Monday, June 26, 2017

Stubble Set Ablaze


“For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch."  Malachi 4:1

paper by Marta van Eck, flames by Holliewood Studios

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Add an Hour


And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? Matthew 6:27

kit: Margaret by Valentina Creations; template challenge freebie from Scrapbook Bytes

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Heal Me, O Lord


Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for You are my praise. Jeremiah 17:14

stacked papers: Aunt Lily by Kristmess Designs

Friday, June 23, 2017

Perverse or Blameless


The LORD detests those whose hearts are perverse, but He delights in those whose ways are blameless. Proverbs 11:20

Stacked papers: Aunt Lily by Kristmess Designs

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Good Name


A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. Proverbs 22:1

kit: Aunt Lily by Kristmess Designs

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

In Your Light We See Light


How precious is Your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. They feast on the abundance of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your delights. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light. Oh, continue Your steadfast love to those who know You, and Your righteousness to the upright of heart! Psalm 36:7-10

stacked papers and kit: Aunt Lily by Kristmess Designs

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Weighs the Heart


Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart. To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin. Proverbs 21:2-4

paper: Aunt Lily by Kristmess Designs

Monday, June 19, 2017

Not Disgraced or Ashamed


‘I was not disobedient nor did I turn back. I gave My back to those who strike Me, and My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting. For the Lord GOD helps Me, therefore, I am not disgraced. Therefore, I have set My face like flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.’ Isaiah 50:5-7

kit: Aunt Lily by Kristmess Designs

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Fight the Good Fight


Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12

kit: Aunt Lily by Kristmess Designs

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Under His Feet


And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way.  Ephesians 1:22-23

paper and stacked border: Regal Elegance by Kristmess Designs

Friday, June 16, 2017

Heirs


So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are His child, God has made you also an heir. Galatians 4:7

paper and stacked border: Regal Elegance by Kristmess Designs

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Love One Another


I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. John 13:15-17

papers and stacked borders: Pretty Paisley by Kristmess Designs

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Love God Not Money


“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money."  Matthew 6:24

paper by Createwings (retired), pot of gold by Kristmess Designs, glow by Marta van Eck; page border by BekahE

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Love of Money


For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 1 Timothy 6:10

kit: Art Box 2 by Holliewood Studios

Monday, June 12, 2017

Earth and Sky Fled


Then I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it. From His presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. Revelation 20:11

paper by Holliewood Studios, texture by me

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Love His Appearing


Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.  2 Timothy 4:8

kit and template: Vintage Valentine by Optic Illusions

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Grasshoppers


Do you not know? Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
Isaiah 40:21-22

kit: Boyhood and Tomboy collab by Createwings and Mle Card, template by Little Green Frog (all 3 digital scrapbook designers retired)

Friday, June 9, 2017

Wisdom is Better


Receive my instruction, and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold; for wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her. Proverbs 8:10-11

paper and stacked border: Mum's the Word by Kristmess Designs

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Preeminent in Everything


He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. Colossians 1:15-20

papers and stacked border: Mum's the Word by Kristmess Designs

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wait for Him


Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him. You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember Your ways. Isaiah 64:4-5 a

kit: Mum's the Word by Kristmess Designs

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Flee


But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.  1 Timothy 6:11

kit: Mum's the Word by Kristmess Designs

Monday, June 5, 2017

Unworthy


"I am unworthy—how can I reply to you?” Job says. “I put my hand over my mouth.” Job 40:4

kit: Mum's the Word by Kristmess Designs

Sunday, June 4, 2017

King Eternal


Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.  1 Timothy 1:17

kit: Mum's the Word by Kristmess Designs

Saturday, June 3, 2017

When You Sit, Walk, Lie Down and Rise


“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." Deuteronomy 6:4-9

paper and stacked border: Mum's the Word by Kristmess Designs

Friday, June 2, 2017

Walk Humbly


With what shall I come to the LORD and bow myself before the God on high? Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings, with yearling calves? Does the LORD take delight in thousands of rams, in ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious acts, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:6-8

