the bed. The instructions on the powder said to let it sit for a while so went back to work on the porch. We spent the next few hours out in the heat, tearing up the front porch and peering up the joist boards.

Honestly, by the time we came in to vacuum up the flea powder, I was hot, sweaty, itchy and tired. I was really spent. But I couldn’t lay down and rest with all of that flea powder on the bed, so I started sweeping it up. My mind began to wonder, and all I could think about was how miserable I felt. It started as a simple thought, “thanks a lot God, I really needed this right now!” Immediately I regretted that thought. And immediately I wanted to take it back. But there it was, for God to hear. That thought took hold of me and filled me with shame and regret.

This one moment of weakness had made me question my faith. Not because of God, but because of me. If I was so weak that I couldn’t get through this little bump in the road, then how could I ever be an effective witness for Christ?

But God reminded me, I’m not saved because of anything that I have ever done or will ever do. I don’t have that kind of power. I am saved because of grace. Period.

God is good, isn’t He? I turned to Him and asked for forgiveness. He took the shame and regret that consumed my mind and replaced it with this verse from 2 Corinthians. I’ve been thinking about this verse last few days.

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
                                                                     

                                                                                                                          2 Corinthians 12:7-10

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

The apostle Paul was arguably the greatest Christian to ever live. Yet, he needed God’s grace in his life too. He stumbled and felt weak. But when times were tough, he didn’t give up the faith. He persevered and turned to God for strength. As I prayed, these words Paul wrote so many years ago, became the beacon of hope that helped me get back up and continue on in the faith.

“lest I be exalted above measure”
Maybe I needed to be knocked down so that God could lift me back up. I definitely needed some perspective on the situation. It’s not as bad as I had made it out to be. God has seen me through worse than a few fleas, much worse.

“a messenger of Satan to buffet me”
I knew that Satan was the one tripping me up. He was waiting for a time when he could sneak in and kick me while I was down. I had been on the lookout for him, but he chose his time perfectly. Because in my weakness, I let my guard down. In that moment I felt like he had won. But he did not win. And he will never win. Because I belong to Jesus and no one can ever change that!

“My strength is made perfect in weakness”
My weakness was on display in my heart that day. I let it get the best of me. But as Paul said, “When I am weak, then I am strong.” There is so much I can’t do on my own and I need Jesus to give me His strength. In those times, I’m so glad that His strength is made perfect in my weakness.

“My grace is sufficient for you”
My salvation comes from God’s power and the saving grace of Jesus, and nothing else. He has saved me because I can’t save myself. It’s God’s grace that gives me the ability to move past this moment of weakness and find strength to persevere. Because His grace is more than enough to see me through.

I never would have thought that something as small as a flea could test my faith in such a big way. While the renovation and the fight against the fleas is not over, my faith is still intact. And after taking time to reflect, I realize… I may have had an epic fail, but God’s grace is more powerful than any moment of weakness. He is always faithful to forgive and restore me to His love and grace just as He promises. And He will do the same for you.

If your faith is being testing or, like me, you’ve had an epic fail, I pray that you will be comforted by the words of 2 Corinthians. And that you will know God’s grace is sufficient for you. He will see you through it, because of grace.

Graceful Printables Just For You!…

Grace B&W Printable Art

Love One Another Printable Art

By Grace Printable Art

Don’t Miss These Bible Studies from Master’s Hand Collection!

By |2021-04-30T18:41:36-05:00August 5th, 2020|Christian Life, God, Grace|0 Comments

Path Of Life Psalm 16:11 Devotional

Path of Life 16:11 Devotional

Do you ever ask yourself… “How did my life turn out this way?” Or wonder what the path life is supposed to be? In this Psalm 16:11 devotional, we’ll answer these questions and find the way back to the life path God has for us.

When we graduate from high school or college, we’re just fresh-faced kids ready to conquer the world. We decide on the path we want our lives to take and start the journey thinking only good things will come our way.

Then, somewhere along our life path, we take an unexpected turn. And the next thing we know, we’ve ended up in no man’s land wondering what the heck happened.

All of those plans we made for ourselves seem so far away and that fresh-faced kid is just a distant memory. We’ve veered off the path of life.

What does Psalm 16:11 mean?

David had one of these “how did my life turn out this way?” moments too.

 

You will show me the path of life;

In Your presence is fullness of joy;

At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

                                      Psalm 16:11 NKJV

 

When this psalm was written, David found himself in a precarious situation. His life path had taken an unexpected turn for the worst.

