Hello, everyone! This post is a bit late due to my always busy Sundays. Had a wonderful time praising and worshiping the King of kings in the midst of the congregation early this morning and it was an honor to usher the people to the throne of our Almighty God. I've been a part of the Music Ministry in all the Churches God took me since I came to know Him many years ago. You see, God has given us all talents and has wired us to be good at certain things in order to fulfill His purpose here on earth through us. Unless we submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, that purpose will remain foreign to us because only when we are connected to our power Source that we can unleash our full potential. Before I came to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, I thought I got my life going. I've been singing all my life and was doing great in other forms of art like dancing and acting. Back in my college years, I realized I could make singing as a career and I have gotten wonderful words, which I took as confirmation, from the many great talents I was surrounded with. But I had to rethink my future the time I lost my voice due to the stressful hours of rehearsals I had to go through at one of our Singing competitions. I was devastated that my dream would never come to pass. I somehow resented God wondering how He could have given the talent and then took it back. It was frustrating not being able to perform in the same level I was able to. That, together with many other problems life brought me at the exact time sure plummeted me to hopelessness. THEN, CAME JESUS! Growing up in one of the most influential religions in the world, I thought I knew Jesus! I found out that I just knew His name but not truly knew Who He was in my life. I began to read His Word----there was that hunger and thirst to discover that love, grace and compassion He alone can provide. My life is a living testimony that He never failed. I took what was left of my voice and offered it back to Him. It is so wonderful to serve the Only One who is worthy of all my praise---the One who loved me so much that He had to give His life for my sake. In times of trials and moments of stubbornness, He remains constant, unchanging of His love for me. He wraps me in His arms and tells me to calm down and lets me rest while He takes hold of the driver's seat. And all I need to do is to allow Him---That simple trust is FAITH! Many of us think we know everything and that we are capable enough to be in charge of our lives. We want to rest in the evening knowing that we did everything we possibly can to live a successful life---rich in all the pleasures that go with it. This mentality is nothing but rebellion to the Only One true God. Come to think of it, we cannot even prevent death from coming. We are helpless in natural calamities and not one of us can stop an earthquake from happening no matter how rich or powerful we are. The scripture tells us that there is life after death and only the Bible has detailed what would become of those that didn't put their faith (trust) in Jesus Christ (had been Born-again of the Water (Word of God) and the Spirit (Holy Spirit)---Read John 3) and the legacy of those that have done so before our physical life is over. I challenge you to seek the Scriptures and lay out all your questions to our Almighty God. He has every questions answered. We are a heartbeat away from eternity and I ask that you don't take it lightly for it may be too late. I would like to share to you these scriptures Jesus told us about the Rich man and Lazarus. I hope this provides a glimpse of the reality of eternal life according to the Word of God and how we are a tripartite being possessing a spirit, soul and body:
“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire. But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’ He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ ‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” (Luke 16:19-31)
With all these verses, it is most important that we trust in what the Word of God says. The Bible has 66 books that comprised both the Old and the New Testaments. They were written by several authors with many years in between each book yet, it does not have any error. Why so? Because it didn't come from the mind of man but of God. Men were used by God to write but the thoughts were from God Himself---the Holy Spirit. I can identify with that because when I am sharing here in my Blog, I am amazed at some of the posts I share and I can tell you, it is not my thoughts but God's. I am simply a vessel for Him. So, here's my inspiration card for you today for our Challenge at 613 Avenue Create. It's Anything Goes this week and our lovely sponsor is Meljen's Designs. I chose the "A Girl and her Overalls" that I had for quite sometime (rubber stamp) and colored it with ProMaker/Prismacolor markers. I laid every panel on a 5.5-inch square Kraft card base, the DP's are from Recollections and DCWV and the CS's are Kraft, Green, Blue, Pink and Yellow from my scraps. I layered some Prima flowers, add buttons and glitters (Stickles-Diamond), ribbon and Liquid Pearls (White Opaque). I stamped some swirls from Inkadinkado and the sentiment is from CDS Stamps which I recently purchased (Hurry, I think they still have a moving sale). Hope you enjoy the pics.
FAITH: BELIEVING GOD SAID SO CARD:
FAITH: BELIEVING GOD SAID SO CARD LAYERS:
FAITH: BELIEVING GOD SAID SO CARD INSIDE:
FAITH: BELIEVING GOD SAID SO CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX:
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This is all for today and I am posting my next inspiration card for The Outlawz Challenges tomorrow. Hope you have a good start of the week and know that the Lord has prepared for you a life of purpose as you surrender your life to Jesus Christ! Hugs and blessings...