kit: Puppy Love by Kristmess Designs

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Not of This World


“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.  If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.  Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.  But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me." John 15:18-21

kit: Puppy Love by Kristmess Designs

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Gracious to the Needy


The one who increases his wealth by charging interest gathers it for someone who is gracious to the needy. Proverbs 28:8

stacked borders, kit: You GnoMe by Kristmess Designs

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Sows Injustice


Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail. Proverbs 22:8

In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge. Proverbs 14:26

An honest answer is like a kiss of friendship. Proverbs 24:26

The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender. Proverbs 22:7

kit: You GnoMe by Kristmess Designs, template by Aprilisa

Monday, May 29, 2017

Way of the Crooked


Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked; whoever guards his soul will keep far from them. Proverbs 22:5

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:3

The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools. Proverbs 15:7

A fool despises his father’s instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent. Proverbs 15:5

kit: You GnoMe by Kristmess Designs, template by Aprilisa

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sown in Peace


And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.  James 3:18

kit: You GnoMe by Kristmess Designs

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Worthless Physicians


You, however, smear me with lies; you are worthless physicians, all of you! If only you would be silent! For you, that would be wisdom. Job 13:4-5

Note: This passage immediately preceded the one from May 24: Job 13:6-12. Remember, Job was under trial because God was pleased with him and so Satan wanted to push him to the limits to try to get him to abandon his devotion to God and His ways. Job's friends (his worthless physicians) were reprimanded by God at the end. (Job 42:7-10)

There is a very important lesson in this for us. Coming under persecution, trial and tribulations does not necessarily mean we have done anything wrong. It may only be a test through which we must hold fast to the truth (Luke 6:22-23, Matt. 5:10-13, James 1:12-16). We need to hold our ground, remembering how good our God is, even when our friends and family tell us that we are suffering because He is displeased with us. Job's wife advised him to "curse God and die" so that he could avoid his suffering. (Job 2:9) Job knew that he would "come forth as gold" when tried, even though he didn't realize how difficult the trial by fire would be. (Job 23:10) (Isa. 48:10, 1Pet. 5:6-11, Psalm 17, 1Pet. 4:12-19)

We are in that position more frequently than we may realize. Every time we cave in to the wicked ways of the world and go along with the flow (whether we "have no choice" or we actually just prefer it), we have failed a little test. (Rom. 12:9-21, 1John 2:15-17) If we glide along through life and no one ever persecutes us for our faith, then maybe we have hidden our light under a bushel. (Matt. 5:14-16, Luke 11:33-36) Jesus, John, Paul and Peter all warned us to expect difficulty when we follow Jesus. (John 15:18-21, 1John 3:12-13, 2Tim. 3:12-13, Philip. 1:27-30)

Today, it seems to be just as likely to be persecuted from WITHIN the [self-professed] church as from without. People love to take snippets of scripture out of context and use them against anyone who challenges the culture. Passages about not tearing one another apart and the unity of the body of Christ are made into one-sided missiles--anyone who stands up for the truth is accused of being divisive. (Ga. 5:13-26, 2Cor. 6:14-18) They fling pieces of Bible verses at people like darts. "Judge not" and "beware of practicing righteousness before men to be seen" are stripped of their context. (Matt. 7:3-5, John 7:24, Matt. 6:1-14) "Forgiving" sins now means condoning sins. (Rom. 1:18-32, Eph. 4:17-5:20, 1Pet. 4:1-5) "Rebuke your brother when he sins" apparently never was uttered by Jesus. (Luke 17:3-4) He only came to heal and never mentioned repentance from sins? (John 5:14, John 8:11) Love has been redefined as "anything goes" except judging--but the ones trying to stifle "intolerance" have already judged everyone who disagrees with them. And they haven't done so according to the full counsel of scripture, but according to their own version of it with many edits per their own preferences. (Acts 20:26-31, 2Tim. 3:1-4:5)