The young kid who started out as a meek shepherd and became a celebrated hero after defeating Goliath was on the run.

David was hiding out in the wilderness because King Saul and his army were looking to kill him. They had just caught up with him and encircled their army around his camp. Death seemed imminent.

You will show me the path of life

Many of David’s psalms talk about the feeling of enemies surrounding him. So, I imagine he must have been scared.

But instead of wondering what to do next, David trusted God to show him the path of life.

Throughout his life, David had experienced both the highs and lows of living a life for God. Because of this, He believed God would take care of him during this critical time. And he knew God’s way was the path of life he wanted to take.

In Your presence there is fullness of joy

Even at his lowest, David could still praise God and experience the joy of being in the Lord’s presence. He understood that joy, real joy comes from knowing God and being with Him every day.

But Psalm 16 is more than just a beautiful lament about David’s own circumstances, he was pointing the way for us to the coming Messiah, the true path of life.

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

Walking the Path of Life with Jesus

 

It doesn’t matter what our previous plans were, or the disappointment we felt when they didn’t work out. The path we chose for ourselves when we were young was about this life and what we would become in it.

But God is more concerned with what will become of us in the next life. So, He gave us a path of life to follow.

Jesus is our life path. A path to eternal life. And this scripture is our roadmap to Him…

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

                                            Matthew 7:13-14 NKJV

 

Narrow is the path

You may have noticed Jesus only gave us two choices to take on the path of life.

We’ve reached that critical point in the journey where the road forks off in two different directions. We must turn one way or the other to continue on with the journey. And it’s an important decision worthy of serious consideration.

We can either, turn left and enter through the wide and easy path. This is the worldly path that offers pleasure in this life but ultimately leads to hell and eternal destruction.

Or we can turn right and enter through the narrow and difficult path. This is the spiritual path that leads to eternal life in heaven with Jesus.

Jesus said most people will choose the wide and easy path. These people are just going through life and don’t give their decision much thought. Or they think the choice can be put off for another time.

But tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us, and death may come when you least expect it. By then the choice has already been made and it’s too late. Your path of life has been chosen.

That’s why Jesus urges us to choose the narrow path. He loves us all and He died to save us all. So, He wants every one of us to be the few who find the narrow path.

Yes, the narrow path is a harder, more difficult path to take. And we know Jesus said we will be persecuted for our faith. But our reward is in knowing our Savior and spending eternity with Him.

Most people don’t want to hear this hard truth. Because when they do, they’re forced to choose which path of life they’ll take. And just to be clear, not choosing is a choice in itself, and not a pleasant one.

Read More: In His Presence Is Fullness of Joy

I am the way the truth and the life

The decision to follow Jesus is life-changing. And sometimes change is hard. So, if this life-changing decision is hard to make, Jesus put it another way…

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

                                            John 14:6 NIV

 

This is a bold and clear statement. Jesus is the only way, the only truth, and the only eternal life.

If we want to see God the Father and go to heaven when we die, then Jesus is the One and only way to get there.

We don’t do ourselves or anyone else any favors by saying otherwise.

The path to heaven is narrow

This is our God-given promise, if we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the Savior of the world, then we will have eternal life with Him in heaven.

For most of us, we made the choice to follow Jesus down the narrow path a long time ago. But sometimes it’s good to look back on where we’ve been and how we got here.

The path behind us reminds us of everything Jesus has done for us and how far we’ve come.

And the path stretched out in front of us leads the way to the Savior and gives us something to look forward to.

The narrow path of life may be long and winding but with Jesus, we will get there.

Read More: What is the Joy of the Lord?

Live Life to the Fullness

Like David, we can experience the joy of being in God’s presence when the path of life takes a turn for the worst. And we can see the joy waiting for us up ahead when we’ve reached the end of the journey.

This is the joy we can only find in knowing Jesus. It is a joy that fills us completely and gives us confidence in our faith. It is a fullness of life and a fullness of joy!

So, follow Jesus and live life to the fullness instead of the fullest.

How did my life turn out this way?

Is there something in your life that has brought you to where you are right now? Are you asking yourself “How did my life turn out this way”?

If you’ve veered off the path of life a little bit, it’s okay. The roadmap hasn’t changed, and you can still get back on the narrow path.

Jesus is waiting for you with open arms.

