A wonderful day, everyone! More than a week ago, we started another bi-weekly Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW). You still have a few days to join the fun and possibly win a great prize. As always I featured a card below with our Scripture Word Art that comes from John 8:36 that says, "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."
Since the Fall of Man through disobedience in the Garden of Eden, every man born into this world inherited the Sin Nature which originated from the very heart of Satan. This alliance with the enemy brought forth Death (spiritual, physical and eternal deaths) as mankind's spiritual connection with God was severed as we became slaves to the Sin nature that defaulted us to rebel against the Holy God that created us. We were hopeless on our own, our bodies would soon decay and we're set to spend eternity in the state of damnation. It was a curse that no mortal man would be able to escape from. But God (in His omniscience) knew this would happen before time even existed. Because of His great love for humanity, He knew He would be sending His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem man from Satan's hands. He who had no Sin took all the sins of the world and nailed it to the Cross---once and for all, so that anyone who placed their faith in His death, burial and resurrection (The Gospel/Good News) will live in freedom from the bondage of Sin. Apostle Paul told us in Galatians 2:20, "My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Wow, "Christ lives in me!" That's how every Born-again believers would overcome this world ruled by Satan. Jesus, the Son of the living God, defeated Sin and Death at the Cross and His victory is our victory. He is with us in navigating this earthly life and His promise of eternal life awaits every believer. Sadly, the unrepentant, proud and rebellious at heart will suffer everlasting torment. From the very beginning, the devil used lies in order to tempt man to disobey God and he hadn't change his strategy. Jesus told us in John 10:9-11, "I am the gate. If anyone enters through Me, he will be saved. He will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep." He also proclaimed in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." God provided the ONLY WAY for us to get back into His presence---that is trusting in Jesus Christ alone.
On June 24, 2022, I greatly rejoiced in the Supreme court ruling that ended Roe v. Wade (Abortion Rights) on a federal level here in America. For fifty years, people were deceived to believing that the US Constitution has a place for this kind of barbaric acts which resulted in killing of over 63 million babies. Even before I came to know Christ, I knew deep down my core (conscience) that regardless of the stage of development , a baby is a baby from the time of conception. Just like I knew when our dogs were pregnant, we had new puppies after a few days/weeks. I never thought anybody would be so stupid to think they can dehumanize a baby at any stage. But for the sake of convenience, not willing to accept the consequences for their actions, they'd rather be called fools! On the other hand, I give glory to God for He answered the cry of His people who'd been fighting for year against the shedding of innocent blood in this nation. However, the end of Roe v. Wade doesn't mean that our fight for life is over. The decision for Abortion is just passed on to the voters of each state. Some of these states had been strongholds of Satan and his party that radically supports killing babies to minutes after they're born. Savages! Truthfully, there was never a constitutional right to Abortion/Murder to warrant a federal protection---not then, not ever! Satan have used many of the rich, powerful and influential leaders throughout history to destroy humanity. In Matthew 2:16-18, just after Jesus was born, King Herod ordered the killing of male children two years old and under in Bethlehem and all that region to prevent the prophesied Messiah from coming. In the Old Testament before Christ came, babies are burned as a sacrifice to Baal/Molech by their parents for economic reasons (for rain to water their crops and fertile agriculture). Today, babies are sacrificed by their parents through barbaric abortions in the "altar of convenience" (career, future, status etc.) while Abortion facilities are lining up their pockets by selling aborted baby parts. Now and then, they have one thing in common---they're all murderers! That includes everyone who supports them. For what kind of people would devise a plan to kill their own child whether it be in or out of the womb? And what kind of monsters are those that condones and aides these murders? These savages are now acting like possessed demons raging with violence because they didn't get their way. They can't deny who they truly worship, none other than the ancient serpent, their father Satan! Their violence is shown in their hatred for babies and they demonstrate that same violence to their opposition when they don't get their way. They belong to the party of Death! There's two very helpful articles about this topic here and here).
Now more than ever, true believers must pray for our nation! There is power in prayer and nothing is impossible with God! The deceived will continue to be deceived and our fight will intensify as the days go by. But we have the power of God living inside of us. Through faith in Christ, we were set free to be Salt and Light at such a time as this. Put on the whole armor of God and let's fight and stand for truth! I would like to share what My Life Application Bible shared about our highlighted Scripture in this post. It says, "Sin has a way of enslaving us, controlling us, dominating us, and dictating our actions. Jesus can free you from this slavery that keeps you from becoming the person God created you to be. If sin is restraining, mastering, or enslaving you, Jesus can break its power over your life. Jesus himself is the truth that sets us free. He is the source of truth, the perfect standard of what is right. He frees us from continued slavery to sin, from self deception, and from deception from Satan. He shows us clearly the way to eternal life with God. Thus Jesus does not give us freedom to do what we want, but freedom to follow God. As we seek to serve God, Jesus' perfect truth frees us to be all that God meant us to be."
For this Card, I used a rubber stamp from Inkadinkado that I partially colored using The Creative Expert markers. The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card. I added some white nail head gems from Imaginisce. a bit of glitters from Stickles (Crystal) at the center of the flowers and incorporated the Scripture Word Art below the image. Lastly, I did some fancy and regular stitching for added dimension. It's simple but I love it!
YE SHALL BE FREE INDEED CARD
YE SHALL BE FREE INDEED CARD CLOSE-UP
YE SHALL BE FREE INDEED CARD INSIDE
YE SHALL BE FREE INDEED CARD WITH ENVELOPE
This Card is entered into the following Challenges:
2 Sisters on the Blog---Garden
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Ching-Chou Kuik---Just Colour It
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Creatalicious---ATG/Lots of Layer
Love to Craft---ATG
Love to Scrap---ATG
Mix It Up---ATG/CAS
Crafting Challenge---Taste of Summer
Worldwide Open DT---ATG
Gem of a Challenge---ATG
Taylormade Cards4u---ATG/Holiday in July
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 each week. Our Challenge winner will be awarded a wonderful prize from our awesome sponsor---Altenew Shop ($15 GC). So excited to see what you come up with. Anyway, as believers of Jesus Christ, freed from the bondage of Sin through faith in Jesus Christ, let us use our God given rights to protect the life of those who cannot fight for themselves.
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