Just know this. Everyone will give an account of himself to Jesus. (Matt. 12:36-37, Matt. 25:31-46, Romans 14 in context, Heb. 4:12-13) Would you go and visit someone in prison for preaching the gospel if it were illegal? Or would you distance yourself from them and maybe even join the world in condemning them in order to avoid drawing attention to yourself? (2Tim. 1:16-18, Mark 8:38, Matt. 13:18-23, 1John 2:19, John 6:66-69) Jesus said He came to bring division. He separates the wheat from the chaff through tests such as these. (Matt. 3:12, Matt. 10:34-42, Luke 14:25-35, 1Pet. 1:6-7, Heb. 12:3-29) He will vindicate and reward those who held fast despite persecution, whether from unbelievers or professed "believers" who think they can live with one foot in the world and one in the kingdom of God. (Rev. 2:8-11, Rev. 3:7-13, Rev. 22:10-14)

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. For, “Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. Hebrews 10:23-39

Job was an overcomer (not through positive "self-talk" but by knowing and trusting in God) and He was richly rewarded for his faithfulness. Those who abandoned him or gave him poor advice during his suffering witnessed his redemption and restoration by the hand of God. (Job 42:11-17)

“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation. “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’” Revelation 3:14-22

paper: Createwings (retired); elements: Kate Hadfield

Friday, May 26, 2017

Fountain of Life


The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.

kit: Mum's the Word by Kristmess Designs

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Reward for Humility


The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4

kit: Mum's the Word by Kristmess Designs

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Proverbs of Ashes


Hear now my argument; listen to the pleas of my lips.  Will you speak wickedly on God’s behalf? Will you speak deceitfully for Him?  Will you show Him partiality? Will you argue the case for God?  Would it turn out well if He examined you? Could you deceive Him as you might deceive a mortal?  He would surely call you to account if you secretly showed partiality.  Would not His splendor terrify you? Would not the dread of Him fall on you?  Your maxims are proverbs of ashes; your defenses are defenses of clay. Job 13:6-12

kit: Let's Face It by Kristmess Designs

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

To God Belongs All


Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it. Deuteronomy 10:14

kit: To Honor Lulu by Kristmess Designs

Monday, May 22, 2017

Belly of the Fish


Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the belly of the fish, saying, “I called out to the LORD, out of my distress, and He answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and You heard my voice. For You cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the flood surrounded me; all Your waves and Your billows passed over me. Jonah 2:1-3

When my life was fainting away, I remembered the LORD, and my prayer came to You, into Your holy temple. Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love. But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to You; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the LORD!” And the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land. Jonah 2:7-10

To those who believe and teach others that all roads lead to heaven, please pay attention above to "those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love." Idols are anything that we love, value, honor, respect, serve, etc. more than God. They can be made of wood, metal or something else, or they can be loved ones, our job, our possessions, celebrities, fame, etc. We are supposed to love God most, first, best, always seeking His glory, and then we can be sure He will provide us with what we NEED. (Matt. 6:24-34) He'll give us the desires of our heart, but it's interesting how those desires will change when He really is our first love.  Don't forget the verse begins with "Delight yourself in the Lord..." (Psalm 37:4) Our treasure in heaven is Him if we really love Him (and to know Him IS to love Him). (Matt. 6:19-21, 1Pet. 1:3-9)

The disciples were fishermen and they cast wide nets in search of a great harvest of fish (representing fishing for men), but they THREW OUT the bad fish they had caught! (Matt. 4:17-23, Matt. 13:47-50) God was not satisfied with Jonah's merely making a profession of faith in Him (or being born a Jew). He expected Jonah to OBEY Him as well, or pay the consequences. (Jonah 1:9-12, Heb. 12:5-9, Rev. 3:19)

We can learn an important lesson from Jonah. He said that he would "pay what he vowed" to the Lord, and then clarified that "salvation belongs to the Lord." Even though we can't earn salvation, obedience to God is still expected. All who possess the faith of Abraham are "Jews" and "his offspring," and as we know, Abraham  didn't merely claim to believe in God, but he OBEYED God. (Rom. 2:28-29, Gal. 3:29, James 2:17-26) What we do AFTER we are saved is evidence of the fact that we ARE saved (or that we made a false profession and empty vow of faithfulness--in which case, God's great and wonderful promises are not for us).

