As a child of God (Born-again, John 3:3), I was justified (made righteous) through faith in Jesus Christ. Not of my own works nor efforts. Is is solely by trusting in what Jesus Christ accomplished for me at the Cross. Philippians 3:20-21 says, "But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body." My position (while here on earth till the day I see Jesus face to face) is firmly planted in the truth that Jesus justified me. All of Jesus' victory is my victory. Jesus is perfect and so is everyone who trusted in Him. Not only did Jesus justified us but He also sanctified us (set us apart for His will and purpose). Though many times we find ourselves failing to show the likeness of God in our lives as we go through the daily struggles and old habits in this fallen world, God is changing us from glory to glory. Our transformation doesn't happen overnight and we go though the process our entire earthly life. The process of sanctification continues and is not based on what we see and feel but by the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we shouldn't allow momentary failures and transgressions to define who we are in the sight of God. God's love for us is immeasurable and His forgiveness is boundless to those who repent and seek after Him. We couldn't place God's love in a box---within the limits of our understanding. He is God and we're not! The sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, is enough proof of what God is willing to give to bring us back into His presence. Each waking moment, remember that JESUS CHRIST is the OBJECT of everything we received from God, the CROSS is the MEANS by which we received them, FAITH is the KEY to access God's blessings and the HOLY SPIRIT is our POWER SOURCE to accomplish everything. His Holy Spirit inside of us seals us in His love both now and forever. I would like to share with you this chapter from 2 Corinthians to empower us as representatives of our Lord in this world:
"Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you. It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." (2 Corinthians 4)
For this Card, I used an image from Mo Manning called "Valerie In Love" and colored it with my ProMarker/Hobby Colour/Prismacolor markers. The base is a white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches center step design. The DP's are from Paper Studio and the brads are from Recollections. The sentiment is from the set called "Farmhouse Scriptural Thoughts" by Stamp Simply. Finally, I stitched all over this card for added dimension. I am totally loving everything about this creation.
EVERLASTING LOVE CENTER STEP CARD
EVERLASTING LOVE CENTER STEP CARD LAYERS
EVERLASTING LOVE CENTER STEP CARD SIDE VIEW
EVERLASTING LOVE CENTER STEP CARD INSIDE
EVERLASTING LOVE CENTER STEP CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX
This Card is entered into the following Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps---Lots of Layers
Pile It On---ATG/Lots of Layers
A Perfect Time---ATG
A Place to Start---ATG/Three, Four or Five
Color Create Show it Off---ATG
Daisy Chain---Make it Feminine
Digi Doodle---ATG (Handcolored Image)
Lets Craft and Create---ATG/Butterflies
Not Just Cards---ATG
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 this week. Such a wonderful prize coming from our sponsor this Challenge---Stamp Simply (stamps and or dies of your choice). So excited to see what you come up with. Remember, nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).
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