Last night, we were out for our midweek Bible study in my Church and we were taught "American Exceptionalism." It revolves around what God has done to this country amidst all the challenges to fulfill His purpose for this nation and how it relates to Israel and the Body of Christ (His Church). We also discussed how people and events come together throughout history to coincide with God's timetable. As Americans, we are not exceptional because of our own attributes but solely because of the mandate that God bestowed upon our nation and its people to carry out God's great plan. I was quickly reminded of the passage in Proverbs 20:21 which says, "The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes." I looked into Matthew Henry's commentary on this passage and it says, "Even the hearts of men are in God's hands, and not only their goings, as he has said in Proverbs 20:24. God can change men's minds, can, by a powerful insensible operation under their spirits, turn them from that which they seemed most intent upon, and incline them to that which they seemed averse to, as the husbandman, by canals and gutters, turns the water through his grounds as he pleases, which does not alter the nature of the water, nor put any force upon it, any more than God's providence does upon the native freedom of man's will, but direct the course of it to serve his own purpose. Even king's hearts are so, notwithstanding their powers and prerogatives, as much as the hearts of common persons. The hearts of kings are unsearchable to us, much more unmanageable by us; as they have their arcana imperii---state secrets, so that they have great prerogatives of their crown, but the great God has them not only under his eye, but in his hand. Kings are what he makes them. Those that most absolute are under God's government; he puts things into their hearts, Rev 17:17; Ezra 7:27.
The Lord does not set aside the Natural/Spiritual Laws He established on earth in dealing with mankind's (whom He created) situations/conditions. One of these is the Law of Sowing and Reaping. When we don't listen to God's Word instead continue with our rebellion under Satan (remember that if you're not under the Lordship of Christ, you are by default a slave to Satan) by choosing to fulfill the lust of our flesh, eyes and our pride of life, we are going to harvest what we planted. When we neglect God, we get leaders that may look pleasing, cordial and descent on the outside but on the inside are ferocious wolves that does everything to destroy our country both from the outside and within. These Satanic leaders build upon the evil foundations of their Satanic counterparts. It is a step by step agenda of destruction! The evil you see today just didn't happen, it was planned way before and executed in a timely fashion. Though not everyone sees beyond the evil of our time, those who faithfully inquire of the Lord are revealed beyond the writing on the wall for it can be searched by pattern throughout history and most importantly, in the Truth of God's Word. Satan is not doing anything new. It's the same old despicable tricks that He pulled from the Garden of Eden to the present---making man think he can be like God. And because of man's selfishness, he cannot see beyond the original intent of Satan----that is to destroy humankind by robbing them of their true identity as a child of God and deny them of the very pleasure of an eternal fellowship with their Maker. Instead, they will suffer the same fate as the one who deceived them---eternity in the Lake of Fire with their master, Satan.
For so many years now, many call it a "conspiracy theory" when we talk about how many world leaders conspire to bring about a New World Order (Globalization) and how they meet in secret to plan and strategize in order to bring about their Satanic agenda. And even to this day, many are still in denial and are so deceived after videos and damning evidence have proven who these people were/are. In our country, I have heard Bush Sr., Clinton, Bush Jr., Obama and the many other members of a secret society pushed forth to support that agenda using their tenure in office and are still using their societal influence to this day. There are many before them but in my lifetime, these leaders have systematically built an altar of rebellion against the Word of God that allowed ungodliness to flourish in this nation. We were headed for the slaughter----BUT GOD! Through those leaderships, the faith of those who rely on the Truth of God's Word were tested and tried. Many were blinded by the fake narrative but there were those who refused to quit and called upon the Lord---the One perfectly in control. Though many in America have forgotten God, there are those who remembers the goodness and faithfulness of God to this country! In the 2016 presidential election, against all odds, God answered our desperate cry for help and altered the utter destruction that we thought we would fall into. That moment, I wasn't sure how President Trump would govern as like many Christians, I was skeptical about him. But that election night, I joined many in celebrating the victory of knowing we were safe from Obama's extended term through Clinton. I tell you, going through those 8 years of Obama was a nightmare for his agenda was to systematically destroy life, promote gross immorality, propel lawlessness and divide through the grounds of fake racism and an all out war in the things of God. As President Trump took offic and fulfilled the many promises he made amidst intense hatred, betrayal and threats from every direction along with God's Word and prophetic mandate of God in his life, I can say this with utmost certainty---it was God's intervention that stopped the destructive agenda of the enemy in this country. Personally, I knew the Lord granted us a "window of opportunity" as part of His wonderful plan for this nation and its people to fulfill His plan for His beloved nation, Israel. And so, I encourage everybody to study and meditate on the Word of God for in it is Truth, Purpose and Revelation. Never ever accept anyone's teaching (doctrine) without running it through the magnifying lenses of the Scripture. Everything we see in the news today, good or bad, fake or true, is never without an agenda. There's good (Godly) and evil (Satanic) agendas. It is important that we rally in support of the good agendas and go against (with prayer and action) those that are demonic. Be bold, be Salt and Light! Always keep in mind that no matter what happens, God will work all things together for the good of those who love Him and live according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). For those Born of God (Born-again, John 3:3), this earthly story has a happy ending. I don't know with you but I am happy to watch a movie based on tragedy when I know beforehand that it's going to be a happy ending. Many movie fans hate spoilers but in the story I called "My Life in Christ," I'm glad to know beforehand, I have eternal victory!
For this Card, I used an image from Stampers Anonymous called "Crazy Birds"that I colored using my Prismacolor/Spectrum Noir markers. The pre-cut card base is from Paper Studio and it comes with envelopes that I stamped with a Hero Art stamp in coordinating ink colors. All the card sentiments are from Dylusions from the set called "Quote Medley." I love the result.
CRAZY BIRDS ENCOURAGEMENT CARD SET
CRAZY BIRDS ENCOURAGEMENT CARD 1
CRAZY BIRDS ENCOURAGEMENT CARD 2
This Card Set is entered into the following Challenges:
Gem of a Challenge---ATG
Catch the Bug---Clean and Simple
Crafter's Castle---ATG/Back to School
2 Crafty Critter---Add Critter
A Bit More Time---ATG
A Perfect Time---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Animals---ATG with Animals
Colour Create Show it Off---ATG
CCC---For a Child
Digi Doodle---Birds and Beast (Include an Animal)
Love to Craft---ATG
Love to Scrap---ATG
Not Just Cards---ATG
Scribbles Designs---Include a Sentiment
Tales from the Craft Room---For Kids
This is it for now, guys. Make sure to join us at our neighborhood---613 Avenue Create---for an Anything Goes Challenge. If you want to be challenged, take on the Optional Twist. But there's really no reason for you to miss it. Can't wait to see what you create. The Lord is with you every step of the way so, be at peace that you have Someone you can trust and have your back always.
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