Hello everyone! It's been a couple of weeks since our last Challenge so we are starting another Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge today at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) featuring a new Scripture Word (you can download for free at the WAW site). It comes from 1 Chronicles 29:12 which says, "Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all." In order to capture the context of this verse, it is necessary that we include the preceding verse which is 1 Chronicles 12:11 which says, "Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all." In both of the verses, we can simply conclude that everything that sustains us and gives us purpose and strength to live in this world is from the Lord and for the Lord alone.
The first thing that came to mind after I read the aforementioned verses were God's Word in Acts 17:24-31 that tells us, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.” When we acknowledged our Creator, we would always be reminded that He is the reason why we are alive! We were but dust before He formed us and His breath of life made us a living soul (Genesis 2:7). Who among us manually controls the beating of our hearts? So you wake up each morning and commands the sun to do its job in the day and calls the moon to light up the night? Do each of us check the air composition in the earth's atmosphere daily and regulate it to sustain our need to breathe? Who provides water that we drink and gives us the abilities/talents in order to work and prosper. I could go on and on just pointing out the obvious. Anyone who cannot fathom or accept who God is and his need for Him is called a "fool." Psalm 14:1 states, "The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good." The longer one stays in this spiritual deception, the more depraved they become. Without accepting Jesus and His gift of salvation through the Cross, people remain spiritually dead in their sin with no hope of ever being reunited with God. If you want to find out the Truth, start by turning off the world and take the time to look and listen to what God's creation and nature tells you. Instead of appreciating just the physical attributes of God's creation, ask WHO is behind the creation and why did He create what you see? If you are serious in your pursuit of Truth, you'll find the answers will always lead you to the Word of God which would reveal you Jesus and His finished work at the Cross.
To wrap up my devotional post today, I would like to share this article from Gotquestions.org that answers a critical question that we stumble upon in our earthly journey. This inspired me and I believe it will do the same for you. Here it is: Question: "What is the purpose of man, according to the Bible?" The Bible makes it abundantly clear that God created man and that He created him for His glory (Isaiah 43:7). Therefore, the ultimate purpose of man, according to the Bible, is simply to glorify God. A harder question to answer, perhaps, is what does it look like to glorify God? In Psalm 100:2–3, we’re told to worship God with gladness and “know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” Part of what it looks like to glorify God is to acknowledge who God is (our Creator, for starters) and to praise and worship Him as such. We fulfill our purpose of glorifying God also by living our lives in relationship and faithful service to Him (1 Samuel 12:24; John 17:4). Since God created man in His image (Genesis 1:26–27), man’s purpose cannot be fulfilled apart from Him. King Solomon tried living for his own pleasure, yet at the end of his life he concluded that the only worthwhile life is one of honor and obedience to God (Ecclesiastes 12:13–14). In our fallen state, sin separates us from God and makes it impossible to glorify Him on our own. But through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, our relationship with God is reconciled—our sin is forgiven and no longer creates a barrier between God and us (Romans 3:23–24). Interestingly, we are able to glorify God because He gave us glory first. David writes in Psalm 8:4–6, “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet.” (This is also repeated in Hebrews 2:6–8.) This verse reveals another purpose that God has given man: dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:28–29). Again, though, this can only be properly fulfilled through a right relationship with God. The more we get to know our Creator and the more we love Him (Matthew 22:37–38), the better we understand who we are and what our purpose is. We were created to bring Him glory. God has unique plans and purposes for each person (Psalm 139:13–16), but we can know that, whatever those plans look like, they will ultimately result in His glory (Proverbs 3:6; 1 Corinthians 10:31).
RICHES AND HONOUR COME OF THEE
RICHES AND HONOUR COME OF THEE LAYERS
RICHES AND HONOUR COME OF THEE INSIDE
RICHES AND HONOUR COME OF THEE WITH ENVELOPE-BOX
This Card is entered into the following Challenges:
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Craft Dee Bowz---ATG
Love to Craft---ATG
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