My prayer is for you is that you will remember why you decided to walk with Jesus on the narrow path of life. And you will stay firmly on God’s life path even when the road is rocky. Joy waiting for you up ahead!

If you have not made the decision to take the narrow path, then I pray you will understand the love Jesus has for you and choose to follow Him today.

To find out more about making this crucial decision please read “Accepting Jesus”.

God bless you on your journey through the Path of Life!

Joy Black and White Bible Verse Wall Art

Christian Art from Master’s Hand Collection

Popular Bible Studies from Master’s Hand Collection

By |2021-09-17T12:59:15-05:00July 29th, 2020|Christian Life, Joy|10 Comments

How to Praise God in a Pandemic

How to Praise in a Pandemic

Everyone has those special Bible Verses God uses over and over again to speak directly to us.

In my life, Habakkuk 3 is one of them. God puts this scripture in front of me every time I need a little reality check.

Honestly, I’ve thought I was in dire straits before. But the current global crisis we’re living through puts them all to shame. I realize now, no matter how hard I thought I had it, I never knew real hardship until now. And this piece of scripture has never been more relevant than it is during this pandemic.

 

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

When Habakkuk wrote these words, he knew his people were moving into a time of struggle. Soon they would be without the basic necessities of life. The food and water that was once abundant would become scarce. A safe harbor would be hard to find. And survival would become an epic battle of willpower.

But Habakkuk also knew if they continued praising God even in the midst of hardship, He would see them through this troubling time.

Each part of this verse speaks to the effects of a pandemic on our daily lives.

Though the fig tree may not blossom…

In ancient times, the fig tree was plentiful, and the fruit used to make cakes, candy, or other sweets. For us, the fig represents the creature-comforts, the little luxuries we enjoy. We like them but we can live without them too.

Nor fruit be on the vines:

We turn an important corner in this part of the verse. Instead of missing the luxuries, we can do without, we begin to talk about the essentials. The fruit of the vine became wine, an important commodity back then. It was used not only to drink with dinner but also to purify water. Without grapes, there would be no wine. And without wine no life-sustaining drinking water. Nowadays, we have filtration systems that supply fresh water to our homes and easily accessible bottled water. But when systems break down or truckers can’t deliver, our most essential commodity is cut off.

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

 

Though the labor of the olive may fail’

And the fields yield no food…

The people used olive oil the same way we use butter. Without this precious oil, there would be no bread to eat. And without the crops, no vegetables on the table.

 

Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls…

Ancient people were not vegetarians (sorry vegans). They relied on flocks of sheep and herds of goats for protein. And without access to these animals, they would starve.

In modern times, we rely on farmers and ranchers to supply both of these sources of food. But during this crisis, they’re struggling to keep up with the demand and deliver their goods to market. Without their hard work and commitment, we’ll struggle to find what we need to feed our families at the grocery store.

Our lives have been turned upside down by a pandemic we couldn’t see coming. Everything we once had is gone. At least for the time being. But there is still hope for us. And it comes in the form of praising God in a pandemic.

Sounds crazy, right?

How can we praise God when the world is falling apart?

Truthfully, if Habakkuk could see the defeat of his people coming on the horizon, still remember the times God saw His people through hardship, and praise Him in such dire circumstances, then surely we can find it in ourselves to do the same too.

Because God has not forgotten us. Our struggle is not invisible to Him. And He is still there in the fight with us.

I was reminded of this while I was taking a shower the other night, (I do all my best thinking in the shower ya’ll) 🛁

God chose that moment to speak words of wisdom into my heart. They’re an updated version of Habakkuk 3, a mirror image of this scripture for a modern time. I’d like to share them with you now. But please remember they are not meant to replace scripture, only to understand it better. Here’s what God had to say to me.

Even though toilet paper is in short supply and I can’t find it anywhere…

I will praise You!

Even though there’s a meat shortage on the horizon and I have no idea how I will feed my family…

I will praise You!

Even though I’ve lost my job and I don’t know how I’ll pay the bills…

I will praise You!

Even though my grandma is on lockdown in a nursing home, I can’t visit her, and now she’s being tested for COVID-19…

I will praise You!

Even though I’ve lost a loved one to this terrible virus and my heart is broken…

I will praise You!

Even though the future seems so uncertain and I’m scared…

I will praise You!

Praising God is more than wishful thinking. It’s a resolve to have faith in hardship. And it’s understanding that even if we lose everything, we still have the God of our salvation.

