Who Is God’s Gifted Artist?

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Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)

Many of you look to the Lord Jesus Christ for your inspiration. He inspires you to write your posts or poems, paint your abstract or real-life pieces, or share in some other creative way, whatever is in your head, or placed within your heart.

As an artist, you realize that what you create is an extension of yourself. You take what is on the surface, or deep within your soul, and express it for all to see. In other words, you engage your own free will to take His seed and add your gifting to it, so that it is well-watered and properly fertilized in the richness of His soil.

What a blessing you are to God, as you look to Him for your inspiration, and as He looks to you for your cooperation. For it takes great courage to be willing to participate with Him, as you trust Him to give life to the raw material that He has placed within you.

So, be blessed today, for your Creator God has inspired, and predestined you, to be His hands and His feet, as He works within you to express His glory.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus,

May you continue to encourage and inspire every artist within your kingdom. Give them your passion for design, your wisdom for direction, and your willingness to take a risk whenever you are calling them further into your glory. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58)

Morning Coffee Prayer

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Coffee has always been a significant part of my life. For me, it’s a chance to start my day and gather my thoughts – its fuel for my creative process. (Connor Franta)

In the morning, O Lord, hear my voice. In the morning, I lay my needs in front of you.” (Psalm 5:3)

Good Morning!

As you start your day, I hope you will spend a few moments with Jesus of Nazareth.

Get your coffee, or other favorite hot beverage ready, and sit and relax in His presence.

Today, I want you to know that He hears your voice. He hears you, knows you, and loves hearing from you. When you speak, He listens intently, as you lay your needs before Him.

In this place of quiet, He hears you, even if you don’t know what to say. So, if you find yourself in that place today, then just sit, rest, and enjoy His presence with you.

As you rest, let His peace come over you to comfort any hurt, heal any pain, and strengthen any weakness.

Be refreshed by His presence, encouraged by His joy, and restored by His love, as you lean completely on Him for all of your understanding.

He goes with you, and before you, wherever you go. So, trust Him, and rely on Him, for everything you need, because He has been tried, tested, and remains true to fulfill His Father’s plans within you.

You can do all things [which He has called you to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers you [to fulfill His purpose—You are sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; You are ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses you with inner strength and confident peace.] (Philippians 4:13).

Prayer:

Lord Jesus,

I commit these moments to you. Thank you for the sweet fragrance of your presence with me, for I am truly blessed to have you in my life. For you are showing me how I can live, and move, and find my being in you, all the days of my life. Amen.

Washes Away My Sin

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In fact under the Law almost everything is cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness [neither release from sin and its guilt, nor cancellation of the merited punishment]. (Hebrews 9:22)

I love the old hymnal, “Nothing But The Blood”, by Robert Lowry, because it reminds me of the finished work of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus has fulfilled the requirements of the law, by shedding His blood on the cross. He was crucified as the lamb of God, buried, and raised from the dead, has been given authority to forgive our sin (Matthew 9:2-6) and only He can make us right with our Heavenly Father (John 14:6).

“What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
O precious is the flow
that makes me white as snow;
no other fount I know;
nothing but the blood of Jesus. ”

Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LordThough your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be like wool. (Isaiah 1:18)

Prayer:

Lord Jesus,

We say “thank you” with a grateful heart for being willing to be crucified on the cross for our sin, be buried, yet being fully made alive again by your resurrection.

I pray for Muslims, Atheists, and others alike who refuse to see your salvation for their sins. May your Holy Spirit convict them of their sins, convince them of their need for you, and remind them of the judgement to come. For today is the day of salvation for everyone who chooses to believe. Amen.

The Gay Lifestyle

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I guess I don’t understand the gay lifestyle, because when it comes to addressing it from a biblical standpoint, I see nothing that supports it.

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate [by perversion], nor those who participate in homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers [whose words are used as weapons to abuse, insult, humiliate, intimidate, or slander], nor swindlers will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

As noted in the scripture above, there are many examples of unrighteous behaviour, including homosexuality, and God warns us not to be lead astray by such practices.

Feel free to leave me a comment with your thoughts.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus,

For me, this issue is black and white. Either we confess our unrighteousness and receive your forgiveness, or we remain in our sins and estranged from you. The choice is ours, life or death, and you know our heart’s desire in this way, so I pray that we would choose life, and be made right with you. Amen.