Hi there, everyone! Back again for another Scripture Word Art for our bi-weekly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW). My sample project below does not include our Word Art but you can check our WAW site to download it and see how it was used in the beautiful projects made by the other DT's. As usual, you are invited to link with us your inspirational (Anything Goes) cards/projects. Our featured Word Art this Challenge comes from Psalm 33:18 which says, "Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy."
Last night, I watched a true to life movie regarding a couple who tried to save the life of over 300 Jews in Warsaw, Poland when their country was overtaken by Hitler and the Nazi Germans during World War 2. I got so emotional trying to make sense of the evil that possessed an army of human beings to commit such a demonic endeavor---killing helpless human beings because they were Jews? Very sad, but to this day, this threat is still very real not only to the Jews but for believers of Jesus Christ. It's brutal, barbaric and demonic. Though many non-Jews were against such injustice, only a few we're willing to put themselves in harm's way to save others. When God made man, He created us in His image and likeness and gave us dominion over His other creation (Genesis 1:26-28). He breathed unto us the breath of life which made us alive (Genesis 2:7). We were clothed in God's glory---holy, pure and without blemish like our Creator. But all of that changed when we allowed ourselves to be tempted by the enemy. Lucifer (in the form of snake) perverted and twisted God's Word in Genesis 2:17 and man started doubting God's Word and began to take on the mindset of Satan which is "to be like God" (Isaiah 14:13-14). From then on, all human beings became slaves to Satan and inherited Sin (Satan's nature) which brings Death (Spiritual, Physical and Eternal Deaths).
In spite of our hopeless situation, Psalm 19:1-4 tells us how God reveals Himself to us through His creation (Natural Revelation). He has also given us "conscience" simply defined as inner feeling or voice acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one's behavior. No matter what the world says, the absolute standard of right and wrong can only come from the Creator of all things which He revealed to us in His written Word. When we buy a new product in the market, we look for the manufacturer's manual in order to effectively operate the product to it's full capacity. All truth comes from God and His truth never changes no matter how man tries to change it. Romans 2:12-17 says, "For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus." My Life Application Bible explains, "If you traveled around the world, you would find evidence in every society and culture of God's moral law. For example, all cultures prohibit murder, and yet in all societies the law has been broken. We belong to a stubborn race. We know what's right, but we insist on doing what's wrong. It is not enough to know what's right; we must also do it. Admit to yourself and to God that you fit the human pattern and frequently fail to live up to your own standards (much more to God's standards). That's the first step to forgiveness and healing."
For all of us who came to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (Born-again, John 3:3) by placing our faith in His redemptive work at the Cross, we are not just seeing God through His creation but we now have a special revelation of who God truly is. In Adam, our spiritual connection with God was severed but in Christ, it was reestablished. Christ brought us back in right standing with God (justification by faith) and are purifying us each day to become more like Jesus (sanctification by faith). But those who have rejected the redemptive work of Jesus Christ have manifested their allegiance to Satan by killing, stealing and destruction (John 10:10). These people didn't learn from the horrors of war and merciless killings committed by evil men that they deceptively follow the demonic promptings of the god of this world. They do whichever is right in their own eyes and promote hatred, rebellion, ungodliness and immorality of all shapes and forms. It's sad to see the collapse of common sense and their depraved mind are full of evil continually. I truly pray for the fear of God to come upon these lost souls. I believe that the Body of Christ is still in this world because God is still using us to share the hope of the Gospel to anyone who would listen. These are perilous times but we are not to fear anything in this life. Our hope comes from such a stable and unchangeable Source---God Almighty! He's the Only One I fear (holy fear) and revere! My Life Application Bible adds, "The plans of the Lord stand firm forever. "Are you frustrated by all the inconsistencies you see in others, or even in yourself. God is completely trustworthy---His intentions never change. The Bible promises that good and perfect gifts come to us from the Creator who never changes (James 1:17). When you wonder if there is anyone in whom you can trust, remember that God is completely consistent. Let Him counsel you and trust in His plans for your life. Horse refers to military strength. Because God rules and overrules every nation, leaders should never put their trust in their physical power. Military might is not the ground of our hope. Our hope is in God and in His gracious offer to save us if we will trust in Him. This is not an ironclad guarantee that all believers will be delivered from death and starvation. Thousands of Christian saints have been beaten to death, whipped, fed to lions or executed (Romans 8:35-36, Hebrews 11:32-40). God can (and often miraculously does) deliver His followers from pain and death, though sometimes, for purposes known only to Him, He chooses not to. When faced with these harsh realities, we must focus on the wise judgments of God. In times of crisis, we can place our hope in God."For this project, I used images from Stamp Simply Clear Stamps called "Seasonal Wreaths-Spring/Summer" that I colored using The Creative Expert markers. The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 4 inches square. I also used a sentiment from another Stamp Simply set called "Farmhouse All Occasion Greetings" for the sentiment in my handmade envelopes. I love how it simple yet elegant.
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