kit: Splash by Kristmess Designs

Sunday, May 21, 2017

In Deed and Truth


Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
1 John 3:18

kit: Teal for Two by Kristmess Designs; template by Amanda Kay; flower photos by my friend Cheryl at My Corner Online (http://mycorneronline.com/)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Prayers for You


I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel. Philippians 1:3-5

kits: You Gnome and Cabin in the Woods by Kristmess Designs, Wood Whimsy by Sherwood Studios, Tender Earth by Stolen Moments Designs, What's the Rush by Connie Prince

Friday, May 19, 2017

Walk In All His Ways


“And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,  and to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD, which I am commanding you today for your good?" Deuteronomy 10:12-13

papers and stacked borders: Teal for Two by Kristmess Designs

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Blessing and a Curse


“See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse:  the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today,  and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside from the way that I am commanding you today, to go after other gods that you have not known." Deuteronomy 11:26-28 

stacked papers: Tangerine Grunge by Kristmess Designs

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Possess It and Obey


For you are to cross over the Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the LORD your God is giving you. And when you possess it and live in it, you shall be careful to do all the statutes and the rules that I am setting before you today. Deuteronomy 11:31-32

stacked papers: Tangerine Grunge by Kristmess Designs

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Rejoice That The Lord Has Blessed You


And there you shall eat before the LORD your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your households, in all that you undertake, in which the LORD your God has blessed you. Deuteronomy 12:7

stacked papers: Tangerine Grunge by Kristmess Designs

Monday, May 15, 2017

Exalt the Lord


Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at His holy mountain; for the LORD our God is holy! Psalm 99:9

kit: Tangerine Grunge by Kristmess Designs

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Holy is He


The LORD reigns; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!  The LORD is great in Zion; He is exalted over all the peoples.  Let them praise Your great and awesome name! Holy is He! Psalm 99:1-3

stacked papers: Tangerine Grunge by Kristmess Designs

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Saints Shout for Joy


“Let us go to His dwelling place; let us worship at His footstool!”  Arise, O LORD, and go to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your might.  Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let Your saints shout for joy. Psalm 132:7-9

kit and stacked borders: Tangerine Grunge by Kristmess Designs

Friday, May 12, 2017

Like His Teacher


A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. Luke 6:40

kit: Tangerine Grunge by Kristmess Designs

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Make Sacrifices Forever


In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’  “For thus says the LORD: David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel, and the Levitical priests shall never lack a man in my presence to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings, and to make sacrifices forever.” Jeremiah 33:16-18

kit and stacked borders: Tangerine Grunge by Kristmess Designs

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Joy, Praise and Glory


And this city shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and a glory before all the nations of the earth who shall hear of all the good that I do for them. They shall fear and tremble because of all the good and all the prosperity I provide for it. Jeremiah 33:9

kit: Tangerine Grunge by Kristmess Designs

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Disciplines His Son


Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the LORD your God disciplines you.  So you shall keep the commandments of the LORD your God by walking in His ways and by fearing Him. Deuteronomy 8:5-6

kit: Tangerine Grunge by Kristmess Designs

Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O LORD, and whom you teach out of your law,  to give him rest from days of trouble, until a pit is dug for the wicked. Psalm 94:12-13

But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world. 1 Corinthians 11:32

"Why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?  "Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like:  he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.  "But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great." Luke 6:46-49

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.  In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.  And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him.  For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”  It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?  If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.  Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?  For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.  For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.  Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees,  and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.  Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.  See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;  that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal.  For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears.  For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest  and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them.  For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.”  Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.”  But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,  and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,  and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.  See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven.  At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”  This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain.  Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,  for our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:1-29

Monday, May 8, 2017

Great Treasure and Trouble


Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble with it. Proverbs 15:16

kit and cluster: Singing the Blues by Kristmess Designs