Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Encouraged the Wicked


"Because you disheartened the righteous with your lies, when I had brought them no grief, and because you encouraged the wicked not to turn from their evil ways and so save their lives, therefore you will no longer see false visions or practice divination. I will save my people from your hands. And then you will know that I am the Lord.?”  Ezekiel 13:22-23

stacked paper: Teal for Two by Kristmess Designs

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Over All the Earth


Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth!
Psalm 57:11

kits: Indigo Designs Christmas is in the Air, Beauty of Fall
background papers (blended)
photomask: Indigo Designs December challenge freebie

Monday, November 28, 2016

In Trust in You My God


But I trust in You, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.” Psalm 31:14

kit: In Moderation Add-On by TaylorMade Designs

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Acknowledge Your Guilt


"Go, proclaim this message toward the north: ‘Return, faithless Israel,’ declares the LORD, ‘I will frown on you no longer, for I am faithful,’ declares the LORD, ‘I will not be angry forever. Only acknowledge your guilt— you have rebelled against the LORD your God, you have scattered your favors to foreign gods under every spreading tree, and have not obeyed Me,’  declares the LORD." Jeremiah 3:12-13

stacked papers: Teal for Two by Kristmess Designs

Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Spirit Returns


Remember God—before the silver cord is severed,
and the golden bowl is broken;
before the pitcher is shattered at the spring,
and the wheel broken at the well,
and the dust returns to the ground it came from,
and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
Ecclesiastes 12:6-7

stacked paper: Bloomers by Kristmess Designs

Friday, November 25, 2016

Encourage Each Other


And let us take thought of how to spur one another on to love and good works, not abandoning our own meetings, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and even more so because you see the day drawing near.  Hebrews 10:24-25

stacked paper: English Garden by Kristmess

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Gates of Righteousness


Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord;
the righteous shall enter through it.
I thank you that you have answered me
and have become my salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord's doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.
Psalm 118:19-23

stacked paper, kit: Pumpkin Kisses by Kristmess Designs

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Every Mouth Speaks Folly


The people did not turn to Him who smote them,
nor seek the Lord of hosts.
So the Lord cut off from Israel head and tail,
palm branch and reed in one day—
the elder and honored man is the head,
and the prophet who teaches lies is the tail;
for those who lead this people lead them astray,
and those who are led by them are swallowed up.
Therefore the Lord does not rejoice over their young men,
and has no compassion on their fatherless and widows;
for every one is godless and an evildoer,
and every mouth speaks folly.
For all this His anger is not turned away
and His hand is stretched out still.
Isaiah 9:13-17

stacked paper: Brad's Paisley by Kristmess Designs

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Glory and Honor or Wrath and Fury


He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, He will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.  Romans 2:6-8

stacked paper: To Honour Lulu by Kristmess Designs

Monday, November 21, 2016

Mature in Christ


He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.  To this end I strenuously contend according to His power, which He so mightily works within me.  Colossians 1:28-29

stacked paper: English Garden by Kristmess Designs

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Know Him Better


I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.  Ephesians 1:17

stacked paper: by Kristmess Designs

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Precious and Very Great Promises


His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence, by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.  2 Peter 1:3-4

stacked paper: Spread Your Wings by Kristmess Designs

Friday, November 18, 2016

Ready to Judge


For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.  1 Peter 4:3-5

stacked paper: Singing the Blues by Kristmess Designs

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Not Recognized


If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord. If anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized.  1 Corinthians 14:37-38

stacked paper: Spread Your Wings by Kristmess Designs

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Greater is He


Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4

stacked paper: Singing the Blues by Kristmess Designs

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Spirit of Truth


They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.  1 John 4:5-6

stacked paper: Spread Your Wings by Kristmess Designs

Monday, November 14, 2016

Last Forever


"Listen to Me, you who know right from wrong,
you who cherish My law in your hearts.
Do not be afraid of people’s scorn,
nor fear their insults.
For the moth will devour them as it devours clothing.
The worm will eat at them as it eats wool.
But My righteousness will last forever.
My salvation will continue from generation to generation."
Isaiah 51:7-8

