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Today I want to start off by asking you to read the words to today's song. Don't listen to the song yet, just read the words:
Hello, My Name Is by Matthew West
Hello, my name is regret
I'm pretty sure we have met
Every single day of your life
I'm the whisper inside
That won't let you forget
Hello, my name is defeat
I know you recognize me
Just when you think you can win
I'll drag you right back down again
‘Til you've lost all belief
These are the voices, these are the lies
And I have believed them, for the very last time
Hello, my name is child of the one true King
I've been saved, I've been changed,
And I have been set free
“Amazing Grace” is the song I sing
Hello, my name is child of the one true King
I am no longer defined
By all the wreckage behind
The one who makes all things new
Has proven it's true
Just take a look at my life
What love the Father has lavished upon us
That we should be called His children
I am a child of the one true King
And click here to listen to this song.
So, do you ever feel defeated? Do you ever regret something that you have done? Do you let that drag you down? If we are honest with ourselves, we all feel that way at some time. As Christians, we cannot let those lies drag us down or cause our faith to falter. In the Old Testament, the Israelites had to give a guilt offering to atone for their guilt and shame.
Leviticus 5:15-16 "When anyone is unfaithful to the Lord by sinning unintentionally in regard to any of the Lord’s holy things, they are to bring to the Lord as a penalty a ram from the flock, one without defect and of the proper value in silver, according to the sanctuary shekel. It is a guilt offering. They must make restitution for what they have failed to do in regard to the holy things, pay an additional penalty of a fifth of its value and give it all to the priest. The priest will make atonement for them with the ram as a guilt offering, and they will be forgiven."
Death is a consequence of sin. So, prior to Christ's death on the cross for our sin, the Old Testament sacrifices were still in place. However, as Christians, we must remember, that Jesus went to the cross to take away the shame, the defeat, and the guilt. We are alive in Him and not defined by our past. But we must confess our sins daily so that we can receive forgiveness. In Him as we confess, we are forgiven!
Leviticus 5:5 "When anyone becomes aware that they are guilty in any of these matters, they must confess in what way they have sinned."
Romans 6:10-11 "The death He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus."
Leave sin and guilt at the cross where Christ left it. We are forgiven, and we are not to doubt or hang onto guilt! Jesus broke sins' power over you and over me. Because I have a relationship with Christ, I need to look at sin differently. I need to confess it. I need to change my way and become more like Him, and I need to leave it behind once I am forgiven. I can't live in guilt and shame as I did before knowing Him. I am a new person. For instance, once I got married, I got a new name. I began a different life with my husband. I also have a new name and life in Christ, and I need to live differently than I did before. Do I leave the shame, defeat, and guilt behind? Not always but I should! Does this mean I no longer sin? Absolutely not! I sin daily! If I continue to live a life dominated by sin, that is devastating to a believer and dishonoring to God. I am His ambassador so I need to change and live in obedience to Him. I am a constant work-in-progress! He is molding me. How about you?
Isaiah 64:8 "Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand."
The fact that we are saved by grace does not give us the right to sin. It give us the freedom to obey! Jesus not only paid the penalty for sin but He broke it's power. So, leave the guilt, the shame, and defeat behind. You have heavenly characteristics! Which ones have you taken on? Which ones do you need to add?
Psalm 34:5 "Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame."
Romans 9:33 "As it is written: 'See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who believes in Him will never be put to shame.'"
Romans 10:11 "As Scripture says, 'Anyone who believes in Him will never be put to shame.'"
Hebrews 10:22 "Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water."
Let your life show that you are child of the one true King!!!!
For my 6x6 page today, I used Blue Fern Studios papers Blue Fern Garden papers and chipboard. See the supply list below the pictures for specific product names. And the scripture I chose was Hebrews 10:22. I just love that verse, and it goes so well with today's song.
