It's Wednesday once again and I know I should have posted this early but I was busy fulfilling my God-given responsibility to be a voice of God in my community through calling my local government to stop charter changes that are against the will of God...You see, I am not a politically-inclined person but I know that if I don't do anything, I am leaving mine and my family's future in an ungodly society. Where in the scriptures did it say that believers are not supposed to lead the government? We may not all be called to run for office but we are surely given the right to speak up and vote for people who aligns closely to the Biblical Truths of the Word of God. The Bible very clearly says in Proverbs 29:2, "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn." I am amazed why many believers cannot see the reason why faith and Godly activities are not allowed in schools and public places. Why the name of Jesus is continuously trampled upon (media, movies etc.) and used in vain. Why government is trying to eradicate everything that this country is founded for by challenging our Constitution (only Constitution that withstood hundreds of years) with Biblical foundations. We have allowed ourselves to be placed in the corner and the sad part is that we actually accepted that condition. While we are going about our own lives, we are being stripped off our God-given rights and heritage and are forced to shut up in the name of tolerance. I've decided to take my role as "Salt and Light" of this world seriously and be an Ambassador of the Word of God wherever it takes me. I will state the good and will call it evil when it's against the Truth of the Word of God. As a believer of Jesus Christ, there is no demilitarized zone (known as DMZ---meaning "neutral territory"). You are either for the One True God or His enemy. We cannot be servant of two masters. We cannot have faith and take no action. The Bible says in James 2:17, "In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." Others say, "I am praying for a righteous government," but come time for electing leaders, didn't even care to vote. You see, the prophet Jonah was sent to Nineveh (despite his strong hesitation) for the purpose of fulfilling God's purpose for that place. He was to give a warning that the city would be overthrown in judgment (same as what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah) if they don't repent from their ways (Read the Book of Jonah for greater understanding). This shows how God loves humanity that He gives us a chance to turn away from sin. Yet it also shows us that He is a "Just God." His love will not simply overlook all injustices, murder, unrighteousness, depravity (to name a few) without due punishment. Unlike Sodom and Gomorrah, this city showed us that as we obey the word of God (as an ambassador of God's message or as a recipient of the message), God's mercy towards the inhabitants of this place was shown in response to the city's ruler and people's repentance. So yes, if Jesus Christ lives in you and had been washed by the precious blood of the Lamb, we are to see ourselves as world changers and not observers. My family and I are going to the City Council Chambers tonight to stand up for the Truth of the Gospel. Whatever comes out of this, with or without the support of other believers, our Pastor with several others are going to be witnesses for the Lord. I hope this post inspires you to take part in your own communities---to stand up for Biblical Truths no matter what. I just want to share a few verses to ponder on:
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:13-16)
"So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?" (Hebrews 13:6)
"Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." (Psalm 23:4)
"And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24:15)
Now, onto the inspiration card I have for you for this week's Word Art Wednesday Challenge (WAW). It features the free Word Art that you can download for free at the WAW Blog in Psalm 127:45a. It talks about children as blessings. Our little ones should be treasured and brought up under the guidance of God's Word. We are to instill the "fear of God" (respect and love for God) for them to stand a chance of being fruitful members of their families and community. I wonder why we stood by when God's teachings were eradicated from our schools and public places yet we expect a better community that has respect and values? We are to start in our household and make sure that our children are not being corrupted by the world. When they come home from school, we are to check with them what they learned and be able to detox them when ungodly teachings sips in through the light of God's word. It is an investment that us, parents, will reap in due time. I used an image from one of our sponsors this week, Mikcoffee, and colored this wonderful image called "Father and Daughter" with my ProMarker/Prismacolor/Spectrum Noir markers. The base card is a Kraft cut in 5.5-inches square. The DP's are from Recollections and K & Company. I die-cut with my Nestabilites, added a film strip ribbon and brads from Tim Holtz and Glossy Accents for the image's glasses. Lastly, I stitched all over this card. I am happy with the way it turned out. Hope you like it too!
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This is it for me today. I ask for your prayers for our endeavors tonight. Just want to encourage you to join us at WAW for this week's Challenge. Our other sponsor is Jelly Park so, you have a couple of chances to win. You can make a project out of our free Word Art but it's not a requirement. All we ask is that you keep it family friendly, uplifting and inspirational---upto 5 projects with Anything Goes. Have a blessed day and keep witnessing for the Lord Jesus!