stacked paper: Sew Darn Cute by Kristmess Designs

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Honor Christ the Lord


But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 1 Peter 3:14-16

stacked paper: Teal for Two by Kristmess Designs

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Worthless


I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me. A perverse heart shall be far from me; I will know nothing of evil. Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure. I will look with favor on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks in the way that is blameless shall minister to me. No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes. Psalm 101:3-7

stacked paper: January Daze by Kristmess Designs

Friday, November 11, 2016

Diligence in Love


God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.  Hebrews 6:10-12

Many ministries these days like to keep stats on how successful they are based on how many people made a verbal confession of faith (or perhaps they just check a box on a paper or click a button online).  There are multiple problems with this--for one, it almost sounds like taking credit for God's work, since only He can give the gift of faith.  But assuming that no one means to do that, there is another problem.  We were told to make disciples, not believers.  Someone who says they believe, but doesn't act upon it by changing their life and following Christ does not have a saving faith.  (James 2:14)  Perhaps they didn't really believe in their heart or perhaps they are like the seed sown in weedy ground in Jesus' parable of the sower.  (Matthew 13:18-23)  Just prior to the verses quoted at the top of this page, in the same passage, is a very stern warning not to accept salvation and then turn back.  (Hebrews 6:4-8)  Jesus said that no one who does so is worthy of Him or His kingdom.  (Luke 9:23-26, Luke 9:62, Luke 14:33, Matthew 10:37-39, Matthew 16:24-27, Mark 8:34-38, John 12:25-26)

There is also the matter of rewards.  If everyone receives the same reward in the end when He returns, then why are we cautioned in the passage at the top (Hebrews 6:10-12) not to become lazy IF we want to FULLY realize what we HOPE FOR, which is to inherit what has been PROMISED?  If you recall, the promise is for "those who love Him."  (1 Corinthians 2:9, Ephesians 1:18-19)  Jesus defined that as the one who obeys His commands.  (John 14:15-21)  This does not mean we are under the law.  We do NOT work FOR salvation--it is FREE, but because we ARE saved, we do as our Master instructs us to do.  He is either our Lord and we are saved or He is not, in which case we don't listen to Him, follow Him or serve Him.  (John 5:24, John 10:3-4, John 12:26)  We were warned numerous times in the parables Jesus told that some servants will receive harsh treatment for their laziness, mistreatment of their fellow servants and lack of trust in God such that they fail to invest the gifts He gives them for the good of His kingdom.

Those who are His and are faithful will be rewarded and some will only enter in as through the fire, with loss of reward.  (1 Corinthians 3:11-15, 1 Corinthians 4:5, Revelation 11:18, Revelation 17:14)  If His Spirit is within us, then that means we have genuinely believed in Him, enough to obey Him out of love--so we can be assured that He loves and knows us.  If we have His Spirit, then we ARE able to understand and do His will.  (Romans 8:9, John 14:21-24, 15:10, Philippians 2:12-13)  We are to be faithful to Him as He is to us--His commands are not burdensome to us BECAUSE we love Him.  (1 John 5:2-3)  He summarized them for us into two, because by doing these two, we will fulfill the rest--not that the rest are not important, but it is not possible to keep these two and yet break any of the others.  Love God FIRST, with ALL you are and love your neighbor as yourself.  (Mark 12:29-31)  Love does no harm to a neighbor, which INCLUDES not sinning with or against them, or leading them into sin.  (Romans 13:10, 1 Thessalonians 4)

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.  Philippians 2:12-13

The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.  Romans 8:16-17

Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.  1 John 3:24

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me."  John 14:15-24

God loves those who DO what He says.  He is NOT pleased with those who hear and disregard Him.  (Luke 6:46-49, James 1:22-25)  That is how people show Him that He is NOT their Lord and their faith is in (and their love is for) themselves or someone else rather than Him.  Obedience, or lack of it, is how faith is proven to be genuine, or not.  (1 Peter 1:6-7)  See the parables of the servants who were entrusted with minas or talents (both monetary increments symbolizing gifts we receive from God for our use in His service) while their Master was AWAY.  The Ruler in those parables represents Jesus and He is not equally pleased with all of them upon His return, is He?  (Matthew 13, 25, Luke 19:11-26)  Today is the day to live as though we know our Savior is returning and that His reward is with Him.  (John 5:21-24, Isaiah 40:10, 62:11)