Stamps: Tim Holtz Ultimate Grunge
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Layering Stems (painted with gesso and 13arts Ayeeda matte raspberry paint), Blue Fern Bits (painted with gesso)
Embellishments: Prima Lil Missy flower and crochet icon, Petaloo pistachio botanica minis, Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, Tim Holtz mini paper clip, misc. ticket, misc. washi, sewing machine
Remember to use Keyword SCRLLC14 when posting your creations in any online galleries. Also, please leave a link to your creation here using Inlinkz! To see all of the information regarding this challenge and the previous studies, please see this post here. Blessings,
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Monday, June 30, 2014
On Wednesday of this week as I was in the middle of teaching at VBS, I came home and the Lord put this song on my heart: "Not for a Moment" by Meredith Andrews. Click here to listen to the song and read the lyrics. And now let's look at our study and song.
Have you ever felt like God was 1,000 miles away? Have you felt that He has left you and that you didn't know where He wanted you to go or what He wanted you to do? Maybe you feel like that right now. I have felt like that for the last two years since we moved. I absolutely love where He has placed us, and I know we are to be here. In fact, I don't ever want to leave. But, I also have not seen what He has for me here. I have felt like He has me on 'hold' for some reason or that He is giving me a time of rest.
The day before God game me this song, I had one of the worst days I have had in a long time. Before leaving for VBS that morning, our dog had a seizure. By then end of the day, he had had 3 seizures. It was a very, very rough day. I cried a lot and was exhausted. But by Wednesday, God gave me one of the greatest days. I met more people than I have met since we moved here. I was invited to take on a position at church that I actually had tried to volunteer for last year but they said they didn't need me. And then many of the kids were hugging me at VBS and thanking me. There is nothing more precious than teaching children about our Jesus! Then when I came home, God gave me our song for today. I was so filled with joy! I was singing around the house, hands in the air, praising our precious Lord. He never left me; He never forsake me. He saw my suffering the day before. He knows my heart and heard my cries. He then blessed me tremendously.
He also never leaves our children! With my daughter on an 8 week ministry trip this summer, I have had many times that I have worried about her but God is with her. He will not forsake her either! He will not forsake your children or grandchildren either. What a comfort that is!
In this song, we hear that "not for a moment did You forsake me." So what does forsake mean? Dictionary.com says it means to "quit or leave entirely; abandon; desert." God's word tell us that He will never leave us or forsake us—ever!
Deuteronomy 31:6 "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
That is so comforting. He sees your tears. He hears your cries and your prayers. God sees your true and sincere faith which can change how you perceive any situation as you look to His will.
2 Kings 20:5b "I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you."
Our song also says that He is constant, He is good, and that He is sovereign. He is in control of all things even when you feel like He is not there or aware of your situation.
Psalm 141:8 "But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign Lord; in you I take refuge—do not give me over to death."
Ecclesiastes 7:14 "When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future."
God is in control, and He brings good out of difficult times without ever leaving you!
For my 6x6 page today, I used Marie-Josee Hamel's page for inspiration. I used the Deuteronomy 31:6 verse above. It was so perfect, and I liked that it had the word 'forsake' in the verse. I also used several pieces of Blue Fern Studios chipboard. The black circle actually comes from the large Roman Clock Set. Then the bricks are called Shabby Brick Bits. I used 'true' for the title because God's word is true, and I can count on that scripture!
Papers: Blue Fern Garden In Bloom, Pion Design For Mother, Paper Trey Ink black cs
Stamps: Unity Belly Ruler
Stamp Ink: Archival jet black
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Roman Clock Set Large (painted with Golden black gesso), Shabby Brick Bits (misted with Prima Color Bloom vintage coal)
Embellishments: Flying Unicorn adornment, Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, Prima Lil Missy flower, Heidi Swapp stickers, misc. washi tape, sewing machine
Remember to use Keyword SCRLLC14 when posting your creations in any online galleries. Also, please leave a link to your creation here using Inlinkz! To see all of the information regarding this challenge and the previous studies, please see this post here. And remember, God is with you and will never forsake you!