Hi there, Crafty peeps! First of all, A BLESSED CHRISTMAS and a GLORIOUS NEW YEAR to everyone. It's time for another Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) which will go on for a whole month. You can find the complete details below. Anyway, today's Scripture Word Art comes from Matthew 1:23 which says, "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." I highlighted this verse in my card below to inspire you. Download this free Scripture Word Art at WAW, use it for your projects (not mandatory) and don't forget to link them to our Challenge.
Firstly, I would like to share what my Life Application Bible wrote about our highlighted passage. It says, " The angel declared to Joseph that Mary's child was conceived by the Holy Spirit and would be a Son. This reveals an important truth about Jesus---he is both God and human. The infinite, unlimited God took on the limitations of humanity so He could live and die for the salvation of all who would believe in Him. Jesus means "the Lord saves." Jesus came to earth to save us because we can't save ourselves from Sin and its consequences. No matter how good we are, we can't eliminate the Sinful Nature present in all of us. Only Jesus can do that. Jesus didn't come to help people save themselves; He came to be their Savior from the power and penalty of Sin. Thank Christ for His death on the cross for your sin and then ask Him to take control of your life. Your new life begins at that moment. Jesus would fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah, for He would be "Emmanuel" ("God with us," see Isaiah 7:14). Jesus was God in the flesh; thus God was literally among us, "with us." Through the Holy Spirit, Christ is present today in the life of every believer. Perhaps not even Isaiah understood how far- reaching the meaning of Emmanuel would be."
As a Born-again believer (John 3:3), the birth of Jesus Christ is one of the most important time in human history for He is the promised Messiah---the Only One who can save humanity from the evil that befall us since the Fall of Man (Adam). Without Him physically taking the form of Man, we are doomed as not one of us is without Sin! The animal sacrifices of old cannot take away nor wash our sins, it only acts as a temporary covering for people to approach God. From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible talked about Jesus Christ. He was foreshadowed and prophesied in the Old Testament. Then He came and walked the earth in the pages of the New Testament. He did what He had to do for the salvation of mankind that whosoever places their faith in Him will forever live in His presence, escaping the damnation that would befall the unrepentant, proud and rebellious people who denied and rejected Christ in their lifetime. His death, burial and resurrection signifies the depth of the Father's love towards mankind, not wanting anyone to perish in a place where nothing good exist and pain and torture is without end.
So, this Christmas time, it's not really about the decorations, the gifts, the family get-together or the new clothing. It's not about the Santa, elves, reindeer or even the random acts of kindness. It's about a heart that is fully in love with the Savior that acknowledges Him above everything---that hears and obeys His voice. It's a heart that beats love for the perishing souls (like our Father in heaven) and is always ready to tell people of the reason for our hope. God wants us to reach out to the lost sheep of this world. He want us to represent Him as we speak boldly of His Truth and stand bravely in the midst of the storm at whatever cost. The Lord is with us in all our battles and we need to trust His love and covering even in the presence of utter darkness and hopelessness. Our time on earth is pretty short so let's do the work He assigned us to do before time runs out. Don't forget to pray for AMERICA and God's mighty and supernatural intervention in the affairs of our land. DECREE AND DECLARE GOD'S WORD TO OUR NATION!
For this Card I used an image from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps that I watercolored using my Stabilo 68 markers. The base is white CS, cut and score to make a 5.5 inches center step design. The DP's are from Paper Studio, the flower is from Prima and the brads are from Recollections. I used a couple of die-cuts here...First one is the lacy frame using Nestabailities and the leaves using Sizzix. I also added some glitters from Stickles (Crystal) and ran it through my sewing machine for some regular and fancy stitching.
Time to go, everyone! Please make sure to visit us at WAW and link up the projects you make out of our free Word Art although not mandatory. You can link up any inspiring, uplifting, family-friendly projects, up to 5 each week. Our wonderful sponsors this week are Stamp Simply Clear Stamps (Stamps and/or Die cuts) and Emma's Paperie. So, head over to WAW and show us your wonderful projects. Enjoy your week. Always remember that God loves you and wants you to share the meaning of His birth to everyone who chooses to listen.
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