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done."  Matthew 16:24-27

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.  1 Corinthians 9:24-27

For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.  1 Thessalonians 5:2-11

There will be repayment for those who disobeyed as well, but it won't be anything to look forward to.  (Amos 5:18, Matthew 24:36-51, Luke 13:22-30)

He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality.  Romans 2:6-11

“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear."  Matthew 13:40-43

Let's remember that our former sins were forgotten.  What a relief!  We can leave behind our past with its enslavement to sin and live like children of God now that we belong to Jesus.  (1 John 3:1-10, 2 Peter 1:3-11, 2 Peter 3:7-14)  Let's not be ashamed of Him, but remember what He did for us and be more concerned with what will happen to those who are not saved than with our own comfort both physically and mentally.  (Luke 9:26, 62, Mark 8:34-38, Mark 10:21)  Let's remember Who is really in control and not live in fear the way those who are in the darkness do.  (Jeremiah 32:27, 1 John 4:18)

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."  Matthew 5:10-16

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And “If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.  1 Peter 4:12-19

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me."  Matthew 10:34-40

Let's read our Bibles and see how He defines "good," not by joining in with the world to call evil good and good evil.  (Isaiah 5:20)  Let's speak up about our God who is Lord of lords and King of kings so that the world will know and at least be warned about the coming wrath upon those who despise the truth.  (Colossians 3, Ephesians 5)

Many will be purified, cleansed, and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; none of the wicked will understand, but the wise will understand.  Daniel 12:10

But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing, among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of those who do not believe so they would not see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God.  2 Corinthians 4:3-4

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness. Romans 1:18

I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. Revelation 3:11

Then he [the angel] told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near. Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”  [Jesus says] “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.  Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.  I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”  Revelation 22:10-16

As always, please remember to read a normal Bible.  God does not need His perfect word revised, including re-wording, adding or subtracting.  Paraphrases always manage to spin the original intent and needless to say, "special" versions for particular denominations or cults are not the true, pure, holy Word of God.  I would recommend comparing several, such as ESV, NKJV, NASB, NIV and others.  You can see many translations for each verse at Biblehub.com.  Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.   Proverbs 30:6

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Fool Speaks Folly


For the fool speaks folly,
and his heart is busy with iniquity,
to practice ungodliness,
to utter error concerning the Lord,
to leave the craving of the hungry unsatisfied,
and to deprive the thirsty of drink.
Isaiah 32:6

stacked paper: No Crow Zone by Kristmess Designs

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Sow Righteousness


Sow righteousness for yourselves,
reap the fruit of unfailing love,
and break up your unplowed ground;
for it is time to seek the Lord,
until He comes
and showers His righteousness on you.
Hosea 10:12

stacked papers: No Crow Zone by Kristmess Designs

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Not for Profit


Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God. 2 Corinthians 2:17

stacked paper: No Crow Zone by Kristmess Designs

Monday, November 7, 2016

Great and Holy Lord


So I will show My greatness and My holiness and make Myself known in the eyes of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.  Ezekiel 38:23

stacked paper: Regal Elegance by Kristmess Designs

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Behold His Face


For the Lord is righteous;
He loves righteous deeds;
the upright shall behold His face.
Psalm 11:7

kit: Summer Meadow by Indigo Designs

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Give Life


If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.  Romans 8:11

stacked paper: Spring Bouquet by Kristmess Designs

Friday, November 4, 2016

Blessed is She


"And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”  Luke 1:45

stacked paper: Mums the Word by Kristmess Designs

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Fellow Partaker


I, John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.  Revelation 1:9

stacked paper: Cabin in the Woods by Kristmess Designs

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Temple of God


Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?  If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

stacked paper: Let's Face It by Kristmess Designs

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Queen of the South


The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.  Matthew 12:42

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