Our confidence in our loving Father is unshakable because we know He has us in the palm of His hand. And we understand He will give us the strength to face whatever lies ahead.

This is the same confidence Habakkuk wrote about in verse 19.

 

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.

Deer never wonder if they’re gonna plummet to their death when they scale a rocky mountain cliff. They instinctively know their feet are made for it. They’re unwavering in their ascent, jumping higher and higher until they reach the top. Sure-footed and confident.

So, let’s keep ascending higher and higher in our faith, believing God is our strength in times of trouble. And allow Him to give us sure-footed deer’s feet as we praise Him through this pandemic.

Now YOU can print Master’s Hand Collection Artwork right from Home!

“Call Her Blessed”

“God of Hope”

“Love One Another”

More Bible Studies from Master’s Hand Collection

By |2020-08-15T13:40:14-05:00April 27th, 2020|Christian Life|0 Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Artwork to help You See God’s Hand

Don’t Miss These Bible Studies from Master’s Hand Collection!

By |2021-05-25T15:53:58-05:00February 17th, 2020|Bible Study, Christian Life|4 Comments

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

What is the Meaning of Life? Isaiah 43:7

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

What is the meaning of life?

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

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

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

We were put on this earth not for our own glory, but to bring glory to the One who created us. #MeaningofLife #BibleStudy Click To Tweet

This revelation leads us to another, more important question…

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

#1 Praise God.

Whoever offers praise glorifies Me…
                                     Psalm 50:23

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

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

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

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

#3 Let your light shine.

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

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

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

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

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

Printables from Master’s Hand Collection

Popular Bible Studies from Master’s Hand Collection

By |2021-05-25T15:52:54-05:00February 16th, 2020|Bible Study, Christian Life|3 Comments

3 Ways to Grow in Grace

3 Ways to Grow in Grace

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

Ephesians 2:8 tell us this simple truth…

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

 

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

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

                                                     2 Peter 3:18

 

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

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

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

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

 

#1 Prepare the Soil

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

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

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

                                                   Hosea 10:12

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

#2 Water the Seed

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

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

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

                                            Jeremiah 17:8

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

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

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

#3 Let the “Sonshine” In

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

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

This is true of our spiritual lives too.

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

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

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

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

                                                    2 Corinthians 4:6

 

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

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

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

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

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

Now YOU can print Artwork from Home!

With the Master’s Hand Collection Shop

God of Hope Printable Art

Love One Another Collection Cards

By Grace Printable Art

More Graceful Bible Studies from Master’s Hand Collection

By |2021-04-30T18:40:10-05:00January 14th, 2020|Bible Study, Christian Life|2 Comments

Free Bible Verse Wall Art – Habakkuk 3:19

Habakkuk 3:19 tells us…

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.

This Bible Verse from Habakkuk 3 is about finding strength in God when the future looks unsure, and life leaves us feeling weak.

It speaks to the truth of who God is by calling Him “the Lord God”.

This name of God translates to, Adonai, which means “my strength”.

When times are tough, it’s Adonai’s strength we’re searching for.

The strength to persevere in the most difficult circumstances. The strength to keep going when all you want to do is give up. And the strength to rejoice in the God of our salvation when joy seems worlds away.

This scripture promises… if we will put our trust in the Lord God, He makes our feet sure-footed just like a deer on a steep mountain cliff. Full of confidence for the rocky road ahead.

And He will lift us up from the low places we’re in and make us walk on the high hills of life once more.

May you be blessed by the truth of who Adonai is in your life. And reminded that He is your strength in times of trouble!

Habakkuk 3:19 Free Bible Verse Wall Art

Print this Free Bible Verse Wall Art and be reminded of God’s strength the next time you feel weak!

To download this printable scripture,  just click on the picture.

The PDF will appear on a new screen.

And you’ll be able to print it.

I recommend printing on high-quality 8×10 paper. The printed image measures approximately 7 3/4 x 7 3/4.

All artwork, illustrations, graphics, logos, design, text, and animation on this site are the exclusive copyrighted works of Vineway Products LLC and Master’s Hand Collection. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Any unlawful redistribution of artwork featured on this site without prior express written permission of the copyright holder is strictly prohibited.

Read this Bible Study from Master’s Hand Collection

Plus, Don’t Forget Your Free Daily Devotional!

By |2021-09-13T18:15:35-05:00May 2nd, 2019|Christian Life, Monday Motivation|0 Comments