Throughout the New Testament Scripture, we were told to be watchful. For everything in this world (with all it's fleshly, ungodly desires) could be used by the enemy to entrap/tempt us. This world and everything in this world came under the ruler-ship of Satan after Adam (whom God gave authority over His creation) turned over his authority to Satan in an act of disobedience and betrayal (treason) in the Garden of Eden. Since then, all men were under the curse of Sin and Death and are in rebellion with God, helplessly taking the side of the enemy with no hope of freedom/deliverance. But that changed when Jesus Christ came to this earth for the sole purpose of redeeming mankind from their hopeless situation and take us back on track to the original plan of God when He created us. By faith in what Jesus accomplished at the Cross (His death, burial and resurrection), He graciously freed us from our bondage with Satan and brought us back to the Kingdom of our Father in heaven. Other than what Jesus established, there's no other way any man could be saved. Upon our acceptance of what Jesus accomplished for us (Born-again, John 3:3), we become God's representative here on earth---no longer walking in the ways of this world but following the will of our Father, written in His Word (the Bible) and by carefully following the examples of our Lord Jesus (His ministry) when He came to earth.
So, when the Lord warns us to be watchful, we are to take this instruction seriously. Every waking moment here in this world, we are engage in a constant battle between God's Truth and the lies of the enemy. Because we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:20-21), we are always at war with the works of the enemy. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life have always been there to deter us from moving forward to the things of God. Deceptive teachers/preachers in sheep's clothing are constantly looking for those they can easily manipulate (1 John 4:1-6). Like before, self centered teachings delivered by false teachers distort God's Truth and aims to take souls to the path of destruction. It conditions us to think more highly of ourselves and takes us farther away from Jesus and His Cross. When we decide to make somebody (other than Jesus Christ and His Word) our spiritual source of Truth and refuse to cross-examine and study their teachings against the standard of God's infallible Word, we are placing ourselves in grave danger with eternal ramifications. Thus, it is so important that we stick to the Truth of God's Word trusting solely on the finished work of Jesus Christ (the Gospel/Good News). We need to stand firm on this Gospel of salvation, refusing to back down at any cost. We are to be brave in dealing with the enemies of our faith, to be strong in addressing Sin (includes all acts of sin) and offer sound solutions with the readiness and boldness that comes from the Holy Spirit, driven by God's love and compassion. My friends, we have the power of God living inside of us---all of us who are in Christ. When our foundation, faith and focus is established on the bedrock of the finished work of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we will remain in His Truth and no power of the enemy can ever take us down. When the faith of Jesus becomes my faith, I am always victorious. I would like to share the following Scripture to encourage you to stand firm in each day's spiritual battle:
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should."
For this Card, I used an image from Ranger Dylusions Stamp and Stencil Set called "Holy Birds" that I colored using my Touch Five/Prismacolor markers. The base is a white CS, cut and scored to make an A2 card. One of the cards feature the Scripture Word Art and the other sentiment was from Stamps Simply Clear Stamps (our sponsor for this Challenge). I added some washi tapes from Recollections and glitters from Stickles (Diamond). I also incorporated some stitching on this project. The sentiment in the envelope is from Illustrated Faith Stamps.
BE BRAVE BE STRONG BIRD CARDS
BE BRAVE BE STRONG GREEN BIRD CARD
BE BRAVE BE STRONG YELLOW BIRD CARD
BE BRAVE BE STRONG BIRD CARDS WITH ENVELOPES
This Project is entered into the following Challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks---Alcohol Inks
Crafting with an Attitude---ATG
Little Miss Muffet---ATG
Crafting by Designs---Encouragement
Brown Sugar---All Creatures Great and Small
Crafting with Friends---ATG
Simply Create Too---Stitching
Make sure you join us at WAW Challenge. You can use the free Word Art in your creation and link it to our Challenge but is not a requirement. As long as it's family-friendly, uplifting and inspirational, you can enter up to 5 times each week. Our Challenge winner will be awarded a wonderful prize from our awesome sponsor---Stamp Simply Clear Stamps. So excited to see what you come up with. Anyway, cheer up as we meditate on the name of Jesus today. There is power in His Name and it's available to everyone that believes.